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Career in armed forces

R. RAVIKANTH REDDY

Becoming an Army officer is perhaps a dream of every child cutting across class and creed, religion and region. Then why not vouch for it



BE A FIGHTER: A career in the Army can be challenging one and is dream of many a student.

Armed Forces - the very mention of a career in them is viewed with respect and reverence apart from heroism that comes attached with it. And young men across the world have always been attracted to a career in the defence services because of the prestige and honour associated with serving one's country.

Being an officer in the Army is perhaps a dream of every child cutting across class and creed and religion and region. As kids grow up, many choose other paths but still continue to have a fascination for armed services. A lot of students lose out on the career because of lack of information on the careers and also the absence of guidance to make them realise their childhood dreams.

Here is a chance for a flying start to your career in the armed forces as a Class-I commissioned officer through the CDS entrance examination followed by SSB interview and as Assistant Commandants `Group - A' in the Central Police Forces, in one of its kind combined `CDS - CPF' course all under one roof.

The course is offered by Officers Academy that has earned a name for it over the years for those who have a spark to choose a dynamic career in the Army, Navy, Air Force or other paramilitary services.

With an appropriate infrastructure, the training procedure conducted at the academy is rigorous and tough.

The academy has contributed over 1,400 officers to the Indian Armed Forces. The training procedure at the Academy, both academic as well as practical, is aimed at transformng students into high calibre potential officer material.

Entry into CDS

The CDS entrance examination is conducted by the UPSC twice during February and September, every year. The UPSC advertisement for the same comes out in the Employment News and other National Dailies approximately 4 - 5 months earlier. The selection process of CDS involves three stages - Written Examination conducted by UPSC, Services Selection Board (SSB) Interview on successfully clearing the written examination and medical test for successful candidates.

The UPSC notification for the forthcoming CDS - II examination of September 16 will be on April 21, 2007 and the last date to submit forms is May 21, 2007. Candidates born between 02-07-83 to 01-07-89 (both dates inclusive) with the qualification of graduationfrom any stream or presently undergoing final year of graduation are eligible.

The selection process for CDS involves two stages - In Stage I, a written examination of 300 marks is conducted. The Paper-I (Maths) consists of Arithmetic, Unitary Method, Mensuration, Algebra, Trignometry, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry and Statistics. The paper-II is of English carrying 100 marks while paper- III of General Ability consists of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, International and national affairs.

The final national merit list of CDS is the sum total of the score of written exam and the SSB score. Candidates are selected on total final score obtained both in the written and SSB out of 1200 marks.

Details can be had from its office on St. John's Road, Lane Opp. Keyes High School, Secunderabad or on 27834739 and 27820339.

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