Every year a huge number of aspirants appear for CDS to become part of Indian Armed Forces. Moreover, the level of completion is also increasing with time. Students who are well prepared can easily clear the exam but this can only be possible with a good preparation plan.
The candidates planning to appear for the exam suggested to check the exam pattern first and then move to the syllabus. By knowing the latest exam pattern and syllabus, you can create a good preparation plan for yourself. Make yourself familiar with the type of questions asked in the paper, weightage given to topics, marking scheme, etc. Check CDS 2020 Exam Pattern
CDS Exam is conducted by UPSC to select eligible candidates for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). CDS I 2020 was conducted successfully on Feb 2, 2020 and as per the initial reaction of candidates, the paper was difficult. CDS II 2020 is scheduled to be held on Nov 8, 2020 that gives ample amount of time to build a good preparation strategy. The article provides you some of the useful tips and tricks to attempt each section and ace CDS with a decent score.
CDS examination consists of 3 subjects: General Knowledge, English, and Elementary Mathematics. Each subject has a paper of 100 marks with a time duration of 2 hours. Candidates who wish to be selected for IMA, INA, or AFA have to give and clear all the 3 papers. However, the candidates who wish to be selected for OTA have to face only English and General Knowledge papers. Given below are the total marks and time duration for CDS. Check CDS 2020 Exam Pattern
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
Any candidate who wishes to clear the CDS exam must be thorough and familiar with the CDS 2020 Syllabus of the exam. Given below are the subject wise important syllabus topics for CDS:
|Spotting Errors Questions||Sentence Arrangement|
|Synonyms & Antonyms||Selecting Words|
|Ordering of Sentence||Comprehension Questions|
|Vocabulary Preparation||Fill in the blanks questions|
|Latest Current Affairs||Indian Constitution|
|Indian History||Indian Economy|
|Indian Geography||Indian Politics|
|Indian Navy & Military||Religions|
|Books & Authors||Sports|
To prepare for CDS exam, a candidate must be willing to work hard physically as well as mentally. Candidates must own a proper UPSC study material, like previous years’ papers, preparation books, topic-wise notes, etc. After acquiring the relevant study material, the candidates can follow the following tips to improve their chances of getting selected:
The Defense sector requires candidates who are not only strong mentally, but also physically. Apart from the written exam, the candidates have to clear a physical and medical exam as well. No candidate should have a history of mental breakdown. The physical exam is one of the crucial parts of the CDS selection. The candidates can follow these tips for the physical exam:
After clearing the CDS test, the candidates have to face the personal interview conducted by SSB. This interview tests the candidate’s intelligence, personality, and ability to hold ranks with the Officers in the Defense Forces. There are several components of the interview, like Psychological Tests, Group Discussion, Intelligence Tests, Outdoor activities, Opinion on issues, Physical Fitness etc. Here are some tips to clear the interview:
The few weeks before the exam are crucial as that is the time to revise all that you have studied, without cramming up all the knowledge. The following steps may help candidates to plan and prepare in that time:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.