- The Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE) is a national level open exam for aspirants, both boys and girls, at Graduation / B Tech level, who wish to choose the Indian Armed Forces as a career as Class-I Commissioned Officer. The CDSE exam is conducted by the UPSC twice every year i.e. Feb and Oct and Hyderabad is one of the main centers for this exam.
- An armed forces officer’s career provides a lot of options through the CDS entry. One can opt for Administration, Logistics, Meteorology, Accounts, Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Communication Technology, Academics apart from flying, navigation, architecture and host of other options.
- Apart from attractive pay and perks, the Forces offer something that no other profession can, a great life-style. The Forces have some of the finest clubs, hospitals, golf courses and schools in the country, and the best part is that as an officer, one doesn’t have to stand in a queue to get in. If you’re into adventure and sports, there’s no place like the Forces, Polo, Mountaineering, River rafting, Gliding, Trekking, Sky-diving. Parasailing, Shooting, Skiing and many more. In which other career would you have access to all this right from day one?
- You’ll be leading a healthy life in a healthy environment. As you grow up and raise a family, your children can study in the Forces schools, which are amongst the finest in the country. You and your family will get a chance to travel across the country and possibly even abroad. Meet and interact with the brightest minds from different fields.
- Add to this, facilities like accommodation, medical for self and family, canteen, Group Housing Schemes. Soft loans for buying car or for constructing a house and Group insurance cover. And you’ll agree that the Forces take care of you and your family like no other organization can.
(b) ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS TO APPLY
(i) Age: 18 years to 25 years at the time of writing the exam.
(ii) Educational Qualification: Passed Graduation / B.Tech or in final year from any discipline.
- SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR SELECTION
Step – 1 Submit application ONLINE www.upsc.online.nic.in to UPSC before the due date if all eligibility conditions are met.
Step – 2 Download e-admit card from UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in approximately 20 to 30 days before exam.
Step – 3 Check results approximately after three months of written exam in UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in
Step – 4 Having come in the National Merit, proceed for interviews (SSB) which includes medical examinations.
(d) WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
In case the candidate opts for Air Force:
The individual thereafter proceeds to the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Flying Officer.
In case the candidate opts for the Navy:
The individual thereafter proceeds to the Indian Naval Academy at Cochin and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Sub-Lieutenant.
In case the candidates opts for the Army:
The individual thereafter proceeds to the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Lieutenant.
After getting his commission as Class I Gazetted Officer he starts his career with any of the Defence Establishments in the country and enjoys excellent pay and perks with an enviable professional and social life which is very secure and rewarding, which is otherwise difficult to come by in the civil life at such an early age.
SELECTION PROCESS COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES (CDS)
- The selection process for CDS involves 2 Stages: –
Stage – 1
CDS written examination Total Marks – 300
Conducted by Union Public Service Commission (U.P.S.C)
Paper I – Mathematics (Arithmetic, Unitary Method, Mensuration, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry and Statistics) 100 Marks
Paper II – English Grammar 100 Marks
Paper III – General Ability (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics Geography, History, Political Science,International and National affairs etc. 100 Marks
Total 300 Marks
Stage – 2 – Service Selection Board Interview Total Marks – 900
- Basic Intelligence Verbal Perception Non-verbal
- Psychological Projective Word Association Test (WAT) Tests Personality Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
- Group Testing Indoor Tests Group Discussion Series Group Planning Exercise Lecturette Outdoor Tests Command Tasks / Progressive Group Task / Half Group Task. Individual/ Group Obstacle Race
- Personal Indoor Sequential Interview
Total 900 Marks
Grand Total of Stage 1 + Stage 2 = 1200 Marks
B) The final National Merit list of CDS is the sum total of the score of written exam and the SSB score. Candidates are selected on total final score obtained both in the written and SSB out of 1200 Marks.
- The reason why the marks of the written examination becomes important in the end before the finalization of merit list is because the maximum amount of marks possible for an individual to score in the SSB would be about 50–55%. Hence, the need to do well in the written exam and get maximum scores.
- If one decides to prepare the vast syllabus of CDS on his own it becomes impossible for him to avoid the clutter inherent in the UPSC syllabus thereby missing out on major thrust areas.
- That is exactly where the Officers Academy comes in. With their vast experience of over 27 years in the same line their faculty and training team is able to focus on examination orientation of the UPSC (which is a changing parameter and requires deep study) and are able to prepare the student thoroughly towards maximizing his efforts in a short duration of time to score maximum percentage to be in the reckoning of the final merit list when it is prepared.
- Otherwise it becomes merely taking a chance with the examination
FORTHCOMING CDS EXAMINATION
Notification by the UPSC : 9TH NOV 2016
Last date to submit form to UPSC : 2ND DEC 2016
Date of Examination : 5TH FEB 2017
- Male / Female candidates who are born between 2ND JAN 94 to 01ST JAN 99 (both dates inclusive) with the qualification of Graduation, passed from any stream or presently undergoing Final year of graduation (from any stream) and likely to appear for Final exams in Mar / Apr are eligible. B Tech students (any stream) in their final year are also eligible to write the CDS examination.
- Our Course: Our preparatory course for the above CDS examination at Officers Academy commences from 1ST DEC 2016 TO 31ST JAN 2017
- The Officers Academy also provides the under-mentioned fundamental support to the aspirants of NDA examination.
- Facility to fill and forward ONLINE application forms to the UPSC.
- Complete career counseling for the CDS entry systems.