UPSC CDS II (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE) How to become an officer in the armed forces?


UPSC CDS II (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE) How to become an officer in the armed forces? Good morning friends, it is my honor to apprise you about the best carrier in the Armed Forces, it is the dreams of every youth to serve the nation in a better way. After completing our undergrad course most of the student doesn’t know what they want to do? So they go through this dilemma of what next? A post-graduate degree in your subject of a graduation, a UPSC or an MBA is the option that comes in your mind but has you ever explored the option of working for your nation? it is a pride of every youngster to become an officer in the armed forces but due to lack of knowledge, our youth are unable to fulfill their desire. so, friends, I am giving you some important guidelines which will surely help you to achieve your goals in the CDS II exam.

UPSC CDS II (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE) How to become an officer in the armed forces?
UPSC CDS II (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE) How to become an officer in the armed forces?

The present world is a world of is, therefore, of utmost necessity that a candidate appearing in the examination must have a sound knowledge and a clear idea about the exam conducted by the UPSC. A candidate by nature is curious about the exam he is to undergo and thus his curiosity needs to be satisfied for his better preference

Important facts about CDS

The “Combined Defence Service” (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 month of October and June, and the examination is 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 Service Selection Board (SSB)

  • Age Limit
  • Scheme of examination
  • Tentative Vacancy

Age Limit

Indian Military Academy19-24years
Air Force Academy19-23years
Naval Academy19-22years
Officer’s Training Academy19-25years

Scheme of examination

Indian Military Academy/Air Force Academy/Naval Academy

All the paper are of objective type.

English1002 Hours
General Knowledge1002hours
Elementary Math1002hours

Tentative Vacancy

AcademyTentative Vacancies


Nationality: A candidates must either be:

  • a Citizen of India
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the permanently setting in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African with the intention of permanently setting in India.

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried males for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

Education Qualification

  • For I.M.A and officers training academy, Chennai degree of a recognized university or equivalent
  • for Indian Naval Academy Degree in Engineering from a recognized university/institution
  • for air force academy degree of a recognized university (with physic and mathematics at 10+2level) or a bachelor of engineering
  • graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Gradation/ provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB
  • candidates who are studying in the final year/ semester Degree course and have yet to be passed can also apply the form

CDS Exam Pattern

1.The Competitive examination comprises:

(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (Vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Service Selection Centres

2. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a)For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:

1.English- Duration: 2 Hours & Maximum Marks 100

2.General- Duration: knowledge 2 Hours; & Maximum Marks 100

3.Elementary- Duration: Mathematics 2Hours; & Maximum Marks 100

(b) For Admission to Officers Traning academy:

  1. English- Duration: 2 Hours & Maximum Marks 100
  2. General Knoweledge- Duration: Knowledge 2 Hours & Maximum Marks 100
  • Maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interview will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interview will be 300,300,300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, And Officers Training Academy respectively
  • The paper in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. the question papers (Test Booklet) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi As well as English
  • In the question papers, wherever necessary, a question involving the metric system of weights and measures only will be set

Rank and Payband (INR)

Lt. to Major15,600-39,1005,4006,00068,000
Lt. Col. to Maj Gen.37,400-67,0008,000-10,0006,0001,12,000
Lt. Gen. HAG Scale67,000 (annual [email protected]%)-79,000
HAG Scale* (*Adnissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens)75,500 (annual [email protected]%)-80,000
VCO/AS/Army Cde/Lt Gen(NFSG) 80,000 (Fixed)
COAS90,000 (Fixed)

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