CDS Exam Instructions & Guidelines 2023: Rules and Regulations

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

We have provided you with the CDS Exam Instructions and Guidelines in this post. UPSC CDS 1 2023 is scheduled for 16 April 2023. UPSC has released some important CDS instructions and guidelines that candidates have to follow on exam day. These guidelines contain things to carry at the exam centre and COVID guidelines along with the do’s and don’ts.

Read this article till the end to know the CDS exam instructions and the things to carry for the exam.

CDS Exam Instructions 2023

Following CDS instructions and guidelines are very important for the candidates appearing for the exam. These CDS exam instructions must be carefully followed by the aspirant to avoid any difficulty at the exam centre. The CDS Exam day schedule goes as follows:

Paper No. Subject Exam Time Duration
Paper 1 English 9:00 AM 120 Minutes
Paper 2 General Science 12:00 PM 120 Minutes
Paper 3 Mathematics 3:00 PM 120 Minutes

Note: There will be a 1 hour gap between each exam for students to refresh and gear up for the following subjects. Each Paper will have 4 Sets.

Exam Center Instructions for CDS 1 2023

Below are the exam centre instructions for CDS 1 2023 exam that every aspirant must follow to avoid any last-minute problems.

  • Carry an e-admit card (printout).
  • Candidates have to carry the (original) photo identity card, whose number is mentioned in the e-admit card.
  • Candidates must enter the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • Note entry to the examination centre closes 10 minutes prior to the scheduled commencement of the examination in each session.
  • Candidates need to carry a black ballpoint pen.
  • Carry three passport-size photographs.

CDS Exam Instructions: COVID Guidelines

The following are the CDS exam instructions regarding COVID guidelines: 

  • Wearing a mask/face cover is mandatory. Candidates without masks /face covers will not be allowed entry into the exam centre.
  • Candidates will have to remove their masks for verification purposes, whenever required by the examination functionaries.
  • Candidates may carry their own hand sanitiser (in small quantities) in a transparent bottle.
  • Candidates will have to follow the COVID-19 norms of ‘social distancing’ as well as ‘personal hygiene’ inside the examination halls/ rooms as well as on the premises of the Venue.


Things to Carry for CDS Exam

Apart from listing down the things to carry for CDS exam, let us discuss the things prohibited in the exam centre. The following things are not allowed to take inside the exam hall:

  • Mobile Phones, Calculators or any of IT Gadgets are not allowed inside the venue of the examination.
  • Candidates are advised not to bring any valuables/costly items to the Examination Halls.

Do’s & Don’ts for CDS Exam Day

All the CDS 1 2023 candidates need to focus on these points before appearing in the final examination. Following are the CDS instructions and guidelines that need you must avoid for a stress-free examination:

1. Don’t Be Late – Please arrive at the CDS Exam Centre on time as the UPSC official document states that Late arrivals are not allowed. If your exam centre is located in another city, you must reach there before a day to get a feel for the location and other services.

2. Don’t Forget To Bring Important Documents – Collect all essential documents mentioned on the instruction page of the CDS Admit Card such as admission card, photo ID and all other required documents one night before the exam to remain comfortable and calm on the day of the exam. Print a hard copy of the additional hall ticket to avoid any discrepancies.

3. Attempt Easy Questions First During the Examination – You will definitely save time by solving the simple questions in the exam first. Don’t get carried away with the complicated questions in GK and Numerical Ability Section. This will require some time and you will not get enough time to attempt the complete question paper. 

4. Try to Avoid Guesswork – Try to solve all those questions in which you are confident first. Each question will give you a 1/3 negative mark if you select the wrong answer. Make a proper strategy and attempt only those questions that will help you to clear your exam as well as the sectional cutoff. Саndidаtes generаlly try tо inсreаse the number оf аttemрts by seleсting аnswer with guesswоrk and negative marking makes it difficult to clear sectional cutoff, especially in sections like General Knowledge.

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