Combined Defense Services Examination- Officer Training Academy (CDS-OTA) EXAM PATTERN

Last Updated - January 17 2018

Combined Defense Services Examination- Officer Training Academy (CDS-OTA) is a paper-pen based test consisting of objective type questions to test an aspirant’s English and General Awareness.

The only major difference between CDS-OTA paper and CDS paper for NDA, IMA, and IAF is that the former does not have a Mathematics section while all the latter do.

CDS-OTA is a fairly easy test majorly due to the absence of a mathematics section. Check CDS 2018 One obligatory to be updated with affairs of the current times as well as get an average strength at English to access the next step of the selection procedure.

highlights on CDS-OTA paper 2018

Candidates can refer to the major information concerned to OTA paper highlighted below-

Method of ExaminationOffline (paper-pen based)
Total No. of Questions asked240
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice
Maximum Marks200
Period of Examination240 minutes
SectionEnglish and General Ability
Negative MarkingOne-third for every inaccurate response

CDS OTA Paper 1 Structure

Paper 1 consists of English which is considerably easy and can help one to increase one’s score drastically.

No. of Questions120
Total Marks100
Time issued120 minutes
Level of SectionEasy to moderate
  1. Spotting Mistakes
  2. Comprehension / Close Comprehension
  3. Ordering of Words
  4. Ordering of Sentences
  5. Analogy / Fill in the Blanks
  6. Synonyms
  7. Antonyms

CDS OTA Paper 2 Structure

Paper 2 is made of General Knowledge questions which is an important part of the exam and fairly difficult.

SectionGeneral Ability
No. of Questions120
Total Marks100
Time issued120 minutes
MediumEnglish or Hindi
Level of SectionDifficult
  1. Geography
  2. History
  3. Indian Polity
  4. Economics
  5. Present Affairs
  6. Physics
  7. Chemistry
  8. Biology 

Weightage of topics in Paper 1

Paper 1- English consists of a number of topics; each has the weight mentioned below-

TopicPercentage Weightage
Sentence correction15%
Mistake Spotting15%
Ordering of words10%
Ordering of sentence8%
Fill in the blanks3%

Weightage of Topics in Paper 2

Paper 2- General Ability has the following weight distribution for different topics

TopicPercentage Weightage
Present Affairs13%

CDS-OTA Marking Scheme

The entire paper is issued marks in the following way-

Total marks200
Marks per Section100
Marks per question0.83
Marks issued per accurate response0.83
Marks deducted per inaccurate response0.27
Marks deducted per unresponsive question0

Books and material advisable to prepare for Paper 1- English

  1. Objective General English By Arihant
  2. Norman Lewis: Your Choice
  3. Paper: The Hindu/The Times of India/ Economics Times
  4. Earlier Year Papers
  5. Mock Exercise Papers

Books and material advisable to prepare for Paper 2- General Ability

  1. Geography: Ncert (Class 6–12)
  2. Polity: Laxmikanth
  3. History and culture: Ncert (class 6–12) + Fine Arts (Class 11–12)
  4. Economy: Ncert (class 11–12)
  5. Science: Ncert (Class 6–12)
  6. Present Affairs: Monthly/Yearly Magazine/Newspapers
  7. Fact: Lucent General Knowledge

About Officer Training Academy (OTA)

Officer Training Academy is one of the most renowned training fundaments of the Indian

The army that focuses on training officers for short service commission. Personals who aspire to cater and protect their country are always welcomed at the two campuses of the Academy, one at Chennai and the other at Gaya.

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