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CDS Selection Procedure Details: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The following are the selection Procedure details to apply for the Combined Defence Services Exam…

UPSC Selection Procedure consists of three stages.
1. Written Exam
2. Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test
3. Document Verification
4. Medical Examination

1. Written Exam: 

i. Written Exam consists of Objective Type questions and time duration 2 hrs and maximum marks is 100 for each subject.
ii. For the candidates who are appearing for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air force Academy written test comprising of English, General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics subjects and for candidates who are appearing for officers training academy the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge.
iii. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference, by the respective service HQ.

2. Interview/ Personality Test: The candidates who are selected in written test are called for interview. The SSB procedure consists of two stage selection process-Stage I and Stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for Stage II.
a. Stage I comprises of Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
b. Stage II comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference. These testes are conducted over 4 days .
The personality of candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. the interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test.

3. Document Verification: Document Verification will be conducted only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

4. Medical Examination: A Candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male/ female doctors/ specialists/ Gynaecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

Click here for CDS Eligibility Criteria

Click here for CDS Exam Pattern

Click here for CDS Syllabus


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Responses to “CDS Selection Procedure Details”

  • Biswajit Mohanty says:

    Please send me UPSC job alerts.

  • Sekhar says:

    I have completed B.TECH in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with 58 percentage. Can i apply for Navy?

  • Tejosree Biswas says:

    Sir, what is the height required for a female candidate for Officer’s Training Academy (non tech)?

  • MD.SHAMSAD says:

    Right Now I’m passed Graduation in B.A Can I apply for CDS Exam?

  • Varun says:

    @deepanshu soni
    As per the notification unmarried male candidates should be born between 02-01-1992 to 01-01-1997 in order to apply for the post of IMA, 02-01-1991 to 01-01-1997 in order to apply for the post of OTA in UPSC CDS I exam, but last date to apply is already over.

  • deepanshu soni says:

    my birth date is 23/09/1991, can i opt for ima or ota?

  • ramnath yadav says:

    BE civil Engineer final may 2015. May I apply?

  • Suresh Kumar reddy says:

    I am studying second year degree now by 2015 march I will complete my second year degree and in the month of June 2015 I will enroll in to the final year degree so kindly suggest me that for which CDS notification I should apply whether for CDS EXAM 2015 ( II) OR CDS(I) 2016?

  • samadhan kadam says:

    Sir,which book are preferred for CDS exam?

  • Aurangazeb Mondal says:

    Sir tell me which books refer for CDS exam?

  • a sivakumar says:

    which type of books are help full to this exam?

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