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CDS Exam I 2016 tips and strategy

To know how to prepare for the CDS Exam I 2016, we will provide you most important tips & strategy which will help you to crack this Exam.

Dec 23, 2015 19:18 IST
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Preparation Strategy for Combined Defence Services (CDS) 2016

Exam Date – 14 Feb’16

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam twice a year to select the candidates for admission to various courses being organized under Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Navy Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) & Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Examination Pattern:- The exam will consist of three papers, namely, English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, which conduct as separate papers of duration of two Hours each. All three papers consist of objective type (multiple choice) questions.  

The papers on English and General Knowledge will have 120 questions each while the Elementary Mathematics will have 100 questions. The language of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics question papers will Hindi and English both.

Question Paper Pattern for IMA, INA and AFA

Subject

Question

Marks

Duration

Type

English

120

100

2 Hours

Objective type

General Knowledge

120

100

2 Hours

Elementary Mathematics

100

100

2 Hours

Total marks

 

300

 

 

Question Paper Pattern for OTA

Subject

Question

Marks

Duration

Type

English

120

100

2 Hours

Objective type

General Knowledge

120

100

2 Hours

Total marks

 

200

 

 





There will be negative marking of one-third (.33%) for each wrong answer.

Preparation Strategy for CDS Exam

English

The motive of this paper is to test the candidate's understanding of English language. This paper will comprise of basic grammar, spotting the correct sentences, antonym, synonym, etc.  Analysis of English paper in CDS Exam I 2015 is as below-

Topic

Questions

Antonym

7

Synonym

8

Spotting Errors

20

Sentence improvement

20

Word substitution

5

Selecting Words

20

Comprehension

23

Ordering of sentences 

10

Ordering of words in a sentence

 

Important tips for English Paper

  • You need to develop the habit of reading the newspaper regularly to improve your vocabulary and reading speed for solving comprehension.
  • You also need to read one basic grammar books to clear the concepts, which will help you in solving the spotting error, sentence improvement etc.
  • For solving Antonyms & Synonyms segment, you need to memorize new words on daily basis.
  • Lastly, go through previous year question papers for understanding the nature of questions therein.
  • Suggested Study Materials- Jagranjosh.com, Hindu Newspaper, Times of India, Grammar books (Wren & Martin) etc.

General Knowledge

General Knowledge paper will test the candidate’s knowledge on various general subjects including History, Geography, Polity, Economics, General Science, Current Affairs, etc. Analysis of GK in CDS Exam I 2015:-

Topic

Question

Economics

9

Politics

17

 History & Culture

21

 Geography & Environment

18

 General science

7

 Physics

10

 Chemistry

11

 Current Affairs, Defence Related, Social Issue

23

 Statemen

Important Tips:

  • You need to read newspapers regularly and watch news channel for the latest incidents of National & International.
  • Candidates must read anyone monthly magazine and marked important topics related to exam. So that it will help you in revision at the last moment.
  • Students must read NCERT books, which will help you in solving the question of various topics like History, Geography, Polity, and Science etc.
  • For this section candidate must go through previous year papers to understand the pattern of paper.
  • Study Materials – Jagranjosh.com, Hindu Newspaper (English Medium), Dainik Jagran(Hindi Medium), NCERT Books of all subjects etc.

Elementary Mathematics

In this Section question will be asked from various topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration and Basic statistics. Usually, the standard is that of matriculation.

Important tips:

  • First of all, candidates go through previous year papers to understand the standard of Maths question and plan accordingly.
  • You have to first pick those topics in which you are comfortable and start practice on daily basis. After that move on to difficult part and try to solve it.
  • Please make sure that you have clear concepts of all topics.
  • Try to learn all important formulae’s on paper, which will help you for revision in last time.
  • In this section, you have to focus on practice and practice regularly.
  • Study materials – Quantitative Aptitude – Dr.R.S Aggarwal.

On the basis of previously written results, we will provide you the expected cut off of various Academies.

Expected Cut off marks of various Academies

IMA

95-105

INA

95-105

AFA

125-135

OTA (Men)

75-85

OTA (Women)

75-85



The Commission has the discretion to fix to qualify in any or all the subjects of the examination.

When you qualify CDS Exam, the next step is to appear for intelligence and personality test which is being conducted by Service Selection Board (SSB) for a period of 4 days and later medical examination is taken.

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