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: CDS Admit Card 2020 released on Jan 9
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.
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
General knowledge (GK)
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.
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.
Number of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Easy (Concept based questions)
Moderate (Analytical based questions)
Moderate (Fact based questions)
Easy to Moderate
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces
20-25 (4 or 5 passages)
One Word Substitution
Spot the Error
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)
Time speed and Distance
Simple interest/Compound interest
Time and Work
Moderate to Difficult
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.
Word Power Made Easy
S. P . Bakshi
Wren and Martin
Magical books on quicker maths
R. S. Aggarwal
Verbal and Non verbal reasoning
Geography & History:NCERT (Std 6th-12th)
NCERT (Std 6th-12th)
(Any leading newspaper)
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 marksCandidates 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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Girl candidates who want to join IAF have 2 possible ways. AFCAT and non AFCAT entry. AFCAT is an entrance exam conducted twice a year. If you clear this exam, then you will be called for SSB Interview and then you can choose your own branches.
There are various kinds branch in IAF(Indian air force) like technical, flying and ground. each branch has its own Eligibility and qualification criteria... As you haven't mentioned any kind of branch, let me tell you about these core branches
Flying branch: age should be in between 19 to 23.You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted.
Technical branch: There are 2 types of technical services under technical branch. Both of them need the same criteria of 18-28yeats.First one is Aeronautical Engineer which is mechanical service. Second one is Aeronautical Engineer which is electrical service.
Ground duty branch: There are 3 types of services in Ground duty branches.
Administration and Logistics: Age should be between 20-23 years for Graduates. You should be a Graduate or a Post Graduate in any discipline with atleast 60% marks.
Education: Age should be 20-25 years for Post Graduates and you should be a Post Graduate in any stream with 50% marks.
Accounts: 20-27 for M.Ed, Ph. D, CA, ICWA. Bachelors degree or Masters degree in Commerce. If you have Bachelor's degree then you should have 60% marks and if you have PG degree, then you should have 60% marks.
Through Non AFCAT entry, there are CDSE and FTS. For meteorology branch, age should be between 20-25 years and for Phd students, age should be 27 years. Students should have post graduate degree in any science stream.
There is also NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force. Age should be 20-24 years. You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted
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)
Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam
Hope this will help you.
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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.
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