The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into any of the four defense academies:

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA)
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA)
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA)
  • Indian Air Force Academy (AFA)

The examinations CDS(I) and CDS(II) examinations are conducted twice a year, in the months of February and November, respectively.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates can apply online by using the official UPSC website www.upsconline.nic.in only.  Application may not be accepted via any other means.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • AGE LIMIT
AcademyAge
IMA19 – 24
AFA19 – 24

 

Note : For candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India), the age limit is upto 26 years.

INA19 – 24
OTA19 – 25

NOTE : Only Date of Birth (DoB) as stated in Matriculation /  Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSC) / Equivalent Certificate on the date of application submission will be accepted by the Commission. Once a Date of Birth has been claimed and entered in the records of the Commission by an applicant, no change will be allowed later for any reason.

  • NATIONALITY

Candidate must be a citizen (or subject) of either:

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan
  • a Tibetan refugee who migrated to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from the any one of the following countries, with the purpose of later settling down in India permanently :
  • Pakistan
  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Zaire
  • Ethiopia
  • Vietnam

Note : The Government of India will issue an eligibility certificate for the candidates belonging to the categories above (except being a citizen of India).  Such candidates (for whom certificate of eligibility is necessary), will be admitted to the examination on a provisional basis. The Government of India will provide the certificate before the result of the examination is issued by UPSC.

  • MARITAL STATUS
  • IMA – must be unmarried.
  • INA – must be unmarried.
  • AFA – candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. The candidate may not get married during the process of training. However, if the candidate is married and is also above the age of 25 years, then he is eligible, but with the sole restriction being that  accommodation will not be provided for the spouse and the candidate must live within the academy premises only.
  • OTA (SSC for men) – must be unmarried.
  • OTA (SSC non-technical for women) – Unmarried women, widows and divorcees (both without any children) who have not remarried are eligible. Divorcees must have the necessary divorce documents with them.
  • NOTE : Male divorcee/widower candidates are not treated as unmarried male candidates. Hence, they are not eligible for IMA/INA/AFA courses.
  • GENDER
    • MEN – are eligible to apply for OTA, INA, IMA, and AFA.
    • WOMEN – are eligible to apply only for OTA.

EXAM SCHEME

  • For IMA / AFA / INA
SUBJECTMARKS
English100
General Knowledge100
Elementary Maths100
Total300
  • For OTA
SUBJECTMARKS
English100
General Knowledge100
Total200

VACANCIES

AcademyVacancies
IMA100
AFA32
INA45
OTA225

NOTE : These numbers may be subject to change as per the official notice on the official UPSC website.

IMPORTANT DATES

EVENTDATES (FOR CDS (I))
Application announcement date31st October, 2018
Last Date to submit Application Form26th November, 2018
Examination Date3rd February, 2019

FEES

  • GENERAL CANDIDATES (MALE ONLY) / OBC – Rs 200/-
  • ALL FEMALE CANDIDATES / ST/ SC – no fee

MODE OF PAYMENT OF FEES

  • Depositing the money in any Branch of SBI (State Bank of India) by cash.
  • By using Visa’s /Master’s  Credit Card / Debit Card
  • By using net banking facility of the following :
  • SBI
  • State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur
  • State Bank of Hyderabad
  • State Bank of Mysore
  • State Bank of Patiala
  • State Bank of Travancore

NOTE: Payment of examination fee can be done only through the methods described above. Examination fees once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances.

EXAMINATION CENTRES

The exam will be held at the following centres :

AGARTALA

AHMEDABAD

AIZAWL

ALLAHABAD

BENGALURU

BAREILLY

BHOPAL

CHANDIGARH

CHENNAI

CUTTACK

DEHRADUN

DELHI

DHARWAD

DISPUR

GANGTOK

HYDERABAD

IMPHAL

ITANAGAR

JAIPUR

JAMMU

JORHAT

KOCHI

KOHIMA

KOLKATA

LUCKNOW

MADURAI

MUMBAI

NAGPUR

PANAJI (GOA)

PATNA

PORT BLAIR

RAIPUR

RANCHI

SAMBALPUR

SHILLONG

SHIMLA

SRINAGAR

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

TIRUPATI

UDAIPUR

VISAKHAPATNAM

NOTE : Applicants are advised to apply early so that they can get a centre of their choice.

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