How To Prepare Maths For CDS - Check Out The Best Strategy Here!

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Are you planning to appear for the UPSC CDS exam this year? The UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Services (CDS) test twice a year. The Combined Defence Services written exam consists of three papers: Mathematics (optional for OTA), English, and General Knowledge. The CDS I 2022 test was held on April 10, 2022, and according to the UPSC official calendar, the CDS II 2022 exam will be held on September 4, 2022. In order to excel in this exam, you need to develop a competitive edge by scoring well in the math section. It is because math is the only section where candidates stand a chance of losing maximum marks owing to their inaccuracy and inefficiency. This space will cover in detail how to prepare Maths for UPSC CDS Examination. The Combined Defence Services Exam 2022 preparation suggestions mentioned here would be useful for all applicants preparing to take the next CDS test. You may also read CDS Eligibility 2022
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How To Prepare Maths For CDS 

Maths is probably the most scoring section for candidates who are not that comfortable with English.

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Besides a good score in maths provides certainty in the examination as the answers can hardly vary as per the official answer key. You can very easily score 65+ marks out of the total 100 marks in the mathematics section by following the below mentioned key points:
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1. Strategic approach: To be able to score marks in the math section, you need to make sure that you attempt questions with accuracy. The number of attempts should be balanced as the negative marking does exist in the CDS exam. Each question carries one mark. 

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The key point to ace this section is to maintain a balance of accuracy and efficiency.

2. Set realistic goals: Have a look at the math syllabus and then divide your preparation time to different topics. Allot more time to difficult topics like trigonometry and mensuration. Set weekly goals so that you can track your progress on different topics and also identify the topics you are weak in. Try to give some extra time to strengthen your weaker topics by solving more and more questions related to that topic.

While studying, make notes of important formulas so that you can revise them from time to time. This will help you to learn those formulas by heart.

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3. Follow the right study material:  Some of the books you can go for to prepare CDS syllabus include:

  • Arihant Pathfinder
  • Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, 
  • Quantitative Aptitude for examinations paperback by RS Aggarwal, etc.

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4. Topic wise weightage: Analyze the previous year's question papers to determine the pattern of the exam. Focus more on topics accordingly. For instance, you get very easy questions based on chapters related to statistics like bar charts, pie chart, measuring central tendency and frequency polygons, etc.

Given below is some analysis drawn from previous year's question papers. You can schedule your study plan according to it but remember,  it can change. So, make sure you cover the entire syllabus.


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Most Difficult Questions 

The level of questions you get on concepts like surface area and volume of rectangle, parallelogram, cuboids, etc will be slightly difficult. To prepare for these concepts you need to learn the formulas by heart and also work on your calculation speed. Try solving more and more questions based on these concepts as this will help you to memorize the formulas quite well. 


Questions on Geometry and trigonometry related concepts such as properties of angles, congruency of triangles, medians, tangents, etc are most commonly asked. Hence, these topics carry very high weight in CDS exams. Try to develop full command on chapters like line & angles, triangles, circles, trigonometry and applications of trigonometry by thoroughly understanding the concepts involved.

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BASIC Topics:

Topics like number system, time and work, percentages, averages, HCF, LCM, and quadratic equations are very easy to understand and consume less time. Therefore, if you are not that good in math then you can start your preparation with such topics. It will help to develop conceptual clarity along with boosting up your confidence. 

5. Revise: Until and unless you revise you won’t be able to memorize things. This can cause problems for you in the final exam. All the formulas and concepts should be on your fingertips only then will you be able to complete your exam correctly and in time.

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