Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)

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Combined Defence Services Examination

Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)  is an examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

This is the main gateway to get permanent commission as officers in all the three Defence Services. I.e Army, Navy and the Air Force.

To appear for CDSE, the eligibility conditions are

  1. Unmarried Male Candidates
  2. Age : 19 to 23 Years- ( Age limit may vary for Army -Navy and Air Force)
  3. Graduate in any discipline for Army
  4. Science back ground is must for Navy and Air Force.
  5. Should be a citizen of India.
  6. Physically fir.
  7. Should not wear any powered glasses for Air Force (Pilot Course)

Approximate CDS vacancies :

Army- IMA : 250 (32 Vacancies reserved for NCC “C” Certificate holders – Army Wing)

CDS Officers Training Academy : Army – 163

Naval Academy Goa – 30 (6 Vacancies reserved for NCC “C” Certificate holders of the Naval Wing.)

Air Force – Flying Branch – 32

Number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Army HQ

Where to get the CDS applications forms from :

CDS Applications forma would be made available at all the head post offices of the country / as notified by the UPSC. The cost of application is Rupee 20.00 and pay a fee of Rupee 100 through a single Central Recruitment Fee stamp. The same is available at the post office the stamp must be got cancelled from the issuing post office.

The CDS Examination centres consists of all the state capitals and some other places as mentioned in the Advertisements (Please Ref to Employment News for the same.)

CDS Educational Qualifications :

Army: For IMA and OTA – Degree of a recognized University or Equivalent.

Naval Academy : B.Sc (With Physics ad mathematics) Or B.E

Air Force Academy : Degree of a recognized University) With Physics and Mathematics at 10 + 2 level) Or B.E.

Note – I :

Candidates who are studying in the Final year Degree Course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit the proof of passing the degree examination one month before the commencement of the course.

Note – II :

In the event of Air Force Candidates being suspended from Flying training , would be absorbed in the Navigation / Administration /Logistic Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (Including 60% in graduation)

Stages of CDS Selection :

  • Stage I Written test
  • Stage II SSB Interview

a) Screening Test (Must Pass for entering into second Stage)

b) Pilot Aptitude battery Test (Given Only once in life time for all candidate appearing for IAF Flying Branch)

c) Stage Tow of Interview Psycho analyses test, GTO, and General Interview)

d)Stage Three Merit List. (On the basis of Written Examination Marks + Marks secured at the SSB Interview)

The Scheme , Standard and Syllabus of the CDS examination : CDSE Written Test.

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Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)


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21 Responses to “Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)”

  1. V.Nithyan May 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm # Reply

    Respected Sir,
    One of my friends who comes from a poor family and is so much in love with jobs related to uniformed services like the Army, Navy and the Airforce has been running from piller to post to find a way to join the defence services. He has developed his physique only with this dream in mind. His family had put a lot of effort to educate him and he is an M.Tech but his love for the Defence services dosent seem to reduce. He is about 25yrs of Age and is from the backward class. Is there a way to get him recruited. I am an Ex Airforce person so he has asked my help.
    Kindly Help,

  2. kaushal gupta June 6, 2012 at 10:14 am # Reply

    respected Sir,
    I’m a student of B.C.A.
    I want to go in CDS exams…

  3. Abhishek June 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm # Reply

    respected sir
    i am perusing my from tolani maritime institute pune ,in marine engineering and my date of birth is 24/9/89 so may i apply for cds to get into the indian navy. please also inform me about any physical requirement else than D G shipping india and also about the last date of form submission for exam in 2012.

  4. arun singh chauhan July 2, 2012 at 11:14 am # Reply

    sir, which degree is required for cds, B.Sc, B.Tech, B.E, B.A. or any other. IS degree from any open university is valid and degree of how many years is required

  5. vikrant singh July 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm # Reply

    hello sir,i am writing cds 2 exam 2012,may i know that whether the age limit for officers training academy is APPLICABLE at the time of writing the exam, or when the actual course is started. i will be going to my final year on august 2012.i am doing BE in computer science.

  6. Anurag Sonawane July 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm # Reply

    Hiiii!!! I am studying 2nd year Diploma in Computer Engineering. Am I eligible for the CDS Examination??? Please reply me to my email with appropriate answer… Thank You!!!

  7. prakash July 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm # Reply

    Hi I cleared CDS(I) exam held on feb12,2012. I have not received any email or letter regarding the SSB interview yet. I tried contacting the numbers given in the result but no one picked up the call. Could you say what else are the procedures and formalities to be completed by me to make myself eligible for the SSB interview, like forms or certificates?Or should I just wait till I get an intimation from the board?Please say what is the routine after clearing the CDS written exam.

    Thanks in advance :)

    • UpscExam July 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm # Reply


      You will get a call letter by Post or Online after / within two month of date of CDS Exam results declaration. If you didn’t get the call letter then you can download it online gets published. So, please wait!!!

      • prakash August 17, 2012 at 9:18 am # Reply

        thanks and i have received my call letter :)

  8. HARSHADA RAJENDRA SALGAONKAR July 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm # Reply

    Hello sir,
    I am given HSC from commerce stream with maths. I want career in Indian NAVY. can i apply for indian navy? & How?

  9. jsdhillon August 12, 2012 at 10:41 am # Reply

    i just wanna ask is it imp to join such coaching institutes for clearing cds exams plz sir guide me or by doing self studies it can be crak

  10. sunanda September 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm # Reply

    can tel me the jobs for women in indian navy?

  11. Shubham April 8, 2013 at 11:11 am # Reply

    hi, sir myself shubham this year i had completed class 12 and i am 19 years can i apply for cds exam , if not than please give me some other suggestion..

    • nisha April 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm # Reply


      You can apply for NDA Exam II 2013 which will be held on 11.08.2013 and the Online application will be issued from 04.05.2013. So please wait…

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