UPSC CDS 2020 Syllabus, Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts the CDS(Combined Defence Service) Examination twice in a Year. UPSC CDS syllabus 2020 is a bit broad. here we will discuss the complete Syllabus of CDS 2020. the exam pattern of each exam is different but the basic structure of the defense exam is always similar. we will also discuss the  UPSC CDS Exam Pattern or CDS exam Pattern 2020 usually, we prepare for the exam but do not look at the marking scheme. this is a very informant to know the subject wise weightage of the marks CDS 2020 Marking scheme and Expected Cutoffs of CDS to know the complete details and procedure of the exam and syllabus read our full article below:-

UPSC CDS 2020 Syllabus, Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

The Basic Structure of all the defense exam which is conducted by the UPSC is always similar with each like NDA, CDS, etc.  but the syllabus of the exam varies according to the eligibility criteria and educational qualification. here we will know the complete details of the exam and marking scheme etc.

For the Expected Cutoffs of CDS, You can click on the link given below:-

CDS 1/2020 Expected Cutoff, CDS 1 Cut off 2020  Expected Cutoffs of CDS

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern:-

The CDS exam pattern 2020 will be the same as earlier, here we will discuss the pattern and mode of examination.

  • Mode of examination- Offline
  • You will be given a question paper along with the OMR sheet.
  • No. of questions-300 for IMA, INA and AFA candidates.
  • No. of questions – 200 for OTA candidates.
  • Maximum Marks- 300 for Indian Military, Navy and Air Force and 200 for OTA.
  • Duration of Examination- 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper.
  • Negative marking – 0.33 marks on every wrong response.

UPSC CDS syllabus 2020:-

 The syllabus of UPSC CDS 2020  would be similar as it was earlier, no any change has been made yet in the syllabus of CDS 2020, let’s look at the syllabus bel0w:-

The candidate would are appearing in CDS for the Indian Military academy, Indian Naval academy or Indian Air Force Academy will have different syllabus than the OTA (Officers Training Academy).

For the IMA, INA and AFA candidate the Syllabus of CDS 2020:-

  • Mathematics
  • General Science
  • English

For the OTA Candidates;-

  • General Science
  • English

let’s discuss the syllabus in detail:-

Mathematics syllabus of CDS 2020:

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, the relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations 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 ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.
Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) 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.

General Science syllabus of CDS 2020:-

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 nature
which candidate should be able to answer without special study. these are the few Important topics which must be cover:-

  • Latest Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian History
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian Politics
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Books & Authors
  • Sports, Awards

English Syllabus of CDS 2020:-

In the English Section, you will just ask the simple grammar, here are a few topics which must be clear:-

  • Sentence Improvement
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Para-Jumble
  • Sentence-Jumble
  • Spot the Error
  • Cloze Test

CDS Previous Year Question Paper

CDS 2020 Marking scheme:-

Subjects No. of Question Marks Distribution Negative Marking for every wrong response
Mathematics 100 100 0.33
General Science 100 100 0.33
English 100 100 0.33

For OTA(Officers Training Academy) 

Subjects No. of Question Marks Distribution Negative Marking for every wrong response
General Science 100 100 0.33
English 100 100 0.33

these were the marking scheme of CDS 2020 you can prepare your Syllabus according to the marking scheme. syllabus of OTA is a bit easy than the other one which is for the IMA, INA, and AFA.

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