Started on 1st January 2018

Combined Defence Service Examination

You can take the CDS Entrance Exam conducted by UPSC while you are in final year of Graduation / possess any Graduate Degree. Clear the SSB interview, be medically fit and join IMA as a Direct Entry subject to meeting all eligibility conditions and availability of vacancies. For details of exam dates / Notification visit UPSC website (link).

Candidates finally selected will undergo Military Training for a period of 18 Months at respective Academies.

Vacancies Per Course – 100 (IMA), 45 (INA), 32 (AFA), 175 (OTA Chennai – male), 12 (OTA Chennai – female)

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper –  Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul/Nov.


Age – 18 to 24 for IMA, 18 to 22 for AFA, 18 to 23 for INA (18 to 25 years in case of NCC/Naval Wing ‘C’ Certificate holders).

Qualification –

  • For Air Force Academy : Degree of Recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
  • For I.M. A. and Officers’ Training Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • For Naval Academy : B.Sc. (with Physics & Mathematics) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Marital Status – Un Married

How to Apply – Apply online on UPSC Website (Link).

Likely SSB Date – Aug to Sep and Feb to Mar

Date Commencement of Training – Jan and Jul

Training Academy – IMA, Dehradun/OTA, Gaya/OTA, Chennai for Army, INA, Ezhimala for Navy and AFA, Hyderabad  for Airforce.

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