About Combined Defense Services (CDS) Exam

CDS
The Combined Defense Services (CDS) provides excellent career opportunities for young and courageous individuals who nurture a strong feeling of patriotism. UPSC conducts CDS examination, twice every year for the selection in Indian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force.

The selection process consists of a written exam and personality test by the Service Selection Board. After the final selection, the candidates are sent to, depending upon their choice indicated in the application forms and merit list ranking, one of the following institutes for orientation training-

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
  • Naval Academy, Goa
  • Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

Eligibility

S.No Course Age Limit Gender/Marital Status
I Indian Military Academy 19-24 Years Unmarried Male
II Naval Academy 19-22 Years Unmarried Male
III Air Force Academy 19-23 Years Unmarried Male
IV Officers-Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) 19-25 Years Married or Unmarried Male
V Officers-Training Academy (SSC Course for Women) 19-25 Years Unmarried Female
Educational Qualifications
Indian Military Academy & Officer’s Training Academy Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Air Force Academy B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg

Note:
1) Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible.
2) Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Airforce have to submit proof of graduation (provisional certificates) during the time of SSB Interviews.

Test Duration & Pattern

Written Examination for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 100
III Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100
Total 300

Written Examination for Officers’ Training Academy

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Total 200

Exam Format

UPSC Selection Procedure consists of three stages-
1. Written Exam
2. Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test
3. Document Verification
4. Medical Examination

Important Dates

Important Dates for UPSC CDS Exam I 2016

Event Date
Releasing date of CDS I 2016 Notification 7th November, 2015
Final Date of Receipt of Applications 4th December, 2015
CDS I 2016 Admit cards download date January to February 2016
Exam Date of CDS I 2016 14th February, 2016
Result Date of CDS I 2016 May 2016

Important Dates for UPSC CDS Exam II 2016

Event Date
Releasing date of CDS II 2016 Notification 16th July, 2016
Final Date of Receipt of Applications 12th August, 2016
Exam Date of CDS II 2016 23rd October, 2016

Fee Details

Application Fee- Candidates (excepting Female /SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees two hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur/State bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

How to Apply

Eligible and interested individuals may apply for the CDS 2016 exam through online process. The form will be available on the official website http://www.upsconline.nic.in/ in The application fee for the exam is Rs.200/- Candidates may either deposit the money in any branch of SBI bank by cash or by using net banking facility.