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July 27, 2014
UPSC CDS 2014 Exam Notification, Application Form & Eligibility

UPSC CDS 2014 Exam Notification, Application Form & Eligibility

UPSC has brought out the exam notification for Combined Defence Services (CDS) 2014 Exam last week and submission of online form has already began from 19th July 2014. If you are a graduate with the required eligibility and want to join the prestigious defence services - you can apply for CDS-II 2014 Exam up to 18th August 2014. Date for CDS-II 2014 Exam has been scheduled as 26th October 2014.
You can  Click here to download the UPSC CDS-II 2014 Exam Notification

This blog tells you in a nutshell about the notification, eligibilities required and how to apply for CDS Exam. To find the study materials for CDS Exam, You can go through my previous blog article titled: CDS Exam Pattern, Sample papers, Books & Coaching institutes.

Before going any further, let us know more about what is CDS Exam.

What is CDS Exam:
Combined Defence Services (CDS) is the entrance-cum-recruitment exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) jointly for four elite defence academies of India:
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.
Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai.

CDS is conducted twice every year – in February (called CDS-I) and in September/October (called CDS-II). Subsequent to CDS written exam, short-listed candidates are called for Interview, conducted by SSB (Services Selection Board). It is only after candidates clear the SSB Interview & the subsequent medical test that they are finally selected for the four defence academies.

The training conducted in these defence academies lasts for 49 to 74 weeks, depending on which institute you join in. At the end of the training period, you are commissioned as Lieutenant in Army/Navy or as a Flying Officer in Air force.

Even during the training at these Defence Academies, the trainees (called as Gentleman/ Lady Cadets) are given fixed stipend of Rs. 21000/- per month for the entire duration of training.

CDS (II) Exam 2014 Important dates:
Date of notification & Online Form availability: 19th July 2014.
Last date for submission of CDS-II 2014 forms: 18th August 2014.
Date of CDS (II) Exam 2014: 26th October 2014.

CDS (II) Exam 2014 Vacancies:
CDS (II) Exam 2014 Vacancy
In each CDS Exam, close to 450/500 candidates are selected. In CDS-II 2014, there are 464 seats/vacancies and  you can find the institute-wise break–up in the table at left.

As you can see from the table, there are 200 seats for Army, 32 for Air Force and rest 232 seats for Indian Navy. In other words, there are least number of seats for Air Force - so if you choose Air Force as your first option, you are going to have highest competition.

CDS Exam Eligibilities:
Age Eligibilities:
Eligibilities for CDS exam is given below institute-wise:
IMA: Unmarried male, DOB not earlier than 2nd July, 1991 and not later than 1st July, 1996.
NA: Unmarried male, not earlier than 2nd July, 1991 and not later than 1st July, 1996.
AFA: Unmarried male, DOB not earlier than 2nd July, 1992 and not later than 1st July, 1996.
OTA (SSC-Men): Male (married or unmarried), DOB not earlier than 2nd July, 1990 and not later than 1st July, 1996.
OTA (SSC-Women Non-Technical): Women (unmarried/issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees who have not remarried. DOB not earlier than 2nd July, 1990 and not later than 1st July, 1996.

Academic Eligibilities:
Educational Qualifications for CDS exam is listed below institute-wise:
IMA, Dehradun & OTA, Chennai: Graduation.
NA, Ezhimala: Degree in Engineering for CDSE and Degree in Engineering or B.Sc. (with Physics or Mathematics) for NCC entry.
AFA, Hyderabad: Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
The qualifications must be obtained from a recognised university or equivalent.

Final year Degree students can also apply provided they can provide the proof passing above qualification in following dates:
(i) For IMA, INA and AFA: on or before 13th May, 2015.
(ii) For OTA, Chennai: on or before 1st August, 2015.

Physical Standard Eligibilities for CDS Exam:
On top of above Age & Educational eligibilities, you also need to possess the physical standard, as given in the Notification.

CDS (II) Exam 2014 Online Form:
You can apply for CDS-II 2014 only online!
There are two stages of online application - in Part-I you fill general data while in Part-II you fill more specific data. 
How to apply online has been given in detail in this "Instructions to fill CDS Exam Online Form" webpage. So go through it carefully before submitting your online form.
If you have gone through the same,Click here to find the UPSC CDS Exam 2014 Online form.

After submitting the online form, you do not need to send the hard copy of the application to UPSC, but retain with you for any later use.

How do you prepare for CDS exam?
My next blog post gives you the study materials for CDS Exam: Exam Pattern, Sample papers, Books & Coaching institutes. Please visit the same!

July 25, 2014
SBI Special Management Executives (SME) Exam 2014: Register Now!

SBI Special Management Executives (SME) Exam 2014: Register Now!

SBI Special Management Executives ExamState Bank of India (SBI) is on a recruiting spree – it has issued the Notification for Special Management Executives (SME) Exam 2014. The online registration (i.e. submission of online form) for the same has started from yesterday. This comes close on the heels of SBI Clerk and SBI PO Exam Notification. About 300 Special Management Executives are going to be recruited through SBI SME 2014 Exam. There are two posts for which this recruitment is being done: MSME (in grade MMGSIII) and DSME (in grade MMGSII). For MSME, 5 years post qualification experience is required while for DSME, 2 years post qualification experience is required. Hence this SBI job is NOT for fresher’s!
July 23, 2014
ICICI PO Exam Pattern, Papers & Books

ICICI PO Exam Pattern, Papers & Books

ICICI PO Sample Papers Books
ICICI has been conducting Probationary Officer (PO) Programme in association with Manipal University every year for last 4 years and it had issued the ICICI PO Recruitment notification for its May & August 2013 Batch. More about this ICICI notification along with the eligibility required and how to apply for the same can be found from my previous blog post titled: ICICI PO Recruitment 2013-2014 Notification, Forms & Eligibility.

The focus of this blog post is on providing you the study materials for ICICI PO exam – starting with pattern of ICICI PO Exam and than sources of sample papers and books. It would also go on to give you the tips required for succeeding in ICICI GD with GD topics as well as ICICI Interview. The study materials provided in this blog had helped a number of candidates to qualify in previous ICICI PO exam as can be seen from a sample feedback below:

ICICI PO Exam Pattern:
ICICI PO selection process consists of following stages:
1.0 Aptitude Test (Written).
2.0 Group Discussion (also called as Group Task).
3.0 Psychometric Profiling.
4.0 Interview.

ICICI PO exam Written Aptitude Test Pattern:
ICICI Written test consists of following sections:
Section 1: Verbal Reasoning (30 Questions in 10 Mins) Analogy, Comprehension
Section 2: Numerical Reasoning (20 Questions in 30 Mins)
Section 3: Figurative Questions (20 Questions in10 Mins)
Section 4: Logical Reasoning (25 Questions in 20 Mins)
Data Interpretation in 10 Questions
Data sufficiency in 15 Questions.
This pattern may vary with the actual question sets you may find and is given just to give you an idea, based on previous ICICI PO exams.

ICICI PO Exam Sample Papers:
You must be searching for some ICICI Sample papers to base your preparation for the PO exam and I am not going to dishearten you.

ICICI PO Sample papers from ICICI website:
At first, download this online sample question paper for ICICI PO exam from ICICI website, which gives you a very good idea about what kind of questions comes. This sample paper gives you following number questions mentioned against each section:
Reading comprehension:2
Sentence completion:4
Numerical: Sufficiency:3
Numerical: arithmetic:3
Numerical: Data Interpretation:3
Logical: Diagrammatic: 3
Logical: Venn diagrams:4
Logical: working with data:2

After going through this same, you can find more online ICICI PO sample questions from following website:

Test of Reasoning Sample Papers from Career Quips:
You could find from the ICICI PO written test pattern that maximum question comes from the Test of reasoning (Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Diagrammatic Reasoning). What is Test of reasoning and what sort of questions are asked? Visit this blog post to know about the same and download Test of Reasoning Sample Papers.

Books for ICICI PO Exam:
ICICI PO Exam Books
Following books are the most sought after books for test of reasoning (Verbal, Numerical, Figurative & Logical) and are hence recommended for preparation for Aptitude test of ICICI PO exam.

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Group Discussion (GD) topics for ICICI PO Exam:
GD topics of ICICI generally is of Case Study types. You can see what is a Case Study type GD topic in this blog. If you are a novice and would like to know what is a GD, please go through GD section of this blog.

Interview Questions for ICICI PO Exam:
Kindly go through this blogs Interview section, which has many questions that should help you prepare for the Interview.

This post gives you the exam experiences of one of the ICICI PO examinee who qualified the exam and is now in ICICI Academy.

Psychometric Profiling Test for ICICI:
No special preparation is needed for the Psychometric Test as it is conducted after selecting. However you need to know what is it and how to appear in the test. An exhaustive note on Psychometric Test is given in this blogs Psychometric section, along with sample questions. Kindly go through it.

That's it! With above study materials for ICICI PO exam, I hope you would crack the exam easily. Although these materials were posted for ICICI PO 2013 exam, the same can also be used as study materials for ICICI PO 2014/2015 exam Sample Papers & Books. I would keep posting more info about the exam in future, so keep visiting this site!

July 22, 2014
IBPS CWE PO 2014 Exam Pattern, Papers & Books: Prep Materials

IBPS CWE PO 2014 Exam Pattern, Papers & Books: Prep Materials

IBPS CWE PO Exam Pattern Papers BooksThe 4th IBPS Common Written Examination (CWE) for Bank Probationary Officers (PO) & Management Trainees (MT) is scheduled to be held from 11th October to 2nd November, 2014 and this blog article is being posted to help you find the Prep materials for IBPS CWE PO 2014 - the Sample Papers and Prep Books along with a discussion on the exam pattern.

For those of you wannabe bank executives who have not yet applied for this all important bank exam, please go through my previous article titled: Download IBPS CWE PO 2014 Notification & Application Form. IBPS CWE PO Exam is important because you can get a bank PO job in 22 Indian PSU bank through this single recruitment exam.

Without wasting time further, let us find what is the format/exam pattern and also find what changes have been brought out in IBPS CWE PO 2014 exam.