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CDS - I 2012
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About The Examination:
Common Defence Service Test is the path to join the nation's Defence forces. Combined Defence Service exam is conducted by UPSC twice every year for recruitment to office cadre of the Army, Navy and Air force. CDS exam is conducted generally in the months of May 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

Those joining the first three institutes get permanent commission, however cadets passing out of OTA get short service commission. Applicants are required to mention their preferences while filling up the application forms. A Combined Defence Services Examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 12th February, 2012.

Here we are providing the detailed description about the examination in categorised & lucid form.
We hope you all appreciate our this small effort.

The Scheme, Standard and Syllabus of the Examination


1. The Competitive examination comprises:
(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

2. 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.

  • Time Duration: 2 hrs.
  • Maximum Marks: 100

General Knowledge

  • Time Duration: 2 hrs.
  • Maximum Marks: 100

Elementary Mathematics

  • Time Duration: 2 hrs.
  • Maximum Marks: 100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

  • Time Duration: 2 hrs.
  • Maximum Marks: 100

General Knowledge

  • Time Duration: 2 hrs.
  • Maximum Marks: 100

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to 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.

3. 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.

4. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.

5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.

6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

CDS (I) Examination Syllabus:

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.


  • The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.


  • 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.


  • ARITHMETIC: Number System-Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations addition, subtraction, 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.

  • 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.


  • In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also his/her social traits and interests in current affairs.

Eligibility Conditions


(a) Nationality : A candidate must either be :

(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/ her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.

(b) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :

(i) For IMA-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st January, 1994 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1991 (2nd January, 1989 in case of NCC Naval Wing ‘C’ Certificate holders) and not later than 1st January, 1994 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January , 1990 and not later than 1st January, 1994 only are eligible.
(iv) For Officers' Training Academy- (SSC Course for Men ): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd January, 1988 and not later than 1st January, 1994 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issue less divorcees ( inpossession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1988 and not later than 1st January, 1994.

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by a n Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be cer t i f ied by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. The expression Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above. Sometimes the Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate does not show the date of birth, or only shows the age by completed years or completed years and months. Insuch cases a candidate must send in addition to the attested/certified copy of Matriculation/ Higher Secondary Examination Certificate an attested/certified copy of a certificate from the Headmaster / Principal of the Institution from where he/she passsed the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination showing the date of his/her birth or exact age as recorded in the Admission Register of the Institution.

NOTE 1 : Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
NOTE 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examinat ion, no change wi l l be allowed subsequently or at a subsequent examination on any ground whatsoever.
NOTE 3 : The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth. If on verification at any subsequent stage any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

(c) Educational Qualifications :

(i) For I .M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy - Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy : Degree in Engineer ing for CDSE and Degree in Engineer ing or B.Sc. (wi th Physics or Mathematics) for NCC entry.
(iii) 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 Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army HQ/Rtg. CDSE Entry, West Block III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR”, (OI & R Section) Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled :

NOTE 1 : Candidates, who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.
NOTE 2 :
Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admision to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
NOTE 3 : In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying Training for failure to learn flying , they would be absorbed in the Navigation/Administration/ Logistic Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation).

(d) Physical Standards :

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I) , as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.

Fee Structure


Candidates (except ing Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred Only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI or by using Visa/ Master Credit/Debit Card. For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of online application.

These applicants shall also be intimated through e-mail to submit copy of proof of their payment to the Commission at the address mentioned in the e-mail. The applicant shall be required to submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicant their applications shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.


NOTE 1 : Applications without the prescribed Fee (Unless remission of Fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.
NOTE 2 : Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

How to Apply?

Candidates are required to apply On-line using the link http:// www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website. The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants ’ details , examination centre , phoograph , signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

All candidates whether already in Government Service including candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission. N.B. I Persons al ready in Government service , whether in permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are, however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department in writing that they have applied for the Examination. N.B.II Candidates serving in the Armed Forces are required to inform their Commanding Officer in writing that they have applied for this examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/ appearing at the examination , their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidatures will be liable to be cancelled.


No representation or correspondence regarding such rejection shall be entertained under any circumstances. Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age , educational qualifications, Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/OBC and fee remission etc. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their Admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted b y the Commission v i z . written examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional , subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

Candidates are advised to keep ready the following documents in original along with their attested copies soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination which is likely to be declared in the month of May, 2012 for submission to the Army HQ/Naval HQ/Air HQ as the case may be :

( 1 ) Matric / Higher Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent showing date of birth. (2) Degree/Provisional degree certificate/marks sheet showing clearly having passed degree examination and eligible for award of degree.

In the first instance all qualified candidates eligible for SSB interview will carry their original Matric/Higher Secondary School certificate as also their Degree/provisional Degree certificate/marks sheet with them while going to the Services Selection Centres for SSB interview. Candidates who have not yet qualified the final year Degree e x ami n a t i o n mu s t c a r r y wi t h t h em a certificate in original from the Principal of the College/ Inst i tut ion stat ing that the candidate has appeared/is appearing at the final year Degree examination. Candidates who do not carry the above certificates with them while going to the Services Selection Centres shall not be allowed to appear for the SSB interview. No relaxation for nonsubmission of the above certificates in original at the selection centre is allowed, and candidates who do not carry with them any of these certificates in original will not be permitted to appear for their SSB test and interview and they will be sent back home at their own expense.

If any of their claims is found to be incorrect/ false/ fraud/ fabricated they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of the following provisions :
A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of:

(i) obtaining support for his/ her candidature by any means, or (ii) impersonating, or (iii) procuring impersonation by any person, or(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or (v)making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or (vi ) resor t ing to any other i r regular or improper means in connection with his/ her candidature for the examination, or (vii) using unfair means during the examination, or (viii) writing irrelevant matter, including obscene languages or pornographic matter, in the script (s), or (ix) misbehaving in any other manner in the examination hall, or (x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the Staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examination, or (xi) being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination, or (xii) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination, or (xiii) attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses, may in addition to rendering himself/ herself liable to criminal prosecution be liable
(a) to be disqual i f ied by the Commission from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or
(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period
(i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them;
(ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and
(c) if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules. Provided that no penalty under this rule shall be imposed except after,
(i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and
(ii) taking the representation, if any , submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him / her into consideration.



0 #1 LALIT THAKUR 2012-05-18 11:04
Sir ,,inform me the date of CDS forms...

Thank you..... :-)
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