Leader in Defence training with in-depth concept. Bharat Defence Academy


Combined Defence Services or CDS examination is conducted to recruit candidates in the Indian Armed Forces. Aspirants willing to become a part of Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy can apply for the CDS exam and chase their dream career. Like NDA exam, Combined Defence Services examination is conducted twice a year UPSC. Candidates will be called for Service Selection Board (SSB) after qualifying CDS exam and after that, successful candidates will be appointed with their respective training academies.

In general, the notification for CDS examination is released in the month of October and June. And, the exam is conducted in the month of February and November. To qualify this exam, joining CDS written exam coaching is the best option. We at Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow are providing excellent coaching for defence examinations, including CDS. Along with coaching, we provide high-quality study material and books that help students in their preparation.

MKC is the best CDS coaching institute in Allahabad . With experienced experts and qualified professionals, we guarantee for the highest success rate and maximum meritorious candidates. In addition to this, we provide basic mock test, online/offline test, and classroom assignment to help candidates in building their career. By joining CDS written exam coaching , students can not only enhance their skills and knowledge but also gain confidence.

We at Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow conduct a separate class for all subjects. We are a professionally managed institute that prepares candidates for the post of CDS. Our faculty teaches short tricks and methodology to students that help them in solving even tough questions within a specific time frame. When it comes to fee, we have designed an affordable fee structure for students so that they can easily enroll in our coaching institute and prepare themselves in the best possible way. Join our CDS written exam coaching to score good marks in your written exam and qualify the SSB interview as well.

Exam Pattern -

  • Forms- October & June
  • Exam-February & November
  • Age Limit 19 to 25 yrs
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering
  • Written Examination by UPSC
  • SSB Interview

Examination Schedule

Paper Availability of Forms Date of Examination
CDS-I 31-10-2018 to 26-11-2018 03-02-2019
CDS-II 12-06-2019 to 08-07-2019 08-09-2019

Age Limits, Sex And Marital Status

(i) For IMA -Unmarried male candidates with age between 19 to 24 years only are eligible

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates with age between 19 to 22 years only are eligible

(iii) For Air Force Academy - 19 to 23 years (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years.) only are eligible

(iv) For Officers Training Academy-(SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) having age between 19 to 25 years only are eligible

(v) For Officers Training Academy -(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible; they should have age between 19 to 25 years

UPSC CDS Examination Centers

The CDS exam will be held across 41 cities/towns in the country



The CDS examination will be conducted in two phases:

A). For admission in Indian Military Academy, Indian Navy Academy and Air Force Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks Questions
English 2 Hrs 30 Mins 100 120
General Knowledge 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 120
Mathematics 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 100
Total 300
B). For Admission in Officers Training Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks Questions
English 2 Hrs 30 Mins 100 120
General Knowledge 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 120
Mathematics 120 Minutes (2 hours) 100 100
Total 300

Cut Off

Courses Minimum qualifying marks in each Subject Minimum aggregate marks of last qualified candidate Marks of last recommended candidate
IMA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 105 marks (i.e. 35%) 227
INA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 90 marks (i.e. 30%) 225
AFA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 135 marks (i.e. 45%) 258
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 72 marks (i.e. 36%) 157
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 72 marks (i.e. 36%) 159


  • Every Sunday Physical Training Class is organized by Physical Trainers
  • SSB Interview & Spoken English Classes also run in this course.


Why choose Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow For CDS (Combined Defence Services) written exam coaching

Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow  is India Oldest and Largest Armed forces Preparatory Institute. Established in 2014 by Dr. Indra Deo Singh Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow has over 6 years of experience in successfully coaching candidates to be commissioned into the armed forces.

Every Tenth officer in the Indian Armed forces has been a student of Bharat Defence Academy.

Infrastructure: The Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow campus provides unmatched infrastructure, SSB like environment with on campus hostel and mess. Our classrooms for written coaching are air conditioned and well supported by modern Audio Visual technological aids and 24 hrs power back.

Faculty: The highly qualified, experienced and updated faculty for CDS (Combined Defence Academy) written coaching provides students with the right guidance to get best results in the exam. Students are coached by permanent faculty members not part-time teachers (working on per class basis) as in many other institutes.

Fully equipped library: Only Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow offers the facility of a fully equipped library offering 1000+ relevant and important books pertaining to the syllabus of the examination and competitive exam preparation. Students can issue these books for self study, revision, practice etc.

Study Room/ Reading Room: On campus study/ reading rooms are available to provide students with quiet and peaceful environment, perfect for self study and preparations. These rooms are open daily till late hours.

Motivational lectures and movies: Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow specializes in motivating the youth towards serving our great nation. Students interact with candidates from all over the country working towards a common goal. Motivational lectures and movies shown, leave the students inspired to do something for the country and become better human beings.

Discipline & Time Management: Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow is a Defence preparatory institute with strict rules that all students must abide by. All students are expected to follow the Honour Code and Discipline Code of Conduct of Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow, failing which they may be expelled without refunds. These guidelines enforced by the academy inculcate good values and discipline in the students. Students also learn the importance and benefits of proper time management. Sundays and other holidays are not observed to maintain continuity and to ensure students can focus on upcoming exam without distractions.

Physical Fitness: Only Bharat Defence Academy Lucknow offers a fully equipped Football ground, Basketball court, Volley ball court, Cricket field and badminton court along with dedicated Obstacle course and vast open grounds to encourage physical fitness among candidates as endurance and stamina are a pre-requisite for SSB which is the next step after the exam.

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