Combined Defence service

How We Prepare You For CDS + SSB ?

A candidate can appear for CDS Exam, while he/she is appearing for final year of Graduation. Both Male and Female candidates can apply for CDS Exam. Female candidates can only apply for Short Service Commission i.e. OTA. CDS Exam has three papers i.e. GK, Maths and English for Permanent Commission i.e. IMA, AF & NA and two i.e. English & GK for candidates applying for Short Service Commission i.e. OTA. Candidates with Arts/Commerce background are eligible for ARMY only.

Clearing CDS examination the aspirants will go for SSB interview that is why we train our aspirants for ssb in daily lectures there will be regular Grroup discussion & Public Speaking session in the classes to make you efficient in communication skills,leadership & to devlop group factor etc.

Maximum Hours of Coaching – 5 to 6 hrs daily Monday to Saturday.
Star Faculty – Nitesh Gupta Sir who is a UPSC qualified faculty who was twice recommended by SSB Board and teaching since 5 years of teaching experience.
Mock Tests – Weekly Mock Tests for Each Subject (4 x 6 = 24 Tests).
Current affairs Classes & Notes – Current Affairs by Experts, Exam Oriented Notes/Question Bank.
Training Aids – Speacialised Notes based on UPSC-CDS & Smart projects for better Assimilation.
Refresher Course – Free Refresher Course.


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.

 Indian Military Academy (IMA) ; Dehradun

 Indian Naval Academy; Ezhimala

 Air Force Academy; Hyderabad

 Officers Training Academy (OTA); Chennai. For both Men and Women

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.


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;

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks

  2. English- 100 Marks

  3. Mathematics- 100 Marks

All three papers of the CDS written exam are held on the same day and the duration of each paper is two hours. The papers of CDS written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the CDS written exam is of 300 marks. The OTA Written exam consists of only two of the above mentioned papers;

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

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks

  2. 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.


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. For viewing the detailed syllabus please see the link below.


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.