Eligibility Criteria for CDS Written Exam

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).


Conditions of eligibility:

Nationality

  • A candidate must either be
  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories.
  • Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal


Educational Qualifications:

IMA & OTA Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy B.Sc. B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering
Air Force Academy B.Sc. B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering


Age Limits:

Age Limit Academy
19-24 Years Indian Military Academy
19-22 Years Naval Academy
19-23 Years Air Force Academy
19-25 Years Officers’ Training Academy


Scheme of Examination:

For Indian Military Academy Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
Subjects Marks
English (Objective type) 100 Marks
General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 300 Marks

For Officers’ Training Academy
Subjects Marks
English (Objective type) 100 Marks
General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 200 Marks

Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA 300 Marks
OTA 200 Marks


Exam dates and schedule:

  • Notification of Examination: August and March
  • Conduct of Examination: February and August