Combined Defence Services Examination

Basic Information regarding Exam
The Combined Defence Services Examination Is Held By The Union Public Service Commission Twice A Year Generrally In The Months Of February And August For Admission To The Following Course:

(i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun for the courses commencing in the following January and July respectively.
(ii) Naval Academy, Goa for the courses commencing in following January and July respectively.
(iii) Air Force Station, Begumpet, Hyderabad (Pre-flying) for the courses commencing in the following January and July respectively.
(iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai for the courses commencing in the following May and October respectively.

A candidate must either be (i) a Citizen of India, or (ii) a subject of Bhutan, or (iii) a subject of Nepal, or (iv) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1st, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or (v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him by the Govt. before declaration of result by the UPSC.

Age limit
Minimum age limit of candidates as on the date of commencement of the course is 19 years (for all categories). Other details are: (i) For IMA-Maximum age: 24 years, unmarried male, (ii) For NA- Maximum age 22 years; 24 years for Naval Wing ‘C’, unmarried male. (iii) For Air Force Academy: Maximum age: 23 years, unmarried male, and (iv) For Officers Training Academy: Maximum age: 25 years, married or unmarried male.

NOTE: Date of birth as recorded in Matriculation/Higher Secondary or equivalent examination certificate will only be accepted.

Minimum Educational Qualification
(i) For IMA and Officers Training Academy- Degree of a recognised University or equivalent; (ii) For Naval Academy – BE or BSc (with Physics & Maths); (iii) For Air Force Academy – BSc with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering.

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/AirForce are to submit proof of Graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.

Candidates who have yet to pass the Degree Examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination to reach the Army HQ/Rtg CDSE Entry, New Delhi-ll0066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice calldidates; and HQ, ‘DMPR’ (R & R Section), Room No.204, ‘C’ wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates; PO-3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No.17 , Opp Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-11 0011 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the specified date failing which their candidature will stand cancelled.

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical Degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

In exceptional cases, the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he possesses qualifications, the standard of which, in the opinion of the commission, justifies his admission to the examination.

Examination Fee
(i) Candidatts seeking admission to the examination must pay to the commission with the completed Application Form a fee of Rs 100/- (Rupees one hundred) through Central Recruitment Fee Stamps or Crossed Indian Postal Orders payable to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission at the New Delhi General Post Office or through Crossed Bank Draft from any Branch of the State Bank of India payable to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission at New Delhi, candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any fee.

(ii) The Commission may at its discretion, remit the prescribed fee in certain categories of cases of persons. For details see Employment News/Rozgar Samachar which publishes the Information.

No claim for a refund of fee paid to the Commission will be entertained nor can the feee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Centre of Examination
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi (Cochin), Kohima, Lucknow, Madurai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Rajpur, Sambalpur, Shillong, Simla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.

Plan of Examination

1 Paper I
Subjects – English (For Admission to Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy)
Duration – 2 Hrs
Marks – 100 Marks

2 Paper II
Subjects – General Knowledge(For Admission to Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy)
Duration – 2 Hrs
Marks – 100 Marks

3 Paper III
Subjects – Elementary Mathematics (For Admission to Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy)
Duration – 2 Hrs
Marks – 100 Marks

4 Paper I
Subjects – English (For Admission to Officers Training Academy)
Duration – 2 Hrs
Marks – 100 Marks

5 Paper II
Subjects – General Knowledge (For Admission to Officers Training Academy)
Duration – 2 Hrs
Marks – 100 Marks

Optional Subjects and Syllabus
The question paper will be designed to test the candidates understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.

Arithmetic: Number System-Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, decimal fractions.

Unitary method-time and distance, time and work, percentages-applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss. Ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory-Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11, Multiples and factors, Factorisation theorem, HCF and LCM, Euclidean algorithm.

Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

A1gebra: Basic operations, simple factors, remainder theorem, HCF, LCM, theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknown – analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two variable and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable and their solutions. Set language and set notation. Rational expressions and conditional identities. Laws of indices.

Trigonometry: Sine x, Cosine x, Tangent x when 0 degree < = x <= 90 degree
Values, of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0 degree, 30 degree, 45 degree, 60 degree and 90 degree.
Simple Trigonometric identities.
Use of Trigonometric tables.
Simple cases of heights and distances.

Geometry: Lines and angles, plane and plane figures, theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point; (ii) parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and squares, ( viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals. (ix) Loci.

Mensuration: Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle Areas of figures which can be split up into the figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones an cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.

Statistics: Collection and tabulation of statistical data. Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts, etc.

Measures of central tendency.

Standard of Papers
The Standard of the paper in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation Examination. The standard of papers, in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a Graduate of an Indian University.

Other Information Regarding Plan of Examination:
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, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy respectively.

(i) The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective Type questions only. question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.
(ii) In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.
(iii) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand in no circumstances they will be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.
(iv) The commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
(v) The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Details Regarding Selection Procedure

Interivews Test/ Personality Test
In addition to the Interview the candidates will be put to intelligence tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess the basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussion group planning outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

Physical Standards
Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribe physical standards.

A candidate recommended by the Service Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

How to Apply
The notification is published in the leading Newspapers or Employment News usually in the months of September/October (for February Examination) and March (for August Examination). The Application Form along with Information Brochure must be obtained from the designated Head Post Offices/ Post Offices throughout the country as listed in the notification published Employment News/leading Newspapers against cash payment of Rs. 20/-. Candidates must use the Form supplied with the Information Brochure only and they should in no case use photocopy/reproduction/unauthorisedly printed copy the Form.

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