Combined Defence Services (CDS)

CDS Examination (II) 2018  (Tentative) 

Exam Schedule:

Last Date for Submission of Applications:  03.09.2018 till 6:00 pm.

Date of Exam :  18.11.2018

Am I eligible for CDS Examination (II) 2018?

Check your eligibility on the basis of Nationality, Age, Marital Status. Education:

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A Citizen of India, or
A subject of Bhutan, or
A subject of Nepal, or
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
A person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories
Above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India
Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal
A candidates in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC

Age: (CDS-II)

CourseBorn not earlier thanBorn not later thanAge
 IMA 02.07.1995 01.07.2000 17 – 22
 INA 02.07.1995 01.07.2000 17 – 22
 AFA 02.07.1995 01.07.1999 20 – 24
(For candidates holding valid & current commercial pilot licence issued by DGCA, India)
 02.07.1993 01.07.1999 20 – 26
(SSC Course for men)
 02.07.1994  01.07.2000 17 – 23
(SSC women Non-Technical Course)
 02.07.1994  01.07.2000 17 – 23

Sex & Marital Status:


CourseSexMarital status
 IMA Male Unmarried Male divorcee / widower not eligible
 INA MaleUnmarried Male divorcee / widower not eligible
 AFA Male, Female UnmarriedMale divorcee / widower not eligible
(For candidates holding valid & current commercial pilot licence issued by DGCA, India)
 Male, FemaleBelow 25 must be unmarried.
Married above 25 are eligible.
 Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
(SSC Course for men)
 Male  Unmarried
(SSC women Non-Technical Course)
Female Unmarried Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

Educational Qualification


 IMA Degree Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
 INA Degree in Engineering Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
 AFA Degree with Physics &  Mathematics at 10+2 level) OR

Bachelor of Engineering


Degree of a recognised University.

(SSC Course for men)
 Degree Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
(SSC women Non-Technical Course)
 Degree Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

Those candidates who are studying in the final years Degree course and have yet to pass the final year Degree examination are also eligible to apply.

Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination


Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.


Candidates are required to apply Online using the link Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the abovementioned website.

Exam Pattern:

1. The Competitive examination comprises:

(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—

English 1002 hrs
General Studies1002 hrs
Mathematics1002 hrs

(b) Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)


English 1002 Hrs
General Knowledge1002 Hrs

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.

3. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

4. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.

5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.

6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Note: Negative Marking 33.33%

Intelligence & 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 (P&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and 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 seperate 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.

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