CDS Exam Analysis 2020 & Review by Students; Check Section-Wise & Overall Difficulty

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Anangsha Patra
Deputy Manager – Editorial
Updated on Feb 2, 2020 11:06 IST

CDS 1 2020 exam was conducted on Feb 2 by UPSC in two shifts. The difficulty level of English and General Knowledge was moderate to easy. The Elementary Mathematics paper was difficult. Here is the CDS Exam Analysis 2020 by students.

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has conducted CDS 1 2020 exam on February 2 across 41 cities in three shifts. The English paper was held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM while General Knowledge exam was conducted from 12:00 PM to 2 PM. The Mathematics paper was held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. According to the feedback provided by the candidates, English and General Knowledge papers were easy to moderate. The Elementary Mathematics paper was difficult in terms of difficulty level. Candidates can check the CDS paper analysis to know the section-wise distribution of questions, weightage of topics, overall and section-wise difficulty level, number of good attempts, reviews given by students and expected cut off. 

Overall CDS Exam Analysis by Students

CDS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Candidates qualifying the written exam and SSB Interview are offered admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) and Air Force Academy (AFA). The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult. Candidates can check below the overall CDS exam analysis by students.

Sections Difficulty Level

General Knowledge

Easy to Moderate

English Language

Easy to Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

Difficult

Total

Moderate to Difficult

CDS Exam Analysis 2020 by Students for English & General Knowledge

Shiksha visited one of the CDS exam centres in Pitampura, Delhi, where near about 600 students had appeared in the exam to gather their feedback regarding the difficulty level of English and General Knowledge sections. Check below the reviews shared by the students. 

Siddhanth said, "The English section was easy in terms of difficulty level. In the Comprehension section, questions were less, there were only 10 questions while last year there were 20 questions. The General Knowledge paper was lengthy."

Krishna Pal Singh, who had applied for OTA said, " The overall difficulty of English and General Knowledge were moderate. There were a few tough questions too in the General Knowledge section."

Jatin Shah who had appeared for the first time said, "Maximum questions in General knowledge were from Science. The overall paper was moderate."

Vishal said, "The English paper was easy in terms of difficulty level. However, the General Knowledge paper was tough."

Laxman Pujari said, "I appeared for the first time for the exam. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate. The questions in English were basic."

Watch CDS Exam Analysis 2020 by Students for GK and English

CDS Exam Analysis 2020 by Students for Elementary Mathematics

Shiksha visited one of the CDS exam centres in RK Puram, Delhi, where approximately 300 students had appeared in the exam, to gather their feedback regarding the difficulty level of Elementary section. Check below the reviews shared by the students. 

Bhanu Pathak, who has applied for OTA and INA  said, "The Mathematics section, was difficult. In Mensuration, there were some tricky questions. I attempted around 50 questions. Mostly, questions in this section were asked from Mensuration and Geometry."

Nitish Kumar, who has applied for IMA said, "The paper of Elementary Mathematics was moderate. 40 to 50 questions were from Advanced Mathematics. Other questions were from basic Mathematics. For IMA, the cutoff might be around 132 since the English Paper was very easy."

Manu Singh Tomar, who has applied for IMA said, " The overall difficulty level of Elementary Mathematics was moderate to difficulty." 

Bhagesh who came from Haryana said, "The Algebra questions were tough. The Arithmetic questions were easy. The overall difficulty level was difficult."

Watch CDS Exam Analysis 2020 for Elementary Mathematics

CDS 2020 Exam Analysis for English

The paper comprised 120 objective type questions. One-third marks assigned to a particular question is deducted for wrong answers. Questions were asked from RC, spotting errors, fillers, antonyms, synonyms, idioms & phrases and cloze test, etc. The level of questions was easy. Candidates can check below the distribution of questions.

Topics Number of Questions
Parts of Speech

10

Spelling Mistakes

10

Ordering of Sentence

10

Synonyms

10

Antonyms

10

Fill in the Blanks

10

Ordering of Words in a Sentence

10

Idioms and Phrases

10

Comprehension  2 Passages 
Spotting Errors 10
Synonyms 10
Spelling mistakes 10
Transformation of sentences 10
Reported speech 10
Antonyms 10

CDS Exam Analysis 2020 for General Knowledge

The paper comprised 120 questions from current affairs, history, geography, economics, science, polity, etc. Questions were moderate in terms of difficulty level. Candidates can check below the distribution of questions.

Topics Number of Questions

History

18

Geography    

17

Polity   

13

Economy

14

Current Affairs

20

Physics 

8

Chemistry  

10

Biology

9

Static GK

11

CDS 2020 Exam Analysis for Elementary Mathematics

The Elementary Maths paper was conducted from 3 PM to 5 PM for 100 marks. The paper was difficult in terms of difficulty level. The questions asked in the exam were tricky and lengthy. The paper carries a total of 100 questions from topics like Arithmetics, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Simplification, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, average, etc.

Topics Number of Questions

Number System

20

Mensuration    

15

Geometry

11

Time, Speed and Distance

6

Simple Interest/Compound interest    

2

Trigonometry    

12

Algebra    

10

Percentage    

4

Mixture

1

Time and Work    

5

Ratio & Proportion    

2

Profit/Loss

1

DI & DS

3

Statistics

8

CDS 1 Question Papers 2020 

Candidates can download the question papers for CDS 1 exam below:

English (Set C) Download Here
General Knowledge (Set C) Download Here

Click here to check CDS Question Papers

CDS Expected Cut off 2020

Based on the difficulty level of the exam, CDS 1 expected cut off for the written exam might range as follows.

Levels Written Exam 

IMA

130

OTA (Men)

85

OTA (Women)

85

AFA

150

INA

120

Read More:

CDS Result 2020 

CDS Answer Key 2020

CDS Exam Analysis 2020 

 

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Anangsha Patra
Deputy Manager – Editorial

A mass communication and journalism post-graduate, Anangsha has worked as a reporter and sub-editor and enjoys working in the education domain.

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