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CDS Syllabus 2018-19 For OTA, IMA, AFA Course (Updated) Exam Syllabus Pdf

CDS Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission has announced Updated CDS Syllabus. Candidates who are preparing for Combined Defence Services Examination 2018 may note down all topics of CDS exam Syllabus for Paper I & Paper II. English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics are among the premier topics covered in CDS Syllabus 2018.

The Combined Defence Services”(CDS) Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice in a year for recruitment into the IMA, OTA, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy (AFA) course.

UPSC CDS Exam 2018 – 19:

This year UPSC has conducted CDS- I examination on 04.02.2018 and CDS- II examination will be held on 18.11.2018 (Sunday). Aspirants who are preparing for CDS Exam may obtain UPSC CDS syllabus Topic Wise in PDF form from this page. Along with CDS Exam Syllabus 2018, we are also listing UPSC CDS Paper pattern so that you may prepare for exam.

Union Public Service Commission organizes CDS Exam for appointing officer in the Indian armed forces. UPSC CDS Paper I & Paper II are scheduled to be organized on First week of February & November 2018. To score well in CDS Exam, aspirants may take help from CDS Syllabus. After qualifying CDS exam, individuals will join Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officers Training Academy & Indian Air Force Academy. To attain more details about CDS Exam Syllabus 2018, go through this page prepared by team of

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CDS Exam Syllabus

Candidates who are going to appear in Combined Defence Services Exam they need to know complete CDS Syllabus 2018 to prepare accordingly. to know complete CDS Exam Syllabus must Have a Look below..!!!

Paper 1: UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus for English

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Para Jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Finding errors and omittions etc covered in CDS Exam Syllabus

Read Now: How to Prepare for English

Paper 2: CDS Exam Syllabus PDF of General Knowledge

  • Knowledge of current topics
  • knowledge of History of India and Geographical issues
  • Indian Economy covered in CDS Syllabus
  • Current happening in the field of business, politics, sports, entertainment etc.
  • Monuments of India
  • Books and Authors name
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Banking Sector
  • Universities covered in CDS Syllabus
  • Books & Authors covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Taxation
  • Sports – Awards etc.

Read Here: How To Prepare For GK

Paper 3: Combined Defence service exam Syllabus for Elementary Mathematics:

CDS Syllabus of Paper 3 consist Six topics as given below:

TopicCDS Syllabus


Number System: Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions

Unitary method: time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory: Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

  • Basic Operations
  • Simple factor
  • Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M
  • Theory of polynomials
  • solutions of quadratic equations
  • relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered)
  • Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions


Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0 < x < 90 degrees, Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees, Simple trigonometric identities, Use of trigonometric tables, simple cases of heights and distances.



Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.



  • Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle.
  • Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book).
  • Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones.
  • Cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.


  • Collection and tabulation of statistical data
  • Graphical representation frequency polygons
  • Histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc.
  • Measures of central tendency

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CDS Paper Pattern

The CDS examination will be conducted in two phases:

  • Written examination
  • Interview/ Personality Test

A). For admission in Indian Military Academy, Indian Navy Academy and Air Force Academy:

PaperName of SubjectDuration of ExamTotal Marks
Paper IEnglish120 Minutes (2 hours)100
Paper IIGeneral Knowledge120 Minutes (2 hours)100
Paper IIIElementary Mathematics120 Minutes (2 hours)100

B). For Admission in Officers Training Academy:

PaperName of subjectDuration of examTotal Marks
Paper 1General Knowledge120 minutes (2 hours)100
Paper 2English120 minutes (2 hours)100

Combined Defence service Exam Pattern

  • Applicants have to bear the penalty if he will give wrong… for each wrong answer 0.33 marks will be deducted.
  • Candidates who have marked more than one answer for each question than same penalty will be applied.
  • If the question will left blanked then no extra marks will be deducted

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About CDS Exam:

After conducting the CDS I exam on 05.02.2017 Union Public Service Commission is now going to conduct the Combined Defence service Exam II. The examination is conducted in one day on 19.11.2017. Candidates who want grab jobs in government sector have applied for the same and now they have to qualify mains and interview. Selection of the candidates will be based on prelims, mains and interview. Candidates must perform well and get appointed for the respective job profile. So, candidates must start their preparation according to latest CDS Syllabus and Exam pattern.

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Tips to prepare for CDS Exam:

Union Public Service Commission organizes CDS Exam. Aspirants who have applied for CDS 2018 Exam may plan out their studies by making a proper study plan. Here are some tips which you may follow.

  • Manage your time & study well
  • Develop habit of reading newspapers, magazines, competition guides etc.
  • Practice Online GK test for CDS Exam. You can take guidance from CDS mock test too.
  • Refer to detailed CDS syllabus as well as exam pattern
  • Take guidance from CDS preparation books.
  • You may also take help from CDS previous years papers.

UPSC CDS Exam Books:

Name of BooksAuthor name
Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 2)Disha Experts
CDS Chapter wise – Section wise Solved Papers 1st EditionArihant Experts
Chapterwise-Sectionwise Solved Paper of CDSExperts Compilation
General Mental Ability Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability MCQs 1000+QPortal Publications
Math’s 30 Days WonderK.J.S. Khurana
Kit for CDS ExamR.S. Bajwa
Pathfinder CDS ExaminationArihant
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency MCQs 800+QEditorial Board
Mathematics for C. D. S. Entrance ExaminationR.S. Aggarwal
Pathfinder CDS ExaminationArihant
CDS Exam Guide: Combined Defence Services ExamDatason RP
CDS Combined Defence Services Examination Practice PapersSachichida Nand Jha
10 Practice Sets CDS ExaminationExperts Compilation
CDS Combined Defence Services Examination Practice PapersYadav
Pathfinder CDSSanjeev jain
CDS Examination: Solved And Practice Papers 1st EditionJha S.N.
Bhartiya ItihasSachchida Nand Jha
Bhugol Avum ParyavaranSachchida Nand Jha
CDS 10 Years Topic-wise Solved PapersDisha Experts
Combined Defence ServicesP. Singh
Bhartiya RajvyavasthaSachchida Nand Jha
Cds English MediumRam Singh Yadav, Yajvender Yadav
Study Package for CDS 1st EditionAtul Bhardwaj
CDS Chapter wise – Section wise solved papers publishedArihant publication (India) limited
CDS Papers SetRam Singh Yadav, Yajvender
Mathematics For C.D.S.Entrance ExamR. S. Aggarwal
Study Package for CDS 1st EditionAtul Bhardwaj

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

Age criteria

  • For IMA: 19 years to 24 years.
  • For Naval Academy: 19 years to 22 years.
  • For Air Force Academy: 19 years to 23 years.
  • For Officers Training Academy: 19 years to 25 years

Qualification Required

  • Those candidates are applying for IMA / officers training academy they must have any degree from any recognized university/ institute.
  • Applicants who are applying for Indian Naval Academy (INA) should possess a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from any recognized university.
  • And Contenders who are applying for Air Force Academy (ACA) those candidates must have a degree in engineering from any recognized university/ institute with physics and math’s at 10+2.

Must Check Here: CDS Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who will prepare according to the above mentioned Combined Defence Services Exam Pattern and complete topics of CDS Syllabus will surely get the success in exam. We wish all the best to the participants of CDS exam to score well.

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Something That You Should Put An Eye On

Combined Defence Services Answer KeyUPSC CDS Admit Card
UPSC CDS 1 ResultUPSC CDS 2 Exam Result
UPSC CDS Officer SalaryUPSC Notification

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13 Responses to "CDS Syllabus 2018-19 For OTA, IMA, AFA Course (Updated) Exam Syllabus Pdf"

  1. sumit kumar shrivastava

    please tell me elegibility ,I am political science student part-2,from l.s college muzaffarpur BIHAR age -21

  2. Barry

    Hey, i want to know the CDS Exam dates and complete applying procedure! Plz help me

  3. silky

    hi sir/mam,
    i am gradute (BA) pass, can i give cds exam.. pls help..

  4. rohan

    hello sir….. cds ki taiyari k liye kuch help mil sakte hai….?

  5. Pooja

    Sir ish br koi change toh nhi hai cds syllabus mei…..

    • admin

      Hii Pooja,
      Complete updates syllabus is given on this page.

  6. Shan

    Very nice info …. Plz help me if you have CDS preparation guide related content!!

  7. Mohan

    Hi sir. Mam
    Cds ke paper 1 k liye Kitna tym milega..

    • admin

      Hii, Mohan
      In CDS 1 Exam, you get 2 hours for each paper.

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