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CDS: Combined Defence Services Examination Guide

CDS: Combined Defence Services Examination Guide
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UPSC CDS (I) 2014

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).

CDS Important Dates

  • Notification Date: 2 November, 2013
  • Last Date to Apply: 2 December, 2013
  • CDS Exam Date: 9 February, 2014 (Sunday)

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). There is penalty for wrong answers.

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.


#203 sunil nehra 2014-07-17 19:01
sir i have 59% in pcm(10+2) so am i eligible for cds?
#202 URGYAN PHUNTSOG 2014-05-16 10:28
Please... Can i get full syllabus of cds examination ..... :D
#201 URGYAN PHUNTSOG 2014-05-16 10:23
#200 roshan kumar singh 2014-05-15 10:03
Sir I am a student of BBA . Can I apply for IMA after completing my BBA.
#199 rituraj dubey 2014-04-10 01:31
Hi sir
how many persentage for CDS apply
under the UGT.
And how i perpersion english .
#198 twinkle 2014-03-31 18:32
:o I was born in 1997 that means i am not eligible for OTA ???
#197 varanasi santosh 2014-03-08 22:19
plz tell me date of results
#196 Niraj jha 2014-03-05 12:31
Hello Sir,
My birth date is 06-02-1991.. I have done my graduation.. Now I want to join Indian Military Academy by clearing CDS. So my question is am i eligible to give this exam..
Expecting your positive reply...
Thank you
Niraj(865271696 5)
#195 ashish pawar 2014-02-03 14:24
My birth date is 1 July 92, am I eligible for cds 2015 exam??
#194 chauhan gaurav 2014-01-27 08:42
sir, what is the pattern of cds exam

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