Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination

UPSE CDS Exam Pattern: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conduct the exam for the recruitment of COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), [INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] for various courses in Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy. The exam pattern details are given below:-

  1. Written Exam:-
  • Written Exam consists of Objective Type questions and time duration 2hrs and maximum marks is 100 for each subject.
  • For the candidates who are appearing for Indian Military Academy: Naval Academy; Air force Academy written test comprising of English: General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics subjects and tor candidates who are appearing tor officers training academy the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge.
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed tor intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference: by the respective service HQ.


(A) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air

Force Academy:

SubjectMax. MarksTime Duration
English1002 Hrs
General Knowledge1002 Hrs
Elementary Mathematics1002 Hrs


(B) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

SubjectMax. MarksTime Duration
English1002 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.

The papers in all the subjects will be consists of objective type questions only. The question papers of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

  1. 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 ll. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for Stage ll.
  • 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.
  • Stage ll comprises of Interview Group Testing Officers Tasks. Psychology Tests and the conference. These tests 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 separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in the entire test.
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