CDS Exam Pattern 2020 – Check Complete CDS Paper Pattern here

CDS Exam Pattern 2020: The Exam Pattern of CDS has been prescribed by Union Public Service Commission. CDS are conducted in 2stages – written exam and SSB Interview. As per CDS exam pattern 2020, the exam are conducted in pen and paper mode. Candidates applying for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses can got to write 3 subjects – English, General knowledge, and Elementary mathematics. 

Those applying for Officers’ training Academy course can got to appear for 2 subjects – English and general knowledge. every paper as per CDS 2020 exam pattern are conducted for two hours. every subject carries one hundred marks. CDS exam pattern 2020 for each written stage and SSB Interview is explained during this article. Candidates will check CDS 1 exam pattern to induce an idea regarding the structure of exam like marking scheme, time length, number of queries etc. Read below for more details on CDS exam pattern. 

Highlights of CDS 2020 Exam Pattern:

Stages of exam 

Written exam and SSB Interview 

Mode of examination

Pen and paper based

Subjects

English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics

Exam period

2 hours for each paper

Number of queries

340 MCQs for – IMA, INA and AFA
240 MCQs for – OTA

Total marks

Each subject carries 100 marks

Negative marks

1/3

Types of queries

Objective type multiple choice questions

Language of paper

English & Hindi (Both language except Hindi)

CDS Written Exam Pattern 2020:

Candidates for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy courses got to appear for 3 subjects.
For admission to Officers’ training Academy courses, candidates got to appear for 2 subject.
There are 3 subjects – English, general knowledge and Elementary mathematics.
Total marks assigned for each subject is one hundred.
Candidates got to attempt every paper within 2 hours.

Structure of CDS 2020 Exam Pattern:

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

Elementary Mathematics

2 Hours

100

English

2 Hours

100

General Knowledge

2 Hours

100

Total

 

300

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

General Knowledge

2 Hours

100

English

2 Hours

100

CDS Exam Pattern 2020 Question Distribution:

Subject

Number of questions 

General Knowledge

120

English

120

Elementary Mathematics

100

ALSO READ: UPSC CDS 2020 SYLLABUS.

CDS Marking Scheme 2020:

For each incorrect response one-third (1/3) marks are subtracted. More than one response are treated as the wrong answer and 1/3rd mark are subtracted. If a question left blank there’ll be no marks and penalty are given to candidates.

SSB Interview Candidates who qualify the written exam are called for Psychological ability test and intelligence test conducted at Service Selection Boards (SSBs). SSB Interview is a two-stage method. the details of every stage are explained below.

Stage 1 – All candidates are put to stage 1 on 1st day of reporting at selection Centres. Stage I includes of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates are shortlisted based on a combination of performance in OIR test and PP&DT.

Stage 2 – The stage 2 of SSB Interview includes Interview, group Testing Officers Tasks, psychology Tests and the conference. These tests are conducted over four days. the personality of the candidate is assessed by 3 different assessors – Interviewing Officers (IO), group Testing Officer (GTO) and the psychologist. The marks are assigned by assessors after considering all the tests.

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