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EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

CDS Exam I 2016 Exam Date, Notification Date and Last Date
  • Date of Notification: 7th November , 2015
  • Last date for filled application Forms: 04th December , 2015
  • Date of exam: 14th February , 2016
CDS Exam II 2016 Exam Date, Notification Date and Last Date
  • Date of Notification: 16th July, 2016
  • Last date for filled application Forms: 12th August , 2016
  • Date of exam: 23th October , 2016

ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS EXAMINATION

  • Indian Maritime Academy (IMA) Unmarried Male aspirants aged between 18 and 22 years are eligible to apply
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA) Unmarried Male aspirants aged between 18 and 22 years of age are eligible to apply.
  • Indian Air force Academy (IAA) Unmarried Male aspirants aged between 18 and 22 years of age are eligible to apply.
  • For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) Unmarried/Married Male aspirants aged between 18 and 22 years of age are eligible to apply.
  • For Officers Training Academy [SSC Course for Women (Non-Technical)] Unmarried/Issueless Widows/Issueless Divorcees aged between 18 and 22 years of age are eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY FOR CDS

The Notification for the CDS written exam is issued in the months of November and July. UPSC holds the exam in the months of Feb and October. Students can apply for the CDS and OTA written examination online only on UPSC website.

EXAMINATION PATTERN

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SubjectDurationMaximum MarksNo of QuestionsMarks for each correct answersNegative Marking
English2 hours1001200.8 for English0.33 (One third)
General Knowledge2 hours1001200.8 for General Knowledge0.33 (One third)
Elementary Mathematics2 hours1001001 for Elementary Mathematics0.33 (One third)
Total300---

SYLLABUS FOR CDS EXAMINATION

The CDS written exam tests the candidates in diverse fields like English, History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Maths, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Current Affairs, GK, etc. For OTA exam, syllabus is the same as CDS expect, OTA candidates do not have to sit for mathematics paper. For viewing the detailed syllabus please see the link below

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PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPER

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ABOUT CDS

CDS(Combined Defence Services)

Combined Defense Services (CDS) examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. Only candidates who are unmarried and have completed their graduation are eligible to sit for this exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective academies after an interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).