CDS Exam Pattern


CDS Exam Pattern


1. The Competitive examination comprises:

(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.


2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:


(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—


S.No.SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
1English2 Hours100
2General Knowledge2 Hours100
3Elementary Mathematics2 Hours100


(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—


S.No.SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
1English2 Hours100
2General Knowledge2 Hours100

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.


3. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.


4.In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.


5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.


6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.


7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.