The "Combined Defence Services" Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the exams are conducted in February and November respectively.
The candidate must be an unmarried graduate to be eligible to sit for the exam.
Successful candidates of an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) are admitted into the respective Academies.
Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and those who are selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training:
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
Officers Training Academy, Chennai
Officers Training Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non- Technical)
Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers Training Academy, Chennai) only.
Applicants are required to mention their preferences while filling up the application forms.