How to prepare for CDS 2019 - Candidates appearing for CDS 1 exam must know how to prepare for CDS ( 1) 2019. CDS has two stages - stage 1 is written test whereas stage 2 comprises of Services Selection Board (SSB) for Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview. Candidates must know how to prepare for CDS according to the prescribed syllabus in order to score well in the written exam. To qualify the cutoff of written exam and be eligible for SSB Interview, candidates must know the pattern of the exam, section-wise preparation tips and tricks, important topics for the exam, best books to prepare, section-wise weightage of topics, the importance of solving question papers etc.
Candidates appearing for the admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy must start preparing for CDS exam topic wise for English, General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics whereas candidates who appear for admission to Officers’ Training Academy must prepare the topic and sub-topics of English and General Knowledge. Over 2 to 3 lakh candidates apply for CDS exam every year CDS (1) 2019 written exam is scheduled to be conducted on February 3. In order to crack the exam, Careers360 brings some tips and tricks which are imperative from the preparation point of view.
The written exam of CDS consists of three section - English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics for admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy whereas, for the admission to Officers’ Training Academy, candidates need to answer the questions from English and General Knowledge. Candidates get two hours to answer each section where the maximum marks allotted to each section are 100. The written exam has negative marking wherein 0.33 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
The final selection process includes 2 stages - Stage 1 which comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and picture perception and Stage 2 which is about Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and Conference (conducted for four days). Only those candidates who qualify stage 1 will be eligible to appear in stage 2. The final selection marks are the marks of last recommended candidate according to the post. After adding the marks of written as well as final selection marks, the all India merit list is prepared for admission to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (IFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).
This section comprises of English Comprehension, finding errors & omissions, fill in the blanks, jumbled sentences, sentence correction, etc. For scoring well in this section, candidates must have command over English grammar so that they can answer questions related to tenses, active passive voices and other important grammar topics etc. In order to excel in English, they must read newspaper/s regularly and practice the important section of grammar daily.
General Knowledge section is vast and most important for any competitive exam. Candidates appearing for CDS 2019 must have the overall idea of the topics and sub-topics of General Knowledge. The questions are generally asked from history of India and geography, economics, books and their authors etc. To prepare well for this section, candidates must read newspapers, magazines, and books related to general knowledge and general awareness more often.
To prepare for Elementary Mathematics, candidates must start their preparation from solving the basics of mathematics which include percentage, profit & loss, ratio & proportion, speed distance & time. The questions in this section are generally asked from the high school mathematics topics. The question from Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra and Mensuration are also asked. Candidates must keep practicing each section regularly by planning and allotting time according to their difficulty level.
To start preparing for CDS exam, candidates must know the CDS exam pattern 2019. The exam is conducted in two stages which comprise of written as well as Selective Selection Board (SSB) for Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview.
Exam Pattern for Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
Exam Pattern for Admission to Officers’ Training Academy
To prepare for CDS exam candidates can refer to the books given below.
S. P. Bakshi
Word Power Made Easy
Wren and Martin’s
R. S. Aggarwal’s
Geography & History
NCERT (Std 6th-12th)
NCERT (Std 6th-12th) and M Laxmikant
NCERT (Std-11th and 12th)
International relations/events/diplomacy and General Awareness
Any leading newspaper
The syllabus of CDS has been prescribed by the exam conducting authority, UPSC. Candidates can check the syllabus for CDS exam below.
Finding errors & Omissions
Fill in the blanks
Sentence Correction, etc.
Current affairs or events like politics, sports, Indian economy, daily news, etc.
History of India and Geography
Books and their Authors
Elementary Number Theory
The Lists of CDS important topics that candidates must prepare for the exam are given below.English
One word substitution
Profit & loss
Ratio & proportion
Speed distance & time
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