CDS/OTA Written Exam Coaching


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 paper analysis and doubt clearing sessions which are conducted each week to monitor each student’s progress. Mock 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 faculty teaches students how to handle the examination; 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 in the exam. Apart from this, we provide extensively researched study material which helps students to easily access, organise and systematically approach the vast syllabus.

Subjects covered in the CDS written coaching include;

CDS Level- English

CDS Level- General Knowledge

CDS Level- Current Affairs

CDS Level- Mathematics

CDS Level- Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

CDS Level- History

CDS Level- Geography

CDS Level- Polity

CDS Level- Economics

CDS Level- Biodiversity


Minerva Academy offers you the choice to cover entire syllabus in 4 Weeks coaching terms. Students have the freedom to choose timings that suit them.


The duration of each term is 4 Weeks. Terms start every Monday. We provide daily coaching of 7 hrs (full day course). No holidays will be observed. Weekly practice tests.

Please call us, email us or check our facebook page ( or website home page ( for notifications regarding the dates and timings for the upcoming term. Seats are limited and available on first come first serve basis.

We also offer CDS/OTA Crash Courses. Please contact us for details.


Admission Fee

Rs 500

CDS Tuition fee 4 weeks

Rs 15000

Hostel Fee 4 weeks (Optional)

Rs 4000

Mess Fee 4 weeks (Optional)

Rs 7000

OTA Tuition fee 4 weeks

Rs 13000

Hostel Fee 4 weeks (Optional)

Rs 4000

Mess Fee 4 weeks (Optional)

Rs 7000

Security for hostel (refundable)*

Rs 500


FOR OTA GIRLS SEEKING HOSTEL FACILITY: Prior reservation is required for on campus girls hostel. Kindly send us an email with the proposed dates seeking admission for girls hostel. An email confirmation from Minerva Academy will be required to secure place in girls hostel at the time of admission.


Established in 1955 by Lt. Col Deol, Minerva Academy has over 60 years of experience.

Every fourth officer in the Indian Armed forces has been a student of Minerva Academy.

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.

The highly qualified and experienced faculty for CDS written coaching provide students with the right guidance to adopt a systematic approach towards CDS/OTA written examination.

Exhaustive Classroom preparation: With 100+ classroom sessions and 200+ study hours covering all aspects of the examination.

Comprehensive Study Material: With 10+ books covering the various subjects, Question banks for practice of each subject, ready reference notes for important topics.

Revision and Testing: 100+ exercise sheets and weekly practice tests of each subject to prepare students for upcoming competition and provide them with vital self assessment tools. Previous years question papers are also covered.

Fully equipped library: Only Minerva academy offers the facility of a fully equipped library offering 250+ 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. 

Extensive coverage of current affairs. Special weekly updates on defence related news.

Sundays and other holidays are not observed in order to maintain continuity, so that students are able to grasp concepts better and clear their doubts routinely to build strong fundamentals.

Only Minerva Academy offers a fully equipped Football ground, Basketball court, dedicated Obstacle course and vast open grounds to encourage fitness among candidates as endurance and stamina are a pre-requisite for a success at the SSB.

We provide extensively researched study material, comprehensive notes and assignments prepared after analysis of previous years question paper patterns, which helps students to easily access, organise and systematically approach the vast syllabus.

Regular mock tests, doubt clearing and pervious years question papers analysis sessions.

Our Location is easily accessible and well connected by Rail, Road and by Air.

Only Minerva Academy run years Round batches for NDA written exam unlike other institute that only open for the few month before the written examination.


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

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 200-800 seats, so students who are serious, must get the edge above others for which coaching is a must.

Students can take advantage of the vast experience of our faculty.

We provide extensively researched study material; comprehensive notes and assignments that can help students simplify the vast syllabus.

Any concept doubts can be cleared right away, thus students can build strong fundamentals.

Meeting other students who are sitting for the same exam can be a great motivator. Students can exchange knowledge and also have an idea of their competition.

We set regular tests on the NDA and CDS/OTA pattern for our students. Thus, they are well prepared, confident and know exactly how to approach the exam and what to expect.

Students are able to discipline themselves, develop good concentration and form a study habit, which is not easy to do with self study.



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 NDA or CDS coaching are advised to first visit any institute they may be considering and then make their final decisions. Don’t be convinced by shiny advertisements and fake photos published on leaflets or websites. Visit each institute yourself and then decide.

Don’t be drawn in by institutes offering long drawn out courses over several weeks. Most of these institutes are offering only 2-3 hrs of daily coaching and observe weekends and other holidays etc. We offer over 200 hours of comprehensive coverage of the entire syllabus.


The CDS Written Examination is conducted by UPSC twice every year 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 March and October. UPSC holds the exam in the months of Feb and Sep. 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 are welcome 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 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 see the link.

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.


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.

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