The CDS Exam is organized to take admission in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). It is conducted two times in a year with the UPSC being its governing body.
The aspirants of Armed Forces have several opportunities to join their dream service. But the CDS as well as NDA are those opportunities which give the option of choosing any of the three services through a single doorway. A huge number of the aspirants appear for this exam. Since, it is a prestigious job therefore the number of candidates are more. Since time is less and the competition is also quite stiff the only resort one can opt to is to working strategically and prepare smartly.
The CDS Exam is organized to take admission in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). It is conducted two times in a year with the UPSC being its governing body. It has the flexibility of options for applying both in IMA as well as OTA but female candidates can apply only for OTA and not for IMA.
What after qualification?
Those candidates, who qualify the written exam, are called for the SSB Interview and Medical test. After clearing all the stages of the selection process, the students get the commission. The CDS Exam includes three Papers: General knowledge, English and Mathematics. Each Paper is of 100 marks and the time duration is of 02 hours. For admission to IMA, INA, and AFA the written test contains all the three Papers while for admission to OTA course, there are only two Papers namely English and G.S. with 200 marks.
Thorough preparation of the exam is must before a candidate actually appears for it. Candidates may take a note that with time, the level of competitive examination is gradually increasing at par. Even if you had been a topper in school or college, clearing job oriented government competitive examinations is not an easy deal to crack. You are competing with lakhs of candidates writing the exam from all over the country. Below enlisted are some preparation tips to crack UPSC CDS exam that can enable you to sail through easily and that too with panache-
Smart tips to excel in English
English is considered to be an easy paper if there is a good preparation. Here are the smart ways to prepare and be confident for this Paper:
Develop the habit of reading through English Newspapers, Magazines, books etc
Enhance your writing skills, speaking skills, and listening habits
Get a hold on new words and try to use them in sentences
Revise all the concepts of grammar and update the vocabulary sections. Devote positively more time to weaker sections in the Paper
Appear for online tests as well as practice some previous year papers because these questions are asked repeatedly every year so it can enable you to get an exact idea of CDS English Paper
Strengthening the G.S.
This section has the principle: If you know, go for it. The questions do not need any concept or any skill like in Maths and English. This section is based on facts and having an analytical bent of mind. The analytical approach thus needs a selective approach therefore to digest in quantum is not the mantra but having a qualitative and selective methodology should be the goal. Clearly if you know the facts then surely you will have the answers. Here are the smart ways to make your G.S. stronger:
The candidate should at first go through great lengths with the NCERT books for the preparation of the GK Paper. NCERT works as the base book for all this.
Make a routine to revise all the static GK like state capitals, currency, languages, folk dances, the superlatives and dynasties etc.
General Science is another important topic that is asked in the exam. For this topic, students should refer to the one liner type question based on GK which is very helpful in the preparation of the exam.
The GK section can be further improved by reading the Year book. Year book is important because it has all the developments of the year which is very important from current affairs point of view.
Refer to the magazines and newspapers to understand the latest development around the country, latest government projects, changes in the economic policies etc.
The newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times and The Indian Express etc. will help the aspirants in current affairs segment as well as sharpen their polity tips as well.
Appear in the online GK test as well as in the CDS mock test to get a hold and to brush and challenge your knowledge span as well.
Subscribe to the websites offering news alerts on an updated basis to keep abreast of all the political, economic, national and international issues.
Basics of Ancient, Medieval and Modern History along with Geography also needs to be practiced.
Acing the Maths portion
This section will have Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration and Basic statistics of the matriculation standard as well as some advanced Maths as well. This paper tests the speed and clarity of concepts so ensure to practice and follow these easy tips to make your basics and concepts strong to fare well in this section:
Unlike the other tests, one needs to go for previous year papers thoroughly, first to study for this section.
Pick those topics in which you are comfortable with and which you find easy. After that, try to solve the difficult questions.
Make all concepts clear.
Write all important formulae on paper.
Practice hard and practice regularly.
Develop accuracy of speed and having time management in solving the questions. This can be developed by regular practice.
Develop short- trick approach to ensure timely finish and thus having a systematic approach.
Practice both elementary as well as Advanced Maths.
Gearing for the SSB Approach
Each year lakhs of candidates appear for written exams like NDA, CDS but only handful of them make through the week long interview process of SSB and finally get recommended thus basically SSB Interview acts like a filter’, separating the best from the rest thus you too can be among the selected onesif you religiously implement these handful tips to crack the SSB’s -:
Day wise preparation habit is a must therefore maintain a proper time table to get the proper knowledge and a confident and good preparation.
Maintain good fitness by exercising regularly, eating well and good food and developing good sleeping habits as well.
Develop good and constructive hobbies, ethical values, and social values and keep indulging in day-to-day life responsibilities.
Other than studies, do develop a flair for participating in extra -curricular activities because they do aid in all round development of your personality.
Practice time management accordingly.
Be honest and straight forward.
Devote an equal and judicious time between your family, friends and studies.
Have a good command on language and your power of expression and improve your oratory skills.
Be in touch with all the updates and practice and update yourself as per the defence requirement criteria.
Understand the relevance of assessment techniques in our day to day life and opt the same life style as you think to be in.
There is a saying, Smart preparation rules over bulk preparation. There is thus a need to strategize yourself because planning a strategy always helps you manage time and boosts your confidence levels, therefore stop taking leverages which might make you slow and sluggish, instead focus on developing a holistic and determined approach enabling you to clear all the aspects required to enlist you in the Defence Forces and to take you one step closer to your desired goal.
Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/tips-and-tricks/story/tips-and-tricks-to-crack-cds-exams-divd-1641610-2020-01-30
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