UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021: Union Public Service Commission releases the Syllabus of the Combined Defense Services (CDS) Exam online at upsc.gov.in. The CDS syllabus releases with the release of the official notification. Candidates can get the direct link to download UPSC CDS (2) Syllabus PDF in this article. Aspirants can start their CDS exam 2021 preparation with the help of the PDF available in this article as per the latest CDS 2 2021 notification. The CDS exam syllabus includes four topics – English, General Knowledge and General Mathematics. The examination takes place for 100 marks for each paper. Read more details on UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021, exam pattern in this article.
UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021
The CDS 2021 syllabus consists of three main subjects i.e. English, General Knowledge and Mathematics. The syllabus for the CDS examination is prepared by UPSC considering the eligibility required for the posts. The level of difficulty of the questions asked is of graduation level. However, the Mathematics questions are based on the 10th level (elementary standard). Aspirants can check the detailed CDS syllabus 2021 with PDF below.
- English (Code No. 01)
- General Knowledge (Code No. 02)
- Elementary Mathematics (Code No. 03)
UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2021
After the syllabus, another great resource for CDS preparation is exam pattern. It gives students a basic idea of what will be the structure of the examination. The scheme of the exam also allows them to understand the language of the exam, marks distribution and other aspects. Check out the detailed exam pattern for the UPSC CDS exam below.
Exam Pattern for CDS 2021
|Mode of exam||Pen-paper based test|
|Duration of the exam||02 hour for each paper|
|Type of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions|
|Maximum Marks||100 marks for each paper|
|Language of questions||General Knowledge & Elementary Mathematics – Bilingual |
Language section – Available only in the English language
|Marking Scheme||0.33 marks for the question is deducted for incorrect answer|
For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
|Subject||No. of Questions||Marks|
For Officers’ Training Academy
|Subject||No. of Questions||Marks|
Recommended: CDS Previous Year Question Papers
About UPSC CDS
The examination for Combined Defense Services is conducted by Union Public Service Examination every year. It is a biannual examination which means that it takes place twice every year. Aspirants who wish to join IMA and Officers Training Academy, Chennai, Indian Naval Academy, Air force Academy can apply for the CDS exam. This year, UPSC has announced CDS recruitment for 345 vacancies. Candidates must have a graduation degree to apply for any of these posts.
The selection procedure of CDS includes two stages – Written Examination and SSB Interview. On qualifying for the written exam, candidates can appear for the SSB Interview. There are two stages of the SSB Interview. The first stage is the Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test and Picture Perception* Description Test. In this stage, those who are not able to qualify for the exam are sent home. The second stage is the Psychology Tests, Interviews, Conference and Group Testing. Both of these stages are conducted for 04 days.
Ans. The UPSC CDS syllabus includes English, General Knowledge and General Mathematics.
Ans. Yes. 0.33 marks are deducted for each incorrect question.
Ans. As CDS is a national level exam, so generally students review it as moderate to difficult exam.