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CDS Exam Pattern 2022 – UPSC Marking Scheme for Written Test & SSB

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Pattern

Check out the latest UPSC CDS Exam Pattern from this page to prepare for the upcoming UPSC CDS 1 & 2 Examination. Know about the Making Scheme, Paper Pattern, Exam Analysis, and Preparation Books to ace the UPSC CDS 2022 Written Tet and SSB Interview.

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam is a gateway through which young men, as well as women, can be a part of any of the three wings of the Indian Defence Services- Indian Army, Indian Air Force, or Indian Navy. So, start your preparation for the upcoming CDS 2022 Exam from the below-given UPSC CDS (Topic-Wise) Exam Scheme.

UPSC CDS 2022 Exam:

The UPSC CDS Exam is conducted twice a year. In IMA (Indian Military Academy), Air Force Academy, and Indian Naval Academy exams, 100 multiple choice questions will be asked in three sections.

UPSC CDS 2022 Highlights:

Mode of ExamOffline
Number of Questions asked300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA200 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks300 ( Indian Military, Navy, and Air Force)
and 200 (OTA)
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper
MediumHindi or English
Negative markingOne-third marks for every wrong answer

CDS Exam Pattern

UPSC CDS Exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). You need to check UPSC CDS Exam Pattern as updated here to prepare in a better way for the upcoming exam. Contenders must know the CDS 1 & 2 (Topic-Wise) OTA, IMA, AFA marking Scheme, and CDS exam pattern.

We have provided here complete details regarding the Union Public Service Commission CDS 2 Exam on this page. So, have a look at this page Union Public Service Commission is going to conduct the CDS 1 Exam and CDS 2 Exam on the scheduled date.

CDS Exam Pattern 2022 – Written Test

The written test for the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Navy Academy (INA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) include 03 sections – English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics.

The written test organized for Officers Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 sections – English and General Knowledge.

  • Mode of Exam: Offline which means the examinees will be given an OMR sheet wherein they must color the appropriate response.
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type i.e. each question will have four options. A candidate must choose the most appropriate alternative.
  • The medium of Exam: Bilingual (Hindi & English)

CDS Exam Pattern for For IMA, INA, AFA:

Aspirants can check the UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam Pattern for the Military academy, IAF, and Indian naval academy as well. Please have a look at the below table..!!

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English Language2 hrs100
General Knowledge2 hrs100
Elementary Mathematics2 hrs100

CDS Exam Pattern for OTA:

Here we have provided the UPSC CDS 2022 Paper Pattern for the written test conducted for Officers Training Academy (OTA) posts, have a look..!!

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English2 hrs100
General Knowledge2 hrs100

Check Complete & Detailed: CDS Syllabus

CDS Exam Pattern – SSB Interview

The maximum marks for the Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview will be 300 for IMA, INA & AFA. For OTA posts, it carries 200 marks. The SSB Interview is comprised of two stages:

 Stage 1:

  • OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating) Test
  • PP & DT ( Picture Perception Description Test)

Stage 2:

  • Interview
  • Group Testing Officer Tasks
  • Psychology Tests
  • Conference

The Psychological Test includes:

  • Situation Reaction Test
  • Self Description Test
  • Word Association Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test

The various Group Activities include:

  • Group Discussion
  • Group Obstacle Race
  • Lecturette
  • Group Planning Exercise
  • Individual Obstacles
  • Command Task
  • Final Group Task
  • Progressive Group Task
  • Half Group Task

Download From Here: CDS Previous Year Paper

UPSC CDS 2022 Marking Scheme

CDS Marking Scheme for IMA, INA, AFA:

Candidates will have to go through the negative marking for every wrong answer. In the question paper, aspirants will get 4 options and they have to choose the right one. For each wrong answer, there will be a deduction of 1/3 of the marks.

For Mathematics & English:

Details about the UPSC CDS Exam 2022MathematicsEnglish Exam
Total marks100100
Marks for the correct answer+1 mark for each correct option+1 mark for each correct option
Marks for Negative marking-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

For General Knowledge:

Details about the UPSC CDS Exam 2022General Knowledge
Total marks100
Marks for the correct answer+1 mark for each correct option
Marks for Negative marking-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

CDS Marking Scheme for OTA:

The following table shows CDS Marking Scheme 2022 for Officer Training Academy (OTA):

CDS 2022 PaperEnglishGK
Maximum Marks100100
Marks for Correct answer+1 mark for each
correct option
+1 mark for each
correct option
Negative marking-0.33 marks for each
wrong answer
-0.33 marks for each
wrong answer

CDS Previous Year Paper Analysis – Subject-wise

Distribution of Questions:

PaperNumber of questions

Important topics asked in English paper:

TopicNumber of Questions
Sentence Improvement20
Reading Comprehension23 (5 passages)
One Word Substitution5
Spot the Error20
Cloze Test20

Important topics for GK paper:

TopicNumber of Questions
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces15

Paper Analysis Of Mathematics Paper:

TopicNumber of Questions
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)4
Time speed and Distance6
Number System20
Simple interest/Compound interest5
Time and Work3
Set Theory1

Best Preparation Books for CDS 2022:

Name of the BookSubjectAuthor/Publication
Objective General EnglishEnglish LanguageS.P. Bakshi
(Arihant Publications)
Manorama YearbookGeneral AwarenessPhilip Mathew
Quantitative Aptitude for
Competitive Examinations
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal

Check Now: CDS Exam Preparation Books

CDS Exam Pattern 2022 FAQs

Ques1. How many vacancies are there in the CDS 2022?
There are a total of 339 vacancies as per the officially released CDS 2 2022 notification. Candidates can fill out the CDS application form from May 18 to June 07, 2022.

Ques2. How many times CDS is conducted in a year?
UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice a year.

Ques3. How many exams are there in CDS 2022?
There are two stages of the CDS exam, the written test and the SSB interview round. It is a pen and paper-based exam conducted in offline mode.

Ques4. How many attempts are allowed for the CDS exam?
There are no such restrictions on the number of attempts for CDS.

Ques5. What is the level of Maths in the CDS exam 2022?
Mathematics asked in the CDS exam is up to the Class 10th level.

Ques6. Is there a negative marking in the CDS exam?
Yes, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Ques7. What is the salary of CDS officer?
The starting salary i.e. the training stipend is Rs.56,100 per month.

UPSC CDS 2022 Exam:

Union Public Service Commission conducts the Combined Defence Service exam twice every year for the recruitment of candidates to office cadre of the Army, Navy, and Air force.

Candidates who will be able to clear the Written Test will be called by Service Selection Board for an interview. If aspirants will be finally selected, depending upon the choice given by them and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training as follows:

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai
  • Officers Training  Academy, Chennai 23rd SSC Women (Non-Technical)

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Final Words:

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