CDS coaching in Dehradun

The Combined Defence Services Examination CDS/CDSE is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Indian Air Force Academy. It is conducted twice every year. The notification for the same is usually announced in October and June while the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively.  Candidates who are unmarried graduates are can only sit for the exam. Candidates who successfully pass the exam go through the Interview phase which is conducted by Services Selection Board (SSB) only after which the selected candidates are admitted into the respective Academies.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • For Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering
  • For Air Force Academy: Bachelor degree from a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level
  • For IMA/OTA: Bachelor degree from a recognized university or equivalent

Age Limit:

  • Naval Academy: 19-23 years
  • Officers’ Training Academy (OTA): 19-25 years
  • Indian Military Academy (IMA): 19-24 years
  • Air Force Academy: 19-23 years

Paper Pattern

All the papers are of Objective Type and as per UPSC CDS Syllabus

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy

Subject                                              Marks

English                                                     100

General Knowledge                               100

Elementary Mathematics                     100

Total                                                     300

Officers’ Training Academy

Subject                                              Marks

English                                                    100

General Knowledge                              100

Total                                                    200


Candidates who are successful in the written examination are then called for interview by a Services Selection Board. The SSB interview lasts for a week, during which rigorous physical and psychological tests are done to confirm whether the candidate is or not an officer material. Candidates who have opted for selection in Air Force Academy are tested for Pilot Aptitude Battery test [PABT]. Once the candidate successfully clears these test, he/she goes through a medical only after which they are selected into the armed forces.

The selection interview is based on an objective assessment of each candidate in which the qualities like initiative, alertness, judgement, courage, physical fitness endurance, cooperation, group planning, decisiveness, knowledge, etc. are judged. In addition to that, the psychological and mental robustness of the candidate vis-a-vis requirements of the Armed Forces is judged and finally, an overall assessment of the personality of a candidate is made by way of exhaustive personal interviews.