CDS

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES  : OVERVIEW

The “Combined Defence Services” Examination (CDS) is conducted twice in a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Air Force (IAF), Officers Training Academy (OTA).

 

Eligibility Criteria : Candidate who have passed graduation or appearing for their final year.

 

Written Examination For IMA , INA & IAF

Note : There will be 1/3rd negative marking for wrong answer.

PAPER SUBJECT TYPE MARKS QUESTION DURATION
PAPER I English Objective 100 100 2 Hrs.
PAPER II General Knowledge Objective 100 100 2 Hrs.
PAPER III Elementary Mathematics Objective 100 100 2 Hrs.

 

Written Examination For OTA

The OTA training establishments of the Indian Army that train officers for the Short Service Commission. The 49-week course at the OTA prepares graduates for all branches of the Army, except for the Army Medical Corps. Established in 1963, the first academy is located in the outskirts of Chennai. A new academy has been set up at Gaya in 2011.

Note : There will be 1/3rd negative marking for wrong answer.

PAPER SUBJECT TYPE MARKS QUESTION DURATION
PAPER I English Objective 100 100 2 Hrs.
PAPER II General Knowledge Objective 100 100 2 Hrs.

SSB Procedure

Candidates who have cleared the CDS written exam conducted by UPSC will need to go through an interview.
The candidate is required to get the prescribed set of documents for the CDS exam interview conducted by Service Selection Board (SSB) which needs to be presented at the time of the interview for document verification and other formalities.

 

What After UPSC CDS Written Examination?

The Union Public Service Commission will declare a qualified list of candidates (based on the written exam).
The selected candidates will appear before a Services Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test.
The total maximum marks for the interview will be 200 for OTA and 300 for IMA, Naval and Air Force.
Candidates for the Air Force wing and Naval Aviation will also undergo a Pilot Aptitude Test.

 

The 5 Days SSB Selection Process  

DAY 1 
Candidates are required to appear for a Picture Perception & Description Test on along with a round of group discussion. At the end of day one few candidates are screened out and the remaining will continue their testing

DAY 2 
On day two of the SSB interview, the candidates will be divided into groups of 8-10 and will be given different chest numbers followed by Psychological tests

DAY 3 
The candidates are required to appear for the personal interviews on day three and four in front of the interviewing officer. Group testing is usually done on day three by the group testing officer. All the candidates will be briefed about the outdoor tests before hand. There are nine tests which have to be cleared.

DAY 4 
The tests on day four of the SSB interview begins with Individual obstacle race. An individual is expected to clear a set of 10 obstacles and the total time given for all the tasks is three minutes.

DAY 5
On day five, the candidates are required to appear for a conference which will be conducted by the SSB Board. Candidates will be given a closing address on Day 5 by the deputy president of the board. Candidates will also be able to clarify their doubts and queries.

For more details visit upsc.gov.in