List of Upcoming Defence Examination 2021

Updated Thu, 20 May 2021 03:41 PM IST
Source: Amarujala

List of Upcoming Defence Examination 2021: Every year lakhs of defence aspirants appear in the Defence exams to fulfil their dream of doning the uniform of their choice.  Defence entrance exams are held twice a year to give more opportunities to young blood to join the Army, Navy, Air Force & Coast Guard. Below we have provided you the details of upcoming Defence Exams that you must fill and prepare to get selected in Indian Armed Forces.

List of Upcoming Defence Examination 2021

Defence Exams 2021

Date of notification release

Last date to apply online

Exam Dates

CDS 2 2021

04th August 2021

24th August 2021

14th November 2021

AFCAT 2 2021

June 2021

July 2021

September 2021

CAPF (AC) 2021

15th April 2021

05th May 2021

08th August 2021


29th November 2021(Expected)

19th December 2021 (Expected)

February 2022 (Expected)


 List of Defence Examination 

CDS Exam 2021

Union Public Service Commission conducts the exam of Combined Defence Services (CDS) twice a year for different branches of the Indian Armed Forces including the Air Force, Army and Navy. The exams are usually conducted in the months of February and November. Candidates must be graduates in order to apply for the CDS exam.

Exam Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC

Selection Phase

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview/Personality Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination
  • Merit List

Mode of Exam


CDS Subjects

  • English
  • General Knowledge
  • Elementary Mathematics

Negative Marking

1/3 is deducted for every wrong attempt


Age Limit and Educational Qualification for CDS Exam 2021


Age Limit


Marital Status

Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering


Indian Naval Academy (NA)

19 to 24 years

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men)

19 to 25 years

Unmarried and Married

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

Unmarried, Widow and Divorcee

AFCAT 2021 Exam

Indian Air Force conducts the exam of AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) twice every year (in February & August) to select candidates either Flying Branch (Short Service Commission), or, Technical Branch (Short Service & Permanent Commission), or, Ground Duty Branch (Short Service & Permanent Commission).

Exam Conducting Authority

Indian Air Force, IAF

Selection Phase

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview/Personality Test
  • Medical Examination
  • Final Merit List

Mode of Exam


AFCAT Subjects

  • Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness
  • Reasoning & Military Aptitude
  • Numerical Ability

EKT Subjects

  • Mechanical
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science

Negative Marking

1 mark is deducted for every wrong attempt

UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Exam

CAPF Assistant Commandant (AC) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission. The candidates selected from the CAPF AC exam are placed in either Border Security Force (BSF)/ Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)/ Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)/ Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)/ Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) from the post of assistant commandant

Exam Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC

Selection Phase

  • Written Exam
  • Physical Efficiency Test
  • Interview/Personality Test
  • Final Merit List

Mode of Exam


CAPF Subjects

  • Paper I: General Ability & Intelligence
  • Paper II: Descriptive

Negative Marking

1/3 mark is deducted for every wrong attempt

Defence Exam Eligibility

Defence exams offer various job opportunities for the candidates from different standards such as holding 10th, 12th, ITI, diploma, engineering and other graduation qualifications. The basic defence exam eligibility criteria are as follows:

1) Nationality:

  • Citizen of India, or
  • The subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  • Tibetan refugee migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  • An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.

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