CDS (Combined Defense Services) -The exam is carried out twice in a year and it is a very good option for graduate candidate to apply for the defense services. The age limit for the CDS exam is 19 to 25 years. Both male and female candidate can apply for the CDS exam. The main condition is that the applicant should be unmarried Indian citizen. The applying candidate should be physical and mentally strong and free from any kind of disability and disease. After CDS a candidate can apply in any branch of Indian defense services according to his interest.
CDS Exam conduct by UPSC Department two times in a year (CDS 1) & (CDS 2). This written exam organized to take admission in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). Successfully qualified candidates called for Interview by Service Selection Board (SSB).
Here are the most important UPSC Combined Defense Services exam tips that will help you.
· Firstly, refer to the complete syllabus for the exam to begin your preparation accordingly. Find out what exactly you are supposed to study, and how to study for CDS Exam comes next. Always study the syllabus of CDS exam which will help you to understand what they might ask in CDS exam paper.
· Plan a study routine in advance, give allotted time for each subject and focus on one topic at a time, proper planning gives you complete output.
· Needs to update yourself to prepare for CDS by many ways like Reading Newspapers, Watching News channels, Join many events which are suitable to enhance your overall General knowledge. Should know the Government activities and policies, politics, sports, banking sector, , share market, technology world etc.
· The most important tips is time management. Only those who are able to solve questions accurately and quickly are the ones who can crack the exam, you should set proper time for all subjects because without time setting you are just wasting your time. Set a time for each question, spend only one minute per question in the beginning, not to waste much time on questions at the beginning. Test yourself before exam much time as a trial this trick can help you lot in your UPSC Exam.
· Start your CDS preparation topic wise, first complete one subject then start another, as you complete old topics start revising it, till you are perfect in those topics. Study topic wise with proper time management get you success in an easy way. To have better understanding of topics, refer to the CDS exam questions blueprint.
· Make a habit of noting of important points and formulas, which makes you feel easier while revising instead searching whole book again.
· Solve and practice mock test series, more you practice, you get to know where you are lacking behind, level of understanding and strengths, which will help you to increase your score. And try UPSC CDS model papers and prepare for CDS online with many test series, mock test etc. Also, check CDS previous year question papers for a better idea of the exam, you can also take coaching for CDS exam too. This method of preparation is followed by many successful candidates.
· You should always have a positive approach. And should not think about failure, should work hard and give your 100 percent during the exam. Also should be confident about what you study. After all the Defense Forces is all about courage and confidence.
· Best method is to discuss what you learned with your friends and co-aspirants. There is a good chance that you will learn a thing or two from them, might even teach them something you learnt.
· Books are the major source of study material for CDS Exam. So, buy some top most books for CDS it gives you more information and idea close to the exam and also expected questions for upcoming CDS Exam. Consider various preparation sources like books, e-books, online preparation, online groups, blogs etc. This will make your preparation better and you will also discover things which you are not aware of while preparing with the single source.
· You should be sincere and calm while judgments at every time this shows your personality. Your personality to handle situations plays a major role in near future if you will qualify for written exam.
· In place of trying to solve question completely, try to eliminate the options to derive the solution, where time gets saved.