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CDS: Free Online Mock Tests

Prepare for the UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam with our free test papers.

CDS Mathematics
CDS Paper 1 - Elementary Mathematics - Mock Test 1 Free Test
CDS English
CDS Paper 2 - English - Mock Test 1 Free Test
CDS General Studies (GK)
CDS Paper 3 - General Studies - Mock Test 1 Free Test

UPSC CDS Examination FAQs

What is CDS exam?
'CDS' is an acronym for 'Combined Defence Services' Examination which is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
How many times CDS is held in a year?
The written exam of Combined Defense Service Examination (CDSE) is conducted twice every year, generally in the month of February and August.
Can females apply for OTA through CDS exam?
No. But they can join Airforce through AFCAT exam conducted by the Indian Airforce twice in year.
Can we apply for CDS after 12th?
No. only graduate students are applicable for CDS Entry. You have to pass NDA exam if you are interested to join army after 10+2.
What is the age limit for CDS?
20 to 24 Years. However, for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) the age lmit is relaxable up to 26 Yrs.
Is there any percentage criteria (Graduation) for CDS?
No specific percentage is required for CDS. Simply Graduation (3 years) is required to apply for CDS exam. Graduate candidates from Science stream are eligible to join all the three wings of defense.

UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Format

CDS (I) Written Exam Pattern: For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

S.No. Subject Total Marks Time Duration
1 English 100 2 Hours
2 General Knowledge (GK) 100 2 Hours
3 Elementary Mathematics 100 2 Hours

CDS (1) Written Exam Pattern: For Admission to Officers' Training Academy

S.No. Subject Total Marks Time Duration
1 English 100 2 Hours
2 General Knowledge (GK) 100 2 Hours

CDS Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

  1. Stage 1
    • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests
    • Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT)
  2. Stage 2
    • Interview
    • Group Testing Officer Tasks
    • Psychology Tests
    • Conference