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CDS 2023 Exam Dates Announced, Start Preparing with Topper’s Strategies

khaskhabar.com : सोमवार, 31 अक्टूबर 2022 12:56 PM (IST)
CDS 2023 Exam Dates
Announced, Start Preparing with Topper’s Strategies
CDS exam requires extensive hardwork and preparation to crack. It is one of the most competitive defence exams. The candidates need to fulfill both academic and physical requirements in order to be considered for selection into INA, IMA, IAF, or OTA. The exam is conducted twice a year and the notifications for the same are released separately.

The details about CDS eligibility, vacancy, selection process, and more can be found in the notification. There are a total of four stages in the CDS selection process- Written Exam, SSB Interview, Document Verification and Medical Examination.

Release of CDS 1 2023 Notification- December 21, 2022
Beginning of CDS 1 Application- December 21, 2022
End of CDS 1 Application- January 10, 2023
CDS 1 2023 Exam Date- April 16, 2023
Release of CDS 2 2023 Notification- May 17, 2023
Beginning of CDS 2 Application- May 17, 2023
End of CDS 2 Application- June 06, 2023
CDS 2 2023 Exam Date- September 03, 2023

The exam pattern for CDS 2023 written exam is different for those applying for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Indian Air Force (IAF) from those applying for Officer Training Academy (OTA). The former consists of 3 papers while the latter has only 2 papers. Each paper consists of 100 marks and is to be finished within a duration of 2 hours. The details about the subjects of the paper for each academy are given below.

Papers for IMA, INA and IAF- English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics
Papers for OTA- English and General Knowledge


CDS Written Exam Preparation Tips
To secure good marks in CDS written exam, a tips few are mentioned below. Some recommendations on reference books are also provided below:

English
English can be easiest or the toughest section for a candidate depending on the level of practice. Go through the syllabus and make a list of grammatical rules and concepts to revise everyday. While practicing, ensure to cover all the topics like One Word Substitution, Idioms, Phrases, English Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spotting Errors, and others. Reading is the best method to ace Vocabulary and Comprehension along with others. Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition by S. Chand, Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi are good books for this section.

Mathematics
Mathematics sections tests the numerical ability of the candidates. They must memorise formulas and their applications. Time management and accuracy are very important for the exam as there is a negative marking of 0.33 marks for each incorrect answer. The syllabus of Class 10th, 11th and 12th are very important. The two books for R.S. Aggarwal i.e. Quantitative Apitude for Competitive Examinations and Mathematics for CDS Examinations are helpful for regular practice.

General Knowledge

This section asks questions from the topics of Science and Social Science of Classes 6-10, along with those from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics of Classes 11-12. Current Affairs are included under this section as well. Thus, the best resources for these sections are NCERT books, newspapers, magazines, etc. Apart from them, the aspirants can also refer to General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey, Manorama Yearbook by Malayala Manorama publishers, Newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.


Other Preparation Tips

Some other general tips for the preparation of CDS exam are mentioned below. The candidates must include them in their everyday plan for the most effective preparations.

● Knowing Syllabus and Exam Pattern
● Solving mock tests and old CDS question paper
● Keeping the basics clear
● Making summarised notes for regular revision
● Preparing timetable for every topic
● Developing a habit for reading books, newspapers, blogs, etc.

Apart from strategies given above, the candidates can refer to other videos and blogs of toppers and determine what works for them. Those who struggle with studying consistently for hours can try the Pomodoro Technique. In this technique, the candidates need to study for 25 minutes straight and then take a break of 3-5 minutes. Continuing this pattern can also help in better retention and prevent burnout.

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