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How to Earn the CDS Charter

About the Exam

The CDS is a computer based multiple choice exams. They are offered solely in English throughout the year and can be taken from home. CDS is a 150-question multiple choice exam to be completed in maximum 3 hours.


There are no penalties for wrong answers. Passing scores are determined by the CDS Committee. Exam results are pass/fail and are emailed approximately six weeks after the exam. Candidates will receive quartile results comparing their performance to other candidates.

Learn more about the Exam

To maintain and protect the integrity of the CDS program and ensure a fair exam process for all, candidates must agree to a number of policies and procedures. Failure to comply may result in suspension or termination from the CDS Program. One of the things that sets the CDS Program apart is its oversight and governance. The program is developed by the CDS Committee, which is comprised of world-leading experts in data science. To reflect the emerging demands of the industry, the CDS curriculum is reviewed and revised annually by the CDS Committee.

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Frequently asked questions

Who can appear for the Chartered Data Scientist exam?

Age: The minimum age of the candidate to appear for the CDS exam is 18 years on the date of registration. If the age of the candidate is between 13 to 18 years, there must be an undertaking signed by the parents or the guardian.

Experience: The candidate needs to have two years of relevant experience as a data scientist. Educational qualification: As data science is an open field, there is no educational criteria or background required to become a Chartered Data Scientist.

What if I do not have prior work experience?

A candidate can take the Chartered Data Scientist Exam even if the candidate does not carry the two years of the required experience. In this condition, the candidate will be given only the exam results and their charter remains on hold. Once they complete the two years of experience, they are awarded this charter.

The candidate can inform the ADaSci through email at once they complete the two years of experience. Although, the exam result also shows the knowledge of the candidate in the field of data science, and the same is acknowledged by the recruiters.

How can I register for the Chartered Data Scientist exam?

You can register for the Chartered Data Scientist exam online at any time by visiting at ADaSci website. Only you need to create your account, pay the exam fees and select a date and time for the exam.

Can I appear for the exam if I am in the final year of graduation?

There are no education criteria to appear for the Chartered Data Scientist exam. You can appear at any point of time provided the age requirements.

Do I need to attend any training to become a Chartered Data Scientist?

You do not require to showcase any training to appear for the Chartered Data Scientist exam. It only requires two years of relevant work experience as a criteria.

How earlier can I register for the exam?

You can register at any point in time and can schedule your exam for any further date. There is no such limit on days to register before the exam. Even a person can register one year in advance for the exam.

Does ADaSci provide study resources and/or training to prepare for this exam?

Chartered Data Scientist is a self-study program where the aspiring candidates can prepare themselves for the exam. ADaSci does not provide any training to the appearing candidates. However, a detailed curriculum, suggested study resources and a practice set is provided to the candidates. You can visit at ADaSci website to find these resources.

Where can I study to prepare for the Chartered Data Scientist exam (Text Book, Study Resources)?

You can prepare yourself for the Chartered Data Scientist exam based on the given curriculum. You can take reference from the suggested textbooks and free study resources.

Is there any fixed schedule for the Chartered Data Scientist exam?

The ADaSci provides a lot of flexibility to the candidates willing to appear for this exam. Candidates can take this exam at any time throughout the years. There is no fixed schedule for the exam.

Where can I take the Chartered Data Scientist exam?

In order to provide flexibility to the candidates, this exam can be taken online from any place across the world, even from home. This is a complete online and web-proctored exam.

What is the duration and how many questions are there in the exam?

This exam is held for 3 hours and consists of 150 questions.

Is there any negative marking in this exam?

No there is no negative marking in this exam.

What are the attempt limits to appear for this exam?

There is no limit on attempts to take this exam. You can take it any number of times. Each time you will have to register for the exam again.

What are the topics of the questions in the Chartered Data Scientist exam?

You can visit this page on ADaSci website to get the detailed curriculum including the topics.

When will I get the results?

You will get the results within 60 days from the date of the exam.

When will I get the CDS charter?

You will get the charter within 60 days from the date of the exam, provided that you have passed the exam successfully and your details are verified.

How can I show my experience?

Once you pass the exam, we shall reach out to you to verify your experience.

What is the validity of the CDS charter?

The CDS charter has lifetime validity.