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Exam Pattern of Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam
Combined Defence Services Exam is conducted by the UPSC two times in a year for admissions to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA).
Website for update information   : http://upsc.gov.in
                                              :   http://upsc.gov.in/general/cds.htm
About CDS Exam:
 (A) Tentative Schedule: (Examination held twice a year)
     (i) Notification of Examination
August and March
(ii) Conduct of Examination
February and August
(B) Age-limits:
19-24 Years
 Indian Military Academy
19-22 Years
 Naval Academy
19-23 Years
 Air Force Academy
19-25 Years
Officers’ Training Academy
(C) Educational Qualifications:
IMA & OTA
 Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy
B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Air Force Academy
B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.
(D) Pattern of Written Examination:
(a) For Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and  Air Force Academy
 
 
 
1. English (Objective type)
100 Marks
2. General Knowledge
(Objective type)
100 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Objective type)
100 Marks
Total 300 Marks
(b) For Officers’ Training Academy
1. English (Objective type)
100 Marks
2. General Knowledge (Objective type)
100 Marks
Total 200 Marks
(E) Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA
300 marks
OTA
200 Marks
Important Date to remember for 2015 Exam:
Exam Name
Date of notification (SATURDAY)
Last date of receipt of application
Date of Exam
C.D.S. EXAM.(I)
08.11.2014
05.12.2014 (FRIDAY)
15.02.2015 (SUNDAY)
C.D.S. EXAM.(II)
18.07.2015
14.08.2015 (FRIDAY)
01.11.2015 (SUNDAY)
DURATION OF CDS Exam Pattern
S. No.
Paper / Subject
Questions
Duration
Marks
1.
English
120
2 Hours
100
2.
General Knowledge
120
2 Hours
100
3.
Elementary Mathematics
100
2 Hours
100
Elementary Mathematics is not required for admission to Officers Training Academy (OTA).
CDS Eligibility:
Women candidates are eligible for OTA only.
Age:For IMA and INA, your date of birth should be between 2nd January 1991 and 1st January 1996. For AFA and OTA, your date of birth should be between 2nd January 1990 and 1st January 1996.
Education:For IMA and OTA, you need a degree of a recognized university. For INA, degree in engineering is required. For AFA, you should have a recognized degree and Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 level.
CDS Exam Syllabus:
The UPSC conducts a written exam called CDS Examination for the recruitment of the applicable aspirants. The CDS Exam Syllabus is very important to be read out for passing the exam. The exam comprises three basic subjects English, General Knowledge and Mathematics. These three subjects include various topics. The CDS Exam Syllabus Details will give the detailed information regarding the subjects as given in Syllabus Button. Please Click Syllabus Button
NB: The Schedule, Pattern, Eligibility and Admission Process etc. of exam may change from time to time. Please visit the websites that authenticate the information to check for any such changes taking place.
The information available herein might be subject to change.