The “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

There are many job opportunity available for candidates who have qualified UPSC CDS Exam. Candidates can get more job opportunity in Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. The main thing is that both male and female candidates can apply for it. Here we have mentioned the complete details about the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy (INA), Officers Training Academy such as salary, Job Profile, Rank and Promotions, etc.

As we know, UPSC CDS 2020 application form released and a huge number of candidates applied for it. Therefore, candidates are starting their conversation about What is the career opportunity after CDS, How much salary will be paid after selection, What are the benefits and allowances for the job Profile, etc. Here we will help you to know everything, so, let’s have a look at expected salary

Expected Salary of Indian Navy & Air force Officer: 

RankPay Band (Expected Salary)
Lt. to MajorRs 15,600-39,100 ( PB-3 )
Lt. Col. to Major Gen.Rs 37,400-67,000 ( PB-4 )
Lt. Gen. HAG ScaleRs 67,000/- ( annual increment @ 3% ) – 79.000
HAG Scale* (* Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt. Gens)Rs 75,500/- ( annual increment @ 3% ) – 80,000
VCO / AS / Army Cdr / Lt Gen ( NFSG )Rs 80,000/- ( Fixed )
COAS90,000/- ( Fixed )

Expected Monthly Salary of Indian Army Officer : 

RANK          Grade PayPay BandsMSP
LT COLONEL8000PB-4/37400-670006000
MAJOR GENERAL10000PB-4/37400-67000NIL

  • Highly Active Field Area Allowance: Rs 6,780/- to Rs 8,400/- p.m
  • Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance: Rs 1,600/- to Rs 2,000/- p.m
  • Compensatory Field Area Allowance: Rs 4,200/- to Rs 5,200/- p.m
  • Transport allowance: Rs. 3,200/- + DA thereon pm in A-1/A class cities and Rs. 1,600/- + DA thereon pm at other places shall be admissible to officers
  • High Altitude Allowance: Rs 1,060 p.m. to Rs 11,200 pm
  • Dearness Allowances(DA): Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the Civilian Gazetted Officers from time to time
  • Kit Maintenance Allowance: Rs 400/- per month
  • Siachen Allowance: Rs 14,000/- per month
  • Uniform Allowance: Initially for one time kit at Rs 14,000/-

A candidates must either be:
        (i) a Citizen of India, or
       (ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
      (iii) a subject of Nepal, or
      (iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
       (v) a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),(iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.

  • For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1996 and not later than 01st July 2001 only are eligible
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1996 and not later than 01st July 2001 only are eligible.
  • For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st July 2020 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd July 1996 and not later than 01st July 2000 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd July 1994 and not later than 01st July 2000) only are eligible.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd July 1995 and not later than 01st July 2001 only are eligible.
  • 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; they should have been born not earlier than 02nd July 1995 and not later than 01st July 2001.

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses

Minimum Educational Qualification:

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai – Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
  • For Air Force Academy – Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg ‘A’, CDSE Entry, West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066. In case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing,  Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled:
  • For admission to IMA on or before 1st July 2020, Indian Naval Academy on or before 1st  July 2020 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th May 2020.
  • For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on or before 01st October 2020

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination

Physical Standards (CDS Exam Eligibility)

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (1), 2020 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV

Candidates (accepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The following are the selection Procedure details to apply for the Combined Defence Services Exam
UPSC Selection Procedure consists of three stages.
                  1.  Written Exam
                  2.  Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test
                  3.  Document Verification
                  4.  Medical Examination

Written Exam consists of Objective Type questions and time duration 02 hrs and maximum marks is 100 for each subject. For the candidates who are appearing for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air force Academy written test comprising of English, General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics subjects and for candidates who are appearing for officers training academy the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference, by the respective service HQ.
(A) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:
                     Subject Duration Maximum Marks
                     English 2 Hours 100
                     General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
                     Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100
(B) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:
                      Subject Duration Maximum Marks
                      English 2 Hours 100
                      General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course. i.e the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy respectively.
The papers in all the subjects will consists of objective type questions only. The question papers of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weighs and Measures only will be set.

 Intelligence & Personality Test:

The candidates who are selected in written test are called for interview. The SSB procedure consists of two stage selection process-Stage I and Stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.

  • Stage I comprises of Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT
  • Stage II comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference. These testes are conducted over 4 days The personality of candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. the interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS ) Examination for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The CDS syllabus details is given below.

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The Paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which Candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Arithmetic: Number System-Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental Operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
Elementary Number Theory- Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorization Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
ALGEBRA: Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, Solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two Variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
TRIGONOMETRY:  Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.
GEOMETRY:  Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a Point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normal, (ix) Loci.
MENSURATION: Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which Can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and Volume of spheres.
STATISTICS: Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, frequency Polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency