UPSC CDS 2017 Syllabus Download For OTA|IMA|NA|Air Force

UPSC CDS Exam is being conducted in the nation every year 2 times. The CDS Exam is being scheduled by UnionCDS Exam Syllabus public Service Commission. The examination is filled by many lac candidates every year. The candidates who all wish to crack the exam needs to be very sound with the examination pattern & Syllabus to start the preparations for the exam. It is duty of the applicant to get aware of the things related to CDS Exam.

The CDS Exam Pattern can be checked from LINK

CDS Exam is being conducted for posts-

  1. Indian Military Academy
  2. Indian Navy Academy
  3. Air Force Academy
  4. Officers Training Academy- OTA

The CDS Syllabus for the posts mentioned above is different for each one. The posts except OTA involves 3 papers- Mathematics, English & general Knowledge but the OTA posts which is basically for females includes- English & general Knowledge.


The CDS Exam includes the topics-

  1. General Knowledge: History & Culture, History, Geography, Current Affairs, Political System, important dates & events, currency, sports, culture etc.
  2. Mathematics: Number system, whole numbers, statistics, binomial theorem, percentages, profit & loss,trigonometry, LCM & HCF, Euclidean algorithm, time & work, time & speed,  ratio & proportion, polynomials, laws of indices, use of trigonometry tables, simple & compound interest, factorization theorem, geometry, theorems of angles & lines, mensuration including areas & volumes, probability, tables & graphs etc.
  3. English: Knowledge of Communication Skills, Everyday usage of English, vocabulary, use of Synonyms & Antonyms


Followed by written exam, is an intelligence & personality test details of which are-

Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)=  Picture Perception + Description Test.

Stage II: Interview, Group Testing Officer Task, Psychology testing

The topics which are covered under different papers in CDS Exam are from the syllabi of classes VI to X. The candidates can check out the previous papers of CDS Exam to know about the exam questions of different field. These will help you to know what kind of questions come in exam.

UPSC CDS Exam Previous Year papers CHECK

AFCAT Preparation Material

AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus  AFCAT Preparation Best Books
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AFCAT Full Eligibility Details AFCAT Study Material
AFCAT Previous Papers

Often the applicants are confused about the way to prepare for the CDS Exam. They can check the CDS EXAM PREPARATION TIPS HERE. Just be prepared for the exam and give it with full presence of mind to get through the examination in one go.



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  1. OTA exam form apply date kab ..
    .slebs or age and physical and ssb ki jankari

    1. Hi Suresh all the information is given here


  2. Helo Sir,
    i want previous question of afcat

    1. Hi Anand,
      The AFCAT Previous Year Question Papers can be downloaded from-

      1. bhumeshwari R. Thakur

        Hii sir
        I am student of MSc phy

        Now I prepare for CDs (ota)
        Can u provide me proper syllabus of ota and also I am appearing for Ssb so u help me how I will prepare for ssb

        1. Hi,
          You can check the CDS syllabus from above in detail.

  3. I want to know subjectds OTA

    1. for male subjects are: English, GK, Maths

  4. chandrapal singh rathore

    I want to CDS exam syllabus in Hindi PDF format

  5. My height is 5.4 and I have glasses 1.5 should I apply

    1. yes you should give exam

  6. please give me some some guidance about to crack cds?

    1. Hi Harsh,

      Here are some preparation tips please follow

  7. Hi! sir.
    Can I get CDS syllabus so that I can study from my own and also taking some information’s from networking sites….
    I will be very thankful to u then …:)

  8. sir,i have completed my this year with 63% can you guide from for the path to join army through cds

    1. Neha you can apply for OTA examination and for preparation of this exam we have provided all the materials.

  9. i m in final year of… I m ble for OTA CDS or not

  10. Hlo sir,

    I passed out 12th from math &physics so I m eligible for IAF.

  11. which is the best reference book for cds exam?

    1. Hi Nagaprasanth,

      We have dedicated article for the Best Reference Books for CDS examination you can find it here.

  12. Hi Abi sir. i want prepare for cds exam feburary 2017. But my Major problem is ENGLISH. Sir, I can not speak and write proper english . Sir please suggest. How to improve English skills.

    1. Hi Gourav,
      you can improve your skills by watching English channel news, reading newspapers daily and some of English textbooks.

  13. Jaspreet Kaur Goraya

    Sir please tell me about the slybus for OTA I m little bit confuse about it …

    1. Hi Jaspreet,
      You can check the syllabus in detail from above, OTA contains 2 subjects- English & General Knowledge.

  14. Is cds exam paper available in hindi

    1. HI Narendra,
      Some questions in exam are given in Hindi language also. But, for English section there is no translation.

  15. what is best for students, OTA or IMA. Are they also eligible for IMA ?

    1. Hi Shikha,
      This is not based on your domain/ degree. It totally depends on your interest-
      For Girls: OTA only
      For Boys: IMA, INA, Air Force, OTA

  16. If a student wants to appear for CDS exam in Hindi medium, than is it possible?

    1. Ni Shivangi,
      This is not possible.

  17. Sir
    Kya aap mujhe CDs hota or ima ka study material syllabus previous year question mail kr sakte hai

    1. Hi Kundan,
      Please check your ID, material is sent.

  18. Sir,Plz tell me about the syllabus or subject for OTA girls?
    Can i get CDS syllabus..!

    1. Hi Gayatri,
      For OTA girls, questions are asked from English & General Knowledge. The details of both subjects can be checked from above article.

  19. sir,
    please give me the question paper of army education Havildar, Art’s stream.

  20. Sir is there Only one way entry for the women in the defence services or we have other type of entries?

  21. hi sir is CDs exam paper available in hindi

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