Failed in CDS Exam? What to do next

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : March 25th, 2021

Always after the CDS Examination results, several aspirants get upset as they expect the result in their favour without considering the competition level of the CDS Exam. Aspirants must keep in mind that with the passage of time, the CDS examination competition level is increasing drastically. Even if one had a good preparation of the CDS exam, various others have an upper hand in the preparation & will score better rank than one do. Every year lakhs of aspirants are writing the CDS examination and only thousands of them will qualify for the SSB Interview. Below are some ways which will definitely help candidates to overcome their failure in CDS.


  • Do not waste much time in sadness:

It can be really hard to see the failure win the examination. You might have been the know all the person, teaching everybody stuff, & helping others with things. But when the results came you saw your name or number was not on the list & you turned into the dark horse (i.e. the other way round). You have all the right in the world to get sad. So what, you can’t afford to spend or waste much time in being sad. As you have to do more work than those who cleared it.

  • Next two days for scrutiny:

Now take out the question paper of CDS 1 2021, & analyze it. Mark those particular areas you were weak and could not answer in red. This particular process should even not take more than two days, just keep in mind as your time is precious. To find out all the specific reasons why you may have failed.

  • The morning after that:

Just get up early the next morning. Make yourself a cup of coffee, & sit down with your study material or stuff. No other time can match morning studies. This will feel that you are back on the track and you have successfully started your preparations. But wait, this is not the right time to start studying. This is the right time to plan. That day morning you plan your daily routine of studies. Anything done in a timely manner will yield results.

  • The beginning:

Do not wait after the completion of planning. Just make sure you planned properly by analyzing in which specific areas you need more help. So start studying your way through to the next examination. You need to strictly follow your study plan & for this just make your daily routine a realistic one. It is easy to say that you will study for five hours but difficult to follow. Make notes which will help you in revising at the end.

  • Keep track:

The best way in order to keep track is to note what you studied. So just maintain a record for the dame. Note down the specific topics you have mastered.

  • Be productive:

It does not matter how long you are sitting for study, sit only for an hour or more but make sure that things are going in your head. There is no point scraping for five hours & not retaining anything.

  • Keep updating yourself from time to time:

In the process do not forget to keep a track of the upcoming exams. Make a note of all of the exams which you are eligible for, their exam dates and the dates on which the form submission starts and ends.

If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning”. End is not the end, if fact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies.” If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”, So let’s be positive.” - A.P.J Abdul Kalam

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Below are some Life-changing tips to crack the CDS exam

  • You must follow the CDS exam detailed strategies for all the three papers
  • Be mentally prepared to study 5 to 6 hours
  • Daily read ‘The Hindu editorial reading’ section that will help in CDS Written exam and also in SSB interview
  • You have to score 65 plus marks in Math’s or English (According to your aptitude)
  • One single book for the CDS exam is not enough, those days are gone. Look for best books for CDS exam.
  • Analyze the categories of questions asked in each CDS paper (i.e. for the previous 5 to 6 attempts). CDS Previous Year Trend Analysis
  • Stick to the CDS Syllabus & types of questions asked in the CDS examination
  • Focus on scoring 40 to 45 in the CDS General Knowledge section, not just clearing CDS cut-off marks
  • Focus on the coming CDS exam for which you have at least 8 to 10 months of the preparation time. Focus only on ‘Single Exam at a time do not treat SSB just as an exam, take it as a way of life.
  • CDS English pattern & CDS Math’s pattern is the same in every attempt. So try to utilize it.Minimum of 10 papers solving of English paper before the CDS examination.
  • Science weightage of CDS General Knowledge paper is always high.
  • Please do not underestimate the CDS exam over the CAPF exam and also with the IAS exam
  • Working as professionals can also clear if they can give five hours on a daily basis. Stay away from social media during the preparation period (i.e. keep yourself isolated)
  • Focus more on the revision than using multiple sources.

Benefits of Career in CDS

Although we debated for pay & perks that you get after joining an academy at a very early stage. But we need to look at some other benefits also.

  • You are engulfed for almost everything such as all types of allowances, education for the children, medical, rationing etc.
  • There is a full retirement pension plan that will cover you for the rest of your life.
  • The most significant part is the respect that you will get from society as you are serving the nation at the highest level.
  • You can even find a great job after you retire as your background in the defence forces.

Also, Check:

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CDS II 2021 Study Material 

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