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Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2018

CDS COACHING LUCKNOW :- Defence Dreamers Academy provide crash courses for CDS Students. Defence Dreamers Academy is a top CDS coaching in Lucknow. Here we are providing more information

ABOUT CDS EXAM :- The CDS Written Examination is conducted by UPSC twice every year for graduates to fill the vacancies of the following institutions of the Indian Armed Forces. According to the policy of UPSC unmarried graduates male and female are eligible for CDS Exam, Although divorced female candidates age less than 25 considered as Unmarried .

HOW TO APPLY FOR CDS/OTA EXAMINATION? :- The Notification for the CDS written exam is issued in the months of November and July. UPSC holds the exam in the months of Feb and October. Students can apply for the CDS and OTA written examination online only on UPSC website.

ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS WRITTEN EXAMINATION :- Educational: Graduates- qualified or appearing (final year) are eligible to sit for CDS written exam. For Air Force and Navy candidates must have engineering/physics and mathematics subjects. For details check the notification. For OTA, Graduates and final year students can to apply.

Age: 19 ½ to 24 years on date of joining IMA. For OTA, age must be between 19 ½ to 25 years on date of joining.

Sex: Only male candidates can sit for the CDS written exam. Both ladies and men can apply for OTA exam.


The CDS written exam consists of three papers:

  • General Knowledge - 100 Marks
  • English - 100 Marks
  • Mathematics - 100 Marks

The OTA Written exam consists of only two of the above mentioned papers:

  • General Knowledge - 100 Marks
  • English - 100 Marks

OTA Candidates are exempted from Mathematics exam. The remaining two papers of OTA written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the OTA written exam is of 200 marks.

SYLLABUS FOR CDS/OTA WRITTEN EXAMINATION :- The CDS written exam tests the candidates in diverse fields like English, History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Maths, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, Current Affairs, GK, etc. For OTA exam, syllabus is the same as CDS expect, OTA candidates do not have to sit for mathematics paper.

RESULTS OF CDS/OTA EXAMINATION :- UPSC declares the result of CDS/OTA written exam in 3-4 months after the written exam. The same can be viewed on the UPSC website. Being a competitive exam and there is no fixed cut off percentage for passing. Candidates who perform better are sent the call letters for SSB interviews. The final merit list is prepared after the SSB interviews final result and displayed on the UPSC website. Joining instructions are sent to students based on vacancies available as per the merit list.

WHEN TO JOIN :- Since Defence Dreamers Academy runs regular batches for CDS examinations, Aspirants should take coaching as soon as they are able to spare time from their daily routines. It is advised to take coaching few months before the exam to ensure enough time is left for practice, revision and self study. Seats are limited and available on first come first served basis.

UPSC will be conducting CDS 1 2018 and CDS 2 2018 next year (2018). Candidates who are preparing for CDS exam 2018 can check the age limits, exam and notification date for the same. If you are eligible for Combined Defence Services Examination in 2018, you must start your preparation from now. Only eligible candidates can apply for the CDS Exam through UPSC website.

CDS exam is not easy due to lakhs of defence aspirants are applying every year, based on the last result declared by UPSC, only 8548 cleared the CDS written exam of CDS 1 2017. So it is better to start the preparation from today if you find your self-eligible.