CDS Exam Pattern 2018 – The exam pattern of CDS has been prescribed by Union Public Service Commission. CDS is conducted in two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. As per CDS exam pattern 2018, the exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. Candidates applying for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses have to write three subjects - English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Those applying for Officers’ Training Academy course have to appear for two subjects – English and General Knowledge. Each paper as per CDS 2018 exam pattern will be conducted for 2 hours. Each subject carries 100 marks. CDS exam pattern 2018 for both written stage and SSB Interview is explained in this article. Candidates can check CDS 2 exam pattern to get an idea regarding the overall structure of exam like marking scheme, time duration, number of questions etc. CDS 2 is scheduled to be conducted on November 18, 2018. Read below for more details on CDS exam pattern.
Highlights of CDS 2018 Exam Pattern
Stages of exam
Written exam and SSB Interview
Mode of exam
Pen and paper based
English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
2 hours for each paper
Number of questions
340 MCQs for – IMA, INA and AFA
240 MCQs for – OTA
Each subject carries 100 marks
Types of questions
Objective type multiple choice questions
Language of paper
English & Hindi (Both language except Hindi)
CDS Exam Pattern 2018 – Written Exam
Candidates for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses have to appear for three subjects.
For admission to Officers’ Training Academy courses, candidates have to appear for two subject
There are three subjects – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics
Total marks allotted for each subject is 100
Candidates have to attempt each paper within 2 hours
Structure of CDS 2018 Exam Pattern
For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:
CDS Exam Pattern 2018 – Question Distribution
Candidates can check below subject-wise distribution of questions.
Number of questions
CDS 2018 Marking Scheme
For each incorrect response one-third (1/3) marks will be deducted
More than one response will be treated as the wrong answer and 1/3rd mark will be deducted
If a question left blank there will be no marks and penalty will be given to candidates
CDS Exam Pattern 2018 - SSB Interview Candidates who qualify the written exam are called for Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test conducted at Service Selection Boards (SSBs). SSB Interview is a two-stage process. The details of each stage are explained below.
Stage 1 - All candidates will be put to stage 1 on first day of reporting at Selection Centres. Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* DescriptionTest (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on a combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
Stage 2 - The stage 2 of SSB Interview comprises Interview, Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The overall personality of the candidate is assessed by three different assessors - Interviewing Officers (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. The marks will be allotted by assessors after considering all the tests.
CDS Syllabus 2018
The syllabus of CDS covers the following topics.
Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, the right use of English words, tenses, verbs etc.
Currents happenings, business, politics, sports, entertainment, Indian Economy, Books and Authors name etc.
Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation etc.