CDS (I) 2015 Exam Pattern
Apratim Chatterjee, 18 Nov 2014, #CDS

CDS (I) 2015 Exam Pattern – Exam Pattern of Combined Defence Services (CDS (I)) 2015 may aid candidates with an overview of the exam before appearing CDS (I) 2015. CDS (I) 2015 Exam Pattern may provide information about the proper pattern of the combined defense services exam including exam date, exam duration, number of questions, total allotted marks and marking scheme.

CDS (I) 2015 is scheduled to be held on February 15, 2015.


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Paper Pattern of CDS (I) 2015 – CDS (I) 2015 appearing candidates may check below for pattern of the exam for a better preparation and understanding of the exam.


Number of Questions – CDS (I) 2015 shall have a question paper of 200 Multiple Choice Questions (objective-type) dor those applying for Officer’s Training Academy and 300 MCQs for those applying for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. While candidates applying for OTA need to appear for subjects including English and General Knowledge, those candidates who shall be applying for IMA, INA and Air Force Academy need to appear for three subjects including Elementary Mathematics, besides the two subjects.


Exam Duration – CDS (I) 2015 shall be held offline, where the exam shall be conducted for 6 hours in which 2 hours time duration will be allotted for every section for those who shall be applying for IMA, INA and Air Force Academy and those who shall be applying for OTA will be provided 4 hours time. 


Marking Scheme – Candidates need to note that for every wrong answer marked, 1/3 of total scored marks shall be deducted under negative marking scheme of CDS (I) 2015.


Section wise distribution of questions in CDS (I) 2015 – CDS (I) 2015 Questions may cover the following sections with the allotted marks against each section.



Marks Allotted


2 Hours


General Knowledge

2 Hours


Elementary Mathematics (Only for IMA, INA and Air Force Academy applicants)

2 Hours



4Hours for OTA and 6 Hours for INA, IMA and Air Force Academy

200 for OTA and 300 for INA, IMA and Air Force Academy

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Explain CDS ,how can I pass the examination and what kind of job or scopes in the CDS ?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts Combined Defense Services (CDS) Examination twice a year for the recruitment of candidates to transform into officers in different branches of Indian armed forces.

You can read more about it here:

Hope this helps. thank you.

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Sir, I am a final year degree student and i have back papers to complete. Can i still write the CDS exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Shilpa, Final year Graduation Candidates who are between 20-24 years can appear for CDS entrance examination. You should just complete all your back logs and your course at the time of counselling and admission. For more information on Physical, Visual standards for the exam, please visit our page at:


Does IIT Delhi is better option for aerospace engineering than other IITs ,if wanted to join IAF through CDS ?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019
Hello Rohit,
IIT D is one of the best Institute of India and among IITs. So there study and faculties are very good. You may have a great career there. You should take admission and start your journey to go into Airforce.
Good luck

which books are best for cds and afcat?

Apoorva Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

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.

Best wishes

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