The CDS Exam (I) for 2023 will take place on April 16th 2023 while CDS (II) will take place on September 3, 2023.
This article will give details about the Exam Pattern for the CDS. Knowing the Exam Pattern of any exam is highly recommended, as forehand knowledge will help the candidate prepare for anything that comes their way. To this end, the article will focus on the exam pattern for the CDS Exam.
Highlight of the CDS Exam
Before going into detail about the exam pattern for the Combined Defence Services, a brief highlight of the exam is given in the table below:
Highlights of the CDS Exam 2023
|Number of Sections||Indian Military Academy (IMA) – 3
Indian Naval Academy (INA) – 3
Air Force Academy (AFA) – 3
Officers Training Academy (OTA) – 2
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Total Marks of the Test||200 (Applicable for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA)|
|Types of Questions||Objective type|
|Language of the paper||Hindi and English|
Exam Pattern for Combined Defence Service
The CDS Exam is conducted in two stages:
- Written Examination
- SSB Interview
The Services Selection Board (SSB) is an organization that assesses the candidates for becoming officers in the Indian Armed Forces. The board evaluates the suitability of the candidate for becoming an officer using an evaluation system that analyses personality, intelligence via interviews and tests.
It should be noted that the written format for IMA, INA, AFA is different from that of the Officer Training Academy
A breakdown of the written exam pattern is given in the following tables:
|CDS Written Exam Pattern for IMA, INA and AFA|
|General Knowledge||2 hrs||100|
|Elementary Mathematics||2 hrs||100|
|CDS Written Exam Pattern for OTA|
|General Knowledge||2 hrs||100|
The marking scheme of the CDS exam is given below:
- For the incorrect answer, 1/3 marks are deducted
- Candidates marking more than one option are treated as incorrect
- If a question is left unanswered, there will be no negative marking
To know more in detail about the topics in each subject of the exam, be sure to visit the CDS Syllabus page
CDS Exam Pattern – Interview
Once the candidate has qualified and passed the written exam of the CDS. They will have to appear for the SSB interview.
Although the examination of CDS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the interview portion is conducted by the Services Selection Board. The SSB conducts interviews for both the CDS and NDA (National Defence Academy) exams.
The SSB Interview is conducted in three stages over a period of 5 days –
Stage I – Comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT)
Stage II – Consists of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and Conference. Only the candidates shortlisted in Stage I of SSB Interview are called for this stage.
Stage – III There are tasks including group discussion; group (military) planning exercises; progressive group tasks; small (half) group tasks; individual tasks (obstacles); group obstacle or command task.
This stage is conducted by the Group Testing Officer (GTO). An individual candidate interview is conducted along with the GTO and the interviewing officer. The interview is based on questionnaires.
On the fifth day, the final assessment is done by a panel of assessors who will examine the overall personality of the candidate. Following this, the results will be announced, and the selected candidates will undergo a medical examination at a military hospital.
Frequently asked Questions about CDS Exam Pattern
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To know more about the CDS Exam, candidates can refer to the following links. To know more in detail about other Defence exams, visit the linked article.
|CDS Notification||CDS Final Result.|
|Current Affairs||Government Schemes|
|CDS Admit Card||CDS Answer Key|
|CDS Eligibility||CDS Books|
|CDS Age Limit||SSC CPO Exam Pattern|