Combined Defence
Services Examination (I) 2011
Including SSC (Women Non Technical) Course

Last Date for Receipt of Offline Applications 25.10

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Examination Notice No.

Appendix I- Scheme, standard and syllabus

Appendix II (A) - Instructions for filling up Online Applications

Appendix II(B)- General Instructions

Appendix III- List of Post Offices where Application forms are available

Appendix IV-Special Instructions for conventional Type of papers

Appendix V- Guidelines with regard to Physical Standards for Candidates for Combined Defence Services Examination.  

Appendix VI - Brief Particulars of service etc.


Examination Notice No. 02/2011-CDS-I

New Delhi, the 25 September 2010  
F. 8/2/2010-E.I(B)-A Combined Defence Services Examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 13th February 2011  for admission to the under mentioned courses.

Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies.

Important Infomation

Centres Of Examination
Conditions of Eligibility
How to Apply
Last date for receipt of applications
Acknowledgement of applications
Correspondence with the Commission
Announcement of the Results 
Disqualification for Admission to the Training Course
Restrictions on Marriage during Training 
Other Restrictions


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Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies  


Indian Military Academy Dehradun 132nd Course Commencing in  January, 2012 [including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders].



Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, course commencing in January 2012 Executive (Hydro/General service) [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing)].



Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2012 i.e. No.191st F(P) Course.



Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  95th SSC Course (for men) commencing in April 2012.


5 Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  (Madras) 9th  SSC Women Non-Technical Course commencing in April 2012   25

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Note : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Service H.Q.

N.B. (i) (a) A candidate is required to specify clearly in column 22 of the Application Form the Services for which he wishes to be considered in the order of his/her preference. He/she is also advised to indicate as many preferences as he/she wishes to, subject to the condition given at paras (b) and (c) below, so that having regard to his/her rank in the order   of merit due consideration can be given to his/her preferences when making appointment.  

Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their first and only preference.

(b)(i)    "If a male candidate is competing for Short Service Commission (Army) only, he should indicate OTA as the one and only choice.  However, a male candidate competing for Short Service Commission course at OTA as well as permanent commission course at IMA, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy should indicate OTA as his last preference, otherwise OTA will be deemed to be the last choice even if it is given a higher preference by the candidate".

(ii)            Women candidates are being considered only for Short Service Commission at OTA.  They should indicate OTA as the only choice.

(c)        Candidates who desire to join Air Force Academy must indicate AFA as first choice, as they have to be administered pilot aptitude battery test at one of the AFSB and AF Medical at Central Medical Establishment/Institute of Aviation Medicines.  Choice exercised for AFA as second or third will be treated as invalid.

(d) Candidates should note that, except as provided in N.B. (ii) below, they will be considered for appointment to those courses only for which they exercise their preference and for no other course(s).

(e) No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a candidate in his/her application will be entertained by the Commission. No change of choice once exercised will be allowed. Second choice will come for consideration only when the  first choice is not offered to the candidate by Services HQ. When first choice is offered and a candidate declines the same, his/her candidature will be cancelled for all other choices for regular commission.

N.B. (ii) The left-over candidates of IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force Academy courses viz, those who have been recommended by the Union Public Service Commission for grant of permanent commission on the basis of the final results of this Examination, but who could not be inducted on these courses for any reason whatsoever may be considered for grant of SSC even if they have not indicated their choice for this course in their applications, If they are subsequently willing to be considered for this course subject to the following conditions :  

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(i) There is a shortfall after detailing all the candidates who competed for the SSC Course; and

(ii) The candidates who are detailed for training even though they have not expressed their preference for SSC will be placed in the order of Merit List after the last candidate who had opted for this Course, as these candidates will be getting admission to the Course to which they are not entitled according to the preference expressed by them.

(iii) Candidates with Air Force as first and only choice cannot be considered as left over for grant of SSC (OTA) if they fail in the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. Such candidates, if they desire to be considered for SSC (OTA) should exercise their option for OTA also.

Note 1 : NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) holders may also compete for the vacancies in the Short Service Commission Course but since there is no reservation of vacancies for them in this course, they will be treated as general candidates for the purpose of filling up vacancies in this course. Candidates who have yet to pass NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) examination, but are otherwise eligible to compete for the reserved vacancies, may also apply but they will be required to submit the proof of passing the NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) examination to reach the Army HQ/Rtg. CDSE Entry for SSC male candidates and SSC women entry for female candidates, West Block-III, R K Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ DMPR (OI&R Section), Room No. 204 ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO 3 (A)/Air Headquarters, J, Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by 13th November 2011. To be eligible to compete for reserved vacancies the candidates should have served for not less than 2 academic years in the Senior Division Army Wing and 3 academic years in the Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing of National Cadet Corps and should not have been discharged from the NCC for more than 24 months for IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force Academy courses on the last date of receipt of Application in the Commission’s Office.

Note 2 : In the event of sufficient number of qualified NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) holders not becoming available on the results of the examination to fill all the vacancies reserved for them in the Indian Military Academy Course/Air Force Academy Course/Indian Naval Academy Course, the unfilled reserved vacancies shall be treated as unreserved and filled by general candidates.

Admission to the above courses will be made on the results of the written examination to be conducted by the Commission followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board of candidates who qualify in the written examination. The details regarding the (a) scheme, standard, syllabus of the examination, (b) Instructions to candidates for filling up the Application Form, (c) List of Head Post Offices/Post Offices where UPSC application forms are available, (d) Special Instructions to Candidates for Objective Type Tests, (e) Guidelines with regard to physical standards for admission to the Academy and (f) Brief particulars of services etc. for candidates joining the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy are given in Appendices I, II (A) & (B), III, IV, V and VI  respectively.


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2. Centres of Examination :   The examination will be held at the following Centres :-


The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be  changed at the discretion of the Commission. While every effort will be made to allot the candidates to the centre of their choice for examination, the Commission may, at their discretion  allot a different centre to a candidate, when circumstances so warrant. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination.

Candidates should note that no request for change of centre will normally be granted. When a candidate, however, desires a change in centre from the one he had indicated in his/her application form for the Examination, he must send a letter addressed to the Controller of Examinations, Union Public Service Commission, giving full justification as to why he desires a change in centre. Such requests will be considered on merits but requests received after the 24th November 2010 will not be entertained under any circumstances.

NOTE : While filling in his application form, the candidates should carefully decide about his choice for the centre for the examination. More than one Application Form a candidate giving different centres will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed application, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission's decision in the matter shall be final.

If any candidate appears at a Centre/Paper other than the one indicated by the Commission in his Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be valued and his candidature will be liable to cancellation

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The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all eligibility condition for admit on to examination.  Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional  subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions 

    Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.

   Commission take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for interview/Personality Test.

2.     How to apply:

   (a)  Candidates except {candidates serving in the Armed Forces as mentioned in Para 5(c)} may apply Online by using the website  Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website.

    (b)  Candidates may also apply Offline in the Common Application form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the desginated Head Post Offices/Post Offices (specified in Appendix III of the Notice) throughout the country against cash payment of Rs. 20/- (Rupees Twenty only).  Each such Form can be used only once and only for one examination.  


      In case of any difficulty in obtaining Application Forms from the designated HPOs/POs, the candidates should immediately contact the concerned post Master or UPSC's "FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL" over Telephone No. 011-23389366/FAX No. 011-23387310.   


       (c)    Candidates are advised to read carefully the "Instructions for filling up the Online Application Form" given in Appendix-II (A) and Instructions for offline Applications given in Appendix II (B) of this notice.  




(a)  Online:  

       The online Applications can be filled upto 25th October 2010 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.


(b)  Offline:

       All offline applications must reach the "Controller of Examinations, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069" either by hand or by Post/Speed Post or by Courier, on or before the 25th October 2010.

          Candidates should note that applications will be received by hand, only one at a time, at the designated counter(s) and not in bulk, till 5 PM only.       

          However, in respect of candidates residing abroad or in certain remote areas specified in para 6 of this Notice the late date for receipt of application by Post/Speed Post only (not by Hand or by Courier) is 1st November 2010.





     Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.



    In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC's Facilitation Counter near  gate 'C' of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.


(a)  Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted.  Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.

(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not be bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safekeeping cannot be assured.

7.    Candidates are advised not bring any valuables/costly items to the examination halls, as safe keeping of the same cannot be assured.  Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.  


"Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply"

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The contents of this notification are informatory in nature. Candidates are advised to refer to the notice published in 'Employment News'


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