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    How many papers are there for the Combined Defense Services Examination? Where can I get the syllabus from? Will this exam be difficult for non-science students? Can you please give me some idea as to how I should go about with my preparations?
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  • A combined defence service examination will be conducted by UPSC twice a year. The examination pattern is of two types.
    1. Candidates who wanted to write the examination for Admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy have to attend three papers in the written test and then the SSB test& Interview
    Paper 1: English. The duration of the test is 2 Hours and the paper is for 100 marks.
    Paper2: General Knowledge: The duration of the test is 2 Hours and the paper is for 100 marks
    Paper 3: Mathematics: The duration is 2 Hours and the maximum marks are 100
    The candidates who qualified in the written test have to attend SSB Test/Interview. The total process will take 5 days and the maximum marks will be 300.
    2. Candidates who wanted to appear for Admission to the Officers' Training Academy will not have any mathematics paper. They will have English, General Knowledge and then an SSB test and interview.

    The examination is not difficult for non-science students but science students will have an advantage as there will be some questions related to science also in the GK paper.

    The website is
    You go to this site and click on examinations and a list will drop down. Then in that list, you click on Active Examinations and then click on combined defence service examination. You will get all the details of the examination and even the syllabus also.
    There are many academies in India offering coaching for this examination. You can get the details by searching on the internet and talking to the person already in service. One can select the best institute that is suitable for them and get trained there.
    You can get the syllabus and other details by going to the UPSC website.

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  • The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS Exam) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. It recruits commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy. Generally, the Notification for the examination is released in December and May. The entrance examinations are conducted in April and September respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible for the exam. The examination is conducted twice a year. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). The 19 - 24 age group is eligible for this exam. There are three subjects in this exam- English, general knowledge, and mathematics. Each exam is conducted for 2 hours and 100 marks.
    There are many reputed institutes in India offering coaching for this exam. You can visit the UPSC website for the syllabus and other detail.

  • UPSC holds combined defence service examination with the purpose of recruiting of aspirants into the Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy.
    This examination is conducted twice in a year in the month of February and September.
    The selection of the candidate is based upon the written test along with the interview and the personality test.
    Examination Eligibility-
    a) The following criteria has to be fulfilled-
    A citizen of India or A subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee having come to India before 1962.
    b) An Indian Refugee migrated from Kenya, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Vietnam , Uganda or any other country arrived in India to settle over here permanently.
    Examination Pattern-
    English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics carrying 100 marks in each paper and duration of examination is two hours for each subject.
    Martial Status - Unmarried in most of the cases except for Air Force Academy accepting the married aspirants if they are over 25 years of age.

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