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 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 (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|
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|
|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|
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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