The Full form of CDS is Combined Defence Services. CDS Examination is an All-India level exam conducted twice a year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is designed by the Central Government to assign jobs related to Armed forces of India. Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Indian Air Force Academy (IAF). Minimum educational qualification required to sit for this exam is graduation from a recognised University of India.
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The Notification for the CDS examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations for the same are conducted in February and November month respectively. The candidates who qualified in the written exam are shortlisted for an interview by a Services Selection Board (SSB) which evaluates a candidate’s suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces.
SSB interview lasts for approximately a week, during this process a candidate undergoes various physical, psychological and group tests to ascertain whether he is an officer material or not. Apart from SSB interview, Air Force academy (IAF) candidates who have applied for flying branch are tested for Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). After these tests, candidates undergo medical examination before finally admitted into their respective academies and after the successful completion of training, they are inducted into the armed forces.
Another full form of CDS is Chief of Defence Staff. The Chief of Defence Staff is the position of professional service chief, head of the Indian Armed Forces. The Chief of Defence Staff is the senior-most uniformed military adviser to the Government of India. General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the first CDS till December 2022.
Also See : NDA Full form