UPSC CDS 2019 Syllabus Download For OTA|IMA|NA|Air Force

UPSC CDS Exam is being conducted in the nation every year 2 times. The CDS Exam is being scheduled by UnionCDS Exam Syllabus public Service Commission. The examination is filled by many lac candidates every year. The candidates who all wish to crack the exam needs to be very sound with the examination pattern & Syllabus to start the preparations for the exam. It is duty of the applicant to get aware of the things related to CDS Exam.

The CDS Exam Pattern can be checked from LINK

CDS Exam is being conducted for posts-

  1. Indian Military Academy
  2. Indian Navy Academy
  3. Air Force Academy
  4. Officers Training Academy- OTA

The CDS Syllabus for the posts mentioned above is different for each one. The posts except OTA involves 3 papers- Mathematics, English & general Knowledge but the OTA posts which is basically for females includes- English & general Knowledge.


The CDS Exam includes the topics-

  1. General Knowledge: History & Culture, History, Geography, Current Affairs, Political System, important dates & events, currency, sports, culture etc.
  2. Mathematics: Number system, whole numbers, statistics, binomial theorem, percentages, profit & loss,trigonometry, LCM & HCF, Euclidean algorithm, time & work, time & speed,  ratio & proportion, polynomials, laws of indices, use of trigonometry tables, simple & compound interest, factorization theorem, geometry, theorems of angles & lines, mensuration including areas & volumes, probability, tables & graphs etc.
  3. English: Knowledge of Communication Skills, Everyday usage of English, vocabulary, use of Synonyms & Antonyms

Followed by written exam, is an intelligence & personality test details of which are-

Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)=  Picture Perception + Description Test.

Stage II: Interview, Group Testing Officer Task, Psychology testing

The topics which are covered under different papers in CDS Exam are from the syllabi of classes VI to X. The candidates can check out the previous papers of CDS Exam to know about the exam questions of different field. These will help you to know what kind of questions come in exam.

UPSC CDS Exam Previous Year papers CHECK

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Often the applicants are confused about the way to prepare for the CDS Exam. They can check the CDS EXAM PREPARATION TIPS HERE. Just be prepared for the exam and give it with full presence of mind to get through the examination in one go.

81 thoughts on “UPSC CDS 2019 Syllabus Download For OTA|IMA|NA|Air Force”

  1. Hi! sir.
    Can I get CDS syllabus so that I can study from my own and also taking some information’s from networking sites….
    I will be very thankful to u then …:)

  2. Hi Abi sir. i want prepare for cds exam feburary 2017. But my Major problem is ENGLISH. Sir, I can not speak and write proper english . Sir please suggest. How to improve English skills.

  3. Hi abi Sir,
    plz can you send the previous question paper of cds1 and study material for the exam…
    M very thankful for that plz..

  4. Hello sir , I perusing my bsc 2nd from gurgoan I want to prepare for ota so which book I prefer for it plz suggest me

  5. Hi sir,
    Mera naam Shubham hai. Aur Maine 2013 mein 12th pass ki hai. Commerce stream se. My age is 23 years. Lekin family responsibilities ke kaaran mujhe 4 years ka gape Lena padaa tha. Ab main IMA join karna chahta hu after graduation. Kya aap mujhe bta sakte h ki main kar sakunga ya nahi.

  6. Thank you sir ap sbko itna achai se guide krte ho
    Sir i completed my B.SC with PSM
    Mujhai CDS (OTA) k liye kya krna hoga

    • Hi Shona,

      First thing we suggest you is to decide what you want to become in life. For CDS OTA first make your schedule to practice what all is given in syllabus cover few topics everyday for GK & English. Followed by it, practice the previous question papers of these subjects so that you have clear basics in exam. Refer to best books for exam and solve as many questions as possible.

  7. Sir I’m student of commerce stream and I wants to gives CDS FOR IMA….so I m I eligible for this or not……please…..tell me …….

  8. Sir m b.a final year ki student kya m bhi OTA ke liye apply kr skti hu.
    Sir OTA ke paper bhi send kr dijiye or kon si books best h

  9. sir.. i am lovedeep singh . sir.. meri eyesight weak h agar ma lasec operation krva lu to kya sir ma recommend ho jauga IMA ma .

  10. Hello sir, Maine 12th physics, chemistry, and mathematics se pass Kiya h aur Avi Mai B.A. final year ki student hu..kya Mai CDS me apply kr skti hu.

  11. Hello Sir, I have applied for CDS I 2018 and actually I am not able to download previous year’s question papers so can you please mail me the same?

  12. I am an (Undergraduate) agriculture student…whether with my degree can I eligible to give CDS …then I am also an NCC cadet so can I get admission to IMA through CDS & if I won’t Crack CDS can I get entry in the IMA through NCC on permanent commision ?


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