UPSC CDS Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

UPSC CDS 2022UPSC CDS: Information regarding the CDS Exam is already provided which is followed by the details of the CDS Notification. The known examination such as Combined Defense Services again going to commence in the year which aims at choosing the appropriate candidates for the posts in the reputed platforms like Air Force Academy, Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, and Naval Academy. Check out the eligibility to appear in the exam, key dates, eligibility, and further.

UPSC CDS Notification:

  • CDS Notification will be released soon

UPSC CDS : Highlights

Name of Exam Combined Defence Services Exam
Conducting by UPSC – Union Public Service Commission
Type of Exam National Level Recruitment Test
Date of Exam April (CDS I)
September (CDS II)
Eligibility Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required
for IMA, INA & AFA
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Application Online
Category Government Jobs
CDS Helpdesk 011-23098543 / 23381125 / 23385271 / 23098591
Official Website

UPSC CDS I & CDS II Exam Date:

Events  CDS 1 Exam Dates  CDS 2 Exam Date
Official notice will be Announced December 2023 May 2024
Online application form submission date start December 2023 May 2024
Application form last date for the receipt January 2023 June 2024
Admit card date announce March 2024 August 2024
CDS Exam Date April 2024 September 2024
Result date announced on

CDS Application Form:

  • The candidates require applying online for all the UPSC examinations including the CDS I and CDS II.
  • The online application forms portal will reach via the official website of the UPSC.
  • It is active when the official notification of the examination provides.
  • The application process divide 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 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates need to be graduated from the recognized university if applying for Indian Military Academy and Officer’s Training Academy
  • The candidate needs to be done with Engineering from a recognized university/institution if applying for the Indian Naval Academy
  • Candidate needs to have acquired with the graduation degree from a recognized university with the subject such as Physics and Chemistry in 10+2 or B.Tech if applying for Air Force Academy –
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Note: Aspirants, who are in their final year, can also apply for CDS Exam 2016.

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Age Limit:

Amongst the important details, candidates must know about the age criteria to apply:

  • Indian Maritime Academy: An unmarried applicant with age 18 -22 years.
  • Indian Naval Academy: An unmarried candidate with age 18 -22 years
  • Indian Air force Academy: Unmarried male applicant with an age limit 18 -22 years
  • Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for men): Unmarried male applicants of age 18-22 years
  • Officers Training Academy: Unmarried/Divorcees/Widow with age 18 -22 years.
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Fee Structure: Online websites such as, do the needful by providing the application form. The cost that to be paid for the form is Rs 200/- and candidates from categories like SC and ST and women need not pay for the form.

Note: Internet banking mode of payment is suggested. CDS EXAM (II) Notification commenced in the months like October and June respectively

Nationality: Candidate must be the Citizen of India/Bhutan/Nepal/refugee who arrives in India before January 01, 1962, with the purpose to live permanently

Exam Pattern:

  • The CDS written entrance exam will control only in offline mode.
  • The examination paper will be encompassing questions from subjects like basic Mathematics, English, as well as General Knowledge.
  • The CDS written examination for IMA, INA, and AFA will be comprised of 300 marks.
  • The entrance examination for admission to Officers Training Academy will be comprised of 200 marks.
  • There will be multiple-choice questions, that is, objective-type questions.
  • Students need to be very careful while appearing in the exam because there will be negative markings.

CDS Exam Syllabus:

The syllabus for the exam is prepared by the UPSC authority. Students must be thorough with what is going around and the basics of English, Mathematics.

General Knowledge:

  • Current affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date.
  • History
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Political Science


  • Basic Grammar
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension Solving
  • Error Spotting
  • Para Jumbles

Elementary Math:

  • Natural numbers
  • Integers
  • Percentages
  • Rational and Real numbers
  • Time & work
  • Time & distance
  • Profit & loss
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Prime and composite numbers
  • Simple and compound interest
  • HCF and LCM
  • Euclidean algorithm
  • Geometry
  • Logarithms
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Mensuration
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Admit Card

  • UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card will be released at the site.
  • Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their Registration ID & Roll No.
  • Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam.
  • All applicants are required to bring the admit card to the examination center.
  • None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their CDS admit card.

List of Defence Exams:

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  • AFCAT Application Form
  • Indian Navy Recruitment
  • CISF Recruitment
  • CRPF Recruitment
  • BSF Recruitment
  • Assam Police Recruitment
  • ITBP Recruitment


The CDS Result will be released by the UPSC on the official site.

How to Check CDS Result Online?

To check the result of the CDS exam, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Log in to the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (
  • Under the navigation section, click on the “Results” link.
  • Now check for the “Result” link and click on it.
  • Fill the required details such as Registration Number & Date of Birth.
  • Click on the “Submit” button.
  • Check your Result status corresponding to your Roll Number & Name.

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