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 Details  

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 2021

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 Exam Dates 2021

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

CDS (I) 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
Total   22 345

CDS (II) 2021

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
Total   22 344

CDS Registration 2021

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. 


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to prescribed physical standards for admission to CDS (I) & CDS (II) 2021
    • 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), 2021 as per guidelines are given in the official notification.
  4. Age Limit :

    Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status for CDS I & II 2021:

    1. For IMA - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 02, 1996, and not later than January 01, 2002, 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 CDS (II) 2020 Final Result Declared

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
CDS (1) 2020 Marks Of Recommended Candidates Released

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the Combined Defence Services (I) 2020 marks of recommended candidates. Candidates who have shortlisted in the exam can check their marks on the official website.

Earlier, the UPSC has released the CDS 1 2020 final merit list that contains the list of candidates who were selected in the CDS 1 2020 recruitment process.

4 June 2021
UPSC CDS 2020 Final Result Declared

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Combined Defence Services (CDS) (I) final result 2020. Candidates who have appeared for the final phase of the exam can check their CDS result 2020 on the official website - www.upsc.gov.in. 

As per the sources, a total of 147 candidates qualified in the combined defence services (I) exam 2020. One should use their roll number and other details to check CDS result. The qualified candidates have to appear for the verification of date of birth and academic qualification at the army headquarters. 

25 May 2021
CDS (I) 2020 Final Result Declared

The UPSC has released the CDS 2020 final result. Candidates who have appeared for the final phase of the selection process can download CDS result on the official site.  

In order of merit of 95 (50+39+06) candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020. The Commission has also released the merit list. 

The notice reads, "However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020."

6 February 2021
CDS-I Admit Card 2021 Released

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
UPSC Releases Scores Of Non-qualified Candidates Of CDS Exam 2019
CDS 2 Result 2020 Declared
UPSC Releases CDS (II) 2019 Marks
CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2020 Released
CDS (II) 2019 Answer Key Released
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