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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In CDS exam ,girls can only go for OTA(officers training academy) and the exam pattern is slightly different as per other academies.
It has only two papers that of general knowledge and general English.
For general knowledge you should be well prepared about current affairs and read 6-12 class ncert books thoroughly for history , geography , science etc. You can also go for internet for general knowledge along with also focus on basic GK like first in the world , famous books and authors etc.
For English, practice is the key to success. Have a good book of objective English like Arihant and read newspaper daily and improve you vocabulary.
Solve previous years questions as well.
It includes the same GK and English followed by numerical ability and reasoning questions as well.
You should again go for basics in mathematics upto class 12 and try to learn more tricks and shortcuts and for reasoning , follow a good book of reasoning ability and be more focused and concentrated while solving these questions.
Hope it helps.
Girl candidates who want to join IAF have 2 possible ways. AFCAT and non AFCAT entry. AFCAT is an entrance exam conducted twice a year. If you clear this exam, then you will be called for SSB Interview and then you can choose your own branches.
There are various kinds branch in IAF(Indian air force) like technical, flying and ground. each branch has its own Eligibility and qualification criteria... As you haven't mentioned any kind of branch, let me tell you about these core branches
Flying branch: age should be in between 19 to 23.You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted.
Technical branch: There are 2 types of technical services under technical branch. Both of them need the same criteria of 18-28yeats.First one is Aeronautical Engineer which is mechanical service. Second one is Aeronautical Engineer which is electrical service.
Ground duty branch: There are 3 types of services in Ground duty branches.
Administration and Logistics: Age should be between 20-23 years for Graduates. You should be a Graduate or a Post Graduate in any discipline with atleast 60% marks.
Education: Age should be 20-25 years for Post Graduates and you should be a Post Graduate in any stream with 50% marks.
Accounts: 20-27 for M.Ed, Ph. D, CA, ICWA. Bachelors degree or Masters degree in Commerce. If you have Bachelor's degree then you should have 60% marks and if you have PG degree, then you should have 60% marks.
Through Non AFCAT entry, there are CDSE and FTS. For meteorology branch, age should be between 20-25 years and for Phd students, age should be 27 years. Students should have post graduate degree in any science stream.
There is also NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force. Age should be 20-24 years. You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted
see open university student who have completed their graduation in any discipline may appear in cds exam.
you have not mention your graduation course or stream. if you dont belongs to bachelor in electrical engineering or bachelor courses in physics or mathematics you may apply for below mention post,
Indian Military Academy
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)
Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam
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The educational qualification for eligibility to Central defense service exam that is CDS exam is
The candidate should be graduate or appearing in the final year of the same is eligible to apply for CDS exam.
So if you are in final year of your graduation you can apply to this exam.
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