CDS Exam Pattern 2018

CDS Exam PatternCDS 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

Subjects

English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics

Exam duration

2 hours for each paper

Number of questions

340 MCQs for – IMA, INA and AFA

240 MCQs for – OTA

 

 

Total marks

Each subject carries 100 marks

Negative marks

1/3

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

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

English

2 Hours

100

General Knowledge

2 Hours

100

Elementary Mathematics

2 Hours

100

Total

 

300

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

English

2 Hours

100

General Knowledge

2 Hours

100

CDS Exam Pattern 2018 – Question Distribution

Candidates can check below subject-wise distribution of questions.

Subject

Number of questions

English

120

General Knowledge

120

Elementary Mathematics

100

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.

Subject

Code number

Topics

English

01

Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, the right use of English words, tenses, verbs etc.

General Knowledge

02

Currents happenings, business, politics, sports, entertainment, Indian Economy, Books and Authors name etc.

Elementary Mathematics

03

Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation etc.

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nishant sharma 23 days ago

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