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CDS I 2016 Paper Analysis

Last Updated - February 12, 2018

CDS examination is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) twice a year. The first phase of Combined Defence Services for the year 2016 was held on February 14, 2016. CDS was conducted in three parts for those opting for IMA (Indian Military Academy), AFA (Air Force Academy) and INA (Indian Naval Academy) and two shifts (two question papers) for those opting for OTA (Officers’ Training Academy).

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As per CDS Exam Pattern there are three sections - English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, candidates are tested in each and every section and the duration of each of these is two hours. All three papers comprise multiple choice questions. The papers on English and General Knowledge include 120 questions each while the paper on Elementary Mathematics is comprised of 100 questions

    CDS I Exam Pattern

    The pattern for UPSC CDS I is indicated in the table below.

    1. For admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy, exam scheme will be as:

    SubjectDurationNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks

    English

    2 Hours

    120

    100

    General Knowledge

    2 Hours

    120

    100

    Elementary Mathematics

    2 Hours

    100

    100

    2. For admission to Training Academy, exam scheme will be as:

    SubjectDurationNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks

    English

    2 Hours

    120

    100

    General Knowledge

    2 Hours

    120

    100

    Read About CDS Sample Paper 

    CDS I 2016 Examination Paper Analysis

    The pattern of questions in CDS I 2016 was more or less of the moderate level of difficulty. Questions were though slightly lengthy, tricky and time-consuming. The detailed section-wise analysis of CDS I 2016 is discussed below:

    English

    The overall difficulty level of English language section was moderate. Question from vocabulary and grammar dominated the section. The section consisted of 5 short passages. The passages had a few inferences based questions too, which were a little tricky in nature. Among 120 question; 20 questions were from sentence improvement, 23 questions were from reading comprehension and remaining question were from Para-Jumble, Sentence Arrangement, spotting the error, cloze test, Synonyms, Antonyms, One Word Substitution.

    Among which some of the questions on Para-Jumble and Sentence Arrangement had close options and hence required some amount of deliberation. The detailed breakdown is as below:

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Sentence Improvement

    20

    Easy

    Reading Comprehension

    23 (5 passages)

    Easy – Moderate

    Synonyms

    8

    Moderate

    Antonyms

    7

    Easy

    One Word Substitution

    5

    Moderate

    Para-Jumble

    10

    Easy – Moderate

    Sentence-Jumble

    7

    Moderate

    Spot the Error

    20

    Easy

    Cloze Test

    20

    easy

    General Knowledge

    General Knowledge section was difficult as always. Questions from Static General Knowledge dominated the section. Among 120 questions; There were 19 questions of difficult level from history, 22 questions from geography and 20 questions from polity. Questions from history revolved mainly around art and culture of the 18th century. However, questions on current affairs were easy and scoring.

    Surprisingly, this year there were science based questions from Physics and Chemistry as well but they were basic in nature and hence scoring. The overall, this section had a mixture of easy, medium and difficult level of questions.

    Topic wise distribution of questions and level of difficulty is mentioned below.

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    History

    19

    Difficult

    Science

    27

    Easy (Concept-based)

    Geography

    22

    Moderate (Analytical)

    Ecology

    6

    Moderate (Fact-Based)

    Polity

    20

    Easy to Moderate

    Economy/ Trade

    11

    Moderate (Fact-based)

    Misc. /Armed Forces

    15

    Moderate (Fact)

    Elementary Mathematics

    This section was quite easy but lengthy in nature. Among 100 question; Almost 60 % of the questions were from Trigonometry, geometry, and arithmetic ability and remaining 40% question were from mix of different topics. Overall, it was decent paper with the questions from a variety of areas. The aspirants who possess the ability to solve problems quicker will definitely score better.

    The detailed analysis is as below:

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Number System

    20

    Easy-Moderate

    Simple interest/Compound interest

    5

    Easy

    Percentage

    2

    Easy

    Profit/Loss

    1

    Easy

    Mixture

    1

    Easy

    Time and Work

    3

    Easy

    Time speed and Distance

    6

    Easy

    Clock

    2

    Easy

    Trigonometry

    14

    Moderate-tough

    Set Theory

    1

    Easy

    Geometry

    20

    Easy-Moderate

    Mensuration

    14

    Easy

    Algebra

    7

    Easy-Moderate

    Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)

    4

    Easy

    CDS I 2016 Paper Analysis – Important Topics

    Based on the analysis and pattern of examination papers, candidates are advised to focus on the following topics to score well in the upcoming CDS 2016 examination.

    English: This section is comprised of questions from the following topics: Para Jumble, Sentence Improvement, Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms, Error Spotting, One Word Substitution, Sentence Jumble, etc.

    General Knowledge: This section is comprised of questions from the following topics: History, Ecology, Economy/ Trade, Science, Polity, Geography, and Others/Armed Forces, etc.

    Elementary Mathematics: This section is comprised of questions from the following topics: Simple interest/Compound interest, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Time speed and Distance, Algebra, and Number System, etc.

    Read About CDS Exam Syllabus

    CDS I 2016 Qualifying Marks

    The sectional cut off of the CDS I 2016 examination is considered as the CDS I 2016 qualifying marks for each section. Candidates have to qualify in each section by attaining 20% of maximum marks i.e. 20 marks for each course in each section:

    Course

    Qualifying Marks

    IMA

    20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

    INA

    20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

    AFA

    20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

    OTA for men

    20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

    OTA for women

    20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

    CDS I 2016 Expected Cut off

    The minimum qualifying marks in each section of the CDS I 2016 examination is considered as the CDS I 2016 Cut off. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three sections by securing cut-off marks to be decided by CDS. The mentioned below table gives the CDS Cutoff for each section:

    Academy

    Cut off marks

    IMA

    97-102

    INA

    97-102

    AFA

    127-132

    OTA (Men)

    76-81

    OTA(Women)

    76-81

    Note: A minimum score of 20 marks, in each paper, is required to clear the cut-off.

    CDS Overall Analysis

    Based on CDS I Paper analysis, it can be said that the paper was of moderate difficulty level which involved time management skills, calculative questions, and concept based questions. This inevitably affected the scores of aspirants which meant low cut off.

    The English section was moderate and easy to attempt, general knowledge section was also tricky and the section of elementary mathematics was moderate, but calculative and is the most time-consuming section among all.

    Hope this overall analysis helped you. And, if you are yet to appear for the CDS examination, make use of this paper analysis in order to get a better understanding and devise your preparation strategy accordingly.

    Keep calm and study on

    Good Luck!!!

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