About Exam

About Exam CDS stands for Combined Defence Services, candidates who wants to be a part of Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy have to apply for Combined Defence Services. CDS is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Citizen of India or subject of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee or PIO

For CDS - I

i) For Indian Military Academy (IMA): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible

ii) For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried Male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible

iii) For Air Force Academy (AFA) - Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1998 and not later than 01st January 1998 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1992 and not later than 01st January 1998) only are eligible

Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried

iv) For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible

v) For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorces (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible

They should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 are eligible

Educational Qualification

i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent

ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering

iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized university with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB

For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied Physics and Maths up to Class 12.

Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply.

Exam Process

Application Process

Application to be filled online

Rs. 200/- Application fee for General and OBC Candidates

SC/ST/Female Candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.

Pattern

Exam Pattern

English - 2 hours - 100 marks

General Knowledge - 2 hours - 100 marks

Elementary Mathematics - 2 hours - 100 marks

Exam for Officers' Training Academy

English - 2 hours - 100 marks

General Knowledge - 2 hours - 100 marks.

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