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.
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CDS Syllabus 2020

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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 a 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 colours 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 the 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 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 complement 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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Hello everyone As Im going to start my preparation for Cds so, can you please suggest me something regarding the study criteria or the books which I should prefer as I have enough time to prepare

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

For CDS EXAMINATION, you can start with going through the previous few years question papers and try solving them that will help you find where do you stand. you need to work on your written English language and skills as well as be upto date on the day to day general knowledge while having a elementary knowledge about mathematics.  You can start reading newspaper which will help you in general knowledge as well improve your English. You can also go for arihant publication books for CDS that can help as well.

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Hello everyone Im going to start my preparation for Cds, so please suggest me something about studying criteria

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

For CDS EXAMINATION, you need to work on your written English language and skills as well as be upto date on the day to day general knowledge while having a elementary knowledge about mathematics.  You can start reading newspaper which will help you in general knowledge as well improve your English. You can also go for arihant publication books for CDS that can help as well

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Will I be able to clear medical of CDS if i got my hand burnt by cracker and is ok now.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

In medical test, they usually check the Height, weight. They also check for amy visual, auditory deformities. They will take a Chest X ray to rule out any Chest infections. Hand burn is a scar and it us not a deformity or an illness. So if the rest of the parameters are good, then there should be no reason why you would not clear the Medical fitness test. All that matters is that you should be in good Physical and Mental health and be free from any deformity or disease that might interfere with performing your duties efficiently.

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My date of birth is 10th july,1999.Can I apply for cds in 2023?

Soham sengupta 31st Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant,

Yes you can apply for CDS in 2023. According to CDS eligibility criteria candidate's minimum age should be 20 & maximum age should be 24 years. Candidate also have to pass their graduation or appearing for the final year to give the examination. To know more about CDS eligibility criteria click here

https://competition.Careers360.com/article/cds-eligibility-criteria

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Is spectacles allow a candidates can select with spectacles

Rehan Alam Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

yes you can apply for CDS exam even if you have spectacles however you will not be able to get into the air force and flying department because of your spectacles.

you could however go for logistics and administration even if you have your spectacles.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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