CDS 2023 exam study plan
90 Days CDS Study Plan 2023 with Preparation Strategy
Friday | January 6, 2023

CDS also known as Combined Defence Services Exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). CDS is conducted two times a year for selecting candidates for training academies like OTA (Officers Training Academy, Chennai), IMA( Indian Military Academy), AFA( Air Force Academy), and INA (Indian Naval Academy). After successfully completing their training, Candidates are commissioned as officers in Indian Armed Forces. There are almost 3-4 months left to prepare for CDS Exam and many candidates may be confused about what should be their CDS Study Plan & strategy to prepare CDS Exam. So we have made a 90 Days CDS Study plan to prepare for CDS (1) 2023 Exam.


The pattern of CDS Written Exam


The CDS Exam is conducted for selecting candidates for Academys like OTA, IMA, AFA, and INA. Exam Pattern of CDS is discussed below-



Academy Subjects Questions Marks
OTA General English 120 100
General Studies 120 100
Total- 200
IMA General English 120 100
General Studies 120 100
Maths 100 100
Total- 300
AFA General English 120 100
General Studies 120 100
Maths 100 100
Total 300
Total- 300
INA General English 120 100
General Studies 120 100
Maths 100 100
Total- 300



90 Days Study Plan and Preparation Strategy for CDS (1) 2023 Exam


As we have already discussed the exam pattern of CDS Exam, now you must have a study plan and clear cut strategy to qualify CDS (1) 2023 exam. In this article, we have discussed 90 days study plan for the CDS (1) 2023 exam and the strategy to qualify CDS (1) 2023 exam.


  • Read the CDS syllabus very carefully

 If you fully understand the CDS syllabus, then 20% of your CDS preparation is already complete. Because, if you fully understand the CDS syllabus, you will know which topics should be studied and which topics should be avoided. For example, in the CDS history syllabus, world history is not mentioned so candidates should not study world history for CDS. They can adopt the strategy for other subjects like English and Maths also. In this limited time of 90 days, Candidates should go through those topics first which are most important.


  • Go through previous years’ Question Papers

Previous years’ question Papers help candidates to know the weightage of topics and the topics which are being repeatedly asked.  Previous Year Question Papers are available on the official website of UPSC. Previous years’ question papers will help you to know your strengths and weaknesses as well.


  • Repeated Revision is the key to success

 Candidates should try to do multiple revisions on topics studied by them. If they do not do repeated revisions, they will forget the topics studied by them in the exam. They should make their own proper schedule of revision. General Studies is a tough subject for most CDS Aspirants. If they want to score good marks in general studies, they should keep on revising it. Centurion Academy’s study material is very helpful in revision. This material is concise and to the point. CDS Aspirants can refer to this material for revisions too.


  • Attempt Mocks regularly and analyze them carefully

 Attempting CDS mock tests is very crucial for passing the CDS (1) 2023 exam. Mock Tests help you to identify your weak areas and strong areas. Candidates can work on their weak areas and take help from teachers to clear their doubts over those weak areas. Candidates should try to solve at least 10 full-length mock tests before going for the actual exam. Mock Tests will help you not only manage your time but also improve your accuracy.



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