UPSC CDS 2019: Last week preparation strategy for CDS-I exam

UPSC is all set to conduct the offline exam of Combined Defence Services (CDS-I) 2019 on 3rd February. CDS is an entry-level exam for all the students aspiring to build a career in the Indian Defence Forces, be it Army, Navy or Air Force.

This exam is conducted twice a year and comprises of 3 different papers, namely,

1. English
2. General Knowledge
3. Elementary Mathematics

So, here are some crucial preparation tips which will help the aspirants score good marks in the written exam of CDS-I 2019.

CDS-I 2019: Preparation tips

The English & General Knowledge papers of CDS-I 2019 comprise of 120 questions each and are compulsory for all entries of CDS. Mathematics paper consists of 100 questions and is optional for OTA (Officers Training Academy) entry.

1. English Tips for CDS Exam

  • To enhance the score in English paper, one must go through the grammar rules thoroughly. This will come in handy for various topics, including Sentence Improvement, Spotting Errors, Ordering of words/ sentences which account for approximately 55-60 questions out of the total 120.
  • Prepare Idioms and Phrases thoroughly since this topic can easily guarantee 5-10 marks in the exam.
  • Apart from that, questions are asked from reading ability including Cloze test, comprehension and vocabulary. One must have a thorough practice to score in these topics.

2. General Knowledge Tips for CDS Exam

  • As far as General Knowledge section is concerned, identify the high weightage topics based on the analysis and trend of previous years of CDS exam.
  • Revise important facts/ notes from such topics in the remaining time rather than studying anything new.
  • Revise the current affairs of last 4-5 months properly.

3. Mathematics Tips for CDS Exam

  • Revise the important formulas and their application methods for the different topics of this section, including Algebra, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Statistics.
  • Don’t start any new topic now. Instead, attempt questions based on the topics that you have already studied.

4. Practice

  • Devote ample time to the practice of topic-wise questions. This will help one understand the actual type and level of questions asked in the exam and how well they are able to attempt them.

5. Previous year question papers

  • Attempt previous year papers of CDS exam to identify your preparation level. This will also help you identify the topics you should first attempt in the exam and the ones which are time-taking and hence should be attempted later.


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