CDS Exam Kit Contains:

  • Topic wise Tests
  • 10 Full mock Tests
  • 24/7 Online Access
  • Previous Paper Mocks – 1000+ Questions (Where applicable)



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.

CDS Eligibility

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 –

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee permanently settled in India from and before January 1, 1962.
  5. 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:

Particulars Details
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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