Last Minute Strategy to Secure Good Rank in CDS Exam

By | February 2, 2018

Last Minute Strategy to Secure Good Rank in CDS Exam UPSC CDS 2018 has been scheduled for February 4th. The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice a year to recruit interested and eligible candidates in 414 posts in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers training Academy.

With just two weeks left for the exam, it is necessary that you are completely focused and ready for the big day.Utilization of your time is the key and to ensure the same, we have some last minute tips that you can use and apply.

Don’t Start any New Topic

Do not think of starting any new topic now. Once you have gone through the entire syllabus of CDS 2018, you might as well know what topics and subjects you are good at. It is advised to further revise these topics. You might be a quick learner but starting a new topic is one risk that if went wrong, can reduce your confidence drastically.

Revise Smartly

Revision is the key. However, smart revision is important. One must revise the entire syllabus but devoting some extra time to the more important topics can be of great help. For better understanding, we have mentioned a few topics from every subject that one must not miss while preparing for the exam.

  • English: Para-Jumbles (or Jumbled Sentences) and Reading Comprehension. You can expect 50 odd questions in the papers from these two topics.
  • General Knowledge: Indian Polity and Current Affairs
  • Mathematics: Geometry, Trigonometry and Basic Algebra

Solve Previous Year Papers

A number of sources can help you prepare for the examination. Candidates can solve past year papers to get a better understanding of the question paper and its pattern. Students not only solve relevant questions but can also test themselves in terms of preparation and speed for the final day.

An added benefit of the same is that the candidate is not focused on any single topic, rather is solving whole of the syllabus, which is a great revision too.

Make Notes

Making notes of important concepts can come in handy for the final revision. Make some micro notes of important and relevant topics. One can revise through these to make sure that nothing is left out on the final day.

Keep the Essentials Ready

Do not forget the essential items that you will require with you at the time of the examination. These items include stationery items, ID proof and admit card.

Take a printout of your admit card, if you don’t have one already. Get a Xerox copy of ID proof as well. Stay ready with your travel and accommodation arrangements in advance. Put all the necessary things in your bag and make sure that you don’t miss the exam or arrive late due to any outside factor.

Stay Away from Distractions

Your favorite TV shows, movies, parties, video games and everything else can wait. This time should be utilized in revising and practicing on mock tests. Avoid distractions as of now and focus on your aim.

Follow Healthy Habits

Not wasting your time is one of the healthy habits that can help you in long term as well. To keep yourself healthy, avoid junk foods and fried items for now. Also, give yourself proper sleep, for at least 7 hours. Try to avoid studying for a long stretch of time, rather take little breaks in between to keep your mind fresh. Yoga and meditation can be helpful too.


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