The "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) 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).
Eligibility of CDS
The candidate must be the citizen of India
The candidate must be in the age group 18 to24
The candidate must have complete graduation
Syllabus and Exam of CDS examinations
The scheme, standard and syllabus of the examination
SCHEME OF EXAMINATION
The Competitive examination comprises:
(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.
The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:
(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—
The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course. The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.
The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will set.
Candidates must write the papers in their hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.
The Commission have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
The candidates are not permitted to use the calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.