FOR any young person, eager to defend the nation, CDS offers the right path. The career ensures good salary, growth prospects and respect in the society. The CDS Exam is followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board (SSB) for the shortlisted candidates.
Eligibility:The educational qualifications vary for each Academy (refer Table 1). A candidate who has opted for the Air Force Academy has to also appear for Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.
Fee: Examination fee is Rs. 100 payable to the Commission through a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp. Fee is exempted for all female candidates, SC and ST candidates only.
Results: The UPSC prepares a list of candidates who get the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination. Based on their preference, the candidates are called for intelligence and personality test (including psychological aptitude) by the respective SSB. Based on the performance at the SSB, final selection is made in order of merit, subject to medical fitness and suitability. About the Exam Written Examination: For admission to Military, Naval and Air Force Academy the candidates are tested in English, General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics, each paper of 2 hours duration and 100 marks each. For admission to Officer's Training Academy the candidates are evaluated in a similar manner as explained above except that they are exempted from giving a test on Elementary Mathematics. The test papers in all subjects consist of objective type questions in Hindi and English. The standard is such as may be expected of a graduate but for Elementary Mathematics which is that of matriculation standard. For English, the assessment is based on a candidate's understanding of the language and workmanlike use of words. For GK, one is expected to know the current events and knowledge on matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects. It includes questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which one can answer without special study. Elementary Mathematics includes questions from Arithmetic including number systems, profit & loss, ratio and proportion, number theory etc; Algebra; Trigonometry, Geometry; Mensuration and Statistics. Intelligence and Personality Test includes both verbal and non-verbal assessment primarily to evaluate basic intelligence of a candidate. This comprises Group tests, group discussions, group planning as also giving individual short presentation/lectures on specified subjects/topics.
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