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CDS Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission has released the New and Updated CDS Syllabus 2020 on its official website. By reviewing the UPSC CDS Syllabus 2020, the candidates will be familiar with topics from where the questions will most probably be taken out.

CDS 2 Dates 2020 & Quick Overview:

Name of OrganizationUnion Public Service Commission
Name of ExamCombined Defence Services (CDS II)
Exam ModeOffline
UPSC CDS II Notification Release05-08-2020
UPSC CDS 2 Application Last Date25-08-2020
CDS 2 Admit Card Release3 weeks before the exam
CDS 2 Exam Date08-11-2020 (Sunday)

CDS Syllabus

Candidates who are going to appear in Combined Defence Services Exam they need to know complete CDS Syllabus 2020 to prepare accordingly. to know complete CDS Exam Syllabus must Have a Look below for UPSC CDS Syllabus pdf download.

Candidates can download the CDS Exam Syllabus for Paper 1 & 2 and PDF from this page and start preparation accordingly. Aspirants can use the CDS 2020 Syllabus (OTA/IMA/INA/AFA) to strengthen their preparation process for CDS Exam.

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CDS 2 Exam Dates 2020 and Details!!!

Union Public Service Commission is going to release a CDS 2 Notification in various Course/ Services. Willing Aspirants may apply for UPSC CDS II Exam 2020 on or before 25th August 2020. UPSC CDS 2 Exam Date is 8th November 2020.

Aspirants may go through the below section of this page of to get complete details about CDS II 2020 Syllabus. Aspirants must have a look below for Syllabus for CDS 2 Exam or UPSC CDS Syllabus PDF Download in Hindi or English.

Paper 1: UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus for English

Topics covered in UPSC CDS Syllabus are as follows:

  • 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

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Paper 2: CDS Exam Syllabus PDF of General Knowledge

Topics covered in Syllabus for CDS are as follows:

  • 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.

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

CDS Syllabus of Paper 3 consist Six topics as given below: Check Syllabus for CDS Exam here.

TopicCDS Syllabus
CDS Syllabus for Arithmetic

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.

  • CDS AFA Syllabus: 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
CDS Syllabus for TrigonometryCDS OTA Syllabus: 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.
CDS Syllabus for GeometryCDS 2020 Syllabus: 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.
CDS Syllabus for Statistics
  • CDS IMA Syllabus: Collection and tabulation of statistical data
  • Graphical representation frequency polygons
  • Histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc.
  • Measures of central tendency

Download Official: CDS Syllabus PDF

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

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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. Check CDS Syllabus from here.

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CDS Intelligence And Personality Test:

Intelligence Test

The SSB Process consists of two stage Selection process which is provided below: Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:

  • Stage I
  • Stage II.

Stage I:

  • Stage I comprises of 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

Stage II:

Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on official website.

Personality Test:

  • The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist
  • There are no separate weightage for each test.
  • The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all tests.

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Visit its Official Link for more details about CDS Syllabus 2020. You may bookmark our portal for knowing more updates concerning CDS I Examination. Check CDS 1 Syllabus and CDS 2 Syllabus from here.

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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16 Responses to "CDS Syllabus 2020 (OTA/IMA/INA/AFA) UPSC CDS-1 & 2 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.


    Hi! Sir,

    My d.o.b is 1994 feb… got married.. want to become an army there any option to appear ssb like through CDS, Territorial Army…Please help me on right path..

  9. Manu

    What is the syllabus for OTA girls ?

  10. Priyanshu

    for which post girls are eligible ?

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