CDS

The CDS Exam AKA "Combined Defence Services Examination" 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. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

EXAMINATION DETAILS

EXAM-CDS (I & II)
  • Forms- October & June
  • Exam-February & November
  • Age Limit 19 to 25 yrs
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering
MODE OF SELECTION
  • Written Examination by UPSC
  • SSB Interview

EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

Paper Availability of Forms Date of Examination
CDS-I 08-11-2017 to 04-12-2017 04-02-2018
CDS-II 08-08-2018 to 03-09-2018 18-11-2018

Age Limits, Sex And Marital Status

(i) For IMA -Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(iii) For Air Force Academy - 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999) only are eligible

(iv) For Officers' Training Academy-(SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(v) For Officers' Training Academy -(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible; they should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000

UPSC CDS Examination Centers

The CDS exam will be held across 41 cities/towns in the country

 
  • ALLAHABAD
  • AHMEDABAD
  • AIZWAL
  • AGARTALA
  • BANGALORE
  • BARIEILLY
  • BHOPAL
  • CHANDIGARH
  • CHENNAI
  • CUTTACK
  • DEHRADUN
  • DELHI
  • DHARWAR
  • DISPUR
  • GANGTOK
  • HYDRABAD
  • IMPHAL
  • ITA NAGAR
  • JAIUR
  • JAMMU
  • JORHAT
  • KOCHI
  • KOHIMA
  • KOLKATA
  • LUCKNOW
  • MADURAI
  • MUMBAI
  • NAGPUR
  • PANAJI (GOA)
  • CHANDIGARH
  • PORT BLAIR
  • RAIPUR
  • RANCHI

PAPER PATTERN

The CDS examination will be conducted in two phases:

A). For Admission In Indian Military Academy, Indian Navy Academy And Air Force Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks Questions
English 2 Hrs 30 Mins 100 120
General Knowledge 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 120
Mathematics 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 100
Total 300
B). For Admission In Officers Training Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks Questions
English 2 Hrs 30 Mins 100 120
General Knowledge 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 120
Mathematics 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 100
Total 300

Cut Off

Courses Minimum qualifying marks in each Subject Minimum aggregate marks of last qualified candidate Marks of last recommended candidate
IMA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 105 marks (i.e. 35%) 227
INA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 90 marks (i.e. 30%) 225
AFA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 135 marks (i.e. 45%) 258
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 72 marks (i.e. 36%) 157
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 72 marks (i.e. 36%) 159

Topic Covered

PAPER-I (ENGLISH) TOPICS COVERED PAPER-II (G.K) TOPICS COVERED PAPER-III (MATHEMATICS) TOPICS  COVERED
Fill in the blanks questions Current Affairs of last 6 months Arithmetic
Sentence Correction questions Indian Economy Geometry
Reading Comprehension Indian Politics Algebra
Finding errors and omissions etc History Trigonometry
Geography Mensuration
Sports Statistics
Banking sector
  • Awards & Honors Sports,
  • Finance Agriculture
  • Books & Their Authors

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