UPSC CDS Exam syllabus 2018


UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus 2018 updated here. Aspirants who have applied for the Combined Defense Services exam know the CDS Syllabus 2018 before starting your exam preparation. Follow UPSC CDS Syllabus 2018 & Exam Pattern available on this page. Also, refer the official website for more clear details of UPSC Combined Defense Services (Paper I / II) Syllabus 2018. Get details of the CDS I Exam Syllabus, Test pattern,  in the following sections.

UPSC CDS 2018 Exam pattern

Combined Defense Services UPSC Exam Pattern for Paper I & paper II is provided below. UPSC CDS Exam applicants can view or refer CDS Test Pattern before starting exam preparation.The scheme of the examination will be known to applicants by referring these UPSC CDS (I/II) Exam Pattern. Also, you can get an idea of the subjects to be studied for the Exam, duration of the exam, weightage of each section here. So, by this, Test Pattern, aspirants can make a perfect schedule and prepare well for the written examination. Know UPSC CDS Syllabus 2018 details in following sections.

Union Public Service Commission CDS Exam Pattern – Paper I

  • Union PSC CDS I examinations is a Pen paper based examination
  • Number of Sections: 3 sections
  • Duration of Exam: Each section – 2 hours
  • Type of Questions: This is an Objective Type exam. Each question will have 4 options where only 1 option will be correct.
  • Number of Questions for exam: 300 questions.
  • Marking Scheme:  There is 0.33 negative marking for the incorrect answer and 1 mark is awarded for each correct option.
  • Medium of Exam: Paper I is available in Hindi or English languages.
S NO Names of the Subjects Maximum No of Marks Total No of Questions Exam Duration
1 English Language 100 100 Q 2 Hrs
2 General Knowledge 100 100 Q 2 Hrs
3 Elementary Mathematics 100 100 Q 2 Hrs
Total 300 Marks 300 Questions 6 Hrs

CDS Exam Pattern of UPSC – Paper II

  • CDS UPSC examination is a pen paper based examination.
  • There will be 2 sections for CDS II exam.
  • Duration of UPSC CDS II exam is 4 hours.
  • CDS I Examination is an Objective Type Questions. Each question will have 4 options where only 1 option will be correct.
  • Union PSC Combined Defense Services is conducted with 200 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: There is 0.33 negative marking for each incorrect answer and +0.8 mark is awarded for each correct option.
  • CDS UPSC Paper II is available in Hindi or English languages.
S NO Names of the Subjects Maximum No of Marks Total No of Questions Exam Duration
1 English Language 100 100 Q 2 Hours
2 General Knowledge 100 100 Q 2 Hours
Total 200 Marks 200 Questions 4 Hrs

CDS Exam Syllabus 2018  – UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus 2018

Union Public Service Commission CDS Syllabus is enclosed below. Applicants can find the CDS I & CDS II exam topics in this article. So, candidates soon after the application procedure know the UPSC CDS Syllabus 2018 and start your preparation. Aspirants who practice each and every topic included below can score good marks in the written examination. Moreover, aspirants know which topics were easy and which topics were difficult by referring this UPSC CDS 2018 Syllabus. Also, candidates browsing for govt job exam syllabus, visit Syllabus page of our site for more exam syllabus & exam pattern.


  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Antonyms.
  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Synonyms.
  • Error Spotting.
  • Jumbled Sentences.
  • Sentence Correction.
  • Para Jumbles.

 Elementary Mathematics

  • Number System Natural numbers, Integers, Rational, and Real numbers. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions.
  • Unitary method: Time and Distance, Time and Work, Percentages, Simple and Compound interest,  profit and loss, Ratio and proportion, variation.
  • Elementary Number Theory – Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility. Multiples and factors. Euclidean algorithm.
  • Theory of polynomials
  • Simple factors.
  • Remainder Theorem.
  • Basic Operations.
  • H.C.F., L.C.M.
  • Quadratic equations.
  • Use of trigonometric tables
  • Trigonometric identities.
  • Heights and distances.
  • Parallel lines.
  • Lines and angles.
  • Planes Theorems.
  • Properties of angles at a point.
  • Lateral surface
  • Surface area.
  • Areas.
  • Volume
  • Tabulation of statistical data.
  • Graphical representation frequency polygons.
  • Collection.
  • Pie charts
  • Histograms.
  • Bar charts.

 General Knowledge

  • Indian Culture.
  • International issues.
  • History of India.
  • Economic problems in India.
  • Geography of India.
  • National news (current).
  • Famous Places in India.
  • Scientific observations.
  • Political Science.
  • Countries and Capitals.
  • About India and it’s neighbouring countries.
  • World organizations.


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