CDS

CDS 2022 Exam Pattern

CDS is the abbreviated form of Combined Defence Service. The CDS exam is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year (February and November) to recruit officers in the Indian defence services i.e. Army, Navy, and Air Force. The selected candidates are trained as officers at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Officers Training Academy, Madras, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, and Indian Air Force Academy, Dundigal.

In the year 2022, the UPSC will conduct the CDS exams on 10th April, 2022 and 04th September, 2022. Through this article, you can get complete details about the CDS Exam Pattern.

CDS 2022 Exam Important Dates

CDS Exam 2022: Important Dates
Events CDS-I Dates CDS-II Dates
Release of CDS 2022 Official Notification 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration Start Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration End Date 11th January 2022 (6 pm) 14th June 2022
Online Application Withdrawn 18th to 24th January 2022 To be notified
Admit Card Release Date 3rd week of March 2022 August 2022
CDS Exam Date 2022 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Unofficial) 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Official) May 2022 October 2022
CDS Result May 2022 October 2022
Interview Dates To be updated soon To be updated soon
Final Result To be updated soon To be updated soon

CDS 2022 Highlights

Candidates can refer to the following table to check details of CDS 2022 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 2022

  • CDS Examination will be conducted via offline mode only i.e. pen and paper-based mode.
  • It will be conducted in both sessions i.e. morning and forenoon sessions.
  • CDS question booklet contains 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: For 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 2022 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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