CONDITIONS OF
ELIGIBILITY
(a) Nationality : A candidate must either be :
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1^{st} January, 1962 with the intention of
permanently setting in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African
Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and
Ethiopia and
Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling
in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories
(ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in
whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been
issued by the Government of India.
Certificate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.
(b) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status : Unmarried / upto 24years.
(c) Educational Qualifications :
(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
(ii) For Naval Academy – B.Sc. (with Physics and Mathematics) or Bachelor of Engineering.
(iii) For Air Force Academy Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics
at 10 +2
level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force
are to submit proof of graduation provisional
certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB
Interview at the SSB.
Candidates who are studying in the final year Degree
course and have yet to pass the final yea degree
examination can also apply but they will be required
to submit proof of passing the degree examination.
(d) Physical
Standards :
Candidates must be physically fit according to
physicals standards for admission to Combined
Defence Services Examination as per guidelines.
SCHEME OF THE EXAMINATION
1. The competitive examination comprises 
(a) Written examination as shown in Para 2 below:
(b) Interview for
intelligence and personality test of such candidates
as may be called for interview at one of the
Services Selection Centres.
2. The subjects of the written examination, the time
allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each
subject will be as follows.
(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy 

Subject 
Duration 
Maximum Marks 

1. 
English 
2 Hours 
100 
2.  General Knowledge  2 Hours  100 
3.  Elementary Mathematics  2 Hours  100 
(b) For Admission to Naval Academy 

Subject 
Time Allowed 
Maximum Marks  
1. 
English 
2 Hours 
100 
2.  General Knowledge 
2 Hours 
100 
3.  Elementary Mathematics 
2 Hours 
100 
(c) For Admission to Air Force Academy 

Subject 
Duration 
Maximum Marks 

1.  English 
2 Hours 
100 
2.  General Knowledge 
2 Hours 
100 
3.  Elementary Mathematics 
2 Hours 
100 
(d) For Admission to Officer’s Training Academy 

Subject 
Time Allowed 
Maximum Marks  
1. 
English 
2 Hours 
100 
2. 
General Knowledge 
2 Hours 
100 
The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course, i.e., the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.
3.THE
PAPERS IN ALL THE SUBJECTS WILL CONSIST OF OBJECTIVE
TYPE QUESTIONS ONLY. The question papers (Test
Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary
Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well
as English.
4.In the
question papers, wherever necessary, questions
involving the metric system of Weights and Measures
only will be set.
5.Candidates must write the papers in their own hand.
In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of
a scribe to write answers for them.
6.The
Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks
in any or all the subjects of the examination.
7.The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.
STANDARD AND SYLLABUS OF THE EXAMINATION
STANDARD
The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level.
The standard of papers in order subjects will approximately be such as may be expected will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.
SYLLABUS
ENGLISH (Code No. 01)
The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and Workmanlike use of words.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02)
General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.
ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03)
Arithmetic
Number SystemNatural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operationsaddition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions.
Unitary
methodTime and distance, time and work,
percentageapplications to simple and compound
interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion
variation.
Elementary Number TheoryDivision algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11 Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean Algorithm. Logarithms to base 10 laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
Algebra
Basic Operations, Simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficient (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknownsanalytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable and their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities Laws of indices.
Trigonometry
Sine x, Cosine x, Tangent x when
0^{0} <_{
}x
<
90^{0}
Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0^{0},
30^{0},45^{0},60^{0} and
90^{0}.
Simple trigonometric identities.
Use of trigonometric tables.
Simple cases of heights and distances.
Geometry
Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normal, (ix) Loci.
Mensuration
Areas of squares rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
Statistics
Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.
INTELLIGENCE & PERSONALITY TEST
In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and nonverbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.