CDS 2019: General Knowledge Preparation Tips

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Feb 7, 2019

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CDS is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice every year. It is a national level entrance exam for recruitment to Indian Defence Forces. CDS examination is conducted for recruitment of eligible candidates in INA, IMA, AFA and Officer Training Academy. The exam consists of three papers i.e. English, Mathematics and General Knowledge.

However, For Officers’ Training Academy, only two papers are there viz. English and General Knowledge. General Knowledge is a key component in both Indian Armed Forces and Officer’s Training recruitment. Therefore, having the general awareness of the world becomes all the more important.


CDS 2018 General Knowledge Topics

CDS General Knowledge paper is an objective type paper of 100 marks with 120 questions. To help aspirants have a better understanding about the pattern of questions for CDS General Knowledge section, we have mentioned below some topics from previous year’s papers.

Now, let’s have a look at the topic wise weightage for CDS General Knowledge:

TOPIC Number of Questions
--  CDS I 2015 CDS II 2015 CDS I 2016 CDS II 2016
Science 24 18 22 31
History and Culture 18 19 23 15
Geography 15 16 18 22
Economy 13 5 14 10
Polity 14 19 10 21
Miscellaneous GK 15 7 12 5
International Relations 10 6 8 3
Environment and Biodiversity 11 7 8 4
Defense - 8 9 11
Agriculture - 5 4 -

Preparation Tips for CDS General Knowledge 2018

CDS 2018 exam will have 120 multiple choice questions from General Knowledge section. This section is the scoring subject in CDS Examination to the candidate who stays aware of the latest happenings and events.

  • Read Newspaper daily and watch the news for at least 30 mins to have the best idea of what is happening around in order to get through General Knowledge.
  • Follow magazines or Online journals to cover various topics ranging from economy to business to trade policies to the latest awardees in the fields of sports, art, literature, etc.
  • Stay up to date with everything that is going on in the world
  • Prepare with the help of reference books which are available in the market and online rather than just relying on newspapers.
  • Solve previous year’s papers on a regular basis. This help candidate in understanding the pattern of questions and how to attempt them.
  • Practice with various mock tests and question banks available online or through particular books. This helps candidates in assessing the importance of time and efficiency.
  • Candidates should set a timer and solve questions within the time frame to increase their speed of attempting questions.
  • Candidates should make notes of important information which you find while reading and revise them regularly.
  • Most of all, a candidate should always stay positive and believe in himself/herself. They can easily release all the pressure and workload of their exams by maintaining a positive outlook.

Read More CDS Syllabus


CDS 2018 General Knowledge Preparation Books

CDS is one of the entrance examination for recruitment into Indian Armed Forces. OTA, AFA, NA and IMA are one of the finest and popular Training schools in the world which suggests admission through CDS is not easy. CDS does not have a well-structured syllabus for General Knowledge, therefore, study material candidate use for preparation has to be perfect and should meet all the requirements.

To prepare for an exam, books are the best source as they enhance knowledge and provide insights about a topic but, a candidate often faces plenty of problems to choose the right book. To lighten candidates’ burden, the books mentioned below are chosen after careful research to help the candidate prepare well for General Knowledge.

Given below is the Preparation books for CDS General Knowledge

  • Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English) 50th Edition (ASIN: B00O1N77HG)
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge (ISBN-10: 8192933563)

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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