CDS WRITTEN EXAM

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CDS EXAMINATION
Tentative Vacancies Per Course  Approx 400+ (Twice a year). For 2021, there are a total of 418 vacancies:
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 150th (DE) Course commencing in January 2021 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] – 100
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2021 Executive (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special entry) holders] – 45
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad-(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2021 i.e. No. 209 F (P) Course [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] – 32
  • Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Tamilnadu) – 113th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April, 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men) (NT) UPSC, (ii) 05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 Non UPSC and (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry Non UPSC] – 225
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2021 – 16
Notification in Employment News/ leading daily news Paper/ UPSC website July and Nov
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Age and Marital Status 19 ½ to 24 years on date of joining IMA/INA/AFA. For OTA, age must be between 19 ½ to 25 years on date of joining. For 2021
  • For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible.
  • For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2021 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2001 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2001) only are eligible
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) – Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1996 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy – (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) – Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible; they should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1996 and not later than 01st January 2002.
Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.
Qualification
  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai – Degree of a recognised University or equivalent
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
  • For Air Force Academy – Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
  • Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
  • Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course.
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul of every year
Training Academy
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
  • Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai
Duration of Training For Regular Commission: 1 ½ Yrs at IMA (For Army cadets)/1 ½ Yrs at Naval Academy (for Naval cadets)/ 1½ Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets) For Short Service Commission: Training at OTA is for 49 Weeks (Approx 11 months)
  CDS Exam Pattern   The Competitive examination comprises:
  • Written examination
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test – SSB interview at one of the Services Selection Centres
The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows: (a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

SUBJECT

DURATION

MARKS

English 2 hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 hrs 100
Mathematics** 2 hrs 100
(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

SUBJECT

DURATION

MARKS

English 2 hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 hrs 100
Maximum marks allotted to the written exam and the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English STANDARD AND SYLLABUS OF THE EXAMINATION   STANDARD The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.   SYLLABUS ENGLISH (Code No. 01) The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02)
  • General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.
  • The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
  ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03) ARITHMETIC 
  • Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.
  • Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
  • Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers.
  • Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
ALGEBRA
  • Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered).
  • Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions.
  • Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
TRIGONOMETRY
  • Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
  • Simple trigonometric identities.
  • Use of trigonometric tables.
  • Simple cases of heights and distances.
GEOMETRY
  • Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures,
  • Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of
  • triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.
MENSURATION
  • Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
STATISTICS
  • Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc.
  • Measures of central tendency.