UPSC CDS II 2018 | UPSC CDS II Syllabus | Exam Pattern


UPSC CDS II 2018 | UPSC CDS II Syllabus | Exam Pattern

Advt No.: 11/2018.CDS-II

Post Name –

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 147th (DE) Course commencing in July, 2019 

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Coursecommencing in July, 2019 Executive (General Service)/Hydro

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July, 2019 i.e. No. 206 F(P) Course

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 110th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October, 2019

Officers Training Academy, Chennai—24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October, 2019


    • Employment News : 2018
    • Application Begin : 8 August 2018
    • Last Date for Apply Online : 3 September 2018 (till 6:00 PM)
    • Last date to Pay Fee: 3 September 2018 (till 6:00 PM)
    • Exam Date : Will Be Notified
    • Admit Card Available : Will Be Notified

    • General / OBC : 200/-
    • Female/SC / ST : Nil
    • Pay the Examination Fee through Debit/Credit Card & Net Banking or depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash
 Eligibility Criteria

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.

(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.



(i) For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000 only are eligible.

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—
20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July, 1993 and not later than 1st July, 1999) only are eligible.

NOTE: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.

(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) Unmarried Male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 2000 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July,2000.

NOTE : Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses. 
 No. of Vacancy :- 414

UPSC CDS II 2018 | Exam Pattern

1. The Competitive examination comprises:
(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix)
of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum
marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air
Force Academy:—

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1. English 2 hrs 100
2. General knowledge 2 hrs 100
3. Elementary mathematics 2 hrs 100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 hrs 100
General knowledge 2 hrs 100

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews
will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written
examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to
the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and
Officers’ Training Academy respectively.

3. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The
question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics
will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

4. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric
system of Weights and Measures only will be set.

5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will
they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.

6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the
subjects of the examination.

7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type
papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the
Examination Hall.

UPSC CDS II 2018 | UPSC CDS II Syllabus



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.


  • ENGLISH (Code No. 01)
    The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of
    English and workmanlike use of words.


    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.




Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.
Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, 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.

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.

Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×
= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
Simple trigonometric identities.
Use of trigonometric tables.
Simple cases of heights and distances.

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, 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, (vii)
Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square,
(viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.

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.

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



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:-

(a) 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 OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) 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 a 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 marks 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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