The Defence exams are conducted to recruit eligible candidates in the Indian Armed Forces. Through various Defence exams, candidates get admission in the various Defence training academies such as –
1. Indian Military Academy (IMA) – Dehradun
2. Indian Naval Academy (INA) – Ezhimala
3. Air Force Academy (AFA) – Hyderabad
4. Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) – Chennai
Every year lakhs of candidates appear for various defence exams to fulfil their dream of being a part of the armed forces, which is undoubtedly highly admired in India. This article aims to provide relevant information on the defence exams in India for aspirants to prepare conveniently for upcoming Defence exams.

Defence Exam Eligibility

Aspirants of various Defence exams have to fulfil the basic eligibility requirement as mentioned by the conducting body in the respective exam notification.
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.

Defence Exam Age Limit 
Exams Minimum Age Maximum Age
CAPF20 years25 years
NDA16 years19 years
CDS19 years

INA  – 22 years 

AFA – 23 years 

IMA – 24 years 

OTA – 25 years 

AFCAT Exam20 years

24 years – Flying Branch

26 years – Ground Duty

Defence Exam Education Qualification

The minimum education qualification required to appear for the defence exam is 12th Board pass. The details for education requirements for different Defence exams is as follows-
Defence Exam Educational Qualification
Exams Minimum Education Requirement
CAPF A Bachelor’s degree from any Government recognised University Or Deemed to be University
NDA/NA Exam 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination
CDS Exam Graduation/Bachelors from a Government recognised University
AFCAT Exam A Graduation degree from any Government recognised University


The UPSC and Air Force, reserves the right to set and make changes in the exam pattern and syllabus of CDS, NDA, CAPF and AFCAT respectively.
The notification published by the conducting body mentions the Defence exam syllabus and exam pattern in detail.
Aspirants of various defence exam in India can go through the highlights of patterns and Defence exam pattern given below-

Defence ExamsExam PatternSyllabus

Paper-I – Objective; 250 marks

Paper-II – Subjective; 200 marks

Physical Efficiency Test – on qualifying Paper I & II

Personality test/Interview – 150 marks

Paper I – General Ability and Intelligence

Paper-II – General Studies, Essay and Comprehension


Written Exam ( Part I – Maths – 300 marks, Part II – GAT –  600 marks)

SSB Interview – Two stages – 900 Marks

Written exam – broadly covers subjects like Maths, English, and General knowledge

Written Exam – (INA/IMA/AFA – 300 marks & OTA – 200 marks)

SSB Interview

English, General knowledge and Elementary Mathematics

Written test (compulsory for all branches) – 300 marks

EKT(Only for Technical) – 100 marks

Written test– General Awareness, Verbal Ability in English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test

EKT– Mechanical, Computer Science and Electrical & Electronics

Defence Exam Result

  1. CAPF Result –  Since the exam for CAPF 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on 20th December 2020, the result for the same can be expected in February 2021. Details on CAPF results are elaborated on the CAPF exam page.
  2. NDA Result – UPSC has announced the result of NDA 1 and NDA 2 exam 2020 on October 9th. The common exam for NDA 1 and 2 was conducted on September 6th 2020. Check the details on NDA Result in the given link.
  1. CDS Result – The commission will announce the Defence exam result for CDS 2 in December 2020 as the exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 8th 2020. UPSC has announced the CDS 1 result on March 23rd, the exam for which was conducted on February 2nd 2020. Go through the detailed information on CDS Result in the linked article.
  2. AFCAT Result – The Indian Air Force announced the result of AFCAT 1 on March 17th 2020. The exam was conducted on February 22nd and 23rd. However, the result for AFCAT 2 released on October 21st 2020. Check further details on the AFCAT result page linked here.