CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination)

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The CDS Examination is conducted twice a year for recruitment in Indian Army by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). Many candidates from all over the country participate in this exam. The notification is easily available in employment news papers, internet and advertisements. CDSE is for graduate, postgraduate, undergraduate students who want to join IMA (Indian Military Academy). Successful candidates are called for interview known as SSB (Service Selection Board).


CDSE cracking people have a bright career ahead


The basic eligibility criteria is degree equivalent in graduation, post graduation with maths and physics as compulsory subject in 10+2.

The selection criteria is different for Indian Army, Indian Air-force and Indian Navy respectively.

  • Age limitation-

Age limitation is very important aspect for selection in armed forces. All 3 forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) have their age standard according to their age limits which is given in their notification.


As the armed forces are known for its tough job one should have minimum physical standards according to their criteria.

Physical standards include physical fitness as well as mental fitness. Eye vision should be correctable with glasses minimum 6/6 .


The syllabus for examination includes different sections in which first section is of English which comprises of comprehensions, jumble words, unseen passages, synonyms, antonyms etc.

The second section include mathematical reasoning, the third section include analytical reasoning questions and the forth section includes picture recognition.


The results are  declared after 4-5 months from the date of examination. Those who qualify the test are  called for SSB interview .


  • This is the main interview process.Those candidates who have qualified their exam were called for SSB interview at different SSB centers present mainly in Allahabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Bhopal.
  • SSB procedure has 2 phases. First is screening phase where a picture is shown for 3 min and we have to write a story from it. After that there is a GD for 10 min about that picture.
  • This is first phase and many students were eliminated in this round. After that second phase starts which goes for 4 more days, so SSB interview is for 5 days.
  • The second phase consist of many rounds such as psychology test, GTO, outdoor tasks, GD and finally conference round.

You can prepare for GD process from General Topics for Group Discussion

  • On fifth day results are announced and the selected candidates have to stay for more time for their medical examination. Rest of candidate now can go back to their respective places.
  • After clearing medical exam the candidates are recommended and they have to wait for their merit list which comes after 3 to 4 months.

Those who got their name in merit list can join their respective Defence Job as an officer in armed forces. SERVING FOR THE COUNTRY IS A GREAT  HONOUR …….

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23 Responses to CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination)

  1. kishan says:


  2. shankar says:

    sir i have myopia will i be rejected even if i qualify the exam and ssb

  3. Lata Yadav says:

    Pursuing B.E with E.C Branch and 12th with PCM with 50% . can I apply this examination?

  4. Bikash Saikia says:

    Sir please tell me the requisite qualification for CDSE exam , i am in arts stream now i am the final year of my B.A

  5. shubham tomar says:

    i am a student of b.a.english from a ugc approved university and i wanted to join indian air force what all i need to do so??

  6. Tejas J. Purkar says:

    I am not eligible as age criteria. I was born on 22nd July 1999.

  7. alyse starc says:

    cdse best preparation book and how to crack cdse in first attempt

  8. Amit Kulkarni says:

    Steps to get selected in navy while i am pursuing masters degree in electrical engineering

  9. hanumanharao says:

    i have a spets,it is any probem to joining of indian airforce

  10. sree kumar says:

    How to join in govt jobs while a student is in programme

  11. nikee jena says:

    can i try for OTA ..and iam in pre-final year student of

  12. DUSHYANT says:


  13. Amit Kumar says:

    Common Defense Service Examination is a very reputed examination for those aspirants who dream of feeling the glory of being a defense person . This blog gives the brief idea of the selection process of the Cds SS?B.

  14. Dichun phaomei says:

    To be in an Indian Army or to serve the country is the very curious job for an aspirant like me. And I hope many civilians too are doing the same. CDSE, which is the only gateway for the said service is my main aims. God bless me join it.

  15. Sumit Mukherjee says:

    CDSE held twice in a year. It is a gateway to enter in the Indian military academy. It is always a dream for every individual indian to become a part of this. For all of these, we have to clear the CDSE examination. Hope the information discussed on the article, helps the students to know more about the examination.

  16. shweta singh says:

    Its quite informative article which gives all sots of infomations related to the CDS exams- one of the esteemed exams of our nation 🙂

  17. Ritika Savita says:

    CDS is a very honourable service that most of the boys dream to be in. One selection opens the gate of ultimate glory & also provides the chance of standing for your country.
    Here is the complete procedure of the recruitment for CDS examination.

  18. sneha says:

    A very informative and well furnished information on CDSE-COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE EXAMINATION conducted by UPSC.The eligibility criteria,the pattern of exam ,the age limitation etc made the article informative and worth reading…

  19. Sanjana Kumari says:

    The CDSE examination is a very prestigious exam conducted twice a year by UPSE(Union Public Service Commission) for recruitment in Indian Army. Every year many candidates from all over the country participate in this exam .The notification for this exam is easily available in employment news papers ,net and advertisements. I would suggest interested students to read this informative article.

  20. Shruti Priya says:

    Would someone like to miss a chance if he or she gets an opportunity to serve the country…. Off course not…. So CDSE is a best option for you.This is a exam conducted by UPSE. Here is all the relevant information regarding CDSE exams. The syllabus, eligibility criteria and the information regarding the results. Let your dream come true!!!

  21. Er Ketan Joshi says:

    CDSE is one of the dream exam for everyone but it will of some one who crack this exam and go for their dream. In this article all the student who want to be crack CDSE and know more about it will definetly help.

  22. sneha sinha says:

    COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICE EXAMINATION- CDS is conducted twice in a year by UPSC for recruitment in INDIAN army.A detailed,complete and exact description is given in the article and deals with the various aspects of CDS examination ranging from syllabus of CDS,pattern of question paper for CDS exam AND eligibility criteria for appearing in the CDS exam

  23. Kriti Das says:

    CDSE has always been a dream for many.This article has given every proper detail about every aspect of Combined Defense Services Examination.It will prove of immense help for all those who are planning a graet career through CDSE.

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