CDS Exam Pattern 2020 - UPSC has mentioned the CDS 2020 exam pattern in the official notification. UPSC CDS exam pattern 2020 includes the total marks, number of questions, mode of the exam, duration etc. According to exam pattern of CDS 2020, there are 3 sections that are English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Candidates have to solve 340 MCQs in 2 hours. Along with the CDS exam pattern 2020, candidates should also be aware of the UPSC CDS syllabus. Read the below-given details for complete information on CDS 2020 examination pattern. CDS 1 2020 exam conducted on February 2 and CDS 2 is scheduled to be held on November 8. CDS 2 application form 2020 will be released on August 5.Latest - CDS Question Papers 2020 for CDS 1 is released by coaching institutes. Check expected CDS Cut off 2020
Stages of exam
Written Exam and SSB Interview
Mode of exam
Offline, MCQ type
Papers in written exam
For IMA, INA and AFA - English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
For OTA - English, General Knowledge
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)
Candidates must note that the exam pattern of CDS 2020 written exam is different for admissions in IMA, INA and AFA than that for OTA. As per CDS 2020 exam pattern, the papers will have MCQs and candidates will have to enter their responses in an OMR sheet. Each paper in CDS exam pattern 2020 is conducted for a duration of 2 hours. Candidates can check the CDS exam pattern for both the groups below.
No. of questions
As per CDS exam pattern 2020, Negative marking will be applicable for incorrect responses. One-third (0.33) of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted if answered incorrectly. If candidates mark two options for one answer, it would be considered as a wrong answer. If candidates do not attempt a question, no marks will be awarded or deducted.
CDS Marking Scheme 2020
Negative marking for incorrect answers
1/3rd of the marks
Marks deducted for marking two or more options
Marks for no attempts
Candidates who qualify in CDS 2020 written exam will be called to appear for SSB interview. There are two stages of the SSB interview which are explained in the table below.
Exam Pattern for SSB Interview
Verbal and non-verbal tests.
PPDT (Picture Perception & Description Test)
Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
Word Association Test (WAT)
Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
Self Description Test (SD)
Group Testing Officers Test
GD (Group Discussion)
GPE (Group Planning Exercise)
PGT (Progressive Group Task)
HGT (Half Group Task)
Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
FGT (Full Group Task)
The exam authorities prescribe the syllabus for three subjects - English, General Knowledge, and Mathematics. Candidates can check the subject-wise topics of CDS syllabus in the table below.
UPSC CDS Syllabus
Fill in the blanks, sentence correction, jumbled sentence, reading comprehension & finding errors and omissions, the right use of English words, tenses, verbs, etc.
Current affairs, economics, history, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, books and authors, Indian politics
Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, mensuration, etc.
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Yes you can apply for CDS in 2023. According to CDS eligibility criteria candidate's minimum age should be 20 & maximum age should be 24 years. Candidate also have to pass their graduation or appearing for the final year to give the examination. To know more about CDS eligibility criteria click here
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Hope this helps. Thank you.
Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.
I hope this clears you doubt.
As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.
You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.
You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.
Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.
You may refer to this
for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.
I hope this information helps you.
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