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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Questions related to CDS

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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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if I have 50% in mathematics and physics in 10+2 class, can I appear for OTA and AFA?

Shiksha 25th Mar, 2020

Hello!

Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.

  • The eligibility criteria for CDS OTA says: the person should be between 19-25 years age & should have a bachelor's degree from a recognised University/institue (men & women both). The men can be married or unmarried & women can be married or unmarried or widow.
  • The eligibility criteria for AFA says that: the person should be between 20-24 years unmarried. Should have a degree  (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) from a recognised University/institue or bachelor's in engineering.

I hope this clears you doubt.

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i have completed my ba.llb degree and my dob is 04/03/1995 .can i apply for CDS .if not then is there any other option for me in defence.

Hrisheekesh Singh 24th Mar, 2020

Hi Dawood,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

You may refer to this article for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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I heard about temporary and permanent rejections in medical test examination. Can you explain about different checkups in brief and how to overcome them within alloted time if we are temporarily rejected?

Saisrinandan Ch 27th Mar, 2020

Hello,

You are talking about types of rejections in Services Selection Board (SSB).

Temporary rejections are those which can be cured/treated. Example: Extra Weight.

Permanent rejections are faced due to problems that cannot be cured. Example: Extra Leg Length for Fighter Pilots.

There are several tests inside the medicals. Some basic temporary rejections include: Knocked Knee, Over Weight, Wax in Ears, Kidney Stones, Appendix.

Some of these require surgery or doctor consultation. While problems like over weight can be set right with healthy diet and exercise. Knocked Knee can be cured by putting a pillow between your knees and standing for 20-30 secs daily.

Hope this helps.

Thanks.

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A person with disability can apply for CDS exams?

Mohit Sinha 24th Mar, 2020

Aspirants submit their CDS online application form before the last date. but before fill form you should need to check your eligibility for CDS Entrance exam. here we are talking about CDS physical standards and CDS medical fitness both. Check all information regarding “CDS Physical eligibility” below.

PHYSICAL STANDARD FOR UPSC CDS EXAM –

General physical and mental standards are very important points to consider before apply for UPSC CDS Exam. here you find physical requirements for CDS and what type of physical fitness required for CDS check below.

  • First of all participant must aware about this that you are physically & mentally fit and fine and free from any type of disease / disability.
  • Participant not have any type of mental breakdown record in past.
  • Aspirant must undergo a preliminary medical check-up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • Candidate must be under a standard weight
  • Chest should be in fine condition . X Ray will taken for figure out any disease in chest.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • You should be no disease of bones and joints of the body. these are some of the CDS Physical criteria for interested candidates. here is more things which are also consider as CDS Physical eligibility.

MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS

CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it

  • A Participant selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination process by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
  • Female participants will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male / female doctors / specialists / Gynecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board.
  • Whole Generate reports by Medical board are confidential and not disclose to anyone.
  • The final decision of Candidate fitness will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board.
  • The candidate will also be intimated about the procedure for Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.
  • Candidates must be Physically and Mentally fit according to the given standards. for more details such as vision standards , Height & weight criteria , eye sight criteria , Ear , Nose , throat , teeth condition etc.

EYESIGHT ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS EXAM

Most of the students ask this question that What is eyesight criteria for CDS ? CDSphysical test also covers your eyesight conditions. and vision standard for naval and Air force different from this which also mention below. Eyesight for CDS Exam –
Vision standard for Male Candidates

  • Candidate must able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses (For navy and Air Force without glasses only).
  • Myopia should not be more than 3.5D
  • Hypermetropia should not be more than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Vision standard for Female Candidates

  • Aspirant must able to read 6/6 (better eye) and 6/8 (worse eye) in a distant vision chart with or without glasses
  • Myopia should not be more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.
  • A candidate must have good binocular vision.
  • The colour vision standard will be CP-III.
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours.

Vision standard for Naval

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Vision standard for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -0.75D

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions – CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.

  • The applicants ought to have adequate number of normal and sound teeth.
  • At least 14 dental focuses will be satisfactory.
  • A hopeful ought not be experiencing serious pyorrhea.
  • The listening must be ordinary.
  • A hopeful ought to have the capacity to hear a constrained whisper with every ear at a separation of 610 cms in a very room.
  • There ought to be no confirmation of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • Sound metric test will be ruined AF. Sound metric misfortune ought not exceed+20 db in frequencies somewhere around 250Hz and 4000 Hz.

Height and weight standards
CDS Exam physical eligibility test also includes one major point is aspirant height. Here is a table for height required for CDS Exam for male and female candidates with weight parameters check it.

*45 for Navy @ 47 for Navy A ± 10% ( for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.


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