CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books

CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books

CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books. The application form for registering will start tomorrow 20 December 2023. Meanwhile, candidates can check the syllabus of the CDS exam and the books that they can look for preparation.

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CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books SYLLABUS ENGLISH (Code No. 01)

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02) General Knowledge including knowledge of 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 subject. The paper will also include questions on the History of India and the Geography of nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.

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ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03) ARITHMETIC 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, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

ALGEBRA Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, the relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

TRIGONOMETRY Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.

GEOMETRY Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on following-:

  • Properties of angles at a point,
  • Parallel lines,
  • Sides and angles of a triangle,
  • Congruency of triangles,
  • Similar triangles,
  • Concurrence of medians and altitudes,
  • 22 Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square,
  • Circles and their properties including tangents and normals,
  • Loci. MENSURATION Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangles and circles. Areas of figures can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, and surface area and volume of spheres. STATISTICS Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books

INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection processes – stage I and stage II.

Only those candidates who clear stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.

The details are:-

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz.

The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test.

In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage. The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books

Candidate can also explore the following books for preparation

Oswal Combined Defence Services Yearwise-11 Solved Paper Elementary Mathematics, English and GK

Pathfinder CDS Combined Defence Service Entrance Examination

CDS I 2024 Syllabus and Competitive Books Study Plan

Candidate can also try these following for their exam preparation


Candidate can use mobile app such as Oliveboard, Gradeup, and CDS Pathfinder offer a user-friendly interface and comprehensive content covering all sections of the CDS exam.


You can try your hands on these channels such as Major Kalshi Classes, Defence Direct Education, and SSBCrack provide free tutorials, strategy discussions, and tips for CDS aspirants. Subscribing to these channels can supplement your preparation with valuable insights and guidance.

Mock Tests

These include onlineTyari and Testbook.

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