CDS FEB 2018 EXAM ANALYSIS

SNAPSHOT-FEB 2018 CDS EXAM

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam is conducted twice a year (Feb and Nov) for recruitment into one of the following wings of INDIAN ARMED FORCES.

a) Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

b) Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala

c) Indian Air Force Academy (AFA), Hyderabad

d) Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai.

Anyone who is in the final year of graduation or has completed graduation can write the CDS exam. The analysis, as shown below, is for the exam conducted on 4th Feb2018 (Sunday).There were three test areas -ENGLISH, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE and ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS. Each test area was conducted for a time period of 120 mins. The exam was conducted in Paper Pencil Mode.

The braod summary of the three test areas is as indicated below.

Paper Subject Duration Number of qs Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 120 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 120 100
III Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100 100
Total 340 300

Let us analyze the different types of questions from each of the test area along with the overall difficulty level of each of the test area.

ENGLISH

As shown in the table below, this test area comprises questions from Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, Antonyms, Fill in the blanks, Cloze passages etc.A total of 120 qs (with a total of 100 marks) has to be attempted in 120 mins. Each question carried equal marks. For any question wrongly answer marked, one-third of the marks assigned to that question was deducted as penalty. Any net score above 60 marks (out of a maximum possible 100) is considered to be very good.

AREA DESCRIPTION Qs DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
English Usage, Grammar & Vocabulary Antonyms 10 Easy-Moderate 47
Synonyms 10 Easy-Moderate
Fill in the blanks 10 Easy-Moderate
Ordering of words in a sentence 10 Easy-Moderate
Idioms and Phrases 15 Easy-Moderate
Ordering of Sentences (Para-Jumbles) 10 Moderate
Spotting Errors 20 Easy-Moderate
CLOZE Comprehension -2 passages 15 Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension Passage on “Overpopulation” (100 words) 5 Easy-Moderate 13
Passage on “Caterpillar” (100 words) 5
Passage on “Orient and Occident” (100 words) 5
Passage (Miscellaneous -100 words) 5
Overall 120 EASY-MODERATE 60

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

As shown in the table below, this test area comprises questions from History, Geography, Polity, Economy, Science, Current Affairs etc A total of 120 qs (with a total of 100 marks) has to be attempted in 120 mins. Each question carried equal marks. For any question wrongly answer marked, one-third of the marks assigned to that question was deducted as penalty. Any net score above 35 marks (out of a maximum possible 100) is considered to be very good.

S No DESCRIPTION NUMBER OF Qs DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
1 History 17 Moderate -Difficult 35
2 Geography 19
3 Polity 22
4 Economy 11
5 Physics 12
6 Chemistry 8
7 Biology 12
8 Current Affairs/Armed Forces/Miscellaneous 19
Overall 120 Moderate -Difficult 35

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS

As shown in the table below, this test area comprises questions from various areas. More than 50% of the questions were from areas -Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Numbers. A total of 100 qs (with a total of 100 marks) had to be attempted in 120 mins. Each question carried one mark. For any question wrongly answer marked, one-third of the marks assigned to that question(0.33 marks)was deducted as penalty. Any net score above 35 marks (out of a maximum possible 100) is considered to be very good.Those who would have done adequate practice would have found the questions quite doable. The success in this particular test area depended on one's basic conceptual skills, and calculation skills. Overall, the test area can be classified as MODERATE- DIFFICULT.

AREA DESCRIPTION MARKS DIFFICULTY LEVEL ESTIMATED GOOD MARKS
Arithmetic Numbers, Indices and Surds 13 Moderate -Difficult 30
Geometry 21
Mensuration 13
Percentages, Profit, Loss, Partnership 4
Polynomial Equations (including Quadratic Equations) 9
Averages, Mixtures and Alligations 4
Logarithm 1
Pie Chart 1
Progressions 2
Simple Interest, Compound Interest 1
Simple Equations, Ratio, Proportion and Variation 6
Time & Work, Time & Distance 8
Higher Math Trigometry, Heights and Distance 13 Moderate -Difficult 5
Statistics 2
Overall 100 Moderate -Difficult 35