Chandigarh:More than 19,000 candidates attempted the CDS-II (Combined Defence Services) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in Chandigarh on Sunday.
The examination was held at more than 30 locations in Chandigarh, the only centre in Punjab and Haryana, for the 144th course in various armed academies which include IMA (Indian Military Academy), OTA (Officers Training Academy), INA (Indian Naval Academy) and Air Force Academy.
Analysing the CDS paper, UPSC examination expert Kunal Singh said, “With 13 straightforward current affairs, 31 easy sciences, 12 dynamic economics and 10 defence-related questions, 26 repeated questions, conventional and scoring English section and formula-oriented mathematics questions, CDS-I 2017 is the easiest, scoring and cakewalk paper compared to the last two-year CDS examination.”
“Even if the paper was similar in terms of weightage assigned, though there was a shift in the type of questions asked in science and economics which were different from conventional CDS papers, I am sure that cut-off will definitely see a rise this time,” added Kunal.
“Clearly, 31 questions from science and 10 defence-related questions hold the key to the good score in the paper followed by 23 static questions from geography, 17 from history and 15 from political-related questions. The English section was quite conventional with no change in the pattern and the absence of synonyms, antonyms questions made English paper scoring similar to CDSE 2016,” informed Kunal.
He added that in fact 26 questions were found repeated which had been earlier asked in the UPSC previous examinations which will definitely lead to the rise in cut-off this time. Definitely, the candidate with science background had an upper hand in the CDS-II paper conducted today. Talking about mathematics paper, UPSC CSAT expert Moksh Goyal said, “Although a few candidates termed the paper a bit lengthy, yet It was easier in comparison to the previous year with 60 per cent weight given to arithmetic and geometry questions. with 23 repeated questions as well as 14 theoretical questions made the score of 70 per cent a cakewalk for aspirants.”
Nearly 8,500 candidates are declared successful in the written examination after which they need to appear for SSB (Service Selection Board) which evaluates a candidate’s suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces, to be recommended for the IMA (Indian military Academy), the OTA, the INA and Air Force Academy. Meanwhile, this year 2,44,911 aspirants have registered for the Combined Defence Service examination nationwide.
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