CDS 1 2017 exam preparation tips online – Previous year test paper with solution keys

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. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. 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).

Every year UPSC releases notifications for the Combined Defense Services Examination.  Recently also the UPSC has released a EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.2/2017.CDS-I  on 9/11/2016.  The online application were invited from the eligible candidates for CDS I Exam.  The exam is going to be held on 05/02/2017.

In this post we will discuss about the exam preparation tips so that the candidates applied for this CDS I exam can prepare themselves.

COMBINED DEFENSE SERVICE EXAM (CDS – I) – 2017

 

Name of Organization  :  Union Public Service Commission

 

Official Site  :   ww.upsc.gov.in

 

Name of Exam  :  Combined Defense Service Exam -I

 

Date of Exam  :  05/02/2017

 

Duration of Exam  :  One Hour (1 hr)

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

  • Age Limit for CDS Exam

Indian Military Academy             :   19-24 years
Air Force Academy                     :   19-24 years
Naval Academy                          :   19-22 years
Officers’ Training Academy        :   19-27 years

  • Educational Qualification for CDS Exam

– Degree of a recognized University or equivalent for IMA and OTA

– B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg for Naval Academy

– B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg for Air Force Academy

Note :

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 for CDS Exam.

EXAMINATION PATTERN

1. The Competitive examination comprises :

(a) Written examination

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:— 

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 100
III Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100
Total 300

 

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Total 200

General instructions about written examination

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective (multiple choice answer) Type questions only.
  • SI units will be used in the papers and Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.
  • Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  • Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

 

STANDARD AND SYLLABUS OF THE EXAMINATION

 

STANDARD –  The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.

 

SYLLABUS – 

 

ENGLISH (Code No. 01) The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02) General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03)

ARITHMETIC Number System —  Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory — Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

ALGEBRA –  Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

TRIGONOMETRY –  Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.

GEOMETRY –  Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.

MENSURATION –  Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.

STATISTICS –  Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process – stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in. The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage. The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS

The Result of Combined Defence Services Examination (1) 2017 will beuploaded at the official site www.upsc.gov.in.

PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPERS

The candidate can download the past year question paper and the answer keys of CDS-I exam from the official site of commission.

Click the below link for CDS-I Previous year Paper (2016)

CDS Exam (I) Elementary Mathematics

CDS-I ENGLISH

CDS Exam-(I) General Knowledge

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