CDS (II) 2021 Notification (out), Application Form, Registration, Fees and Procedure

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May 1, 2021

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 As per the UPSC Exam Calendar 2021, the CDS(II) 2021 notification will be released on August 04, 2021. The application process is expected to be released on August 04, 2021, and the last date of submission will tentatively be on August 24, 2021. Check CDS Eligibility Criteria

On the other hand, the application window for CDS (I) 2021 has been closed on November 17, 2020. The CDS I exam has been scheduled for February 07, 2021, and candidates can download the admit card from the official website.  Direct Link for CDS Admit Card

CDS application form 2021 has to be filled in two parts:

  • In part 1: Candidates need to enter their personal details. After that, registration no. and password will be generated. Using these login credentials candidates can fill part 2 of the application form.
  • In part 2: Candidates need to enter the educational qualification, scanned photograph and signature, etc.

CDS Application form 2021 must be filed online only. However, the CDS Application fee can be paid through both offline and online mode. The registration fee for General candidates is INR 200/-, whereas there is no registration fee for the reserved category and female candidates. At the time of preparation, candidates should practise the previous question papers of the CDS exam.

Registration Dates

CDS II Registration Dates 2021

UPSC has announced official CDS II Registration and Exam dates :

Events Dates 
Release of UPSC CDS II Notification August 04, 2021
UPSC CDS 2021 Registration Begins on  August 04, 2021
Last day to fill CDS II Application Form 2021 August 25, 2021
Issue of CDS Admit Card 2021 3 weeks before the exam
CDS II 2021 Exam Date To be notified

Check Complete UPSC CDS 2021 Exam Dates

Filling CDS II Form

How to fill CDS Application Form 2021?

UPSC CDS Application form can be filled in online mode only at the official website. The application process involves two parts – Part 1 is basic registration and Part 2 includes fee payment, filing up form and uploading scanned documents. Candidates are advised to go through the Official UPSC CDS 2021 Notification before proceeding to fill the form. There are 4 simple steps involved in CDS Application Process:

Step 1: CDS Registration

  • Visit UPSC CDS 2021 official website –
  • Click on Part 1 registration to open the registration form.
CDS Registration
  • Enter your name, date of birth, parents’ name, address, category, mobile number, email ID and other basic details. 
  • Your registration number will be sent to you as SMS and email. 
CDS Application Form

Step 2: Pay CDS Application Fee 

  • Candidates have to pay application fees for CDS 2021 that is INR 200.
  • Female, SC, ST, and Physically handicapped candidates are exempted from fee payment.
  • Application Fees can be paid in online mode via Debit/ Credit Card or SBI Netbanking and in offline mode by paying cash at any SBI Bank branch.
  • To pay the fees by cash, candidates will have to generate bank challan during the registration process and submit the same along with the fees at any SBI bank branch.

UPSC CDS 2021 Application Fees 

Category CDS Application Fees 2021
General/ OBC/ EWS INR 200
Female (All Categories) Exempted
SC/ ST Exempted
PH Exempted

Step 3: Fill CDS Application Form

  • Candidates have to complete their form by mentioning personal and educational details.
  • Indicate your preferred position amongst IAF, IMA, INA, and OTA.
  • Also, select CDS Exam Center as per your preference.
  • Fill the form very carefully as no correction will be allowed after the closing of the application process.

CDS Part 2 registration

Step 4: Upload CDS Photo, Signature, and Photo ID Proof

Candidates have to upload their scanned passport size photograph, signature, and photo ID proof in prescribed specifications:

Documents Size Pixels Bit Format
Photograph 20 – 300 Kbs 350x350 – 1000x1000 24 .jpg
Signature 20 – 300 Kbs 350x350 – 1000x1000 24 .jpg
Photo Identity Card 20 – 300 Kbs - - .pdf

Now, agree to the declaration and submit the form and download the filled-in application form and fee payment receipt for further reference. 

Documents Required

Documents Required For CDS Registration 2021

Candidates should keep the below-mentioned documents ready before proceeding to fill the application form :

Matriculation and Degree Certificates Scanned copy of Photograph
Scanned copy of Signature Any Valid ID proof ( Adhaar card/ Voter ID/ PAN card/Driving license/ Passport)
Card or Net Banking details for online payment


UPSC CDS 2021 Application Form FAQs

Q. After the submission of the requisite application fee, can the application be canceled and a request for a refund be generated?

A. Yes, the application can be withdrawn. After the completion of online registration, the authorities will release the dates for application withdrawal. At that specific time, candidates can withdraw their candidature from the examination.  However, the application fees will not be refunded.

Q. I am an applicant belonging to the general category. However, I selected the reserved category by mistake while applying for CDS 2021. I wish to make changes to my category. Please help.

A. You can fill a fresh form and make the changes in that form till the application deadline. Application fees will have to be paid again.

Q. Can multiple forms be submitted and the fees for one form be adjusted to the other?

A. Multiple forms can be submitted only under an unavoidable situation. However, candidates will have to pay the fees again as the fees of another form will not be adjusted for the accurate form.

Q. Are candidates who have just appeared for the qualifying examination eligible for CDS 2021?

A. Yes. Aspirants who have just appeared for the qualifying exam are also eligible provided they have no backlog up to the last semester and are able to produce the required documents at the time of admission.

Q.How can I recover my Registration ID and password?

A. To recover the registration ID or password, you need to refer to the registered email ID to recover the password or registration id. You can also see the registration number on the fee receipt.

Q.Do I need to send the hardcopy of the CDS application form 2021 to the authorities?

A. No, you do not need to send the printout of the CDS application form to the authorities. However, it is advised that you must keep a hard copy of the application for your own record and future reference.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


rohan bharti
My complete name is more than 30 characters long. What should I do, as the name field in the Online Application set a limit of 30 characters?
jaya garg

Hi. While applying online, as you fill up your name in the name field, if it reaches the default size of 30 characters, an additional field for full name will appear in the form and a pop up message. You can click on the same and fill the full name in the Additional Field. Full Name field has a capacity of 70 characters.

How can I resize my photo and is it important?
jaya garg

Hi. It is important to upload the picture as per the guidelines in the form. You need to resize it as per the mentioned guidelines. An easiest way is to do so using the MS-Paint and Photoshop.

rohan bharti
Can you tell me the documents needed to apply online?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates planning to apply for the exam should have valid email ID, contact number, a soft copy of Photo and signature or thumb impression in required size and format. All these documents are needed while applying for CDS exam online exam.
Candidates must have payment source documents (Credit card, debit card, Net banking) to pay the CDS application fee.

I don’t have my driving license, can I submit some other documents while doing CDS Registration 2021?
jaya garg

Hi. The list of documents that are needed before proceeding to fill the application form include Matriculation and Degree Certificates, Scanned copy of Photograph, Scanned copy of Signature, any Valid ID proof like Adhaar card/ Voter ID/ PAN card or Driving license. More details on CDS Registration 2021 are here.

tanishka shah
I am a female planning to apply for the CDS exam, am I supposed to pay the CDS Application Fee?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates applying for the CDS exam have to pay application fees worth for CDS 2021 that is INR 200. But female, SC, ST, and Physically handicapped candidates don’t have to pay any fees.

shruti verma
Can I apply for CDS (II) now?
jaya garg

Hi. As per the UPSC Exam Calendar 2021, the CDS(II) 2021 notification will be announced in August 04, 2021 and the application process is expected to begin in August, 2021. So you can’t apply at present. Meanwhile start preparing for the exam.

koyena biswas
what is eligibility for cds exam?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. For IMA, Graduation from a Recognized University while for AFA candidates must have an Engineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University. Further details are mentioned here.

koyena biswas
how many times i can give cds exam?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. In the CDS Exam, there is no limit on the number of attempts for this exam. In case you meet the minimum eligibility, you can apply every time the exam is conducted. More deatils are here.

avinash sahu
how many times cds exam held in a year?
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. CDS exam is taken two times in every year. Each year almost 5 lakh+ candidates apply for CDS exam, so in one year around 10 lakh+ candidates apply for the CDS exam.

soram melory
Hi can i still register for the exam.i know im late.i just found out the deadline
aditi arun

Hello Soram,

Unfortunately, you can not apply for UPSC CDS anymore as the application deadline was 17th of November, 2020.

vishal goswami
Can i apply today?
aniket ranjan

Hii Vishal. CDS 1 notification 2021 has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The application form is made available along with the notification and last date to fill the CDS application form was November 17, 2020

birendra kandari
My dob is 18-05-1996 and I am appyling it is showing you are not eligible
aniket ranjan

Hii Birendra. According to your birth date as of now your age is 24 year and 6 months and As per the declaration of UPSC, the candidates need to be between 19 to 24 year. Still you can apply for CDS OTA as candidate can apply for CDS OTA till age of 25 years. For more details Click Here

sonia holkar
Hello sir I am studying in msc 1st year can i apply for this exam
swati srivastava

Hi Sonia, you can apply for this exam provided you fulfill all the eligibility criteria. For details visit: CDS EXAM

sonika nehra
I am studying in bsc 2nd year and my son is 15/7/2001 can I apply for this exam.....or graduation is necessary for this
diya suresh

Hi Sonika, No you cannot apply as for CDS only unmarried candidates are allowed. Also, you need to be in at least final year of graduation to be eligible. For CDS eligibility click here.

sonika nehra
Is graduation necessary for CDS OTA exam
aniket ranjan

Hii Sonika. Yes, it is necessary for CDS OTA that candidates should have a degree of a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by Central/State Government.

rishika yepuru
iam currently pursuing my btech 4th year ,am i eligible for any of the exams
aniket ranjan

Hii Rishika. Yes, you are eligible for CDS OTA which requires Graduate degree in any stream from Recognized University. For more details about eligibility criteria Click Here

mayank chaturvedi
I am in final year 7th sem can I apply for this
diya suresh

Hi Mayank, Yes you are eligible to apply. For more eligibility details of CDS click here.

kavali lakshmi
I am completed my degree last semester , yet results are not daclared . Right now can i apply for CDS?
diya suresh

Hi Lakshmi, You can apply but you need to produce degree certificate on the date specified by UPSC. For more details click here.

aditya prajapati
I am in B-tech 3rd Year . Can I apply for CDS Exam ?
aditi arun

Hello Aditya,

No, you can apply for CDS right now. You can apply for it in the last semester of your graduation.

sonali panda
I had completed my diploma and im in 2nd year of mt btech am I eligible for CDS though i had not done my 12th
aditi arun

Hello Sonali,

You will not be eligible to give the CDS Examination right now. You can give it either when you have completed your graduation or when you’re in the last semester of your graduation.