Main Exam Date
16 April, 2023
Notification(s)
All Notifications

UPSC - CDS Exam (II)

  • Exam Mode : Offline
  • |
  • Examination category : Defence
  • |
  • Conducting Body : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
  • 0 Reviews
  • |
  • 3756 Views
Application Start Date

21-12-2022

Application End Date

12-01-2023

Admit Card Date

24-03-2023

Main Exam Date

16-04-2023

Overview

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes the Combined Defence Services exam. This exam is held for the recruitment of eligible and aspiring applicants into the Indian Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy. The exam consists of two stages. The first stage of the exam is a written test after which the Service Selection Board (SSB) conducts an interview with the shortlisted aspirants to select the suitable aspirants. Desiring applicants can apply for the exam online through the official website. This exam is organized twice in a year.

UPSC CDS Exam Conducting Body

UPSC is the India's Premiere Employing Agency for All India Services and Group 'A' and 'B' officers for Central Services. Combined Defence Services exam is organized by Union Public Service Commission twice a year for the employment of eligible and desiring applicants into the Indian Defence.

UPSC CDS Exam  Important Dates:

Events

Dates

Registration Date

Will be updated soon 

Application End Date

21/12/2022 to 12/01/2023

Admit Card

24/03/2023

Exam Date

16/04/2023

Interview Date

Will be updated soon.

Result Date

Will be updated soon.

Mode to apply

Online

Link to apply

Click here

Official Notification

Check here

UPSC CDS Exam  Selection Procedure:- The CDS Exam comprises of two stages: 

  • Written Exam

  • Interview

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern:

Written Exam:-The exam pattern for Indian Military Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, and Indian Naval Academy:

Section

Maximum Marks

Questions

Time Duration

English

100 marks

120

2 Hours

Elementary Mathematics

100 marks

100

2 Hours

General Knowledge (GK)

100 marks

120

2 Hours

Total

300 marks

340 Questions

6 hours

The Exam pattern for Officers Training Academy:

Section

Maximum Marks

Questions

Time Duration

General Knowledge (GK)

100

120

2 Hours

English

100

120

2 Hours

Total

200

240

4 Hours

Note:- There is a provision of negative marking. 1/3 of the mark allotted to each question gets deducted for the wrong answer.

Interview:- The personal interview is conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The SSB interview contains the following two stages:-

  • Stage 1 - Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR): This test contains Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT). Candidates get shortlisted for the second stage as per their performance in the OIR test (PP and DT).

  • Stage 2 - The shortlisted applicants from the above stage are called for this stage. This stage consists of Interview, Conference and Psychology Test Group Testing Officer Tasks.

Final Selection:- The final selection of the candidate depends on his/her performance in the written as well as in the interview. A medical test is also held to check the physical fitness of the applicants.

UPSC CDS Exam  Eligibility Criteria:- 

  • Nationality: Must be a citizen of India,

  • Age Limit: The age limit is as follows:

- For Indian Military Academy: 18 to 23 years.

- For Indian Naval Academy: 18 to 23 years.

- For Indian Airforce Academy: 20 to 24 years (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years).

- For Officers Training Academy (Men): Unmarried Candidates (20-25 years)

- For Officers Training Academy (Women): Unmarried Candidates (20-25 years)

  • Educational Qualification:- The minimum qualification required for the various wings of the army is as follows:-

- For Indian Military Academy- Graduation or Equivalent.

- For Indian Naval Academy- Graduation Degree in Engineering.

- For Indian Airforce Academy- B.tech or B.E./B.Sc with a 10+2 Certificate.

- For Officer's Training Academy(Women)- Graduation

- For Officer's Training Academy (Men)- Graduation

  • Physical Standards: The candidates must be physically fit as per the physical standards notified by the officials or mentioned in the information bulletin on the website.

UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus: For the written exam, the syllabus is as follows:

- General Knowledge:

  • Current Affairs

  • History of India

  • Geography of India

- Mathematics:

  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra

  • Geometry

  • Trigonometry

  • Mensuration

  • Statistics

UPSC CDS Exam FAQs:

Ques 1. How to apply for examinations held by the UPSC?

Ans. Applicants can apply online through the UPSC's website https://upsconline.nic.in

Ques 2. Which category is exempted in the examination fee?

Ans.  Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD), Female candidates, and SC/ST categories belonging applicants are exempted from payment of Examination Fee.

Ques 3. What action the Commission can take in case of submission of false information by the applicants?

Ans. If any applicants found producing false information,  cheating, adopting various unfair means in the examination like impersonation etc., is liable to be disqualified and/or debarred from writing UPSC examinations as decided by the Commission. In this regard, a detailed stipulation is incorporated in the examination Notice.

Ques 4. Are requests for change of Centre/ Venue accepted?

Ans. No request for change of Centre/Venue is entertained. 

 Ques 5. What precautions should be taken by a candidate while filling up the Online Application Form? 

Ans. Please read the instructions carefully before filling up the Online Application Form. 

Ques 6. Difference between CDS and NDA Exam?

Ans. Where the NDA examinations recruit for the Army, Naval and Air Force whereas the CDS examinations are conducted for recruitment for IMA, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and OTA.

Ques 7. Does a candidate change optional after prelims in UPSC?

Ans. No.

Ques 8. What is the format of the scanned signature and photograph?

Ans. The scanned photograph and signature in the .jpg format. 

Ques 9. What should be the size of the scanned signature and photograph?

Ans. The size should be as follows:

  • For photograph 140 pixels height by 110 pixels width

  • For signature 110 pixels height by 140 pixels width

Ques 10. What details is to be retained by a candidate after the successful submission of my form?

Ans. The application is submitted then the applicant must take a print out of the submitted application form and keep the same for future reference. The candidates are also advised to keep their fee payment proof which might be required by the commission in case of any discrepancy.

Ques 11. Are candidates with arts/humanity stream degree eligible to apply?

Ans. Applicants with a graduation degree from any stream are eligible but they can only apply for Army.

Ques 12. How many attempts are allowed to applicants for appearing in CDS exams?

Ans. No, such information is mentioned in CDS notification or on the UPSC website. 

 Ques 13. Is there any specific percentage required to apply for the exam?

Ans. No. Candidates must secure passing marks to apply for the CDS exam.

Ques 14. Are female candidates eligible to apply for the CDS exam?

Ans. Yes, Female (unmarried) candidates are eligible to apply for CDS but only for the Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Ques 15. Can a candidate appear in the final year of the graduation apply for the exam?

Ans. Yes.

Conclusion: UPSC organizes this exam for various vacancies. This exam presents a good chance for eligible and aspiring applicants to get these jobs. Aspirants must take the advantage of this opportunity by preparing well for the exam. The team of estudentbook wishes you all the best for your upcoming future.

Rate this Exam
Tell us your experience with this test.It will help us to improve.
Post Comments

Related Exam
For Timely Preparation With Updated Information

Application Start Date

21-12-2022

Application End Date

12-01-2023

Admit Card Date

24-03-2023

Main Exam Date

16-04-2023

Prepare This Exam (Mock Test)
(94) Institutes preparing this exam

Career Success
Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
Non Recognised

Chanakya IAS Academy, South Delhi
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

Equations IAS
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

Trishul Defence Academy
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Mitram Education
Thane, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Vidya Career Academy
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Non Recognised

Vidyalayam Classes, Delhi
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

A Military Academy, Dehradun
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

Maa Tutorial, Indore
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Vijay Academy
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

Vijeta Academy
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Vikas Sawants Academy
Thane West, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Whatsmore Foundation
Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

NA

Niks Academy
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Nimir IAS Academy, Chennai
Chrompet, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Exceed Institute
Jaipur, Rajasthan
Non Recognised

RD

RS Defence Select Academy, Bhopal
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Strive Institutes, Andheri
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

AD

Anupam Defence Academy Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Lakshya Defence Academy, Jammu
Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
Non Recognised

Gurudeva's SSB Academy
Pune, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Aarohan Classes
Cuttack, Odisha
Non Recognised

La Militaire Academy, Kanpur
Kidwai Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Arihant Career Group,Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Non Recognised

SAI IAS Academy, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Competition Guru, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Kurukshetra IAS Academy, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Abhideep Institute For Competitive Careers
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Nisham Coaching Classes, Bhopal
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Gyan Sagar Institute
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Success Forum, Thane West
Thane West, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

OA

Ocean Academy, Raipur
Kota, Chhattisgarh
Non Recognised

Perfect Career Education, Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Non Recognised

Officers Career Academy, Pune
Wagholi, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

RACE IAS, Aliganj
Aliganj, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Siegwald Leadership & Training Academy
Kolkata, West Bengal
Non Recognised

KP Education, Panchkula
Panchkula, Haryana
Non Recognised

AVISION INSTITUTE Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal
Non Recognised

Sukalp Foundation
Guwahati, Assam
Non Recognised

Career Square Academy
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Flame Institute
Mohali, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

KD Campus, Delhi
Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

Major Kalshi Classes Pvt. Ltd.
Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Smart Disha Academy, Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Sunkalp Academy
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Dream institute
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

The Right Brothers Academy
Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Advance Defence Academy - NDA Coaching Academy, Dehradun
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

Cavalier India, Bengaluru
Bangalore, Karnataka
Non Recognised

Cavalier India, Kochi
Kochi, Kerala
Non Recognised

Cavalier India, Trivandrum
Trivandrum, Kerala
Non Recognised

Cavalier India, Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Cavalier India, Pune
Pune, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Force Defence Academy
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Aim and Achieve ,Ranchi Centre
Ranchi, Jharkhand
Non Recognised

Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt. Ltd. (T.I.M.E), Secunderabad
Secunderabad, Telangana
Non Recognised

Centre For Defence Careers
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

Aim Achiever,Chandigarh
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

AA

Aim Achiever,Jaipur
Jaipur, Rajasthan
Non Recognised

Edurite Learning Centre
Bangalore, Karnataka
Non Recognised

Future IAS Academy, Green Park
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

GI

GaMa IAS Classes
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

Gateway to Sucess
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

TCS Academy
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Chandigarh Academy
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Teachberry IAS
, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Teachwell Institute
Rohini, Delhi
Non Recognised

Aakash Institute, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, Punjab
Non Recognised

BT

Break Through Point
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Rim Defence Academy, Jaipur
Jhotwara, Rajasthan
Non Recognised

Georgians Academy
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

PI

Pioneer International Institute, Dehradun
Karanpur, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

Rise Education, Raipur
Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Non Recognised

Bright Life Classes, Guwahati
Guwahati, Assam
Non Recognised

Planet Vidya, Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Non Recognised

The A Team Defence Academy
Mohali, Punjab
Non Recognised

TA

The Academy Edu, Metro Parking
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

DA

Defence Academy, Ranchi
Ranchi, Jharkhand
Non Recognised

Defence Academy, Chennai
Guindy, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Apex Coachings, Delhi
New Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

Ultimate Learning Systems - ULS
Delhi, Delhi
Non Recognised

NDCA Coaching
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Non Recognised

Umiya Career Development Council - UCDC
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Non Recognised

Delhi Career Group, Dwarka
Dwarka, Delhi
Non Recognised

UI

UPSCPooL India Education, Dadar
Dadar, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

JS

Jey Shetra Academy
Chrompet, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Knowledge Gallery, Delhi
, Delhi
Non Recognised

IBOP Academy, Thane
Thane, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

IP

Indian Public Career Institute
Dadar, Maharashtra
Non Recognised

II

Inkar IAS Academy, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Non Recognised

Surbhi Academy
Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Non Recognised

Utkarsh Classes
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Non Recognised

Sharma Academy
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Non Recognised

Indian Defence Academy
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Non Recognised

eStudent Times

Our aim is to bridge knowledge and education through the latest news, innovation in education, updates, and notifications around the globe guiding the students towards erudition in their field of interest.

Home Institutes Courses Login