Join Course CDS/OTA

Combined Defence Services Examination 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. CDS Selection Process encompasses two stages i.e. written test and SSB Interview round. In the first stage (written exam), candidates have to attempt three papers for selection in IMA, INA and AFA whereas OTA candidates have to attempt only 2 papers. We offer the best OTA programs in India. In the second stage of selection, they have to appear for an Interview which will test their intelligence, personality and psychological aptitude. In order to be eligible for CDS candidates have to qualify both stage 1 and stage 2. Aspiring candidates can join the best CDS coaching in Meerut at arrow achievers.

Age: Minimum Age Limit 19 Years

Eligibility Criteria:


  • Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA)
  • Air Force Academy (AFA)

Educational Qualification:

  • Graduation from a recognised university
  • Engineering degree from a recognised university/institute
  • Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering

Those who are in their final year of graduation can also apply. Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA. Candidates both male and female must meet the physical standard specified by UPSC. You can be prepared for the examination after receiving proper training and top CDS coaching in India.

  • The pattern of CDS/OTS written examination consists of three papers:
  • General Knowledge, English, and Mathematics for 100 marks each.
  • Physical Eligibility for Females to join CDS

Females can join the force via the OTA examination but the eligibility criteria for females are a bit different than for males.

  • They have to be 19 years old before attempting to write the exam and they cannot be more than 25 years old to appear for the examination.
  • Some believe that tattoos might get one disqualified but they are allowed only if they are on an inner elbow to the writing area.
  • Candidates who are unmarried, widowed, or even divorced can feel free to appear for the exam.
  • Females are required to have at least a height of 148cm.

You can join the CDS course in Meerut to prepare for the examination. you must know that OTA in CDS is applicable for both men and women. The service via OTA is called Short Service Commission and is allowed to serve up to 10 to 14 years. Aspirants who wish to have more than 14 years of commission should apply for the permanent commission. PC request will be granted only if the aspirant is worthy enough to hold the service for a much longer time.

With the entrance examination coming, it is important for a candidate to be prepared. Well, joining our coaching academy will be beneficial as we provide authentic study material with relevant information and an environment that will motivate you to practice, study, and prepare well. You will undergo proper preparation and physical training to work up all the areas you are weak or require attention. The CDS examination is one of the reputed exams that help one have a successful career while serving the nation.

What is the syllabus for the CDS/OTA Written examination?

Aspirants will have to appear for the CDS written exam to be tested for their knowledge in English, Polity, History, Maths, Geography, Current Affairs, Physics, Economics, Life Science, and more. To clear the OTA exam, one needs to prepare well for the CDS as the syllabus is the same. However, for OTA one doesn’t have to sit around for the mathematics exam.

Results of CDS/OTA examination

UPSC announces the results of the written examination within 3 to 4 months after the written examination. You can view your results on their website, being a competitive examination, there is no specific cut-off percentage for passing the exam. Candidates that perform excellently are sent the call letters for further interviews.

Other Information

The mentors, at Arrow Achievers, take the helm to ensure that the aspirants have clarity of fundamental concepts. Due emphasis is laid on Enhancement of Verbal Skills through Debating and Eloquence on the current issues influencing the world. This also encourages them to explore new opportunities, prospects and horizons. We follow systematic and a structured approach for teaching the concepts in so as to make them easy to comprehend for the candidates. We believe in conducting tests and physical training for Indian army. They are given complicated hypothetical situations, to appraise their logical reasoning, presence of mind and intellect, as we believe that these character traits are indispensable for the cadet, to be selected for any Competitive Exam for Armed Forces.