Eligibility / Exam Pattern

Combined Defence Services (CDS)

CDS Examination (I) 2018

Exam Schedule:

Last Date for Submission of Applications:  04.12.2017 till 6:00 pm.

Date of Exam :  04.02.2018

Am I eligible for CDS Examination (I) 2018?

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

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Unmarried Citizen of India

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:

Course Born not earlier than Born not later than Age
 IMA  02.01.1995  01.01.2000  17 – 22
 INA  02.01.1995  01.01.2000  17 – 22
 AFA  02.01.1995  01.01.1999  20 – 24
AFA
(For candidates holding valid & current commercial pilot licence issued by DGCA, India)
 02.01.1993  01.01.1999  20 – 26
 OTA
(SSC Course for men)
 02.01.1994   01.01.2000  17 – 23
 OTA
(SSC women Non-Technical Course)
 02.01.1994   01.01.2000  17 – 23

Sex & Marital Status:

Course Sex Marital status
 IMA  Male  Unmarried  Male divorcee / widower not eligible
 INA  Male Unmarried  Male divorcee / widower not eligible
 AFA  Male, Female  Unmarried Male divorcee / widower not eligible
AFA
(For candidates holding valid & current commercial pilot licence issued by DGCA, India)
 Male, Female Below 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.
 OTA
(SSC Course for men)
 Male   Unmarried
 OTA
(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

Course Degree
 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.

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


Note: 
 
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

FEE :

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.

HOW TO APPLY :

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

Exam Pattern:

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

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:—

Subject Marks Duration
English 100 2 hrs
General Studies 100 2 hrs
Mathematics 100 2 hrs
Total 300

(b) Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Subject Marks Duration
English 100 2 Hrs
General Knowledge 100 2 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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Syllabus)