UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services Paper Exam Analysis

UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services Paper Exam Analysis

UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services Paper Exam Analysis
UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services Paper Exam Analysis —UPSC conducted Combined Defense Service Exam (CDS), for recruitment to office cadre of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The paper was conducted in three parts. Each subject i.e. English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, was tested in a separate paper and the duration of each of these was two hours. All three papers comprised multiple choice questions.The papers on English and General Knowledge had 120 questions each while the paper onElementary Mathematics comprised 100 questions.

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UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services

The detailed analysis is as below:

English
Grammar and Vocabulary dominated the section. The section also saw questions from 5 short passages. Apart from fact-based questions, the passages had a few inference based questions too, which were a little tricky in nature. Some of the questions on Para-Jumble and Sentence Arrangement had close options and hence required some amount of deliberation.

The detailed breakdown is as below:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Sentence Improvement 20 Easy
Reading Comprehension 23 (5 passages) Easy – Moderate
Synonyms 8 Moderate
Antonyms 7 Easy
One Word Substitution 5 Moderate
Para-Jumble 10 Easy-Moderate
Sentence-Jumble 7 Moderate
Spot the Error 20 Easy
Cloze Test 20 Easy

General Knowledge
Questions from Static GK dominated the section.  While the science-based questions were NCERT level, questions from history revolved mainly around art and culture of 18th century. The overall level of difficulty of this section was moderate.

The detailed breakdown is as below:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
History 19 Difficult
Science 27 Easy(Concept-based)
Geography 22 Moderate(Analytical)
Ecology 06 Moderate(Fact-Based)
Polity 20 Easy to Moderate
Economy/ Trade 11 Moderate(Fact based)
Misc. /Armed Forces 15 Moderate(Fact)

ElementaryMathematics
This section comprised questions from a variety of areas.  A major part of the section was based on Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Mensuration and Geometry. Some questions from Trigonometry, Number system and Geometry were of good difficulty level.

The detailed break-down is as below:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number System 20 Easy-Moderate
Simple interest/Compound interest 5 Easy
Percentage 2 Easy
Profit/Loss 1 Easy
Mixture 1 Easy
Time and Work 3 Easy
Time speed and Distance 6 Easy
Clock 2 Easy
Trigonometry 14 Moderate-tough
Set Theory 1 Easy
Geometry 20 Easy-Moderate
Mensuration 14 Easy
Algebra 7 Easy-Moderate
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table) 4 Easy

The Expected cut off is as below:

Academy Cut off marks
IMA 97-102
INA 97-102
AFA 127-132
OTA (Men) 76-81
OTA(Women) 76-81

*A minimum score of 20 marks, in each paper, is required to clear the cut-off.

UPSC Combined Defence Services Eligibility

Age Limits, Sex & Marital Status:

i) For Indian Military Academy (IMA): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
ii) For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried Male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
iii) For Air Force Academy (AFA) – Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1998 and not later than 01st January 1998 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1992 and not later than 01st January 1998) only are eligible
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried
iv) For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
v) For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorces (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible
They should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 are eligible

Educational Qualification

i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering
iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering
Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB
For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12
Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.
In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying Training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation)

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2017 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV

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UPSC CDS Combined Defence Services Paper Exam Analysis

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