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UPSC CDS Exam Pattern | UPSC CDS Test Pattern

Exam Scheme for UPSC CDS (I) 2017

This article aims to guide our readers about UPSC CDS exam pattern. The UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam, popularly known as the CDS Exam is held twice a year to recruit officers for the Army, Air force and the Navy.

The selection procedure includes a written examination and if a candidate clears that he has to appear for SSB Interviewwhich has Intelligence and personality tests.

UPSC CDS (I) 2017

Important Dates

  • Announcement of Exam Notification: 09th November 2016
  • Last Date for Submission of Applications: 02nd December 2016 till 06.00 pm
  • Date of Examination: 05th February 2017

Read this article as it covers every fine detail regarding UPSC CDS exam pattern like subjects, marks distribution and duration of exams that will help you in cracking CDS examination

All about UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

  • The Written Test has three sections of English, Elementary mathematics and General Knowledge.
  • The CDS Exam will have Objective Type (multiple choice answers) questions only.
  • Each paper is of 100 marks and the time duration for each test is 2 hours.
  • For Officers Training Academy, the candidates have to appear for two exams on General Awareness and English respectively and the total marks is 200

Written Examination for Officers’ Training Academy

Paper Subject Questions Duration Maximum Marks
I English 120 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 120 2 hours 100
Total 200

For Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy the candidates have to appear for three exams on General Awareness, Elementary Mathematics and English respectively and the total marks is 300

Written Examination for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Paper Subject Questions Duration Maximum Marks
I English 120 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 120 2 hours 100
III Elementary Mathematics 120 2 hours 100
                        Total 300

Things you must know about UPSC CDS exam pattern

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective (multiple choice questions) type format of questions.
  • Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.
  • For more detailed exam instructions for Conventional and Objective type papers go through Exam Instructions

Now when you are aware of the UPSC CDS exam pattern you can start your preparation for CDS examination for more details regarding UPSC CDS exam syllabus and CDS previous year question papers plz visit the links

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