CDS 2025 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Admit Card & Result

Exam Dates Application Form Eligibility Exam Pattern Admit Card

CDS 2025CDS 2025: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the CDS 2025 Exam (I) & (II) with the purpose to make recruitment for the defense services. The exam is commenced two times every year which is categorized as (I) and (II). The examination aims to provide career opportunities to those who are seeking their career in the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force, and Officer Training Academy. In this article, Candidates get all the information regarding the CDS Exam 2025 Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, etc.

CDS 2025 Notification:

  • CDS 2025 notification will be released soon.

CDS Exam 2025 Highlights:

Name of Exam CDS 2025
Full form Combined Defence Services Exam
Conducting by UPSC – Union Public Service Commission
Type of Exam National Level Recruitment Test
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Application Online
UPSC Calendar 2025 Click here
Official Website

CDS I & II 2025 Exam Date:

Find below the details about the CDS 1 & CDS 2 Exam Date 2025. Candidates also find here the Notification date, Application Form Start date, Deadline to submit an Application form date, etc:

Events CDS 1 2025 Exam Dates CDS 2 2025 Exam Date
Notification Release Date December 2024 May 2025
Online application form submission date start December 2024 May 2025
Last date of application form date January 2024 June 2025
Admit card download date March 2025 August 2025
CDS 2025 Exam Date April 2025 September 2025
Result Date Update Soon Update Soon
CDS Exam 2025 SSB Date

CDS Application Form 2025:

Before applying for the CDS 2025 Application Forms, candidates are advised to availing the whole info from the official website online. It is important to get done with the completion of part I and upload a photo signature as well. Part II consisted of the payment procedure which can be sent online or to any of the SBI branches. Ensure to take a printout of the application form to keep as a reference.

Application Fee:

  • Candidates applicable for applying in the examination need to pay Rs 200/ (OBC category and General)
  • Fee charges are not applicable for SC/ST and any of the Female candidates
  • There is no fee for SC/ST and Female candidates.

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Steps To Apply for CDS 1 2025 Application Form:

  • Visit the official website of the UPSC.
  • On the home page, visit the Active Examination.
  • The application process is divided into 2 parts.
  • Part I requires the candidate to furnish personal, educational, and residential details for registration purposes.
  • A valid and correct phone number and email address must be provided for the same.
  • The examination fee is Rs 200 (no fee for women and reserved category students), then paid via an online gateway provided, or via SBI challan generated from the website.
  • The challan is to be submitted with cash at the SBI Cash counter the next day.
  • Part II of the application filling procedure requires the candidate to scan the photograph and signature images and restrict the size according to the guidelines and upload them on the website.
  • Before clicking the submit button the candidate is advised to, take the printout of the filled-in application form for future reference.
  • The availability of admit cards is notified on the website accordingly.

CDS  (II) 2025 Vacancies:

Posts Vacancy
Indian Military Academy (IMA) 100 Posts
Air Force Academy (AFA) 32 Posts
Officers Training Academy (Men) (OTA) 169 Posts
Indian Naval Academy (INA) 22 Posts
Officers Training Academy (Non-Technical, Women) (OTA) 16 Posts
Total 339
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CDS 2025 Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates can find here CDS Exam 2025 Eligibility Criteria. If you are interested, you must read below before applying for the application form:

CDS Age limit:

Candidates interested in pursuing their career must be between the age limit of 20 to 24 if applying for IMA and 25 years in applying for OTA. For reserved categories, age relaxation is the beneficial factor that the Indian Government has provided

Academies CDS Exam I CDS Exam II
Not born earlier than Not born later than Not born earlier than Not born later than
IMA – Indian Military Academy 2nd January 1999 1st January 2004 2nd July 1999 1st July 2004
INA – Indian Naval Academy 2nd January 1999 1st January 2004 2nd July 1999 1st July 2004
AFA – Air Force Academy 2nd January 1999 1st January 2004 2nd July 1999 1st July 2004
OTA – Officers Training Academy (MEN) 2nd January 1998 1st January 2004 2nd July 1999 1st July 2004
OTA – Officers Training Academy (Women) 02 Jan 1998 01 Jan 2004 02 Jan 1998 01 Jan 2004


Candidates who belong below the country, are eligible for CDS Exam 2025:

  • Candidates must be citizens of India.
  • Or Candidates who are from Bhutan
  • Or Candidates who also belong to Nepal
  • Before 1st January 1963 a Tibetan refugee who came to India to permanently settle in the county or an Indian who shifted from Pakistan, East African & Sri Lanka Countries of Kenya, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Vietnam to settle down in India permanently.
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Marital Status:

  • For the IMA, AFA & INA posts candidates must be unmarried.
  • For the OTA Male Applicants are exempted from restrictions for this.
  • Widows, Unmarried Women & Divorcees candidates can apply for Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Educational Qualification:

  • When applying for the posts like OTA and IMA applicants should have a degree from a recognized university or correspondent
  • Applying for posts like Indian Naval Academy posts candidate holds a degree in an engineering program from only a recognized university
  • When applying for the posts, a degree from a recognized university with Physics and Maths at the 12th Level is compulsory.
  • Air Force Academy: Any Degree course which is recognized university with Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering
  • Army/Air Force/Navy candidates must be Graduates. During the SSB interview candidates must have proof of Graduation Provisional Certificate.
  • For the Air Force and Navy Exam candidates must have Maths and Physics in 10+2 and CDS exam candidates require Graduation from any stream.

Physical Fit:

According to the Combined Defence Services Exam 2025 candidates must be physically fit. Before applying for the CDS 2 2025 candidates must read the UPSC guidelines.

Important to Note Before Applying: Girls candidates can go for only posts in Officer Training Academy.

Process of Selection:

Selection will be done based on the results of the written exam, the candidates who are shortlisted are called for SSB or Service Selection Board. The CDS 2025 selection proves below phases:

  • Written Examination
  • Interview and Personality Test
  • Medical Fitness Test

Exam Pattern for CDS Exam 2025:

Exam pattern is categorized as the following:

  • The Elementary Mathematics exam will take place for 2 hours. It will be for 100 marks
  • General Knowledge will take place for 2 hours. It will also be for 100 marks
  • The Elementary Mathematics exam will take place for 2 hours. It will be for 100 marks
  • In total, the time duration will be 2 hours, and the total marks counted will be 300
Subjects Involved Test Duration Total Marks 
English 120 Minutes 100
General Knowledge 120 Minutes 100
Elementary Mathematics 120 Minutes 100

Exam Duration for OTA -(Officers’ Training Academy):

  • General Knowledge will take place for 2 hours. It will also be for 100 marks
  • In total, the time duration will be 2 hours, and the total marks counted will be 200
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Subjects Duration Total Marks Time Duration 
English 120 Minutes 100 9 AM to 11 AM
General Knowledge  120 Minutes 100 12 AM to 2 PM

CDS Exam 2025 Syllabus:

UPSC prepared the CDC 2025 Syllabus. According to the UPSC, syllabus candidates can prepare for the CDS I & II Exam 2025. Candidates who apply for the CDS Exam 2025, can check the syllabus subject-wise:

  • English Syllabus: Synonyms, Sentence Correction Antonyms, Jumbled Sentences, Reading Comprehension, Error Spotting, Para Jumbles & Fill in the Blanks
  • General Knowledge: Current events General Knowledge, Read daily bases newspapers to update yourself with important & deep knowledge of Indian History and Geography of nature.
  • Mathematics – Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Mensuration & Statistics. For more details about the CDS 1 & 2 Syllabus candidates can check the official website:

CDS 2 2025 Admit Card:

  • Right now no date announced for the CDS 2025 Admit Card.
  • Candidates can check the CDS I & II Exam Admit only online mode.
  • Authority will not send the admit card via post or any other offline mode.
  • Candidates can get their CDS Exam 2025 Admit Card from Official Website.
  • After the qualified written Exam of CDS, the authority will send separate admit cards For the Interview/Personality Test.

Indian Army Rank Wise Salary Scale:

Rank  Salary Scale
Lt. to Major 15,600-39,100
Lt. Col. to Maj Gen. 37,400-67,000
COAS 90,000
Lt. Gen. HAG Scale 67,000 to 79.000 (3% Annual Increment)
HAG Scale (Admissible to 1/3rd of a total strength of Lt. Gens) 75,500 to 80,000 (3% Annual Increment)
VCO/AS/Army Cdr/Lt Gen(NFSG) 80,000

UPSC 2025 Related Exams:

  • Civil Services Exam 2025 Application Form
  • IES/ISS Exam 2025 Application Form
  • IFS Exam 2025 Application Form
  • UPSC IES/ESE 2025 Application Form
  • UPSC GEOSCIENTIST 2025 Application Form
  • CISF AC 2025 Application Form
  • UPSC CMS 2025 Application Form
  • UPSC CAPF AC 2025 Application Form
  • NDA 2025 Application Form


For CDS 2025 results, candidates can check the UPSC official website. Candidates can check written exam results after one month of the examination. The result will be available online and the final result will be announced after the SSB interview.

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28 thoughts on “CDS 2025 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Admit Card & Result”

  1. hello i applied for UPSC LDC but i want some previous papers can anyone share it to me? i have past 2 years papers from Jobads. i will share them too. thank you in advance

  2. Sir I am now persuing my first year of engineering so can I apply for air force or I have to complete my graduation…

  3. im not having maths subject…can i apply for CDS OTA exam…and im doing bcom final year….if im plz ,mention the date of registration please

  4. Pleas anyone suggest me about the books or material for OTA preparation… I’ll be glade to know from you….


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