UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION If you are young, courageous, patriotic and harbour a patriotic sentiment for India, then a career in the defense services would be a very good option for you! You can join the nation’s defence services after qualifying the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination. The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) New Delhi twice every year in the months of February and September for recruitment to the officer cadre of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The finally selected candidates are sent to one of the following institutes for training: a.Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun b.Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala c.Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad d.Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai Candidates selected in the Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy get permanent commission, however cadets passing out of Officers Training Academy get short service commission for 10 years. After 10 years of service. these SSC officers can either leave the service, ask for extension of four more years or ask for Permanent Commission (PC). Those seeking extension or PC are assessed by a board of officers and granted extension/PC, if found suitable. Women candidates can apply only to the Officers Training Academy (OTA.) Male candidates can apply to all the four academies. You need to mention your preferences for the academy while filling up the application form. Eligibility: Nationality: Interested candidates must be citizens of India, Bhutan, Nepal or they may be: ·a refugee from Tibet who has come to India before 1962 ·an Indian origin person migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam Other criteria to be fulfilled: Attribute Indian MilitaryAcademy Indian Naval Academy Air Force Academy Officers TrainingAcademy Age 19-24 Years 19-22 Years 19-23 Years 19-25 Years Marital Status Unmarried Unmarried Unmarried Married / Unmarried Gender Male Male Male Male/ Female Educational Qualification Degree from a recognised University B.E/ B.Tech or B.Sc (with Physics & Maths) from a recognised university or institution B.E/ B.Tech or B.Sc (with Physics and/or Maths) from a recognised university or institution Degree from a recognised University Note: If you hold a valid "Commercial Pilot License" issued by DGCA, then your upper age limit is relaxed to 26 years for Air Force Academy. Candidates appearing in the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete for the Combined Defence Service (CDS) but would be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by the date specified in the Commission’s Notification for the Examination. Physical Standards - Candidates must be physically fit according to the Regulations specified in the UPSC's Notification for Examination. Number of Vacancies available through Feruary 2015 exam: 464 posts Name of Course Number of Posts Indian Military Academy 200 Indian Naval Academy 45 Air Force Academy 32 Officers Training Academy(Men) 175 Officers Training Academy 12 How To Apply: Candidates need to apply online website for the CDS exam that is conducted by the UPSC. The last date to apply online is 5 December, 2014 (till 11.59 p.m.) You must submit only a single application Candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs. 200 in any of the following ways: ·Deposit money (cash) in any SBI branch ·Use the netbanking facility of SBI/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore ·Use a Visa/ Master credit or debit card However, female/ SC/ ST candidates don't need to pay any fee. OBC candidates need to pay the full fee. Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Pattern & Syllabus UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice a year annually. The exam pattern remains the same for CDS (I) exam as well as CDS (II) exam. The Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination comprises of the following stages: Stages Question Paper Pattern Language of Question Paper Duration Marks Stage I : Written examination Objective Type Only English / Hindi 2 hours each paper 100 for each paper Stage II: Intelligence test & Interview by SSB 300/ 200 Written exam The scheme of the CDS written exam (subject combination) is slightly different for admission to various academies: Indian MilitaryAcademy Naval Academy Air Force Academy Officers Training Academy Subjects English English English English General Knowledge General Knowledge General Knowledge General Knowledge Elementary Mathematics Elementary Mathematics Elementary Mathematics The total marks for CDS written exam for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy & Air Force Academy will be 300 marks. The total marks for CDS written exam for Officers' Training Academy will be 200 marks. The standard of the paper in Elementary Mathematics will be of class 10 level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University. The question papers for General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics will be set in both Hindi and English.