CDS (I) and (II) Exam

Combined Defence Services (I) and (II) Exam

What is CDS (I) and (II) Exam?

The "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

The UPSC has released the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2018. The notification for these two examinations is usually released in the month of August and November and the examinations are conducted in the month of February and November.

Those Candidates qualified in the written exam. Then they are shortlisted for an interview by a Services Selection Board which evaluates a candidate's suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces. Applications are invited from eligible candidates; the last date of application is September 3, 2018, (6:00 PM).

All the interested and eligible candidates must go through the important details regarding CDS 2018 and start applying for the same.

CDS (I) 2019:

The UPSC has released the official notification of CDS (I) 2019 examination. The online applications can be filled up to November 26, 2018, till 6:00 pm.

An applicant can be withdrawn the application form December 3, 2018, to December 10, 2018, till 6:00 pm.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) 2019 examination will be held on February 3, 2019, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.

CDS (I) Application Fee:

INR 200 (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates)

CDS (I) 2019 Examination Centres

The examination will be held at the following centres:

Agartala Dehradun Jorhat Raipur
Ahmedabad Delhi Kochi Ranchi
Aizawl Dharwad Kolkata Sambalpur
Allahabad Dispur Lucknow Shillong
Bengaluru Gangtok Madurai Shimla
Bareilly Hyderabad Mumbai Srinagar
Bhopal Imphal Nagpur Thiruvananthapuram
Chandigarh Itanagar Panaji (Goa) Tirupati
Chennai Jaipur Patna Udaipur
Cuttack Jammu Port Blair Visakhapatnam

CDS (II) 2018:

The CDS (II) is going to be conducted on November 18, 2018, and the last date for applications on September 3, 2018, up to 6:00 PM.

UPSC CDS 2018 Vacancies Details:

A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 18th November 2018 for admission to the undermentioned courses:

Total No. of Posts: 414 (Approx.)

Name of the Post: Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2018 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course)

i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun - 147th (DE) Course commencing in July 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate (Army Wing) holders] - 100 Vacancies (approx.)

ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala - Course commencing in July 2019 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 2019 i.e. No. 206 F (P) Course - 32 Vacancies (approx.)

iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai - 110th SSC (Men) (NT) Course communing in October 2019 - 255 Vacancies (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’) (approx.)

v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai - 24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2019 - 12 Vacancies


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to prescribed physical standards for admission to CDS (II) 2018 & CDS (I) 2019
    • A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply
    • Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of the forearm, i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand
    • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis
    • The concessions are not applicable for Air Force Height and Weight standards are mentioned i the official notification for Army and Navy only. Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done
  2. Nationality:

    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:

    • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India
    • Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal
  3. Educational Qualification:

    • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy-Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
    • For Indian Naval Academy-Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
    • For Air Force Academy-Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.


    Note:

    • Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
    • Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate
    • should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be
    • required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course.
    • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I) & (II), 2018 as per guidelines are given in the official notification.

     

  4. Age Limit :

    Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status for CDS (I) 2019:

    1. For IMA - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 02, 1996, and not later than January 01, 2001, only are eligible.
    2. For Indian Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 02, 1996, and not later than January 01, 2001, only are eligible.
    3. For Air Force Academy - 20 to 24 years as on January 01, 2020, i.e. born not earlier than January 02, 1996, and not later than January 01, 2000, (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs, i.e. born not earlier than January 02, 1994, and not later than January 01, 2000) only are eligible.
    4. For Officers' Training Academy — (SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 02, 1995, and not later than January 01, 2021, only are eligible.
    5. For Officers' Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than January 02, 1995, and not later than January 01, 2001.

    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.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • If you are selected in one of the branches of armed forces then you are set for your rest of the life
  • Apart from getting pay, perks and pension you also get many benefits that are missing from a private job
  • Your job can be challenging depending upon which type of armed force you join
  • Your job can be very tough and disciplined so you have to prepare yourself for it
  • After successful completion of Combined Defence Services training, the candidates pass out in the rank of a designated officer will be entitled to the pay and allowance of the rank

 

UPSC Declared The CDS (I) 2018 Final Result

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the final result for Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination (I) 2018. Candidates who have appeared for the examination can check their results on the official website of UPSC. 

The CDS (I) 2018 written examination was held on February 4, 2018, followed by the Services Selection Board (SSB) test. The total number of candidates who qualified in the written test are 2778 to the Indian Military Academy, 1720 to the Indian Naval Academy and 623 to the Air Force Academy. The number of candidates who finally qualified are those after the SSB test conducted by Army Head Quarters. 

A total of 100 candidates have qualified in the selection process conducted by the UPSC and SSB interviews. Out of 100, 60 candidates will be appointed under the Indian Military Academy, 33 under the Indian Naval Academy and 07 under the Air Force Academy. 

Click here to check the UPSC CDS (I) 2018 Final Result

The marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process, i.e., after the declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2018. 

9 November 2018
CDS I Notification 2019: Explore The Number Of Vacancies

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the recruitment notification for Combined Defence Services (CDS) – I, 2019. The exam is conducted twice a year for the recruitment of candidates to defence forces that include the various disciplines like the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. Interested candidates can register for the exam until November 26, 2018. 

The notification was released for a total of 417 vacancies. Here are the vacancy details for each course. 

Name of the Course Number of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

148th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2020

[including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Course commencing in January, 2020

Executive (General Service)/ Hydro

[including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing)]

45

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad

(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January, 2020

[03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] 

32

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)

111th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April, 2020

[(i) 171 vacancies for SSC (Men) (NT) UPSC, (ii) 04 vacancies for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2020 Non UPSC and (iii) 50 vacancies for NCC Special entry Non UPSC]. 

225

Officers Training Academy, Chennai

25th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2020

15
Total 417

Click here for the UPSC CDS-I 2019 detailed notification 

Candidates need to meet all the eligibility requirements set by the UPSC to apply online for the CDS I 2019. The educational requirements vary from one course to another. Click here to read the complete details of the eligibility criteria. 

31 October 2018
CDS (I) 2019 exam notification has been released. Apply before Nov 26, 2018.

CDS (I) and (II) 2019:

The notification for this entrance examination is usually released twice a year and the first notification was released on October 31, 2018, whereas the second notification is going to be released on June 12, 2019.

The examination for CDS (I) will be held on February 03, 2019, and for CDS (II) the exam will be conducted on September 08, 2019. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

Last date to apply online applications:

Exam Date
Last Date For CDS (I) 2019 to fill the online application form November 26, 2018, up to 6:00 PM
Last Date For CDS (II) 2019 to fill the online application form July 08, 2019, up to 6:00 PM

Note:

  • The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination
  • The e-Admission Certificate will be made available on the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates
  • No Admit Card will be sent by post. So, all the applicants are required to provide valid E-Mail Id

CDS (II) 2018:

The CDS (II) is going to be conducted on November 18, 2018. The examination comprises written test and intelligence & personality test. Click here to know more about the scheme and pattern of the examination.

Guidance for candidates:

If the candidates have the doubt regarding any guidance/information/clarification in their applications, candidature etc. candidates can directly contact UPSC’s facilitation counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over telephone No. 011 - 23385271 / 011 - 23381125 / 011 - 23098543 on working days between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Centres of Examination in India:

The examination will be held at the following centres:

City Names City Names City Names
Agartala Gangtok Panaji (Goa)
Ahmedabad Hyderabad Patna
Aizwal Imphal Port Blair
Allahabad Itanagar Raipur
Bengaluru Jaipur Ranchi
Bareilly Jammu Sambalpur
Bhopal Jorhat Shillong
Chandigarh Kochi Shimla
Chennai Kohima Srinagar
Cuttack Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Lucknow Dehradun Tirupati
Delhi Madurai Udaipur
Dharwad Mumbai Vishakhapatnam
Dispur Nagpur -

Note:

The centres and dates of holding the examination as mentioned are liable to be changed at the discretion of the commission. The candidates should note that no request for change of the centres will be entertained.

31 October 2018
UPSC Released CDS-II Exam 2018 Admit Card

The Union Public Service Commission has released the admit cards for CDS-II (Combined Defence Services) examination which will take place on November 18, 2018. Candidates who registered for this examination can download the admit card from the official website. The UPSC will conduct the CDS-II Exam at 41 test centres spread across the country. 

Steps To Download The UPSC CDS-II Admit Card 

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC

Step 2: Click on the link ''e-Admit Card – CDS Examination (II) 2018'' located on the homepage

Step 3: Click on the link available in the download section.  

Step 4: Submit your details to download the admit card 

Step 5: Take a printout of the admit card along with the instructions 

Candidates should download their e‐admit card only from the official website. The registered candidates who had an issue with regards to accessing the CDS-II admit cards should contact the commission immediately. Aspirants can call on 011‐23385271, 011‐23381125 and 011‐23098543 for any queries or send a fax to 011‐23387310. To know more about the CDS admit card, click here

Combined Defence Services (CDS) is held twice a year for admissions to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. The selection of the candidates will be based on sections such as English, general knowledge and elementary mathematics. To know more about the CDS exam pattern, click here

25 October 2018
Preparation Tips for CDS II Exams to be held on November 18, 2018

The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) II exams are knocking on the door and candidates need to prepare themselves with utmost diligence. Here are a few examination preparation tips which will help you ace the exams. CareerIndia also has all the previous year question papers which can be downloaded here for practicing for your exams and also know if your time management is perfect

Click here to read all the fool-proof preparation tips alongside few points to remember for the last minute preparation.

16 October 2018
CDS (II) Examination 2018 Registration Process & Application Fees

The official notification of CDS (II) exam has been released on August 8, 2018. Therefore, the last date to submit the application form through online on September 03, 2018, up to 6:00 PM. Click here to know the registration procedure & application fees.

27 August 2018
UPSC CDS II Application Process 2018 Open: Apply Before Sept 3!

The Union Public Service Commission has opened the application process for the Combined Defence Services Exam II. The selection of candidates for this service will be through a written test held on Nov 18, 2018. Click here to read the details.

9 August 2018

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