About CDS Entrance

Selection Procedure

Combined Defence Services Exam comprises two stages.

  • STAGE I: WRITTEN TEST
  • STAGE II: INTELLIGENCE & PERSONALITY TEST

STAGE I: WRITTEN TEST

The entrance for Combined Defence Services comprises a Written Exam followed by Intelligence and Personality Test. The details follow:

Written Examination for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Paper Subject Duration Number of qs Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 120 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 120 100
III Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100 100
Total
300

Interview(called as Intelligence & Personality Test) comprises 300 marks

Written Examination for Officers' Training Academy

Paper Subject Duration Number of qs Maximum Marks
I English 2 hours 120 100
II General Knowledge 2 hours 120 100
Total
200

STAGE II: INTELLIGENCE & PERSONALITY TEST

This stage comprises two sub-stages.

STAGE - I

Stage one selection system includes the following:-

(a) Intelligence Test (verbal and non verbal).

(b) Picture Perception and Description Test

(c) Discussion of the picture - 30 Minutes

Once all candidates have undergone stage one. The results for stage one testing are declared. Recommended candidates are retained for stage-II testing and those not recommended are dispatched back.

STAGE - II

It comprises psychological tests, group tests, and group tasks. These three tests are conducted on three consecutive days.

A) PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

  • Thematic Apperception Test:
  • Word Association Test:
  • Situation Reaction Test:
  • Self Description Test:
B) GROUP TESTS

GTO - Day 1 This includes the following:-

  • Group Discussion:
  • Group planning exercise:
  • Progressive group task:
  • Group obstacle race:
  • Half group task:
  • Lecturette:
C) GROUP TASKS
  • Individual Obstacles:
  • Command Task:
  • Final Group Task: