Combined Defence Services Examination II – CDS Exam II 2017 Syllabus

CDS Exam Syllabus 2017

Standard and Syllabus of the CDS Examination 2017 :

Standard : The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level.

The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.

Syllabus :

English ( Code No. 01 )

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
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General Knowledge ( Code No. 02 )

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.

The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Elementary Mathematics ( Code No. 03 ) :

Arithmetic : Number System – Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal, fractions.

Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

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

Algebra :
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Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients ( Only real roots to be considered ).

Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions.

Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

Trigonometry : Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0°≤ x ≤ 90° Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°

Simple trigonometric identities.
Use of trigonometric tables.
simple cases of heights and distances.

Geometry :

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on

  1. Properties of angles at a point
  2. Parallel lines
  3. Sides and angles of a triangle
  4. Congruency of triangles
  5. Similar triangles
  6. Concurrence of medians and altitudes
  7. Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square
  8. Circles and its properties including tangents and normals
  9. Loci.

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

Statistics : Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

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 :

  1. 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 QIR Test and PP and DT.
  2. Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website
    The personality of candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. the interviewing Officer ( IO ), Group Testing Officer ( GTO ) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage. The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence / absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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Combined Defence Services Examination II – CDS Exam II 2017 Syllabus


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60 Responses to “Combined Defence Services Examination II – CDS Exam II 2017 Syllabus”

  1. Md Arshad January 19, 2012 at 9:50 am # Reply

    Sir, I have done the B.Sc and want to join defence services. So please send me the syllabus and coaching institute for preparation.

  2. pradeep yadav January 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm # Reply

    how to apply and please send me syllabus of cds examination

    • UpscExam February 1, 2012 at 9:21 am # Reply


      Important dates for CDS Exam II 2012

      Application issuing date for CDS Exam II 2012 : 02.06.2012

      Application Last date for submission CDS Exam II 2012 : 02.07.2012

      Exam Date for CDS Exam II 2012 :16.09.2012

      For applying CDS Exam, visit the UPSC official website :

  3. pradeep yadav January 31, 2012 at 11:58 pm # Reply

    quilifiction of cds exam

    • UpscExam February 1, 2012 at 9:15 am # Reply


      Refer the following details :
      Educational Qualifications for CDS II 2012 Exam :

      For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy : Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
      For Indian Naval Academy : Degree in Engineering.
      For Air Force Academy : Degree of a recognised University ( with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level ) or Bachelor of Engineering.
      Graduates with first choice as Army / Navy / Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.

      Candidates who are studying in the final year Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination.

  4. aditya sharma February 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm # Reply

    i got back in my 3rd semester is i am still able to sit in cds exam as i will clear my all the subject and if i will get 60% in engg.its my dream to be in airforce plzz help me out

  5. arvind February 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm # Reply

    what is the total no of marks per portion in question paper?

  6. Nikhil kommaraju February 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm # Reply

    I am pursuing computers. I came to know i can only apply in indian army category for cdse exam. I want to know which kind of posts would i get in army or else whether it is advisable to appear for this exam after my post graduation. I am only 19 now. Plz guide me.

  7. Abhishek garg March 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm # Reply

    What should i do to join I.M.A.??????
    what is exam date of I.M.A.????//

    • UpscExam March 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm # Reply


      Please note down the important dates for CDS Exam II 2012.

      CDS Exam II Application issue date : 02.07.2012

      Last date for submission of CDS Exam II Application : 16.09.2012

      Exam date for CDS Exam II 2012 : 02.06.2012

      For applying CDS Exam II 2012, please visit :

  8. Syllabus March 12, 2012 at 10:35 pm # Reply

    Is cds syllabus of math relate to matticulation level?

  9. sreenu March 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm # Reply

    please tell me which books we have to follow

  10. sachin March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm # Reply

    whats r the eligilibility require for cds??????
    is 3rd year student of,apply for this or only final year student apply?????

    • UpscExam March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am # Reply


      You can apply only in the final year of your B.Tech graduation. Please see this webpage for your reference.

  11. naresh nandhu March 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm # Reply

    hi sir/madam i have completed my graduation in march iam intrested in defence field…wen is the examination date, and where i can get in application form.and syllabus books….please guide me..please reply me soon…

  12. praba April 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm # Reply

    sir, for applying cds2 ,there is no need for cds1.. yes..

    • UpscExam April 4, 2012 at 11:42 am # Reply


      Yes. It’s nothing but, the Combined Defence Service Exam conducted by UPSC twice a year.

  13. Ankita Gupta April 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm # Reply

    hii, what are eligibity for cds??????? how many attempt for this?
    What is the syllabus of cds entrance exam? which books I ‘ve to follow for this?

    • UpscExam April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am # Reply


      Please visit for eligibility details :

  14. siddharth varde May 13, 2012 at 1:59 am # Reply

    Respected sir,
    Sir can u just tell me wen is CDSE 1 EXAM 2012 RESULTS will be out can u give me a date ,time and website to check on it.sir plse can u send me a mail on my yahoo

  15. vikrant May 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm # Reply

    What is the syllabus for Science in brief?

  16. rajat rajput May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm # Reply

    Wt abt history pattern???….the questns cum from ancient, mideval or modern history???plz tell me….

  17. manjoor ahmed May 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm # Reply

    helo sir

    sir plz tel me cds 2nd exam its date and month in 2012.
    syllabus and its exam form what website for filling the cds exam form.
    thanku sir

  18. priyakant June 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm # Reply

    hello… sir,, i complete my B.A. Am i eligible for this exam? I am central govt employee. send reply, as soon as possible.

  19. asif khan June 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm # Reply

    hello sir, for OTA is there only two papers…general knowledge and english…but no maths…??? plz tel me sir

  20. Vipul Kumar June 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm # Reply

    i am 16 years old, born on june 1995. i have cleared my matriculate exam with 80 per cent marks and i want to join defence service, as it is my passion & dream, please guide me to fullfil my passion & dream, thanks, Waiting for early respoance.

  21. Ranjan Dutta June 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm # Reply

    i am a B.Tech last year student .What are the books i can choose to prepare for cds examination.

  22. kalaivani June 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm # Reply

    sir, plz send model question papers for General Knowledge,English.

  23. danishpal June 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm # Reply

    how can apply the ips ias and ifs how can procedure

  24. Gudiya gupta June 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm # Reply

    @poonam baunthiyal
    goodevning sir/mam’

    plz tell me ,What is the syllabus of cds entrance exam for feamal ?

    and plz send me model pepr for this.

    Thank u!!

  25. gunitpal June 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm # Reply

    sir plz tell me that which book i follow to prepare for cds2

  26. pavitar July 6, 2012 at 10:02 am # Reply

    please send me syllabus of cds examination

  27. satvik July 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm # Reply

    send me the syllabus of C D S E exam.

  28. sri July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm # Reply

    i got a back in my engineering..n now i want to apply for C.D.S exam
    so can i apply for it on the basis of my HSC passing certificate?

  29. pankaj July 27, 2012 at 2:27 am # Reply

    in medical if i have some proplem…related to my eyes…and if laser operstion is helpful in that …may it be even then possible to get selected

  30. shashikala.m.c July 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm # Reply

    i’m wearing specks so if i do laser operation then wil i get selected??

  31. pardeep singh August 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm # Reply

    i want to know the brief sylllabus of science…plz tell me ….

  32. baljinder August 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm # Reply

    when the exam of CDS will held in 2012? And when will the forms will be out of this exam?

  33. karan dhillon August 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm # Reply

    when the exam of CDS will held in 2012? And when will the forms will be out of this exam?

  34. vivek maindola August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm # Reply

    is this Intelligence and personality test will b held on the same day of the exam……

  35. N.venkatesh September 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm # Reply

    measurements of the candidate(hight,weidht)

  36. aakash garg September 8, 2012 at 5:20 am # Reply

    sir i had filled the form for cds 2 2012 and my prefference is ima ,but sir i want to ask if i dont go for maths exam can i be selected for ota

  37. rakesh khanka September 8, 2012 at 11:10 am # Reply

    when the exam of CDS will held in 2012? And when will the forms will be out of this exam?
    please tell me which books we have to follow

  38. midhun September 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm # Reply

    in writen exam qulified marks…. plz……sir,

  39. shailja vyas November 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm # Reply

    i am a B.Tech last year female student .What are the books i can choose to prepare for cds examination especially for general knowledge. what newspaper should i follow for clearing general knowledge paper

  40. shaik moqtar November 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm # Reply

    what is the syllabus for CDS Exam II i don\’t know please send me.

  41. poonam baunthiyal November 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm # Reply

    i did BCA, plz give me the syllabus of cds exam… is maths is compulsory in exam?..

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