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Summary

The UPSC offers the CDS OTA exam as one of its exams. The CDS abbreviation stands for Central Defence Service, and the OTA abbreviation stands for Officers Training Academy.
OTA in CDS applies to both males and females. The job that gets through OTA is known as Short Service Commission as they are allowed to be in service only for 10-14 years. If the candidate wishes to serve for more than 14 years, they must apply for a permanent commission. If the candidate is worthy of serving for a longer period, the request for PC will be granted. The CDS and CDS OTA examination patterns are also distinct. The CDS exam consists of three parts, whereas the CDS OTA exam consists of only two parts.
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Exam Pattern

Total Marks : 100
Total Time : 120 Min
-ve marking : 0.33 (For each wrong answer)
Subject Qns. Marks
Elementary Mathematics 100 100
Total 100 100

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Criteria for UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service:

(A) For IMA - Indian Military Academy

• Bachelor's Degree of a recognized  University or equivalent.

(B) For INA - Indian Naval Academy

• Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

(C) For Air Force Academy 

• Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

(D) For Officers’ Training Academy (Male/Female)

• Bachelor Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.

 

Age Limit for UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service:

(A) For IMA, INA, AFA

Categories

Minimum Age

Maximum Age

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 years

24 years

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

19 Years 

22 years

Unmarried

Air Force Academy

19

23 years

<25 years unmarried or >25 years both married and unmarried.

 

(B) For OTA

Categories 

Post

Minimum Age 

Maximum Age 

Marital Status

Male

Officers Training Academy

19 years

25 years

Unmarried

Female 

Officers Training Academy(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19 years

25 years

Unmarried women, Childless widows who have not remarried, and childless divorcees (with divorce papers) who have not remarried are all eligible.

Important Note:

• A candidate must be unmarried and must either be a Citizen of India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, or belonging to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of relocating to India permanently.

• Only unmarried male/female candidates born between the 2nd of July, 1997 and the 1st of July, 2003 are eligible for the Officers' Training Academy.

• Candidates who have been prohibited from holding any form of commission in the Defence Services by the Ministry of Defence will be ineligible to take the exam.

 

Physical Standard for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA

• UPSC has set the different physical, visual, and medical standards for males and females for different posts of CDS, so candidates can check the information of physical standards through the official link on our website or whether they can check directly from the official link of UPSC.

Exam Pattern

Schemes of the UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service Selection Procedure:

The recruitment process will be held in the following phases.

• Written Exam

• Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test

• Medical Examination/ Physical Standard

 

For IMA, INA, and AFA

Subject

Total Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English

120

100

2 Hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 Hours

Elementary Mathematics

100

100

2 Hours

Written Examination for OTA

Subject

Total Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English

120

100

2 Hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 Hours

Important Note:

• All the questions in the written examination will be of Multiple Choice (MCQs) type.

• Each incorrect answer will be 1/3rd marks deduction.

• The Mode of Examination will be Offline

 

Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test for UPSC CDS - IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA

Interview Pattern for IMA, INA, and AFA

The total mark is given in this test is 300.

The interview is divided into two stages:

• Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR).

• The second stage consists of an interview, Group Testings Officers Task (GTO), psychological tests, and the conference.

*The Officers Intelligence Rating is Picture Perception and Description Tests (PP & DT). To proceed to the second stage of the SSB interview, a candidate must pass these tests.*

 

Interview Pattern for OTA

The total mark is given in this test is 200.

The interview is divided into two stages:

• Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR).

• The second stage consists of an interview, Group Testings Officers Task (GTO), psychological tests, and the conference.

*The Officers Intelligence Rating is Picture Perception and Description Tests (PP & DT). To proceed to the second stage of the SSB interview, a candidate must pass these tests.*

Vacancy Details

The following are the likely positions that will be filled up through this Exam:

Course

Approximate No. of Vacancies

Total Post

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)-117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) 

170

341

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 31st SSC Women (NT) (UPSC)

17

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 

153rd (DE) [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ 

Certificate (Army Wing) holders]

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala - 

 (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies 

 for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC 

 Special Entry) holders].

22

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala - (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies 

 for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC 

 Special Entry) holders].

32

Important Note:

• The exam of UPSC CDS, OTA is conducted twice a year, whose different details have been given to you in the above table.

• The above-mentioned number of vacancies is provisional and subject to change at any time by Services H. Q.

 

Syllabus

Syllabus for UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service: Written Examinations

For IMA, INA, IFA

(A) English

• Sentence arrangement

• Spotting Error

• Selecting words

• Synonyms and Antonyms

• Comprehension

• Ordering of Sentence

• Ordering of words

• Idioms and Phrases

• Fill up the blanks

 

(B) General Knowledge

• Current Affairs

• Physics

• Chemistry

• Biology

• Geography

• History

• Politics

• Sociology

• Economics

• Defense Related Awards

• Sports and culture

• Environmental Science

 

(C) Elementary Mathematics

(C-I) Arithmetic

• Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. 

• Fundamental operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, 

• Percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation. 

• Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. 

• Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

(C-II) Algebra

• Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, the relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions, and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

(C-III) Trigonometry

• Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos ×, and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°, Simple trigonometric identities, Use of trigonometric tables, Simple cases of heights and distances.

(C-IV) Geometry

• Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on 

(i) Properties of angles at a point,

(ii) Parallel lines, 

(iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, 

(iv) Congruency of triangles, 

(v) Similar triangles, 

(vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, 

(vii) Properties of angles, sides, and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle, and square, 

(viii) Circles and their properties including tangents and normals, 

(ix) Loci.

(C-V) Mensuration

• Areas of squares

• Rectangles

• Parallelograms

• Triangle and circle

• Areas of figures that can be subdivided into these figures (Field Book)

• Surface area and volume of cuboids

• Lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders

• Surface area and volume of spheres

(C-VI) Statistics

• Collection and tabulation of statistical data

• Graphical representation frequency 

• Polygons

• Histograms

• Bar charts

• Pie charts etc. 

• Measures of central tendency.

 

Syllabus for UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service: Written Examinations

For OTA

(A) English

• Sentence arrangement

• Spotting Error

• Selecting words

• Synonyms and Antonyms

• Comprehension

• Ordering of Sentence

• Ordering of words

• Idioms and Phrases

• Fill up the blanks

 

(B) General Knowledge

• Current Affairs

• Physics

• Chemistry

• Biology

• Geography

• History

• Politics

• Sociology

• Economics

• Defense Related Awards

• Sports and culture

• Environmental Science

Application Fee

Fee Payable by Candidates for UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service Exam:

For Other Candidates: Rs. 200/-

For Female/SC/ST candidates: Exempted

 

Mode of Payment: 

• The payment can be made by using either depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using the net banking facility of State Bank of India, or by using Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card.

• The payment of the examination fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above.

• Any other method of payment is neither valid nor acceptable.

• The UPSC has no mechanism for refunding any fees paid by candidates, therefore in the event that an application is successfully withdrawn, the fees would not be reimbursed.

How to Apply

For further information on how to fill out the online application form, see the instructions below.

• Visit the official website of UPSC

 Go to the ''Apply Online'' tab

 Select the "Online Application for Various Examinations" link.

 Click on the ''ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC

Start the UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service registration process with Part-I.

 Fill-up all the details

Pay the UPSC CDS - Combined Defence Service application fee.

 Upload the scanned photograph and signature

 Agree to the declaration

 Submit the application.

Make a hard copy for future reference.

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