UPSC CDS Syllabus 2016 – Latest UpToDate

Candidates who have enrolled themselves for the UPSC CDS Exam 2016 would be eager to know the syllabus for the exam. Without having prior knowledge of the syllabus, it would be very difficult for the candidates to ascertain the expectation of the UPSC authority. The syllabus for UPSC CDS Exam is based on elementary education and any candidate who has a bachelor’s degree can attempt most of the questions given in the paper.

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UPSC CDS Syllabus 2016

The syllabus for UPSC CDS Written Exam consists of 3 subjects- English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. It should be noted that candidate who have chosen to apply for the post of Officers’ Training Academy are not required to give Elementary Mathematics section.


The subject English will be the first paper for the candidates. The total marks on offer is 100 and candidates would be required to choose an answer from the given options. The syllabus for English paper is given as under:

Comprehension Word – Meaning Antonyms
Correct usage of words Fill in the blanks Synonyms
Para Jumble Sentence Completion Spot the error

General Knowledge

This is the second paper which the candidates would be required to give. Like English, this paper is also for 100 marks and has a duration of 2 hours. To be honest, there is nothing such as syllabus for this paper as questions can come from anything surrounding us. However, with categorization, the following sections would be useful:

Indian Economy History of India Freedom Movement
Geography of India Book – Author Country- Currency
Constitution of India State – Capital World Events

Elementary Mathematics

This paper is applicable for only those candidates who have registered for a post in Indian Military Academy/ Air Force Academy/ Indian Naval Academy. The scope of this paper is test the elementary knowledge of candidates in Mathematics. The syllabus for this paper includes the following chapters.

Number System Profit and Loss Ratio and Proportion
Geometry Mensuration Algebra
Log Time and Work Time and Distance

How to prepare the Syllabus?

The CDS Exam 2016 has been framed in such a manner that only smart candidates would be able to qualify for the next round. It is not necessary only those candidates will pass, who have exceptional knowledge and have been toppers throughout their career. Here are some points which will assist a candidate to enhance his preparations:

  • It is not important to concentrate on each and every chapter. For an instance, if you are weak in mensuration, then you can afford to leave out the whole chapter and focus more on the remaining section. In this way, you will be able to score well in the remaining paper.
  • You should have a plan for your paper. Starting off the paper with your strength areas is a good way to gather confidence and marks early on. However, confidence shouldn’t turn into overconfidence.
  • Avoid last minute additions. If you are trying to learn a new chapter in the last minute, it might affect your revisions. Hence, you can leave out any new inclusions in the last minute.