CDS Coaching in India (Combined Defense Services Examination)

by Uday Kumar on October 13, 2012

Aspirants who want to enter the Armed forces can be recruited into the Indian Military Academy, the Naval Academy or the Air Force Academy as well as the Officers Training Academy after graduation as Permanent Commissioned Officers. For that they need to appear for the Combined Defense Services Examination. The examination is conducted by the UPSC, the Union Public Service Commission in India twice every year in February and November. The SSB interview is then conducted in the case of successful candidates and after passing the interview they can enter the Academy. By obtaining a good CDS coaching in India, candidates can prepare well for the objective type of paper as well as for the SSB interview. The examination tests the applicant on English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics.

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The applicant can join a CDS coaching center even during the 3rd year of Graduation. The CDS exam consists of three papers, English, General Knowledge and Mathematics, which is the syllabus for the Permanent Commission. The Permanent Commission officers undergo training in the IMA, the AFA and the NA. The women can only apply for the Short Service Commission in all three services. If the candidate has a graduate degree in Arts or Commerce, he can only apply for the Army. For Army Short Service Commission the training is conducted in OTA,Chennai only. For Air Force and Navy the short service commission officers undergo training in respective academies only (AFA and INA).

CDS coaching in India is available in a comprehensive pattern of one or two months duration and one can achieve good success by enrolling in such a coaching center. The mathematics paper is of the Matriculation standard with about 100 questions. The applicant gets about one minute to solve a single question on an average. It is, therefore, important that the candidate gets enough practice through a coaching center in order to learn all the shortcuts and practice diligently.

In case of General Knowledge, the syllabus is very large and the candidate can find it quite difficult to go through several years’ papers. It is important not to focus on bulky details alone but also concentrate on the correct aspects. CDS coaching can provide the candidates with several sample papers and also details of any recent current affairs and updates before appearing for the examination.

In case of English, spoken English alone is not enough for the CDS examination, as the student needs to be informed about correct grammar. The paper is an objective type and the student needs good practice in basic grammar to secure good marks. Several other aspects of language are also dealt with, such as Synonyms, Antonyms along with questions based on Analogy and reading comprehension passages. There are several innovative techniques that the candidate can imbibe at a good CDS coaching in India, so that he can tackle the question paper within the stipulated time.

Aspirants can be trained for the SSB interview as well as the written test of the competitive examination. With a holistic approach, the SSB coaching centers train candidates in personality development as well. Several mock and simulated tests are offered for better assimilation by the candidate.

Do check out our online training program for SSB interviews to improve your chances of selection into the Armed Forces.

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Meenakshi October 14, 2012 at 11:52 am


I wanted 2 ask in a gd or lecturette…if topic is sumthn versus defence…eg.v shud spend more on defence or infrastructure of r country OR whu serves r country more Farmers or Soldiers….in dt case if v opt 2 turn down d defence option den will d officials tak it as a negativ aspect as i want 2 join defence bt m still tokin against it..

Kindly advice..



Siddharth October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Uday SIr,

My D.O.B is 1st july 1992, currently 2nd year student of electrical engineering & will be graduated in may 2015, I have my one shot aim – To Join Indian Army (in non-tech entry).
Hereby I request you to please look into the matters of age limits (CDSE) & please tell me all the opportunities for getting into Indian Army (in non- tech).

It will be very grateful Sir.

Kindly advise.



sara October 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm

my son got recommended both in 10+2 entry of navy and na cadet of nda ssb interviews. sir what is the difference between these two once he joins in na? which one will be better for him to choose? for both type of entry ,can they choose any branch like mech,ece,elect and naval arch?
sir i don’t know much about it.Pls clear my doubts.
thanks in advance.


ankit October 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Sir both are same yes through both he have a chanve to go any stream mech . Ece.wait for merite list both have equals value


Nipun Deswal October 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

sir , i want to join the indian army by cracking the cds examination and the ssb and then finally entering IMA dehradun . sir my doubt is when shouid i join the coaching institute to crack the cds exam . i am in first year . should i join in the second year or the third year . sir i hope you can clear my doubt . Thank You sir for looking into my question .


Santhosh November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

i wanna try joining IAF. i’m also a singer…so thought i’d opt for short service n proceed with my singin after a few yrs…do v get the benefits of medical n pension jus lik permanent commission officers..?? n upto wat rank can an officer be promoted upto, when it comes to short service commission in the Indian Air force if he/she serves upto 14 yrs(maximum possible)??


Tarun January 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Respected sir,
my brother is persuing his 2nd year and he is preparing for cds exam by self study. He needs a proper guidance to prepare well for his cds exam.
So, it’s my humble request with u sir kidly guide me a good coaching class for preparation.


punctually May 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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Ajit adav July 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

Dear Sir,
I am doing job in Gpi Textile since 1st July 2013 but i want to do preparation for CDS . problem is that i can’t leave my job because of my financial condition .Can you give me any suggestion , what i should do now? My DOB is 20 feb 1992.


Ravi Kishore B September 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

Dear sir: Your blog is very informative. Thanks a lot for sharing the knowledge. One of my nephew is an aspirant for CDS examination next year. I would like to know a credible coaching center in Chennai for CDS examination, which you could recommend.



sachin akole April 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

sir, my name is sachin akole and i want to join indian airforce bt i am doing civil engg diploma and my age is 22, i hav search manny ways to join army, navy or airforce bt the problm comes in my age and graduation can u plz tell me any other way so tht i cld join army, navy or airforce.


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