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CDS EXAM

"CDS” is an acronym for “Combined Defence Services” Examination. The “Combined Defence Services”Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
After completing our undergrad course most of us go through this dilemma of what next?? A post graduate degree in your subject of graduation, a UPSC or an MBA is the option that comes to mind. But have you ever explored the option of working for your nation? Then the Combined Defence Services exam is your chance to join the army, navy or air force. Think about it?? What can be more fulfilling than making working for your country and making a real difference to the lives of people, protecting civilians and feeling a sense of accomplishment that stays with you throughout your life? We get this opportunity twice in a year as the CDS Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice in a year for recruitment to the Army, Navy and Air force.

 

Stages of the Recruitment process involve:

  1. Qualifying the written test.

  2. Appearing for an interview with the Service Selection Board.

  3. If selected, you get admitted to one of the following-

  4. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun – Permanent Commision

  5. Naval Academy, Goa – Permanent Commission

  6. Air Force Academy, Begumpet – Permanent Commission

  7. Officers Training Academy, Chennai – Short Service Commission

   8.Officers Training Academy, 18th SSC Women(Non-technical) – Short Service Commission

Exam Pattern

The Combined Civil Services exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The selection process has two stages: Written Exam followed by an Interview. The CDS Exam Pattern is such that it helps the UPSC select the best candidates for Indian Army, Navy and Air force. Through this detailed article on CDS Exam Pattern you will get the details of various sections, their weightage, the marking scheme of the exam, etc.

The following tables show the details of CDS Exam Pattern, kindly note that the exam for IMA, NA and AFA is for 300 marks and the exam for OTA is of 200 marks. The time allotted for both of the exams is 2 hours.

CDS Exam Pattern: IMA, NA, AFA

Written Examination for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Paper     Subject                                   Duration        Maximum Marks

I               English                                      2 hours              100

II             General Knowledge                2 hours              100

III            Elementary Mathematics     2 hours              100

                        Total                                                                 300

CDS Exam Pattern: OTA

Written Examination for Officers’ Training Academy

Paper        Subject                         Duration           Maximum Marks

I                 English                            2 hours                    100

II               General Knowledge     2 hours                     100

                         Total                                                              200

 CDS Exam Pattern: Highlights

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective MCQ Type questions only.

  • The CDS Exam is an offline exam.

  • Total number of Questions: 120

  • There is a negative marking of 0.33 Marks

  • All measures in the paper will be in SI units and candidates should use only International form of numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering the question papers.

  • The qualifying marks for the examination will be fixed at the discretion of the UPSC commission.

  • Use of calculators is prohibited while writing the exam.

CDS Exam Pattern: Interview Round

Interview post qualifying the exam

  • The Union Public Service Commission will declare a qualified list of candidates (based on the cutoffs of the written exam).

  • The selected candidates will appear before a Services Selection Board for the Intelligence and Personality Test.

  • The total maximum marks for the interview will be 200 for OTA and 300 for the IMA, Naval and Air Force.

  • Candidates for the Air Force wing and Naval Aviation will also have to undergo a Pilot Aptitude Test.

Two Stage Selection Procedure

  • The two stage selection procedure will be based on the Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

  • All the candidates will be put to test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centers.

  • Only those candidates who qualify the first stage will be admitted to the second stage.

  • Those candidates who qualify stage 2 will be required to submit the original certificates along with one photocopy each of :

  • Original Matriculation passing certificate or the equivalent as proof of date of birth.

  • Bachelors’ Degree along with mark sheets in support of educational qualification.

  • For the final qualification, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks for both the (i) Written examination and (ii) SSB test as fixed by the Commission at their discretion.

  • Qualified candidates will then be placed on the merit list on the basis of total marks secured by them in the written examination and the Services Selection Board Tests.

  • The final selections for admission will be made in the order of merit depending on the number of vacancies in each wing.

  • The selection will be subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects.

IAS EXAM

SC Syllabus for Civil Service Exam (CSE) can be accessed and downloaded from this page. Aspirants may bookmark this page to refer the latest UPSC syllabus for IAS exam (CSE Prelims, Mains and Interview).

UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Preliminary Exam

The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.

 

UPSC SYLLABUS FOR PAPER I – (200 MARKS) DURATION: TWO HOURS (COUNTED FOR THE MERIT RANK IN THE PRELIMS)

  • Current events of national and international importance.

  • History of India and Indian National Movement.

  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.

  • General Science

UPSC SYLLABUS FOR PAPER II- (200 MARKS) DURATION: TWO HOURS (NOT COUNTED FOR THE MERIT RANK IN PRELIMS BUT A QUALIFYING PAPER; JUST NEEDS 33% MARKS)

  • Comprehension.

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.

  • Decision-making and problem-solving.

  • General mental ability.

  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam

A candidate’s rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.

QUALIFYING PAPERS – NOT COUNTED FOR FINAL RANKING:

  • Paper ‐ A – Indian Language – Syllabus. (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.

  • Paper‐ B – English Language – Syllabus. 300 Marks.

PAPERS TO BE COUNTED FOR MERIT RANKING:

  1. Paper‐I Essay – Syllabus. 250 Marks.

  2. Paper‐II General Studies – I – Syllabus. 250Marks. (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).

  3. Paper‐III General Studies –II – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Governance, 

  4. Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations).

  5. Paper‐IV General Studies –III – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).

  6. Paper‐V General Studies –IV – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude).

  7. Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks.

  8. Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks.

 

PCS EXAM 

Punjab Public Service Commission is an authorized organization working under the state government of Punjab. The PPSC does all the required procedures for recruitment of efficient candidates into state civil services. The Punjab PSC does works for the development of the state and also for the welfare of citizens of Punjab. The Punjab PSC releases notifications every year for recruitment of candidates into various posts. Candidates will be selected based upon their performance in the exams conducted by PPSC. Eligible candidates who are interested in Government Jobs in Punjab can apply to this posts in online mode after releasing of notification. The Aspirants can visit the authoritative website for further details. The official website of Punjab PSC is www.ppsc.gov.in.

Punjab PSC Civil Services Exam Pattern

The Punjab PSC Civil Services Syllabus pdf is available for download from the link given below. Candidates can check for PPSC Combined Civil Services Syllabus & Exam Pattern to start their preparation.

The Punjab PSC Combined Civil Services Exam consists of 2 phases. Candidates will be selected based upon their performance in the following tests:

  1. Written Test (Prelims).

  2. Main Exam.

  3. Personal interview.

The PPSC Combined Civil Services Written Test consists of the following features:

  • The exam is of Objective type i.e., it consists of Multiple Choice Questions.

  • The exam consists of 2 papers.

  • Each paper consists of 150 questions.

  • Duration of each paper is 2 Hours.

  • Each paper is conducted for a total of 150 marks.

The candidates who are willing to attend the PPSC exam must know the PPSC Syllabus. Because without knowing the syllabus you can’t attend the exam. So, it is important to know the PPSC Syllabus to write your exam well. All the best for the candidates who are attending to the PPSC Exam.

Punjab Combined Civil Services Exam Pattern

S.No      TestPaper                Subject                Questions Marks           Duration

1         Written Test (Prelims)Paper IGeneral Studies1501502 Hours

Paper IICivil Services Aptitude Test1501502 Hours

PPSC Combined Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2019

The Punjab PSC Civil Services Prelims Syllabus is available for download on this website. The Punjab PCS Exam Dates will be updated soon on our website. The PPSC Combines Civil Services Prelims Exam consists of the following subjects:

  1. General Studies.

  2. General Aptitude.

Punjab PSC Civil Services Syllabus for Paper I

  • Everyday Science.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • Political theory.

  • International order.

  • Indian polity.

  • History of India.

  • World History.

  • Indian Economy.

  • Punjab-history

  • Current Events – National & International.

  • Punjab – Geography.

  • Punjab  – People, Society and Culture.

  • Geography.

  • Punjab  Economy etc.

Punjab PSC Civil Services Syllabus for Paper II

  • Reading comprehension.

  • Punjabi & English language comprehension.

  • Antonyms & Synonyms.

  • Grammar.

  • Sentence formation.

  • Interpersonal skills.

  • Communication skills.

  • Logical reasoning.

  • Analytical & Mental ability.

  • Numerical skills.

  • Data analysis.

  • Data Interpretation etc.

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