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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Hello Sir , i had been completed my graduation with open degree which is comes to under kakatiya university .Can i eligible to apply for CDS Exam ... Please inform me sir..

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 19th Jan, 2020


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)


I am currently doing my graduation in Economics and also I am a girl. Will there be constraints for me to pass the CDS exam?

thomas joy 19th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam

  • Women candidates can only apply for Officers Training Staff or OTA
  • Final year graduate or gradutes can apply for the exam
  • Minimum age is 19 years and for OTA maximu age is 25
  • Candidate should have good mental and physical health
  • 200 mcq questions in OTA section
  • English and General Knowledge is asked.

Hope this will help you.

All the best, Thank you


Sir, can I give CDS exam?. I am a student of BE(fire engineering) .

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


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.


cds ke peper main math kis class ki rahti hai

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 31st Dec, 2019
Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Some best books for CDS Mathematics are Arihant Pathfinder, Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal. You can check the syllabus here-
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difference between nda syllabus and cds syllabus

niharika cherry 29th Dec, 2019

Hi Divy!

NDA and CDS have different similitudes however are not one in something very similar. NDA is for the 10+2 level, CDS is for graduation level. NDA test is for national guard institute and CDS is for IMA and OTA. The fundamental contrast is that CDS must be given by graduates. So coming to syllabus NDA has 10+2 level syllabus and CDS has graduation syllabus.

Hope this helps.

All the best!

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