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Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the CDS exam twice a year for the various defense posts. Taking up defense as a career is an intelligent option which is available after graduation. Thousands and thousands of candidates apply to enter into this esteemed profession. And the selected candidates are recruited to the four branches of armed forces: Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, and Officer Training Academy.

CDS: Eligibility Criteria 2018

Courses Educational Qualification Age &  Marital Status
India Naval Academy (INA)  Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution. 20-24 (Unmarried)
Indian Military Academy (IMA)  Graduation from a recognized university or equivalent. 20-24 (Unmarried)
Indian Air Force Academy Graduation from a recognized university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering. 20-24 (Unmarried)
Officer Training Academy Graduation from a recognized university 20-24 (Unmarried)

 CDS 2018: Physical Standards Requirement

According to the guidelines for the physical standards under appendix-IV

CDS: Examination Pattern 2018

  1. For IMA, INA, AFA – English – 2 Hrs. (100 marks), General Knowledge – 2 Hrs. (100 marks), Elementary Mathematics – 2 Hrs. (100 marks).
  2. For OTA – English – 2 Hrs. (100 marks), General Knowledge – 2 Hrs. (100 marks).

Examination Fees:

All Candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Note: SC/ST and Females are exempted to pay the above fee.