Combined Defence Service (CDS)

Combined Defence Service :

19-24 Years Indian Military Academy
19-22 Years Naval Academy
19-23 Years Air Force Academy
19-25 Years Officers’ Training Academy

Tentative Exam Schedule
Notification of Examination – August and March
Conduct of Examination – February and August

Note : Examination held twice a year

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.

Written Examination Details:

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
Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA 300 Marks
OTA 200 Marks

Combined Defence Service Exam

Date of Notification: July 16,2016
Last date of reciept of completed Application Form: 12 Aug, 2016
Date of CDS Exam is : 23 rd October, 2016

How to apply for exam:
Candidates are required to apply online on