CDS

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).

EXAMINATIONS DETAILS

 

CDS

Forms- October & June
Exam-February & November
Age Limit 21 to 25 yrs

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent

For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

For Air Force Academy: Degree with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering

MODE OF SELECTION

Written Examination by UPSC
SSB Interview

PAPER PATTERN

The CDS examination will be conducted in two phases:

A). For Admission In Indian Military Academy, Indian Navy Academy And Air Force Academy:

Subject

DURATION

MAXIMUM MARKS

       QUESTIONS

English

2 Hrs

100

       120

General Knowledge

2 Hrs

100

       120

Mathematics

2 Hrs

100

       100

Total

 

300

 

CDS Written Cut Off

YEAR\ACADEMY

IMA

INA

AFA

OTA (M)

OTA (W)

Marks secured by last recommended candidate out of…..

300

300

300

200

200

2021 I

 

 

 

 

 

2020 I

130

118

143

93

93

2020 II

139

143

152

97

97

2019 I

116

105

129

78

78

2019 II

134

122

148

95

95

2018 I

118

98

138

69

69

2018 II

116

102

131

80

80

2017 I

125

118

144

82

82

2017 II

120

111

135

86

86

2016 I

72

63

123

68

68

2016 II

105

90

135

72

72

2015 I

102

99

129

86

86

2015 II

105

99

138

84

84

2014 I

99

99

129

78

78

2014 II

102

75

129

72

72

*Subject to a minimum of 20% marks in each paper.

B). For Admission In Officers Training Academy:

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

Questions

English

2 Hrs

100

120

General Knowledge

2 Hrs

100

120

Total

 

200

 

CDS Final Cut Off

YEAR\ACADEMY

IMA

INA

AFA

OTA (M)

OTA (W)

Marks secured by last recommended candidate out of…..

600

(300+300)

600

(300+300)

600

(300+300)

400

(200+200)

400

(200+200)

2021 I

 

 

 

 

 

2020 I

250

242

274

173

177

2020 II

263

257

279

179

178

2019 I

242

233

264

160

162

2019 II

258

245

272

176

179

2018 I

240

225

273

154

150

2018 II

242

228

253

162

163

2017 I

249

241

268

163

164

2017 II

244

237

260

167

171

2016 I

214

217

249

150

157

2016 II

227

225

258

157

159

2015 I

225

225

264

168

172

2015 II

227

227

269

166

170

2014 I

222

222

250

159

160

2014 II

224

224

257

168

170

Interview (SSB):

SSB Interview will contain two stages i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2. Candidates who qualify the stage 1 exam will be called for stage 2.

Stage 1: It is an OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating) Test which contains Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT). Candidates will be shortlisted as per their performance in the OIR Test and PP and DT.

Stage 2: Candidates passing stage 1 will be called for this stage. This part consists of Group Testing Officer Tasks, Interview, Conference, and Psychology Test. These tests are organized in four days.

COURSE NAME – CDS

Duration

Admission Form Charges

Course Fees

CDS OTA

6 Months

 500/-

 30000/-

CDS OTA

3 Months

 500/-

 22000/-

CDS IMA

6 Months

 500/-

 42000/-

CDS IMA

3 Months

 500/-

 28000/-