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What is the course of CDS?

The Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Examination is conducted twice a year. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).



19 and 24 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence


19 and 25 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence.(Both married & unmarried male can apply but married female candidates are not eligible)

Educational Qualification


Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.


Degree in Bachelor of Engineering from a recognised University or equivalent.

Air Force

Degree of Recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or B. E. / B.Tech.