Defence Exams (DE)


The career in Indian militia is undoubtedly highly revered in India. Every year, lakhs of students appear for various defence exams of the country to urge an opportunity to be a part of those elite forces.

The Defence Exams (DE) The career in Indian militia is undoubtedly highly revered in India. Every year, lakhs of students appear for various defence exams of the country to urge an opportunity to be a part of those elite forces.

we are visiting discuss the assorted Defence recruitment exams in India and their scope.

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services i.e. the Indian Army , the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academy for further pre-commission training. The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

The nature of job responsibilities varies with the diverse range of activities in the defence services. Every citizen of India, irrespective of class, caste, religion and community is eligible to appear for defence exams provided they meet the criteria such as physical standard, age and educational qualification.

Every year, lakhs of candidates appear in defence exams to fulfill their dream of being the part of these elite forces. Candidates get the opportunity to join the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard through the defence exams in India such as CDS, NDA, AFCAT and Indian Coast Guard. Most of the defence exams are conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Besides, the individual organisations also conduct their own exams to fill up various vacancies. In this article, we have discussed in details regarding defence exams in India.

National Defence Academy


sēvā paramō dharma

Motto in English

Service Before Self


Defence Service training institute


7 December 1954; 66 years ago


Lt. Gen. Asit Mistry


Khadakwasla Pune

, Maharashtra



7,015 acres (28.39 km2)







At the end of the World War II, Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, drawing on experiences of the army during the war, led a committee around the world and submitted a report to the Government of India in December 1946. The committee recommended the establishment of a Joint Services Military Academy, with training modelled on the United States Military Academy at West Point.

After the independence of India in August 1947, the Chiefs of Staff Committee immediately implemented the recommendations of the Auchinleck report. The committee initiated an action plan in late 1947 to commission a permanent defence academy and began the search for a suitable site. It also decided to set up an interim training academy, known as the Joint Services Wing (JSW), which was commissioned on 1 January 1949 at the Armed Forces Academy (now known as the Indian Military Academy) in Dehradun.


Upcoming Defence Exams 2021: Complete schedule

The important dates of upcoming Defence exams 2021 are as follows-

Defence Exam Dates 2021

Defence Exams


Exam Dates


NDA 1 – December 30 2020

NDA 2- June 9th 2021

NDA 1 – April 18th 2021

NDA 2- September 5th 2021


CDS 1- October 28th 2020

CDS 2- To be notified

CDS 1- February 7th 2021

CDS 2- To be notified


April 15th 2021

August 8th 2021


November 28th 2020

20th, 21st, and 22nd February 2021


Upcoming Defence Exams 2020: Complete schedule

Candidates can check below defence exam 2020 calendar. This will help candidates to track events such as the release of notification, application, exam dates, etc. 

Defence Exams

Exam Dates

Application & Dates


NDA 1: 06-Sept-2020

NDA 2: 06-Sept-2020

NDA 1: 08-Jan-2020 to 28-Jan-2020 

NDA 2: 16-Jun-2020 to 06-July-2020



CDS 2: 08-Nov- 2020

CDS 2: 05-Aug-2020 to 25-Aug-2020 


AFCAT 2: 19-Sept-2020 and 20-Sept-2020

AFCAT 2: 15-Jun-2020 to 14-July- 2020



18-Aug-2020 to 7-Sept- 2020

Indian Coast Guard

Navik: Medicals exam dates to be announced for GD and DB posts

Assistant Commandant: Final selection to be held from 11-Sept-2020 to 09-Oct-2020 

Yantrik: Exam Canceled for this year

Navik: 26-Jan-2020 to 3-Feb-2020

Assistant Commandant: 9-Feb-2020 to 15-Feb-2020

Yantrik: 16-March-2020 to 22-March-2020

Territorial Army

Officer (Civilians) – To be announced

Officer (Civilians)- To be announced

INET June 2021 Session 

To be announced

To be announced


Candidates check below the details regarding the popular defence exams.

NDA: NDA is conducted for admission to the army, navy and air force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The exam is conducted offline twice a year. The exam comprises two stages: written exam and SSB Interview.

CDS: Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year for admission to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras). Selection of candidates is done based on written exam and SSB Interview.

AFCAT: The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The exam is held twice a year in February and August/September respectively, to select Class-I Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duties (Technical and Non-Technical). Candidates are selected based on their performance in online exam and Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) Interview. Candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branch are required to appear in both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

UPSC CAPF: The Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam is held for recruitment of recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) such as Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF), Indo‐Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The selection process includes written exam, Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests and Interview/Personality Test.

Indian Coast Guard: Indian Coast Guard is conducted for recruitment of Navik, Yantrik and Assistant Commandant. The selection process of Yantrik and Navik includes a written exam, physical fitness test and medical exam. The selection process of Assistant Commandant includes preliminary selection (PSB), final selection board and medical examination.

Territorial Army: The Territorial Army (TA) selects candidates as Jawan and Officers. The recruitment to the Officers is done for Civilians and Ex-Servicemen. The selection process differs as per the posts.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Group X & Y: The 10+2 level exam is held every year for the selection as Airmen in Group X & Y, which is conducted by Indian Air Force.

Indian Navy Sailors (AA, SS, MR ): Applicants who have passed their 10+2 examination with 60% or more in aggregate with Maths & Physics and at least one of these subjects:- Chemistry/ Biology/ Computer Science from the Boards of School Education recognized by MHRD, Govt. of India are eligible for these Indian Navy AA and SSR (Sailor) posts. There is a vacancy in the Indian called MR (matrix Recruits). All the candidate who has passed class 10th and having an age of 18 years old or more than that are eligible to apply for the Post.


List of Defence Exams After Graduation

Combined Defence Services Examination, CDS

Indian Army TGC

Indian Army SSC Technical

Indian Air Force Airmen

Indian Army Jag

Indian Army Junior Commissioned Officer, JCO

Indian Army Teacher

Indian Army NCC


List of Defence Exams for Females in India

Combined Defence Services Examination, CDS

Short Service Commission (Technical)

NCC (SPL) Entry Women

Joint Advocate General (JAG) SCWW