UPSC CDS' interview protocol

The results of UPSC CDS written exam, conducted on February 15, 2015 are expected to be released shortly.


Candidates who have passed the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) written exam will have to attend the interview, conducted by the UPSC on scheduled date.

UPSC CDS' interview protocol

The candidates who are attending the CDS exam interview are requested to carry the prescribed set of documents, which have to presented during the interview for the document verification.

The CDS exam interview, conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB) will be held for five days.

Candidates who are appearing for the interview are expected follow the instructions, that are mentioned in the Combined Defence Service exam call letter.

  • On the first day of interview the candidates are required to appear for a Picture Perception and Description Test along with a round of group discussion. Results of the first round will be announced at the end of the day, in which few candidates are screened out. While the remaining can continue for the next round.
  • On the second day of interview Psychological test will be conducted. In this test candidates will be divided into two groups of 8-10. Each candidate will be given different chest numbers.
  • The personal interview of candidates will be conducted on the third and fourth day by the interviewing officer. The place and time of the interview will be informed to candidates in advance in order to plan their schedule. Group testing is usually done on day three by the group testing officer.
  • The tests on day four, conducted by SSB begins with Individual obstacle race. All the candidates will be briefed about the outdoor tests before hand. There are nine tests which have to be cleared. An individual is expected to clear a set of 10 obstacles and the total time given for all the tasks is three minutes.
  • On day five the candidates are required to appear for a conference, which will be conducted by the SSB Board. Candidates will be given a closing address on day five by the deputy president of the board. On this day candidates will also be given an opportunity to vent out their doubts and queries.
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