The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as language of communication. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

Defence Exam Eligibility

IELTS is available for people who need to prove their English proficiency for the purpose of work, study or migration. There are two different formats of IELTS to choose from

  1. ACADEMIC TRAINING MODULES :If you are planning to attend an international university, you should take the Academic Training Module. It is also used as a measure of professional language proficiency for educators, nurses, doctors and other professionals.
  2. GENERAL TRAINING MODULES :This is more suitable if you want to work or study at a secondary institution in an English speaking country.

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.