Combined Defence Services Examination

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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).

Age Limit[edit]

Indian Military Academy 19–24years[1]
Air Force Academy 19–24 years[1]
Naval Academy 19–24 years[1]
Officers’ Training Academy 19–25 years[1]

Scheme of Examination[edit]

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy[edit]

All the papers are of objective type.

Subject Marks
English 100
General Knowledge 100
Elementary maths 100
Total 300

Officers' Training Academy[edit]

Each paper contains objective type questions.

Subject Marks
English 100
General Knowledge 100
Total 200

Tentative Vacancy[edit]

Academy Tentative Vacancies
IMA 100
AFA 30
INA 45
OTA 225
Total 398


  1. ^ a b c d "Forthcoming Exams" (PDF). UPSC. 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2019-03-21.