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CDS Interview Process

Candidates will be selected based on Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception Description Test (PP and DT). They will be concurrently examined to see if they are a correct fit for the further rounds of Interview. Those who get qualified in the Service Selection Board round are promoted to the final merit list of the CDS and will be appointed for the vacancies as per their ranks.

CDS Interview Day 1 - Screening Test

      Reporting - after reaching the SSB centre, they have to fill the form and show necessary documents.

      Screening - All the candidates will be screened based on the non-verbal test, verbal test and PPDT (Picture Perception and Description Test) on the first day. Candidate has to clear this round to move forward.

CDS Interview Day 2 - Psychology Test

      Thematic Apperception Test - The TAT test is related to the Picture Perception and Description Test. There will be 11 images, and the 12th image will be blank. Every image will be displayed for 30 seconds, and the candidates have to write the story based on the images.

      Word Association Test - In this test 15 different words will be displayed which are used in our daily life. The examinees have to write a paragraph or story based on those words.

      Situation Reaction Test - In this test, the candidate will be given a booklet which comprises 60 different situations. The candidate has to answer those questions within 30 minutes.

      Self Description Test - there will be 5 questions in the SD test which would be related to your family, friends, teachers and perception about yourself. This will be conducted for 15 minutes.

CDS Interview Day 3 and Day 4 - Group Test by GTO

      Group Discussion -here the entire group will be given a topic by the group testing officer to discuss. The authorities will monitor every candidate of the group in this discussion.

      Group Planning Exercise - One candidate will be given a map for which he/ she has to solve a problem, after which it has to be discussed with the group, and they have to provide a solution mutually.

      Progressive Group Task - This test will be conducted in four different stages, it has to be crossed along with the group members using materials such as wood log, rope, etc.

      Group Obstacle Race/ Snake Race - This test shall consist of two different groups, and they have to contend with each other.

      Half Group Task - This task is related to the PGT (progressive group task), whereas, one particular group will be split into two halves, and respective tasks will be given.

      Individual Lecturette/ Individual Obstacle Task - This task is an individual task. There will be 4 topics, and the candidate has to explain any 1 topic from it in 3 minutes. They will also have individual tasks to be done in this test.

      Personal Interview - The interviewing officer will conduct a personal interview individually.

      Final Group Task - This is similar to the PGT test, in which the candidate has to show his potential along with the group.

CDS Interview Day 5 - Final Assessment and Conference

      A group of officers shall conduct the final test individually to examine the confidence and attitude of the applicant with regards to common problems in life.

      After conducting this round, the panel will declare the results within an hour.

      The candidates who are shortlisted will undergo a medical examination which would be conducted by a special medical board.

CDS Interview Preparation Tips 2023

Those who clear the written exam of CDS shall qualify the Interview Round. Here we have a few useful and effective CDS Interview Preparation Tips 2023 to help them prepare for the CDS Interview 2023 well.

      Be prepared with questions about family background, hobbies, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Interviewers are more than likely to question you in and around these points somewhere at the beginning of the Interview.

      Prepare smart answers that point toward your willingness and passion for serving in the defence forces.

      Attend mock interviews or read about the commonly asked questions in CDS interviews and the winning responses of qualifying candidates.

      Practice staying calm even if the answer is unknown.

      You may be questioned about your career goals, achievements, customary instructive questions which could be based on creativity, leadership skills, communications, positive attitude, etc. Practising answering different genres of Interview questions, so that you don't feel lost at the time of Interview

      Make sure to have adequate knowledge about Indian Armed, Indian Politics, Current affairs and History of India. This knowledge shall give you an edge over others.

      Practice answering situational questions with reference to your life events. This adds uniqueness to your personality in the minds of the interviewers.

      It is very necessary to stay fit and healthy as it is compulsory to go through a physical test at the time of SSB Interview process.

      Communication skill matters the most, and you have to improve them in order to perform well in the group discussion and personal interview rounds.

General Information Regarding CDS Interview 2023

      The aspirants will receive a call letter and will be notified about the time, date and venue information of the Interview.

      The date and venue details of the Interview will not be altered by any chance. However, under unexpected conditions, the supplementary method of the Interview could be handled by the applicants.

      Based on the entire open vacancies, the cut off marks will be chosen and after which the candidates will be shortlisted for the Interview round.

      They must maintain posture, and not swing hands and legs carelessly.

      Candidates who have applied under any reservation categories must carry the requisite documents to the Interview round that prove their candidature under the same.

      It is really necessary to look sharp, formally dressed, smart and optimistic. Ensure your attitude indicates positivity. Make sure that you stay calm and attentive throughout the process.

Some Common CDS Interview Questions 2023

Here we have compiled a set of popular Interview questions to help candidates prepare for the CDS Interview 2023. They are as follows.

      Tell us about your educational qualification.

      If you are made DC of your area, which steps will you take for the overall development of your area?

      Why do you want to be an officer if you are presently serving as a soldier?

      Which is the smallest continent in the world?

      What are you currently doing in order to prepare for the officer's training?

      Where are the headquarters of the Union Public Service Commission located?

      What have you accomplished that shows your initiative and willingness to work hard?

      Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgement and logic in solving a problem.

      Which state in India is the largest producer of lignite coal?

      Which is the longest national highway in India?

CDS Interview FAQs

Is there any fee payment associated with the CDS Interview 2023?

No, there is no fee payment associated with Interview. You have to make the application fee at the time of registration, and that is all.           

Will the questions in the CDS Interview be asked based on any particular concept?

There is no fixed syllabus for the Interview round. Interviewers can ask questions from anywhere.

Can I choose my CDS Interview 2023 centre?

Yes, after your written exam results are out, and you are shortlisted for the Interview round, you can register yourself on the official portal and choose your preferred centres.

In what language will the CDS Interview 2023 be conducted?

The Interview will be conducted in English, and the whole training procedure will also be in English.

How will I get an admit card for the CDS Interview?

You will receive an Interview call letter for the Interview. You can download this on the website. In the Interview call letter, you find all the details of the Interview such as Interview time and venue.

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