The Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) for recruiting officers in the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy. Selected candidates are sent to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy for training.

The Notification for the examination is released by UPSC in October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible for the exam. Female candidates can only appear for officers training academy(OTA). Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after SSB Interview.

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