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CDS (Combined Defence Services)

CDS (Combined Defence Services)



What is CDS (Combined Defence Services)?

Combined Defence Services (CDS) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year for recruitment in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Indian Air Force Academy (AFA).Only unmarried male and female candidates are eligible for the UPSC CDS exam with certain age limit.
Combined Defence Services (CDS) is conducted in the month of February and November for graduate candidates. Girls are only eliglible for OTA .After theCombined Defence Services (CDS) written exam , the qualifying candidates face an interview conducted by SSB (Staff Selection Board).

CDS Eligibility Criteria


For Indian academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA) : Degree from a recognized university or equivalent.


For Indian Naval Academy (INA) : Degree in Engineering from a recognized University or equivalent.

For Air Force Academy (AFA) : Degree of a recognized University (with Physics  at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.


AGE LIMIT
• Indian Military Academy (IMA): 19-24 years
• For Indian Naval Academy (INA): 19-24 years
• Air Force Academy (AFA): 19-24 years
• Officers Training Academy (OTA): 19-25 years (For both male and Female)


CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, AFA
SUBJECT DURATIONNO. OF QUESTIONS MAXIMUM MARKS
English 2 hours   120                                      100
General Science 2 hours    120                                      100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours     100                                     100

CDS Exam Pattern for OTA
SUBJECT DURATION     NO. OF QUESTIONS       MAXIMUM MARKS
English 2 hours 120100
General Science 2 hours 120100

CDS MARKING SCHEME

ForUPSC CDSOTA both English and general science paper will consist of 120 questions each containing 100 marks. The duration will be 2 hours for each paper .
1/3 marks are going to be deducted as negative marking .

For IMA, AFA , INA an additional paper of mathematics is held in addition to general science and English which consist of 120 questions each containing 100 marks. The duration will be 2 hours for each paper.
Same like OTA, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted as negative marking .

 

CDS Pay And Perks

Here we will discuss the pay and perks of defence officers

Defence Officers Pay Scale

Officer’s Rank

Pay Scale

Lt. to Major

Rs 15,600 – Rs 39,100

Lt. Col. To Maj Gen.

Rs 34,400 – Rs 67,000

Lt. Gen. HAG Scale

Rs 67,000 – Rs 79,000

HAG Scale

Rs 75,500 – Rs 80,000

VCOAS/Lt.Gen

Rs 80,000

COAS

Rs 90,000

 

Defence Officers Grade Pay

Officer’s Rank

Pay Scale

Lieutenant

Rs 5400

Captain

Rs 6100

Major

Rs 6600

Lieutenant

Rs 8000

Colonel

Rs 8700

Brigadier

Rs 8900

Major General

Rs 10,000

 

Other perks an officer gets

·         Dearness Allowance

·         Maintenance Allowance

·         Uniform Allowance

·         Transport Allowance

·         Even Children Education Allowance

·         High Altitude Allowance

·         Last but not the least free rations

·         Retired Pension Plan

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

·         For general candidates application form is of Rs. 200           

·         Apply online by filling an application form with all the details required and submit it.

·         Registration Id and Password will be used to download admit card


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