CDS Syllabus 2018 UPSC 1 & 2 CDS Examination Subjects & Topics

Friday, August 10, 2018

CDS Syllabus 2018 UPSC 1 & 2 CDS Examination Subjects & Topics


CDS Syllabus
Check UPSC CDS Syllabus from here! Union Public Service Commission conducts Combined Defence Services Examination twice in a year. This year Commission is going to conducts examination on 18 November 2018. The application procedure for the same has been scheduled from 08 August 2018 to 03 September 2018. Candidates who have applied or going top applied for the same must check CDS Examination syllabus (Subjects & Topics) from this page.


Every year lots of candidates applied for this examination, out of which only few are selected. It is not an easy task to clear the CDS examination. Candidates have to prepare hard to clear the exam effectively and efficiently. And it is essential to have proper knowledge of syllabus and exam pattern to prepare well for the examination. So candidates are recommended to check the updated syllabus from below section and prepare for the exam accordingly! The provided syllabus contains the details about the topics covered in the examination.

Read: UPSC CDS 2 2018 Application Form

Organization Name Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name combined Defence Services (CDS)
Page Type Syllabus
Syllabus Status Available


CDS Syllabus 2018
English-
  • English Comprehension
  • Finding errors & omissions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Sentence Correction, etc.


General Knowledge-
  • History of India and Geography
  • Books and their Authors


Elementary Mathematics-
  • Arithmetic
  • Number System
  • Natural numbers, Integers, Rational & Real numbers
  • Fundamental Operations addition, multiplication, division, subtraction, Square roots, fractions, Decimal
  • Unitary method, percentages, applications to simple & compound interest, profit and loss, ratio & proportion, variation, time & distance, time & work

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

  • Geometry
  • Lines & angles
  • Plane & plane figures
  • Theorems on Properties of angles at a point, parallel lines, sides & angles of a triangle, (iv) congruency of triangles, concurrence of medians & altitudes, similar triangles, properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle & square, loci, circles and its properties including tangents & normal


  • Algebra
  • Basic operation, Simple factors, Remainder theorem, HCF & LCM
  • Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots & coefficients (only real roots be considered)
  • Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns’ analytical & graphical solutions
  • Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables & their solutions
  • Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions
  • Set language & set notation, rational expressions & conditional identities, laws of indices

  • Trigonometry
  • Sine x, Cosine x, Tangent x when 0 < x < 90 Values of sin x, cos x & tan x, for x = 0, 30, 45, 60 & 90
  • Simple trigonometric identities and Use of trigonometric tables
  • Simple cases of heights & distances


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

  • Statistics
  • Collection & tabulation of statistical data
  • Graphical representation
  • Frequency polygons
  • Histograms, pie charts, bar charts, etc.
  • Measures of central tendency

Read: Math को कैसे बनाये आसान 

CDS 2018 Exam Pattern
For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100
Total 300

For Officers Training Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100


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