UPSC CDS Syllabus 2024: Download Syllabus PDF & Exam Pattern

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2024: Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC CDS 2024 Syllabus. UPSC conducts CDS Exam to recruit candidates for the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy and the Indian Air Force Academy. Candidates who are preparing for the Combined Defence Services Exam can check the complete CDS 2024 Syllabus here. We collected the CDS Syllabus & Exam Pattern and posted it here for easy reference of aspirants. So candidates can refer our page and download the latest UPSC CDS Syllabus.

UPSC CDS Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024:

Aspirants should be aware of the updated exam pattern before starting their preparation. So candidates are advised to refer the exam pattern before viewing the syllabus. We have also listed the selection process of the UPSC CDS 2024 Exam.

Selection Procedure:

UPSC CDS Exam selection involves 2 steps as follows

  1. Written Examination
  2. Personality Test

UPSC CDS-II 2024 Notification – Click Here

UPSC CDS Written Exam Pattern:

For Admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (IFA)English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 Hours100
For Admission to Officers Training AcademyEnglish2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100
  • The total marks for the written exam is 500. 300 marks for the written test of IMA, INA and AFA, 200 for the written exam of OTA.
  • The question paper will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The question papers (General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics) will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
  • Each section will be of 2 hours duration. Total 6 hours for IMA, INA & AFA and 4 hours for OTA.
  • The standard of papers in English & General Knowledge will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.

UPSC CDS Written Exam Syllabus:


EnglishSpotting Errors Questions
Sentence Arrangement Questions
Synonyms & Antonyms
Fill in the blanks questions
Idioms and Phrases
Selecting Words
Comprehension Questions
Ordering of words in a sentence
Ordering of sentences
Parts of Speech

General Knowledge:

General KnowledgeHistory of India
Current Affairs
Current Events
Social Studies
General Science

Elementary Mathematics:

The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level.

  • 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. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
AlgebraBasic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, 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.
  • 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.
GeometryLines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.
MensurationAreas 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.
StatisticsCollection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

Intelligence & Personality Test:

Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for Intelligence and  Personality Test.

  • The Test consists of two stage selection process i.e. stage I and stage II.
  • Only those candidates who clear stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.0.

Stage I:

  • Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT).
  • The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

Stage II:

  • Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

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