CDS Examination(I) 2017: Eligibility criteria and selection process

The official notification for the UPSC CDS (Combined Defence Services) Examination I (2017) has been released on the official website www.upsc.gov.in. The last date for applying online is December 2.

The official notification for the UPSC CDS (Combined Defence Services) Examination I (2017) has been released on the official website www.upsc.gov.in. The UPSC conducts the examination twice a year for the recruitment of candidates to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Indian Air Force Academy.

Eligibility criteria

Educational qualification:

For IMA and OTS: Those interested in applying should be holding a degree of a recognised university or equivalent.

For INA: Those interested in applying should be holding a degree in engineering from a recognised  university/institution.

For Air Force Academy: Those interested in applying should be holding a degree of a recognised university (with physics and mathematics at 10 plus 2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Those who are studying in the final year/semester degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply, provided they should not have any present backlog upto the last semester/year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application.

Selection procedure:

The candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the service selection board based on their preference by the respective service.

At the SSB, the candidates will be selected on the basis of the following two phases:

  • Psychological Aptitude Test
  • Intelligence Test