CDS - Combined Defence Services 2018

Conducted by : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
  • Exam Type:National Level
  • Format: Offline/PBT
  • Language:English,Hindi

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to helps candidates get admission in Indian Naval Academy, Officers' Training Academy, Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy. The exam also helps in recruitment of Army, Navy and Air Force officers. CDS is conducted twice a year, once in February (CDS I) and once in September (CDS II), the application form for which is released in November and August respectively.

Qualification to appear for the exam for various posts is different. However, the minimum qualification is common, which is graduation from a recognized university. Candidates interested in joining Defence Services should take this national level entrance exam. Check all the details about CDS 2018 including exam notification, exam dates, application form, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, admit card and syllabus to apply for the exam.

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Timelines

Dates

08 Nov,2017
Wednesday
Application Posted
08 Nov,2017
Wednesday
Applications Open
04 Feb,2018
Sunday
Date of Exam
May,2018
(Expected)
Date of Result

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for CDS 2018 exam should first check the eligibility criteria and make sure that they meet every condition. Admission to the examination at every stage will be purely subject to meeting the given eligibility conditions. 

Nationality

(I) A Citizen of India

(II) A subject of Bhutan

(III) A subject of Nepal

(IV) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962

(V) A person of Indian origin who has shifted base from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia

Educational Qualification:

Indian Military Academy:

The candidate must have a degree from a recognised university, preferably Engineering and/or Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level.

Indian Naval Academy:

Candidate should have completed B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics as subjects or Bachelor of Engineering from a recognised university.

Air Force Academy:

Applicants should have B.Sc. Degree with Physics and/or Mathematics as subjects or Bachelor of Engineering Degree from a recognised university.

Age Limitations:

The applicant should be minimum 19 years of age to apply for the UPSC Exams, and the maximum age limit is as per the Academy. The candidate must be unmarried.

Age Bar

Forces

20-24 Years

Indian Military Academy

20-22 Years

Naval Academy

20-23 Years

Air Force Academy

20-25 Years

Officers’ Training Academy

 

Application Details

CDS 2018 application process is completely online where candidates need to fill the application form by visiting the official website of UPSC. Make sure to read Appendix-II to understand the process of filling up the online Application Form.  Though multiple applications are allowed, candidates should try to fill only one application form to avoid any chances of cancellation of application due to confusion.

The online registration process for CDS 2018 exam has been divided into two parts: Part I and Part II. To successfully submit the application form, candidates should fill all the details carefully.

CDS 2018 Important Dates

Events

Schedule for CDS 1

Schedule for CDS 2

Announcement of official notice

November 8, 2017

August 8, 2018

Commencement of online application process

November 8, 2017

August 8, 2018

Last date for application

December 4, 2017

September 3, 2018

Admit card issuance

January- February 2018

November 18, 2018

Entrance exam

February 4, 2018

November 2018

Result announcement

May 2018

Will be notified later

 

EXAMINATION FEES

Candidates except Female/SC/ST are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200. Applicants can make payment either by depositing the fee direct in any Branch of SBI in cash or by using net banking facility or by Debit/Credit card.

Applicants who opt for cash payment need to get a printout of the system generated Pay in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fees in the SBI branch on next working day.

Fee once paid can neither be refunded nor can be reserved for any other government entrance exam

(Note: Female candidates and applicants belonging to SC/ ST/ Physically Handicapped categories are NOT required to pay the exam fee.)

Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Pattern

CDS 2018 exam has been divided into various parts including written examination, interview, and personality test.

·         CDS 2018 exam will be organized in offline mode where applicants need to mark their answers on an OMR sheet

·         CDS exam papers include multiple choice objective type questions only

·         CDS 2018 exam papers for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be in Hindi and English language

·         Negative marking of one-third of the marks assigned to specific question is applicable in the Objective Type Question Papers

·         If candidates give multiple answers, it will be considered wrong with penalty of negative marking

·         No electronic or communication device including mobile phones, calculator, and Bluetooth are allowed in the examination hall

Written Examination

For Indian Military Academy

Naval Academy and

Air Force Academy

English (Objective type)

100 Marks

General Knowledge (Objective type)

100 Marks

Elementary Mathematics (Objective type)

100 Marks

 

Total

300 Marks

 

For Officers' Training Academy

English (Objective type)

100 Marks

General Knowledge (Objective type)

100 Marks

 

Total

200 Marks

 

Marks for SSB Interviews

For Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

300 marks

For Officers' Training Academy

200 Marks

CDS 2018 Admit Card

Eligible candidates get their e-Admit Cards three weeks before the examination. Candidates will be able to download e-Admit Card from the UPSC website. Please note that CDS 2018 admit cards will not be sent by post. So provide a valid and active email id to receive your e-Admit Card.

CDS 2018 Answer Key

UPSC uploads the answer key on the official website. Candidates appearing for CDS 2018 exam will be able to check the answer key online. They will also be allowed to download CDS 2018 answer key for the official website of UPSC.

 

 

Counselling/Interview

Candidates will be shortlisted for the next phase of selection process after CDS exam 2018 result. Selected candidates need to face SSB/Interview followed by medical examination. Document verification will also a part of CDS 2018 counselling process.

Exam Centres

CDS exam 2018 will be held at 41 centres across India. There will be an upper limit on the number of candidates allotted to the CDS 2018 exam centers except for Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta, and Nagpur. The examination authorities will allot centres on the first-apply-first-allot basis and those you don’t get a centre of choice need to choose a different centre from the remaining options. To get a centre of choice, candidates should apply for CDS 2018 as early as possible.  

CDS 2018 Test Centres

Ahmedabad

Dispur

Lucknow

Srinagar

Aizawl

Gangtok

Mumbai

Tirupati

Allahabad

Hyderabad

Nagpur

Udaipur

Bengaluru

Imphal

Panaji (Goa)

Agartala

Bhopal

Itanagar

Patna

Bareilly

Chandigarh

Jammu

Port Blair

Delhi

Chennai

Jorhat

Raipur

Jaipur

Cuttack

Kochi

Sambalpur

Madurai

Dehradun

Kohima

Shillong

Ranchi

Dharwad

Kolkata

Shimla

Visakhapatnam

Thiruvananthapuram

 

Exam Syllabus

The Union Public Service Commission will set CDS 2018 syllabus. The question paper includes questions from English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. The questions in section Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. Sections based on other subjects will contain questions of graduate level from Indian universities. The English section will comprise questions of basic understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

English

General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

Arithmetic

Algebra

Trigonometry

Geometry

Mensuration

Statistics

 

For detailed information on UPSC CDS 2017 Exam Syllabus, read more.

CAT Contact Details

UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’

Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi - 110069

Ph: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Email: feedback-upsc@gov.in

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