Defence Services Exams 2014


Defence Services Entrance Exams are those which are conducted on All India basis for recruitment into defence forces such as the army, navy and airforce. Defence Services are also known as The Combined Defence Services (CDS). The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the CDS Examinations twice a year and successful candidates can serve the country through their efforts in the Indian Navy, Indian Army or Indian Air Force. Therefore these exams are also referred as UPSC CDS Exam.

List of Defence Services Exams 2014
AFCAT - Air Force Combined Admission Test
I.A.F. Exam - I.A.F. Airman (Education Instructors Trade) Exam
I.A.F.Exam - IAF Airman Non-Tech Trades Exam
Indian Army Soldiers General Duty (NER) Exam
Indian Army Soldiers Nursing Assistant's M.E.R. Exam
I.N.A Exam - Indian Navy Artificer Apprentices Exam
Indian Navy Dockyard Apprentices Exam
Indian Navy Sailors Matric Entry Recruitment Exam
IB PA/JIO Exam - Intelligence Bureau PA/JIO Exam
TA Exam - Territorial Army Exam

Defence Services Entrance Examination Eligibility and Application Procedure

Examination Notification - The general public is notified about the Combined Defence Services Examination once in August and again in March through press advertisements, which are normally carried in 'Employment News' and all leading newspapers of India.

  1. For the Indian Military Academy and the Officers Training Academy - Candidates must have a degree from a recognized university or any other degree of equal educational value. Age should be between 19 and 24 years of age 
  2. For the Naval Academy - Candidates should be graduates in Science with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. Engineering graduates are also eligible. Age should be between 19 and 22 years of age 
  3. For the Air Force Academy - candidates should be graduates in Science with Physics and / or Mathematics as compulsory subjects. Engineering graduates are also eligible. Age should be between 19 and 23 years of age


Defence Services Entrance Examination Pattern and Admission Process

Examination Schedule - The CDS examinations are generally held in February and September.

Examination Pattern

Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy

  • Objective Type Written Test in English -100 marks
  • Objective Type Written Test in General Knowledge - 100 marks
  • Objective Type Written Test in Elementary Mathematics - 100 marks

Officer's Training Academy

  • Objective Type Written Test in English - 100 marks
  • Objective Type Written Test in General Knowledge - 100 marks

For the interviews to be conducted by the Staff Selection Board once the candidate successfully clears the written test, the total marks are as follows:

  • Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy - 300 marks
  • Officers' Training Academy - 200 marks

Candidates who clear the Combined Defence Services Exam are called for an interview by the Service Selection Board (SSB) and subject to their performance in the interview and overall ranking, they are deputed to any of the CDS institutes.

There are many types of Defence Services Entrance Exams in India. These are -

  1. Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
  2. Naval Academy,Goa
  3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
  4. Officers Training Academy, Chennai.
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