CDS Exam Pattern 2017–2018 UPSC CDS II & I Paper Pattern, Combined Defence Services Examination Scheme, Negative Marking

CDS Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Pattern and other details of Combined Defence Services Examination Scheme and Negative marking as applicable in the examination are available here!!! Applicants who have applied for CDS exam and want UPSC CDS I & II Paper Pattern to prepare must get it from this page. We have provided all details of Examination CDS paper Pattern. Candidates must go download CDS Exam Pattern 2017 via online from the official web portal. 

Union public service commission conducts Combined Defence Services Examination I and II with the intention to recruit the Officer Cadets in Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Air Force. Those who are going to participate must check Combined Defence Services Exam pattern it will help you to prepare as per the weightage of the topics. Applicants can check CDS Exam Pattern 2017–2018 must go through this page which is well prepared by the team of

CDS Exam Pattern

UPSC CDS II & I Paper Pattern

For Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Air Force

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks Allotted
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100

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For Officers’ Training Academy

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks Allotted
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100

CDS Negative Marking Scheme:

Applicants as there will be negative marking in the examination so be careful while attempting the question-

  • For each question if wrong answer is given by the candidate then One third (0.33) of the marks will be deducted
  • If any candidate gives more than one answer it will be treated as wrong answer only, there will be same penalty for that question.
  • If question is left blank and no answer is given by the candidate, then no penalty will be applied for that question.

Check CDS Study Material Here:

UPSC CDS Syllabus

CDS Previous Question Papers

Highlights of CDS Written Exam:

  • Question is asked in objective type that is 4 alternatives will be given and one has to select anyone.
  • Question papers include Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge will be set in English as well as Hindi language.
  • Candidates have to write the paper with own hands in any circumstances they are not permitted to get help from a scribe.
  • No candidates are allowed to use calculator thus they are not allowed to bring the same inside the examination hall.
  • Answers with be given will blue ball pen only.
  • Reach at least 20 minutes before in the examination premises.
  • All electronics item and any communication device are banned in the exam so make sure you will not bring it inside the hall.

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Intelligence and Personality Test:

As the selection of the aspirants will be based on written examination and SSB interview so, after qualifying the recruitment test applicants are required to appear for interview round.

SSB procedure consists of two stages that are stage I and stage II. Stage I is comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). For further process applicants will have to shortlisted on the basis of combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT. Stage II is of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference it is conducted for over 4 days.


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