The Combined Defence Services Exam (CDS Exam) is an exam for recruiting officers into the three branches of the Indian Armed Forces – the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. The exam conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC)
Once passing the CDS Exam, the candidates have a plethora of opportunities in the Indian Armed Forces. They will undergo cadet training in the Army, Air Force and Navy, following which they will be commissioned as officers in any of the three branches of the armed forces.
This article will provide the information about the posts available following the completion of the CDS Exam.
Posts under Combined Defence Services (CDS)
The starting point of an officer career in the Indian Armed Forces is the Lieutenant (Army) Sub Lieutenant (Navy) Flying Officer) upon passing the CDS. Following this it’s a steady climb to the top depending on the performance of the officer.
The hierarchy of all three branches of the armed forces are as follows:
Combined Defence Services Posts
|Major||Lieutenant Commander||Squadron Leader|
|Lieutenant Colonel||Commander||Wing Commander|
|Major General||Rear Admiral||Air Vice Marshal|
|Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral||Air Marshal|
|General (Chief of Army Staff)||Admiral||Air Chief Marshal|
|Field Marshal||Admiral of the Fleet||Marshal of the Air Force|
To know more in detail about the CDS salary for each post, visit the linked article.
*Note: The ranks of Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet, Marshal of the Air Force are 5-star ranks that are only conferred upon a prestigious few for exceptional service in the battlefield
- Kodandera Madappa Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw are the only two officers from the Army to have been awarded the title of Field Marshal.
- Arjan Singh has received the rank of the Marshal of the Indian Air Force
- The Admiral of the Fleet rank has not yet been awarded.
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To know more about the CDS Exam, candidates can refer to the following links. To know more in detail about other Defence exams, visit the linked article.
|CDS Notification||CDS II Final Result.|
|Current Affairs||Government Schemes|
|CDS Admit Card||Government Exam Free Online Mock Tests|
|CDS Eligibility||CDS Exam Pattern|
|Government Exams||CDS Age Limit|