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UPSC CDS Previous Year Question Papers – CDS 1 & 2 Question Paper @

UPSC CDS Question Paper
UPSC CDS Question Paper

UPSC CDS Previous Year Question Papers – CDS 1 & 2 Question Paper @

UPSC CDS Question Paper for Combined Defence Service I and II Examinations is available here. In this page, aspirants can find the UPSC CDS previous year question papers with answers download links. However, to make it easy for the candidates we have given here both CDS 1 and CDS 2 Exam Paper links for both prelims and mains examination below.

UPSC CDS Question Paper

Applied for UPSC CDS Examination 2019? Then find the UPSC CDS Previous Papers in the article below. Union Public Service Commission conducts the CDS Exam every year twice to recruit candidates for Army, Navy and Air Force. Recently, UPSC CDS Notification is released to recruit 417 vacancies for CDS II Examination. Aspirants who are applying for the given posts can get here complete details regarding the UPSC CDS (I & II) old question papers. Hence, download the UPSC CDS Exam Previous Papers and start preparing for the examination that is going to be conducted on 8th September 2019. For further details go through the official website.

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CDS Eligibility:

The candidate must qualify certain criteria like Age Limit, Educational Qualification and Marital Status inorder to appear in these examinations. The specifications for each post is given below. Girls can apply only for the post in OTA – Officers Training Academy.

Post Age Limit Educational Qualification Marital Status
Officers’ Training Academy(OTA) 19 to 24 Graduation or equivalent Unmarried, Married, Widow, Divorcee
Air Force Academy 20 to 24 Graduation with PCM in 10+2 Or Bachelor of Engineering Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy 19 to 23 Bachelor of Engineering Unmarried
Indian Military Academy 19 to 23 Graduation or equivalent Unmarried

Another important criterion is that the candidate must be physically fit according to the standards prescribed by UPSC. The body of the candidate needs to be free from diseases and disability.  Post medical examination if the candidate is found unfit, He/she wouldn’t be eligible for the CDS Examination.

CDS Exam Pattern:

The CDS Examination comprises of a written examination and the candidates who qualify the written examination are called for the Interview by Service Selection Board (SSB). The mode of examination is Offline and the question paper consists of Objective Type Questions only.  The medium of language is English and Hindi for the examination.

  • For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

Subject Number of Questions Marks Duration
English 120 100 2 Hours
General knowledge 120 100 2 Hours
  • For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Subject Number of Questions Marks Duration
English 120 100 2 Hours
General knowledge 120 100 2 Hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 100 2 Hours

Note that Negative marking is applicable in the CDS exam. For every wrong answer, one-third mark will be deducted.

The next stage of the selection process is the SSB Interview. It comprises of 2 parts:

  1. Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)which involve a Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT) wherein candidates will be shown a picture for 30 seconds. Post 30 seconds, candidates will be given 4 minutes to write about the picture. Then several groups of 15 members will be formed to discuss and arrive at a conclusion regarding the picture. Based on the discussion and conclusion, the officer will rate your intelligence skills.
  2. Once this is cleared, the 2nd round consists of Interview, Group Discussion, Psychology Tests and Personality Test Assessment. Based on their performance at these rounds, the candidates are selected for Indian Army, Navy or Air Force respectively.

CDS Syllabus:

The main subjects covered in this examination are English, General knowledge and Mathematics (except for OTA). The syllabus for CDS 1 and CDS II examination is the same.


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence Arrangement
  • Spotting Errors
  • One Word Substitution
  • Para-Jumble

General knowledge:

  • Latest Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian History and Geography
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Politics
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Physics topics like motion, force, units, heat, electricity, temperature etc.
  • Chemistry topics like organic, inorganic, physical and general Chemistry.
  • Biology topics like important diseases and human & plant biology.


  • Arithmetic – Number System, Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm, Factorisation Theorem, H.C.F. and L.C.M., Euclidean algorithm, Unitary method etc.
  • Algebra – Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, Simultaneous linear equations, set language and set notation, Remainder Theorem etc.
  • Geometry – Theorems on

(i)Properties of angles at a point
(ii) Parallel lines
(iii) Sides and angles of a triangle
(iv) Congruency of triangles
(v) Similar triangles
(vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes

  • Mensuration – Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle; Surface area and volume of cuboids; surface area and volume of spheres.
  • Statistics – Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc.; Measures of central tendency and Collection and tabulation of statistical data.
  • Trigonometry – Use of trigonometric tables and Simple trigonometric identities.

Reference to the previous years Question Papers would give a clear idea about the exam pattern, topics covered, marking scheme, time management, etc.

CDS 1 Previous year solved question papers

Click on the below links to download the previous years CDS Question Papers:

आप सभी इन सभी CDS I & II Previous years Question Papers को नीचे दिए गये लिंक के माध्यम से आसानी के साथ डाउनलोड कर सकते हैं. अगर आप सभी को और भी किसी परीक्षा से सम्बंधित Question Papers, Model Papers, Previous Papers आवश्यकता हैं तो आप सभी हमें Comment के माध्यम से अवश्य अवगत कराएँ.

UPSC CDS 1 2019 Question Paper

UPSC CDS General Knowledge Question Paper General Knowledge
CDS 1 2019 English Question Paper English
Maths Paper Pdf Maths

CDS Exam Previous Year Question Paper 2018

 CDS General Knowledge Paper Solved Pdf General Knowledge
UPSC CDS English Paper 2018 English
UPSC CDS Maths Paper Maths
CDS 2018 General Knowledge Paper General Knowledge
CDS 2 English Paper 2018 English
 UPSC CDS Maths Paper Maths

UPSC CDS 2017 Question Paper Pdf

CDS 2017 Question Paper (General Knowledge) General Knowledge
CDS English Paper 2017 English
UPSC CDS Maths Paper Mathematics
CDS General Knowledge Paper General Knowledge
CDS 2 2017 English Paper English
UPSC CDS 2 2017 Maths Paper Mathematics

CDS 2016 Question Papers PDF

Download Question Papers 2016 Pdf General Knowledge
Get CDS English Paper Pdf English
Elementary Maths for CDS Papers Pdf Mathematics
CDS General Knowledge Previous Papers General Knowledge
English Question Paper English
Maths Question Paper Mathematics

CDS Solved Papers Pdf 2015

UPSC CDS 10 Years Solved Papers Pdf General Knowledge
Get CDS English Paper Pdf English
Elementary Maths for CDS Papers Pdf Mathematics

UPSC CDS Question Papers 2014

CDS Question paper with Answer Pdf General Knowledge
Get CDS English Paper Pdf English
Elementary Maths for CDS Papers Pdf Mathematics

CDS Previous Year Question Papers with Answer Key 2013

Download CDS General Knowledge Question Papers Pdf General Knowledge
Get CDS English Paper Pdf English
Elementary Maths for CDS Papers Pdf Mathematics

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