CDS Exam Pattern Details You Might Want to Know

CDS Exam Pattern:

The combined Defense Services Examination or CDS exam is conducted biannually to recruit officers into the armed forces of the country. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the conducting agency along with the Officers Training Academy (OTA). The CDS exam pattern is released much prior to the exam to aid the candidates in a systematic preparation of the exam.

CDS Exam Pattern
CDS Exam Pattern

Here are the details of the CDS exam pattern:

Events February 2020 November 2020
Start of availability of application online October 30, 2019 August 5, 2020
Last date for receipt of application form November 19, 2019 August 25, 2020
Date of issue of admit card January 11, 2020 October 11, 2020
CDS Written Exam February 02, 2020 November 8, 2020
Date of declaration of result March 2020(tentative) December 2020(tentative)

Eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must be citizen of India.
  • Subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Sri Lanka & various East African Countries are also eligible.
  • The candidate must not be less than 19 years of age. The age limit is as on 1st January 2020 should be as follows:
  • IMA: 19 years to 24 years
  • AFA: 19 years to 23 years
  • INA: 19 years to 22 years
  • OTA: 19 years to 25 years
  • Educational qualification:
  • IMA: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is mandatory.
  • INA: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology or equivalent is mandatory.
  • AFA: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology with Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects is mandatory.
  • OTA: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

CDS Exam pattern:

  • The CDS exam will be an offline written pen and paper test.
  • The exam will consist of multiple choice objective questions.
  • The duration of the exam will be 2 hours.
  • The total marks of the written test will be 300 marks. The written test for OTA will be of total 200 marks.
  • The marking scheme include negative marking for everywrong answer attempted.
  • The exam will comprise of questions from English, general knowledge and elementary maths.
Subjects No. of questions Max. Marks Duration
General Knowledge 120 100 120 minutes
English Language 120 100 120 minutes
Elementary Mathematics 100 100 120 minutes

CDS exam pattern for admission to OTA

Subjects No. of questions Max. Marks Duration
English Language 120 100 120 minutes
General Knowledge 120 100 120 minutes

For any further details or queries regarding CDS exam pattern, candidates can check the website at www.upsc.gov.in .

Also Read: https://www.theindianexpert.com/upsc-cds-exam-pattern/

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