CDS Exam Pattern 2020

By | June 13, 2020
CDS Exam Pattern

CDS is known as Combined Defence Service. It is conducted to recruit for various posts 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 7th November 2020. Through this article, you can get complete details about the CDS Exam Pattern.

CDS Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Dates 2020

CDS Upcoming Events

4th August 2020 CDS 2 Notification 2020
4th August 2020 CDS 2 Registration 2020
7th November 2020 CDS 2 Examination 2020

Past Events

1st February 2020 CDS 1 Examination 2020
29th October 2020 CDS 1 Notification 2020
29th October 2019 – 18th November 2019 CDS 1 Registration 2020

CDS 2020 Highlights

Candidates can refer to the following table to check details of CDS 2020 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 1/3 marks deducted for each incorrect answer

CDS Exam Pattern 2020

  • CDS Examination will be conducted via only offline mode only 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.

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 GK.

Marking scheme for IMA, INA, AFA

CDS 2020 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

Marking scheme for OTA

CDS 2020 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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