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Combined Defence Services | CDS COACHING


CDSE stands for Combined Defence Services Examination. Every year UPSC i.e. Union Public Service Commission conducts CDS examination twice a year for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Armed Forces. As the name suggests it is a Combined Defence Examination for joining Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Airforce as an Officer by the courses carried out by Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officers training Academy (OTA). Unlike NDA both Male and Female graduates are eligible to sit for the examination.

Examination Details

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA) - 200 Post
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA) - 45 Post
  • Air Force Academy (AFA) - 32 Post
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA) - 175 Post
  • Officers Training Academy ( Non -Technical, Women) - 12 Post
Availability of Forms
  • July & November
Exam Schedule
  • February & November
Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status
  • 20 to 24, Unmarried Male and Female
Educational Qualification
  • IMA & OTA (Men & Women)- Graduation passed or appearing in any stream.
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA)- B.E or B. Tech passed or appearing. Air Force Academy (AFA)- Graduation passed or appearing in any stream with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering/B.Tech.
Selection Procedure
  • Written Exam conducted by UPSC
  • SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Boards of Army/Navy and Air Force
  • Medical Examination
  • IMA/INA/AFA-18 Months
    OTA-11 Months.

Examination Calender

Details CDS 1 CDS 2
Application Start December May
Application Last Date January June
Release of Admit Card Mrach August
Exam Date April September

Examination Pattern

Subject Questions / Duration Marking Pattern Maximum Marks
Mathematics 100 / 2 Hours +(1.0) / -(0.33) Marks 100
English 120 / 2 Hours +(0.83) / -(0.27) Marks 120
General Ability 120 / 2 Hours +(0.83) / -(0.27) Marks 120

CDS Courses @ Trishul

Duration Course Name Form Fee Course Fee Total Fee
1 Year TEJAS/ TDACDS009 ₹ 1050 ₹ 61500/-(GST Included)
6 Month WARRIOR/ TDACDS008 ₹ 1050 ₹ 43500/-(GST Included)
90 Days CDS "TARGET"/ TDATGC29 ₹ 1050 ₹ 25000/-(GST Included)

Combined Defence Services (CDS) is an examination which is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian

Selection Procedure For CDS contains the following tests : - Written Exam, SSB Interview, Medical Test

The syllabus of CDS is divided into three sections- English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics

Form Release Date- Paper I - December | Paper II - June Exam Date- Paper I June | Paper- II - November

Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy:The candidates must possess a degree from a recognized university or equivalent. Indian Naval Academy:The candidates must possess a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Air Force Academy:The candidates must

A person having foreign citizenship cannot apply for CDS but If He/She has an Indian passport and documents supporting his/her claim of Indian citizenship then they can apply for CDS.

The toughness level varies from easy to difficult depending upon a candidate’s approach and preparation.

For CDS paper, each question carries 4 options and out of which only 1 option is correct. For each incorrect answer, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted. More than one option marked is treated as incorrect.

The written exam of CDS is of total 300 marks and each section is 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks of each section are 20% of the total marks. It becomes compulsory for candidates to score a minimum of 60 marks to qualify the exam.

The selected candidates undergo rigorous training in respective academies. Indian Military Academy Army, Dehradun - 18 months (1.5 yrs) training Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala - 18 months (1.5 yrs) training