The "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The UPSC will conduct the CDS exam twice a year in the month of February and September.
Candidates who aim to serve the nation by joining the defence forces can start applying for the CDS examination. In order to apply online for the CDS examination, candidates should meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission. The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination followed by an interview for intelligence and personality test. The shortlisted candidates will be placed at the respective academies based on the preference and merit. Explore more details regarding the CDS (I) & (II) examination below.
|S No||Name of the Academy||City|
|1||Indian Military Academy||Dehradun|
|2||Indian Naval Academy||Ezhimala|
|3||Air Force Academy||Hyderabad|
|4||Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Men)||Chennai|
|5||Officers Training Academy (SSC Women)||Chennai|
|Exam||Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Number of vacancies||400 (approximately)|
|Application fee||INR 200|
|Frequency||Twice a year|
|Selection process||Written test and SSB interview|
|Admit card mode||Online|
|Phone number (facilitation counter)||011-23098543/ 23385271/ 23381125/ 23098591|
The UPSC will release the CDS notification twice a year in the months of October and August. The recruitment notification will be released for around 400 vacancies. Aspirants should note that the number of vacancies in the notification is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services.
Click here for CDS (I) 2020 notification (released on October 30, 2019)
Click here for CDS (II) 2020 notification (released on August 05, 2020)
The UPSC has released the official notification of CDS (I) 2020 examination. The online applications can be filled up to November 19, 2019, till 6:00 pm.
An applicant can be withdrawn the application form December 3, 2019, to December 10, 2019, till 6:00 pm. Aspirants are required to apply online using the official link www.upsconline.nic.in
The candidates applying for the examination must fulfil all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. The CDS (I) 2020 examination will be held on February 2, 2020, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.
The UPSC has released the CDS (II) 2019 exam recruitment notification on August 05, 2020. The notification was released for a total of 417 vacancies. The name of the notification is ''Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2020 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).'' The online applications will be accepted until August 25, 2020. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on November 8, 2020.
UPSC CDS 2020 Vacancies Details:
A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on September 8, 2019, for admission to the undermentioned courses:
Total No. of Posts: 417
Name of the Post: Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2019 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course)
i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun - 149th (DE) Course commencing in July 2020 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate (Army Wing) holders] - 100 Vacancies (approx.)
ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala - Course commencing in July 2020 Executive (General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate holders (Naval Wing) - 45 Vacancies (approx.)
iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad - (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2020 i.e. No. 206 F (P) Course - 32 Vacancies (approx.)
iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai - 110th SSC (Men) (NT) Course communing in October 2020 - 255 Vacancies (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’) (approx.)
v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai - 24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2020 - 12 Vacancies
A candidate must be either:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
Annually, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam twice a year for recruitment into the defence forces. The CDS (I) 2020 exam was conducted on February 2, 2020.
The CDS examination consists of three sections, namely English Language, General Knowledge and Mathematics. The duration of each subject is two hours. The overall CDS (I) 2020 exam was rated between moderate and tough. Let's look at each section.
A total of 120 questions were asked for a total of 100 marks. Around 20 synonym and antonym questions were asked which are believed to be a bit tough. 10 questions each from the phrase rearrangement, fill in the blanks and sentence rearrangement. Around 20 questions from the reading comprehension, which were rated as moderate. Aspirants also found 20 questions on error detection which were difficult. After analysing the paper, more than 60 attempts in English will make chances bright.
This is a scoring section and many test takers find it easy to answer. The questions were from history, geography, economy and polity. Aspirants also found that questions from current affairs are easy. However, 27 questions from general science are moderate. One who has attempted more than 84 questions can be considered as a good attempt.
It consists of 100 questions with one mark each. Around 20 questions came from the number system. The geometry and area & perimeter questions were easy. Test takers also got questions from trigonometry, statistics, time and work, simple and compound interest, average, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, percentage and data interpretation. Candidates who have attempted more than 55 questions can be said to have made a good attempt.
The examination will be held at the following centres
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has held the Combined Defence Services (CDS) (II) 2019 examination on September 8. The exam consists of three sections such as General Knowledge, English and Mathematics. The English exam held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The General Knowledge was held between from 12:00 PM to 2 PM, while, Mathematics paper was conducted from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Many candidates who have appeared for the exam believe that the overall question paper was moderate to difficult level. The general knowledge section was easy to moderate. The Mathematics and English sections were moderate to difficult level.
Aspirants who are aiming to appear for the CDS examination are advised to explore the UPSC CDS exam analysis which will help to clear the exam.9 September 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Combined Defense Services (CDS) (II) 2019 admit card. The admit card was released for the first phase of the selection process, i.e., written exam. The CDS admit card will be available on the official website up to September 8, 2019.
Candidates who have registered for the examination can download CDS admit card only from UPSC website. One can download the admit card through their registration ID or roll number. Aspirants should take a printout of admit card and carry the same to the examination centre on test day.
The Commission will conduct CDS exam on September 8 in offline mode. For Admissions To Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, candidates need to appear for English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics subjects. However, there is no Elementary Mathematics subject for admission to Officers' Training Academy.20 August 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the CDS II 2018 final result. A total of 295 candidates have been shortlisted to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Airforce Academy and Officers’ Training Academy.
The qualified candidates should now appear for the medical test and the document verification process. Candidates can download the final result list from the official website. The total number of candidates qualified for the Indian Military Academy is 60, 34 for the Indian Naval Academy, 06 for the Indian Air Force Academy and 140 men and 55 women for the Officers’ Training Academy.
UPSC conducted CDS (II) 2018 exam on November 18, 2018. Over 7,000 candidates qualified the written examination and shortlisted for SSB interview.13 August 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be closing the registration window for the Combined Defence Services (II) exam 2019 today, i.e., July 8. Interested candidates can visit the official website of UPSC to apply online. The recruitment notification was released for a total of 417 vacancies.
In order to apply online for CDS (II) exam, candidates need to meet all the eligibility conditions set by the UPSC. One should pay Rs 200 as application fee. Candidates should note that the Commission will provide the application withdrawal facility between July 15 and 22.
The CDS (II) exam will be held on September 8, 2019. The admit cards will be released three weeks prior to the exam date. The shortlisted candidates will be eligible for the course commencing in the Defence institutes.8 July 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Combined Defence Services (CDS) (II) 2019 recruitment notification. Interested candidates who are aiming for a career in defence can start applying for the vacancies until July 8, 2019.
The recruitment notification was released for a total of 417 vacancies. The selected candidates will commence their course in the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy for both SSC Men and SSC Women.
The applications process will be available until July 8, 2019. The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination followed by an SSB interview. The written examination will be held on September 8, 2019.12 June 2019