Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) - About Examination


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Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)

ABOUT THE EXAMINATION

(A) Tentative Schedule: (Examination held twice a year)

(i) Notification of Examination : August and March
(ii) Conduct of Examination : February and August

(B) Age-limits:

  • 19-24 Years : Indian Military Academy
  • 19-22 Years : Naval Academy
  • 19-23 Years : Air Force Academy
  • 19-25 Years : Officers’ Training Academy

(C) Educational Qualifications:

  • IMA & OTA : Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
  • Naval Academy : B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
  • Air Force Academy : B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg

Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

 

Written Examination
(a) For Indian Military Academy
Naval Academy and
Air Force Academy
1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
  2. General Knowledge
(Objective type)
100 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics (Objective type) 100 Marks
  Total 300 Marks
     
(b) For Officers’ Training Academy 1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
  2. General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
  Total 200 Marks
     
Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA 300 marks
OTA 200 Marks

NOTE: For further details, please refer to the Commission’s Notice for the Examination when it is published in the Employment News and some of the daily newspapers.