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UPSC CDS Exam 2019 (8 September): Last Minute Tips to clear Combined Defence Services

Rupali Pruthi

UPSC CDS Exam 2019: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam on 8 September 2019. UPSC CDS Admit Card 2019 has already been on the official website UPSC has received an increased number of applications this year. Several candidates are expected to appear for the UPSC CDS Exam. With such a high competition, it can become nerve-racking to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. Considering this, we have come up with some of the best last-minute tips to help candidates clear the UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019. Candidates appearing for the CDS exam should have a look at these last-minute preparation tips and strategies before approaching the exam centre on 8th September.

Candidates who qualify the CDS written examination will be called for the Stage-II examination which is the Interview round. It is mandatory for candidates to secure the minimum UPSC CDS Cut off Marks to clear the written exam. These tips and strategies have been provided after considering the UPSC CDS previous years questions papers, difficulty level and cut off marks.

Last-Minute Tips to crack CDS Exam

So, have a look at these last-minute tips that will help you in clearing the UPSC CDS Exam 2019:

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1. Know the Exam Pattern & Attempt accordingly

Candidates should know the UPSC CDS Exam pattern clearly before appearing for the exam. It will give them a clear idea about which section to attempt first and which later. Have a look at the exam pattern of Combined Defence Services Examination:


No. of questions (MCQs)

Maximum Marks


General Knowledge



120 minutes

English Language



120 minutes

Elementary Mathematics



120 minutes

Note: Candidates who have applied for IMA, AFA and NA have to attend all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates have to appear for the first 2 paper only - General Knowledge & English.

- CDS Exam will be conducted in pen 7 paper mode (written).

- For courses of Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, candidates need to attempt 340 questions in three sections - General Knowledge, English Language and Elementary Mathematics.

- For Officers Training Academy (OTA) training course, candidates need to attempt only 240 questions of 200 marks from General Knowledge & English sections.

- There will be a negative marking of one-fourth marks for every wrong answer.

2. Glance through the Important Topics

Have a look at some important topics for UPSC CDS Exam 2019 which will help you in last-minute preparations:




Current Affairs

Industrial Revolution

History of the World

Indian Culture


Indian Art Forms


Modern Indian History

Freedom Struggle

Partition and Its Aftermath

Origin & Evolution of Earth

Landforms & their Evolution




Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Soil Geography

World Climate

Types of Resources

Food Security

Forest Resources

Agricultural Resources

Melting of Ice Sheets

Indian Constitution

Functions & Responsibilities of Union and States

Executive & Judiciary Powers

Federal Structure in India

Role of State Government

Separation of Power



Council of Ministers

Pressure Groups

Election Commission


National Commissions




Article 370 & 35A

Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC)

Merger of PSU banks

Ease of Doing Business

Chandrayaan 2

US & China Trade war

Interstate water disputes

Data Protection - Technology and Privacy

Artificial Intelligence

INX Media Case

Triple Talaq Bill

#MeToo Movement in India

Issues concerning Elections in India

India's air pollution

Impact of Social Media

Supreme Court Judgements

Increasing Heat Waves

Reconstitution of Cabinet Sub-committees

Swachh Bharat Mission

Decriminalisation of Politics

3. Practice UPSC CDS Previous Year Question Papers

UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019 will be conducted in offline mode (written). It is suggested that the candidates appearing for the exam should practise at least 2 to 3 previous year questions to brush up their preparations. This will help the candidates in getting familiar with the type of questions asked in the CDS exam. By practising previous years questions papers, candidates will get to know their weak and strong areas, as well as this, will help them in boosting their speed of solving the paper. Here we have provided the link of UPSC CDS previous years papers:

UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS) Previous Years’ Papers (with Answers) – PDF Download

4. Time Management & Accuracy

Time management is the key to crack any competitive examination. Candidates should be aware of their weak and strong areas. This will help them in attempting the questions accordingly in the examination. You should allot proper time to the sections which are your strong areas. Not more than 1 minute should be allotted to any question. Remember, there will be a negative marking of one-fourth of marks for every wrong answer given by the candidate. In such a scenario, time management and accuracy play a crucial role. These two skills can only be achieved through practice and revision.

5. Reach Exam Centre on Time & Carry Admit Card & Other Documents

Candidates should reach the allotted exam centre on or even before time, to avoid any last moment hassles or traffic. Do not forget to carry the UPSC CDS Admit Card 2019 to the exam centre along with the Original Photo ID proof and its photocopy. Candidates, who have still not downloaded the admit card, can download now from the official website Remember, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam centre without the Admit Card. Here is the direct CDS Admit Card download link:

Download UPSC CDS Admit Card 2019

Hope these last-minute tips were helpful for you. Do not stress yourself before the examination day by undertaking deep studies. Devote this time for revision only. Just relax and stay calm.

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