CDS Syllabus of Examination

I. Standard

The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level.

The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University .

II. Syllabus

• a. English (Code No. 01)

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

• b. General Knowledge (Code No. 02)

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

• c. Elementary Mathematics (Code No. 03)
i. Arithmetic

Number System-Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions.

Unitary method-time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory- Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2,3,4,5,9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

ii. Algebra

Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
iii. Trigonometry

• § Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0 0 < x < 90 0 • § Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0 0 , 30 0 , 45 0 , 60 0 and 90 0 • § Simple trigonometric identities. • § Use of trigonometric tables. • § simple cases of heights and distances. iv. Geometry

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.

v. Mensuration

Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.

vi. Statistics

Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

• d. Intelligence and personality test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

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  1. rajesuh kushwaha says:

    i am pass out student.i fill up cds II form .i want to know the syllabus with respect to my trade. and various round of it & how i can start my prepration.
    thank you.

  2. Zaki Khan says:

    I M In B.Com 2Year And My DOB Is 25 Sep 1988.
    can I apply in CDS Examination If Yes Please Forward the Details And Syllabus on me Email ID.

  3. rohit kumar raghuvanshi says:

    i m doing from mechanical in third year my dob 02/07/1990

  4. archana singh says:

    I m in B.COM 3yr I want cdse2009 solved paper on my Email ID

  5. prameet bahadur says:

    I am student of cse department i want to know about syllabus related to my trade…..and various round arond it….and how can i prepare for that..

  6. Praneet Bahadur says:

    i am student of cse department i want to know about syllabus related to0 my trade….and various round around it….and how can i prepare for that..

  7. Mohit Vohra says:

    hello , i am student. i want some interview preparation material for SSB

  8. rambabu says:

    i’m BSc final year studetn. how can I applied for this job. plz send me ful details

  9. nancy says:

    i have done my this year.i want cds previous papers with answers pls forward to my id.and i also want to know about getting placed in ota in cds..

  10. sourav gulati says:

    i’m sourav gulati mechanical passout. i want to prepare for defence, so send me solved paper according to my trade, and name of books which can help me for prepration.

  11. Rameshwar says:

    i am the student of B.Sc (physics) and i want to know about the different trade belongs to my field in cds, and i want previous 10 years question paper of cds with solution on my e-mail id.

  12. suresh kumar says:

    i applied cds1 i need previous years question papers for preparation please give that information……

  13. pammy says:

    i m final yr. student of cse branch,i want to know about syllabus related to cds 1st exam papr with solution

  14. shashi says:

    sir i m a graduate person. and i appearing in cds exam (OTA) 2011 can u send me syllabus related my test??
    i have no idea 2 give this exam. sir plz help me..

  15. Ranjana says:

    i applied for cds .i need previous yr question paper

  16. arvind kumar says:

    cds sylabus question

  17. kaiwalya gaurkar says:

    what is the syllubus after completing common graduation


    hi, i did not have math in 12th so can i take attempt of it.

  19. preeti says:

    hello sir ….. im completed my 2nd year………. my dte of birth is between 10-10-1991… sir pls tell me can i apply for this post…….. rply on my email id

  20. poonam nirwan says:

    i m b tech 3rd yr student of ece branch,i want to know about syllabus related to cds exam

  21. Aditya says:

    i want sllbus of cds in detailed

  22. nirankaryadav says:

    i am BA student plz send me cds syllabus on my e mail id

    • sanjay sorout says:


      • Anurag Sharma says:

        dear sir,

        my name is anurag sharma and my dob is 01/06/1991. and i m doing B.A (Hons) 2nd year. so am i able for C.D.S? but i have done 12th class with PCM. my interest is in Defence. so i want to go there at any cost, but my friends told that i am not able for IMA. And you will take only two exam paper G.K and General English Maths paper is only for B.Sc student. so i am very confused that it is true?
        please tell me.

        and i also wanted to know that how i prepare CDS exam? G.K of this exam and English, i don’t know that how to prepare it? From where i study it. please help me what to do? and suggest some ideas and books for this to me.

        I really wanted to go in defence its my aim and also my dream.

  23. simant rai says:

    sir,i m syudent of third year what should i do for preparation of cdse exams…..please send me informations about the scheme and syllabus……

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