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Combined Defense Service CDS Exam is conducted by Union Public Service UPSC every year. Huge number of aspirants fills up the forms to get admissions in IMA, NA, OTA and AFA. As you all know by this time CDS is the one of the biggest exam in India. Male candidates can join Indian Military Academy, Navy, and Air force but for Female candidates OTA in army is available. After giving the examination, candidates who clear is eligible for the SSB interview. This article is all about the CDS Exam Pattern so read all the sections carefully.

CDS Written Test Pattern

Well exam question paper consists of objective type questions and divided in three sections English, General Awareness and Mathematics. Each of the paper contains 100 marks and total of 300 marks. Every section consists of 120 questions in which 2 hours duration is given and in between 1 hours break is given. If any candidate gives any incorrect answers there will be negative marking of 1/3 which will be deducted from your score. From this we can conclude that 0.33 is negative marking and 0.8 marks will be rewarded for every correct answer.


Candidates who are thinking to apply in CDS OTA exam are looking for the exam pattern, its consists of two section English and General Awareness.

CDS Exam Pattern for OTA

Paper Subject Name Time Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 Hours (120 Min) 100
II General Knowledge 2 Hours (120 Min) 100
                                               Total 200

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Now we are explaining CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, NA, and AFA

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 Hours 100
II General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
III Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100
                                               Total Marks 300

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