CDS Exam Syllabus 2017 for OTA, IMA, NA & AFA (Maths, English & GK)

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Syllabus is a subjects or topics which are listed for the competitive exam conducted for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). CDS Exam conducted by UPSC is one among the officers entry scheme which is offered for aspirants to join Indian Defence Services. This exam takes place twice in the year and it is conducted by UPSC. Aspirants who are eager to join Indian army and in the process of preparing for it must need to read this section to get informed about CDS Exam Syllabus. In order to participate in this exam candidates have to submit their application in the official website ( of UPSC. Here in this section you will find the detailed information about the CDS Syllabus for each category.

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CDS Exam Syllabus

As from the term Combined Defence Services, we have to understand that this competitive exam includes all the three defence services. While applying online for this exam candidates have to choose for which service they are willing to join. Based on the service they choose the CDS exam syllabus differs.

Aspirants who wish to join Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai, then they have to write an exam for 200 marks and it contains two subjects. For Indian Military Academy (IMA), Naval Academy (NA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) the syllabus contains three sections and the exam weigh 300 marks i.e.; 100 mark for each section.

CDS OTA Syllabus Pattern

This is the syllabus which is applicable for candidates who are willing to join Officers Training Academy. CDS OTA Syllabus contains two subjects they are English and General Knowledge. Each contains 100 marks and that aggregates 200 marks. This exam will be conducted for four hours i.e.; two hours for each paper and the questions will be in objective type.

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
General Knowledge (GK) 100 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
Total 200 4 Hours

CDS Syllabus for IMA, NA and AFA

The syllabus pattern for IMA, NA and AFA contains three sections, among these two sections remains same as listed in CDS OTA syllabus. In addition to this Elementary Mathematics will also be added and the total marks for this exam is 300 only. However, the duration remains same as two hours for each paper.

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
General Knowledge (GK) 100 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
Elementary Mathematics 100 120 Minutes (2 Hours)
Total 300 6 Hours

CDS English Syllabus

There is a not exact topic for English subject. However, the question will be drafted to test ability of the participant to communicate, read and write for the daily works. In simple term the question contains workmanlike use of words that is to check the English knowledge of the candidate. However, candidates can expect questions from graduation level of English.

CDS General Knowledge Syllabus

The General Knowledge subject contains two sections (Current Events and Indian History & Geography). Applicants have to prepare for all the topics given in this section. Totally this section weighs 100 marks and all questions are objective type. This question paper is bilingual in nature and candidates can answer it in Hindi or English language.

Current Events

In current events the questions will be drafted from the recent events which occurred in the past six months to one year. Candidates have to prepare for this section by referring the daily events and things happen in every industry. Some of the topics which the participant should be aware of are as listed below.

  • Indian Economy and Finance
  • Indian Politics and Legal Affairs
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Awards and Honours
  • Scientific and Medical Inventions
  • Natural Calamities and Disasters
  • Conferences and Summits

Indian History and Geography

In Indian History and Geography section candidates have to answer the questions from the below listed topics. Here in this list only few main headings are listed, competitors have to refer each and every sub topics on every title listed below.

  • Ancient and Medieval India
  • British India and Independence Movement
  • India after Independence
  • Culture and Heritage of India
  • Water Bodies and Wetlands
  • Mountains, Plateaus and Deserts
  • Climate and Environment
  • Natural Resources and Coastal Structure

As per the CDS perspective, candidates must aware of general knowledge by means of current affairs that are observed and experienced by their selves. Also they must capable to educate a person on such matters without any special study on subject matter. Likewise, the participant must aware of Indian History and Geography which the applicant capable to discuss or answer to any query related to it without any special study.

CDS Maths Syllabus

Candidates who are applying for IMA, NA and AFA are only need to participate in Maths paper. The CDS Maths syllabus contains subject drafted from Elementary Mathematics. Likewise, all other subject maths also carries 100 marks and the duration this exam is 2 hours only. Candidates have to prepare for this paper from the topics derived from matriculation level mathematics. The major topics covered under in CDS Maths Syllabus are listed below and for the detailed sub topics candidates may refer the file attached to it.

  • Arithmetic
  • Mensuration
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Geometry

For more sub topics on CDS Exam Syllabus Candidates may click here to download with detailed information containing the topics of Elementary Mathematics.

CDS Syllabus for Personal Interview

Aspirants who else successfully completed CDS written exam will be further qualify for next level of interview. In this stage the Intelligence and Personality of the participant will be tested. Some of the categories which included in this test are as follows.

  • Group Discussion
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Tasks
  • IQ Level Test to examine Intelligence
  • Personal Interview to examine personality

Individuals who successfully clears all these stages of exams will be selected and undergo training. For more information about CDS Exam Syllabus and other details regarding the CDS exam candidates refer the above listed information.

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