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CDS Exam Pattern & Procedure

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION

PATTERN & PROCEDURE

A. SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

1. The Competitive examination comprises:
(a) Written examination 
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.
 
Written examination
 The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—

  Subject Duration      Maximum  Marks
1 English  2 Hours  100
2 General Knowledge  2 Hours  100
3 Elementary Mathematics  2 Hours  100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

  Subject  Duration  Maximum  Marks
1 English  2 Hours  100
2 General Knowledge  2 Hours  100

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300 for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and 200 for Officers’ Training Academy . 

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. 

NEGATIVE MARKING

One third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. 

INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST

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. The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
 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 mks 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. 

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