Top 5 Special Care Tips While Preparing For The Defence Exam


Courage, glory, patriotism and valour are some words that we usually connote with being a part of a country’s defence forces. Millions of aspiring candidates dream of joining the defence forces one day. Joining the defence forces is actually a way of life and not just another source of income for many aspiring applicants. One common route of entry is the well known CDS examination, conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) in Chandigarh. They recruit for the Army, Navy and Air Force and conduct in person interviews with the services selection board.

  • Basic Structure

The CDS goes hand in hand with the SSB, where they primarily adopt three varied ways to evaluate the candidates and their traits as a person. These include tests conducted at the conscious, unconscious and subconscious levels. Along with the SSB, candidates should clear the CDS examination. Perfecting ways to crack this examination is the focus of today’s article. The CDS has three different two-hour long papers (English, General Knowledge and Math) for permanent commission.

  • Tips For Solving the Paper
  1. Maths and English are of paramount importance when it comes to cracking the CDS.
  2. Time management is yet another skill set that needs attention since the allotted time to solve a single question is only 1 minute. This means that students have to be very consistent with their time management skills. Basic concepts must be focused on heavily and trying to memorise an answer must be minimised.
  3. Experts suggest that previous papers must be attempted and well practised in order to better understand time constraints in order to crack the exam.
  4. Easier chapters must be taken care of in the beginning. The candidate should increase difficulty as study progresses
  5. A good candidate will also be respectful and cooperative in nature while being responsible among the elderly. Good communication skills and command of English is a positive factor. While the CDS is one such exam, the AFCAT is a different beast altogether.
  • Strategy And Skill Set Required

Most candidates begin with ensuring that they meet certain requirements as per the given syllabus for the exam. It is advised to then draw up a daily schedule to ensure that the candidate can keep up with the required speed and time constraints since the exam is mainly an objective one. This factor alone makes it a test of speed and accuracy. Timed practice sets must be completed daily to ensure accuracy. Revisions have to be conducted at least thrice daily: One thorough revision followed by two rapid revisions is well advised to ensure success.

  • Tips for the Interview

While the written part of the exam is focused on maths and general knowledge, the interview judges reasoning ability, logical arguments, self confidence , cheerfulness and stamina. For the interview stage, one must train their mind to think rationally and logically. A good candidate will also be respectful and cooperative in nature while being responsible. Good communication skills and command of English is a positive factor. While the CDS is one such exam, the AFCAT is a different beast altogether. Most candidates manage to study on their own but an increasing trend is emerging for CDS coaching in Chandigarh. These professional organisations usually tailor a one-on-one strategy for the candidate according to their skill level. Such coaching almost always leads to success.

  • Tips To Crack AFCAT

The Indian Air Force is a dream for many candidates, especially in Punjab. All across India, multiple students wish they are a fighter pilot for the air force. However, in order to work in the Air Force, one has to crack the AFCAT exam and traditionally, most people prepare by themselves but a serious leg up can be had by professional AFCAT coaching in Chandigarh. This exam is conducted two times a year and cracking it requires understanding its syllabus perfectly. The following table outlines the basic pattern of the AFCAT Exam along with providing information for the EKT version as well:

  • Basic Structure of the AFCAT exam

Exam AFCAT EKT (only for technical)
Mode of Exam Online Online
No. Of Questions 100 50
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) 45 minutes
Maximum Marks 300 150
Sections in Paper Numerical Ability and Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English and Military Aptitude Test Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical  and Electronics
Negative Marking 1 mark 1 mark


Both the CDS and the AFCAT are exams that are meant for the nation’s elite and require maximum preparation . Ample preparation and consistent practice can ensure that aspiring candidates can do well in these challenging exams. Knowing how to prepare effectively and having a confident mindset can ensure victory to most candidates. However, for that extra edge, professional coaching is always recommended. 

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