Here you will get UPSC CDS AFA (Air Force Academy) official syllabus details along with brief details of exam pattern. UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Services Exam twice every year generally in February and August for recruiting officers for the Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy syllabus, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. Male candidates can join IMA, Naval and Air Force but for female candidates OTA in army is available.

The examination comprises of two stages-the first stage consists of written test and those who qualify the written test are called for interview by Service Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test.

Now let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus for UPSC CDS Air Force Academy (AFA) Recruitment exam but before that, you should have a basic knowledge of the exam pattern.

**(i) The written examination will be as follows**:

Subject | Duration | No. of Questions | Maximum Marks |
---|---|---|---|

English | 2 hours | 120 | 100 |

General Knowledge | 2 hours | 120 | 100 |

Elementary Mathematics | 2 hours | 120 | 100 |

**For admission in OTA**, candidates are required to give only English and General knowledge papers of 200 marks. One third of the marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

After qualifying the written examination the candidates need to qualify the SSB interview round whose details are given below :

(ii) The SSB procedure consists of two stage selection process. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception, Description Test (PP and DT)

(b) Stage II comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

The topics for each of these subjects are covered in the detailed syllabus given below.

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**CDS Air Force Academy (AFA) Syllabus 2023 – General Knowledge**

General Knowledge, including knowledge of current events and 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 history of India and geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study. Question will be based on various topics that are given below:

- Economics
- Physics
- Current Affairs
- Politics
- Chemistry
- Sociology
- History
- Defense-related Award
- Geography
- Environment
- Sport
- Biology
- Cultural
- Books
- Statement
- True/False

**CDS Air Force Academy (AFA)** **Syllabus 2023 – English**

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workman like use of words. Questions in English are from Synonyms, Antonyms, Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Error spotting,Jumbled sentences, Sentence connection and till in the blanks.

**CDS Air Force Academy (AFA)** **Syllabus 2023 – Elementary Mathematics**

**CDS Arithmetic Syllabus :**

Number System: Natural numbers, Rational & Real numbers, Integers. Fundamental operations, subtraction, multiplication, addition, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and work, percentages, time and distance, applications to simple & compound interest, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, 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. L.C.M. and H.C.F. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, use of logarithmic tables and laws of logarithms.

**CDS** **Algebra** **Syllabus :**

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

**CDS** **Trigonometry** **Syllabus :**

- 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.

**CDS** **Geometry** **Syllabus :**

Plane & plane figures, Lines & angles, Theorems on

- Properties of angles at a point
- Parallel lines
- Sides and angles of a triangle
- Congruency of triangles
- Similar triangles
- Concurrence of medians and altitudes
- Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square
- Circle and its properties, including tangents and normals
- Locus point

**CDS** **Mensuration** **Syllabus :**

Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures, which can be split up into the figures (Field Book). Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders. Surface area and volume of spheres.

**CDS** **Statistics** **Syllabus :**

Collection and tabulation of statistical data. Graphical representation of frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc. Measures of Central Tendency.

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### What is the syllabus of UPSC CDS Air Force Academy (AFA)?

The CDS Air Force Academy (AFA) written exam is further divided into sections: **English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics**. The written exam for OTA consists of two sections: English and General Knowledge.

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