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).

UPSC CDS (I) 2016

Important Dates

  • Notification Date: 7 November, 2015
  • Last Date to Apply: 4 December, 2015
  • CDS Exam Date: 14 February, 2016

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.

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 Syllabus

CDS Cutoff 

CDS Previous Year Papers 

CDS Notification [pdf]