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UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2018-19 CDS 1/2 (OTA-IMA-AFA) Pattern, Marking Scheme

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

Check UPSC CDS Exam Pattern for OTA-IMA-AFA secretly!! CDS Paper Pattern 2018 can help you to avail complete information about the topics i.e. General Knowledge, English and Mathematics from which questions will be asked in the examination.

With the help of Subject Wise UPSC CDS Marking Scheme 2018, you can know about the topics carrying more weightage. Candidates can download UPSC Combined Defence Services Paper Pattern PDF also by going pressing the given link on this page.

Latest Updates: CDS II Notification!!!

Union Public Service Commission has started submission of CDS II Online Forms on 08-08-2018 that will be over on 03-09-2018. Applying candidates have to participate in CDS II on 18-11-2018 and CDS 1/2 Paper Pattern will help them to start strategic preparation of the exam.

In order to grab more details about UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2018-19 and downloading CDS 2 Test Pattern of of Indian Military Academy and Admission to Officers’ Training Academy, you are suggested to scroll down this page which is well furnished by the team members of

CDS Exam Pattern

Name of the OrganizationUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of the ExamUPSC CDS II 2018
Exam ModeOnline
Number of Vacancies414
UPSC CDS II Apply Online Starting Date08-08-2018
UPSC CDS II Form 2018 Last Date03-09-2018
UPSC CDS II Exam Date18-11-2018

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Information related to the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Pattern:

UPSC CDS will be conducted in 2 rounds which include written examination and Interview for intelligence and personality test. Those candidates who will qualify Stage I then will be called for Stage II. Other details regarding UPSC CDS Exam Pattern are as follows:

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:


2 hours


100 marks

General Knowledge
Elementary Mathematics

CDS Exam Pattern For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

English2 hours100 marks
General Knowledge

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UPSC CDS Paper Pattern:

  • Each paper consists of multiple choice questions.
  • General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics question paper are bilingual that is both in Hindi and English according to the CDS Exam Pattern.
  • No candidate is allowed in any circumstance to take help from scribe.
  • Maximum marks allotted to written examination and interview is 300, 300 and 200.
  • Some important instructions:
    • Candidates are not allowed to take calculator inside the examination hall.
    • Candidate should write answer in black ball pen
    • Any omission/mistakes/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet will take your answer sheet in rejection list.
    • Do not fold or break or damage or put any irrelevant mark on the Answer Sheet
    • Candidate must know that he/she should not write answers in Objective Type Papers.
    • Candidate after filling personal details on answer sheet must verify it
    • Any unfair means is prohibited in examination hall
    • Any types of electronic gadgets are also not allowed in examination hall.

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UPSC CDS Marking Scheme:

  • There will be negative marking
  • If a candidate gives any wrong answer then he/she will get deduction of 0.33 marks from total marks.
  • If any candidate gives more than one answer then also 0.33 marks will be deducted from his/her total marks.
  • If any candidate left blank in any question then no penalty will be imposed on him/her.
CDS 2018 PaperEnglishGKMathematics
Maximum Marks100100100
Marks for Correct answer+1 marks for each correct option+1 marks for each correct option+1 marks for each correct option
Negative marking-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2018 OTA (Officers Training Academy)

CDS 2018 PaperEnglishGK
Maximum Marks100100
Marks for Correct answer+1 marks for each correct option+1 marks for each correct option
Negative marking-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

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UPSC CDS Test Pattern: Distribution of Questions

GK, Mathematics and English question distribution details as per UPSC CDS I Exam Pattern are provided here.

PaperNumber of questions

CDS 2 Pattern of English

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Sentence Improvement20Easy
Reading Comprehension23 (5 passages)Easy to Moderate
One Word Substitution5Moderate
Para-Jumble10Easy to Moderate
Spot the Error20Easy
Cloze Test20Easy

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CDS Exam Pattern of General Knowledge

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Science27Easy (Concept based questions)
Geography22Moderate (Analytical based questions)
Ecology06Moderate (Fact based questions)
Polity20Easy to Moderate
Economy/Trade11Moderate (Fact based questions)
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces15Moderate (Fact based questions)

CDS Paper Pattern of Mathematics

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Algebra7Easy to Moderate
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)4Easy
Time speed and Distance6Easy
Number System20Easy to Moderate
Simple interest/Compound interest5Easy
Time and Work3Easy
Trigonometry14Moderate to Difficult
Set Theory1Easy
Geometry20Easy to Moderate

Download Here: UPSC CDS Exam Pattern PDF

CDS Exam Pattern Intelligence and Personality Test:

The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist will check the personality of applying candidates. Total marks will only be allotted after taking into consideration the overall performance of the aspirant. There are no separate weightage for any test. The commission organizes this test to check the ability and qualities of the candidates. Conference and Psychology Test and take 4 days to complete these test. Lastly who performs will is selected by the unbiased observers.

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UPSC CDS Selection Procedure

Union Public Service Commission will conduct two Stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. Whole information regarding are given here as follows:

(a) Stage I: This stage includes Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) Stage II: This stage includes Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference of those candidates who qualify Stage I.

Duration for these tests will be of four days.

Get Detailed: CDS Syllabus

UPSC CDS II 2018 Dates:

Events Dates
Starting Date of UPSC CDS II Apply Online08-08-2018
UPSC CDS II Form Last Date 201803-09-2018
Last Date to Make the Payment of FeeSeptember 2018
UPSC CDS II Admit Card Release Date 2018November 2018
UPSC CDS II Exam Date18-11-2018
UPSC CDS II Result DateDecember 2018


Candidates may get detailed information regarding UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2018-19 by going through this Official Website.

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