UPSC CDS 2015 Paper Pattern

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UPSC CDS 2015 Paper Pattern:

The following given below is the UPSC CDS 2015 Paper Pattern:

  • The UPSC CDS 2015 Entrance Examination will be of the Written Type and not of the Online or the Computer Mode.
  • The entrance Examination comprises of 3 Sections, namely: English, Elementary Mathematics & General Knowledge.
  • All the Questions asked in the Paper will be in the Nature of the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Each paper will be of 100 Marks
  • The Duration of the Paper will be for 2 Hrs
  • For the Officers Training Academy, all the Candidates will have to appear for a 2 hour paper on the subject of General Awareness and English
  • The total marks for this Entrance Examination will be 200 Marks

Note: All the Candidates/Aspirants are required to take note of the following:

  • The Maximum marks that would be allotted to the written test and the interviews, will be equal for each Course and Program- the max marks for the written test and interview will be 300 for the IMA, INA and the AFA.
  • For the OTA it will be of 200 Marks which is already mentioned above.

The following given below is the UPSC CDS 2015 Syllabus:

English (Code No.01):

The Question Paper in the Examination paper will be designed and crafted to test the Depth and the Understanding of the Candidates in the Subject and Paper of English, as well as Workmanlike use of words and Phrases.

General Knowledge (Code No.02):

General Knowledge including knowledge of all the 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 subjects

The paper will also include question from the topic of the History of India and Geography of nature, for which all the Candidates/Aspirants are expected to answer.

Elementary Mathematics (Code No.03):


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, percentage, applications to simple and composite interest, profit and loss, ration and proportion , variation.

Elementary number theory-division algorithm, prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility of 2 3 4 5 9 and 11. Multiples and factors.

Factorisation Theorem, HCF and LCM. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.


Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder theorem, HCF and LCM theory of polynomials, solution of the quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered)

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

Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or the quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions.

Set language and set notation, rational expression and conditional identities, law of indices


Sine X, Cosine X, Tanget X, when 00×900 Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x=300, 450, 600 and 900 Simple trigonometric identities.

Use of trigonometric tables, simple cases of heights and distances.


Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures. Theorems on

  • Properties of angles at a point
  • Parallel lines
  • Sides and angles of a triangle
  • Congruency of triangles
  • Similar of triangles
  • Concurrence of median and altitudes,
  • Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square
  • Circles and its properties including tangents and normals
  • Loci


Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split 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

Intelligence and personality Test:

In addition to the interview the candidates will also be put to the Intelligence Test both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence.

All Candidates will be asked to appear for the Group tests such as Group Discussion, Group Planning, Outdoor Group Tasks and will be asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects.

All these tests are intended and designed to judge the mental caliber of the Candidates.  Thus in broad terms, this is the real assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also of his social traits and interest in current affairs.

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