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CDS Selection Process 2017 | Combined Defence Services Selection Procedure

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Hi Dear cds aspirants, you can get here detailed Combined Defence Services Selection Procedure 2017-18. Believe me selection procedure of the exam is most interesting thing which i love to discuss. I have been covering all the exam selection process and writing them in detail for the candidates benefits.

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lets discuss cds intelligence test, CDS Interview, cds medical exam process, cds personality test, cds ssb process, cds written exam process and ssb selection process.

CDS Selection Process 2017

In this post, we will discuss CDS (Under UPSC) Selection Procedure. CDS stands for Combined Defence Services and UPSC stands for Union Public Selection Commission. Upsc conducts cds exam recruitment and release the notification twice in year in the month of February and November.

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We receive questions based on cds selection process, hence it becomes necessary for us to answer them in proper manner and on time.

Few questions are,

  • What is cds intelligence test?
  • How CDS Interview take place?
  • What are the checkups in cds medical exam process?
  • What is cds personality test?
  • Explain cds ssb selection process?
  • What cds written exam process?

Combined Defence services exam selection happen to recruit into various academy. Academies are the Indian Military Academy(IMA), officers Training Academy(OTA), Indian Naval Academy(INA) and Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA).

Check here: Whether you are eligible for CDS exam or Not ?

About CDS:

Organization Name: Union Public Service Commission

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Combined Defence Services Selection Procedure (संयुक्त रक्षा सेवाओं की चयन प्रक्रिया)

UPSC conducts CDS exam which has its unique selection procedure. CDS Selection Process (step wise) includes below steps,

  • Step 1: Written examination(लिखित परीक्षा)
  • Step 2: Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test (साक्षात्कार / खुफिया / व्यक्तित्व परीक्षण)
  • Step 3: Document Verification(दस्तावेज़ सत्यापन)
  • Step 4: Medical Examination(चिकित्सा परीक्षण)

Now we will discuss each step in detail and please comment if you any questions. Generally candidates stay confuse on various doubts. Very common questions are what is the syllabus of written examination in cds exam?, how personality test is being conducted?, what are the documents required in cds exam and what are the parameters for cgl medical exam. so we will enlist all the answers here.

Written Examination:

First of all you need to appear for written examination conducted by UPSC. all the candidates who clear written examination need to appear for next round which is intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board (SSBs) based on their preference, by the respective service HQ.

Type: Objective Type (MCQ)

Total Time: 2 hrs(120 min)

Total Marks: 100 for each subject

Please note that, 

  • All the candidates appearing for IMA(Indian Military Academy), INA(Indian Naval Academy), IAFA(Indian Air Force Academy) will have written test comprising of English, General Knowledge and Elementary mathematics subjects.
  • All the candidates appearing for OTA(officers training academy) the written test comprising of English and General Knowledge.

Please follow below table for marks and subject name in each academy.

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Indian Naval Academy Exam Pattern

Subject NameMax Marks
General Knowledge100
Elementary Mathematics100

Officers Training Academy Exam Pattern

Subject NameMax Marks
General Knowledge100

Interview/ Personality Test/ Intelligence Test

After successful completion of step 1 (written exam), now you need to appear for interview. This often know as SSB Process.

The SSB procedure consists of two stage selection process-Stage I and Stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for Stage II.

SSB Stage 1: you will go through Officer Intelligence rating Test (OIR), Picture perception and Discussion (P&DT) Test. You will be judged based on your performance and If you are shortlisted in stage 1, you need to appear for stage 2.

SSB Stage 2: stage II comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests and the conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

The personality of candidate is assessed by three different assessor’s viz. The interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weight-age for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in the entire test. If you qualify at SSB or make your place in merit list then you will required to go through the document verification.

Document Verification

Third step is Document Verification. It will be conducted only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test. If you get recommendation at SSB then you need to appear for Medical Examination and undergo a medical test procedure which will test your fitness as per the post applied.

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Medical Examination

All the candidates who gets recommended by the SSB 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.

Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

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That’s all guys we have covered cds selection process step by step starting from Written examination, Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test, Document Verification and Medical Examination.

Please comment below if any questions.

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