CDS Exam Pattern: Exam Duration, Maximum Marks Allotted

There will be two parts of CDS exam; the first part will be a written test and the second one will be Intelligence and personality test. For the ease of aspirants, we are illustrating below complete CDS exam pattern 2021 for written as well as Intelligence and personality test.

CDS (1 & 2) Written Exam Pattern

Written exam format for admission to Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Air Force

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks Allotted
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100

Written exam format for admission to Officers’ Training Academy

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks Allotted
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100

 Important Highlights of the Written Exam

  • All questions will be objective type only.
  • Question papers of Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge will be in English as well as Hindi language.
  • Candidates must need to write the paper through their own hand. Under no circumstances, they are eligible to get help from a scribe.
  • No candidates are allowed to use a calculator while answering objective type questions and therefore they are not allowed to bring the same inside the examination hall.

 Syllabus and Standard of the CDS Exam

Questions asked in the Elementary Mathematics part will be Matriculation level whereas other parts will be graduate level. Now let’s have a look on the syllabus of CDS exam 2021:

Code Number 01 (English)

English paper is designed just to check the understanding of candidates in English language and how much proficient they are in using of words.

Code Number 02 (General Knowledge)

General knowledge part will consist of questions from current and ongoing events. Along with, questions of Indian History and Geography of Nature will be also included in this part.

Code Number 03 (Elementary Mathematics)

Syllabus of Elementary Mathematics part is as follows:

Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

CDS Intelligence and Personality Test Pattern

This will be the second part of the selection procedure which will be a SSB interview. It’ll contain two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Candidates qualify the stage 1 exam will be called for stage 2.

Stage 1: It will be an OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating) Test which contains Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT). Applicants will be shortlisted as per their performance in QIR test and PP and DT.

Stage 2: This part will consist of Group Testing Officer Tasks, Interview, Conference and Psychology Test. These tests are organized in four days. However, if you’d like to acquire more information you may visit the website i.e.

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