CDS Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Patter 2018: Check Marking Scheme, No of Question, Types of Question

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CDS is known as Combined Defence Service. It is conducted to fulfills various post in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. UPSC conducts it twice (February and November) in a year. UPSC will conduct it on 4th February 2018. UPSC organized it for fulfilling the 414 posts. Through this article you can know complete details about CDS Exam Pattern.

CDS Exam Dates 2018:

Events CDS-I Schedule CDS-II Schedule
Official notification will be released on 8th November, 2017 8th August, 2018
Submission of online application form will commence from 8th November, 2017 8th August, 2018
Last date for receipt of application form 4th December, 2017 3rd September, 2018
Admit card will be issued Last week of January, 2018 First week of November, 2018
Entrance exam date 4th February, 2018 18th November, 2018

CDS 2018 Highlights:

Candidates can refer to the following table to check medium of CDS 2018 for each paper.

Mode of Exam Offline only (Pen and paper mode)
Number of Questions asked in IMA, INA & AFA 300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA 200 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks
  • 300 (IMA, INA, AFA)
  • 200 (OTA)
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper
Medium Hindi or English
Sections in Paper
  • English, GK and Mathematics (IMA, INA & AFA)
  • English,GK for OTA
Negative marking One third mark deducted for each incorrect answer

CDS Exam Pattern 2018:

  • CDS Examination will be conducted via only offline mode i.e. pen and paper based mode.
  • It will be conducted both session, morning and forenoon session.
  • CDS question booklet contain only multiple choice questions which consist of  300 marks for IMA, INA & AFA.
  • For OTA written test, it will be of 200 marks. 2 hours will be provided for each paper.

How to Prepare for CDS Examination

CDS exam pattern for admission to IMA, INA & AFA

Subjects No. of questions Max. Marks Duration
General Knowledge 120 100 120 minutes
English Language 120 100 120 minutes
Elementary Mathematics 100 100 120 minutes

CDS exam pattern for admission to OTA

Subjects No. of questions Max. Marks Duration
English Language 120 100 120 minutes
General Knowledge 120 100 120 minutes
  •  Marking Scheme: Every incorrect answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted. For each correct answer you will get 1 marks. It contains elementary mathematics, english and general knowledge.

Marking scheme for IMA, INA, AFA:

CDS 2018 Paper English GK Mathematics
Maximum Marks 100 100 100
Marks for Correct answer +1 marks for each correct option +1 marks for each correct option +1 marks for each correct option
Negative marking -0.33 marks for each wrong answer -0.33 marks for each wrong answer -0.33 marks for each wrong answer

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Marking scheme for OTA:

CDS 2018 Paper English GK
Maximum Marks 100 100
Marks for Correct answer +1 (for each correct answer) +1 (for each correct answer)
Negative marking -0.33 (marks for each wrong answer) -0.33 (marks for each wrong answer)

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