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The Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) 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.
|Eligibility – CDS Age Limit||Age Limit (In years)|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||19 years to 22 years|
|Air Force Academy||19 years to 23 years|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||19 years to 24 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||19 years to 25 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||19 years to 25 years|
|Education Qualification CDS Eligibility|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)||Bachelor’s Degree From a recognised university|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||Bachelors in Engineering from a recognised University|
|Air Force Academy (AFA)||Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering|
Aspirants willing to apply for CDS exam must be –
- A citizen of India, or
- A subject of Nepal, or
- A subject of Bhutan, or
- A Tibetan refugee permanently settled in India from and before January 1, 1962.
- A person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
CDS Exam Pattern
Candidates will find an overview of the CDS 2022 pattern below:
|Mode of Exam||Offline only|
|Number of questions asked IMA, INA, and AFA||300 multiple-choice questions|
|Number of questions in OTA||200 multiple-choice questions|
|Maximum Marks||300 ( Indian Military, Navy, and Air Force) and 200 (OTA)|
|Duration of Exam||2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper|
|Medium||Hindi or English|
|Negative marking||One-third of marks deducted for each wrong answer|
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