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CDS Physical Standards

A number of candidates who clear the initial selection process are rejected on Medical examination. It is therefore advisable to understand the requirements and get themselves medically examined before appearing for exams just to avoid any disappointments.

Medical Examination Process:

Terms: OTA Chennai

Officers Training Academy, Chennai

Before joining the Academy, a candidate has to agree in writing that:

Terms: AFA Hyderabad

Air Force Academy (AFA), Hyderabad


Terms: Naval Academy, GOA

Naval Academy, Goa

Candidates, selected for training at the Academy will be appointed as cadets in the Executive Branch of the Navy.

Cost of Training

Terms: IMA Dehradun

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

Before joining the Academy, a candidate has to agree in writing that:

CDS Exam Syllabus

Subjects for CDS Exam


General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics


CDS Exam Centers



CDS Examination Pattern

The entrance for Central Defense Services comprises of a Written Exam followed by and Intelligence and Personality Test. The details follow:

Written Examination for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Combined Defence Services

The Combined Defense Services (CDS) provides excellent career opportunities for young and courageous individuals who nurture a strong feeling of patriotism. UPSC conducts CDS examination, twice every year for the selection in Indian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force.