CDS 1 2018 Answer key for SET A/B/C/D ( English/ Maths/ GS ) Section


The CDS 1 2018 Paper held by the UPSC was held on 4 th FEB 2018 . The paper had three sections namely English, General Knowledge and the Mathematics Sections . Each section consisting of 100 marks each . A total of 300 marks would be for students appearing for IMA/INA/AFA whereas the candidates opting for OTA will have to score from a maximum of 200 marks. The  paper for OTA candidates does not consists of  Mathematics section and they have to only apply for the English/ general Ability Sections.  Through CDS 1 2018 candidates will join the course commencing in Jan 2019 for admission to the Army, Air Force wings and  Navy. Courses like IMA 146 Course, SSC 109th, 21th OTA, 205th Flying Course and Naval Academy


Marking Scheme for the CDS 1 2018 paper

The Mathematics paper is the only paper consisting of 100 questions and each question would be given +1 for correct answer and -.33 for negative response.

But in case of English and General Studies Paper the paper consists of 120 questions for each correct response of + .833

and for negative response -.2777 aprox marks .


Expected Cut off’s for CDS 1 2018 Paper

The CDS 1 2018 paper will be out a total of 200 marks for the OTA candidates, whereas for the IMA/AFA/INA candidates it will be out a total of 300 marks . Each section also has a sectional cut off for each paper , plus each candidate has to score atleast a total of certain minimum marks without which they wont be likely to make the grade .The last years cut offs were as following

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For this year the predicted cut offs are as following cut offs for CDS 1 2018 (sectional as well as overall)

CDSE is conducted by UPSC twice every year. When comparing CDS 1 2018 from last exam, it was same level of difficulty


The answer key for CDS 1 2018 English Paper SET A/B/C/D


The answer key for CDS 1 2018 General Studies Paper SET A/B/C/D will be uploading soon


The answer key for CDS 1 2018 Mathematics Paper SET A/B/C/D






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Knowing the Syllabus

We at NCA notice a lot of candidates do not know the syllabus properly, while they are attempting the CDS Written Paper it leads to a lot of confusion, as you will not be able to concentrate on the precise topics which come in the CDS examinations. After you have gone throughout the entire CDS syllabus, make sure you pick out the topics you require less amount of preparation and the topics you require more amount of preparation. So start with them and the topics you know for the last leg. So you can just revise them before the commencement of the paper. Hence you will be pretty good with majority of the syllabus in every possible way.

Go through Previous years Papers

One should always refer to the previous papers that have been coming in the previous examinations. There are number of 10 previous paper books available in the market can take. This will help the candidate in knowing the sections which are coming the level of the questions and also he can practice these questions like a test that will help him get a better understanding of his speed in various topics. You can check our paper sections in knowing the previous papers as well as their detailed solutions.

Choosing the Correct Material for Studying

This is an age of the Internet everyone now has accesses to the world wide web. One can make use of it by attaching themselves to the apps which provide daily current affairs or blogs such as ours where we keep providing information of the latest happenings around the world. The information seen tends to stay for a longer period of time in the sub conscious mind of the candidate. The candidate can go through various books such as CDS pathfinder before the start of the preparation, but we would personally not advise the english section from it as it has a number of mistakes.

Start well In Advance
It is better to start the preparation as early as possible for the CDS Examination there is no better time than today and this moment itself. Once you make that promise to yourself, you will be masters of your own destiny, make sure you are focused and determined. Remember your path in the defence career starts from here. So make sure you leave no stone unturned. One needs to prepare regularly with no Gap . The syllabus of GK is very wide so no matter how much time you put in the knowledge is never complete. Please make sure you revise weekly everything you do. This why at NCA we conducted weekly and monthly test to make sure our students are able to revise the previous section.

Choosing the Right Guide
If one is serious about cracking the exam this era of competitive exams what is a much is that a candidate has always more to put in than his competitors and also what is important he/she reads what is pertinent and relating to the topic. A lot of queries come to come us at NCA about the topics such as Maths is too tough, polity is too lengthy. History is boring. Well candidates, no dream is easy to reach, but no goal is unachievable provided you are willing to brow a bit of sweat and hard work. Our job here at NCA is to make things easy and uncomplicated in the most convenient way possible ..
Here you can have a look at how easy is every subject provided one has interest to learn