UPSC Practice Questions

CDS Questions

1. The diagonal of a cube is 4√3 cm. What is its volume

  • (a) 16 cm3
  • (b) 32 cm3
  • (c) 64 cm3
  • (d) 192 cm3

CDS Questions


Directions: Each item in this section consists of a sentence with an underlined word/words followed by four words. Select the option that is nearest in meaning to the underlined word/words and mark your response on your Answer Sheet accordingly.

Each question consists of a word in capital letters followed by four words or group of words. Select the word or group of words that is most opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.

Instructions: Look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence, three possible situations for the underlined part are given. If any one of them is better than the underlined part,  select that answer. If none of these substitutions improves the sentence, select (d) as your response.

CDS Questions

1. A device which is used in our TV set, Computer, Radio set for storing the electric charge is

  1. resistor
  2. inductor
  3. capacitor
  4. conductor

Fill in the blanks with appropriate phrasal verbs form the alternatives given below under each item:

CDS Questions

1. Why was Kaushik Basu, the ex-economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India, in news recently?

He was appointed as

  1. the President of the IMF
  2. the President of the World Bank
  3. the Economic Advisor of the United Nations
  4. the Chief Economist of the World Bank

CDS Questions

Directions: The following seven (7) items consist of two statements, statement I and statement II. You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the code given below:


  1. Both the statements are individually true and statements II is the correct explanation of statement I
  2. Both the statements are individually true and statements II is not the correct explanation of statement I
  3. Statement I is true but statement II is false
  4. Statement I is false but statement II is true

Each of the following items consists of a sentence followed by four words or groups of words. Select the antonym of the word or words (occurring in the sentence in capital letters) as per the context.

CDS Questions

1. "The Draft Constitution as framed only provides a machinery for the government of the country. It is not a contrivance to install any particular party in power as has been done in some countries. Who should be in power is left to be determined by the people, as it must be, if the system is to satisfy the test of democracy." The above passage from Constituent Assembly debates is attributed to

  1. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
  2. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
  3. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
  4. Acharya J. B. Kriplani

CDS Questions

1. The upper and lower portions in common type of bi-focal lenses are respectively

  1. concave and convex
  2. convex and concave
  3. both concave of different focal lengths
  4. both convex of different focal lengths

Read the following passage and answer the items that follow. Your answer to these items should be based on the passage only.

CDS Questions

1. Which one among the following was not an outcome of the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban in South Africa in March 2013?

  1. Signing of two agreements on Extending Credit Facility in Local Currencies and BRICS Multilateral Letter of Credit Confirmation Facility
  2. Proclamation of establishment of BRICS-led New Development Bank
  3. Creation of a safety net through a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) among BRICS countries
  4. Setting up of BRICS Business Council and BRICS Think Tank Council

Each of the following items consists of a sentence following by four words or groups of words. Select the synonym of the word (occurring in the sentence in capital letters) as per the context