UPSC CDS Exam 2016: 457 Vacancies Open

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The Combined Defence Service Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice within a year for the recruitment of Air force academy, Naval academy, Military academy and Officers training academy. The exam is also popularly known by its short name “UPSC CDS 2016“. All these are meant for unmarried candidates but out of four the first three are meant for unmarried male candidates only and the last fourth is meant for the unmarried male as well as female candidates.

UPSC CDS Exam 2016: 457 Vacancies

  • Post Name: India Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Officers Training Academy (Men, Women, Non- Technical)
  • Qualification: Graduation, Engineering Degree from recognized university/institution
  • Selection Process: Written Exam, Intelligence Test, Personality Test and Interview
  • Application Procedure: Apply Online through official website:
  • Deadline: 4th Dec 2015
  • Exam Date for CDS (I) Exam 2016: 14th Feb 2016

Download CDS Exam 2016 Notification

This criteria has come in to existence from last two years, before it female candidates were eligible for all the four potential fields. This may be have done by seeing the difficulty levels associated with it as the exam has extensive difficulty level following with the extreme physical test due to this female candidates are made eligible for the non-technical section only that is Officers training academy that covers only non-technical tasks of the field.

In national defence academy(NDA) you are given lower post of defence academy but in CDS you are directly eligible for higher posts in this very reputed defence academy. This service ensures that every candidate has been mastered in the most required trait for this field that is leadership qualities because in a task of defence you need not to worry but to take the instant decisions, only then you are said to be truly a part of any defence mechanism not only for the field but in general also. Here you will find all about UPSC Combined Defence Service Exam 2014 like eligibility criteria, how to apply, pattern of exam and upcoming notifications 2014.

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Eligibility Criteria

The CDS is meant only to be registered by the graduates, for these the eligibility criteria is as under:-

For naval academy

  • Qualification: The candidates should have a degree of B.Sc. with physics or mathematics or Bachelor of engineering.
  • Age limit: The age should be between 19 to 24 years.

For air Force academy

  • Qualification: The candidates should hold the certificate of 10+2 with Mathematics & Physics or having Engineering degree.
  • Age: The candidates should have the age between 19 to 24 years.

For Indian military Academy/ Officers training academy

  • Qualification: To apply for this course, the candidates required a graduation degree/bachelor degree in any subject.
  • Age: The age should be between 19 to 25 years.

Physical Standard: The candidates should also fit according to the norms fixed by the commission. The admission is only possible if the candidates physically fit.

Check Complete UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2016

Combined Defence Service Exam Exam Pattern

The selection procedure for the admission consist of written test and interview. Naval academy/ Air force academy/ Indian military academy follows an objective test of 300 marks and Officers training academy follows an objective test of 200 marks.

Papers to get admission in Naval Academy, Air Force and Indian Military Academy:

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

Papers go get admission in Training Academy as admission to officers

Subjects Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 2 Hours
General Knowledge 100 2 Hours

Candidates selected in written exam are sent for a very exhausting personal interview that lasts about a week under the selection procedure of SSB(Service Selection Board) During this week candidates experience an amazing one week with their Physical test the most and a very tough psychological test. This toughness to make sure that the selected one is a pure officers material. After this qualifier is sent to armed officers training again an life making super adventures that could be lived here only with a professional training becoming a matured person to an unmatured common man. This all is follows on the principle of psychologically famous theory i.e. trait theory. That bring out all inner potential possible by this extensive training. Being a pure officer material a potential is ready to serve for their services.

Check UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2016

How to Apply for CDS Exam 2016

Now, all the competitive exam’s application procedure is online. So, the candidates are required to apply through online procedure. Offline application will not be accepted by the commission.  The candidates can apply through the main official website

Check Complete UPSC CDS Application Form Procedure 2016

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  1. please tell me the “Physical test” details

  2. What is the expected cut off????

  3. i want to know whether persons are eligible or not who are having the less than 60% percentage at education
    Kindly give the replay
    Thank you

  4. Am want 2 joint Indian army . Am complating BA Greadution , i want 2 participate in CDS examination in IMA

  5. i want to give the cds,(officers training)…i m very weak in maths…i heard there would be an examination on maths as well…nd how many times does this exam take place in a year???

  6. How to submit INR 200 to branch of sbi offline ?

  7. Sir, will you please let me know the cutoff for the CDS exam subject-wise?

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