The “Combined Defence Services” 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. Examination pattern: Written exam, followed by a personal interview (Intelligence and Personality Test) and a medical examination “Best Defence Academy in Dehradun”.
Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training “Best Defence Academy in Dehradun”:
(a) Indian Military Academy , Dehradun
(b) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
(c) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
(d) Officers Training Academy , Chennai
- Indian Military Academy (IMA): 19-24 years
Officers Training Academy (OTA): 19-25 years
Air Force Academy: 19-23 years
Naval Academy: 19-22 years
- IMA & OTA: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy: B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering
Air Force Academy: B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering
CDS Exam Pattern
CDS 2017 exam has been divided into various parts including written examination, interview, and personality test.
CDS 2017 exam will be organized in offline mode where applicants need to mark their answers on an OMR sheet
CDS exam papers include multiple choice objective type questions only “Best Defence Academy in Dehradun”.
CDS 2017 exam papers for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be in Hindi and English language
Negative marking of one-third of the marks assigned to specific question is applicable in the Objective Type Question Papers
If candidates give multiple answers, it will be considered wrong with penalty of negative marking “Best Defence Academy in Dehradun”.
No electronic or communication device including mobile phones, calculator, and Bluetooth are allowed in the examination hall