CDS Exam Pattern and Most Appropriate Books to Refer

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conduct Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination on November 23, 2016.This test is conducted for recruitment in various vacancies under different departments: Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The exam pattern of UPSC CDS exam is given below:

The exam is conducted in following manner:



1. Written
i. InWritten Exam, Objective Type questions are asked. The time duration allotted for exam is 2hrs and maximum marks for each subject is 100.
ii. For the candidates who are appearing for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air force Academy written test comprises of three subjects: English, General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics.

iii. For candidates who are appearing for officers training academy, the written test comprising of subjects English and General Knowledge are conducted.
iv. Candidates who clear written exam are detailed for intelligence and personality test at the (SSB) Service Selection Board by the respective service HQ.

Disha publication specializes in CDS books for wriiten exam. With the help of these books , candidates can excel in CDS exam.


(A) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

Name of Subject Time Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

(B) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Name of Subject Time Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100


The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course. i.e the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy respectively.

The papers in all the subjects will consists of objective type questions only. The question papers of General Knowldege and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English. In order to make your preparation fruitful, it is advisable to refer to CDS Practice Book. Disha publication’s CDS exam book called  CDS- 10 year topic wise solved papers 2007 – 2016, provides you detailed solution of each and every . Once, the candidate clears CDS written exam, he grows to the next phase of selection.

2. Interview/ Personality Test: The candidates who are selected in written test , enter the next round called interview. The SSB procedure consists of two stage selection process-Stage I and Stage II. The candidates who clear stage I are permitted to appear for Stage II.
a. In Stage I, the candidates have to go through Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests .OIR tests are Picture Perception Description Test (P&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.
b. Stage II comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference.

These tests are conducted over 4 days.
The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate in all the tests.

Disha publication aims at delivering clear and detailed information to the candidates. Understand the CDS exam pattern well. If you Practice well and read CDS Exam Preparation Book well, your dream to clear the exam would not be very far.

Wish you luck.

Results of SBI PO Prelims Exam Expected to be Announced on July 18

It is expected that the State Bank of India will declare the results of SBI Probationary Officers (PO) Prelims Exam 2016 on July 18, 2016 on its official website.

Candidates can check the results once they are officially declared.

Steps to check the results:

  • Log in to the official website i.e.
  • Click on the ‘Careers’ link
  • After the new page opens, the candidate should click on ‘Recruitment of Probationary Officers in SBI Result for online Preliminary Exam’

The result will be displayed on the screen, the candidates are required to check their roll number and name in the list.

Those who will clear the SBI PO Preliminary examination can appear for the SBI PO Mains Examination.

The SBI PO Preliminary exam was conducted by the bank on July 2, 3, 9 and 10. 2016, for recruitment to 2200 posts of Probationary Officers (PO).

RBI Expected to Soon Release the Notification for Recruitment to Grade B vacancies.

Reserve Bank of India Grade-B vacancies was announced in newspapers on July 12, 2016. Notification regarding the Grade- B eligibility and other information will be released on the official website Those interested can check the notification online as soon as it is available.

Tentatively the Phase-I exam of RBI Officer Grade-B will be conducted in November, 2016 and Phase-II will be held in December, 2016.

RBI conducts an entrance test for recruitment to Grade-B officer’s posts. From 2015, RBI conducts the exam in Computer Based Mode comprising of objective type with Multiple Choice Question Pattern. The exam is conducted in two phases: Phase-I and Phase-II followed by interview.


MPSSC Preliminary Examination Results Declared on July 9, 2016.

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPSSC) Preliminary examination results have been announced on July 9, 2016. Those who have successfully cleared this exam will now be eligible to appear for the mains examination.

The preliminary exam was held on May 31 for 255 posts.

Candidates can check their results online through the official website i.e.

How to check the results:

  • Log on to the official website i.e.
  • Click on the ‘results’ tab and then click ‘written exam results’
  • Click on ‘Result- State Service Preliminary Examination-2016
  • Results will be displayed
  • Candidates can check their roll numbers
  • Download the result and take a print out for future reference.

Category wise cut off- marks  has also been provided. Candidates can check that also.


IISER to announce results of BS-MS Programme

The results of BS-MS admission test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune are to be announced on July 11, 2016.

Those who appeared for the exam can check their results through the official website i.e.

IISER conducted the entrance tests for admission to its five year long Bachelor and Masters(BS-MS) dual degree programme on July 3, 2016.

How to check the results:

  • Log on to the official website
  • Click the result tab
  • Submit the required details
  • The results will be displayed on the screen.

Candidates are advised to save the results and take a print out for future reference.

Android Skilling Programme Launched By Google India in Partnership With Indian Universities

Android Skilling program to train two million Android App developers has been launched by Google India today. This certification program is believed to skill, educate and certify students and developers in Android Development.

The program is specially designed and led by instructor to train on Android Fundamentals. This program will be available in public as well as private universities and training institutes of National Skill Development Corporation of India. This program will also have in-person training module within this calendar year at no additional cost. The Android Fundamentals course will be available, free of cost on NPTEL (a project of IIT Madras in collaboration with IITs and IISC) as part of its online Mobile Computing course that will begin from July 18, 2016.

Google has tied up with Edruka, Koeing, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad who will operate as its Authorised Training Partners in the country.

In order to make sure that the recruiters are well aware of a person’s skills, it would issue certification to those people who complete the training and finish the test. This test would be an online test and will have a fee of Rs. 6,500.Successful people will be given a certificate.

UPSESSB Releases Notification for 1344 Lecturer Posts

Official notification for recruitment of 1300 lecturer posts has been released by the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Service Board (UPSESSB).

All the interested and eligible candidates can apply through prescribed format by July 18, 2016.

Details of the vacancy:

No. of posts: 1344

Post name: Lecturer

Eligibility criteria:

Educational qualification: Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline along with a post graduate degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university/institute.

Age criteria:

Aspirants should be in the age group of 21 to 60 years as on July 1, 2016. Reserved category candidates will be entitled for age relaxation as per government norms.

Steps to apply:

  • Log in to the official website,
  • Click on relevant link
  • Submit all the details in prescribed format.

Candidates are advised to take out a print out for future reference.

Important dates:

  • Last date for Part I registration-July 18, 2016

Last date for complete part II registration-July 20, 2016.

UGC Directs Pearl Academy to Shut Down

As per UGC directions Pearl academy has been told to close down all its centres in India.

Pearl academy is a Delhi based fashion and management institute, with centres in Jaipur, Noida and Mumbai. The UGC has directed the academy to stop giving joint degrees with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) of Britain; as per the norms it is illegal to provide degrees in collaboration with foreign universities in India.

Important points of UGC notice to the academy

  • Pearl academy is not authorised to grant any degree either alone or in collaboration with any foreign university.
  • Pearl academy is not a ‘university’ according to a 1956 law that governs India’s higher education system.
  • It has become a matter of grave concern as many students are becoming victims of the fraudulent act of the institution.
  • A foreign university cannot collaborate with an Indian university without prior approval from the UGC.

Apart from the Pearl academy many other universities have been banned by the UGC.

The disclosure will invite legal action as only a university can give degrees in India, not an institute.

CDS Exam (II) Notification to be Released on July 16, 2016

The Combined Defence Services examination (II) notification is scheduled to be released on July 16 as per the official website. CDS is a national level examination conducted by the UPSC, for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, air Force Academy and Officer’s Training Academy.

All the candidates who want to become a part of Indian defence forces, are required to check the details on the official website,

All those who get selected will undergo a period of training for 18 months at IMA. They will get enrolled under the army act as gentlemen cadets. After successfully completing the training, gentlemen candidates will be granted permanent commission in the rank of Lieutenant subject to being fit medically.

Eligibility criteria:

Educational qualification:

Candidates must be in the final year of graduation or must possess any graduate degree. Candidates are required to pass the SSB interview, should be medically fit and then join IMA as a direct entry subject.

Important dates:

  • Date of release of official notification: July 16, 2016
  • Last date for receiving applications: August 12, 2016
  • Date of examination : October 23, 2016

CBSE NET Exam Postponed in Kashmir Valley

The CBSE NET examination which was scheduled to be held on July 10, has been postponed.

The exam was postponed due to the on-going protest in Kashmir against killing of HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanMuzaffarWani in an encounter.

The exams were postponed immediately in the wake of spread of Burhan’s death and there were pro-Pakistan slogans were heard in Srinagar.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NET on behalf of University Grants Commission (UGC); it was scheduled to be held July 10, 2016.

SC Refers To Another Bench To Supress NEET Ordinance

The Supreme Court has referred to another bench to supress the NEET ordinance. According to the ordinance the states can continue with their separate entrance tests for MBBS and BDS courses.

  • The plea will go to a panel headed by Justice AR Dave
  • Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud have forwarded the plea.
  • The President has acceded to the ordinance on May 24.

The plea has said that the government has now taken complete’ U-turn’ from its earlier stand to support the single window National Eligibility and Entrance Test(NEET) for admissions; this will give scope for malafides and ill intent towards the process of admissions making the students suffer.

The ordinance also has kept the state boards out of this uniform medical entrance examination NEET for the current academic session.

The Supreme Court had rejected the pleas of state governments and minority institutions to hold separate exams for MBBS and BDS courses for this academic year. It had approved the schedule given by the Centre, CBSE and MCI for treating the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) scheduled to be held on May 1, 2016.(NEET-1)

IIT Kharagpur to start a Centre for Science for Happiness.

The Indian Institute of technology (IIT), Kharagpur is going to start a ‘centre for science for happiness’. The centre will help students to become happy and also to research the field.

The centre is been set up with the help of Satinder Singh Rekhi-an alumina of the institute.

The purpose of the ‘Rekhi Centre for Science of Happiness’ is to develop ‘happy technocrats’

The IIT also aims to create an environment to foster a meaningful life, happiness, well-being, holistic self-development and positive growth by promoting interaction among students, faculty members and campus community.

The IIT is also seeking to develop courses, research and training to scientifically explore the science of happiness.

The centre will hold the first workshop in August 2016.



The Supreme Court has ordered that the disabled candidates get 3 per cent reservation in all posts and services under the Government of India.

Prior to this reservation in government offices was restricted to Group C and Group D posts for disabled candidates. The Department of Personnel and Training also distinct them in the Memoranda of 1997 and 2005: there was no reservation for filling the posts of Group A and B through promotion.

Supreme Court bench under Justices Chelameswar and Abhay M Sapre ruled the memorandum of DOPT as illegal and inconsistent with the persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995.

Many High Courts had passed judgement in for disabled candidates earlier also, but the central government always appealed against these orders to nullify them. But after this judgement by the Supreme Court, they will have to abide by the ruling and permit 3 per cent reservation to the disabled candidate.

Union Bank of India Releases Admit Cards of SO Examination

Admit cards for Specialist Officers (SO) examination have been released by the Union Bank of India on its official website.

Those who had applied for the SO examination can download their admit cards from the bank’s official website.

Steps to download the admit card:

  • Log on to the official website, i.e.
  • Click on ‘Careers’ on the home page.
  • Click on Recruitment after the new page opens
  • In the new page click the live link ‘Click to Download the Online Examination Call Letters’
  • Candidate should enter the required details like their roll number and date of birth in the space provided and submit

The admit card will be displayed on the screen; the aspirants are required to take a print out of the same for future reference.

It is mandatory that the candidates carry their call letter with them to the examination centre otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.

The examination for recruitment of Specialist Officers in Union Bank is scheduled to be conducted on July 8, 2016.

SIT Arrests former BSSEB Secretary in Merit List Scam

Bihar School Examination Board’s former Secretary SrinivasChanderTiwari has been arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the Class 12 merit list scam.

SIT had earlier arrested board’s former secretary Harihar Nath Jha in connection with the topper scam.

Former Board Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad and his wife former legislator UshaSinha were also arrested by the SIT.

The scam came to light after a news channel showed a sting in which two students who were toppers in Class 12 , could not answer basic questions about the subjects they had topped.

Nearly 20 people have been arrested in the case.

New Education Policy Restricts The Affiliation Of More Than 100 Colleges To A University.

According to the New Education Policy (NEP) no university will be eligible to affiliate more than 100 colleges. Universities that have more than 100 colleges under them will be reconstructed.

Main points of the NEP draft:

  • Outsiders and people who have no more students will be curtailed from playing any active role in student politics.
  • A study will be conducted on disruption of academic activities in higher education institutes.
  • To encourage student unions on campus to indulge in ‘furthering the interests of democracy’
  • Blocking of outsider students from entering campuses and hostels.
  • Keeping a check of students making use of facilities in campus beyond their period of enrollment.

Targeted universities under the NEP:

  • Jawaharlal University
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • University of Hyderabad

The aim of the policy is:

  • To create solidarity among students across the country.
  • To introduce disciplinary courses and collaboration with foreign universities
  • Implantations for assessment teacher’s academic performance
  • It has also recommended the involvement of industry experts and alumni on the governing bodies of higher education institutes.

The draft is open to suggestions till July 31, 2016.

Demands to Reintroduce Additional Papers for IFS and IAS in the Civil Services Examinations Rejected by the UPSC

Union Public Services Commission has rejected demands to reintroduce additional papers in the Civil Services Examinations for aspirants to IAS and the IFS.

Former education secretary BS Baswan heads the panel set up by the UPSC for overhaul of the examination-will give the report by mid-August.

There was a demand by the officers of the two services-Indian Administrative Service and Indian Foreign Service to either hold a separate exam for the two services or the aspirants write the additional papers to qualify.

The panel was asked to have a look at the syllabus and the pattern of the exam. The panel was also asked to examine whether the commission should hold the same exam all 24 diverse services ranging from the IAS to the Indian Railway Personnel Service.

From 1951 to 1979 aspirants to IAS and IFS had to write three optional papers; other service aspirants had to write only two-and then two more additional papers. The optional papers were of the graduate level but the additional papers had the syllabus of post graduate level. But this pattern got over in 1979 on the recommendations of the DS Kothari committee that aimed to put an end to the hierarchy among civil services.

50 Students From The Same School From Tn Get Admission in SRCC

110 out of the 160 candidates who are offered admission to the BCom (H) course at Shri Ram College of Commerce on the first day of the entry process belong to the Tamil Nadu state. To top it all 50 students have come from the same school i.e. Bharatiys Vidya Bhawan in Erode.

The admissions have been done purely on merit. Merit here is determined by the marks that a student has obtained in their Class XII examinations. Bharatiya Vidhya Bhawan has been consistently giving such results. Last year there were 36 students from the same school who made it to the SRCC.

In the past three years students from TN and Kerala have been steadily making inroads in the DU’s admissions.

The New Education Policy (NEP) is considering an all-India test like the Scholastic Aptitude Test for college admissions.

AIIMS MSc Nursing Results: to be Declared Today

The Nation’s most premier Medical College, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi will be announcing the results for the M.Sc. Nursing examination, held on 25th June, 2016. Candidates can login to and access their results, providing their unique ‘Hall Ticket’ number. The candidates, who qualify for the written examination, will be further called for the counseling process (1st Batch – Tuesday, 12th July, 2016; 2nd Batch – 23rd July, 2016), following which seats will be allotted, based on merit and performance.

As per tentative statistics, total number of seats for M. Sc. Nursing including Cardiology, Oncology, Neurosciences, Nephrology, Critical Care, Paediatrics and Psychiatry, is 22, for 2016. This number can be further bifurcated into 12 seats for GC, 3 for SC, 1 for ST and 6 for OBC respectively. The Nursing profession attracts a huge proportion of the South Indian population (especially Malayalis), with regards to the origin of healthcare reforms in Kerala (like Ayurveda), almost 5000 years back. Moreover, there is a huge demand for skilled nurses, not only in India, but also abroad. This is quite a cognizance, to the noble illustration by Florence Nightingle, the founder of modern nursing.

SC’s NEET Ordinance: Horns of a Dilemma!

With the dearth of trained medical manpower resources, India is already staggering at a paltry 1:1000 doctor: patient ratio as against the WHO benchmark of 1:800, for developing countries. An adjournment to the legal proceedings related to the NEET examination (the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical aspirants), by the Supreme Court, will only add to the woes as it creates further apprehensions, to the admissions in various government or private medical colleges, in the country.

Earlier, the Centre had provided instructions for a common NEET examination. However, within four weeks, the decision had been revoked; the previous one being termed as capricious. Presently, the case would be subjected to an extended hearing by a bench presided by Justice Anil Dave, scheduled on 7th July, 2016. Initially at the time of the ordinance, the Supreme Court was hearing a plea raised by Health Activist, Anand Rai, regarding the infamous Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Such indiscrimination, trepidation and prejudice is not only jeopardizing students’ aspirations but also violating rights. Henceforth, a centralized administrative authority needs to be employed for ensuring systematic process flow.

Exam Centres for CBSE UGC NET, 2016

With the CBSE – based reputed UGC NET examination, scheduled to be conducted on the 10th July, 2016 (Sunday), Pan India, candidates should look out for their convenient examination centres, for taking up the examination. The UGC NET validates the eligibility, for the portfolio of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship in the established institutes across the country. Center Codes have been assigned in the systematic alphabetical order of the States, with Andhra Pradesh at the top of the table, and ending with West Bengal. There are 89 centres comprising of all the various districts. Some of the recognized centres are as follows:


 1 Andhra Pradesh Vizag, Tirupathi
 2 Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
 3 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
 4 Assam Guwahati, Silchar
 5 Bihar Patna, Bhagalpur
 6 Chandigarh Chandigarh
 7 Chattisgarh Bilaspur, Raipur
 8 Delhi New Delhi
 9 Goa Goa
 10 Gujarat Ahmedabad, Vadodara
 11 Haryana Faridabad, Hisar
 12 Himachal Pradesh Shimla, Dharmasala
 13 Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar
 14 Jharkhand Ranchi
 15 Karnataka Bengaluru, Mangalore
 16 Kerala Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
 17 Madhya Pradesh Gwalior, Indore
 18 Maharashtra Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
 19 Manipur Imphal
 20 Meghlaya Shillong
21 Mizoram Aizwal
 22 Nagaland Kohima
 23 Orissa Bhubaneshwar, Sambalpur
 24 Puducherry Puducherry
 25 Punjab Amritsar, Patiala
 26 Rajasthan Ajmer, Jaipur
 27 Sikkim Gangtok
 28 Tamil Nadu Chennai, Madurai
 29 Telangana Hyderabad
 30 Tripura Agartala
 31 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow, Varanasi
 32 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Nainital
 33 West Bengal Kolkata, Burdwan