Combined Defence Service Examination Preparation tips


Summary: CDS Preparation pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, mock tests.

Combined Defence Service Examination Preparation tips

The “Combined Defence Services”Examination (CDS), a national level examination conducted twice a year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)  for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

The CDS exam is your gateway to become an officer and once you clear it, you will

  • Live a Life Less Ordinary (Indian Army)
  • Have an Ocean of Opportunities (Indian navy)
  • Touch the sky with GLORY (Indian Air Force)

The Notification for the examination has been released, and the examination will be conducted on 15th February 2016

CDS exam is conducted by UPSC and obviously the level is quite difficult. Also in the recent  years , the number of candidates applying for it have increased exponentially. This in turn has increased the level of competition. And in that situation, you can’t take this exam lightly. So you need to have a thorough preparation to clear this prestigious exam.

To the rescue of all such aspirants, we will discuss some preparation strategies in this article, which will help you in effectively preparing for this prestigious exam.

For the sake of convenience we have divided the preparation in various phases. These phases are sequential. It means you should move to the next phase once you are sure that you have completely understood the previous phase.

CDS Preparation :Pattern and Scheme of Examination

Even before you do anything, you should first know the pattern of the examination. Based on your educational qualification as well as your choice, you can apply for OTA only, or for all posts (IMA, INA, AFA, OTA) combined.

Written Exam Pattern for IMA, INA and AFA:  300 marks exam

  • Elementary Mathematics – 100 marks (2 Hours)
  • General Knowledge – 100 marks (2 Hours)
  • English – 100 marks (2 Hours)

Written Exam Pattern/duration for OTA: 200 marks exam

  • General Knowledge – 100 marks (2 Hours)
  • English – 100 marks (2 Hours)

This means that if you apply only for OTA, you will not be giving the Maths exam.

The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective (multiple choice answer) Type questions only..

Commission may fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. So you have to individually clear the cutoff in all the sections, therefore you can’t neglect any subject.

CDS Preparation Syllabus:

One of the mistakes that aspirants do now a days is not knowing properly as to what will be asked in the exam.

This in turn affects their preparation. So before you even start your preparation, study the syllabus thoroughly. Your analysis of the syllabus will help you in selecting your weak and strong areas.

You can solve one or two mock tests for that purpose After you are confident that you have studied the syllabus , start your preparation.

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CDS Preparation Starting the Prep

Now is the time to start your preparation . As per your command over different subjects, you can allocate proper time to each subject. Suppose you are good in English, but not so much confident in G.K., you should devote more time to GK than English.

You can get enough study material on the internet. The syllabus of GK is endless. But you can refer to NCERT books that you studied during your school days. If you study it thoroughly, then in any situation, it is more than enough.

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CDS Preparation: Practice Mock Tests

No exam practice is complete unless you practice.

So give as many mock tests as possible. If you score less marks in any subject, go back and revise that topic again.

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CDS Preparation: Stay Calm

So now you have to just revise what you have studied.Take a good night sleep. When you don’t get at least six hours of sleep, your mind tends to lose focus, which is something you don’t want during your exam.

Studying continuously for a long period of time can have a serious strain on your brain and focus. So take breaks in between.

Friends this is it for CDS Preparation. If you have any queries/questions, please ask them in the comments section below.

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