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UPSC CDS Exam, also known as Combined Defence Services Examination, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC conducts the examination in order to recruit deserving candidates for defence services in India. The defence services include the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Naval Academy (NA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA). UPSC conducts the CDS examination twice a year. The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted exclusively for those who want to serve their nation by working in any of the defence services of the country. Candidates seeking employment in any of the aforesaid defence academies are required to appear and qualify in the exam.
Combined Defence Services Examination is a platform for candidates who want to pursue their career in defence services. UPSC CDS Exam is one of the decisive factors for employment in defence services. Final selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of their performance in the test followed by interview. Candidates who visualize themselves as prospective defence personnel must take the test. Candidates desirous to appear for the test might search for information related to the registration, exam pattern, syllabus etc of the test. Here we bring to you all the information related to the aforesaid topics in detail. Explore further to know the details of UPSC CDS Exam.

Combined Defence Services Examination (Overview)

(A) Tentative Schedule: (Examination held twice a year)
(i) Notification of Examination August and March
(ii) Conduct of Examination February and August

(B) Age-limits:

19-24 Years Indian Military Academy
19-22 Years Naval Academy
19-23 Years Air Force Academy
19-25 Years Officers’ Training Academy

(C) Educational Qualifications:

IMA & OTA Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Air Force Academy B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

(D) Scheme of Examination:

Written Examination
(a) For Indian Military Academy
Naval Academy and
Air Force Academy
1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
2. General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 300 Marks
(b) For Officers’ Training Academy
1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
2. General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 200 Marks
Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA 300 marks
OTA 200 Marks
NOTE: For further details, please refer to the Commission’s Notice for the Examination when it is published in the Employment News and some of the daily newspapers.


Our Six Weeks Classroom CDS (Combined Defence Services) coaching program is scientifically designed result oriented program, which not only assists you in grasping the basic core concepts but also focusses on increasing your speed and accuracy. Instead of mugging formulae we want you to understand the concept and follow the simplest possible approach to solve the problems.
STEP 1: The classroom coaching program starts with a mock test on the day one with the SWOT analysis and in depth discussion of the test on the next day. The analysis brings out the natural strong and weak areas of the candidate along with the opportunity and threat areas. This step ensures that the candidate and the faculty members know where the focus is required.
STEP 2: The next four weeks are invested on reviewing the complete topics from Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Analysis and English interspersed with Computing Aptitude, Clerical Aptitude and General Awareness. The methodology of two hours classwork and approx 3-4 hours of homework is followed, with focus on core concept building and practicing enough solved and unsolved problems so as to increase accuracy and speed of the candidate.
Also, 10 X 3 = 30 Random tests from Reasoning Analysis, Quantitative Aptitude and Competitive English are organized in these four weeks so as to measure the learning process of the candidates.
STEP 3: Finally the program is brought to conclusion by a series of full length mock test papers in the actual exam like environment. For every test detailed scorecard for the test is furnished so as minimize the small and stupid mistakes and giving final shape to candidates' test taking strategies.
AFTER PROGRAM: Candidates are encouraged to make use of more full length mock test papers, available at our website, and keep joining us for the Sunday's doubt sessions and mock test papers at the center.

UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam Pattern The examination pattern, subjects and scores of the exam differs from one academy to another. A detailed analysis of the same is presented below.
• The question paper for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy includes subjects like English, General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics.
• Duration for each subject is two hours and each subject carries 100 marks. • The question paper of Officer' Training Academy (OTA) includes only English and General Knowledge (GK).
• Each subject carries 100 marks and duration would be of two hours individually.
• The questions are of objective type only, in both the cases.
• The question papers of GK and Elementary Mathematics will be bilingual i.e. the question paper will be set up in Hindi as well as in English.
• The question papers include the questions involving the metric system of weights and measures only, wherever necessary.


UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam Syllabus
English Syllabus for Combined Defence Services Examination
The question paper of English assesses the candidates' ability of understanding the language and use of words. The commission has not prescribed any particular syllabus for this section of the exam. However, candidates must prepare Reading Comprehension, Correction of Sentences, Articles, Prepositions and Tenses & Spelling etc. Candidates must improve their Vocabulary. In order to prepare for English section and improve vocabulary, candidates must read English newspaper, magazines, books etc.
General Knowledge (GK) Syllabus for Combined Defence Services Examination
To crack the GK section of the exam, the test takers must be aware about the current events of their state, country and world at large. In addition to this, candidates must brush up the history of India, geography of nature etc. GK section is all about how much a candidate is informed and aware about his/her surroundings, country etc. So in order to prepare for GK section, one must be well informed about the latest events and burning topics of discussions etc.
Elementary Mathematics Syllabus for Combined Defence Services Examination
The syllabus of Elementary Mathematics includes Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics etc. Candidates must prepare the aforesaid topics well so as to excel in the section. Candidates must study Number System-Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers etc for Arithmetic section. For Algebra, the test taker must prepare Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, HCF, LCM Theory of polynomials etc. Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on Properties of angles at a point, Parallel lines etc must be on the tips of the candidates so as to crack the Geometry part. For Mensuration, the test takers must study about Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle etc. For Statistics, candidates must prepare Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc.