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 2021||Nil||170|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2021||Nil||17|
The UPSC has released the CDS (II) 2021 exam recruitment notification on August 5. 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||151st (DE) course commencing in July 2021||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in July 2021 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||06||26|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2021||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||114th SSC (Men) Course (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2021||Nil||169|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2021||Nil||17|
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 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 CDS-1 admit card 2021 on January 07. Candidates who have registered for the exam can download CDS admit card 2021 on the official website - upsc.gov.in.
The CDS admit card 2021 will be available on the official site until the exam date, i.e., February 7, 2021. One should enter their login credentials such as registration number or roll number to download the admit card.
Aspirants should keep the hardcopy of the admit card and carry the same to exam centre along with original ID proof - Voter ID, Aadhaar card, driver's license etc.8 January 2021
The UPSC has released the scores and other details of the willing non-qualified candidates of the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination (II) 2019. One Can access the list on the official website - www.upsc.gov.in
It has released the list for a total of 672 candidates who have not qualified in the exam and appeared for the final stage of the exam, i.e., SSB interview. The information of the list will remain on the official website for one year.29 December 2020
The UPSC has released the Combined Defence Services (CDS) (II) 2020 result. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam conducted on November 8 can check their CDS results 2020 on the official website - www.upsc.gov.in.
A total of 6727 candidates have qualified in the UPSC CDS (II) exam 2020. The shortlisted candidates will be eligible for the interview conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence.
Aspirants who stand out in the final round will be eligible for admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officer Training Academy.17 December 2020
The UPSC has released the marks of all candidates who have qualified the CDS (II) 2019 exam. Candidates can access the marks of the recommended on the official website of the UPSC at upsc.gov.in.
The official notice reads, "Attention of the candidates is also invited to the scheme of public disclosure of scores and other details of non-recommended candidates as available in the Commission's website. Such non-recommended candidates may exercise their options while downloading their marks."
Earlier, the Commission has released the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2019.11 November 2020
The UPSC has conducted the CDS 2 2020 exam on November 8 for defence services in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA. Candidates who have appeared in the CDS 2 exam are advised to check the CDS exam analysis here like the type of questions asked, the difficulty level of the exam, good attempts and expected cutoff.
The overall difficulty level of question paper is moderate/ difficult. Candidates who answered 240 to 250 questions perfectly out of 340 can expect a positive result. Most of the candidates felt that mathematics paper is difficult.9 November 2020