CDS Syllabus is declared on the official portal of UPSC CDS (upsc.gov.in). CDS is conducted for recruitment to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). The syllabus and exam pattern for all the exams is similar, except for OTA paper. Check CDS Exam Pattern
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Note: The maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews are equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews are 300, 300, 300, and 200 each for admission to the IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA respectively. Download Free CDS Question Papers
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States/UTs 
City Codes 
CTET Test Cities 2020 

Andman & Nicobar 
101 
Port Blair 
Andhra Pradesh 
102 
Vijayawada 
103 
Visakhapatnam 

Arunachal Pradesh 
104 
Itanagar 
Assam 
105 
Dibrugarh 
106 
Guwahati 

107 
Jorhat 

108 
Silchar 

109 
Tezpur 

Bihar 
110 
Bhagalpur 
111 
Bhojpur (Ara) 

112 
Darbhanga 

113 
Gaya 

114 
Madhubani 

115 
Muzaffarpur 

116 
Nalanda 

117 
Patna 

118 
Samastipur 

119 
Vaishali (Hajipur) 

Chandigarh 
120 
Chandigarh 
Chhattisgarh 
121 
Raipur 
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 
122 
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 
Daman & Diu 
123 
Daman 
Delhi 
124 
Delhi Central 
125 
Delhi East 

126 
Delhi North 

127 
Delhi South 

128 
Delhi West 

Goa 
129 
Panaji 
Gujarat 
130 
Ahmedabad 
131 
Surat 

132 
Vadodara 

Haryana 
133 
Ambala 
134 
Faridabad 

135 
Gurugram 

136 
Karnal 

137 
Kurukshetra 

Himachal Pradesh 
138 
Hamirpur 
139 
Kangra 

140 
Shimla 

Jammu & Kashmir 
141 
Jammu 
142 
Srinagar 

Jharkhand 
143 
Bokaro 
144 
Dhanbad 

145 
Ranchi 

Karnataka 
146 
Bengaluru 
147 
Mangalore 

Kerala 
148 
Ernakulam 
149 
Kozhikode 

150 
Thiruvananthapuram 

Lakshadweep 
151 
Kavarati 
Madhya Pradesh 
152 
Bhopal 
153 
Indore 

154 
Jabalpur 

Maharashtra 
155 
Aurangabad 
156 
Mumbai 

157 
Nagpur 

158 
Nashik 

159 
Pune 

Manipur 
160 
Imphal 
Meghalaya 
161 
Shillong 
Mizoram 
162 
Aizawl 
Nagaland 
163 
Kohima 
Odisha 
164 
Bhubaneswar 
165 
Sambalpur 

Puducherry 
166 
Puducherry 
Punjab 
167 
Amritsar 
168 
Bhatinda 

169 
Ferozepur 

170 
Jalandhar 

Rajasthan 
171 
Ajmer 
172 
Alwar 

173 
Bikaner 

174 
Jaipur 

175 
Jodhpur 

176 
Kota 

177 
Udaipur 

Sikkim 
178 
Gangtok 
Tamilnadu 
179 
Chennai 
180 
Coimbatore 

181 
Madurai 

182 
Tiruchirapalli 

Telangana 
183 
Hyderabad 
Tripura 
184 
Agartala 
Uttarakhand 
185 
Dehradun 
186 
Haldwani 

187 
Roorkee 

188 
Srinagar Garhwal 

Uttar Pradesh 
189 
Agra 
190 
Aligarh 

191 
Ayodhya (Faizabad) 

192 
Bareilly 

193 
Etawah 

194 
Ghaziabad 

195 
Ghazipur 

196 
Gorakhpur 

197 
Jaunpur 

198 
Jhansi 

199 
Kanpur 

200 
Lucknow 

201 
Mathura 

202 
Mau 

203 
Meerut 

204 
Moradabad 

205 
Noida 

206 
Prayagraj (Allahabad) 

207 
Raebareli 

208 
Saharanpur 

209 
Sultanpur 

210 
Varanasi 

West Bengal 
211 
Durgapur 
212 
Kolkata 
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English section tests the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Given below are the topics to prepare in the English section for the CDS exam.
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Mathematics section is thoughtout as a scoring CDS Exam. To score good marks, candidates should know their complete syllabus. Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. Given below is the detailed syllabus, on which questions are based on:
Topics  

Number System  Simple interest  HCF&LCM of polynomials  Area 
HCF & LCM of numbers  Compound interest  Linear Equations in one and two Variables  Surface area and volume of solids 
Decimal fraction  Ratio and proportion  Quadratic Equations and Inequations  Lines and angles 
Square roots and cube roots  Average  Set theory  Triangles 
Time and distance  Profit and loss  Measurement of angles and trigonometric measurement  Quadrilateral and polygon 
Time and Work  logarithm  Height and distance  Circle 
percentage  Basic operations and factorization  Ratio Expressions  Statistical Data Analysis 
Locus       
Basic Operations simple factors  Remainder Theorem  H.C.F. & L.C.M.  Set language and set notation 
rational expressions and conditional identities  Laws of indices  Theory of polynomials  solutions of quadratic equations 
Relation between roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered)  Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions  Simultaneous linear equations in two unknownsanalytical and graphical solutions  Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions 
Simple cases of heights and distances  Use of trigonometric tables  Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when fn< x < 90°  Values of sin x, cos x, and tan x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° 
Simple trigonometric identities 
Lines and angles  Plane and plane figures  Sides and angles of a triangle  Similar triangles 
The concurrence of medians and altitudes  Congruency of triangles  Theorems on Properties of angles at a point Parallel lines  Properties of angles 
rectangle and square  Circles and its properties including tangents and Normals and Loci  sides and diagonals of a parallelogram   
Areas of squares, parallelograms, rectangles, triangle, and circle  Surface area and volume of cuboids  lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders  Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book) 
surface area and volume of spheres 
Collection and tabulation of statistical data  Graphical representation  pie charts  histograms 
bar charts  frequency polygons, etc  Measures of central tendency   
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Ques. Are the subjects and syllabus same for IMA and OTA exam?
Ans. NO. The IMA/INA/AFA involves 3 subjects – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, whereas OTA syllabus involves only 2 subjects English and General Knowledge. Depending upon your exam, prepare accordingly.
Ques. Is it compulsory to join a coaching or the preparation can be done by selfstudy?
Ans. It is not compulsory to join a coaching institute, you can self prepare for the exam. Get through the syllabus thoroughly, arrange a good set of books for all the subjects, and set a schedule this will help in selfpreparation.
Ques. How many attempts are allowed to appear for CDS exams?
Ans. There is no such no. of attempts to appear for CDS. Students can attempt until they fulfill the age criteria of the CDS application.
Ques. Till what grade level does the mathematics questions come in the CDS exam?
Ans. Mathematics for CDS 2020 shall be prepared till grade 10. Some of the important topics for this subject are Simple interest, Triangles, Profit and loss, Time & work & distance, Quadratic Equations, and Inequations, Ratio Expressions, etc.
Ques. What all has to be mentioned in the answer booklet?
Ans. Candidates need to mention the centre, subject, CDS 2020 test booklet series, subject code, roll no. in the appropriate space provided in the answer sheet.
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