IMA Direct Entry 2023: Know how to get Direct Entry to Indian Military Academy (IMA) 2023

Working for the Indian Army is a matter of pride in itself. It not only pays you well but also gives you immense respect in society. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun is the most prestigious defence institute of the Indian Army. Since its establishment in the year 1932, IMA is a dream institute for Indian Army aspirants. This academy sources cadets from NDA (National Defense Academy). However, direct entries are also possible. Today’s post is about IMA Direct Entry 2023. Here, we will let you know how you can still get into the Indian Military Academy even if you missed your chance at NDA.

Indian Military Academy (IMA) 2023 – Highlights 

The general highlights of the IMA are given in the following table.

Number of Vacancies Per Course 250 seats twice a year
Authority releasing the employment notification Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) under the name Combined Defense Service Examination (CDSE) in March/ April and September/ October
Age Limit 19 years to 24 years
Date of birth Must fall between 2nd January to 1st January for January course

Must fall between 2nd July to 1st July for July course

Educational qualification Graduation from any recognized university
Last date to submit the application form May and October for July and January course respectively
Date of SSB exam September/ October and March/ April
Date of commencement of Training January and July
Training Academy IMA Dehradun
Duration of the Training 1 year and 6 months

How to get Direct Entry to IMA 2023?

  • To get direct entry to IMA without NDA, you need to clear the combined defense services exam (CDSE) conducted by UPSC.
  • After clearing the CDS examination, you are also required to clear the SSB Interview.
  • So, in order to apply for IMA Direct Entry 2023, you will have to apply for UPSC CDSE 2023 examination.
  • The application forms are released twice a year.

IMA Direct Entry 2023 Eligibility Criteria

If you want a direct entry at IMA then you must ensure that you meet the following eligibility criteria.

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Age Limit

  • The age of a candidate should be between 19 years to 24 years in which course is due to commence i.e 1st January 2023 or 1st July 2023.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must have completed graduation from a recognized university. Those who are in the final year of their graduation can also apply.

Medical Fitness

  • All candidates should be medically fit in order to Join IMA as a direct entry.

How to apply IMA Direct Entry 2023?

Interested candidates looking to apply need to submit the application form through the official website i.e Given below are the steps by which you can submit the UPSC CDSE application form.

  • Firstly, you need to register on the official website by entering your basic details such as name, phone number, email address, etc.
  • After registration, you will get a registration ID (RID) on your phone number and email address.
  • In the next step, you are required to sign in using the Registration ID and Password
  • After that, you will have to enter your complete educational, personal, and contact details accurately.
  • Apart from the details, candidates should also upload scanned images of their passport size photograph and signature.
  • You must also pay the required application fee before the last date in order to submit the form.
  • Finally, take a printout of the application form submitted and fee receipt for future references.

Application Fee

  • Male candidates from Genera/ OBC category – Rs. 200/-
  • Female/ SC/ ST category – Nil

Mode of Payment – Candidates must pay the application fee online using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/ Master/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card. Apart from this, candidates can also pay offline by submitting a bank challan at any branch of SBI.

IMA Direct Entry 2023 Entrance Exam (UPSC CDSE 2023)

To do well in the UPSC CDSE 2023, you must know and under the exam pattern explained below.

  • Mode of examination – Offline (OMR Sheet Based Test)\
  • Number of questions – 300
  • Type of questions – Objective Type MCQs
  • Duration of examination – 2 hours for each section (6 hours total)
  • Language of question paper – English and Hindi
  • Maximum Marks – 300
  • Marking Scheme – Each question will carry 1 mark
  • Negative marking – 1/3 marks get deducted for every incorrect answer
Subjects Number of questions Maximum Marks
English 100 100
Mathematics 100 100
General Knowledge 100 100
Total 300 questions 300 marks

UPSC CDSE 2023 Syllabus

The syllabus of the IMA direct entry 2023 (UPSC CDSE 2023) is given in the following table.

  • English – Spotting Errors Questions, Sentence Arrangement Questions, Synonyms & Antonyms, Selecting Words, Ordering of Sentence, Comprehension Questions, Ordering of words in a sentence, Fill in the blanks questions, Idioms and Phrases
  • General Awareness – Economics, Physics, Current Affairs, Defense related Award, Geography, Environment, Politics, Chemistry, Sociology, History, Sport, Biology, Cultural, Book, Statement, true/false
  • Elementary Mathematics  – Algebra, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics.


  • Soon after the examination, you will be able to check the result through the UPSC website. Before the result declaration, UPSC will also release answer keys of the exam.
  • To check the result, you need to provide your roll number and date of birth.
  • The information about the marks secured by candidates in each subject and overall will be present on the result card.
  • Those successful candidates who will secure more than UPSC CDSE Cut off marks will be invited to the SSB Interview.

SSB Interview for IMA Directly Entry 2023

  • Those candidates who clear the CDS examination are shortlisted for SSB Interview.
  • At the time of the SSB interview, you must carry all your original documents for verification purposes.
  • The day by day process of the SSB interview in given below.
    • Day 0 – Reporting
    • 1st Day (Screening ) – Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR Test – Paper 1 & Paper 2), Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PP&DT).
    • 2nd Day (Psychological Test) – Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Self-Description Test (SDT).
    • 3rd Day (Group Testing – I) – Group Discussion, Group Planning Exercise (GPE), Progressive Group Test (PGT), Group Obstacle Race (GOR), Half Group Task (HGT).
    • 4th Day (Group Testing – II) – Lecturette, Individual Obstacles (IO), Command Task (CT), Final Group Task (FGT).
    • 5th Day (Conference) – In the conference, all assessors will take collective decisions to shortlist candidates.
  • After the conference, the final result will announced and shortlisted candidates will be retained for medical examination,

Frequently Asked Questions

Question – 1: In which cities, the CDS examination will take place?

Answer: The examination will take place in the following cities.

Agartala, Ghaziabad, Panaji (Goa), Agra, Gorakhpur, Patna, Ajmer, Gurgaon, Port Blair, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Aizawl, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Aligarh, Imphal, Pune, Almora (Uttarakhand), Indore, Raipur, Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh), Itanagar, Rajkot, Aurangabad, Jabalpur, Ranchi, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Sambalpur, Bareilly, Jammu, Shillong, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Shimla, Bilaspur, Jorhat, Siligudi, Chandigarh, Kochi, Srinagar, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Coimbatore, Kolkata, Thane, Cuttack, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Leh, Tiruchirapalli, Delhi, Lucknow, Tirupati, Dharwad, Ludhiana, Udaipur, Dispur, Madurai, Varanasi, Faridabad, Mumbai, Vellore, Gangtok, Mysore, Vijayavada, Gaya, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Navi Mumbai, Warangal

Question – 2: Can I apply for IMA direct entry 2023 after class 12th?

Answer: No, you can’t apply for IMA directly after class 12th.

Question – 3:  What If I want to know further about UPSC CDSE and IMA Direct Entry?

Answer: For guidance/information/clarification, you may contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543 on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs

Question – 4: What should be the nationality of a candidate in order to apply for IMA Direct Entry 2023?

Answer: Candidates with any of the following nationalities are eligible to apply for IMA Direct Entry.

  • A Citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • Subject of Nepal, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
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