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Recruitment of candidates to Army, Navy and Air force wings of the CDS, is through Combined Defence Services Entrance Exam which is held twice a year, generally in the month of April and September. CDS exam is conducted by the UPSC. A candidate must be an unmarried male.
Combined defence Service exam is conducted by UPSC twice every year for recruitment to office cadre of the Army, Navy and Airforce Combined. CDS exam is conducted generally in the months of Feb and October.
Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation Training:
(a) Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
(b) Naval Academy, Goa
(c) Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad
(d) Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai
CDS (Combined Defence Services)
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JAN to APR.
For IMA /OTA : A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
For Naval Academy: B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering.
For Air Force Academy: B.Sc. of a recognized University or equivalent with Physics and/or Mathematics as subjects or Bachelor of Engineering.
For IMA: Unmarried male candidates between 19-24 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates between 19-22 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding; the year of examination.
For Air Force Academy: Unmarried male candidates between 19-23 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Officers Training Academy: Male candidates ( or unmarried) between 19-25 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.
Blank application forms and other particulars are published by UPSC in leading newspapers and Employment News in the month of May/June and November/December. A candidate seeking admission must apply to The Secretary, UPSC, New Delhi on prescribed application form. The application forms are available on payment of the requisite amount from any of the designated post office throughout the country. The examination is held in over 40 centres spread all of the country. nk application forms and other particulars are published by UPSC in leading newspapers and Employment News in the month of May/June and November/December. A candidate seeking admission must apply to The Secretary, UPSC, New Delhi on prescribed application form. The application forms are available on payment of the requisite amount from any of the designated post office throughout the country. The examination is held in over 40 centres spread all of the country.
Plan of the Examination: The examination comprises:
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centers
The following will be subjects for the written examination (each of 2 hours duration):
(a) For admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:
English – This paper tests the understanding of the English language.
General Knowledge – This tests the general knowledge, current events, history of , geography of nature and other matters of everyday observation.
Elementary Mathematics – This paper covers arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
(b) For Admission to Officers Training Academy (OTA):
English – This paper tests the understanding of the English language.
General Knowledge – This tests the general knowledge, current events, history of India, geography of nature and other matters of everyday observation.
(i) The papers in all subjects will consist of OBJECTIVE-TYPE (Multiple-Choice questions only). The question papers will be set in English only.
(ii) Each paper will be of 2 hours duration and will carry 100 marks.
Standard of Examination:
The standard of the paper in Elementary Mathematics will be of the Matriculation Examination. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.
Interview and Special Tests
Those who qualify the written test, undergo interview and a series of intelligence and personality tests. The tests, both verbal and non-verbal, are designed not only to judge the mental caliber of the candidate but also to assess his social traits and interest in current affairs.
Personality tests – These tests are as follows
Situation Reaction Test (SRT) – Sixty situations are given and the candidate is required to answer the reactions within 30 minutes.
Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) – A set of 12 pictures are shown and the candidate is required to write a story in 3 minute for each picture.
Word Association Test (WAT) – Sixty words are projected and the candidate is required to make a sentence, in 15 seconds for each word.
Group Test is conducted in batches of 8-10 candidates. The test consists of group planning, group discussion, outdoor group tasks. The candidates are asked to take lectures on certain topics.
Candidates recommended by the Services Selection Board must undergo a medical examination by the Board of Service Medical Officers, and are allowed to go for the training programs only after being declared fit by the medical board.
Paper 1: English :The objective type question paper is designed to examine the understanding of English of the applicants. English question paper of CDS Exam includes passage for answering few questions related to that passage.
Paper 2: General Knowledge :General Knowledge question paper in CDS examination includes knowledge of current topics and of matters which are observing every day. The aspirants must be able to answer scientific aspects without any particular scientific study. They should have knowledge of History of India and Geographical issues without any specific study. The applicants must be able to answer these general knowledge questions to pass this test.
Paper 3: Elementary : MathematicsThe objective type question paper includes various topics of elementary mathematics. Candidates should have posses knowledge about these topics.
There are lots of topics to cover which are as following:
Arithmetic: Aspirants need to perform well in arithmetic which includes Number System, Fundamental Operations, Unitary Methods, and Elementary Number Theorems etc.
Algebra: The applicants should able to solve basic operations, Remainder Theorem, Quadratic Equations, Linear equations and practical problems etc.
Geometry: The candidates should able to answer geometric questions which contain Lines and angles, plane and plane figures and their related questions.
Trigonometry: The applicants need to know the values of Sine x, cosine x and tangent x.
Menstruation: The all candidates applying for the test should have knowledge of calculating areas of squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and parallelograms etc.
Statistics: Everyone needs to know the collection and tabulation of data, histograms, pie and bar charts etc.
All these above mentioned fields have been included in the mathematics question paper so the aspirants must have good knowledge in elementary mathematics. The candidates need to be good in calculation and more basic operations so that they can perform well in the examination.