CDS OTA Syllabus 2022 - CDS Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

CDS OTA Syllabus 2022 - CDS Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme
02-June 2022........... 1 Comment(s)

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds a national-level entrance examination twice a year to induct eligible male and female candidates into the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai. This examination is popularly known as the Combined Defence Services Examination - CDS Exam. The Officers Training Academy (OTA) is an Indian Army training facility that prepares officers for the Short Service Commission (SSC). One of the best things about the OTA Chennai is that it trains both male and female candidates. To crack the CDS OTA exam with adequate marks, candidates need to understand the complete syllabus and exam pattern properly. In this article, we will discuss in detail the CDS OTA syllabus 2022.


Complete Syllabus of CDS OTA 2022 Exam


The CDS OTA written examination consists of two sections, English and General Knowledge. The CDS Exam Pattern for the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy is divided into three sections (English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics), but the Officers' Training Academy has only two sections (English, and General Knowledge). Here, in this article, we will discuss only the CDS OTA Syllabus 2022. The CDS OTA written exam is conducted in an offline mode and consists of only objective-type questions with answers to be marked on an OMR sheet.


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CDS OTA Exam Pattern 2022 and Marking Scheme





  • Paper I - English Paper

  • Paper II - General Knowledge Paper

Number of Questions 

240 Questions (120 in each paper) 

Maximum Marks 

200 Marks (100 in each paper) 

Nature of Questions 

Multiple-Choice Questions

Mode of Exam 

Offline (OMR-Based) 

Positive Marking 

0.833 for every correct answer 

Negative Marking 

0.277 for every wrong answer

Time Duration 

4 Hours (2 Hours for each paper) 

Exam Shift 

  • First Shift - English Paper 

  • Second Shift - General Knowledge Paper


CDS OTA English Syllabus 2022


  • Reading Comprehension

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Sentence Rearrangement

  • Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Synonyms and Antonym

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Spotting the Errors

  • Sentence Sequencing

  • One-word substitutions

  • Para Jumbles


CDS OTA General Knowledge Syllabus 2022


  • Important National & International Happenings

  • Personalities in News

  • General Science

  • Economics

  • History of India

  • Games and Sports

  • Awards and Honors

  • Geography

  • Political Science

  • Indian Constitution

  • Everyday Observation

  • Scientific Discoveries

  • Current Affairs

  • Heritage and Culture

  • UN & International Organizations

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