What is Combined Defence Services?
The Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) is performed via the Union Public Service Commission to recruit Commissioned Officers within the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the exam is generally launched within the months of December and May, and the examinations are performed in April and September respectively. Only single graduates are eligible to take a seat down for the exam. The examination is performed two times a year. Successful applicants are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview performed via way of means of the Services Selection Board (SSB).
The CDS officer is the principal staff officer and chief military adviser to the Minister of Defence. He also heads the Department of Military Affairs. Bipin Rawat was the first CDS officer. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is the military head of the chiefs of staff committee of the Indian Armed Forces.
Eligibility for CDS
- For the Indian military academy, the Air force academy and the Naval academy age limit is 19 to 24 years.
- For officer training academy age limit is 19 to 25 years.
- For the Indian military academy and officers training academy age, the candidate has to have a degree from a recognized university.
- For the Indian Naval academy, the candidate needs to have a degree in Engineering from a recognized University.
- To get into the Air force academy the candidate is required to have a degree from a recognized university of Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Physical standards for CDS
- CDS examination aspirants must be physically and mentally fit.
- For the candidates for the CDS exam, permanent tattoos on their bodies are prohibited.
- There should be no hernia anywhere on the body of the candidate.
- The CDS candidate should not have any active congenital venereal disease.