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CDS Eligibility 2021: Educational Qualification, Age Limit, Physical and Medical Requirements

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May 4, 2021

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The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS Exam) is scheduled twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to enrol into the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Indian Air Force Academy (AFA). To prepare for all academies, candidates should have the previous years’ papers of the CDS Exam. 

Latest Updates:

  • April 23, 2021: Upcoming Exam Dates of NDA, CDS, CAPF and AFCAT has been released. Check the schedule.
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  • March 23, 2021: CDS Result 2021 has been declared. Read the details.

Both men and women can apply for 345 vacancies. To apply for both CDS(I) and (II), candidates, should check out the CDS eligibility 2021 which includes nationality, educational qualification, age, marital status, and physical conditions. 

  • Candidates who have settled in India permanently can apply for CDS Exam.
  • Candidates must be graduate or at least appearing in the final year/semester. 
  • The minimum age limit is 19 to apply for the CDS 2021 Exam.
  • Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA.
  • Unmarried candidates should not be divorced. 
  • B.tech candidates can apply for IMA, INA AFA also. 
  • Candidates both male and female must meet the physical standard specified by UPSC. 
Nationality

CDS Eligibility 2021 Criteria are divided into 4 categories as Nationality, Age and Marital Status, Educational qualification, and Physical standards. The fourth category is mentioned by the conducting body to ensure the physical fitness and standards of the aspirants.

CDS Eligibility 2021 Nationality

The candidate must be unmarried and must be any of the followings:

  1. A Citizen of India,
  2. A subject of Bhutan or Nepal
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1962 intending to permanently settle in India,
  4. 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 intending to permanently settle in India. 

Note: 

  • Candidates under 2, 3, 4, and 5 must be certificated or proof issued by the Indian Government in favor of their statement.
  • Candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal are not required to show any kind of certificate of CDS eligibility. 
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of CDS eligibility 2021  is necessary may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before the declaration of result by UPSC. 
Age & Marital Status

CDS 2021: Age Limit, Sex, and Marital Status

As per the announcement of UPSC, the candidates need to be unmarried and should not be a widower or should not be a divorcee. The following tabular includes the required Age Limit, gender, and Marital status that candidates look for: 

Academy Age Limit  Gender Marital Status
Indian Military Academy (IMA) 19 – 24 Years Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy (INA) 19 - 22 Years Male Unmarried
Air Force Academy 19 - 23 Years Male <25 years unmarried or >25 years both married and unmarried.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) 19 - 25 Years Female Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) 19 - 25 Years Male Unmarried

Caution:

  1. Male divorcee/ widower candidates will not be treated as unmarried. So, they will not be considered eligible for CDS Exam and Chennai courses.
  2. The date of birth that is entered in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or any equivalent examination certificate will be accepted by UPSC. 
  3.  No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records, etc. will be accepted. 
  4. The date of birth candidates are providing will be recorded in the records of the admission commission. So, no change will be allowed subsequently or at a subsequent examination on any ground. 
  5. During the verification process or in any stage of the Exam, if it is found that the date of birth which the candidate has entered, does not match with the Valid Proof or Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules. 
Educational Criteria

CDS Eligibility 2021: Educational Qualification 

Every candidate who is willing to apply for CDS 2021, must have completed their Graduation or at least is appearing for the final exam of the degree. For further details read below: 

  • For I.M.A. and OTA, candidates should have a degree from a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by the Central/State Government. 
  • For INA( Indian Naval Academy), candidates will need to have a Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/institution. 
  • To apply to Air Force Academy, applicants need a degree from a recognized university( with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2) or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. 
Academies Educational qualification
Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) Graduation from a recognized university
Indian Naval Academy (INA) An engineering degree from a recognized university/institute
Air Force Academy (AFA) Bachelor of Engineering or Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12)

Note: 

  1. Candidates who are in their final year/ semester Degree course and have not completed the course yet can apply for CDS Exam. They need to submit proof of passing the Degree by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be considered on any other ground whatsoever. 
  2. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester degree course are required to submit the authentic certificate of passing the degree issued by the University/College at the time of the SSB interview. The certificate of the Degree should contain the date of issue and the date of issue must be before the specified date declared by UPSC. Otherwise, their candidature will be canceled.
  3.  Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination.
Physical Standard

CDS Eligibility 2021: Physical Standards for Male & Female

Candidates must be physically and mentally fit as per the guidelines of UPCS. A good number of qualified candidates get disqualified on medical grounds. Therefore candidates are strongly advised to get themselves medically tested before applying for CDS Exam. the most commonly found defects are :

  1. Wax (ears) 
  2. Deviated Nasal Septum
  3. Hydrocele/Varicocele/Phimosis
  4. Overweight/Underweight 
  5. Piles 
  6. Gynaecomastia 

Note: 

Permanent body tattoos are strictly prohibited whether it is on their body parts except the inner face of the forearm i.e. inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand. Candidates with tattoos from specific Tribes on their face or body as per their existing customs and traditions will be permitted to a case basis. 

CDS Heights and Weights Standards for Males:

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). Women candidates’ minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of the North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.

General standards for Body :

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25.
  • The waist Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females. 
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females. 
  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits. 

Height and Weight as per Age for Army and Navy Males: 

The below-mentioned standards are Army and Navy Males: 

Height in Centimetres ( without shoes)

Weight (kgs)

-

18 years

20 years

22 years

24 years

152

44*

46

47

48

155

46

48**

49

50

157

47

49

50

51

160

48

50

51

52

162

50

52

51

54

165

52

53

55

56

168

53

55

57

58

170

55

57

58

59

173

57

59

60

61

175

59

61

62

62

178

61

62

63

64

180

63

64

65

66

183

65

67

67

68

185

67

69

70

71

188

70

71

72

74

190

72

73

74

76

193

74

76

77

78

195

77

78

79

81

*45 for Navy ** 47 for Navy 

  • A ± 10% (for Navy) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limits. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broadly built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy, this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

Heights and Weights as per Age for Air Force Male Candidates

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average. (For FAT % (<20) of Normal Individuals). 

Height (mm) 

Weight( Kgs) according to Age

-

15- 17 years

18-22 years

23-27 years

28-32 years

33-37 years

38-42 years

43-47 years

>48 years

1520

46

47

50

54

54

54

55

54

1530

47

47

51

55

55

54

56

54

1540

47

48

51

56

55

55

57

55

1550

48

49

52

56

56

56

57

56

1560

48

49

53

57

57

56

58

56

1570

49

50

54

58

58

57

58

57

1580

49

50

54

58

58

58

59

58

1590

50

51

55

59

59

59

60

58

1600

51

52

56

59

60

59

60

59

1610

51

52

56

60

60

60

61

60

1620

52

53

57

61

61

61

62

60

1630

52

54

58

61

62

61

62

61

1640

53

54

59

62

63

62

63

62

1650

53

55

59

63

63

63

64

62

1660

54

56

60

63

64

64

64

63

1670

54

56

61

64

65

64

65

64

1680

55

57

61

65

65

65

65

65

1690

55

57

62

65

66

66

66

65

1700

56

58

63

66

67

67

67

66

1710

56

59

64

66

68

67

67

67

1720

57

59

64

67

68

66

68

67

1730

58

60

65

68

69

69

69

68

1740

58

61

66

68

70

69

69

69

1750

59

61

66

69

71

70

70

69

1760

59

62

67

70

71

71

71

70

1770

60

62

68

70

72

72

71

71

1780

60

63

69

71

73

72

72

71

1790

61

64

69

72

73

73

73

72

1800

61

64

70

72

74

74

73

73

1810

62

65

71

73

75

75

74

73

1820

62

66

72

74

76

75

74

74

1830

63

66

72

74

76

76

75

75

1840

64

67

73

75

77

77

76

75

1850

64

68

74

75

78

77

76

76

1860

65

68

74

76

78

78

77

77

1870

65

69

75

77

79

79

78

77

1880

66

69

76

77

80

80

78

78

1890

66

70

77

78

81

80

79

79

1900

67

71

77

79

81

81

80

79

1910

67

71

78

79

82

82

80

80

1920

68

72

79

80

83

82

81

81

1930

68

73

79

81

83

83

81

82

CDS Height and Weight Standards for Females:

Height in Centimetres ( without shoes)

Weights (Kgs)

-

18 years

20 years

30 years

148

39

41

43

150

40

42

43.5

153

42

43.5

45

155

43

44

46

158

45

46

48

160

46

47

49

163

47

48

51

165

49

51

53

168

50

52

54


Other Standard

CDS Other Physical Standards For CDS 2021 Exam

Other than heights and weight ratio, there are several physical criteria that candidates should meet to prove their physical fitness:

Visual Standards: 

UPSC has specified three types of visual standards for all academies: 

For IMA and OTA: 

  • Uncorrected vision(max allowed) - 6/60 &6/60 
  • BCVA - Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6
  • Myopia - < -3.50 D Sph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl) 
  • Hypermetropia - <+3.50 dSph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl) 
  • Lasik/equivalent surgery - Permitted
  • Colour perception: CP II 
Male Female
Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12 Vision(corrected) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12
Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D
Manifest hypermetropia should be less than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism Manifest hypermetropia should be less than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.

 For Naval Candidates:

  • Uncorrected without glasses: 6/12, 6/12 
  • Corrected with glasses: 6/6, 6/6 
  • Limits of Myopia: -1.5D
  • Limits of Hypermetropia : +1.5D 
  • Binocular Vision: III 
  • Limits of Colour Perception: I

For Air Force : 

Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force. Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only.

Hypermetropia Colour Vision CP-1 :

  • Hypermetropia: +2.0 d Sph 
  • Manifest Myopia: Nil 
  • Retinoscopic Myopia : –0.5 in any meridian 
  • Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 D- Max)

Maddox Rod Test:

  •  at 6 meters :

  1. Exo-6 prism D
  2. Eso-6 prism D
  3.  Hyper-1 prism D
  4. Hypo-1prism D 
  •  at 33 cms :

  1. Exo-16 prism D 
  2. Eso-6 prism D 
  3. Hyper-1 prism D
  4. Hypo-1 prism D

* Lasik/equivalent surgery: 

Candidates who have undergone any kerato-refractive procedures are required to show certificate/ operative notes from the medical center specified the date, type of surgery, and procedure.) The candidates also keep the additional criteria to be made FIT: 

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  • Age more than 20 yrs at the time of surgery.
  • Minimum 12 months post LASIK
  • Central corneal thickness equal to or more than 450 µ 
  • The axial length by IOL Master equal to or less than 26 mm 
  • Residual refraction of less than or equal to +/- 1.0 D incl cylinder, (provided acceptable in the category applied for). 
  • A normal healthy retina. 
  • Corneal topography and ectasia markers can also be included as additional criteria. 

Hearing Standards for Air Force:

Conditions related to ear and hearing standards are: 

  1. Speech test: Free Field hearing loss is a cause for rejection. Any reduction of less than 600 cm in CV/FW is not acceptable. 
  2. Audiometric Test: Audiometric loss should not be greater than 20 dB, in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. On the recommendation of an ENT Specialist, an isolated unilateral hearing loss up to 30 DB may be condoned provided ENT examination is otherwise normal. 
  3. A radical/modified radical mastoidectomy entails rejection even if completely epithelialized and good hearing is preserved. Cases of cortical mastoidectomy in the past with the tympanic membrane intact, normal hearing, and presenting no evidence of disease may be accepted. 
  4. Cases of chronic otitis externa accompanied by exostoses or unduly narrow meat will be rejected. Exaggerated tortuosity of the canal, obliterating the anterior view of the tympanic membrane will be a cause for rejection.
  5. Tympanoplasty Type I is acceptable twelve weeks after surgery, provided ear clearance test in altitude chamber is normal. The following middle ear conditions will entail rejection:- 
  6. Attic, central or marginal perforation. 
  7. Tympanic membrane scar with marked retraction.
  8. Tympanoplasty Type II onward but not type I. 
  9. Calcareous plaques (tympanosclerosis) if occupying more than 1/3 of pars tensa. 
  10. Middle ear infection. 
  11. Granulation or polyp in the external auditory canal. 
  12. Stapedectomy operation. 
  13. Otosclerosis 
  14. Meniere’s disease
  15. Vestibular dysfunction including nystagmus of vestibular origin.
  16. Bell’s palsy following an ear infection. 

Spinal Conditions for Air Force :

Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during the medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service. 

  1. The granulomatous disease of the spine
  2. Arthritis/Spondylosis:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis, and degenerative joint diseases
  • Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  •  Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis
  1. Compression fracture of vertebrae
  2. Scheuermann’s disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)
  3. Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
  4.  Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with a demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.

Physical Conditioning:

Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine:

  • Running: 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes
  • Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
  • Chin-ups: Min. 8
  • Rope Climbing: 3 to 4 meters
  • Skipping

Dental conditions:- 

Conditions related to Dental standards and problems for CDS candidates are: 

  1. Incipient pathological conditions of the jaws, which are known to be progressive or recurrent. 
  2. Significant jaw discrepancies between upper and lower jaw may hamper efficient mastication and/or speech will be a cause for rejection.
  3. Symptomatic Temporo-Mandibular Joint has clicking and tenderness is subject to rejection. 
  4. A mouth opening of less than 30 mm measured at the incisal edges, Dislocation of the TMJ on wide opening.
  5.  All potentially cancerous conditions.
  6.  Clinical diagnosis for submucous fibrosis with or without restriction of mouth opening.
  7. Poor oral health status in the form of gross visible calculus, periodontal pockets and/or bleeding from gums.
  8.  Loose teeth: More than two mobile teeth will render the candidate unfit.
  9. Cosmetic or post-traumatic maxillofacial surgery/trauma will be UNFIT for at least 24 weeks from the date of surgery/injury whichever is later.
  10. If malocclusion of teeth is hampering efficient mastications maintenance of oral hygiene or general nutrition or performance of duties efficiently. 

Chest Conditions

Tuberculosis, or evidence of tuberculosis, lesions of lungs, heart, musculoskeletal lesions of the chest wall are subject to rejection.

Abdomen and Genitor-urinary System: Problems like Hernia, undescended testis, varicocele, organomegaly, solitary kidney, horseshoe kidney & cysts in the kidney/liver, Gall bladder stones, renal and ureteric stones, lesions/deformities of urogenital organs, piles, sinuses, and lymphadenitis/pathy can make a candidate rejected on medical grounds. 

Nervous system:- 

  • Tremors, and speech impediments, as well as imbalance, are not allowed.
  • Skin Problems: Vitiligo, haemangiomas, warts, corns, dermatitis, skin infections
  • growths and hyperhidrosis are not allowed. 

Other Important Facts: 

The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Army and Navy:

  1. The granulomatous disease of the spine.
  2. Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis & allied disorders and ankylosing spondylitis
  3. Scoliosis more than 100 degrees as measured by Cobb's method.
  4. More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.
  5. Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis.
  6. Herniated nucleus pulposus.
  7. Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  8. Sacralisation Disease.
  9. Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
  10. Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level.
  11.  Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  12. Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
  13. Spina Bifida is other than SV 1 and LV 5.
  14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist

Medical standards

General Guidelines of Medical standards

 To be a “Medically fit” person, candidates have to be in good physical and mental health. They also need to free from any kind of disease or syndrome. In the following paragraphs, the detailed guidelines of Medical standards for IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA: 

  1. The candidate also should be free of any medical conditions which lead them to visit medical facilities or use any aid/drugs.
  2.  There should be no proof of a weak constitution, imperfect development of any system, any congenital deformities/ diseases/syndrome, or malformation. 
  3. No swelling/s including tumors/cyst/swollen lymph node/s anywhere on the body will be allowed. 
  4.  No sinus/es or fistula/es anywhere on the body will be considered as good health.
  5.  No hyper or hypopigmentation or any other disease/syndrome/disability of the skin. 
  6. No hernia anywhere on the body. 
  7. No scars which can impair the functioning and cause significant disfigurement.
  8. No arterio-venous malformation anywhere in/on the body.
  9. No malformation of the head and face including asymmetry, deformity from fracture or depression of the bones of the skull; or scars indicating old operative interference and malformation like sinuses and fistulae, etc. 
  10. No impairment of vision including color perception and field of vision. 
  11. No hearing impairment, deformities/disabilities in-ears vestibule-cochlear system
  12. No impediment of speech due to any etiology. 
  13. No disease/disability/ congenital anomaly/syndrome of the bones or cartilages of the nose, or palate, nasal polyps, or disease of the nasopharynx, uvula, and accessory sinuses. There should be no nasal deformity and no features of chronic tonsillitis. 
  14.  No disease /syndrome/disability of the throat, palate tonsils or gums, or any disease or injury affecting the normal function of either mandibular joint. 
  15. No disease /syndrome/disability of the heart and blood vessels including congenital, genetic, organic incl hypertension, and conduction disorders. 
  16. No evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis or previous history of this disease or any other disease /syndrome/disability chronic disease of the lungs and chest including allergies /immunological conditions, connective tissue disorders, musculoskeletal deformities of chest.
  17. No disease of the digestive system including any abnormality of the liver, pancreas including endocrine, congenital, hereditary, or genetic diseases /syndromes and disabilities. 
  18. No diseases/syndrome/disability of any endocrine system, reticuloendothelial system. 
  19. No diseases/syndrome/disability of genito-urinary system including malformations, atrophy/hypertrophy of any organ or gland. 
  20. No active, latent or congenital venereal disease. 
  21. No history or evidence of mental disease, epilepsy, incontinence of urine, or enuresis. 
  22. No disease/deformity/syndrome of the musculoskeletal system and joints incl skull, spine, and limbs. 
  23. There is no congenital or hereditary disease/ syndrome/disability. 

The following ocular diseases will make a candidate unfit :

  • Ptosis.
  • Corneal Opacity.
  • Pterygium.
  • Lenticular opacity.
  • Uveitis.
  • Nystagmus.
  • Entropion/Ectropion.
  • Squint.
  • Night blindness.
  • Retinal lesions.
  • Naso-Lacrimal occlusion. 

It is advisable to examine the physical and medical standards by a professional physician before apply for any of the posts comes under CDS 2021 Examination 

CDS FAQs

CDS Eligibility FAQs

Ques. Can the 12th pass apply for the CDS 2021 exam?

Ans. You are not eligible to join CDS after the 12th as the minimum academic qualification for CDS is Graduation. 

Ques. Can women apply for the CDS exam? 

Ans. Yes, women can apply for CDS Exam, but they are eligible to join OTA only. They are then allotted SSC(Short Service Commission) in the non-technical cadre.

Ques. What is the age limit of the CDS exam?

Ans. The minimum age required is 19 years. The maximum age allowed is 24 for IMA and INA, 23 for AFA, and 25 for OTA. 

Ques. How many attempts are there for the CDS exam?

Ans. Though the age limit and marital conditions have been specified by the conducting body, there is no limit for the number of attempts. A candidate can apply for this exam till the age limit exceeds. 

Ques. I am a 22-year-old male and I am married. Can I apply for the Indian Naval Academy?

Ans. No, you cannot apply for the Indian Naval Academy. Though age-wise you are eligible but to appear for INA you have to be unmarried.

Ques. I have done graduation in Computer Science. Am I eligible to appear for the Indian Naval Academy?

Ans. No, you are not eligible to appear for INA. The candidate must hold a degree in engineering to be eligible for the INA exam.

Ques. I am 20 years female candidate. I have remarried after my divorce. Can I apply for OTA?

Ans. You are not eligible for OTA. To be eligible for OTA, the divorcee should not be remarried after the divorce. 

Ques. What if a candidate wears spectacles regularly. Will they be considered for CDS 2021?

Ans. Candidates who wear spectacles are eligible for other CDS categories except for Air Force. For Air Force, you must not be wearing spectacles habitually.

Ques. What physical activities can be done, to clear the CDS physical round?

Ans. To be physically fit for CDS 2021, follow the below-mentioned routine: 

  • Run 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes
  • Do Pushups & Sit-ups, minimum of 20 each
  • Do Chin-ups, minimum 8
  • Climb rope (3 to 4 meters)

Ques. What conditions will be disqualified in the X-Ray exam of the Army and Navy?

Ans. List of conditions that will be disqualified is Granulomatous,  Arthritis, Scoliosis, More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis, Spondylolisthesis,  Herniated nucleus purposes, Compression fracture of Vertebra, Sacralisation Disease, Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit, Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level, atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial anomalies, Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral, Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5, Any other abnormality, if so considered by the specialist.

Ques. Are there a 60% criteria for CDS?

Ans. There are no marks criteria for applying for the CDS exam. The only educational qualification required is a graduation degree from any discipline. You can check the educational CDS eligibility criteria in detail here.

Ques. What are the physical requirements for CDS?

Ans. There are very specific BMI, height, weight, waist-hip proportion, eyesight, hearing standards, and a list of undesirable medical conditions for both female and male candidates in CDS. Based on age, the relevant height and weight requirements are determined.

A few criteria include less than 20% body fat percentage, BMI below 25, waist circumference should be below 90cm for male candidates and 80 cm for females, and so on. You can check the entire physical requirement for CDS here.

Ques. What is the age required for CDS OTA for females?

Ans. The female candidates should be between 19-25 years for OTA. For more details related to age limit and relaxation for CDS, you can check here.

Ques. Can a final year student apply for CDS?

Ans. Yes, a final year student can also apply for CDS provided you are graduating before the exam application procedure begins. Also, proof of qualifying for the degree has to be submitted to be considered for the position.

Ques. Can I take the CDS exam after class 12?

Ans. CDS is a graduation level exam and hence cannot be applied for after class 12.

Ques. What is the medical fitness required for CDS?

Ans. Common medical issues that a candidate must get tested for before appearing for the SSB interview include ear wax, deviated nasal septum, gynecomastia, phimosis, overweight/underweight, etc. there are many other medical fitness related issues too which you should get the test for and you can find the details here.

Ques. What is the age limit of girls for the CDS exam?

Ans. For women, the age limit is between 19-25 years for the CDS Exam.

Ques. Is it necessary to qualify for CDS 1 before CDS 2?

Ans. No, CDS 1 and CDS 2 are the same exam which is conducted every year. CDS exam is conducted twice every year and the candidate has to qualify it once to be considered for recruitment.

Ques. Can a graduate soldier apply for CDS?

Ans. Yes, if you meet all the CDS eligibility criteria, you can apply for the exam and will be treated like any other candidate.

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

Comments


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rohan bharti
Is there any other bank in addition to SBI where fee can be deposited by cash?
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jaya garg

Hi. No, the fee may be deposited in cash only in any branch of State Bank of India. You can get in touch with the official authorities to know more about the same.

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swarup
How can I pay the fee for the examination?
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jaya garg

Hi. You can pay the application fees in any of three ways including Cash by depositing the same in any branch of State Bank of India, Pay by credit/debit Card, or Pay by Net Banking facility of SBI.

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rohan bharti
Is it important to fill up both the parts i.e. part-I and part-II of the application?
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jaya garg

Hi. Yes, it is necessary to fill up both the parts i.e. part-I and part-II of the application. Incomplete form might result in rejection, so stay proactive while applying.

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sunny pandey
I have Deviated Nasal Septum, can I apply for the CDS exam?
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jaya garg

Hi.Some of the most commonly found defects include Wax (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Varicocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Piles, etc. Candidates dealing with the same are not eligible to give the exam.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
I have got a back in maths, can I apply for the Air Force Academy or wait for another year?
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jaya garg

Hi. In order to apply to Air Force Academy, candidates need to have a degree from a recognized university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2) or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. It is important to clear all the semesters to give the exam.

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tanishka shah
I live in Canada but belong to India, can I apply for the CDS exam?
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jaya garg

Hi. Only Indian and candidates who have settled in India permanently are allowed to apply for the CDS exam. Candidates must be graduate or at least appearing in the final year/semester.

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nilakshi das
I am a female candidate and have done btech in textile engineering, am i eligible for CDS OTA?
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diya suresh

Hi Nilakshi, To be eligible for UPSC CDS OTA post, you must be unmarried and must have completed a graduation degree from a recognised board. You must be born between 2nd July 1996 to 1st July 2002. To know more details visit UPSC CDS exam.

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koyena biswas
what is the maximum age limit for cds exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Koyena. 24 years is the maximum age limit to apply for the CDS IMA Exam. For others, refer here.
 

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priya
what is age relaxation in cds exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. Candidates must be graduate or at least appearing in the final year/semester. The minimum age limit is 19 to apply for CDS 2020. Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA. Other details are mentioned here.
 

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ananya pandey
what is the criteria for cds exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Ananya. Candidates applying for IMA must be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later 1st Jul 2002. Refer here for more details.
 

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ananya pandey
what is the age limit for cds exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Ananya. The minimum and maximum age limit for Indian Military Academy (IMA) is 19 – 24 Years. More details related to the age are presented here.
 

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aishani kashyap
Sir I got 60.6% in class 12th in total and 52% was my pcm percentage. Am I eligible to apply for cds OTA?
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swati srivastava

Hi Aishani, Greetings. UPSC CDS Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). You can apply provided yoou fulfill all the eligibility criteria. For more details visit: UPSC CDS EXAM

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deepak
sir ,my name is b.deepak rao, my age is 21 and i have completed my 3years of my graduation but i am haveing backlock ,can i apply for cds.
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gurpreet singh

Hi Deepak

You can apply for UPSC CDS after gradutaion but you need to clear all your exam because they will ask for your marksheet and if you have backlog in any subject you might not be able to apply as you didn’t pass the exams yet but once you completed your exam you can apply for the CDS. More more information you can visit on our official website of UPSE CDS.

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neha vashisht
hey am a bba student all semesters are cleared except 1 subject ,am 22 years old . can I apply for CDS?
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manika gupta

Hi, CDS eligibility criteria are certain parameters in terms of age, educational qualification, nationality and physical standard which candidates need to fulfill to be eligible for the exam. After completing Class 12, you are not eligible to apply for CDS because it is a graduate-level examination. If you are willing to apply for the exam then first complete UG degree in any desired subject.

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yash gupta
Hy, I am 22 and applied for cds 1 2021 but i did a mistake by taking AFA as my 1 st preference and IMA as 2nd . If i want to opt for IMA , is that possible?
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swati srivastava

Hi Yash, Greetings. UPSC CDS exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). You can contact the authorities regarding the same. For more details visit: UPSC CDS EXAM

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avantika
Hii,I want to know the syllabus of physics, chemistry, biology... For CDs general Kno
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aditi arun

Hello Avantika,

The syllabus is Physics, Chemistry and Biology includes the General Science up to class 10th. For the elaborate syllabus, visit- CDS General Knowledge

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himanshu
Hello, Myself self Himanshi. I have done Master's in Medical Physiology. Is there any vacancy for my profile.
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aditi arun

Hello Himanshi,

There is no vacancy for any particular field. If you want to Join Indian Defence Service for any post, you’ll have to qualify the CDS Examination and if selected you can choose your field as a non-combat. For details about the eligibility criteria of CDS examination, please click here.

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namrata rajkumar singh
Hello, Myself Namrata Singh. I have completed Bpharmacy this year n I am 23yeard old.. What is the procedure to join indian army as pharmacist??
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aditi arun

Hello Namrata,

There are no openings as such for Pharmacist. Since you’re a graduate, you can apply for the CDS Examination and if you qualify, you can join the Indian Army. The Pharmacists are a member of Non-Combat Army and hence you’ll have to qualify all the stages as any other candidate would. For details on eligibility, visit – CDS Eligibility Criteria

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rakesh kumar
Sir main abhi B.Sc. Physical science with Computer science kar rh hun.abhi 5th Semester me hun. DELHI University se. Mera ye doubt h ki main INA aur AFA ke liye eligible hun??. Mere graduation me har semester me math's and Physics hai. 12th me bhi PCM se ki h padhai with 82%. Kya main UPSC CDS exam me INA & AFA me se kis kis k liye eligible hun?? Aur ek doubt aur h ki INET Exam me eligible hun ??? BSC degree k sath Please clear my doubt
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swati srivastava

Hi Rakesh, you are eligible for CDS provided you fulfill all the other eligibility criteria. For details visit: CDS ELIGIBILITY

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namdev abhimanyu shinde
Sir BCA ki degree se naval academy join kar skate hain
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aniket ranjan

Hii Namdev. No, For INA( Indian Naval Academy), candidates need to have a Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/institution.