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 2022

The UPSC will release the CDS notification twice a year in the months of December and May. 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 2022

CDS (I) 2022 Dates
CDS (I) notification 2022 December 22, 2021
CDS (I) 2022 last date to apply  January 11, 2022
CDS (I) 2022 exam date  April 10, 2022
CDS (I) 2022 result date  May 2022
CDS (II) 2022 Dates 
CDS (II) notification 2022 May 18, 2022
CDS (II) 2022 last date to apply  June 14, 2022
CDS (II) 2022 exam date  September 04, 2022
CDS (II) 2022 result date  October 2022

CDS (I) 2022

The UPSC will release the official notification of CDS (I) 2022 examination on April 10, 2022 and CDS (II) 2022 the online applications can be filled up from May 18 to June 14, 2022, 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) 2022 examination will be held on April 10, 2022, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.

CDS (I) 2022 Vacancies
Academy Course Total Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 152nd (DE) course commencing in January 2023 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in January 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2023 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  117th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2023 170
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  31st SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2023 17
Total   341

CDS (II) 2022

The UPSC will release the CDS (II) 2022 exam recruitment notification on May 18, 2022. The name of the notification is ''Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2022 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).'' The online applications will be accepted until June 07, 2022. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on September 04, 2022. 

CDS (II) 2022 Vacancies 
Academy  Course Reserved for NCC - Vacancies Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 155th (DE) course commencing in July 2023 13 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in July 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro 03 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2023 03 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  118th SSC (Men) Course (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2023 Nil 169
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai  32nd SSC Women (Non-Technical) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2023 Nil 16
Total   19 339

CDS Registration 2022

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 2022 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) 2022
    • 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:

    Nationality : A candidate must be unmarried and must either be :-

    (i) A Citizen of India, or

    (ii) A subject of Nepal, or

    (iii) A Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intenion of permanently settling in India.

    Provie that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above shall be a person who is favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

    Certificate of eligibility will however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

    A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Government.

  3. Educational Qualification:

    1. For IMA & Officers' Training Academy, Chennai - Degree of a recognised University or Equivalent.

    2. For Indian Naval Academy - Degree in Engineering from a recognised University / Institution.

    3. For Air Force Academy - Degree of a recognised University (with Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 Level) or Bachelor or Enigneering.

    NOTE :

    • Candidates with 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 backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto 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), 2022 as per guidelines are given in the official notification.
  4. Age Limit :

    Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status for CDS I & II 2022.

    1. IMA - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1999 & not later than 1st July, 2004 only are eligible.

    2. For Indian Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1999 and not later than 1st July, 2004 only are eligible.

    3. For Air Force Academy - 20 to 24 years as on 1st July, 2023 born not earlier than 2nd July, 1999 and not later than 1st July, 2003 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd July, 1997 and not later than 1st July, 2003 only are eligible.

    4. For Officers Training Academy - (SSC Course of men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1998 and not later 1st July 2004 only are eligible.

    5. For Officers Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issuesless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 02 July, 1998 and not later than 1st July, 2004.

    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.

    Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purspose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

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 Notification Released today

UPSC CDS II Exam 2022 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Wednesday released the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (II) on its website.

UPSC CDS II Exam Registration starts from 18 May, 2022 & the last date to apply online is on 14 June, 2022 Up to 6.00 PM.

UPSC CDS II Exam will be conducted on 04 September, 2022. Candidates who are interested and eligible can apply online by using the official website - upsconline.nic.in.

18 May 2022
CDS (II) 2021: List of Application Rejected Due To Non-Payment of Fee

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
CDS (2) 2021 Application Form Withdrawal Link Activated

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
UPSC CDS 2021: Last Day To Apply Online

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
UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2021 Released

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
UPSC CDS (II) 2020 Final Result Declared
CDS (1) 2020 Marks Of Recommended Candidates Released
UPSC CDS 2020 Final Result Declared
CDS (I) 2020 Final Result Declared
CDS-I Admit Card 2021 Released
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