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CDS 1 2017 Paper Analysis

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

CDS 1 2017 was successfully conducted on February 5, 2017 at various exam centers. The CDS 1 2017 had 3 papers for those opting for IMA, AFA and INA and 2 papers for candidates opting for OTA. The CDS 1 2017 Exam Pattern is divided into 3 sections: English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, the candidates are tested in each and every section and the duration of each of these is 2 hours.

Around 4 lacs candidates appeared for CDS 1 2017. The CDS 1 2017 exam was conducted in offline mode. All the 3 papers comprised of multiple choice questions (MCQs). CDS papers on English and General Knowledge included 120 questions each while the paper on Elementary Mathematics comprised of 100 questions. Maximum marks allotted to each CDS paper is 100 marks.


CDS 1 2017 Paper Analysis

The pattern of questions in CDS Exam 1 2017 was more or less of the moderate level of difficulty. Questions were slightly tricky, lengthy and time-consuming. English was held in the morning session while General Knowledge conducted in the afternoon shift. In evening shift, Mathematics paper was held. The section-wise CDS 1 2017 paper analysis is discussed below:


CDS 1 2017: English Paper Analysis

The overall difficulty level of CDS 1 2017 English language section was moderate. Question from vocabulary and grammar dominated the section. The section consisted of 6 short passages. The passages had a few inferences based questions too, which were a little tricky in nature. Among 120 questions; 20 questions were from spotting errors, 24 questions from rearrangement of words, 20 questions from antonyms and remaining questions were from synonyms, ordering of sentences and cloze test.

The detailed breakdown of questions is given below:

CDS Paper Analysis

TOPICNUMBER OF QUESTIONSLEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Reading Comprehension21Easy
Spotting Errors20Easy – Moderate
Rearrangement of Words24Moderate
Synonyms17Easy
Antonyms20Moderate
Cloze Test12Easy – Moderate
Ordering of Sentences6Moderate

CDS 1 2017: General Knowledge Paper Analysis

If you know the answers then General Knowledge section is easy else it is always a difficult section to clear. General Science section dominated this paper with most of the questions. Questions from history revolved mainly around art and culture of the 18th century. However, questions on current affairs were easy and scoring.

This year, there were science based questions from Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well but they were basic in nature and hence very scoring. The overall, this section had a mixture of easy, medium and difficult level of questions.

Topic wise distribution of questions and level of difficulty is mentioned below.

CDS Paper Analysis

 

TOPICNUMBER OF QUESTIONSLEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
History19Difficult
Science29Easy (Concept-based)
Geography20Moderate (Analytical)
Ecology7Moderate (Fact-Based)
Polity11Easy to Moderate
Economy/ Trade11Moderate (Fact-based)
Misc. /Armed Forces23Moderate (Fact)

CDS 1 2017: Elementary Mathematics Paper Analysis

CDS 1 2017 Mathematics section was quite tricky and lengthy in nature. Among 100 question, 60 % of the questions were from Trigonometry, geometry, and arithmetic ability and remaining 40% question were from miscellaneous topics. Overall, it was decent paper with the questions from a variety of areas. The aspirants who possess the ability to solve problems quicker will definitely score better in CDS exam.

Elementary mathematics was moderate, but calculative and is the most time-consuming section among

The detailed CDS 2017 paper analysis is as below:

TOPICNUMBER OF QUESTIONSLEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Number System20Easy-Moderate
Simple interest/Compound interest5Moderate
Percentage2Easy
Profit/Loss1Moderate
Mixture1Moderate
Time and Work3Moderate
Time speed and Distance6Easy
Clock2Moderate
Trigonometry14Moderate-tough
Set Theory1Easy
Geometry20Easy-Moderate
Mensuration14Moderate
Algebra7Easy-Moderate
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)4Easy

CDS 1 2017 Qualifying Marks

The sectional cut off of the CDS 1 2017 examination is considered as the CDS 1 2017 qualifying marks for each section. Candidates have to qualify in each section by attaining 20% of maximum marks i.e. 20 marks for each course in each section:

COURSEQUALIFYING MARKS
IMA20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks
INA20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks
AFA20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks
OTA for men20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks
OTA for women20% of maximum marks. i.e. 20 marks

Read Here CDS 2017 Selection Process


CDS 1 2017 Expected Cutoff

The minimum qualifying marks in each section of the CDS 1 2017 examination is considered as the CDS 1 2017 Cut off. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three sections by securing cut-off marks to be decided by CDS. The mentioned below table gives the CDS Cutoff for each section:

ACADEMYCUT OFF MARKS
IMA97-102
INA97-102
AFA127-132
OTA (Men)76-81
OTA(Women)76-81

Note: A minimum score of 20 marks, in each paper, is required to clear the cut-off.


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