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).
- 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.