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Selection Process of CDS Exam

CDS Exam is divided into following stages:

1. Written Examination

2. SSB Interview

  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT)
  • Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference

3. Medical Examination

Here is the detail information about each stage:

1. Written Examination:

  • Stage – 1 of CDS Exam is Written Examination, which is objective type of exam. Candidates who applied for CDS Exam will receive Admit Card approximately three weeks before the commencement of Written Examination.

  • Approximately 4 weeks after the commencement of Written Examination, UPSC declares a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Written Examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.

  • Candidates who have qualified in the Written Examination are required to register themselves on the recruiting directorate website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in in order to enable them to receive call up for second stage of selection process i.e. SSB Interview.  

2. SSB Interview:

  • Candidates who are declared successful in the Written Examination will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ.
  • This intelligence and personality test is also divided into 2 stages as mentioned below:

a. Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT):

Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and Discussion Test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify, would undergo subsequent testing.

All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for.

Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.

b. Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference:

Psychological test will be conducted on Day 1 (Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days.

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test.

In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.

The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not-Recommended at the SSB.

c. CPSS (ONLY FOR CADIDATES APPLYING FOR AIR FORCE):

Candidates recommended by the AFSBs required to appear for CPSS (Computer Pilot Selection System). This is once in a lifetime test.

Candidates who have failed the CPSS/PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible.

3. Medical Examination:

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male/female doctors/specialists/Gynecologist. There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board.

The candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board (AMB) will also be intimated to the candidate.

a. Final Result:

Final Result of CDS Exam is prepared based on the minimum qualifying marks secured by a candidate separately in (i) Written Examination and (ii) SSB Interview Tests as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board respectively in their discretion. The candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the Written Examination and in the SSB Interview Tests.

However, only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. Success at the examination confers no right of admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy or the Officers' Training Academy as the case may be.

The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and number of vacancies available.

Posted By:

Ragini Joshi

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