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How to Make Accurate Guess in CDS 2017 Entrance Exam

Last Updated - March 24, 2017

CDS (Combined Defence Services) is a national level entrance exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Services Commission). It is conducted twice a year for recruitment of Permanent Commissioned Officers for Indian Armed Forces.

In this article, we will be focusing on one of the stress-free set of question i.e. Multiple choice questions. It emphasizes that knowledge of the subject matter is always the best test-taking strategy and that "a guessing strategy is useful to the extent that it beats random guessing”. And guessing smartly will only improve your chances of being correct.


Rules for Intelligent Guessing on Multiple Choice Exams

Guessing in CDS is an art. There are a lot of small tricks that can help. Before I begin let me clarify that blind guessing is never going to help. Which is why negative marking is added to discourage students. Here are few tips on how to answer any multiple-choice questions.

  • Deterring conventional wisdom

Many individuals who take up a multiple-choice question have the habit of guessing the middle option as the answer if they do not know. They also avoid answers which show none, all, always and never. Conventional wisdom will never help throughout the exam and so ignoring conventional wisdom is vital for answering a multiple-choice answer.

  • Answers hidden in questions

A complete reading of the question paper is one way to find out few answers, this is because for some questions answers are found in the question itself. The questions may have a link and answers within it too.

  • True or false test

Read the question carefully and if you’re muddled by looking at the options, give each option a true or false test. Cross out the false answers and by this way the most appropriate answer can be found out.

  • Longest options

In the midst of many questions when you find options with variable size of answers, pick the longest answer. It is a fact that the question designers cannot format very short answers.

  • Handling all of the above

In a multiple-choice question when there is an option as “all of the above” be careful in answering such type of question. Check to see if more than two options are right, if so the choice can be opted.

  • First impression

Always remember that the first impression is the best one. Once you have read the question, and then pick the right answer immediately. As you keep on reading the options there is a chance to choose the wrong option.

  • Focusing on keywords

The keywords in the question are to be identified and underlined which helps to narrow down the meaning. By this way, the right option will match each and every part of the stem of the question. For the same, paying attention to qualifiers, superlatives, negatives are important.

  • Patterns and similarities

When there are options with many variables, look out for the options and its patterns and similarities. Pick choices which have the same patterns and leave out the outliners so that the nearest or right answer is picked.

  • Trust instincts

You may have opted for first option based on your first impression; you can also change the answer if you think another response is right. A concrete reasoning is mandatory to make any changes and not just feeling.

  • Number games never work all the time

Playing the odd doesn’t work out all the time and so playing with such type of methods can be avoided. Guess work and game play with multiple type questions can be avoided as they do not work well all the time.

  • Opposites can be the right answer

In a multiple-choice paper, if two options are complete opposites then there is a chance that one of them might be the answer. It is actually a trick used by the professors to check the knowledge of the students in the subject.

  • Unrelated answers

Once the question is read the options would have answers related to the question, if there are answers which are unrelated to the question then they can be eliminated as wrong answer.

  • Eliminate grammatically wrong answers

It is a good way to eliminate grammatically wrong answers in a multiple-choice question. The answers would never make sense and hence grammatically wrong answers can be avoided.


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