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 Exam Important Dates

CDS (II) 2017

  • Notification Date: 9 August, 2017
  • Last Date to Apply: 8 September, 2017
  • CDS Exam Date: 19 November, 2017

CDS (I) 2018

  • Notification Date: 8 November, 2017
  • Last Date to Apply: 4 December, 2017
  • Date of Exam: 4 February, 2018

CDS (II) 2018

  • Notification Date: 8 August, 2018
  • Last Date to Apply: 3 September, 2018
  • CDS Exam Date: 18 November, 2018

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 (Negative Marking) for wrong answers.

Eligibility Criteria

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.