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What after the CDS result 2024 - Know SSB Interview Process here

What after the CDS result 2024 - Know SSB Interview Process here

Edited By Sneha Vinod | Updated on May 22, 2024 05:20 PM IST | #CDS

The UPSC Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination is a highly competitive process aimed at selecting candidates for officer positions in the Indian Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The UPSC CDS selection process consists of a written examination, an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB), a medical test by Indian Navy (Naval candidates only) and the final shortlisting for the CDS result 2024.

What after the CDS result 2024 - Know SSB Interview Process here
What after the CDS result 2024 - Know SSB Interview Process here

The final appointment letter for the shortlisted candidates after the UPSC CDS selection process is drafted by IHQ MoD/DMPR. The CDS officer training period for the successful candidates commences in Jan/Jul and the advertisement for it will be published in Nov/Jul.

SSB Interview - Stages

After the declaration of UPSC CDS result 2024 for the written test, those who qualify are invited for the SSB interview, which comprises various psychological and physical tests along with group discussions and personal interviews. The SSB evaluates candidates' leadership potential, planning & organising ability, social adaptability, social effectiveness, dynamic ability and overall suitability for a career as an officer. The CDS selection process for the SSB interview round is as follows:

(i) Stage - I: It involves an OIR test and PPDT (Picture Perception and Discussion test).

(ii) Stage - II : It involves Psychological testing, Group testing (GTO) and Personal Interview.

Candidates who successfully clear the SSB interview have to further undergo a Medical examination for around 3-5 days.

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Detailed SSB Interview Procedure

Reporting day: The candidates are required to report at the SSB board for document verification and filing PIQ forms. Candidates are also required to report to the place listed in the call letter which is usually the Moment Control Office (MCQ).

The first testing stage of the SSB interview involves screening through an OIR test and PPDT. OIR (Officers’ Intelligence Rating test) is a Verbal and Non-verbal Test which tests the candidate’s basic aptitude. This round is followed by PPDT (Picture Perception and Discussion Test) which involves story writing and group discussion. For this round, the candidate is shown a picture for 30 secs and given 3 minutes to construct a story around it. The candidates are further divided into groups and made to narrate their story in the group and have a group discussion on it. With this PPDT round, the first stage of testing is concluded. The selected candidates move onto the second stage of testing.

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In the second round of testing, the psychological suitability of a candidate is measured through multiple psychological tests such as Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT) and Self Description Test (SD).

After the psychological tests, in the GTO (Group Testing), the physical agility and group performance of the candidate is tested through numerous outdoor tasks such as Group Planning Exercise (GPE), Progressive Group Task (PGT), Half Group Task (HGT), Individual Obstacles Task (IOT), Command Task, Snake race/Group Obstacle Race, Individual Lecturette, Final Group Task (FGT). In this series of tests, candidates are required to work in collaboration with the group without competing with the other candidates.

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The final round of the SSB interview procedure is a personal interview. This is an essential part of the CDS selection process as the SSB questions and answers determine whether the candidate will get shortlisted or not. In this round, each candidate has to face the SSB group members and answer the questions posed by the interviewing officers.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the rank allotted to candidates after completion of their CDS training?

After successful completion of training, candidates selected through CDS exams are given the rank of Lieutenant.

2. Is there any physical test for CDS?

The candidate must be mentally sound and physically fit according to the guidelines issued by the Commission.

3. How many rounds are there in CDS?

The CDS exam is conducted in two stages, the written exam and the SSB interview.

4. What is the training period of CDS?

The CDS training is scheduled for 1.5 years for Army cadets, 37 to 40 months for Navy cadets and 74 months for Air Force cadets.

5. What are the key differences in the training approach of NDA and CDS?

NDA provides joint training for Army, Navy, and Air Force cadets, while CDS selects candidates for specific academies like the Indian Military Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

6. What is UPSC CDS 2024 salary?

As per the CDS Salary Structure, the selected candidates will join as Lieutenant on the pay scale of Rs 56,100 -1,77,500 per month after training.


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Questions related to CDS

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Yes, you can give the CDS exam after completing a BJMC course, provided you meet the other eligibility criteria set by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which conducts the exam.

A candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university. Your BJMC degree fulfills this requirement.

A BJMC degree might not provide a direct advantage in the CDS exam content, which focuses on mathematics, science, general knowledge, and military aptitude. However, the communication and analytical skills you develop during your BJMC program can be beneficial for aspects like the interview stage.

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Yes, you are eligible to sit for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) and Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) exams provided you meet certain criteria. For CDS, you need a degree from a recognized university for Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA), and for the Air Force Academy (AFA), you need a degree with Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level or a Bachelor of Engineering. The age limits for CDS are 19–24 years for IMA and INA, 19–24 years for AFA, and 19–25 years for OTA. For AFCAT, you need a graduation degree with at least 60% marks and Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level for the Flying Branch, or a B.E./B.Tech degree for Ground Duty (Technical), and a three-year graduation degree with 60% marks for Ground Duty (Non-Technical).

The age limits for AFCAT are 20–24 years for the Flying Branch and 20–26 years for Ground Duty. Since you are pursuing a B.P.Ed and have completed 10+2 with science, you meet the basic educational qualifications, provided you also meet the age and other specific criteria.

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Dear aspirant !

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Candidates between 19 to 25 years of age are eligible to apply for CDS recruitment 2024. Before filling up the application form, aspirants must check UPSC CDS eligibility criteria carefully. CDS exam 2024 for both sessions will be conducted on April 21, 2024 and September 1, 2024.

From now you will get 4-5 attempts of both so don't worry about attempt.give your best in preparation only .

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Certainly. If you're in your third year of engineering, you're eligible to appear for the CDS examination. However, if you qualify the written exam, you won't be able to attend the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview because you must be in the final year of your engineering studies to do so.



No, You do not necessarily need to choose an engineering stream in college to be eligible for CDS or AFCAT exams. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria specified by the exams, you can pursue your desired field of study in college and still appear for these exams. So go ahead and prepare for CDS and AFCAT with your chosen stream.

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