CDS Exam Pattern 2019

Structure of Examination: The selection process consists of 2 stages which are:

S. No.Exam
1.Written Examination
2.Intelligence and Personality Test (SSB)

Written Exam

Exam Pattern For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—


SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100

Some Important points about Exam:-

  • The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course.
  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. 
  • There will be penalty (Negative Marking,One third (0.33)) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
  • The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.
  • The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  • The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall. 


Exam Pattern For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

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

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively. 

INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The
details are:-

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

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