UPSC CDS Exam 2024: Apply Now for IMA, INA, AFA, OTA

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination (II), 2024

List of Jobs

  1. Indian Military Academy (IMA)
  2. Indian Naval Academy (INA)
  3. Air Force Academy (AFA)
  4. Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Men
  5. Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Women

Employer Name

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Employer Overview

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a premier central recruiting agency in India responsible for conducting examinations and appointments for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. The UPSC is known for its rigorous and transparent selection process, ensuring the recruitment of qualified candidates into the civil services and armed forces of India.


  • Nationality:
    • Must be a citizen of India or subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to permanently settle in India.
  • Age Limits:
    • IMA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2005.
    • INA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2005.
    • AFA: 20 to 24 years as of July 1, 2024 (born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2004). Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years.
    • OTA (Men): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1999, and not later than July 1, 2005.
    • OTA (Women): Unmarried women, issue-less widows who have not remarried, and issue-less divorcees who have not remarried (in possession of divorce documents) born not earlier than July 2, 1999, and not later than July 1, 2005.
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • IMA and OTA: Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
    • INA: Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
    • AFA: Degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.


Training academies located in:

  • Dehradun (IMA)
  • Ezhimala (INA)
  • Hyderabad (AFA)
  • Chennai (OTA)


  • Lieutenant: Pay Level 10, ₹56,100 – ₹1,77,500 per month​​.

Application Fees

  • General/OBC: ₹200
  • SC/ST/Female: Exempted from fee payment

Important Dates

Event Date
Application Start Date May 17, 2024
Last Date for Submission June 6, 2024
Examination Date November 10, 2024

Application Instructions

  1. Online Registration:
    • Visit the UPSC official website: UPSC Online
    • Click on the “Apply Online” link and fill in the necessary details.
    • Upload required documents (photograph, signature, ID proof).
    • Pay the application fee (if applicable) through net banking, credit/debit card, or e-challan.
  2. Submission of Application:
    • Ensure all information is correct before submission.
    • Save and print the application form for future reference.
  3. Admit Card:
    • Download the admit card from the UPSC website once released.
    • Carry the admit card and a valid photo ID to the examination center.

Selection Process

  1. Written Examination:
    • Objective type questions covering English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics (for IMA, INA, AFA) or English and General Knowledge (for OTA).
  2. SSB Interview:
    • Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for the SSB interview, which includes psychological tests, group tasks, and personal interview.
  3. Medical Examination:
    • Candidates recommended by the SSB will undergo a medical examination to assess their physical and mental health.

Physical Standards

Candidates must meet the prescribed physical standards which include height, weight, and visual acuity requirements specific to each academy and service branch. Detailed guidelines are provided on the UPSC website.

Contact Information

For any queries or further information, candidates can contact UPSC’s facilitation counter or visit the official website.

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