CDS – Combined Defence Services Examination

CDS – Combined Defence Services Examination is held by UPSC


CDS – Combined Defence Services Examination

The UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Services Exam twice a year.

Candidates writing this exam can then apply for admissions to the following defence academies in India:

Indian Military Academy (IMA) – only men can apply

Indian Naval Academy (INA) – only men can apply

Air Force Academy (AFA) – only men can apply

Officers Training Academy (OTA) – both men and women can apply

Tamilnadu-12th-Question-Paper-2009-English-II-JuneExam Centres

Agartala, Ahmedabad,  Aizawl , Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai,  Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad,  Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur,  Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi,  Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur, Vishakhapatnam

Subjects in the CDS exam:


General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

All subject exams will be 2 hours long with 120 questions. The total marks awarded will be 100 in each subject exam.

There will be negative marking, that is, penalty for wrong answers.

The Officers Training Academy (OTA) does not need Elementary Mathematics results for admission.

Degree requirement for the defence academies:

Sl NoDefence AcademyDegree RequirementSubject requirement
1IMAAny degree from a recognized university
2INADegree in Engineering
3AFAAny degree from a recognized universityPhysics and Mathematics at 10+2 level
4OTAAny degree from a recognized university

Syllabus details for subject exams:

Elementary Mathematics syllabus







General Knowledge syllabus

Current Affairs

Basic knowledge in Fields of Science

Topics of general interest in everyday life

English syllabus


Synonyms and Antonyms

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Spotting errors

Jumbled sentences

Sentence correction

Fill in the blanks

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