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UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus 2016 | Syllabus of CDS Entrance Exam 2016

UPSC CDS Examination Syllabus

CDS Exam Syllabus with latest updates and subject wise topics has been disclosed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates aspiring for CDS examination can get the complete detail of UPSC CDS exam syllabus here

Standard of examination subjects

The standard of the Elementary Mathematics paper will be of Matriculation level.

The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.

Subject wise Syllabus UPSC CDS Examination

English (Code No. 01)

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

Few topics covered in UPSC CDS examination are listed below

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Error spotting
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Finding errors and omittions etc

Also see English Test | English Free Online Tests

General Knowledge (Code No. 02)

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.

The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Few topics covered in UPSC CDS examination are listed below

  • Knowledge of current topics
  • Knowledge of History of India and Geographical issues
  • Indian Economy
  • Current happening in the field of business, politics, sports, entertainment etc
  • Monuments of India
  • Books and Authors name

Also see General Knowledge MCQ Question Answers for CDS preparation

Elementary Mathematics (Code No. 03)


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

Factorization Theorem H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.


Basic Operations, simple factors, 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

Simultaneous linear equations in two variables and their solutions

Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions

Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.


Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 00 x 900 Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 00, 300, 450, 600 and 900 Simple trigonometric identities.Use of trigonometric tables, Simple cases of heights and distances


Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on Properties of angles at a point

Parallel lines, Sides and angles of a triangle, Congruency of triangles,

Similar triangles, Concurrence of medians and altitudes, Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, Circles and its properties including tangents and normal, 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 and 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

Intelligence and personality test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence.

They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects.

All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an    assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

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

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