Best Tips to complete UPSC CDS syllabus in less time

UPSC CDS syllabus : When the CDS exam is about to come, the anxiety level of exam aspirants rises. But, there are other candidates too who haven’t started the CDS preparation. Hence, they panic at the last moment and come up with negative results. So, for them, we present here an effective guide that will help them ace the CDS examination. Here, we showcased a few effective tips that help CDS aspirants to complete the UPSC CDS Syllabus in less time. These tips will help aspirants to ace the CDS 2021. Follow this guide appropriately and come up with the flying colours in the CDS examination. 

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How to complete the CDS syllabus in less time?

Analyze the exam pattern and syllabus

Firstly, aspirants must analyze the CDS exam pattern and the syllabus. So, they must be well versed in English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. These modules are covered in the CDS syllabus. Cover vital sections from each module like:

  • English- vocabulary, synonyms and antonyms, parts of speech, and English speaking.
  • General Knowledge- Current affairs and defence updates.
  • Elementary Math- Time and Distance, Square/cube roots, Basic mathematical operations (add, subtract, etc.)

Remember that OTA (Officers Training Academy) aspirants do not have to appear for the Mathematics examination. But, IMA, INA, and AFA aspirants have to appear for all three modules. So, in a short duration refer to authentic study materials and learning solutions.

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Analyze the previous year’s question paper 

Undoubtedly, there is less time left for CDS aspirants to finish the entire syllabus. So, instead of mugging up study materials and creating havoc, analyze previous year’s question papers. Aspirants have to analyze the last five to ten year question papers. It will help CDS aspirants to cross-check CDS questions and determine the important exam queries which carry more weightage. Jot down important topics according to the difficulty level. Also, note down the important sections that are asked frequently in CDS previous year question papers. Thus, prioritizing important topics will help CDS aspirants to ace the examination hassle-free.

Prioritize study schedule

Once the analyzing process is complete, switch your gear to the next level. It means CDS aspirants have to prioritize topics according to schedule. Undoubtedly, they have to prepare weak topics first. Here, many CDS aspirants who meet the UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria lack in determining important topics. Therefore, we suggested you first analyze the previous year’s question paper and then jump to prioritizing. Set a schedule without hampering your daily study routine. Remember, aspirants only have to reshuffle the topics according to priority. They do not have to put an extra burden on themselves while preparing.

Keep pointers while preparing

Since old school days, teachers have told us to use pointers while writing answers. It is because it helps in memorizing complicated concepts. So, the same principle should be applied while preparing for the CDS exam. There are several theoretical concepts in English and vital updates in the General knowledge that require bullets, numbering, and special symbols. Also, don’t ignore mathematics when you are considering pointer making. Here, jot down vital formulas that help you to solve the question.

Take study breaks at a regular interval not frequently

Finally, many academic and subject matter experts suggest CDS aspirants not prolong the study time. Rather, they suggest frequent breaks. But, that does not mean to study 45 minutes and split the 15-minute break into 10 min and 5 min or 5 min break thrice while studying. It will lead to distraction and loss of focus in the studies. Instead, follow the ideal break routine of 45 min study and 15 min break in studies.