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 of CDS will be released for around 400 vacancies each time. Aspirants should note that the number of vacancies in the notification is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services.
|CDS (I) 2021 Dates|
|CDS (I) notification 2021||October 28, 2021|
|CDS (I) 2021 last date to apply||November 17, 2021|
|CDS (I) 2021 exam date||February 7, 2021|
|CDS (I) 2021 result date||March 2021|
|CDS (II) 2021 Dates|
|CDS (II) notification 2021||August 4, 2021|
|CDS (II) 2021 last date to apply||August 24, 2021|
|CDS (II) 2021 exam date||November 14, 2021|
|CDS (II) 2021 result date||December 2021|
The UPSC has released the official notification of CDS (I) 2021 examination on October 28. The online applications can be filled up to November 17, 2020, till 6:00 pm. An applicant can withdraw the application form November 24 to 30, 2020, 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) 2021 examination will be held on February 7, 2021, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.
|CDS (I) 2021 Vacancies|
|Academy||Course||Reserved for NCC - Vacancies||Total Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||152nd (DE) course commencing in January 2022||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in January 2022 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||06||26|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2022||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||115th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2022||Nil||170|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||29th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2022||Nil||17|
The UPSC has released the CDS (II) 2021 exam recruitment notification on August 4. The name of the notification is ''Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2021 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).'' The online applications will be accepted until August 24, 2021. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on November 14, 2021.
|CDS (II) 2021 Vacancies|
|Academy||Course||Reserved for NCC - Vacancies||Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||153rd (DE) course commencing in July 2021||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in July 2021 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||03||22|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2022||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||116th SSC (Men) Course (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022||Nil||169|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022||Nil||16|
Interested candidates are advised to check whether they meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission prior to CDS registration. For CDS exam registration, candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC (http://upsconline.nic.in).
Candidates should have details of one photo identity card such as the Aadhaar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ any other ID card issued by the State/Central Government. The details in the ID card are required to filling up the CDS online application form.
Aspirants are also advised to keep the scanned copy of the photo ID ready for uploading. The same photo ID card is required until the final selection. Explore the step by step CDS registration form 2021 here.
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.
The UPSC has released the list of applications rejected due to non-payment of the CDS (II) exam 2021 fee, i.e., Rs 200. As per the reports, a total of 27 applicants were rejected.
The notice reads, " Appeal against such rejection should be received in the Commission’s Office within 10 days of receiving e-mail in this regard"10 September 2021
The UPSC has activated the CDS (II) application form withdrawal window. Candidates can withdraw their CDS application form till September 6.
The Commission will be conducting the written exam on November 14. The admit card will be released at least two weeks before the exam date.31 August 2021
The UPSC will be closing the UPSC CDS application form 2021 on August 24 at 6 PM. Candidates who have not filled the CDS (2) application form 2021 yet can visit the official website to complete the application process.
The Commission will also provide an option to make corrections in the application form till August 31, 2021. The recruitment notification was announced for a total of 339 vacancies.24 August 2021
The UPSC has released CDS (II) notification 2021 on the official site - upsc.gov.in. The CDS recruitment notification was released for a total of 339 vacancies. The online applications will be available till August 24, 2021.
The Commission will accept the application withdrawal facility between August 31 and September 6, 2021. The exam will be held on November 14, 2021.4 August 2021
The UPSC has declared the CDS (II) 2020 final result. Candidates can check their UPSC CDS final result 2021 on the official website with their login credentials.
A total of 129 candidates have qualified in the CDS final selection. The shortlisted candidates will join the 151 (DE) Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course.16 July 2021