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UPSC CDS Exam Pattern (I) 2022

Updated By Shipra Sharma on 22 Jun, 2022 16:20

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UPSC CDS (I) 2022 Exam Pattern

It is important for the candidates appearing for the UPSC CDS(I) 2022 examination to have a fair bit of knowledge regarding the UPSC CDS 2022 exam pattern and marking scheme of UPSC CDS (I) 2022 examination. If a candidate is familiar with the exam pattern of UPSC CDS 2022 part I examination, then the chances of scoring good marks in the entrance exam and getting selected in the subsequent rounds of the examination increase steeply.

In order to get a hang of the UPSC CDS 2022 exam pattern and marking scheme, it is strongly suggested to the candidates to go through the detailed UPSC CDS 2022 syllabus. It will also help the candidates to segregate the important topics from the not so important topics and the types of questions expected in the entrance examination. To enhance the awareness of the candidates appearing for UPSC CDS 2022 exam, CollegeDekho has prepared a detailed analysis of the exam pattern and marking that is expected in this year’s UPSC CDS entrance exam.

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    Highlights of UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Pattern

    Here are some highlights of the UPSC CDS 2022 exam pattern that will help the aspirants during their preparatory stages.

    Name of the Conducting Body

    Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

    Name of the Exam

    Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam

    Level of the Exam

    National Level

    Frequency of Exam

    Twice a year

    Mode of Exam

    Offline Mode

    UPSC CDS-I Exam Date

    April 10, 2022

    UPSC CDS-II Exam Date

    September 04, 2022

    Eligibility Criteria

    Graduate

    Selection Process

    Written Exam and SSB Interview

    After Selection Recritement

    Training at IMA/OTA/INA/AFA

    Exam Duration

    One day

    Exam Time

    120 Minutes

    Negative Marking

    1/3rd Marks is Deducted for Every Wrong Question

    Official Website

    upsc.gov.in

    UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Pattern for Written Exam

    The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows:

    Subject

    Maximum Marks

    Duration

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

    1. English

    2. General Knowledge

    3. Elementary Mathematics

    100

    100

    100

    2 Hours

    2 Hours

    2 Hours

    (b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

    1. English

    2. General Knowledge

    100

    100

    2 Hours

    2 Hours

    UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Pattern for IMA/INA/AFA

    Particulars

    Number of Questions

    English

    100 (1 mark each)

    Elementary Mathematics

    100 (1 mark each)

    General Knowledge

    100 (1 mark each)

    UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Pattern for OTA

    Particulars

    Number of Questions

    English

    100 (1 mark each)

    General Knowledge

    100 (1 mark each)

    UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2022: SSB Interview Pattern

    Those candidates who will qualify the written part of the UPSC CDS 2022 entrance exam, they will be called up to take part in the SSB interview round. The candidates are suggested to take a quick look at the UPSC CDS SSB interview pattern:

    UPSC CDS Stage 1 of SSB Interview

    The first stage of the UPSC CDS interview round will comprise of the following things:

    Description and Picture Perception Test: The candidates will be shown a picture first for a duration of 30 seconds and then they will be given 4 minutes to write about the same. Thereafter, a few 15 member groups will be formed in which the group members will be asked to discuss the picture and come at a conclusion. The interviewers will arrive at a conclusion themselves regarding the intelligence of the candidates. The ratings will decide who will be eligible for the second stage of the SSB interview round.

    UPSC CDS Stage 2 of SSB Interview 

    • The second stage of the SSB interview round will last 4 days

    • In this stage, the candidates will be assessed on the basis of Group Testing Officers Task, Conference, Psychology Tests etc

    • The performance of the candidates will be gauged by three different persons - Group Testing Officer, Interviewing Officer and Psychologist

    • Stage 2 will be divided into - 

    1. Psychological Test - Thematic Appreciation Test, Word Association Test, Self Description Test and Situation Reaction Test

    2. Group Activities - Group Planning Exercise, Group Discussion, Half Group Task, Progressive Group Task, Lecturrette, Group Obstacle Race, Command Task, Individual Obstacles and Final Group Task

    After the completion of both the phases, the medical round will be conducted followed by preparation of merit list for admission into courses offered at IMA Dehradun, INA Ezhimala, AFA Hyderabad and OTA Chennai. After the completion of the courses, the candidates will be inducted into the Indian Defense Services as officers.

    UPSC CDS 2022 Marking Scheme

    • Every correct answer will be awarded 1 mark.

    • For every incorrect answer, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted. 

    How to fill OMR Sheet for UPSC CDS Exam 2022

    OMR stands for  Optical Recognition Technology which is used in various national exams like UPSC CDS in India and across the world. The OMR sheet contains bubble-like diagrams which need to be filled by the candidates in a required manner. 

    Details to be Mentioned on the OMR Sheet for UPSC CDS Exam 2022

    Following are the details that are mentioned in the OMR sheet for UPSC CDS exam 2022. After receiving the OMR sheet, candidates must check the number at the bottom of the sheet. In case the number is not mentioned then the candidate must consult the respective exam invigilator and get the answer sheet replaced. Details to be filled in the OMR sheet by the candidate appearing for UPSC CDS exam 2022 are as follows:

    • Roll Number of the Candidate
    • Name of the Candidate
    • Test Number
    • Exam date
    • Darken the answers
    • Test booklet number

    Instructions to fill the OMR Sheet for UPSC CDS Exam 2022

    • Candidates must write the correct roll number on the OMR sheet as has been mentioned on the admit card. 
    • Candidates must use only either Blue or Black Ball pen to fill the circles in the OMR sheet.
    • Fill the circles properly. Do not leave any space in the circle uncoloured. 
    • Candidates are not allowed to do any correction with eraser, marker or any other material on the OMR sheet. No marks will be given for the question in which such activity is done.
    • Candidates must not fold or mutilate the OMR sheet. It will affect the way the OMR sheet is checked and will lead to certain kinds of discrepancies in the OMR sheet checking.
    • Candidates should not do any kind of rough work on the OMR sheet. For rough book space will be provided in the end of Test Booklet/Question paper

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    FAQs about UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

    How many marks are deducted for every wrong answer in UPSC CDS exam 2022?

    For every wrong anser 1/3rd marks ie. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer in UPSC CDS exam 2022.

    In which language UPSC CDS exam is conducted?

    UPSC CDS exam 2022 will be conducted in both english and hindi. Candidate can attempt the question paper in any one language

    How many questions are asked in the written exam in the Elementary Mathematics section of UPSC CDS exam?

    A total of 100 questions are asked in the written exam in the Elementary Mathematics section of UPSC CDS exam.

    How many questions are asked in the written exam for English section of UPSC CDS exam?

    Total number of 100 questions are asked in the written exam for English section of UPSC CDS exam.

    What is the duration of UPSC CDS exam?

    For each paper 120 minutes are provided. Hence the total exam time duration for IMA, INA, and AFA is six hours, while it is four hours for OTA.

    In which mode UPSC CDS exam 2022 will be conducted?

    UPSC CDS exam will be conducted offline by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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