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Combined Defence Services Examination


  Posts offered through Combined Defence Services Examination, shortly known as CDS Examination, is basically for the Indian Nationals who are young and courageous individuals who cares for the nation with patriotic emotions and who have devoted their lives to defend their country and its people.

  Successful candidates in the Combined Defence Services Examination will be sent for the training to any one of the following Defence training institutes mentioned below.

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
  • Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

  Candidates selected in the Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy get permanent commission, however cadets passing out of Officers Training Academy get short service commission.

  Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by UPSC twice every year in the months of February and September for recruitment to officer cadre of the Army, Navy and Air force.

Important Dates of C.D.S. EXAM.(I), 2019
Date of Notification 31st Oct, 2018
Last date for submission applications in online 26th Nov 2019
Date of Commencing Exam 03rd Feb, 2019
Important Dates of C.D.S. EXAM.(II), 2019
Date of Notification 12th June, 2019
Last date for submission applications in online 08th July, 2019
Date of Commencing Exam 8th Sept, 2019

CDS Question Papers

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

Eligibility For Combined Defence Services Exam