Combined Defence Services Exam Eligibility - Age Limit, Qualification, Number of Attempts

CDS Syllabus is discussed in the article. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination twice a year for recruiting candidates for the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification is usually released in the months of October/ November and June/ July, and the examination is generally 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 ). To clear the examination, first, you need is the complete information of the pattern, syllabus and previous year exam analysis so that it would become easy for you to analyse the examination and to prepare a strategy further.

Age Limit

21 to 32 years

Official Website

Number of Attempts

General - 6 , OBC - 9 , SC/ST (Upto age limit)

Educational qualification

Graduation from any recognized university



Application Start Date

October 22

Date of Exam

1st week of March

Course Name


Course Demand

Very High

Available Seats



3.00 pm - 4.00 pm


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