UPSC Combined Defence Services

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam twice a year for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy.

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upsc-cdsUPSC CDS Exam Educational Qualification:

For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering

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

UPSC CDS Exam Eligibility Details:

Nationality:

A candidate must be either a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit:

For IMA:

Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 and not later than 1st July, 1995

For Indian Naval Academy:

Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 and not later than 1st July, 1995

For Air Force Academy:

Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1991 and not later than 1st July, 1995

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men):

Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st July, 1995

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 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st July, 1995

UPSC CDS Exam Centres

Agartala, Gangtok, Panaji (Goa), Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Patna, Aizawl, Imphal, Port Blair, Allahabad, Itanagar, Raipur, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ranchi, Bareily, Jammu, Sambalpur, Bhopal, Jorhat, Shillong, Chandigarh, Kochi, Shimla, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar, Cuttack, Kohima, Srinagar, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Lucknow, Delhi, Madurai, Tirupati, Dharwar, Mumbai, Udaipur, Dispur, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam

UPSC CDS Exam Selection Procedure

The following are the selection Procedure details to apply for the Combined Defence Services Exam:

Written Exam
Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test
Medical Examination

Written Exam:

Written Exam consists of Objective Type questions and time duration 2hrs and maximum marks is 100 for each subject.

Candidates who are appearing for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air force Academy written test comprising of English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics subjects and for candidates who are appearing for Officers Training Academy the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge

Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference, by the respective service HQ

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern:

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

Subject – Duration – Maximum Marks

English – 2 Hours – 100
General Knowledge – 2 Hours – 100
Elementary Mathematics – 2 Hours – 100

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subject – Duration – Maximum Marks
English – 2 Hours -100
General Knowledge – 2 Hours – 100

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