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CDS Exam Pattern 2024 - Check CDS 1 Exam Pattern Here

CDS Exam Pattern 2024 - Check CDS 1 Exam Pattern Here

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on May 15, 2024 02:22 PM IST | #CDS

Union Public Service Commission prescribed the UPSC CDS 2 exam pattern 2024 in the official notification. As per the UPSC CDS 2024 exam pattern, the written exam is conducted for the IMA, INA, AFA and OTA courses. According to the CDS exam pattern, to be eligible for these courses, candidates will have to clear a written exam and the SSB interview. The SSB interview is a personality test to get an idea of the candidate’s intelligence that is conducted as part of the.
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While preparing for the exam, candidates can make use of the exam pattern in conjunction with the CDS exam syllabus 2024 to better prepare for the exam. The CDS exam is conducted for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy.

It is important to consult the detailed CDS exam pattern 2024 to better understand the nuances of the exam, such as the stages of the exam, marking scheme, time duration of the exam as well as the subjects on which question papers will be based. Candidates must thoroughly go through the CDS 2024 notification for all information related to the CDS. For more information pertaining to the CDS 2024 exam pattern, read the full article below.

Highlights of CDS 2 Exam Pattern 2024



Mode of Exam

Offline only

Number of questions asked IMA, INA and AFA

300 multiple choice questions

Number of questions in OTA

200 multiple choice questions

Maximum Marks

300 ( Indian Military, Navy and Air Force) and 200 (OTA)

Duration of Exam

2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper


Hindi or English

Negative marking

One-third of marks were deducted for each wrong answer

CDS 2024 Exam Pattern: Stages of CDS exam

The CDS 2024 exam is conducted in 2 phases-

  1. Written Examination

  2. Interview for intelligence and personality test

CDS Exam Pattern 2024 - For Written Examination

The first stage of the CDS recruitment process is the written exam. According to the UPSC CDS exam pattern, one written exam is conducted for the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Navy Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) and another one for the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). The questions are asked from all three subjects in the written test for IMA, INA, and AFA, whereas there is no mathematics paper for the OTA course.

Hence in the CDS 2024 OTA written exam, the question will be asked from two sections only - English and General Knowledge. The total time duration for the IMA, INA, and AFA written tests is 6 hours whereas for the OTA written test 4 hours is allotted. Candidates can consult the table below for more details regarding the CDS 2024 exam pattern.

CDS Exam Pattern for For IMA, INA, and AFA



Maximum marks


2 hours


General Knowledge

2 hours


Elementary Mathematics

2 hours


Exam Pattern of CDS 2024 for OTA

From the following table, candidates can check the CDS OTA exam pattern to prepare for the OTA exam.



Maximum marks


2 hours


General Knowledge

2 hours


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CDS Exam Pattern 2024 - For SSB Interview

Candidates who qualify in the CDS written exam are required to appear in the SSB interview. For the CDS interview round, candidates will be called at one of the Services Selection Centres. According to the UPSC CDS exam pattern 2024, the interview will be conducted in two stages. Only those candidates who clear stage I of the CDS interview are permitted to appear for stage II. Check below the details about both stages of the CDS interview.

  • Stage I: Stage I of the CDS interview consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Tests (PP and DT).

  • Stage II: The CDS interview stage II includes a personal interview, Group testing officer tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference.

Following the CDS exam pattern 2024, these tests will be conducted for four days and the personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors - The Interviewing Officer (IO), the Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There is no separate weightage for each test.

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UPSC CDS Marking Scheme 2024

As per the CDS 2024 exam pattern, candidates are awarded one mark for each correct answer whereas 0,33 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions, Check below the table to learn more about the CDS marking scheme.

CDS Marking Scheme





Maximum marks




Marks for the correct answer

+1 mark for each correct option

+1 mark for each correct option

+1 mark for each correct option

Negative marking

-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

CDS Syllabus 2024

UPSC provided CDS 2024 syllabus along with official CDS notification in online mode at The written exam is divided into three sections. In the English sections of the CDS syllabus, candidates need to prepare more with grammar and increase their word power. In order to crack the Maths section of the CDS exam syllabus, the only key is practice.

Read the newspaper daily and keep yourself updated with current affairs for the general awareness section. It is important to go through the entire CDS syllabus before starting the preparation as this will give you a better idea about your weaker and stronger section.

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CDS Mock Test 2024

Candidates preparing for the UPSC CDS 2024 exam must attain the CDS mock tests. The mock test helps the students to know the exact exam pattern of CDS 2024. Candidates can know the CDS exam pressure and the environment of the exam hall. With the help of CDS mock tests, candidates can assess their level of CDS 2024 preparation. There are numerous online mock tests available.

CDS Question Papers 2024

For better preparation for the exam, candidates must solve the previous year's CDS 2024 question paper to understand the important topics. Manage the time in a way so that 2-3 CDS sample question papers can be solved everyday.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Is the exam pattern of CDS 2024 the same for IMA, INA, AFA written exam and OTS written exam?

No, the UPSC CDS exam pattern 2024 for the IMA, INA, AFA written exam and OTS written exam is not the same. Check the details in the above article.

2. How many questions will be asked in the CDS exam 2024?

As per the CDS 2024 exam pattern, there will be questions in the IMA, INA, and AFA written exams and 200 questions in the OTA written exam.

3. What will be the maximum marks for the CDS question paper?

The maximum marks for the CDS IMA, INA, and AFA question paper is 300 whereas marks for the OTA question paper is 200.

4. How can I prepare for the CDS 2024 exam?

Solve the question papers based on the syllabus and exam pattern of CDS. Manage your time as per the syllabus of CDS.

5. Is the CDS exam tough?

Yes, it is a bit tough, but if candidates have prepared for the exam efficiently, they can qualify for the exam.

6. When will the CDS 2 2024 notification be released?

CDS 2 notification 2024 has released online on May 15, 2024 at

7. When is the CDS 2 2024 exam?

The CDS 2 2024 written exam will be conducted on September 1, 2024.


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Questions related to CDS

Have a question related to CDS ?

Dear aspirant !

Hope you are doing good !

Candidates between 19 to 25 years of age are eligible to apply for CDS recruitment 2024. Before filling up the application form, aspirants must check UPSC CDS eligibility criteria carefully. CDS exam 2024 for both sessions will be conducted on April 21, 2024 and September 1, 2024.

From now you will get 4-5 attempts of both so don't worry about attempt.give your best in preparation only .

Hope it helps you !!

Thanking you

Hii There,

Certainly. If you're in your third year of engineering, you're eligible to appear for the CDS examination. However, if you qualify the written exam, you won't be able to attend the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview because you must be in the final year of your engineering studies to do so.



No, You do not necessarily need to choose an engineering stream in college to be eligible for CDS or AFCAT exams. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria specified by the exams, you can pursue your desired field of study in college and still appear for these exams. So go ahead and prepare for CDS and AFCAT with your chosen stream.

Hope this helps you,

Thank you

Hello aspirant,

You will be roughly 21 years old by 2026. Based on your age, you can enrol in any of the CDS 2026 courses, including the IMA course. Aside from that, you can enrol in CDS 2029 for IMA, since there is a 24-year-old maximum age limit.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Dear aspirant !

Hope you are doing well !

From my point of view you should start preparing from now ,also you are late ,you must start your preparation in the 2nd year but you didn't,cds takes time and it's not an easy task to do . Now you have to prepare for your placement also . If you want job from college then it will be hard for you to manage both ,choose only one and stick with that and prepare very hard for the dream . Don't late now .

For more information about cds ,visit the link ; .

Hope it helps you !!

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