CDS Syllabus 2020: UPSC or Union Public Sevice Commission released the CDS 1 Notification on 30th October 2019. The CDS Online Application has already begun. The last date to apply for CDS Exam is 19th November 2019. For a wellplanned CDS I preparation, aspirants must have a clear knowledge of CDS exam pattern and CDS syllabus. CDS has two stages of selection – Written Exam and SSB Interview. Candidates have to pass the CDS Written Exam in order to be eligible to appear for the SSB Interview. The CDS exam will be conducted in the offline mode. All the questions asked will be of MCQ type. In this article, we will provide you with the detailed CDS syllabus which will help you in getting your CDS preparation planned.
CDS Syllabus 2020
CDS is conducted to facilitate admission to Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). Note that if you are seeking admission in OTA then you are required to study only General Knowledge and English, and Mathematics is not required. Candidates who are seeking admission to IMA/INA/AFA are required to study all three subjects that are English, General Knowledge, and Mathematics. For more clarity on this, you can see the CDS Exam Pattern from below:
For admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, CDS 2020 exam pattern is tabulated below:
Topics  Maximum Marks  Time Duration 
Elementary Maths  100  2 Hours 
English  100  2 Hours 
General knowledge (GK)  100  2 Hours 
Total  300  6 Hours 
For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, the CDS 2020 exam pattern is as under:
Topics  Maximum marks  Time Duration 
English  100  2 Hours 
General knowledge (GK)  100  2 Hours 
Total  200  4 Hours 
Let us now look into the detailed CDS Syllabus for each section:
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CDS Syllabus 2020 For Elementary Maths
The Elementary Maths consists of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, and Mensuration.
Arithmetic
Arithmetic section basically tests your knowledge of Number System, Elementary Number Theory and other basic concepts as tabulated below:
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
Percentage
Applications to Simple and Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportion
Variation
Division Algorithm
Prime and Composite Numbers
Tests of Divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11
Multiples and Factors
Factorization
Theorems
Highest Common Factor (HCF)
Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
Euclidean Algorithm
Logarithms to Base 10
Laws of Logarithms
Use of Logarithmic Tables
Algebra
The CDS syllabus for Algebra is tabulated below:
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For Algebra 
Basic Operations 
Simple Factors 
Remainder Theorem 
Highest Common Factor 
Lowest Common Multiple 
Theory of Polynomials 
Solutions of Quadratic Equations 
Relation Between Quadratic Equation Roots and Coefficients 
Simultaneous Linear Equations Analytical and Graphical Solutions 
Simultaneous Linear Inequations 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 and their solutions. 
Set Language and Set Notation 
Rational Expressions 
Conditional Identities 
Laws of Indices 
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Trigonometry
The syllabus of Trigonometry is tabulated below:
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For Trigonometry 
Sin x 
Cosine x 
Tangent x when 0 degree < x< 90 degree values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x= degree 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 
Simple Trigonometric Identities 
Use of Trigonometric Tables 
Simple Cases of Heights and Distance 
Geometry
The CDS syllabus for Geometry is as under:
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For Geometry 
Lines and Angles 
Plane and Plane Figures 
Theorems on:

Mensuration
The CDS syllabus for Mensuration is as follows:
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For Mensuration 
Area of Square, Rectangle, Parallelograms, Triangle, and Circle 
Area of Figures which can be Split up into Figures (field book) 
Surface Area and Volume of Cuboids 
Lateral Surface 
Volume of Right Circular Cones and Cylinders 
Surface Area and Volume of Spheres 
Statistics
The CDS syllabus for Statistics is tabulated below:
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For Statistics 
Collection and Tabulation of Statistical Data 
Graphical Representation 
Frequency Polygons 
Histograms 
Bar Charts 
Pie Charts 
Measures of Central Tendency 
CDS Syllabus 2020 For English Language
This section tests your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Along with this, it also tests your sentence formation skill.
CDS II Syllabus 2020 For English Language 
Spotting Errors 
Sentence Arrangement 
Synonyms and Antonyms 
Selecting Words 
Ordering of Sentences 
Comprehension 
Ordering of Words in a Sentence 
Fill in the Blanks 
CDS Syllabus 2020 For General Knowledge
CDS II syllabus 2020 for GK includes knowledge of Current Affairs and events happening in everyday life. The General Knowledge paper also includes questions on Geography and History of India which aspirants should be able to answer without a specialized study of that matter.
Important Topics For CDS Syllabus
Here are some important topics that every CDS aspirant must cover. These important topics have been selected on the basis of the number of question asked in the previous year CDS examination.
Elementary Mathematics  General Knowledge  English 
Number System  Science  Reading Comprehension 
Geometry  Geography  Sentence Improvement 
Mensuration  Polity  Spot the Error 
Trigonometry  History  Cloze Test 
CDS Syllabus 2020: Intelligence & Personality Test
The SSB Interview consists of Stage I and Stage II. Aspirants who clear Stage I will go ahead for Stage II.
Stage I: This stage has tests based on Picture Perception(PP), Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Description Test (DT). Aspirants are shortlisted based on their combined performance in OIR Test and PP and DT.
Stage II: This stage comprises Interview, Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officer Tasks and the Conference. This stage takes over 4 days to get over.
With a detailed CDS syllabus 2020 at your disposal, Embibe hopes you have a great preparation ahead. Know these topics properly and solve a sufficient number of CDS practice questions. Along with the study of the abovementioned topics, practice CDS Question papers. Practice will make you perfect with time and you will soon find yourself in a position to take the exam without nervousness.
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