CDS Examination

CDS Exam 2020 Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus

The “Combined Defence Services” Examination (CDS) 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 Criteria

For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent.
For Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering.
For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Technology.

Scheme Of Examination

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy

All the papers are of objective type. [UPSC CDS syllabus.]

Officers’ Training Academy

All the papers are of objective type. [UPSC CDS syllabus.]