The “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into 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. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).
UPSC has released CDS I registration and exam dates:
- Registration: October 31 – November 26, 2018
- CDS I Date: February 3, 2019 in offline mode
Listed below are few key points of who all can are eligible to apply online:
- Indian/ outside India candidates from neighboring countries who are settled in India.
- The upper age limit varies for the different institutes and categories but the minimum age limit is 19 years.
- Female candidates are eligible for OTA only.
- Married candidates can apply only for Air Force Academy (AFA) and OTA.
- For IMA/INA/AFA, B.Tech degree is acceptable while degree in any discipline is accepted in OTA
- Candidates must be physically fit for any post as per the physical standards set by the institute.
Approximately, 417 posts will be filled through this exam:
- 100 for the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
- 45 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
- 32 posts for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
- 225 posts for Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai
- 15 posts for Officers Training Academy, Chennai-25th SSC Women (NT) course
Note: The last date to apply for the examination is November 26.
Highlights of CDS Eligibility Criteria
- It is important for the candidate to be unmarried and should not be a widower or should not be a divorcee.
- The highlights of eligibility standards as per Category, Age Limit, Gender and Marital Status are tabulated below:
|Indian Military Academy||19–24years|
|Air Force Academy||19–24 years|
|Naval Academy||19–24 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy||19–25 years|
Scheme of Examination
Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy
All the papers are of objective type.
Officers’ Training Academy
Each paper contains objective type questions.
Those Candidates qualified in the written exam. Then they are shortlisted for an interview by a Services Selection Board which evaluates a candidate’s suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces. The SSB interview lasts for approximately a week, during this process a candidate undergoes various physical and psychological tests to ascertain because they check whether or not he is officer material. Apart from SSB interview, Air Force academy candidates (only those who have applied for flying branch) are tested for PABT. After these tests, candidates undergo medical examination before finally admitted into the above-mentioned academies, and after successful completion of training, they are inducted into the armed forces.
Armed forces offer very exciting career to young men and women in several fields. Career in the force is also an adventure in itself. To ensure that appropriate candidates are chosen, a comprehensive selection process is adopted by the armed forces through Service Selection Board (SSB) interview. This system of selection is based on the “trait theory” of leadership which assumes that every leader must have some specific and pre-determined leadership qualities. It also presumes that such traits can be acquired by a candidate with the passage of time meaning thereby that a person once rejected in an SSB interview is likely to succeed if he acquires some of the traits with the passage of time.
The present system of selection, although is short period of only 3-4 days long and before it was 5-6 days procedure 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, 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 an exhaustive Because they want only cream.
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