To complete the recruitment process for Commissioned Officers in Navy, Air Force and Indian Army, the Union Public Service Commission conducts the Combined Defence Services Examination. Once the selection process will be completed, the recruited aspirants will be undergone to a training process, which will be held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The UPSC conducts the examination twice in a year that is in February and in September.
15 October 2020: CDS 2 2020 admit card of the written exam has been issued. Also, check CDS Exam Dates
|Name of exam||Combined Defence Services Examination|
|Conducted by||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam frequency||Twice a year|
|Exam mode||Two hours|
|Language of question paper||English and Hindi|
|Exam Fees||Rs 200|
|Exam purpose||To select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force|
|CDS 1 vacancies||CDS 1: 418
CDS 2: 344
|No of test cities||41|
|CDS (I) 2021 Events||CDS (I) 2021 Dates|
|Release of notification||28-Oct-2020|
|Application process||28-Oct-2020 to 17-Nov-2020|
|CDS (II) 2021 Events||CDS (II) 2021 Dates|
|Release of notification||04-Aug-2021|
|Starting of the application process||04-Aug-2021 to 17-Nov-2020|
|CDS Course||Total Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||26|
|Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||32|
|Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men)||169|
|Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women)||17|
|Total CDS Vacancy||344|
All the aspirants are required to check the eligibility criteria before they apply for the CDS examination. To know more, go through the following content:
|Indian Military Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2002|
|Indian Naval Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2002|
|Indian Air Force Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2001|
|Officers' Training Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1996 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2002|
|Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1996 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2002|
|Indian Military Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Indian Naval Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Indian Air Force Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Officer Training Academy||Male||Married/Unmarried|
|Officer Training Academy||Female||Unmarried|
Education Qualification: Education qualification for CDS (2) 2020 exam would be varied for several designations:
|Post||Educational Eligibility Criteria|
|IMA||Graduate from Recognized University|
|INA||Engineering Degree from Recognized University|
|AFA||Engineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University|
|OTA||Graduate from Recognized University|
On 25th August 2020, the online application form for appearing the CDS (2) exam has been closed.
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
|Andaman and Nicobar||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Srinagar|
Check CDS Exam Centres
The CDS Exam Pattern is categorised into two sections and these are:
The exam pattern is not similar for both the Officer Training Academy and also for the Indian Military/ Indian Air Force/Indian Naval Academy.
The Exam of Indian Air Force, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Military Academy consists of three papers and total score of the papers is 300 marks.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
|Elementary Mathematics||100||2 hours|
Officer Training Academy will consist of two subjects and the total marks of the exam will be 200. The total duration of the examination will be 4 hours.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
To get a good score in the CDS Exam, the aspirants should know the syllabus thoroughly:
The CDS (2) admit card is already out to the official website. To download the admit card, the aspirants are requested to open https://upsconline.nic.in/ site. To login their account, the candidates have to provide their Roll No and Registration Number.
Before you download the admit card, you are asked to check that the provided information mentioned in the admit card, is right. If the aspirants would find any discrepancy, you would not get permission to appear in the exam. Do not forget to bring the admit card to the exam centre, otherwise, you would not be allowed to sit for the exam.
The merit list will be made based on the higher marks in written test and SSB Interview.
For more information, check the CDS Selection process.
The CDS Result will be announced to the official website. If the aspirants will qualify all the stages of the CDS test, will be allowed to be recruited in one of the Indian Defence Services.
On the other hand, the Cut off is the minimum qualifying score which is required to get for appearing to the next level exam. The CDS Cut off score is published separately with the CDS Result.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.