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CDS: Combined Defence Services

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CDS 1 notification 2021 has been released on October 28, 2020, by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The application form is made available along with the notification. The last date to fill the CDS application form is November 17, 2020. CDS 1 exam 2021 will be conducted on February 7, 2021.

CDS exam is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The exam is conducted twice a year. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for the national-level defence entrance examination in the country.

CDS 2021 Important Dates

The table below contains CDS dates 2021 such as application, exam, the release of admit card, declaration of result for both the sessions of the exam.

Events CDS 1 CDS 2
Written exam 07-Feb- 2021 14-Nov-2021
Release of notification 28-Oct-2020 09-Jun-2021
Application form 28-Oct-2020 09-Jun-2021
Last date to apply 17-Nov-2020 24-Aug-2021

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021

The eligibility criteria of CDS provide details regarding nationality, age and educational qualification. Candidates should check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Only those candidates will be considered for CDS recruitment who fulfills the eligibility criteria.

CDS Application Form 2021

CDS application form is released online on the official website. The application form can be filled in two parts. Part I comprises candidate’s registration, choosing the preferred branches, verifying details and generation of registration ID. Part I consists of paying the application fees, selection of exam centre, upload scanned images of photograph and signature. The application fees are Rs 200 which can be paid both online and offline. The online application withdrawal facility is made available after completion of the registration process.

CDS Admit Card 2021

CDS admit card is released three weeks before the exam. Candidates need to download the admit card from the official website. The admit card can be downloaded till the day of the exam by logging with either registration number or roll number. The hard copy of the CDS admit card will not be sent to candidates by post.

CDS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam pattern of CDS has been prescribed by the examination authority. According to CDS exam pattern 2021, the question paper for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) comprises three sections: English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. The total marks for the test are 300. The test paper for admission to Officers’ Training Academy comprises two sections: English and General Knowledge. The maximum marks for the test are 200. All questions will be objective type only. The language of question papers of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set in Hindi and English.

CDS Syllabus 2021

The syllabus highlights the topics that candidates need to prepare for the exam. The topics given in CDS syllabus are of Class 10, 12 and graduation level. Candidates can check below CDS syllabus:

Subjects Details
English The question paper of English is designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English
General Knowledge The paper test a candidate’s knowledge regarding Current Affairs. The paper includes questions on the History of India and Geography
Elementary Mathematics This paper comprises questions from Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, and Statistics

CDS Result 2021

The result of CDS is announced in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview/Final. First, CDS result 2021 for the written exam is announced followed by the declaration of the final result. Based on the performance of candidates in both the rounds, candidates will be selected for admission to various defence academies.

CDS Cut off 2021

The cut off of CDS is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to secure to qualify the exam and become eligible for the next round of selection process. Candidates need to secure separate CDS cut off marks in written exam and SSB Interview for final selection.

CDS 2021 Notification FAQs

Q. When will CDS 1 notification will be released?

A. CDS 1 notification has been released on October 28 in PDF form.

Q. How can I access CDS notification?

A. Candidates can access CDS notification from the official website of UPSC.

Q. How can I apply for the CDS exam?

A. Candidates need to apply online for the CDS exam.

Q. What is the application fee?

A. The application fee is Rs 200. However, Female/SC/ST candidates are exempted from fee payment.

Q. How can I pay the fees?

A. The application fees can be paid both online and offline.

Q. What details can I check in the CDS notification?

A. CDS notification contains all information related to the exam.

Q. How many times CDS exam is conducted?

A. CDS exam is conducted two times a year.

Q. Why is the CDS notification released?

A. CDS notification is released to select candidates for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy.

Q. What are the stages of the selection process?

A. Candidates will be selected based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview.

Q. What will be the language of the question paper?

A. CDS question paper will be in English and Hindi.

Q. How many vacancies are released for CDS exam?

A. A total of 345 vacancies is released for the exam.

Defence aspirants who are preparing for the CDS Exam can download the UPSC CDS Exam previous year question papers with answer keys pdf files. CDS Exam previous question papers are extremely helpful for the candidates as they give us complete picture of CDS exam paper pattern and the type of questions one might face in the CDS Exam. CDS exam paper has four different sets like A, B, C and D, but each set has similar questions in random fashion. Candidates can also download the answers keys for few previous question papers.  If you are preparing for CDS Exam 2020 – 2021, you must download these previous papers and start solving it. You may also find the answer keys of these papers in this blog.

CDS-1-2020 Maths Question Paper

CDS-1-2020 English Question Paper

CDS-1-2020 GK Question Paper

CDS-2-2019 Maths Question Paper

CDS-2-2019 English Question Paper

CDS-2-2019 GK Question Paper

CDS-1-2019 Maths Question Paper

CDS-1-2019 English Question Paper

CDS-1-2019 GK Question Paper

CDS-2-2018 Maths Question Paper

CDS-2-2018 English Question Paper

CDS-2-2018 GK Question Paper

CDS-1-2018 Maths Question Paper

CDS-1-2018 English Question Paper

CDS-1-2018 GK Question Paper

CDS-2-2017 Maths Question Paper

CDS-2-2017 English Question Paper

CDS-2-2017 GK Question Paper

CDS-1-2017 Maths Question Paper

CDS-1-2017 English Question Paper

CDS-1-2017 GK Question Paper

CDS-1-2019 Maths Answer Key

CDS-1-2019 English Answer Key

CDS-1-2019 GK Answer Key

CDS-2-2018 Maths Answer Key

CDS-2-2018 English Answer Key

CDS-2-2018 GK Answer Key

CDS-1-2018 Maths Answer Key

CDS-1-2018 English Answer Key

CDS-1-2018 GK Answer Key

CDS-2-2017 Maths Answer Key

CDS-2-2017 English Answer Key

CDS-2-2017 GK Answer Key

CDS-1-2017 Maths Answer Key

CDS-1-2017 English Answer Key

CDS-1-2017 GK Answer Key

you can refer to the following books for UPSC CDS preparation:

English Language:

1. High School English Grammar & Composition Edition by Wren and Martin

2. Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications)

3. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Books for GK:

1. General Awareness by Manohar Panday (Publisher: Arihant Publications)

2. Manorama Yearbook

3. Magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review (CSR), and Yojana

4. The newspapers like The Hindu, The Telegraph and The India

Elementary Mathematics:

1. Mathematics for C.D.S. by R.S. Aggarwal

2. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal

3. Pathfinder for CDS by Arihant Publications

It’s a crucial period for the aspirants of CDS because the exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 8. With only six days left for the exam, candidates might be panicking over how to crack the exam with a good rank. Do not worry, here we have provided a last-minute preparation strategy for the exam. Candidates are advised to revise all the topics they have learnt so far for the exam. They should practice questions from the previous years’ question papers and attempt mock tests. Candidates qualifying the written exam will be called for SSB Interview. On the basis of the written exam and SSB Interview, candidates will be offered admission to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).

CDS Preparation Tips 2020

Know the syllabus

Those aspiring to crack the CDS exam need to go through the exam syllabus. This will give them an idea about the topics to be covered for the exam. While studying according to the CDS syllabus, you should jot down all the topics they are confident about and those where they lack knowledge. Try to focus on weaker areas and cope up with them as soon as possible to avoid last-minute confusion.

Previous Year Papers and Mocks 

Solving the previous years’ CDS question papers plays an important role in exam preparation. This helps you in gaining familiarity with the type of questions asked in the exam, distribution of questions, difficulty level and marking scheme. Besides, it helps to assess the level of preparation for the exam. In doing so, you can focus on the weaker areas.

Keep the fundamentals clear

It is important to clear your basic concepts rather than cramming the formulas. Since simple questions are asked in a tricky format, be thorough with your concepts in order to understand and solve the questions.

Focus on important topics

During preparations, lay emphasis on important topics, carry maximum marks, and easier to score in.

Attempt easier questions first

You should go through all questions and try solving those questions first, which they find easy and require less time to score qualifying marks. Beware of attempting questions that you are not confident of as there is negative marking too.

Unwind before the exam

When it’s just one day left before CDS, stop bothering much about it instead of just relax. Sit for the exam with a rejuvenated mind.

Section-wise CDS Preparation Tips 2020

English

  • To enhance the score in English paper, one must go through the rules of grammar.
  • Prepare idioms and phrases thoroughly.

Read more on how to prepare for CDS English section

General Knowledge

  • Identify the high weightage topics after analysing the previous years’ question papers.
  • Revise important facts from those topics
  • Revise the current affairs of the last four to five months properly.

Read here how to prepare for General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

  • Revise important formulas and their application methods for Algebra, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Statistics.
  • Do not start with new topics rather revise those you have studied.

Read more on how to prepare for CDS Elementary Mathematics

How to prepare for SSB Interview?

On the basis of the marks secured in the written exam, candidates are selected for SSB Interview. The test is conducted in two stages. At the SSB Interview centres, candidates are tested on the basis of their intelligence and personality. The Stage I of SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception  Description Test (PP&DT). Stage II comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over four days.

CDS 2020 Preparation Tips FAQs

Q: What should be my last minute strategy for CDS exam?

A: During the last minute candidates must focus on revision and attempting mock tests.

Q: What is the first and foremost step towards preparation?

A: The first and foremost step towards preparation is going through the syllabus and exam pattern.

Q: Is it necessary to solve the previous years’ question papers?

A: Solving the previous years’ question papers will help candidates to know the pattern of questions asked in the exam.

Q: How long should I study?

A: Candidates should dedicate at least three to four hours daily for study.

Q: Is it possible to crack CDS exam with six months of preparation?

A: Yes, it is possible to crack the exam with six months of preparation. Candidates must prepare dedicatedly for the exam.

Q: How can I improve my weaker areas?

A: Candidates can improve their weaker sections only through practice.

Q: How many mock tests should I solve?

A: Solve atleast two mock tests daily after completion of the syllabus.

Q: I am not good at Mathematics. How can I crack the exam?

A: You can solve previous years’ question papers and attempt mock tests as much as you can. To brush your fundamentals, refer to the high school books.

Q: How can I prepare the General Awareness section?

A: Read newspapers and magazines to stay updated with the current events. Go through the current affairs of the last six months.

Q: How can I prepare for the English Language section?

A: Brush up your grammar and vocabulary for this section.

Q: How is the final selection of candidates done?

A. Candidates are selected based on written exam and SSB Interview.

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