CDS Exam Pattern 2023 – Check Complete CDS Paper Pattern here

CDS Exam Pattern 2023: 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 2023, 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 2023 exam pattern are conducted for two hours. every subject carries one hundred marks. CDS exam pattern 2023 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 2023 Exam Pattern:

Stages of exam 

Written exam and SSB Interview 

Mode of examination

Pen and paper based


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


Types of queries

Objective type multiple choice questions

Language of paper

English & Hindi (Both language except Hindi)

CDS Written Exam Pattern 2023:

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 2023 Exam Pattern:

1. The Competitive examination comprises:
(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:
(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—

Subject Duration Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subject Duration Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100

CDS Marking Scheme 2023:

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.
3. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
4. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.
5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.
6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.


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