Defence Services Examination

About Defense Services Examination

Defense Services Examinations are those exams, which are conducted on All India basis for selecting candidates into defense forces such as - navy, army and air force. The Defense Services are also known as The Combined Defense Services (CDS). UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Combined Defense Service (CDS) exams twice a year. 
 
Candidates who have successfully cleared the exam can serve the country through Indian Air Force, Indian Army or Indian Navy. The exam is also referred to as UPSC CDS Exam. The exams happen in December and the advertising will start off from somewhere in August/September. Similarly for the July exam the advertising starts somewhere in March/April.
 
Eligibility Criteria for Defense Services Examinations –
 
For the Indian Military Academy and the Officers Training Academy
 
  • The candidates must have a degree from a recognized university or any other degree of equal educational value. 
  • The candidate must be between 19-24 years old.
 
For the Naval Academy
 
  • The candidates should be graduates in Science with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. The engineering candidates are also eligible.
  • The candidate must be between 19-22 years old.
 
For the Air Force Academy 
 
The candidates should be graduates in Science with Physics and / or Mathematics as compulsory subjects. 
 
Paper Pattern for Defense Services Examination –
 
Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy –
 
  • English - 100 marks
  • General Knowledge - 100 marks
  • Elementary Mathematics -100 marks
 
Officer’s Training Academy –
 
  • English - 100 marks
  • General Knowledge - 100 marks
 
The total marks essential for candidates who have successfully completed their test conducted by the staff selection board is 
 
  • Indian Military Academy and Air force academy - 300 Marks
  • Officers Training Academy -200 marks
 
Once the candidate clears the Combined Defense Services (CDS) exam, they are called for interview by Service Selection Board (SSB).

List of Defense Services Exams

  • AFCAT - Air Force Combined Admission Test
  • I.A.F. Exam - I.A.F. Airman (Education Instructors Trade) Exam
  • I.A.F.Exam - IAF Airman Non-Tech Trades Exam
  • Indian Army Soldiers General Duty (NER) Exam
  • Indian Army Soldiers Nursing Assistant's M.E.R. Exam
  • I.N.A Exam - Indian Navy Artificer Apprentices Exam
  • Indian Navy Dockyard Apprentices Exam
  • Indian Navy Sailors Matric Entry Recruitment Exam
Ask a Question