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CDS 2012

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CDS “Combined Defense Services” are for those young and daring individuals who care for a nationalistic feeling, who are willing to take on any kind of challenges and dedicate their lives to defending the country and its people.

The "Combined Defense Services" Examination or the CDS Exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of August and March and the examination is conducted in February and August respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to write the exam. Successful Candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by SSB (service selection board).


Eligibility Criteria for CDS 2012
• For Indian Military Academy/Officers' Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
• For Naval Academy: B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering
• For Air Force Academy: Degree of a Recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering.

Age Limit for CDS 2012
•Indian Military Academy=>19-24 Years
Air Force Academy=>19-23 Years
Naval Academy=>19-22 Years
•Officer's Training Academy=>19-25 Years

Scheme of Examination for CDS 2012
Indian Military Academy / Naval Academy / Air Force Academy
All the papers are of objective type.
English =>100 marks
General Knowledge=>100 Marks
Elementary Mathematics=>100 Marks

Officer's Training Academy
All the papers are of objective type.
English=>100 Marks
General Knowledge=>100 Marks

Candidates successful in the written exam are then called for an interview by a Services Selection Board which evaluates a candidate's suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces. The SSB interview lasts for approximately a week, during which a candidate undergoes various physical and psychological tests to ascertain whether or not he is officer material. Candidates cleared by the SSB are finally admitted into the above mentioned academies, and after successful completion of training, they are inducted into the armed forces.

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