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CDS Syllabus 2023

CDS Syllabus 2023: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Combined Defence Services Examination 2 2023 Notification for the post of Lieutenant with 349 vacancies on the official website i.e. The eligible and interested candidates must begin with their preparation for the CDS 2 Recruitment 2023. To start with the CDS Preparation candidates must need to understand the selection process, exam pattern, and syllabus as mentioned in the official notification pdf.

The CDS 2 Notification 2023 will be recruiting candidates for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Chennai (Men) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Chennai (Women). Candidates must go through the details mentioned below for detailed information.

CDS Syllabus 2023: Overview

The detailed CDS Syllabus 2023 overview is tabulated below. Candidates can check the complete details for CDS Syllabus 2023 here to support their preparation.

CDS Syllabus 2023: Overview
Organization UPSC, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of Recruitment CDS Recruitment 2023
No. of Vacancies 349
CDS Exam Date 2023 3rd September 2023
Job Location All India
Mode of Examination Offline
Number of Sections Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) – Three
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) – Two
Total marks of the test IMA, INA and AFA – 300
OTA – 200
Nature of questions Objective type
Language of question paper Hindi and English
Duration of the test 2 hours for each section of the test
Selection Process
  1. Written Test
  2. Interview
  3. Medical Examination
Official Website

CDS Selection Process 2023

The candidate applying must have an idea about the selection process for CDS 2023 Notification. Candidates must prepare themselves for every step involved in the selection process. Constant practice and preparation lead to success. According to the notification, the selection process for CDS 2023 Notification includes –

  1. Written Exam
  2. SSB Interview/Personality Test
  3. Document Verification
  4. Medical Examination

CDS Exam Pattern 2023 for IMA, INA, AFA

Subject Code Marks Duration Negative Marking
English 11  100 2 hrs Yes
General Knowledge 12  100 2 hrs
Elementary Mathematics 13  100 2 hrs
Total    300    

CDS Exam Pattern 2023 OTA

Subject Code Marks Duration Negative Marking
English 11 100 2 hrs Yes
General Knowledge 12 100 2 hrs
Total 200

UPSC CDS 2 2023 SSB/ Interview Marks

Academy SSB Marks
Indian Military Academy 300
Indian Naval Academy 300
Indian Air Force Academy 300
Officers’ Training Academy 200

CDS Syllabus UPSC

The CDS Syllabus 2023 is mentioned below. Candidates can check the subject-wise syllabus in the below.

CDS Syllabus 2023: English

The questions in this section have been designed to check the appearing candidate’s understanding of the English language. Questions in this section are majorly asked from the topics provided below:

Subject Topics
  • Spotting Errors Questions
  • Sentence Arrangement Questions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Selecting Words
  • Ordering of Sentence
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Ordering of words in a sentence
  • Fill in the blanks questions
  • Idioms and Phrases

CDS Syllabus 2023: General Knowledge

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 a nature which
candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Subject Topics
General Knowledge
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Defence-related Award
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Biology
  • Cultural
  • Book
  • Statement
  • true/false

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CDS Syllabus 2023: Elementary Mathematics

Questions in Elementary Mathematics are asked from Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Statistics. Candidates preparing for OTA don’t have to prepare this subject.

Subject Topic
Elementary Mathematics Algebra
  • 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
  • Number System: Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.
  • Fundamental operations: addition, substraction, 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
  • 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 Properties of angles at a point
  • Parallel lines
  • Sides and angles of a triangle
  • Congruency of triangles
  • Similar triangles
  • Concurrence of medians and altitudes
  • Properties of angles
  • sides and diagonals of a Parallelogram
  • rectangle and square
  • Circles and its properties including tangents and normals
  • 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
  • Measures of central tendency

CDS Syllabus 2023: Intelligence & Personality Test

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process which includes :

  • Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details
    are:- Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception*
    Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of
    performance in OIR Test and PP&DT. Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.
  • These tests are conducted over 4 days.
  • The details of these tests will be provided on the website

CDS Syllabus PDF

The interested candidates can CDS Syllabus 2023 pdf download from the link provided below. Candidates must keep the pdf and prepare accordingly.

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What is the CDS Selection Process 2023?

the selection process for CDS 2023 Notification includes –

Written Exam
SSB Interview/Personality Test
Document Verification
Medical Examination.

What is the CDS Exam Pattern 2023?

The CDS Exam pattern 2023 is mentioned in the below article.

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