ACC stands for Army Cadet College, is an institution which selects and trains regular army soldiers to become an officer in Indian army.
The selection for admission to ACC is based on a written test and subsequent selection via service selection board. The nature of training at ACC is same as that of the NDA and ACC candidates complete there 3 years degree course while training.
ACC exam syllabus and paper is divided into four parts. Following is the information in detail.
PAPER –I: GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY TEST
General Mental Ability test (GMAT) paper will be aimed at testing the candidate’s intellectual ability. This paper has two types of questions – Argument and data Sufficiency. There will be 150 objective type questions of two marks each. The paper will consists of three sections:
PAPER – II: CURRENT GENERAL AWARENESS
Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s General Awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. The syllabus designed to include test of mental ability, current general situational and military awareness. This will consists of 150 objective type questions of two marks each.
PAPER – III: INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIVE ENGLISH
Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English language in particular the communicative skill. There will be two papers for Interactive Communicative English. Part I will consists of 120 objective type questions of one mark each for a duration of one hour. Part II will consist of descriptive type questions for 180 marks for a duration of two hours.
The Assistant Commandant Exam is an exam conducted by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) to fill up the vacancies of the Assistant Commandant posts in the Central Armed Police Forces like the CISF, CRPF, SSB, BSF and ITBP.
This exam is meant for both men and women. However, while men can apply to all the five forces – CISF, CRPF, SSB, BSF and ITBP, women can apply only for CISF and CRPF.
The candidate should be 20 to 25 years of age as on 1st August of the year he or she is taking the exam and should have a degree from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification.
The exam consists of:
All the three tests happen one after the other. Once you clear the written test, then you move on to the Physical Efficiency and Medical Test. Once that is cleared, then you move onto the Personal Interview.
Written Test – Assistant Commandant Exam
The Written Test consists of two papers, which are conducted on the same day.
Paper 1: This is objective in nature and includes General Ability and Intelligence. Scheduled for 2 hours, this paper consists of 250 marks and will be available in both Hindi and English.
Paper 2: This is descriptive in nature and includes General Studies, Essay and Comprehension. Scheduled for three hours, this paper consists of 200 marks. While candidates will have a choice of English or Hindi for Essay; comprehension, précis and other language tests will be available only in English. Essay will be for 80 marks, while the rest for 120 marks.
Please note: It is mandatory that you clear Paper 1 by achieving the minimum qualifying mark as set by the UPSC. Your Paper 2 will qualify for checking only if you clear Paper 1.
Paper 1 – General Ability and Intelligence
To prepare for General Ability and Intelligence, one should focus on logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude with extra stress on data interpretation and numerical ability. It would be a good idea to rigorously practice topics like analogy, profit and loss, time and distance, graphs, mathematical tables, pi-charts, etc.
To excel well in this section, be aware of the latest happenings in India and across the world. Focus on the treaties that have been signed between nations; the awards that have been won in varied fields like sports, music, arts, science; the peace initiatives between nations; the change in polices in different countries; the economic conditions of the nations, and the like. For this, you can regularly read the newspaper and watch news on television.
This section would test the general awareness one has in science and the daily application of science in our lives. It would also concentrate on the latest developments in the field of science.
History would focus on the different eras in India – the different rulers and their reigns, the freedom movement, and the social and economic changes in India over the years.
This section would concentrate on the geographical aspects related to India and the world. This would include global warming, the latest treaties in climate change and the like.
Politics and Economy
Will focus on the overall political and economic situation of India – the political constitution of India, the public works undertaken, national and international threats, the overall economic state of India, the dialogues that are going on, different business policies, the role of Reserve Bank of India, and the like.
Paper 2 – General Studies, Essay and Competitions
Totaling 80 marks, Part A consists of an essay which has to be written either in English or Hindi. The topic can be on anything – ranging from history to geography to economy to politics of India. So, it is important to keep oneself abreast with the latest happenings in India and also focus on the activities that have taken place in the country in the past. Remembering the dates, statistical data and the trends of various events will aid you in coming up with a complete essay.
Consisting of 120 marks, Part B will cover comprehension, language skills and precis. This section will have to be answered only in English. You can refer to grammar books to brush up your English. You can also practice precis and comprehension on a regular basis.
Physical Efficiency and Medical Test – Assistant Commandant Exam
You take this test only if you have cleared the written test. However, it is important that you always keep yourself fit and fine and ready for the test.
This test is divided into two parts:
For physical efficiency test, you will be asked to undertake different physical activities like – running, long jump, shot-put, etc. You can prepare this by regularly running and checking your weight. The crux is to build up your stamina so that you can undertake any of the activities given to you.
You will be qualified to take the Medical Test only if you clear the Physical Efficiency Test. The Medical Test will be conducted at various centers. Personal interview – Assistant Commandant Exam
For the personal interview, you should be well-read and focused on the questions. The motive of this interview is to test your knowledge and your presence of mind, and also to judge your integrity. You will be judged on your personality and mannerisms, your general intelligence, and general disposition – how you would behave as a leader or how you would behave under stress. So, focus on all these aspects. Also, be thorough about what you fill in your DAF (Detailed Application form) and about the service you are opting for, because most of the time, questions can be asked from there. Last but not least, while you are deep in preparation, mentally visualize yourself as clearing the exam. Sharpen your determination that you are going to win.
Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is the common written exam for Flying, Technical and Ground Duty branches of IAF. It is conducted by Indian Air Force and the test centers are approximately in every major city of our country. AFCAT exam is conducted twice in a year for which the first notification comes out in the month of December and exam is conducted in the month of February while the second notification comes in the month of June and Exam takes place in the month of August.
Age Limit Criteria
Flying Branch – 19 year to 23 years
Technical Branch – 18 years to 28 years
Ground Duty Branch – 20 year to 27 years
Education Qualification Criteria
For Flying Branch – The candidates must complete three or four year degree program (B.E/B.Tech) from any recognized university with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks.
For Technical Branch – The candidates must complete engineering UG course in Aeronautical, Mechanical or Electronic engineering branch from any recognized university with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks.
For Ground Duty Branches – The candidates must have a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in graduation or 50% aggregate marks in post-graduation in any discipline.
AFCAT Examination Syllabus
General Awareness – Geography, Sports, History, Politics, Civics, Defence, Culture, Art, Basic Science, Current Affairs, Environment etc.
Verbal Ability in English – Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.
Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Profit & loss, Average, Simplification, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage and Simple interest.
Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Spatial Ability and Verbal Skills
CDS or Combined Defense Services is an exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year. The UPSC conducts CDS examination to fulfill the requirement of Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Indian Air force Academy (IAFA).
The entrance for CDS comprises of a written exam followed by an Intelligence and Personality Test.
Syllabus of Written examination for admission in INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY (IMA), NAVAL ACADEMY (INA) and AIR FORCE ACADEMY (AFA)
Written Examination for Admission in OTA – Officers Training Academy:
Marks for CDS SSB interview
CDS exam Eligibility Criteria
Candidates applying for IMA / officers training academy they must have any degree from any recognized university/ institute.
Applicants who are applying for Indian Naval Academy (INA) should possess a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from any recognized university.
And Contenders who are applying for Air Force Academy must have a degree in engineering from any recognized university/ institute with Physics and Math’s at 10+2.
Selection Procedure for CDS exam:
Round 1:Written exam of 300 marks for Army, Navy and Air Force Academy.
After clearing the written exam, shortlisted candidates will be taken to the next round.
Round 2: Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview- SSB Interview checks the overall personality of the candidate through a week long process. Candidate has to take physical and psychological tests to prove their fitness for officer positions.
Round 3: Medical screening of the candidates
Girls can apply for this examination and they are similar to boys. There is no specific criterion for girls. They just need to get good marks to clear the cut off. The CDS Exam Pattern for Girls only gives opportunities to Indian Girls for joining OTA. These girl aspirants should be unmarried. Issue less widows and divorcees who have not re-married can also apply for the vacancies.
The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective (MCQ) Type questions only.
SI units will be used in the papers and Candidates should use only International form of Indian . Remove this Line please
CDS Exam Syllabus Details:
Paper 1: English The objective type question paper is designed to examine the understanding of English Language of the applicants. English question paper of CDS Exam includes passage for answering few questions related to that passage.
Paper 2: General Knowledge question paper in CDS examination includes knowledge of current topics and of matters which are observing every day. The aspirants must be able to answer scientific aspects without any particular scientific study. They should have knowledge of History of India and Geographical demographics. The applicants must be able to answer these general knowledge questions to pass this test.
Paper 3: Elementary Mathematics The objective type question paper includes various topics of elementary mathematics. Candidates should have possessed knowledge about these topics.
Arithmetic: Aspirants need to perform well in arithmetic which includes Number System, Fundamental Operations, Unitary Methods, and Elementary Number Theorems etc.
Algebra: The applicants should able to solve basic operations, Remainder Theorem, Quadratic Equations, Linear equations and practical problems etc.
Geometry: The candidates should able to answer geometric questions which contain Lines and angles, plane and plane figures and their related questions.
Trigonometry: The applicants need to know the values of Sine x, cosine x and tangent x.
Menstruation: Candidates applying for the test should have knowledge of calculating areas of squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and parallelograms etc.
Statistics: Everyone needs to know the collection and tabulation of data, histograms, pie and bar charts etc.
NDA & NA examination is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). NDA gives students a great opportunity to join the Indian Army, Navy or Air Forces as an officer.
To crack NDA written test, students need extensive coaching in Mathematics and GS. Experienced teachers who are experts in their field provide class room sessions along with solving previous year question papers, guess papers and weekly tests which will help students crack exam.
Syllabus based coaching generates ability in the candidate to solve the question papers in the quickest possible time. This helps our candidates to attempt all questions within allocated time.
Age Criteria for NDA Exam: As Per Guidelines & rules, applicant must be minimum 16.5 years to maximum of 19 years.
Physical Standards: Applicant must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical criteria of the respective authority
NDA Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Mathematics includes following topics for NDA Exam:
General Ability includes following topics for NDA Exam:
English includes following topics for NDA Exam:
Students are required to first clear NDA written examination & after that Interview Process happens. In other words candidates who clear written exam are called for the interview, which is commonly known as the SSB interview & it is a process that lasts around 5 Days for candidates who successfully keep on clearing tasks given to them starting from day 1.
Schedule of NDA SSB Examination:
The 5 personality and intelligence test schedule is as under:
Note*** A Personal Interview (PI) can be taken on any day between second to fourth days.