Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination

Selection Process Details: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conduct the exam COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION, [INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] twice in a year for various courses in Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy. Selection Procedure details are given below:-

CDS Examination procedure contains three stages:-

  1. Written Exam
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Document Verification
  4. Medical Examination


  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 for candidates who are appearing for officers training academy the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge.
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference: by the respective service HQ.


  1. Interview/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.


  1. Document Verification: Document verification will be conducted only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.
  2. Medical Examination: A Candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male/female doctors/ specialists/Gynecologists. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.
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