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UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021 Paper Pattern For IMA, NA, and AFA


UPSC CDS Syllabus

Dear job candidates who are going to appear in Union Public Service Commission Combined Defence Services Examination they can check the UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021 for IMA, NA, and AFA are available on this page! Along with the syllabus, we are also providing you UPSC CDS Exam Pattern with the help of which you will get to know more about the examination.

Syllabus and Exam Pattern plays a vital role to clear any examination. With the help of syllabus, you will get all the details of the topics on which questions are asked in the examination and on the other hand exam pattern provides the details of the marking scheme of examination.

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021

Candidates must check the UPSC CDS Syllabus And Exam Pattern carefully and make your study plan accordingly. The exam is going to start to boost your preparation and clear your exam with excellent marks. To get full UPSC CDS Syllabus, applicants need to check the below section of this page which is well made by the team members of

UPSC CDS 2 Exam Syllabus  Details:

Organization Name Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name UPSC CDS(IMA, NA and AFA)
Page Type Syllabus and Exam Pattern
Status Available

UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus Subject Wise

General Syllabus For UPSC CDS Exam:

CDS General Knowledge exam contains questions from current affairs, History of India, Geography, Politics, and Economy.

Topics on which questions asked

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Statement true/false
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Defence related
  • Environment
  • Cultural
  • Current Awareness
  • Sociology
  • Award
  • Sport
  • Books

Elementary Mathematics For UPSC CDS Exam:

Mathematics exam contains questions from algebra, arithmetic, trigonometry, menstruation, geometry, and statistics.

Topics on which questions asked-

  • Number System
  • HCF & LCM of numbers
  • Decimal fraction
  • Square roots and cube roots
  • Time and distance
  • Time and Work
  • percentage
  • Locus
  • Simple interest
  • Compound interest
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Average
  • Profit and loss
  • logarithm
  • Basic operations and factorization
  • Area
  • Surface area and volume of solids
  • Lines and angles
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilateral and polygon
  • Circle
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • HCF&LCM of polynomials
  • Linear Equations in one and two Variables
  • Quadratic Equations and Inequations
  • Set theory
  • Measurement of angles and trigonometric measurement
  • Height and distance
  • Ratio Expressions

CDS English Syllabus:

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

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern for IMA, NA and AFA:

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100
Total 300

Exam Pattern for OTA:

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Total 200

Best Books for UPSC CDS Exam

For English Paper:

Objective General English by Arihant

Objective General English by RS Aggarwal

Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis

For General Knowledge:

  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Competition in Focus (Half Yearly and Yearly)

For Elementary Mathematics:

  • Arihant Pathfinder
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
  • Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude for examinations paperback 2018 by RS Aggarwal


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