What is CDS Exam?

Combined Defence Services Exam is conducted by UPSC to take in Officers into Permanent commission in Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force; Short Service Commission in Indian Army-OTA.


The Indian Military Academy,
training Academy of the Indian Army. IMA was established in 1932.
Motto: Valour and Wisdom


Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. The Naval Academy (NAVAC) was established in May 1969, while its Ezhimala campus was inaugurated on 8 January 2009.
Motto : Shaping Future Naval Leadership.


Air Force Academy, Dundigal. The Air Force Academy was established in 1969 and started in 1971.
Motto: Excellence through Diligence.


Officers Training Academy is a training establishment of the Indian Army that trains officers for the Short Service Commission.
Motto: Serve with Honour.

Vision Defence's CDS Exam course structure

1.Weekend batch – 9am – 11am and 11.15am – 1.15pm (This batch will be apt for working candidates and final year students pursuing graduation.)

2.Weekdays morning batch – 10.30am -12.30pm  and 2.30pm – 4.30pm (This will be comfortable for those who are passed out from the college.)

3. Weekdays evening batch – 6pm- 8pm (This batch will be apt for working candidates and final year students pursuing graduation.)

Classes handled by experienced and successful people in CDSE and SSB.

1.Theory and concept classes in trend with examination.

2.Preparation Kit, class handouts and class notes with comprehensive coverage of syllabi to meet the examination needs.

3.Effective Tests and Discussions to maximize your score in written exam. Discussion by the subject matter experts.

4.Fast track Revision Module (FRM) before examination.

5.SSB interview training.

Course designed by Vision Defence Team in association with NDA and IMA alumni

Vision Defence Institute is the best cds coaching center in chennai, india. It offers the best coaching for CDS,  AFCAT, SSB, NDA in Chennai. The test and discussion series of Vision Defence is unique and reflects the model of actual examination. This helps candidates to secure maximum in written examination.  Any candidate recommended by SSB will say “be the best of you” to get recommended by SSB. The SSB coaching at Vision Defence is a chance to improve, refine and transform your personality to reach great heights.

Check Your CDS Exam Eligibility



Type of Commission

Educational Qualification

Age limit

Sex and Marital Status




Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

20 – 24 years

Unmarried male candidates




Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.

19 – 24 years

Unmarried male candidates




Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

19 – 24 years

Unmarried male candidates



Short Service

Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

19 – 25 years

unmarried male / Unmarried women

*Note: For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

Is preparation for CDS Exam tough?

With right guidance and dedicated effort nothing is tough.

Can i crack the CDSE in short period of preparation?

Yes, you can. If you have the right guidance and know the strategy.

Know about Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission

A Permanent Commission means a career in the Army till you retire(60 years of age). Tenure of Short Service Commission, in the Regular Army will be granted for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years, extendable by 4 years.



Scheme and Pattern of UPSC CDS Exam

Pattern of Exam for Permanent Commission
(for Men)
S.NO. Subject Marks Questions Duration
1 General Studies 100 120 2 hours
2 English 100 120 2 hours
3 Mathematics 100 100 2 hours
* Note:

1. One-third negative marking for each wrong answer.

2.Candidates opting for IMA, INA, or AFA (Permanent Commission) have to take the exam for all the three papers.

Pattern of Exam for Short Service Commission

(for both Men and Women)

S.NO. Subject Marks Questions Duration
1 General Studies 100 120 2 hours
2 English 100 120 2 hours
* Note:

1. One-third negative marking for each wrong answer

2.Candidates opting for OTA (Short Service Commission) have to take two papers in exam except elementary mathematics

Essentials of CDS Examination

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All about CDSE-1/2019 0R CDS Exam-1/2019

Combined Defence Services Exam -1/ 2019 (CDSE-1/2019) is conducted by UPSC. Through CDS Exam young talented candidates are selected to join as officers(Group-A) in Indian Armed Forces – Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force. This exam is for both Permanent Commission(Till retirement age) in Army,Navy, Air Force and Short Service Commission in Army(10+4 years)

Notification date: 31st Oct 2018.

Last date for receipt of application: 26th Nov 2018

Date of Exam : 3rd Feb 2019