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: UPSC released the result of CDS 2020 on March 23. Click here to check - CDS Result 2020
Unofficial CDS answer key 2020 out on Feb 2Also, Check expected CDS Cut off 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.
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
General knowledge (GK)
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.
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 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 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 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.
CDS Exam Pattern 2020 - UPSC prescribes CDS 2020 exam pattern containing sections, marks, mode et...
CDS Notification 2020 - UPSC has released the notification of Common Defence Services (CDS) I on ...
CDS Application Form 2020 – UPSC has released CDS 2020 application form on October 30, 2019. Chec...
CDS Question Papers 2020 - UPSC has released CDS 2020 Question Papers after the exam. Download CD...
CDS Salary 2020 - UPSC CDS Pay Scale 2020 is provided here. Check UPSC CDS officer salary rank wi...
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.
Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.
I hope this clears you doubt.
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
for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.
I hope this information helps you.
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.
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.
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
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
Vision standard for Female Candidates
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
Limits of Myopia -0.75D
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D
Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions
– CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.
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.
Your CDS brochure has been successfully mailed to your registered email id .
The Question containing Inaapropriate or Abusive Words
Question lacks the basic details making it difficult to answer
Topic Tagged to the Question are not relevant to Question
Question drives traffic to external sites for promotional or commercial purposes
The Question is not relevant to User
Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile