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CDSE is conducted by the UPSC twice a year. University graduates or those in final year of graduation are eligible to appear in the examination. Candidates qualifying in written examination have to undergo SSB interview and medical tests. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list undergo basic military training of 18 months at Indian Military Academy/ Air Force Academy/ Naval Academy for Permanent Commission and 11 months at Officers Training Academy (OTA) to become Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs). SSCOs can serve for a duration of 10 years extendable to 14 years. However, they can opt for permanent commission after completion of 10 years or seek release after completion of five years of service, which is considered on case to case basis.

Eligibility & Examination Detail

INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY DIRECT(IMA)

Vacancies Per Course 200 (Twice a year).
Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul and Nov
Eligibility Criteria
Age 19 to 24 years
Qualification Graduation from Recognised University.
Marital Status Un Married
How to Apply Apply Online on UPSC Website as per dates given in the Notification in the months of Jul and Nov.
Likely SSB Date Aug / Sep and Feb / Mar
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy IMA, Dehradun
Duration of Training 1 ½ Years

OTA SCC (Non Tech)

OFFICERS TRAINING ACADEMY (NON-TECHNICAL MEN)

Vacancies Per Course 175 (Twice a year)
Notification Published in Employment News Nov in leading Daily news Paper Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul and
Eligibility Criteria
Age 19 to 25 yrs
Qualification Graduation from Recognised University.
Marital Status Un Married
How to Apply Apply Online on UPSC Website as per dates given in the Notification in the months of Jul and Nov.
   
Likely SSB Date Nov / Dec and May / Jun
Date Commencement of Training Oct and Apr
Training Academy OTA Chennai
Duration of Training 49 Weeks

Conditions and Eligibility

NATIONALITY

A Candidate Must Be Unmarried and Must Either Be

  • a Citizen of India
  • a subject of Bhutan,
  • a subject of Nepal, or

AGE LIMITS, SEX AND MARITAL STATUS

ACADEMY AGE
INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY(IMA) 19 to 24 years unmarried male candidates.
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY(INA) 19 to 24 years unmarried male candidates.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY(AFA) 20 to 24 years unmarried male candidates.
OFFICERS TRAINING ACADEMY(OTA-MEN) 19 to 25 years (SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates.
OFFICERS TRAINING ACADEMY(OTA-WOMEN) 19 to 25 years (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.

EDUCATION QUALIFICATION

ACADEMY AGE
IMA & OTA (MEN & WOMEN) Graduation passed or appearing in any stream
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY B.E or B. Tech passed or appearing
AIR FORCE ACADEMY Graduation passed or appearing in any stream with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering/B.Tech

Every candidate for the Air Force and Naval Aviation is given Pilot Aptitude Test only once. The Grade secured by him at the first test (CPSS and/orPABT) will therefore hold good for every subsequent interview at the Air Force Selection Board. Those who have failed Indian Navy Selection Board/Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and/or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test earlier and those who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates. No e-Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id. while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

  • Written Examination conducted by UPSC
  • SSB Interview by Service Selection Boards OF Army/Air Force/Navy

EXAMINATION DETAILS

Exam Release Notification Submission of online application Written Exam SSB Interview
CDS - I Sep - Oct Oct - Nov Feb Aug - Sep
CDS - II May - Jun Jun - Jul Sep Feb - Mar

Paper Pattern

For - IMA/AFA/NA

Paper Subject No of Questions Marks Time Mks/Q Negative Mks
Paper-I Maths 100 100 2 Hrs 1 marks 0.33 marks
Paper-II English 120 100 2 Hrs 0.83 marks 0.27 marks
Paper-III GK 120 100 2 Hrs 0.83 marks 0.27 marks

 

For OTA

Paper Subject No of Questions Marks Time Mks/Q Negative Mks
Paper-I English 120 100 2 Hrs 0.83 marks 0.27 marks
Paper-II GK 120 100 2 Hrs 0.83 marks 0.27 marks

Sectional cut off- It is mandatory to secure 20% marks in each paper.

NOTE-

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only.
  • The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
  • The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination

SUBJECTS/TOPICS COVERED

Paper - I (English) Paper - II (General Ability) Paper - III (Elementary Maths)
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Ordering of Words
  • Ordering of Sentences
  • Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • History
  • Civics
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Current Affairs
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Arithmetic
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry

Note: For OTA Paper - III (Elementary Maths) is not applicable

Coaching Schedule CDS/OTA

Course Duration Course Code Admission Dates Batch Start Dates Classes Schedule
6 months CDS 006 Open 1st and 15th of each month 3 to 4 hours every day ( six days a week)
3 months CDS 003 Open 1st and 15th of each month 4 hours every day (six days  a week)
2 months CDS 002 Open 1st and 15th of each month 4 to 5 hours every day(six days  a week)

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Admission Form

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Following documents are required for the admission.
  • Copy of Education Qualification Certificates.
  • Copy of Caste Certificate - if applicable
  • Copy of Domicile Certificate
  • Copy of Aadhaar card as ID proof
  • 02 Latest Colored Photographs

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RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. Fee will be paid maximum in two instalments. Atleast 70% fee to be paid at the time of admission and balance 30% within 1 to 2 months from start of the course.
  2. Fee once paid will not be refunded or adjusted under any circumstance.
  3. Filling in of exam application forms and their submission to the exam conducting authority will be the responsibility of student himself.
  4. Student will be responsible for his physical, medical and educational eligibility for a particular course before taking admission. No fee in full or part will be refunded once the student has taken admission in the academy.
  5. Change in address and contact No if any to be notified to the office immediately on occurrence.
  6. Student enrolled with DDA will provide his entrance examination roll number to office immediately on receipt of his admit card from the exam conducting authority.
  7. DDA reserves its right to make any alteration in its program/fees without any prior notice to anybody.
  8. Students will follow all rules, regulations and instructions of the institute and will stay within its discipline parameters.
  9. Student found involved in any indiscipline or misconduct will be expelled from the academy without any notice or refund of fee.
  10. DDA guides, coaches and trains the students for defence forces’ entries but does not promise or guarantee the jobs.

DECLARATION

Date: 24-05-2022
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