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Pattern of Examination: The CDS Selection Process is divided into two stages:

1. Written examination
2. Intelligence and Personality Test

CDS exam pattern for Written Exam

The question paper in the written exam is objective type only.
• For mathematics, the standard of questions asked of 10th level whereas for other subjects the standard of the paper will be of graduation level.
• The question paper of General knowledge and Elementary Mathematics are set bilingually as well as English

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1. English 2 Hours 100
2. General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
3. Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

Duration Maximum Marks
1. English 2 Hours 100
2. General Knowledge 2 Hours 100


The Services Selection Board 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. The details are

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate 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. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.

The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

Faculty: Subject experts form universities, SPIPA are invited to deliver lectures. Personalities of great eminence are also called to deliver special lectures

Duration of the Course: 6 Months

Eligibility Criteria

For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy – The candidate should have a graduation degree (any subject) from a recognized University or equivalent

For Indian Naval Academy – The candidate should have completed their Graduation in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

For Air Force Academy – The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering

Admission Process: Admissions shall be granted to all eligible candidates according to the merit list prepared on the basis of the score of the ‘’Entrance Test and Personal Interview’’ in case number of applications exceeds the intake. The date, time, and venue of the “Entrance Test” shall be notified to the candidates through SMS on their mobile phones

Who can apply for the course: Candidates Preparing for the combined Defense Services

Fee Structure: The fees as decided by the University is Rs.5000 /- for the whole course. The fees once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances.

Facilities at the campus:

⮚ Classrooms with audio visual facilities and internet connectivity
⮚ Wi-Fi Internet connectivity on campus
⮚ Library having more than 3500 books and reading room. In addition, the candidates can access latest e-journals through INFLIBNET

Teaching Methodology

⮚ Lectures by subject experts
⮚ Peer Learning
⮚ Open discussion
⮚ Guest lecture
⮚ Model Test Papers
⮚ Quiz

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