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Syllabus of CDS - 1 2020 & CDS - 2 2020 Exam: Paper - 1: English

 

Paper - 1 in CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam is English. This paper is common for all branches (IMA, INA, AFA & OTA).

Exam Pattern of Paper - 1: English:

Total No. of Questions

120

Total Marks

100

Time

2 Hours

Marks Per Correct Answer

+0.83

Marks Deducted Per Wrong Answer

-0.27

Marks For Answer that Left Blank

0

 

Difficulty Level of Paper - 1: English

As per the official notification by UPSC, difficulty of questions in Paper - 1: English will be of Graduation level.

 

Syllabus of Paper - 1: English

1.    Ordering of Sentences:

e.g. Directions :
In this section each item consists of six sentences of a passage. The first and the sixth sentences are given as S1 and S6. The middle four sentences in each have been jumbled up and labeled P, Q, R and S. You are required to find the proper sequences of the four sentences and mark you response accordinagly on the Answer Sheet.
Q. S1 : The giant wall of the Dhauladhar range in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most stunning sights in the Himalayas.
P : As the life line of the region it acts as a watershed ridge between Chamba’s Ravi river system and Kangra’s Beas river system.
Q : Although of modest altitude compared to other Himalayan ranges – the highest Dhauladhar peak is less than 5,000 m.
R : Thus, the Dhauladhar could be stated as the life line of the region.
S : Despite of that, the range sweeps up an astounding 12,000 ft. from the valley floor, creating a barrier wall in that is striking to look at.
S6 : Looming over the hill stations of Dharmsala and McLeodganj, the Dhauladhar is a popular trekking destination.

A. Q R P S             

B. S P Q R

C. Q S R P             

D. R Q S P

 

2.    Fill in the Blanks:

e.g. My teacher was ___________ us for being late.

A. annoyed at                 

B. annoyed with

C. annoyed about           

D. annoys

 

3.    Ordering of the Words in the Sentences:

e.g. Directions :
Each of the following items in this section consists of a sentence the parts of which have been jumbled. These parts have been labeled P, Q, R and S and are given below each sentence in four sequences namely (a), (b), (c) and (d). You are required to rearrange the jumbled parts of the sentence and mark your response accordingly.
Q. P: have become integral to most people’s lives       

Q: debate for years as the devices

R: have drawn intense interest and

S: safety questions about cell phones

 

A. P Q R S
B. R S P Q
C. S P Q R
D. S R Q P


                                                                                         

4.    Reading Comprehension:

e.g. In good many cases unnecessary timidity makes the trouble worse than it needs to be. Public opinion is always more tyrannical towards those who obviously fear it than towards those who fell indifferent to it. A dog will bark more loudly and bite more easily when people are afraid of it than when they treat him with contempt, and the human herd has something of this same characteristic. If you show that you are afraid of them, you give promise of good hunting, whereas if you show indifference, they begin to doubt their own power and, therefore, tend to let you alone.

Q. If we are afraid of public opinion, the attitude of the people towards us is

A. sympathetic                 

B. indifferent

C. admiration                 

D. ruthless

 

5.    Spotting Errors:

e.g. Directions :
Each item in this section has a sentence with three underlined parts labeled (a), (b) and (c). Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in any underlined part and indicate your response on the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter i.e., (a), (b), (c). If you find no error, your response should be indicated as (d).

 

Q. A: The letter has been written;     

B: I insist on     

C: it being sent at once.         

D: No error

 

6.    Cloze Test:

e.g. This cultural form _______ Q. (a) originating from Japan has a name
                                                   (b) originates
                                                   (c) originated
                                                   (d) organizing

which means ‘whimsical or impromptu pictures’.

 

7.    Word Substitutions:

e.g. Directions : In questions given below, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.

1. The Study of Ancient Societies

A. History

B. Archaeology

C. Anthropology

D. Etymology

 

8.    Antonyms and Synonyms:

e.g. Find Synonyms of Word Underlined in following sentence:

He felt desolated after he lost his business.

A. deserted                   

B. joyful

C. strong                     

D. annoyed

 

9.    Idioms and Phrase:

e.g. Directions :
Given below are some idioms/phrases followed by four alternative meanings to each. Choose the response (a), (b), (c) or (d) which is the most appropriate expression.
Q. He makes decision on the fly.
A. He decides quickly without any seriousness.
B. He decides with all seriousness.
C. He decides nonchalantly
D. He is unwilling to decide.

 

10.  Sentence Improvement:

e.g. Directions : Look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence are given three possible substitutions for the underlined part. If one of them (a), (b) or (c) is better than the underlined part, indicate your response on the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter. If none of the substitutions imporves the sentence, indicate (d) as your response on the Answer Sheet.
Q. Go north-east across the mountains till you will reach an island.

A. reached             

B. reach

C. have reached     

D. No improvement

 

11.  Reported Speech:

e.g. Directions :
Each item in this section has a direct statement followed by its reported form in indirect speech. Select the correct statement in indirect speech and mark it in the Answer Sheet accordingly.
Q. The captain said to his soldiers, “Move forward and face the target now.”
A. The captain ordered his soldiers to move forward and face the target
B. The captain informed his soldiers that they should move forward and face the target now
C. The captain asked his soldiers to move forward and face the target then
D. The captain told his soldiers that they move forward and face the target immediately.

 

12.  Passive Voice:

e.g. Directions :
Each item in this section has a sentence in active voice followed by four sentences one of which is the correct passive voice statement of the same. Select the correct one and mark it in the Answer Sheet accordingly.
Q. The members of the parliament elect their group leader either by consensus or by voice vote.
A. The group leader is elected by the members of the parliament either by consensus or by voice vote
B. The group leader was elected by the members of the parliament either by consensus or by voice vote
C. The group leader has been elected by the members of the parliament either by consensus or by voice vote
D. The members of the parliament are elected by their group leader either by consensus or by voice vote

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Sameer Hapani

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