Combined Defense Service Exam ( CDSE )

The "Combined Defence Services" Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are 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).

CDSE 2019 Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

(i) For IMA-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2001 only are eligible.

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2001 only are eligible.

(iii) For Air Force Academy - 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2020 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2000 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 2000) only are eligible.

NOTE: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.

 (iv) For Officers' Training Academy - SSC Course for men unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2001 only are eligible.

(v) For Officers' Training Academy - SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2001.

NOTE: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

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