CDS Selection Process 2021

CDS Selection Process 2021

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: May 4, 2021CDS is a National Level Entrance exam conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November.
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CDS Selection Process

It is imperative to know the CDS Selection Process 2021 for every candidate appearing for Combined Defence Service Examination 2021. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a CDS exam to select talented and skilled applicants as officers in the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy.

CDS Selection Process 2021 includes two stages- written exam and SSB interview. Each stage is an important phase of the CDS exam. Aspirants have to clear three papers to crack the written round. After that, contenders who will clear the written exam round will be invited for the SSB Interview.

The selection committee will test the aspirants' personality, intelligence, and psychological aptitude in the interview round. Candidates should clear both the stages of the CDS Selection Process 2021 to get selected in CDS 2021.

Final selected contenders will be invited for the training at INA Ezhimala, IMA Dehradun, OTA Chennai, and AFA Hyderabad.

CDS Selection Process Stage 1:Written Examination

As per the CDS Exam Pattern 2021, the Combined Defence Service Examination comprises three papers- English, Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge. Contenders have to score passing marks in all three papers to get admission in Naval, Military, and Air Force Academy.

Those applicants who submit the application form successfully will be able to appear in the written examination. If any aspirant wants to enrol in Officers' Training Academy, then he/she is required to participate in just two papers General Knowledge and English.

According to the latest CDS paper 1 exam pattern, the CDS 2021 exam contains objective-type MCQs. Candidates will get only two hours to finish each paper. After that, the selection committee will conduct an SSB interview to complete the CDS Selection Process 2021.

But remember, only those applicants will be asked to appear in the interview who qualify the stage 1.

CDS Selection Process Stage 2: SSB Interview

After stage 1 you have to participate in the SSB Interview, which will be undertaken for 5 days, in which the intelligence, personality, and many other attributes of the candidates shall be tested. These tests are also divided into two stages.

Only qualified contenders in stage one will be allowed to participate in the second stage. Candidates qualifying the SSB Interview shall become eligible to get admission in OTA and Forces. We have stated the day-wise test schedule below for your ready reference.

Stages of SSB Interview

  • Psychological Aptitude Test - Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test, Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT).
  • Intelligence Test - Group Testing Officer tasks & Conference.Psychological Test,

SSB Interview Schedule for the CDS selection process 2021



Day 1

Reporting, form filling, conducting of the Picture Perception and Description Test

Day 2

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), and Self Description Test (SD).

Day 3

Group Testing Officers' Tasks (GTO). This includes Group Planning Exercise (GPE), Group Discussion (GD), Progressive Group Task (PGT), Half Group Task (HGT), & Individual Obstacle Task (IOT).

Day 4

Command Task, Final Group Task (FGT), Individual Obstacle Task (IOT), Personal Interview and Individual Lecturette

Day 5

Conference Session and Document Verification Process

CDS Selection Process Stage 3:Medical Exam & Document Verification

Candidates who successfully qualify the SSB interview need to undergo the medical exam. It is organized by the Special Medical Board (SMB). This process will be completed in 4 to 6 days, during which they may have to produce their documents also for verification.

That's why aspirants are informed to bring their original documents and testimonials during the medical examination process.

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Naveen SinghNaveen SinghMember since Jan 2019
Recommended twice for Indian Army in 2011 & 2017. Cleared NDA, CDSE, AFCAT, CAPF Exams.
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  • If any aspirant doesn't produce documents, then he/she will be rejected from the final CDS selection process 2021

  • Yes, candidates have to score qualifying marks individually in each stage to make it to the final merit list.

  • The final CDS final merit list 2021 will prepare based on marks obtained in the written and SSB interview process by the candidates.

  • Candidates qualified in SSB Interview 2021 have to submit the following documents:

    • photocopies of Matriculation certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth
    • Bachelor's Degree/ Provisional Degree along with mark sheets of all the years/ semesters in support of educational qualification
    • Identity Proof
  • It is stage 1 of the CDS Interview 2021 in which the aspirant's memory retention and the abilities to comprehend situations are tested. It is quite challenging.

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