UPSC CDS Exam 2019: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam on 8 September 2019. UPSC CDS Admit Card 2019 has already been on the official website upsc.nic.in. UPSC has received an increased number of applications this year. Several candidates are expected to appear for the UPSC CDS Exam. With such a high competition, it can become nerve-racking to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. Considering this, we have come up with some of the best last-minute tips to help candidates clear the UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019. Candidates appearing for the CDS exam should have a look at these last-minute preparation tips and strategies before approaching the exam centre on 8th September.
Candidates who qualify the CDS written examination will be called for the Stage-II examination which is the Interview round. It is mandatory for candidates to secure the minimum UPSC CDS Cut off Marks to clear the written exam. These tips and strategies have been provided after considering the UPSC CDS previous years questions papers, difficulty level and cut off marks.
Last-Minute Tips to crack CDS Exam
So, have a look at these last-minute tips that will help you in clearing the UPSC CDS Exam 2019:
1. Know the Exam Pattern & Attempt accordingly
Candidates should know the UPSC CDS Exam pattern clearly before appearing for the exam. It will give them a clear idea about which section to attempt first and which later. Have a look at the exam pattern of Combined Defence Services Examination:
|Subjects||No. of questions (MCQs)||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|General Knowledge||120||100||120 minutes|
|English Language||120||100||120 minutes|
|Elementary Mathematics||100||100||120 minutes|
|Note: Candidates who have applied for IMA, AFA and NA have to attend all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates have to appear for the first 2 paper only – General Knowledge & English.|
– CDS Exam will be conducted in pen 7 paper mode (written).
– For courses of Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, candidates need to attempt 340 questions in three sections – General Knowledge, English Language and Elementary Mathematics.
– For Officers Training Academy (OTA) training course, candidates need to attempt only 240 questions of 200 marks from General Knowledge & English sections.
– There will be a negative marking of one-fourth marks for every wrong answer.
2. Glance through the Important Topics
Have a look at some important topics for UPSC CDS Exam 2019 which will help you in last-minute preparations:
History of the World
Indian Art Forms
Modern Indian History
Partition and Its Aftermath
|Origin & Evolution of Earth
Landforms & their Evolution
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Types of Resources
Melting of Ice Sheets
Functions & Responsibilities of Union and States
Executive & Judiciary Powers
Federal Structure in India
Role of State Government
Separation of Power
Council of Ministers
|Article 370 & 35A
Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC)
Merger of PSU banks
Ease of Doing Business
US & China Trade war
Interstate water disputes
Data Protection – Technology and Privacy
INX Media Case
Triple Talaq Bill
#MeToo Movement in India
Issues concerning Elections in India
India’s air pollution
Impact of Social Media
Supreme Court Judgements
Increasing Heat Waves
Reconstitution of Cabinet Sub-committees
Swachh Bharat Mission
Decriminalisation of Politics
3. Practice UPSC CDS Previous Year Question Papers
UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019 will be conducted in offline mode (written). It is suggested that the candidates appearing for the exam should practise at least 2 to 3 previous year questions to brush up their preparations. This will help the candidates in getting familiar with the type of questions asked in the CDS exam. By practising previous years questions papers, candidates will get to know their weak and strong areas, as well as this, will help them in boosting their speed of solving the paper. Here we have provided the link of UPSC CDS previous years papers:
4. Time Management & Accuracy
Time management is the key to crack any competitive examination. Candidates should be aware of their weak and strong areas. This will help them in attempting the questions accordingly in the examination. You should allot proper time to the sections which are your strong areas. Not more than 1 minute should be allotted to any question. Remember, there will be a negative marking of one-fourth of marks for every wrong answer given by the candidate. In such a scenario, time management and accuracy play a crucial role. These two skills can only be achieved through practice and revision.
5. Reach Exam Centre on Time & Carry Admit Card & Other Documents
Candidates should reach the allotted exam centre on or even before time, to avoid any last moment hassles or traffic. Do not forget to carry the UPSC CDS Admit Card 2019 to the exam centre along with the Original Photo ID proof and its photocopy. Candidates, who have still not downloaded the admit card, can download now from the official website upsconline.nic.in. Remember, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam centre without the Admit Card. Here is the direct CDS Admit Card download link:
Hope these last-minute tips were helpful for you. Do not stress yourself before the examination day by undertaking deep studies. Devote this time for revision only. Just relax and stay calm.