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

CDS Syllabus 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release 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 based on the syllabus of CDS 2020. For a systematic planning of CDS preparation, aspirants must have a clear understanding of 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.

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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Questions related to CDS

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Can a hotel management graduate can apply for the CDS Exam.

Yash Dev Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019
Hello student yes any graduate student or final year student can apply for cds exam as eligibility criteria says graduate from any field can apply for it.
But for navy engineering is mandatory and for airforce academy its mandatory to pass class 12 with Physics Chemistry and mathematics.

The candidates will be provided admission to INA, IMA, Air Force Academy, and Officers Training Academy through Written Examination, Personality Test and Interview.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck
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can you give me full details of OTA(CDS),age, merits,exam etc...

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

officer training academy CDSOTA is conducted in pen and paper mood. syllabus is consist of only english and general awareness. questions are in multiple choice type. totsl 240 questions need to answer, also there is negative marking.  age shold be between 19-25. you can follow below mention books for your preparation.

Combined CDS (OTA) Book   , DDE – Defence Direct Education

Pathfinder CDS   by Arihant Experts

Lets Crack CDS Exam   by SSBCrack


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which course is best for CDS exam for girls after 12 class (PCM)????

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019

Hello,

When it comes to CDS, girls are only eligible for OTA  and the only eligibility is graduation in any stream from a recognized university, there's no specific aggregate required here, so whatever you wish to pursue you can, wherever your interest lies. There's no hard and fast rule if you're asking regarding choice of course specifically for CDS.


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my birth date is 8/8/1996 can i am eligible for cds 2020

Yash Dev Student Expert 29th Sep, 2019
Hello student yes you're eligible as eligibility criteria says that CDS2020Eligibility Criteria:

For the Officers, Training Academy, unmarried or widowed male/female candidates must not be older than 25 years and younger than 19 years of age, as on January 2020. For theCDSII examination, the candidate must be born between July 1994 to July 1999.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck
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