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Combined Defence Services Examination

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination is carried out twice a year by the Union Civil Service Council for admission to the Indian Military Academy, the Indian Naval Academy, and the Indian Air Force Academy. The review notices are typically given in October and June, and exams in February and November are performed respectively. Only unmarried students will undergo the examination. After an assessment by the Services Selection Board (SSB), qualified candidates are accepted into the respective academies.

Tentative Schedule
(Examination held twice a year)
Notification of Examination August and March
Conduct of Examination February and August
19-24 Years Indian Military Academy
19-22 Years Naval Academy
19-23 Years Air Force Academy
19-25 Years Officer's Training Academy
Educational Qualifications
IMA & OTA Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Naval Academy B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg
Air Force Academy B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engg

Scheme Of Examination

Written Examination
a) For Indian Military Academy Naval Academy and Air Force Academy 1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
2. General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 300 Marks

b) OTA For Officers’ Training Academy 1. English (Objective type) 100 Marks
2. General Knowledge (Objective type) 100 Marks
Total 200 Marks
Marks for SSB Interviews
IMA, NA and AFA 300 Marks
OTA 200 Marks

Air Force Common Admission Test

AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an Indian Air Force admission test for applicants that are ready to join Indian Air Force as a Flying, Land (Technical) and Ground (Non-Technical) Commissioned Officer.

The Air Force Common Admission Test is a written examination carried out twice a year by Indian Air Force to undertake IAF officers. The formal review is then accompanied by interviews with the Air Force Evaluation Board of applicants.

Branch - Flying Branch - Ground Duty Branch - Ground Duty
PC/SSC - SSC for Men & Women
  • 205/19F/SSC/M & W

(Technical) {Aeronautical Engineer Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer Mechanicall}
PC/SSC - PC for Men and SSC for Men & Women
Course Number -
204/19T/SSC/M & W
(Nontechnical) {Administration, Logistics, Accounts and Education}
PC/SSC - PC for Men & SSC for Men & Women -
Course Number -204/19G/PC/M
204/19G/SSC/M & W

Nationality:- Candidate must be a citizen of India.


  • (i) Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry: 20 to 24 years. Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years i.e.
  • (ii) Ground Duty (Technical & Non-technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years.

Educational Qualifications:-