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Combined Defence Services Examination 2020

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CDS 2020 Exam Pattern: Mode, Marking scheme, Marks and Question Distribution

Updated On - July 06 2020 by Latika Kalra

CDS 2020 Exam Pattern contains the information about the exam such as mode of examination, marking scheme, number of questions and more. CDS 2020 is a national level exam conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The candidates who will qualify the CDS 2020 (Combined Defence Service) exam will get admission into Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force, and Officer Training Academy. Candidates can go through the article below to know the complete format of the CDS Exam Pattern 2020.

CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates should check the given  below information of CDS 2020 Exam Pattern to get an idea about the question paper structure:
  • Exam Mode: Entrance exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e., Pen and Paper mode.
  • Duration of the Exam: Candidates have 120 minutes (2 Hours) for each section.
  • Type of Question: The question paper consist of multiple choice question (MCQ).
  • Subjects: The question consists of the questions from English, General Knowledge and English Elementary Mathematics
  • Negative Marking: 1/3rd marks would be deducted if candidates answer wrongly.
  • Total Marks: 300 marks for admission to INA, IMA, and AFA

Candidates can check the subject wise duration and marks distribution for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy : 

CDS Exam Pattern 2020
Subject
Duration
Max. Marks

English

2 hours

100

General Knowledge

2 hours

100

Elementary Mathematics

2 hours

100

Candidate should check the duration and marks distribution for Officer’s Training Academy Admission given below:

The written examination has a weighting of 300 marks for admission to INA, IMA, and AFA.

Subject
Duration
Max. Marks

English

2 hours

100

General Knowledge

2 hours

100

Distribution of Question

Candidates must check the CDS 2020 exam distribution of the number of the question given below:

PaperNo. of Question
English100
Mathematics100
General Knowledge100
Distribution of Question in English
TopicNo. of Question
Reading Comprehension23
One Word Substitution5
Sentence Improvement20
Spot the Error20
Sentence-Jumble7
Synonyms8
Antonyms7
Cloze Test20
Para-Jumble10
Distribution of Question in General Knowledge
TopicNo. of Question
Geography22
Economy/Trade11
Science27
History19
Ecology6
Polity20
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces15
Distribution of Questions in Mathematics
TopicNo. of Question
Mensuration14 
Algebra7
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)4
Time speed and Distance6
Number System20
Simple interest/Compound interest5
Percentage2
Profit/Loss1
Mixture1
Time and Work3
Trigonometry14
Set Theory1
Clock2
Geometry20

CDS 2020 Exam Book Recommendation

Candidates can check the book recommendation for better preparation given below:

For General Knowledge:
  • Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English) 50th Edition
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
For Mathematics:
Name of the BookAuthor
Quantitative AptitudeDr R.S. Aggarwal
Quicker MathematicsM. Tyra
Quantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability: Fully Solved 7000 + Objective QuestionsKiran Prakashan
For English:
Name of the BookAuthor
Objective EnglishS.P. Bakshi
Quick Learning objective EnglishR.S. Aggarwal

CDS Marking scheme

There are multiple choice questions in CDS exam with each question having 4 options, out of which only 1 option will be correct. For every incorrect answer marked, 1/3 marks will be deducted. Multiple option marked will be considered as incorrect.For every unattempted question, there will be no negative marking 

The section-wise CDS marking scheme of CDS exam is given in the below - 

CDS Marking scheme
Specifications English GK Mathematics 
Maximum Marks100100100
Marks for Correct answer+1 marks for each correct option+1 marks for each correct option+1 marks for each correct option
Negative marking-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer-0.33 marks for each wrong answer

Exam Pattern Highlights

Given below are some important highlights regarding CDS Exam Pattern:

CDS Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam mode

Offline

Number of sections

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) – Three
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) – Two

Total marks

IMA, INA and AFA – 300
OTA - 200

Nature of questions

Objective type

Language of question paper

Hindi and English

Duration of the test

2 hours for each section of test

 

Also Check: CDS 2020 Syllabus

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