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 (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

CDS Exam Highlights  

Exam  Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination 
Organising body  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Application mode  Offline
Number of vacancies  400 (approximately)
Application fee INR 200
Frequency  Twice a year
Exam mode  Offline 
Selection process  Written test and SSB interview 
Admit card mode  Online 
Official website  www.upsc.gov.in 
Phone number (facilitation counter)  011-23098543/ 23385271/ 23381125/ 23098591
e-mail feedback-upsc@gov.in 

CDS Notification 2019 

The UPSC will release the CDS notification twice a year in the months of October and July. 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) 2019 notification (released on October 10, 2018)

Click here for CDS (II) 2019 notification (released on June 12, 2019)

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An applicant can be withdrawn the application form December 3, 2018, to December 10, 2018, till 6:00 pm.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 (II) 2019:

The UPSC has released the CDS (II) 2019 exam recruitment notification on June 12. The notification was released for a total of 417 vacancies. The name of the notification is ''Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2019 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).'' The online applications will be accepted until July 8, 2019. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on September 8, 2019. 

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


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to prescribed physical standards for admission to CDS (I) & CDS (II) 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), 2019 as per guidelines are given in the official notification.

     

  4. Age Limit :

    Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status for CDS I & II 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

 

CDS Exam Analysis 

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) 2019 exam was conducted on February 3. A total of 3,48,871 candidates registered for the examination. 

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) 2019 exam was rated between moderate and tough. Let's look at each section. 

English Language 

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. 

General Knowledge

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. 

Mathematics 

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. 

CDS Exam 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
UPSC CDS (II) 2019 Admit Card Released

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. 

Click here for CDS (II) admit card 2019

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
UPSC CDS (II) 2018 Final Result Announced

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. 

Click here for UPSC CDS (II) 2018 final result

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
Registration Window For CDS (II) 2019 To Close Today

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. 

Click here to apply online for CDS 2019

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
UPSC Released CDS (II) 2019 Notification

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
CDS (II) 2019 Notification To Be Released On June 12

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be releasing the Combined Defence Services (CDS) (II) notification 2019 on June 12. Candidates who are aspiring to join the defence forces can start applying online from the notification release date. Aspirants can apply online for CDS (II) until   August 8, 2019. 

The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination followed by a personality test and interview. The written test will be held on September 8, 2019. Candidates who qualify in the written test and obtain the cut-off score will be called for SSB interview. 

The selected candidates will be eligible for pursuing the courses in Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad) and Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) for both men and women. 

23 May 2019
CDS (I) 2019 Written Exam Result Announced
UPSC Disclosed Scores Of CDS (I) Examination 2018
UPSC CDS (I) 2018 Final Result Announced
CDS (I) 2019 Admit Card Released
UPSC CDS (II) 2018 Written Exam Result Announced
CDS I 2019: Online Registration To Close On November 26
UPSC Declared The CDS (I) 2018 Final Result
CDS I Notification 2019: Explore The Number Of Vacancies
CDS (I) 2019 exam notification has been released. Apply before Nov 26, 2018.
UPSC Released CDS-II Exam 2018 Admit Card
Preparation Tips for CDS II Exams to be held on November 18, 2018
CDS (II) Examination 2018 Registration Process & Application Fees
UPSC CDS II Application Process 2018 Open: Apply Before Sept 3!
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