CDS 2 2021 Syllabus, Marking Scheme, Subject, Exam Pattern

CDS 2 2021 Notification is going to be published by Union Public Service Commission on 04 August 2021 as per the UPSC Examination Calendar 2021 and some important dates are released officially by UPSC. Candidates who are interested to apply for UPSC CDS II 2021 notification can apply at UPSC conducts CDS exam twice a year and this is one of the most popular defence exams among the aspirants who are willing to join as an Officer in the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Officers Training AcademiesSSBCrackExams takes the initiative and helps the youngsters to know the CDS Exam 2021 eligibility criteria, exam dates, selection, etc., If you are planning to write the CDS 2 2021 Exam, you can read the following details below. A short summary of eligibility criteria for CDS 2 2021 Exam is given below:

CDS 2 2021 Important Dates

CDS 2 2021 Important Dates: UPSC has published the CDS 2 2021 notification and important dates. Let’s have a look at the detailed schedule for CDS 2 2021 exam.

CDS 2 2021 Application Start Date04 August 2021
CDS 2 2021 Application Last Date24 August 2021
CDS 2 2021 Exam Date14 Nov 2021
CDS 2 2021 Admit Card Download DateBefore 3 weeks of exam
CDS 2 2021 Result Date (Expected)Jan – Feb 2022

CDS 2 2021 Eligibility

CDS 2 2021 Eligibility Conditions: Now we will be going through the eligibility conditions of CDS 2 2021 Notification, here we can get the maximum knowledge about the notification issued by UPSC and we can know the new amendments and updations done by UPSC it might be in syllabus, exam pattern, recruitment stages.

CDS 2 2021 Educational Qualifications

CDS 2 2021 Educational Qualifications: Candidates should be well known with the education qualifications before applying the examination. Here we brought the complete details of the educational qualifications required for CDS 2 2021 Notification.

INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMYB.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
AIR FORCE ACADEMYGraduation, B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics &Maths)

CDS 2 2021 Age limit

CDS 2 2021 Age limit: As compared to educational qualification age limits also plays a vital role in the CDS 2 2021 notification because UPSC has kept some cut-off dates for the eligibility. So before applying to try to go through the full notification provided by UPSC.

INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY19-2402 July 1998 to 01 July 2003
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY19-2402 July 1998 to 01 July 2003
AIR FORCE ACADEMY20-2402 July 1998 to 01 July 2002
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (MEN)19-2502 July 1997 to 01 July 2003
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (WOMEN)19-2502 July 1997 to 01 July 2003

CDS 2 2021 Selection Procedure

CDS 2 2021 Selection Procedure: CDS follows a three-stage recruitment process it consists of:

  • Written Test
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Merit List

CDS 2 2021 Examination Pattern

CDS 2 2021 Examination Pattern: UPSC follows a standard and very transparent manner to conduct the CDS 2 2021 examination. The written examination consists of the below subjects:

A) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:


B) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:


CDS 2 2021 SSB Interview 2021 involves 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 consists of officer intelligence rating, picture perception, and description test.
  • Stage 2 involves interview, group testing officer task, psychology test, and conference

ALSO READ: CDS 1 2021 Answer Keys [All Sets]

CDS Exam Syllabus Details:

Paper 1: English

The objective type question paper is designed to examine the understanding of English of the applicants. English question paper of CDS Exam includes passage for answering few questions related to that passage.

CDS English Syllabus consists of :

  • Spotting of Errors
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary (Idioms & Phrases)
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Completion (Fill in the blanks & Cloze Test)
  • Ordering of Words & Sentences
  • Comprehension
  • Active – Passive Voice
  • Direct – Indirect Speech or Reported Speech
  • One Word Substitution
  • Parts of Speech
  • Spelling
  • Transformation

Paper 2: General Knowledge

General Knowledge question paper in CDS examination includes knowledge of current topics and of matters which are observing every day. The aspirants must be able to answer scientific aspects without any particular scientific study. They should have knowledge of History of India and Geographical issues without any specific study. The applicants must be able to answer these general knowledge questions to pass this test.

Components of CDS General Knowledge Syllabus

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Indian Polity
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Defence Specific
  • Current Affairs & Static GK

Paper 3: Elementary Mathematics

The objective type question paper includes various topics of elementary mathematics. Candidates should have posses knowledge about these topics. There are lots of topics to cover which are as following:

  • Arithmetic: Aspirants need to perform well in arithmetic which includes Number System, Fundamental Operations, Unitary Methods, and Elementary Number Theorems etc.
  • Algebra: The applicants should able to solve basic operations, Remainder Theorem, Quadratic Equations, Linear equations and practical problems etc.
  • Geometry: The candidates should able to answer geometric questions which contain Lines and angles, plane and plane figures and their related questions.
  • Trigonometry: The applicants need to know the values of Sine x, cosine x and tangent x.
  • Mensuration: The all candidates applying for the test should have knowledge of calculating areas of squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and parallelograms etc.
  • Statistics: Everyone needs to know the collection and tabulation of data, histograms, pie and bar charts etc.

All these above mentioned fields have been included in the mathematics question paper so the aspirants must have good knowledge in elementary mathematics. The candidates need to be good in calculation and more basic operations so that they can perform well in the examination.

Note: The eligible candidates need to pass individually in all tests for clearing the CDS exam. Candidates can Download Our App and Enroll CDS Exam Online Course by clicking here. The syllabus contains all necessary topics which are appropriate to check your efficiency in all subjects as per exam syllabus.

CDS 2 2021 How to Apply:

  • Visit the official website —
  • Click on the UPSC CDSE 2 2021 link
  • In part – I of the registration, submit your basic information.
  • In part II, fill the payment details and choice of exam center, upload your photo and sign as per guidelines
  • Save and submit it and take a print out for further reference


Application fee: Rs 200/- SC, ST and women candidates are exempted from application fee

ALSO READ: CDS 1 2021 Cut Off Marks [Expected] – IMA OTA AFA INA

Cut Off: Students who score more than the cut-off are considered for SSB interview. Cut Off will be declared by the board based on the applications received and candidates qualified in the first stage of the recruitment process. Now we will look into the expected cut off marks for all the academies.

1IMA120 – 130
2INA115 – 125
3AFA130 – 140
4OTA (MEN)85 – 100
5OTA (WOMEN)85 – 100
Q1. Can I apply for CDS exam with a backlog?

A. No, you need to clear all backlogs.

Q2. Can a final year student apply for CDS exam?

A. Yes, final year candidates can apply for CDS, but make sure you are completing your degree before the date of joining.

Q3. Will I get multiple SSB interview calls if I clear CDS exam for ore than one option?

A. No, you will get only one SSB call for the first preference you have cleared.

Q4. Can women apply for IMA, AFA, NA through CDS exam?

A. No, women can only apply for OTA Chennai through CDS exam.

Q5. When CDS 1 2021 will be conducted?

A. It will be conducted on 14 Nov 2021.

ALSO READ: CDS 2 2021 Notification And Exam Date

You can prepare for CDS 2 2021 and CDS 1 2022 and other defence entrance exams such as AFCAT, CDS OTA, NDA, ACC, MNS, INET, and Airmen Group X and Y by taking Written Online courses as they will not only give you access to full-length quality lectures but will also provide the facility to take standardized mock tests for better study and strategic growth in the exam. You can take multiple quizzes after each lesson to ensure a full understanding of the subject along with creating your customized lesson plans. You can check out the course content along with other important specifics at SSBCrack exams.

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1 Comment

  1. Kungamlung gangmei

    Madam/ sir, I would like to know more about the syllabus for CDS OTA.

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