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Combined Defence Services (CDS)

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is the military head of the chiefs of staff committee of the Indian Armed Forces. It is the highest-ranking officer in the Indian military. It is also the principal staff officer and chief military adviser to the Minister of Defence. The CDS officer also heads the Department of Military Affairs. For becoming a CDS, one will have to appear for the recruitment examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Those willing to appear for the entrance exam must have completed graduation and must be within the age of 19 to 25 years. The exam is conducted for recruitment to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Indian Air Force Academy (AFA).

BATRA DEFENCE ACADEMY PVT LTD provides best overall thorough preparation for The Combined Defence Services (CDS).

Eligibility Details


  1. Candidates must be Indian Citizen
  2. or
  3. Candidates subject of Nepal
  4. or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Educational Qualification

As mentioned above, candidates appearing for the CDS 2022 exam must have completed their Graduation or at least be appearing for the final exam of the degree. It is important to remember that the CDS admit cards are issued only for candidates who fulfill all the eligibility criteria.

Academies Educational Qualification
Air Force Academy (AFA) Bachelor of Engineering or Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12)
Indian Naval Academy (INA) An engineering degree from a recognized university/institute
Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) Graduation from a recognized university

Age Limit

According to CDS guidelines, female candidates can apply only for OTA while male candidates can apply for any post of CDS Examination, as long as they fulfill other eligibility criteria. The details about the age limit and required marital status are given below.

Academy Age Limit Marital Status
Indian Naval Academy (INA) 19 - 22 Years Unmarried
Air Force Academy 19 - 23 Years 25 years unmarried or >25 years both married and unmarried.
Indian Military Academy (IMA) 19 – 24 Years Unmarried
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) 19 - 25 Years Unmarried
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) 19 - 25 Years Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

Physical Standards

  • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to prescribed physical standards for admission to CDS (I) & CDS (II) 2022
  • A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply
  • Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of the forearm, i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand
  • Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of the forearm, i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand
  • Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of the forearm, i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand

Exam Details

Exam Pattern

Note :
CDS Exam Pattern 2022 for the Indian Military, Indian Navy, and Air Force Academy Exam is divided into 3 sections, whereas the Officers’ Training Academy Exam is divided into 2 sections – each comprises a total of 100 questions. Each question carries 1 mark. There was a negative marking of 1/3rd of the total mark for each wrong answer. The exam duration was 2 hours. The conducting body releases the CDS answer key on its official website after the commencement of the exam.
CDS Exam Pattern : Key Highlights
Particulars Details
Mode of Exam Offline only
Number of Questions asked 300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA 200 MCQ Type
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 marks deducted for every incorrect response

Exam Details
Property Detail of property
Exam Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination
Orginising Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Application Mode Offline
Number of Vacancy 400 (approximately)
Application Fee INR 200
Frequency Twice a year
Exam Mode Offline
Selection process Written test and SSB interview
Admid card Mode Online
Official website upsc.gov.in

Exam Syllabus

  • English
    1. Idioms
    2. Jumbled Sentences
    3. Antonyms
    4. Synonyms
    5. Ordering of words
    6. One word substitution
    7. Reading Comprehension
    8. Sentence
    9. Arrangement Questions
    10. Fill in the Blanks
    11. Para Jumbles
    12. Basic Grammar
    13. Error Spotting
    14. Sentence Improvement
    15. Sentence Correction
    16. Sentence Order
    17. Phrases
  • General Knowledge
    1. Current Affairs
    2. Scientific Aspects
    3. History of India
    4. Geography
    5. Sociology
    6. Polity
    7. Awards
    8. Economics
    9. Culture Books
    10. Sports
    11. Biology
    12. Chemistry
    13. Physics
  • Mathematics
    1. Trigonometry
    2. Algebra
    3. Mensuration
    4. Statistics
    5. Geometry
    6. Arithmetic

CPF Selection Procedure

Phase I : Written Examination
  • The first phase consists of a written exam.
Phase II : Personality Test/ Interview
  • Aspirants who clear the written exam are eligible for the Personality Test/ Interview.
  • The Personality Test/ Interview includes two phases to test the aspirants’ efficiency, that is their personality and psychology.
  • The first phase is an intelligence and personality test.
  • The second phase is a psychology test which consists of an interview, group discussion, and conference round.
Phase III : Medical Test
  • Aspirants who clear both written and interview rounds are eligible for medical tests.
  • In medical tests, aspirants will be examined medically to test if they are fit for the job or not.

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