The Combined Defense Services (CDS) examinations are conducted twice a year  by UPSC to recruit eligible candidates for the different positions available in the Indian Military Academy (IMA), the Officers Training Academy, the Indian Naval Academy, and the Indian Air Force Academy. Every year, several thousands of applicants appear for the examination and our Classrooms & Online CDS coaching in Delhi ensure our students stay a step ahead of all the other applicants. Becoming a part of the prestigious Indian Armed Forces is not a piece of cake, hence our qualified and experienced faculty members always go that extra step ahead to help and guide our students.

CDS 2020 Exam Dates:

Application form release 30th October 2019 5th August 2020
Last date to submit the application 19th November 2019 25th August 2020
admit cards January 2020, 3rd week October 2020 4th week
Date of exam 2nd February 2020 8th November 2020
Result announcement May 2020 December 2020

Our offline or online coaching institute for CDS exam has prepared end number of students for the CDS examination, out of which most of them cleared the examination with flying colors. You can either join our regular course or our crash course, depending on your requirements, if not able to decide about joining the course type (regular or crash) you could call our expert counselor to get best advice on CDS coaching, also know about CDS coaching fees and many more.

CDS Eligibility Criteria:


Candidates should be an Indian citizen. Subjects of candidates from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Tibet, Sri Lanka & various East African Countries are also eligible to apply. Such candidates will have to provide a certificate issued by authorities of Government of India verifying the claim.

Educational qualification

  • For admission into the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), candidates must hold a bachelor level degree from a recognized institute.
  • For admission into the ‘Indian Naval Academy’ (INA), candidates are required to have a bachelor level engineering degree. Moreover, all the applicants need to have passed the Higher Secondary Education (12th) with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Age Limit 

  • The age limit will be calculated as on January 01, 2020.
  • For IMA – 19 years to 24 years For AFA – 19 years to 23 years For INA – 19 years to 22 years
  • For OTA – 19 years to 25 years

Exam Pattern:

Exam Mode – Offline

Type of questions – Objective type

Medium of Exam – Hindi & English

Negative marking – 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
English 100 2 hours


Subject Maximum Marks Duration
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
English 100 2 hours

CDS Selection Process:

The candidate will have to score the minimum required marks in the written examination, which will be followed by an interview that will be conducted by the SSB. The interview process usually goes on for a week and different physical and psychological tests are taken of the selected candidates to check their suitability for an officer’s life.  Our CDS exam preparation centre prepares students for both the written and interview part, so you can rest assured of our quality teaching techniques.

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  • We have the best faculty members having years of experience and relevant qualifications.
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  • Unlimited doubt clearing classes are offered on students’ request.
  • Our centre has top-notch infrastructure that facilitates a better learning environment.
  • Timely syllabus completion is followed by a series of evaluation tests and much more.

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1. Who can give CDS exam?

The candidate must be an Indian citizen. Candidates from Burma, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and various East African countries are also eligible to apply. Such candidates will be required to provide a certificate issued by the Government of India confirming the claim.

2. What is the age limit for CDS?

From 1st January 2020, the age limit will be calculated

19 – 24 years for IMA; 19 – 23 years for AFA; 19 – 22 years for INA

19 – 25 years for OTA.

3. What is the syllabus of CDS?

The CDS syllabus is mostly segregated into three subjects: English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The standard of questions in basic mathematics is the matriculation level. The level of questions in the other subjects is at the graduation level.

4. How can I prepare for CDS?

Candidates who want to pass the CDS exam must go through the exam syllabus. It gives them an idea of what the exam should cover. When studying according to the CDS syllabus, candidates should know all the things that they are confident in and do not have knowledge of.

5. What does CDS stand for?

CDS is an acronym which stands for Combined Defence Service.

6. How difficult is CDS exam?

Passing the CDS exam is not that difficult, you all need a basic general understanding, you need to develop a habit of reading newspapers to learn current affairs for the history, geography and science part of your class.

7. Can 12th pass apply for CDS?

Candidates applying for the exam under the CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 must be 20 to 24 years old. Candidates who have graduated or are attending their final year are eligible to apply for the CDS exam, submitting a certification that they have passed the exam at the start of the course.

8. How much height is required for CDS?

The least acceptable height for a male candidate is 157.5 cm (157 cm for the Navy and 162.5 cm for the Air Force). The minimum height for female candidates is 152 cm. For Gurkha and Northeastern candidates, Garhwali and Kumaon candidates, the minimum height is less than 5 cm.

9. How many attempts are there for CDS?

There is no limit on the number to attempt the CDS exam.

10. What is the percentage required for CDS exam?

For the CDS exam, there is no minimum percentage required. The candidate must achieve graduation in any stream by any UGC recognized university. But you must have mathematics as one of the subjects in 10+2 graduation.


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