CDS Exam Pattern 2018

CDS Exam Pattern 2018

The exam pattern of CDS has been prescribed by Union Public Service Commission. CDS is conducted in two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. As per CDS exam pattern 2018, the exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. Candidates applying for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses have to write three subjects – English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Those applying for Officers’ Training Academy course have to appear for two subjects – English and General Knowledge. Each paper as per CDS 2018 exam pattern will be conducted for 2 hours. Each subject carries 100 marks. CDS exam pattern 2018 for both written stage and SSB Interview is explained in this article. Candidates can check CDS 2 exam pattern to get an idea regarding the overall structure of exam like marking scheme, time duration, number of questions etc. CDS 2 is scheduled to be conducted on November 18, 2018. Read below for more details on CDS exam pattern.

Highlights of CDS 2018 Exam Pattern

Stages of exam Written exam and SSB Interview
Mode of examPen and paper based
SubjectsEnglish, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
Exam duration2 hours for each paper
Number of questions340 MCQs for – IMA, INA and AFA

240 MCQs for – OTA
Total marksEach subject carries 100 marks
Negative marks1/3
Types of questionsObjective type multiple choice questions
Language of paperEnglish & Hindi (Both language except Hindi)

CDS Exam Pattern 2018 –Written Exam

Candidates for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses have to appear for three subjects.

  1. For admission to Officers’ Training Academy courses, candidates have to appear for two subject

  2. There are three subjects – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics

  3. Total marks allotted for each subject is 100

  4. Candidates have to attempt each paper within 2 hours


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