CDS – Combined Defence Services Exam

Combined Defense Services Exam is conducted by the UPSC two times in a year for admissions to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA).


CDS  Examination Pattern

The exam pattern for CDS 2018 has been provided below. Candidates are instructed to read the information furnished below and make a plan for the preparation accordingly. The Competitive examination will consist of following:

  • Written examination;
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test;

Here is the prescribed exam pattern for admission to Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy:

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

 

Here is the prescribed exam pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality

  • The applicants must be an Indian national. OR
  • A subject of Bhutan. OR
  • A subject of Nepal. OR
  • A Tibetan refugee who had come to India before 1st July 1962 to become a permanent resident of India. OR
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka & East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire & Ethiopia or Vietnam to become the permanent resident of India. If an applicant belongs to categories 2,3,4 & 5 then he/she must have obtained the certificate of eligibility that has been issued by Govt. of India. Gorkha subject to Nepal will also have to obtain the certificate of eligibility.

Age Criteria & Marital Status

  • For IMA: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply;
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply.
  • For Air Force Academy: Candidates should be aged in between 20 to 24 years as on 1stJanuary 2019. It means candidates who are born not before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 1999 are eligible. If you have a valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) then you are eligible to apply till 26 years of the age.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men): Married or unmarried candidates, who are born not before than 2nd January 1994 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy- (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Candidates should be born not before than 2nd January 1994 and after than 1st January 2000 to become eligible under this category.

Educational Qualification

  • For IMA and Officer’s Training Academy.: Candidates should be having a recognized degree of its equivalent;
  • For Indian Naval Academy: A recognized Engineering degree is required to apply for this post;
  • For Air Force Academy: A recognized degree with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering is required for appearing in the exam

 

Intelligence and Personality Test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.