CDS Exam Pattern 2019 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the exam pattern of CDS for all aspiring candidates. As per CDS exam pattern, the test is conducted in two stages - written exam and SSB Interview. Candidate must go through the exam pattern before they appear for CDS exam. By going through CDS 2019 exam pattern, candidates come to know the different sections from where the questions can be asked in the exam. Not only this, candidates can know the mode of exam, number of questions that are asked from each section, marks allotment, etc. by going through the exam pattern of CDS. According to CDS exam pattern, candidates applying for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses will have to write exams for three subjects - English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. In this article, candidates can get the CDS Exam Pattern 2019 for both written exam and SSB interview.Latest Update - CDS Application Form 2020 has been released on October 30, 2019. Candidates will be able to apply for CDS-I 2020 till November 19, 2019.The written exam of CDS II 2019 is slated to be held on September 8, 2019. All those candidates who will qualify in the written exam will further have to appear for the SSB Interview round. To know more about CDS exam pattern 2019, go through the article below.
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)
As per the exam pattern of CDS, the test is conducted in the following two stages :
CDS written exam
The table below contains CDS 2019 exam pattern for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy.
CDS Exam Pattern 2019
No. of questions
CDS Exam Pattern 2019 for Admission to Officers’ Training Academy
All those candidates who qualify in the written exam will have to appear for the SSB Interview round. SSB Interview will contain Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. as per the exam pattern of CDS, the SSB Interview will be held in two-stages. The details of each stage are explained below.
Stage I of SSB Interview comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on the combined performance of the candidate in the OIR Test and PP&DT.
The second stage of SSB Interview will comprise of Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference. These tests are conducted for 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.
Before starting their preparation for the CDS exam, candidates must go through the syllabus, CDS syllabus contains all the topics and chapters from where the expected questions can be asked. The table below contains one of the topics from where the questions can be asked.
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.
The biggest question that arises in the mind of the candidates appearing in the CDS exam is how to prepare for the CDS exam. For this, it is important for the candidate to prepare a strategy and to maintain it till the exam is conducted. Candidates must keep following some of the tips given below in order to prepare for the CDS exam:
Know the syllabus and the exam pattern of CDS
Pick the best book to study
Prepare and maintain a timetable
Give much time to the subjects at which you are weak
Polish the subjects at which you are good
Solve previous years question papers and take mock tests.
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Hello dear student,
I would suggest you to buy a general knowledge book which is that will help you with the GK questions. And then you should buy a book of reasoning and aptitude pictures that will help you to improve your aptitude questions. Why you asking for a book then I would like to recommend you pathfinder CDS it is one of the best books you can and have for the preparation. While for afcat you can buy Aarihant's afcat book for preparation. I hope this was helpful to you.
yes you may apply in cds if you become eligible in education and age criteria.
age limit is 24 or 25 years old according to post wise. you may apply in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (NA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men), Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical).
follow the below link to know in details:
cds exam happens twice a year. the following age criteria is applicable to appear in cds exam:
For Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried candidates born not before than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 can only apply.
For Indian Naval Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible.
for Air Force Academy candidate should be between 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021 (born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2001).
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), unmarried male candidates born not before than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible for the exam.
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), candidates should be unmarried and born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002.
so you are not eligible for any of the post as per age criteria.
I regret to inform you that with Biology in 10+2 you are not eligible for an officer which is a technical post.However, you can become a doctor in Armed force, for this you need to appear for NEET and get good rank.The admission done under AFMC.You can also pursue B.sc Nursing in military as you have studied Biology in 10+2.You can only become an officer(technical post) if you have studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 10+2.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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