Condition for Eligibility

  1. Educational Qualifications :
    1. For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
    2. For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
    3. For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.CDS Eligibility
    4. 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.
    5. Candidates in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the Army HQ/Rtg. CDSE Entry, West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled : (i) For admission to IMA on or before 1st July, 2018, Indian Naval Academy on or before 1st July, 2018 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th May, 2018. (ii) For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st October, 2018.
    6. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
    7. In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.
    8. NOTE I : candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester degree course are required to submit at the time of SSB interview a bonafide certificate issued by University/College stating that they will be able to submit their proof of passing the graduation degree examination by the specified date, failing which their candidature will be cancelled.
    9. NOTE II : Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
    10. NOTE III : In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation).

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  2. Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :
    1. For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 1999 only are eligible.
    2. For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2 nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 1999 only are eligible.
    3. For Air Force Academy— 20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 1998, candidates with Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India), the upper age limit is 26 years.
    4. For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd July, 1993 and not later than 1st July, 1999 only are eligible.
    5. For Officers’ Training Academy(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1993 and not later than 1st July, 1999.
  3. Nationality :
    1. a Citizen of India or a subject of Bhutan or a subject of Nepal or
    2. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    3. 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 or Vietnam.
    4. A candidate 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/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.
  4. Physical Standards :
    1. Candidate must be Physically fit for Combined Defense Service Exam 2018.
    2. Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of forearm i.e from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.
    3. Candidates who are unfit may apply for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board.
    4. Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be intimated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB.
    5. The candidates will also be intimated that holding Review Medical Board (RMB) will be granted at the discretion of DGAFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right.
    6. The candidate should address the request for RMB if he/she so desires to DG Rtg. (CDSE) Army HQ., West Block-III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 and DMS(MB)/DGMS (Air), Air HQ, R.K. Puram in case of AF candidates and a copy of the same is handed over to the President of AMB. The O/o the DGAFMS will inform the date and place (Delhi and Pune only) where the candidate will appear for a RMB.
      1. The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.
      2. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.
      3. The minimum acceptable height for male condidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). For Women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cms.
      4. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms. These concessions are not applicable for Navy and Air Force
      5. Candidates are advised to undergo a preliminary medical check up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin etc. before reporting for the SSB interview at their own cost.
      6. Chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.
      7. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
      8. A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
      9. The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
      10. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal and candidates be free from AIDS.
      11. The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.
      12. Inguinal Hernia (Un-operated) will be a cause for rejection.
      13. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
      14. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
      15. Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
      16. Male candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are distant Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/18. (For Air Force without glasses only) Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D and Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.
      17. women candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are distant Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6, worse 6/18, Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D including Astigmatism. Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including astigmatism.
    7. Visual Standards for Navy

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      1. Uncorrected without glass 6/12
      2. Corrected with glass 6/6
      3. Limits of Myopia -1.5
      4. Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
      5. Binocular vision III
      6. Limits of Colour Perception I
    8. For women candidates if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at SSB or during training will debar the candidates from grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining OTA till the date of debar on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities.
    9. Radial Keratotomy And Laser Surgery : The evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected for all the three services. To detect PRK/LASIK all the candidates at SMB will be subjected to the measurement of Axial length by A-Scan biometer.
    10. The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea
    11. Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.
    12. In addition to the above, the following medical standards will be applicable in respect of Air Force candidates only:
    13. Anthropometric measurements acceptable for Air Force are as follows :
      • Height 162.5 cms.
      • Leg Length Min. 99 cms. & Max. 120 cms.
      • Thigh Length Max. 64 cms.
      • Sitting Height Min. 81.5 cms. & Max. 96 cms.
    14. X-ray of Chest is compulsory.
    15. Visual Standards for Air Force :
      • Hypermetropia Colour vision CP-1
      • Hypermetropia : +2.0 d Sph
      • Manifest Myopia : Nil
      • Retinoscopic Myopia : –0.5 in any meridian permitted
      • Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 D- Max)
    16. Maddox Rod Test :
      • at 6 meters— Exo-6 prism D Eso-6 prism D Hyper-1 prism D Hypo-1prism D
      • at 33 cms— Exo-16 prism D Eso-6 prism D Hyper-1 prism D Hypo-1 prism D
    17. Refractive Surgery : Candidates who have undergone PRK Photo Refractive Keratotomy/Lasik (LASER in Situ Keratomileusis) may be considered fit for commissioning in the Air Force in all branches.
    18. PRK/LASIK – Air Force Medical Examination :
      1. PRK/LASIK surgery should not have been done 20 Years
      2. The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
      3. At least 12 months should have elapsed post uncomplicated stable PRK/LASIK with no history or evidence of any complication
      4. Individual with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to PRK/LASIK are to be excluded.
      5. The post PRK/LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
      6. Radial keratotomy (RK) and Photo Refractive Keratotomy (PRK) surgery for correction of refractive errors is not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit.
      7. Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.
    19. Hearing Standards :
      1. Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms. each ear.
      2. Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed +20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.
    20. Routine ECG should be within normal limits.
    21. The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Army and Navy:
      1. Granulomatous disease of spine.
      2. Arthritis/Spondylosis
      3. Scoliosis more than 10º degree as measured by Cobb’s Method.
      4. More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.
      5. Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis.
      6. Herniated nucleus pulposes.
      7. Compression fracture of Vertebra.
      8. Sacralisation Disease.
      9. Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
      10. Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
      11. Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
      12. Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
      13. Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5.
      14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
    22. Spinal Eligibility Conditions for Air Force
    23. Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacriliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for rejection for commissioning in IAF.
    24. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection.
    25. The following conditions detected during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service.
      1. Granulomatous disease of spine
      2. Arthritis/Spondylosi
        1. Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders
        2. Ankylosing spondylitis
        3. Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases
        4. Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.)
        5. Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.
      3. Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis
      4. Compression fracture of vertebrae
      5. Scheurman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis) 35
      6. Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
      7. Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatroy deficit.
      8. Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
      9. Degenerative Disc Disease.
      10. Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
      11. Atlanto—occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
      12. Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
      13. Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
      14. Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
    26. The Medical standards for candidates of Naval Aviation Branch will be the same as for flying duties of Air Force except limit of myopia in the worst eye is -0.75D and limit of hypermetropia in both eye is +1.5D
    27. Detection of any disability in the course of a special test carried out prescribed for one service, may render the candidate unfit for any other service(s), if so considered as disqualifying by Medical Board.
    28. Physical Conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine :—
      1. Running : 2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
      2. Skipping
      3. Pushups & Sit-ups : Minimum 20 each
      4. Chin ups : Minimum 08
      5. Rope Climbing : 3 to 4 metres.