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CDS (Combined Defense Services)


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Course Overview

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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • If you are selected in one of the branches of armed forces then you are set for your rest of the life
  • Apart from getting pay, perks and pension you also get many benefits that are missing from a private job
  • Your job can be challenging depending upon which type of armed force you join
  • Your job can be very tough and disciplined so you have to prepare yourself for it
  • After successful completion of Combined Defense Services training, the candidates pass out in the rank of a designated officer will be entitled to the pay and allowance of the rank

Course summary

CDS (II) 2019:

The CDS (II) is going to be conducted on September 8, 2019. The last date for application is July 8, 2019, up to 6:00 PM. UPSC CDS 2019 Vacancies Details: A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on September 8, 2019, for admission to the undermentioned courses:

Total No. of Posts: 414 (Approx.)  

Name of the Post: Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2019 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course)

i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun – 148th (DE) Course commencing in July 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] – 100 Vacancies (approx.)

ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in July 2019 Executive (General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing) – 45 Vacancies (approx.)

iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2019 i.e. No. 206 F (P) Course – 32 Vacancies (approx.)

iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 110th SSC (Men) (NT) Course communing in October 2019 – 255 Vacancies (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’) (approx.)

v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2019 – 12 Vacancies


Physical Criteria: 

  • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to prescribed physical standards for admission to CDS (I) & CDS (II) 2019
  • A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply
  • Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of the forearm, i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand
  • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis
  • The concessions are not applicable for Air Force Height and Weight standards are mentioned i the official notification for Army and Navy only. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done

Nationality: A candidate must be either:

(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan, or 
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or 
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 

* Note: Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal 

Educational Qualification:

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy- Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
  • For Indian Naval Academy-Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
  • For Air Force Academy-Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.


  1. Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
  2. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course.
  3. Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I) & (II), 2019 as per guidelines are given in the official notification.


Section 1: Examination Pattern for CDS
Information on examination pattern, scheme and sample notification for Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam 2019 − 2020

The “Combined Defence Services” Examination i.e.. CDS is organised two times in 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 examination Notification is basically released in the months of August and March and the examinations will be organised in February and August respectively.

Only those graduates who are unmarried will be eligible to sit in the examination. Candidates who succeeded will then be admitted into the desired Academies, followed by an interview organised by the Services Selection Board i.e.. SSB.


19 − 24 Years Indian Military Academy

19 − 22 Years Naval Academy

19 − 23 Years Air Force Academy

19 − 25 Years Officers’Training Academy


Required Educational Qualifications

IMA & OTA Degree of a well reputed University

Naval Academy BSC with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering

Air Force Academy BSC with Physics and Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering

The Candidates who are pursuing at the degree or any similar examination are also eligible to compete in this examination. Candidates need to submit the evidence of passing the desired qualifying examination by the date which is to be mentioned in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

Plan of the Examination of CDS 2019

The examination will be:

  1.  Written Examination
  2.  Interview for the personality test of the candidates, as directed by the Commission.

Examination Subjects:  The subjects for the written examination are quoted below-

Scheme of Exam:

The Examination in all the subjects will be of Essay type.

Indian Military Academy or Air Force Academy or Naval Academy All the papers are of objective type i.e.. MCQs and with a time duration of 2 hours.

Subject and Marks-

  • English: 100
  • General Knowledge: 100
  • Elementary Mathematics: 100
  • Total: 300

Officers’Training Academy

All the papers are of objective type i.e.. MCQs and with a time duration of 2 hours.

Subject and Marks-

  • English: 100
  • General Knowledge: 100
  • Total: 200

Interview: For all three (OTA, IMA and NA) the marks for interview will be of 300 marks.

Candidates who have passed the written exam will be then called for an interview by a Services Selection Board which judges a candidate’s suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces.

The SSB interview will be for a week, during which a candidate will go through various different physical and psychological tests to understand whether or not he is officer material.

Candidates cleared by the SSB are ultimately admitted into the above quoted academies and after the training got over, candidates are inducted into the armed forces.


Armed forces provide a very exciting career to young men and women in various areas. Career in the forces also as a career is also an adventure in itself. To ensure that appropriate candidates are chosen, a comprehensive selection process is adopted by the armed forces through Service Selection Board i.e.. SSB interview.

Selection procedure will be based on the “trait theory” of leadership which assumes that every leader must have some specific and pre-determined leadership characteristics. It is also kept as an assumption in mind that such characteristics can be acquired by a candidate with the passage of time meaning thereby that a person once rejected in an SSB interview is likely to succeed if he gets some of the traits with the passage of time.

Currently the system of selection is long and takes 4 − 5 days is thus based on an objective assessment of each candidate in which the qualities like initiative, alertness, judgement, courage, physical fitness endurance, cooperation, group planning, decisiveness, knowledge etc. Are judged.

Also, psychological and mental robustness of the candidate vis-a-vis requirements of the Armed Forces is judged and at the end an overall assessment of the personality of a candidate is made by way of typical personal interviews.

Basic important instructions about written examination are-

  • The papers of all the subjects will comprise of Objective (multiple choice answer) Type questions only.
  • S. I units are widely used in the papers and Candidates must need to use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e.. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc) while answering the questions.
  • Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any one or in all the subjects.
  • Use of calculators are not allowed for the candidates for answering the objective type papers like Test Booklets.

Hence, They must not bring the calculator inside the Examination Hall. For thorough examination instructions for Conventional and Objective type papers read the Exam Instructions carefully.

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Section 2: English for CDS
English Material
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1H Quiz
It is very important for a CDS student to have a good English vocabulary. It will help the student in solving reading comprehension or fill in the blanks question.  As the student should know the meaning of the word used as per the context of the passage.

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Section 2: History & Geography (GK)
It is very important for a CDS student to have a good General Knowledge. General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

History of India (Ancient, Medieval and Modern) Notes:

Geography of India Notes:

Section 2: History & Geography (GK)
Science and Technology and Current Affairs.

Science Notes:

Current Affairs Notes:

  • CA  1 January 2019 – Click Here
  • CA 2 February 2019 – Click Here
  • CA 2 March 2019 – Click Here
  • CA 2 April 2019 – Click Here
  • CA 2 May 2019 – Click Here
  • CA 2 June 2019 – Click Here

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