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CDS 2017 Syllabus

CDS exam is held by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). CDS 2017 is a pen-paper based test. All the questions in the CDS entrance test are in the pattern of MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions). It is observed most of the time that the candidates don’t have much idea about the CDS 2017 syllabus and exam pattern. This is the only reason of not attempting the questions in the CDS entrance test.

To excel in the CDS 2017 entrance test, we have garnered the complete CDS 2017 syllabus. The CDS test is divided into 3 papers namely English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics.

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English Syllabus

English section tests the candidates’ understanding of English language. The English paper consists of 100 marks and it is an objective test. This section comprises basic grammar, antonyms, synonyms, marking the correct sentence among the wrong choices and alike.

Given below are the topics to prepare English section for CDS 2017 entrance exam.

AntonymsSentence improvementComprehension
SynonymsWord substitutionOrdering of sentences 
Spotting ErrorsSelecting WordsOrdering of words in a sentence

Best Books for English Paper

  1. Objective General English by Arihant
  2. Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
  3. Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis

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General Knowledge Syllabus

The questions in CDS General Knowledge paper are based on current affairs, History of India, Geography, Politics, and Economy. A regular update of past few months is necessary to score well in this section. In the following table, topics are mentioned on which questions are asked.

EconomicsPhysicsCurrent Awareness 
History Defence relatedAward
Statement true/false ---- 

Best Books for General Knowledge

  1. Manorama Yearbook 2017
  2. Lucent’s General Knowledge
  3. Competition in Focus (Half Yearly and Yearly)

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Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

Mathematics section is thought-out as a scoring CDS Exam. To score good marks, candidates should know its complete syllabus. Mathematics paper consists questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Given below is the detailed syllabus, on which questions are based on:

  • Algebra: Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions.
  • Trigonometry: Simple cases of heights and distances. Use of trigonometric tables. Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when fn< x < 90° Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities.
  • Geometry: Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Sides and angles of a triangle, Similar triangles, Concurrence of medians and altitudes, Congruency of triangles, Theorems on Properties of angles at a point Parallel lines, Properties of angles, rectangle and square Circles and its properties including tangents and Normals, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, Loci.
  • Mensuration: Areas of squares, parallelograms, rectangles, triangle and circle. Surface area and volume of cuboids, Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
  • Statistics: Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, pie charts, histograms, bar charts, frequency polygons, etc. Measures of central tendency.
Number SystemSimple interestHCF&LCM of polynomialsArea
HCF & LCM of numbersCompound interestLinear Equations in one and two VariablesSurface area and volume of solids
Decimal fractionRatio and proportionQuadratic Equations and InequationsLines and angles
Square roots and cube rootsAverageSet theoryTriangles
Time and distanceProfit and lossMeasurement of angles and trigonometric measurementQuadrilateral and polygon
Time and WorklogarithmHeight and distanceCircle
percentageBasic operations and factorizationRatio ExpressionsStatistical Data Analysis
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Best Books for Elementary Mathematics

  1. Arihant Pathfinder
  2. Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
  3. Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal
  4. Quantitative Aptitude for examinations paperback 2017 by RS Aggarwal

CDS 2017 Important Instructions

  1. Write only in Black ball point pen, your Centre and subject followed by the CDS 2017 test booklet series (in bracket), subject code and CDS 2017 roll number at the appropriate space provided on the answer sheet at the top.
  2. Encode your CDS 2017 booklet series (A, B, C, or D as the case may be), subject code and roll number in the circles provided for the purpose in the answer sheet.
  3. In case the CDS 2017 booklet series is not printed on the test booklet or answer sheet is un-numbered then candidates should report immediately to the invigilator and get the test booklet/answer sheet replaced.
  4. Candidates should note that any omission/mistakes/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the CDS 2017 OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to the Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code, will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.
  5. Immediately after the commencement of the CDS 2017 please check that the test booklet supplied to you does not have any unprinted or torn or missing pages or items etc., if so, get it replaced by a complete test booklet of the same series and subject.
  6. Do not write your name or anything other than the specific items of information asked for, on the CDS 2017 answer sheet/test booklet/sheet for rough work.
  7. Do not fold or damage or put any extraneous marking over the CDS 2017 Answer Sheet. Do not write anything on the reverse of the answer sheet.


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