CDS Syllabus 2020
Piyush.Dixit, 24 Sep 2019, #CDS

CDS Syllabus 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the detailed CDS 2020 syllabus of the exam along with the official notification on October 30, 2019. CDS syllabus 2020 provides details regarding the topics and sub-topics under different sections of General Knowledge, Mathematics and English. It is to be noted the objective question type of CDS papers will be based on the syllabus of CDS 2020. For systematic planning of CDS preparation, aspirants must have a clear understanding of the CDS exam pattern and CDS syllabus 2020. CDS exam abides by two stages of selection – Written Exam and SSB Interview.
UPSC will conduct the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam on February 2, 2020 in the offline mode. All the questions asked in the exam will be of MCQ type. In this article, we will discuss the detailed description of CDS syllabus 2020 which will help the candidates to secure their selection in the CDS 2020 exam.
Latest Update: CDS 2020 Application Form Released. Last date to apply for CDS 2020 - November 19, 2019.

CDS Syllabus 2020

CDS exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the post of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).
If candidates are seeking admission in OTA then they are not required to study Mathematics, rather knowledge of General Knowledge and English is required only while candidates who are seeking get themselves inducted for IMA/INA/AFA are required to cover all the three subjects mentioned above.

CDS Exam Pattern 2020

Candidates who want to qualify the exam with flying colors must know the exam pattern of CDS along with syllabus as both these are complementary to each other. Aspirants who are equipped with exam pattern and syllabus can qualify the exam

CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

Topics

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Elementary Maths

100

2 Hours

English

100

2 Hours

General knowledge (GK)

100

2 Hours

Total

300

6 Hours


CDS 2020 exam pattern for Officers’ Training Academy

Topics

Maximum marks

Time Duration

English

100

2 Hours

General knowledge (GK)

100

2 Hours

Total

200

4 Hours


CDS 2020 exam pattern for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Candidates can check detailed description of topic wise weightage of CDS exam in below mentioned table.

CDS topic wise weightage

Below given provides the detailed descriptive characterisation of previous year CDS paper, this will help the candidates to understand question trends and accordingly compose the strategy to qualify Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam.

Topics wise question distribution - General Knowledge

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

History

17-20

Difficult

Science

22-25

Easy (Concept based questions)

Geography

15-18

Moderate (Analytical based questions)

Ecology

5-8

Moderate (Fact based questions)

Polity

18-22

Easy to Moderate

Economy/Trade

10-14

Moderate (Fact based questions)

Miscellaneous /Armed Forces

12-17

Moderate (Fact based questions)

Topics wise question distribution- English

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Sentence Improvement

18-22

Easy

Reading Comprehension

20-25 (4 or 5 passages)

Easy to Moderate

Synonyms

7-10

Moderate

Antonyms

7-9

Easy

One Word Substitution

5

Moderate

Para-Jumble

10

Easy to Moderate

Sentence-Jumble

7

Moderate

Spot the Error

20

Easy

Cloze Test

20

Easy


Topics wise question distribution - Elementary Mathematics

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Mensuration

12-15

Easy

Algebra

5-8

Easy to Moderate

Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)

4-7

Easy

Time speed and Distance

5-7

Easy

Number System

15-18

Easy to Moderate

Simple interest/Compound interest

4-6

Easy

Percentage

2-4

Easy

Profit/Loss

1-2

Easy

Mixture

1-2

Easy

Time and Work

3

Easy

Trigonometry

14

Moderate to Difficult

Set Theory

1

Easy

Clock

2

Easy

Geometry

20

Easy to Moderate


Important books to refer for CDS exam 2020

It is advisable that candidates have to be selective while choosing the books. Candidates can refer the below mentioned books to cover CDS syllabus 2020.

Best Books to prepare CDS

Subject

Books

Author

English

Objective General

Word Power Made Easy

Grammar basics

S. P . Bakshi

Normen Lewis

Wren and Martin

Elementary Mathematics


Quantitative Aptitude

Magical books on quicker maths

Quantum CAT

R. S. Aggarwal

M Tyra

Sarvesh kumar


Reasoning

Verbal and Non verbal reasoning

R. S. Aggarwal


General Knowledge


Geography & History:NCERT (Std 6th-12th)

Polity

Economy

International relations/events/diplomacy

General Awareness

Newspaper

NCERT (Std 6th-12th)


M laxmikant

NCERT (11th-12th)


Pratiyogita Darpan


Manohar Pandey

(Any leading newspaper)


How to prepare for CDS

After knowing the syllabus and exam pattern candidates should equip their strategic planning by knowing how to prepare for CDS exam. It becomes imperative for the candidates to compliment their preparation with right minded approach and proper planning. Candidates should check previous year papers of CDS exam and accordingly compose their strategy to cement their selection in exam with good marks
Candidates after checking CDS syllabus 2020 should make their preparation plan which will help them to qualify the exam. CDS exam is being conducted twice a year by UPSC to recruit the candidates for Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy posts.

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I had got 53 %in 12 class .can I give paper of CDS

KUNAL LANJEWAR 6th Dec, 2019

Hello,

The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing the paper of CDS exam 2020 as per the rules of UPSC are that-

1. The person should have age ranging from 19 to 24 years

2. The person must be a citizen of India

3. The person must have completed his graduation.

So, the percentage of 12th doesn't matters. The only thing is that you should satisfy the above minimum requirements.

For more details about CDS exam, you may visit the link given below:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria

Best wishes for your future.


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can diploma holder apply for this !?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019
You can't appear for CDS Examination until you have a graduate degree from a recognized university. Being a diploma holder, you are unable to apply for CDS. You must be a graduate first. However, final year graduation students can apply. Beside this, there are other criteria also like applicants age should be within 20-24 years.
Check the CDS eligibility criteria here-
http://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria
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Is civil engineering graduation eligibe for I. N. A of CDS

Avishek Dutta 4th Dec, 2019
Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Age:19 to 24 years

Qualifications:Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

Age:19 to 24 years

Qualifications:Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Air Force Academy (AFA)

Age:20 to 24 years

Qualifications:Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering




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b.com students can apply for cds......? and which books perfect for cds ota with the syllabus and how can i prepare for cds exame in some months ... pls sir leave a ans

KISHORE LOHRA 3rd Dec, 2019

dear krishna ,

yes, b.com students can apply for combined defence service. the eligibility for cds ota-Degree of a recognised university or equivalent.In market you found many books of cds preparation but in my opening you can prefer cds pathfinder of arihant .but before going to book you must know about the pattern of the exam by seeing the previous year papers.

if you want to more information then you can go through the below link

https://competition.careers360.com/exams/cds

but remember after qualifying exam you have to face the ssb interview which includes physical fitness test as well as Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence interview.

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I am eligible for CDS & AFCAT exam if my 12th percentile is below 60% ?

Indrajit Gupta 2nd Dec, 2019

CDS (Combined defense service) has need graduation. It is not depend on 12th marks. There are educational eligibility for CDS  (Combined defense service)as:-

•Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy - A candidate should be degree from any recognised board.

•Indian Naval Academy (INA): A candidate should have Degree in Engineering from a recognized university.

•Air Force Academy: A candidate should have Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

You can kindly check below mentioned link for CDS:- https://www.google.com/amp/s/competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-exam/amp


There are educational eligibility for AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) exam as:-

•A candidate should be passed 12th or equivalent exam in maths and physics with 60% Score. (Flying branch and ground duty(technical).

•A candidate should have minimum bachelor degree from any recognised college/educational board.

You can kindly check below mentioned link for Afcat exam eligibility:- https://www.google.com/amp/s/competition.careers360.com/articles/afcat/amp


Hope! This helps.

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