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Tips to Crack CDS (Combined Defence Service) Written Exams| CDS Application Forms

The UPSC has declared the dates for CDS 2014 exams and forms for the same are available on its website. The CDS or combined defense service exam is conducted by UPSC twice in a year to select candidate for service selection board’s interview for commissioned officers in army, navy and Indian air force.


The "Combined Defence Services" Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy,Officers Training AcademyIndian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. 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).

Candidates who are applying for CDS(Combined Defence Services) to get into the Indian military academy, Dehradun or naval/airforce academy for permanent commission in the armed forces, they are expected to score the minimum cut off marks set by the UPSC in all the three papers of CDS examination. These three papers are English, general knowledge & elementary mathematics. The maximum marks for all these three papers together is 300.
And also for those who are aspiring to join armed forces for short service commission, they are exempted from appearing in the elementary mathematics paper of cds examination.

Many aspirants apply for CDS each year Out of the total candidate (which is appox. 1 lakh)who appear for the cds examination, the upsc recommend a total of around 10000 candidate for ssb-interview for all the three services. Those candidates who have not studied mathematics at either 12th/isc level or in their graduation are only eligible for army(pc) and army(ssc). 

Age limit for permanent commission is 23 years while that for short service commission is 27 years. Apart from this those candidates who are possessing N.C.C c-certificate are exempted from the written examination. They are directly called for ssb-interview. There is a separate vacancies for such ncc candidates in army airforce and naval training academies.

A very good thing about the cds examination is that rarely a candidate gets merit out after being recommended by the ssb board. Thus once you qualify CDS and then the ssb & if every thing goes well in the medical tests, and then its all set for you to be in the training session soon!

Paper Pattern of CDS Examination Papers:

This is the First paper for CDS written Exams duration for 2 Hours.The paper is very easy especially for those who are from c.b.s.e/icse school educated as it contains basic English grammar/vocabulary. For those who have problem with English the best way to prepare for this paper is by reading some good books for English grammar and vocabulary.
I would recommend the following books for preparation:
  1. Wren and Martin's English grammar by S.Chand publication
  2. Word power
Apart from that I would highly recommend the aspirants to read Indian express newspaper as its good for beginners. Reading hindu newspaper might prove dull and boring experience for those who are not habitual of reading English newspapers.
Questions in the English paper are mostly based on
1)      Sentence Correction
2)      Verb Uses
3)      Jumble Words
4)      Synonyms
5)      Antonyms
6)      Word-Meaning
7)      Vowels Uses
So if you feel that you are not familiar of one or the other issues mentioned above, then start preparing from now onwards. Cutoff for English is high because questions are really very easy to solve. The more you score in English the better will be your over all score and hence confirms your selection as well.

General studies :
General Studies is the second and most important paper for CDS .Paper has a huge amount of questions from latest news and science, history ,Geography.The previous few papers shows that the level of questions in G.K for CDS is rising day by day. Now they don’t just ask general basic G.K but also current affairs.
The aspirants are advised to read the following materials:
  1. Lucent’s GK
  2. Lucents’ general science
  3. Daily newspapers
  4. Manorma year book/any yearly issue.
  5. Any monthly g.k magazine 
Apart from this there are questions specific to some fields like geography and economy. So aspirants are adviced to read NCERT class 10 to 12th geography and economics books. For polity they may refer to lakshmikant’s polity or internet search engines like google/wikipedia. 
The cutoff for this paper is around 40%.

Mathematics :
Mathematics is the last paper for CDS .It is the optional for OTA candidates.Paper consists of  basic elementary questions in mathematics. The books that I would recommend could be:
  1. NCERT Class 7-10
  2. R.S Agrawal’s mathematics for competitive examinations.
  3. Any mathematics book for ssc/cds can be referred. 
In this paper most of the questions are from:
  1. Number system- this includes squaring, cubing,root,lcm,hcf,bodmas
  2. Trigonometry system- this includes sin/cos/tan/cot based derivations as well as values.
  3. Geometry- this includes questions based on angles and their theorems/derivations.
  4. Similar figures- this includes concurrent triangle and derivations based on it. 
A mere 35-40% correct attempt can led to selection. But the aspirants are advised to attempt questions correctly and as many as they can.

Tips for CDS Written Exams:
  1. Start preparing from now onwards.
  2. Give equal time for all the three papers.
  3. Make sure that u have command over some specific topics like trigonometry, geometry & number system.
  4. Read newspaper and note down important happenings. Maintain a diary/copy for this.
  5. Buy CDS practice books and practice them daily.
  6. Learn and mug up some important historical events mentioned in lucent etc.
  7. Make sure that u know the basics about planning commission/finance commission/pay commissions/law commissions
  8. Make sure you know about the production of metals and ores in different parts of India. Often they give a map to locate such reservoirs.  
  9. Latest Sports Questions ,awards,medals,Cricket Knowledge ,Olympics News.
  10. Students having willpower,Determination and Courage would definitely crack CDS SSB.
How to apply for CDS Wriiten Test ?
  1. Visit the official link provided below.
  2. Check For CDS Link from the options.
  3. Fill the Part I and Part II.
  4. Upload Photograph and Sign properly.
  5. Pay the application money and keep registration ID safely.
  6. Also keep the Challan receipt properly with you.

Candidates can apply for CDS written exams from the UPSC link given. Candidates are requested to keep visiting the website for more updates regarding the CDS Written exams and also eligibility criteria.
Aspirants can also comment below for any details regarding CDS written exams or more updates about to crack CDS written exams .
Keep visiting JobsFundaz for more updates and CDS results for written exams.

Good luck for your Bright Fututre!!!!

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