CDS – Defence Officers Academy

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination 


इंडियन मिलिट्री अकादमी, देहरादून देश के डिफेन्स ट्रेनिंग संस्थानों में से एक है जहाँ ट्रेनिंग प्राप्त करने के बाद जेंटलमैन कैडेट्स ऑफिसर्स बनतें हैं । डिफेन्स ऑफिसर्स अकादमी, जहाँ सिर्फ क्लास एक ऑफिसर्स बनने का प्रशिक्षण दिया जाता है, हर ग्रेजुएट या ग्रेजुएशन में पड़ने वाले को डिफेन्स फोर्सेज में अफसर बनने के लिए तैयार करती है। रास्ता कठिन है मगर अगर मार्गदर्शन बेहतरीन हो तो सफलता पाना आसान हो जाता है।

हर विषय में छात्र को अच्छा बनाना और पूर्ण व्यक्तित्व का निर्माण करना हमारा लक्ष्य है। यहाँ से पढ़कर हर एक बच्चा अपने आप में बहुत कुछ नया पाता है और अपने को एक नए आत्मविश्वास से देखना शुरू करता है। इस असाधारण बदलाव का श्रेय हमारी टीम को जाता है जो हर समय छात्र के प्रत्रि समर्पित है।

The CDS Written Examination is conducted by UPSC twice every year for graduates to fill the vacancies of the following institutions of the Indian Armed Forces.

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA) ; Dehradun
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA); Chennai. For both Men and Women
  • Indian Naval Academy; Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy; Hyderabad


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.


Educational: Graduates- qualified or appearing (final year) are eligible to sit for CDS written exam. For Air Force and Navy candidates must have engineering /physics and mathematics subjects. For OTA, Graduates and final year students can to apply.

Age: 19 ½ to 24 years on date of joining IMA. For OTA, age must be between 19 ½ to 25 years on date of joining.

Sex: Only male candidates can sit for the CDS written exam. Both ladies and men can apply for OTA exam.


The CDS written exam consists of three papers;

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks
  2. English- 100 Marks
  3. Mathematics- 100 Marks

All three papers of the CDS written exam are held on the same day and the duration of each paper is two hours. The papers of CDS written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the CDS written exam is of 300 marks.

The OTA Written exam consists of only two of the above mentioned papers

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks
  2. English- 100 Marks

OTA Candidates are exempted from Mathematics exam. The remaining two papers of OTA written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the OTA written exam is of 200 marks.

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