UPSC CDS Exam Analysis 2020 (2 February): Questions Asked, Difficulty Level, Cut off

UPSC CDS Exam Analysis 2020 is shared here along with the types of questions asked and their difficulty level. Check here detailed exam analysis and review of the Combined Defence Services exam conducted on 2 February 2020.

Feb 2, 2020 12:52 IST
UPSC CDS Exam Analysis
UPSC CDS Exam Analysis

UPSC CDS 2020: Get here detailed exam analysis and review of the UPSC CDS Exam held on 2 February 2020 and know the questions asked in the exam along with difficulty level and good attempts. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organised the Combined Defence Services 2020 exam in pen and paper mode. Lakhs of candidates appeared for the exam to fetch UPSC CDS Recruitment 2020 for IMA/INA/AFA/OTA courses in defence services. As per the candidates' feedback, the difficulty level of CDS Exam 2020 was "Moderate" level. Have a look at the UPSC CDS Exam Analysis below. 

Candidates were asked MCQs from General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics and English Language sections. UPSC CDS English Exam was held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, General Knowledge exam was held from 12:00 PM to 2 PM and Mathematics paper was conducted from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the same day. Candidates who want to get recruited in courses of IMA, INA and AFA, attempted questions from all three sections, while candidates seeking recruitment in  OTA courses attempted questions from only two sections English and General Knowledge. 

UPSC aims to fill over 415 vacancies for courses carried out by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through this recruitment exam. Here is the detailed exam analysis of UPSC CDS 2020 exam:

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UPSC CDS Exam Analysis 2020

Candidates who appeared for the exam shared their feedback. The overall difficulty level of the UPSC CDS 2 Exam was Moderate to Difficult level. The General Knowledge section was Easy-Moderate to attempt, while English and Mathematics sections were of Moderate to Difficult level.  Have a look at the detailed exam analysis:

UPSC CDS 2020 Exam Analysis

Sections

Total Questions

Good Attempts

Difficulty Level

General Knowledge

120

70-78

Easy

English Language

120

60-70

Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

100

60-69

Moderate to Difficult

Total

340

180-195

Moderate to Difficult

Note: Candidates who applied for IMA, AFA and INA attended all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates attended only General Knowledge & English.

Detailed Exam Analysis of UPSC CDS Exam 2020

English Language: A total of 120 questions of total 100 marks were asked from this section. Candidates were able to attempt around 60 to 70 questions. The difficulty level of this section was of Moderate level. Have a look at questions asked in this section and their difficulty level:

Questions asked

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Spell Check & Correction

7

Easy

Synonyms

10

Moderate

Antonyms

10

Moderate

Spotting Errors

15

Easy-Moderate

Ordering of Sentences

10

Easy

Reading Comprehension

17

Moderate

Cloze Test

20

Moderate

Rearrangement of Sentence

13

Easy-Moderate

Idioms and Phrases

10

Easy

Parts of Speech

10

Moderate

General Knowledge: 120 MCQs of total 100 marks were asked from the section. Overall, the difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate and students could make around 70-78 good attempts. Questions were asked from Current Affairs, Science, History, Geography, Economy, and Polity. Have a look at questions asked:

Questions asked

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Current Affairs, Defence-related questions & MISC

23

Easy-Moderate

Physics

7

Moderate

Chemistry

18

Easy-Moderate

Biology

4

Easy

History

17

Easy

Geography

21

Easy-Moderate

Polity

19

Easy

Economy

11

Easy-Moderate

Elementary Mathematics: A total of 100 questions were asked from this section. Each question carries 1 mark. The difficulty level of the section was Moderate to Difficult. Candidates were able to make around 60 to 69 good attempts. Have a look at questions asked:

Questions Asked

No. of Questions

Level of difficulty

Number System

20

Easy 

Mensuration    

15

Moderate

Geometry

11

Moderate to Difficult

Time, Speed and Distance

6

Moderate

Simple Interest/Compound interest    

2

Easy

Trigonometry    

12

Moderate

Algebra    

10

Moderate to Difficult

Percentage    

4

Moderate

Mixture

1

Moderate

Time and Work    

5

Moderate

Ratio & Proportion    

2

Easy

Profit/Loss

1

Moderate

DI & DS

3

Moderate

Statistics

8

Easy

UPSC CDS Question Papers 2019 - PDF Download

Subject

Question Paper

Elementary Mathematics

UPSC CDS II Elementary Mathematics Question Paper

English

UPSC CDS II English Question Paper

General Knowledge

UPSC CDS II General Knowledge Question Paper

Candidates who would qualify the written exam will be called for the SSB interview. SSB interview will be conducted after the declaration of the CDS Exam result.

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