Sunday, November 10, 2013

[Study Plan] UPSC CDS 2014 Preparation - Strategy, Tips and Tricks To Crack CDS Exam

UPSC has officially announced the CDS 1 2014 (Combined Defence Services) Examination Notification. Candidates who are interested in joining Indian Army, can apply for CDS Exam, as CDS exam is one of the gateway to join Indian Army (Defence Job).

About CDS Exam 2014

As Per Wiki page, 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 Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. 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).

As of now i am writing this,the CDS 1 2014 Exam is going to be conducted on 09th Feb, 2014 and Online Registration Ends on 2nd December, 2014. Of Course, the Online Registration already Started. You can apply via official website of now. For Age Limit, Eligibility Criteria and CDS Exam Syllabus, you can check the above Wiki page.

How to prepare for the CDS Examination?

You have just November, December ( minus 1 week for new year celebration, including other work) and January only. So in total 90 Days, you have to clear the one of the most toughest examination in the world, Yeah, CDS is not that much easy as people think, you can find many candidates who are keep trying to clear CDS. But if you plan properly for the CDS, you can clear it for sure.

In these 90 days, you have to study Elementary Mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Statistics), English (antonyms, synonyms, error detection, sentence correction, paragraphs reading and answer question based on paragraph) and General Knowledge (current affairs, politics, sports, news, government policies and etc).

So, this is the agni pariksha you have to clear to get in to the SSB Interview. Its time to live your dream, so here is my two cent to make your dream come true.

Understanding the CDS Exam Pattern

Always, look in to the exam pattern of the any examination you go for. For CDS exam, above mentioned syllabus will have 3 question paper (Objective). Paper 1 English, Paper 2 GK and 3rd Paper of Maths. for Each paper, you will get 2 hours (120 Minutes) and you have to answer 100 Questions. Clear?

Study Books, Notes and Study Tips

First of all, as you are quite clear with the syllabus of the CDS, its time to collect the all the stuff you need to prepare for the CDS Exam. Once you start the preparation for the exam, then you are not allowed to waste your time for collecting study material and all. 

Just Grab the Best Books for CDS Examination preparation available in the market. i have recommended few books below, you can check it now.

Pathfinder CDS: Combined Defence Services Entrance Examination
1. Pathfinder CDS: Combined Defence Services Entrance Examination - Click here to buy it now for Rs.321

This books is written by Sanjeev Jain, Amit Rastogi, Atul Sharma, Digvijay Singh, Preeti Gupta, Prashant Kumar, Balmukud Singh. Which contains Previous Years’ Solved Paper, Chapter-wise theory Explanation, ‘Important Facts & Formulae and large number of MCQs + Answers with Hints & Solutions.

This will help you to understand the question patterns of the CDS Examination, Large no of MCQs will help you practice more and more. 

CDS Exam Guide: Combined Defence Services Exam
2. CDS Exam Guide: Combined Defence Services Exam - Click here to buy it now for Rs.343.

Again, Datason Rp's awesome book with great content in it.This book is divided in 3 part. 1st part English, 2nd part has General Knowledge and 3rd part includes Maths.

In English section you will get questions regarding errors, Important Words with Meanings and Synonyms, and lots of drill questions.GK section have Questions on History of India, Geography and many more MCQs.Maths section have covered all the topics with awesome Short cut methods.


Time to Do Revision - Solve Question Paper

While you are studying above books, do make notes of the important topics that you feel to read again or you need to revise. At the time of revision, do read that notes and revise the questions you have solved. Yes, this will help you a lot in the examination. Till, you are very much clear with all funda and now you are very much familiar with topics. Is it enough? Till January starting, you must finish the above book, in last month, again new book.

CDS Chapter wise - Section wise Solved Papers
CDS Chapter wise - Section wise Solved Papers, This book have all the chapter wise solved question papers. Try to solve them by your self, then match the answer, slowly slowly, you will get accuracy and speed, both.

You must try this book, if and only if you finish the above two books by January Starting week. This book is only for the revision, for regular study, you must check the above two books.

A treasure trove for all CDS aspirants and others who want perfection in the preparation of Competitive Examination in All India Level.

Exam Time - Trust Your Self

At the time of examination, even though candidates have prepared well, the got nervous because of over thinking, and the reason, i mentioned above, you will find lots people who are trying again and again for CDS and SSB interviews. Trust yourself, Always think that you have given enough respect to preparation, you have done all the preparation, you will clear the exam. It is the time to self motivating your self. Stop believing and listening to myths.

Always worry about the things which is your hand, preparation is in your hand, so, give all your efforts for exam preparation. Stop worrying about CDS Exam result and other things.

That's enough, You have got everything, if you need anything else, books suggestion, study material, any tips, have any question or query, feel free to ask me on the comment below. you can join me on my FB account, i am available 24 hours. And i promise to answer each and every query, Thank you and all the best :)

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  1. sir, i am 21 yrs, in my 4th yr of engg., i just saw this page, and just loved the detailed info, i dont knw anything abt indian army or its entrance exams, can u provide me a detailed exams list i can prepare for, also provide your fb page link so i can ask there, i looked up on joinindianarmy site but there are so many exams name i got cnfused, plz help.

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  2. dear sir, i wayt to know only ...either will we get total numbers in both papers or each sectioal cut off will be get in both papers

  3. i am elegible for CDS in 3rd year of my BE?

  4. Sir m trying fourth time for Cds exam and it's only my aim. I don't have time more than November because after that I bound to marry with an Or army person . I am financially week can't join coaching for this plz help me.

  5. sir , I want to crack cds , bt nt good in maths


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