CDS (I) 2015 Exam Pattern
Updated on Nov 18, 2014 - 8:47 a.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee

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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after clearing the cds exam what will happen

Shivangini Bhatt 19th Feb, 2020
CDA exam is a gateway to the SSB interview. If a candidate manages to clear the CDS Written Exam then he/she will get a chance to show his prowes in the SSB Interview. It is essential to clear the CDS cutoff in order to appear for SSB Interview. If the candidate manages to clear the SSB interview then he/she will be appearing for the document verification and medical examination. After that, the candidate will be sent to the academy for training to become an officer.

sir, i am pursuing integrated ( MBA - B. tech) in Computer Science and Engineering. so, whether I am eligible for the CDS entrance exam Or not ?

Kalpana Sharma 19th Feb, 2020
Hi Chinmaya,
Hope you are doing great.
Yes, you are eligible for the CDS( Combined Defence Services ) exam as the basic eligibility to appear for this exam is to have graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in it.
However, under this exam , there are academies and it has different qualifications required as Air Force or Navy demands of having mainly engineering branch while in OTA and IMA ,you can go with any desirable course.
Hope it helps.

Best Wishes

i am intrested in CDS OTA 2020 i want to know is OTA sylabus of GK And english same as iMA and navy

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020
The syllabus for CDS will be same for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.For IMA, INA, AFA candidates need to appear in Elementary Mathematics paper too.Here is the syllabus for ENGLISH and GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence correction
  • Jumbled sentence
  • Reading comprehension
  • Finding errors and omissions
  • Tenses & verb
  • Vocabulary

General Knowledge
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Indian polity
  • Current affairs
  • Economics
  • Books and authors

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for cds in graduation is geography subject compelcery

Sunil Kumar singh 18th Feb, 2020

Hi dear,

There is no boundaries in your subjects. If you are graduated from a recognized university then it is enough for CDS. For some fields engineering is compulsory. You can check details here

Hope it helps.


hello, I want to know that can Bsc student (PCM) can also eligible for CDS exam ??plz guide us

Sharon Rose Student Expert 13th Feb, 2020


Yes, you are eligible to appear in CDS. But you are only eligible to join Indian Military Academy(IMA), Airforce Academy(AFA), officer's training academy(OTA) as the eligibility criteria to join in any of these academy is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree.For Indian Naval Academy a candidate must have passed bachelor's in Engineering.

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