UPSC CDS (2) 2019 Exam Analysis: Questions Asked in Combined Defence Services

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the  CDS (II) 2019 Exam across various cities on 8th September 2019 to fill in a total of 417 vacancies for courses carried out by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam was conducted in the offline mode. The Multiple Choice Questions were asked from General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics and English Language. Candidates who want recruitment in courses of IMA, INA and AFA, attempted questions from all three sections, while candidates seeking recruitment in courses of OTA attempted questions from only two sections English and General Knowledge. Here we have shared the detailed Exam Analysis of UPSC CDS (2) 2019 Exam conducted offline. Have a look and be familiar with the difficulty level of questions.

As per the feedback shared by the candidates who appeared for the exam, the overall difficulty level of the UPSC CDS 2 Exam was Moderate to Difficult level. The General Knowledge section was Easy-Moderate to attempt, while English and Mathematics sections were of Moderate to Difficult level. The English Exam was held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, General Knowledge exam was held from 12:00 PM to 2 PM and Mathematics paper was conducted from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Have a look at the detailed exam analysis:

UPSC CDS (2) 2019 Exam Analysis
Sections Total Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
General Knowledge 120 70-78 Easy
English Language 120 60-70 Moderate
Elementary Mathematics 100 60-69 Moderate to Difficult
Total 340 180-195 Moderate to Difficult
Note: Candidates who applied for IMA, AFA and INA attended all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates attended only General Knowledge & English.

Detailed Exam Analysis of UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019

English Language: A total of 120 questions of total 100 marks were asked from this section. Candidates were able to attempt around 60 to 70 questions. The difficulty level of this section was of Moderate level. Have a look at questions asked in this section and their difficulty level:

Questions asked Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Spell Check & Correction 7 Easy
Synonyms 10 Moderate
Antonyms 10 Moderate
Spotting Errors 15 Easy-Moderate
Ordering of Sentences 10 Easy
Reading Comprehension 17 Moderate
Cloze Test 20 Moderate
Rearrangement of Sentence 13 Easy-Moderate
Idioms and Phrases 10 Easy
Parts of Speech 10 Moderate

General Knowledge: 120 MCQs of total 100 marks were asked from the section. Overall, the difficulty level of the section was easy to moderate and students could make around 70-78 good attempts. Questions were asked from Current Affairs, Science, History, Geography, Economy, and Polity. Have a look at questions asked:

Questions asked No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Current Affairs, Defence-related questions & MISC 23 Easy-Moderate
Physics 7 Moderate
Chemistry 18 Easy-Moderate
Biology 4 Easy
History 17 Easy
Geography 21 Easy-Moderate
Polity 19 Easy
Economy 11 Easy-Moderate

Elementary Mathematics: A total of 100 questions were asked from this section. Each question carries 1 mark. The difficulty level of the section was Moderate to Difficult. Candidates were able to make around
60 to 69 good attempts. Have a look at questions asked:

Questions Asked No. of Questions Level of difficulty
Number System 20 Easy
Mensuration 15 Moderate
Geometry 11 Moderate to Difficult
Time, Speed and Distance 6 Moderate
Simple Interest/Compound interest 2 Easy
Trigonometry 12 Moderate
Algebra 10 Moderate to Difficult
Percentage 4 Moderate
Mixture 1 Moderate
Time and Work 5 Moderate
Ratio & Proportion 2 Easy
Profit/Loss 1 Moderate
DI & DS 3 Moderate
Statistics 8 Easy

Candidates who would qualify the written exam will be called for the SSB interview. SSB interview will be conducted after the declaration of the CDS Exam result.

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