How To Score 90+ Marks in CDS English Paper

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam is conducted twice every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy & Indian Airforce Academy. The CDS Written Exam includes three Papers: General knowledge, English and Mathematics. Each Paper is of 100 marks and the time duration is of 02 hours. For admission to IMA, INA, and IAF the written test contains all the three Papers while for admission to OTA, there will be only two Papers (English & GK) with 200 marks. English therefore is common for both CDS & CDS OTA Exam, and can be a scoring paper, if approached carefully. Each question in the CDS English paper consists of 0.83 marks and a penalty of 0.27 for every incorrect answer. Thus, a total of 100 marks is devoted for a total of 120 questions in CDS English Paper.

CDS English Syllabus consists of :

  • Spotting of Errors
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary (Idioms & Phrases)
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Completion (Fill in the blanks & Cloze Test)
  • Ordering of Words & Sentences
  • Comprehension
  • Active – Passive Voice
  • Direct – Indirect Speech or Reported Speech
  • Word Substitution
  • Parts of Speech
  • Spelling
  • Transformation of Sentences

In order to score the highest in the English section in CDS, it is therefore, important to know the usual question & marking trend of the topics, in detail.

  • Spotting of Errors

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Antonyms

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Synonyms

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Vocabulary (Idioms & Phrases)

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Sentence Improvement

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Sentence Completion (Fill in the blanks)

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Sentence Completion (Cloze Test)

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Ordering of Words

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Ordering of Sentences

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Comprehension

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Active – Passive Voice

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Direct – Indirect Speech or Reported Speech

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Word Substitution

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Parts of Speech

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Spelling

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

  • Transformation of Sentences

As per the previous years’ question paper analysis,

the number of questions expected from this topic can be about

Keeping these previous years’ trends & expected question pattern in mind, prepare well to score more than 90 per cent in the English section of the upcoming CDS Exam. To cover CDS English syllabus thoroughly & with intense clarity, check out our CDS & CDS OTA courses by visiting us at CDS Exam Online Course. Jai Hind!

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Anuradha Dey

    Senior Lecturer, SSBCrackExams, M.A. English (Gold Medalist) from BHU & B.A. Hons from St. Xavier's College (Kolkata). Poet, Writer & Translator. Published in various Poetry Books, Anthologies & Little Magazines. Invited in World Poetry Festivals. Knows Mandarin, German, English, Bengali & Hindi.

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    2 Comments

    1. Apurva

      What study material and books should I refer to study for the English exam? Please suggest some books.
    2. Shrey

      Can you provide the usual trend of questions , no. Of questions , major-minor topics of mathematical? Would be really helpful.

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