Examination >> Combined Defence Services Examination

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A career in Defence Services is the much sought after occupation today for those young and courageous youths of the country who are willing to dedicate their lives to defend the country and its people. The Combined Defence Services Examination is the first test before they can join one of the best Defence forces in the world i.e. the Indian Armed Forces.

UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Services Exam twice every year generally in February and August for Recruiting officer’s for the Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy.

Male candidates can join IMA, Naval and Air Force but for female candidates OTA in army is available.

The examination comprises of two stages:

 First stage consists of written test and those who qualify the written test are called for interview by Service Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test.

Age Limit, Sex and Marital Status

  1. For IMA and Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried Male candidates having age not less than 18 years on 1st July and not more than 23 years on 2nd July in accordance with the year of examination are eligible.
  2. For Air Force Academy: Male candidates having age not less than 19 years as on 1st July and not more than 23 years as on 2nd July in accordance with the year of examination (upper age relation of upto 26 years for candidates holding Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA).
  3. For Officer’s Training Academy: Male candidates (married or unmarried) and female candidates (unmarried and issueless widows or divorces who have not remarried) having age not less than 18 years as on 1st July and not more than 24 years as on 2nd July in accordance with the year of examination are eligible.

Education Qualification

  1. For IMA/OTA a degree from a recognized university or equivalent.
  2. For Naval Academy degree in engineering from a recognized university.
  3. For Air Force Academy degree from a recognized university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.