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 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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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
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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