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
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:
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 No||Defence Academy||Degree Requirement||Subject requirement|
|1||IMA||Any degree from a recognized university|
|2||INA||Degree in Engineering|
|3||AFA||Any degree from a recognized university||Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level|
|4||OTA||Any degree from a recognized university|
Syllabus details for subject exams:
Elementary Mathematics syllabus
General Knowledge syllabus
Basic knowledge in Fields of Science
Topics of general interest in everyday life
Synonyms and Antonyms
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