CDS/OTA Written Exam Coaching

ATTENTION: CDS/OTA-2, 2015 written examination; 6 Week Comprehensive course starts on 21st September, 2015.  4 Week Crash Course starts on 28th September and 5th October, 2015.

CDS/OTA-1, 2016 written examination; 6 Weeks Comprehensive course starts from 23rd November, 2015. New course module starts every Monday, join any Sunday option available.

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The Minerva Academy offers coaching for the UPSC CDS/OTA written examinations. The faculty at Minerva is highly qualified and vastly experienced in successfully coaching students for CDS/OTA examinations. The standards of excellence followed by Minerva ensure that each student who opts for coaching with us feels confident and well prepared for the exam. Not only do we cover the entire syllabus subject by subject as per UPSC, we also prepare our students with mock tests, previous year question papers and doubt clearing sessions which are conducted each week to monitor each student’s progress. Mock test/ weekly test results are also discussed to pin point where the student may be lacking. This ensures that the students know what to expect in the examination, how to approach the examination, manage time efficiently and get the best possible results. Experienced and updated faculty teaches students how to handle the CDS/ OTA examination specifically; they focus on the format and type of questions likely to be asked in the exam. Students can learn many formulae and shortcuts to get quick and accurate answers while attempting the examination. Apart from this, we provide extensively researched study material which helps students to easily access, organise and systematically approach the vast syllabus..


  1. Minerva Academy is India Oldest and Largest Armed forces Preparatory Institute. Established in 1955 by Lt. Col Deol, Minerva Academy has over 60 years of experience in successfully coaching candidates to be commissioned into the armed forces.
  2. Every fourth officer in the Indian Armed forces has been a student of Minerva Academy.
  3. Infrastructure: The Minerva Academy campus provides unmatched infrastructure, spread over 10 acres in lush green, pollution free, SSB like environment with on campus hostel and mess. Our classrooms for written coaching are air conditioned and well supported by modern Audio Visual technological aids and 24 hrs power back.
  4. Faculty: The highly qualified, experienced and updated faculty for CDS/ OTA written coaching provides students with the right guidance to get best results in the exam. Students are coached by permanent faculty members not part-time teachers (working on per class basis) as in many other institutes.
  5. Fully equipped library: Only Minerva academy offers the facility of a fully equipped library offering 1000+ relevant and important books pertaining to the syllabus of the examination and competitive exam preparation. Students can issue these books for self study, revision, practice etc.
  6. Study Room/ Reading Room: On campus study/ reading rooms are available to provide students with quiet and peaceful environment, perfect for self study and preparations. These rooms are open daily till late hours.
  7. Motivational lectures and movies: Minerva Academy specializes in motivating the youth towards serving our great nation. Students interact with candidates from all over the country working towards a common goal. Motivational lectures and movies shown, leave the students inspired to do something for the country and become better human beings.
  8. Discipline & Time Management: Minerva Academy is a Defence preparatory institute with strict rules that all students must abide by. All students are expected to follow the Honour Code and Discipline Code of Conduct of Minerva Academy, failing which they may be expelled without refunds. These guidelines enforced by the academy inculcate good values and discipline in the students. Students also learn the importance and benefits of proper time management. Sundays and other holidays are not observed to maintain continuity and to ensure students can focus on upcoming exam without distractions.
  9. Physical Fitness: Only Minerva Academy offers a fully equipped Football ground, Basketball court, Volley ball court, Cricket field and badminton court along with dedicated Obstacle course and vast open grounds to encourage physical fitness among candidates as endurance and stamina are a pre-requisite for SSB which is the next step after the exam.
  10. Only Minerva Academy runs Year Round batches for CDS/ OTA written exam unlike other institutes that only open for the few month before the examination
  11. Exam specific coaching: Since exam patters vary for each examination, Minerva Academy offers exam specific coaching for NDA, CDS, AFCAT etc.


The comprehensive 6 week course covers all aspects and entire syllabus of the examination. The course is divided into 6 independent modules and a new module begins every Monday. Therefore, students must report for admission on Sunday for term starting on Monday morning. Admission takes place on arrival. Academy admissions office is open 24 hours a day. Seats are limited and available on first come first served basis.


The duration of each term is 6 Weeks. Six week course includes

  1. Exhaustive Classroom preparation: With 150+ classroom sessions and 300+ study hours covering all aspects and entire syllabus of the examination as prescribed by the UPSC.
  2. Comprehensive Study Material: With 11+ books covering the various subjects, Question banks and practice sets of each subject, ready reference notes for important topics, all extensively researched and prepared after analysis of previous years’ exam patterns.
  3. Revision and Doubt clearing: 100+ worksheets and practice sets help students’ asses their own progress. Previous years question papers are also covered. Doubt clearing sessions are held to answer all queries of students.
  4. Testing: Weekly practice tests of each subject to prepare students for upcoming competition and provide them with vital self assessment tools. Mock tests are also held to prepare the student for CDS/ OTA exam.
  5. Extensive coverage of current affairs: Special weekly updates on defence related news, and latest developments, events and people in news. General Knowledge is taken up thoroughly.
  6. Subjects covered: in the CDS written exam coaching include English, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Polity, Economics, Biodiversity etc.

DAILY TIMINGS: Classes are held from Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 5 PM (with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch)
Sunday is reserved for mock tests and weekly tests, extra classes and doubt clearing sessions.


In order to prepare oneself for a competitive exam like CDS or OTA, coaching is a must to get the edge above others. In today’s competitive exams like CDS/ OTA, COACHING IS A MUST BECAUSE:

  1. More than 3,00,000 students sit for this exam and the number is increasing drastically year by year. Hence making the exam more and more competitive and one mark difference could mean selection or rejection of the candidate. There are anywhere between 300- 400 seats, so students who are serious, must get the edge above others for which coaching is a must.
  2. Students can take advantage of the vast experience of subject and examination expert faculty.
  3. Examination specific and comprehensive study material of notes, practice sets, assignments and worksheets provides the right material for preparation.
  4. Any concept doubts can be cleared right away, thus students can build strong fundamentals.
  5. Meeting other candidates who are sitting for the same exam can be a great motivator. Students can exchange knowledge and also have an idea of their competition.
  6. Regular mock tests ensure students are mentally prepared for exam day and know exactly how to approach the exam and what to expect.
  7. Students are able to discipline themselves, develop good concentration and form a study habit, which is not easy to do with self study.



Admission Fee- Rs 500

CDS Tuition Fee 6 week comprehensive course- Rs 21000

OTA tuition Fee 6 week comprehensive course- Rs 19000

Hostel Fee 6 weeks (Optional)- Rs 6000

Mess Fee 6 weeks (Optional)- Rs 9750

Security (refundable)*- Rs 500


Admission Fee- Rs 500

CDS Tuition fee 4 week crash course- Rs 15000

OTA Tuition fee 4 week crash course- Rs 13000

Hostel Fee 4 weeks (Optional)- Rs 4000

Mess Fee 4 weeks (Optional)- Rs 7000

Security (refundable)*- Rs 500



Since Minerva Academy runs year round batches for CDS and OTA examinations, students should take coaching as soon as they are able to spare time from their daily routines. It is advised to take coaching few months before the exam to ensure enough time is left for practice, revision and self study. Seats are limited and available on first come first served basis.


For Class: Students are not required to bring any books. All study material is issued to the students upon admission. Students must bring personal registers or note books and stationary like pens, pencils etc. to take notes during class. 

For Hostels: Lockers are provided for valuables. Beds and mattresses are provided, but students should bring their own bedding i.e. bed sheets (2 Nos.) and Pillow (with pillow covers). For winter months students should bring thick blankets and razai.

Personal items: Students are expected to dress smartly for class, please bring personal clothing accordingly. Students should carry all personal toiletries. Sports shoes are a must. Please avoid bringing expensive personal items or cash. Even though lockers are provided, students are responsible for their own personal belongings.

FOR OTA GIRLS SEEKING HOSTEL FACILITY: Women can apply for OTA, and on campus hostel with 24 hrs lady warden is available for lady candidates. Prior reservation is required for on campus girls hostel. Kindly send us an email with the proposed dates seeking admission for girls hostel or call us to confirm availability and reservation for girls’ hostel.  

CRASH COURSES: We offer crash courses close to exam dates. Please call us for crash course term dates.


Coaching should be taken from an Academy of repute. Students would be well advised to check the credentials of the Academy before joining as there are many operators in the market out to make a quick buck.

Candidates who want to take up coaching are advised to first check from references or visit any institute they may be considering and then make their final decisions. Candidates should not to be convinced by clever advertisements and misleading photos published on pamphlets and websites.


The CDS Written Examination is conducted by UPSC twice every year for graduates to fill the vacancies of the following institutions of the Indian Armed Forces.

• Indian Military Academy (IMA) ; Dehradun

 Indian Naval Academy; Ezhimala

• Air Force Academy; Hyderabad

• Officers Training Academy (OTA); Chennai. For both Men and Women


The Notification for the CDS written exam is issued in the months of November and July. UPSC holds the exam in the months of Feb and October. Students can apply for the CDS and OTA written examination online only on UPSC website.


Educational; Graduates- qualified or appearing (final year) are eligible to sit for CDS written exam. For Air Force and Navy candidates must have engineering /physics and mathematics subjects. For details check the notification. For OTA, Graduates and final year students can to apply.

Age; 19 ½ to 24 years on date of joining IMA. For OTA, age must be between 19 ½ to 25 years on date of joining.

Sex; Only male candidates can sit for the CDS written exam. Both ladies and men can apply for OTA exam.


The CDS written exam consists of three papers;

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks
  2. English- 100 Marks
  3. Mathematics- 100 Marks

All three papers of the CDS written exam are held on the same day and the duration of each paper is two hours. The papers of CDS written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the CDS written exam is of 300 marks.

The OTA Written exam consists of only two of the above mentioned papers;

  1. General Knowledge- 100 Marks
  2. English- 100 Marks

OTA Candidates are exempted from Mathematics exam. The remaining two papers of OTA written exam are of 100 marks each and the total of the OTA written exam is of 200 marks.


The CDS written exam tests the candidates in diverse fields like English, History, Polity, Economics, Geography, Maths, Life Science,  Physics, Chemistry, Current Affairs, GK,   etc. For OTA exam, syllabus is the same as CDS expect, OTA candidates do not have to sit for mathematics paper. For viewing the detailed syllabus please click the link.


UPSC declares the result of CDS/OTA written exam in 3-4 months after the written exam. The same can be viewed on the UPSC website. Being a competitive exam and there is no fixed cut off percentage for passing. Candidates who perform better are sent the call letters for SSB interviews. The final merit list is prepared after the SSB interviews final result and displayed on the UPSC website. Joining instructions are sent to students based on vacancies available as per the merit list.