CDS Exam

CDS Exam

CDS Exam 

In this blog, we are going to show you Combined defence service CDS Exam Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Previous year paper and many more.


Hello Friends, If you want to be a part of The Indian Army as an officer. You missed the chance to be selected in NDA and your age is 19+ and under 25 year so no need to lose your heart you can still join Defence Services as an officer. After Graduation, if you think to make your career in defence then CDS Exam (Combined Defence Service) gives you a chance to be a part of The world most mighty Defence Services.

Let’s know all the basic information about the “CDS Exam”

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts CDS Exam is twice a year for recruitment for the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the exam is usually released in October and June, and the exam is conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to take the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

Check Also: UPSC CDS Syllabus PDF
Check Also: UPSC CDS Previous Year Paper

CDS Exam Eligibility

Before filling the form of CDS Exam, you must know CDS exam eligibility such as age, qualification, and physical stander etc. Here is the detail of the CDS Exam Eligibility.

CDS Exam Nationality Eligibility Criteria

For CDS Exam, the candidate must be an Indian citizen. The other countries citizen may also apply for the CDS Exam If, they have an eligibility certificate issued by the Indian Government. The eligible countries list is given below…

  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • A permanently set Tibetan refugee who came to India before July 1, 1962, in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

Check Also: UPSC CDS Syllabus PDF
Check Also: UPSC CDS Previous Year Paper

CDS Exam Age Limit

Indian Military Academy19–24 years
Air Force Academy19–24 years
Naval Academy19–24 years
Officers’ Training Academy19–25 years
  • Female candidates are eligible for OTA only.
  • Married male candidates can apply only for Air Force Academy (AFA) and OTA.

CDS Exam Qualification

All the candidates who have completed their degree or should be appearing for the final year degree exam. The individual educational qualification required for each institution is given below.

Defence WingQualification
Indian Military Academy or Officers’ Training AcademyDegree
Indian Naval AcademyBE, B.Tech
Indian Air Force AcademyDegree, 12th with (PCM)

Note: The candidates who are in the final years of their Degree Course are required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying exam by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Exam.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit for any post as per the physical standards set by the institute. Before applying for the Defence services the basic and the most important point for a candidate is to be physically and mentally fit. The Defence forces set a high level of physical standers. A candidate must confirm his physical fitness before filling the application form.

Read More: CDS Physical Standers

CDS Exam Pattern

UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice a year. Let’s have a brief discussion of CDS exam pattern. There are a written exam and an interview.

CDS Written Exam 

Candidates must understand CDS written exam pattern and marking scheme. It helps you to get the maximum mark in your written exams. It is an offline MCQ type exam so be careful, While taking the exam.

CDS Written Exam Indian Military, Indian Naval and Air Force Academy
SubjectDurationMax. Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100
Total6 Hours 300
 CDS Exam Officers’ Training Academy
SubjectDurationMax. Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100
Total 4 Hours200

Check Also: UPSC CDS Syllabus PDF
Check Also: UPSC CDS Previous Year Paper

Caution of Written Exam

CDS Exam

  • Negative Marking: You must fill the dots in OMR sheet when you know the right option. If you are not sure about the answer then, leave that question. If you choose the incorrect option then, your 1/3 marks will be deducted for incorrect answer. However, if you leave the question unanswered then, There will be no negative marking.
  • Exam Level: Elementary Mathematics is the matriculation level and other subjects are graduation level.

SSB Interview

SSB Interview

After passing the CDS written exam, The successful candidates have to face SSB interview. It is not a common interview. SSB has a five-day interview schedule. So, Be prepared for the toughest interview. Let’s have a brief dissection of SSB Schedule.

SSB Interview Schedule

1Report to MCO, Document Verification, Candidate Screening
2Psychological Test: the part of this test Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT),  Word Association Test (WAT),  Situation Reaction Test (SRT). Self- Description (SD)
3Group Task: Candidates are given group tasks such as Group Discussion, Military Planning Exercise, Progressive Group Task, Group Obstacle Race, Half Group Task
4Personal Interview is taken by either the President or Deputy President of SSB
5A candidate face Conference to SSB Board Individually

Check Also: UPSC CDS Syllabus PDF
Check Also: UPSC CDS Previous Year Paper

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