UPSC CDS 2018 Exams Pattern & Syllabus

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UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission has issued latest CDS Exam Notification. Candidates who are preparing for Combined Defence Services Examination 2018 may note down all topics for Paper I & Paper II. English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics are among the premier topics covered in CDS Syllabus. Along with CDS Exam Syllabus 2018, we are also listing UPSC CDS Paper pattern so that you may prepare for exam. You will also find the previous year question papers of CDS Exam which will help you to evaluate & analyse the type & level of questions asked in the exam.

Paper 1: UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus for English
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Para Jumbles
  • Reading Comprehension covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Finding errors and omittions etc covered in CDS Exam Syllabus

Paper 2: CDS Exam Syllabus PDF of General Knowledge
  • Knowledge of current topics
  • knowledge of History of India and Geographical issues
  • Indian Economy covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Current happening in the field of business, politics, sports, entertainment etc.
  • Monuments of India
  • Books and Authors name
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Banking Sector
  • Universities covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Books & Authors covered in CDS Exam Syllabus
  • Taxation
  • Sports – Awards etc.

Paper 3: Combined Defence service exam Syllabus for Elementary Mathematics


Number System: Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions
Unitary method: time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
Elementary Number Theory: Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
  • Basic Operations
  • Simple factor
  • Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M
  • Theory of polynomials
  • solutions of quadratic equations
  • relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered)
  • Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions

Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0 < x < 90 degrees, Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees, Simple trigonometric identities, Use of trigonometric tables, simple cases of heights and distances.

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.

  • Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle.
  • Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book).
  • Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones.
  • Cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.

  • Collection and tabulation of statistical data
  • Graphical representation frequency polygons
  • Histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc.
  • Measures of central tendency

Exam Paper Pattern Of CDS
The CDS examination will be conducted in two phases:
  • Written examination
  • Interview/ Personality Test

A). For admission in Indian Military Academy, Indian Navy Academy and Air Force Academy:

Name of Subject
Duration of Exam
Total Marks
Paper I
120 Minutes (2 hours)
Paper II
General Knowledge
120 Minutes (2 hours)
Paper III
Elementary Mathematics
120 Minutes (2 hours)

B). For Admission in Officers Training Academy:

Name of subject
Duration of exam
Total Marks
Paper 1
General Knowledge
120 minutes (2 hours)
Paper 2
120 minutes (2 hours)

Combined Defence Service Exam Pattern
  • Applicants have to bear the penalty if he will give wrong… for each wrong answer 0.33 marks will be deducted.
  • Candidates who have marked more than one answer for each question than same penalty will be applied.
  • If the question will left blanked then no extra marks will be deducted.

Previous Year Papers Of UPSC CDS