CDS is a competitive entrance exam conducted by the UPSC. The exam is conducted as a screening tezt for the admission to the below Indian defense institutes that offers various courses.
- Indian military academy Dehradun
- Indian navel academy Ezhimala
- Indian air force academy Hyderabad
- officers training academy Chennai
Only male candidates can apply for CDS examination except for non-technical courses provided by Officers
training academy in Chennai. The female candidates can apply to non-technical courses available in Officers training academy Chennai.
CDS full form?
The full form of CDS is Combined Defense Services
CDS Examination Apply age limit
The age limit varies with the course you would like to apply and also the institute you are applying to.
Age limit is different for different courses and/or institutes.
CDS exam Age limit for Indian military academy
To apply tor Indian military academy, the age limit is 17-22. The candidate should be at least 17 and not
more than 22.
CDS exam Age limit for Indian naval academy
Those who are in the age range 17-22 can apply for Indian naval academy courses.
CDS exam Age limit for Indian air force academy
To be eligible to apply to Indian air force academy, the candidate should have at least 18 years of age and
should not have age more than 22.
CDS exam Age limit for officers training academy
For officers training academy courses, the age of the candidates should not exceed 23. The minimum age
to apply is 17.
Educational Qualifications and Physical Requirements to apply for CDS examination
Here are the educational requirements to apply for different defense courses/institutes.
Indian Military Academy
The educational requirement to apply for Indian military academy is degree or a course that is
CDS exam: Officers Training Academy Educational Qualifications
For Officers training academy also, the educational qualification needed is a degree. The candidates who
have passed a degree equivalent course can also apply.
CDS examination: Educational Qualifications to Apply to Air force Acdemy
Candidates who has either of the below qualifications to apply for Air force academy courses.
- A degree holder who has passed class 12 with subjects Physics and Mathematics subjects can apply.
- An engineering degree holder.
Please note all those candidates who have written final semester degree examinations or waiting for final examination results also can apply. They have to submit their certificates within the time allowed.
Physical Requirements for CDS examination apply
Here are the physical requirements for applying to various courses under various defense academies.
For male candidates the minimum height requirement to apply to navy is 157.5 centimeters.
For applying to Navy, the height minimum height requirement is 157 centimeters.
Air force Academy demands minimum height to be 162.5 centimeters.
For female candidates the minimum height requirement is 152 centimeters.
CDS Examination Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Crtieria
The selection to the courses will be decided after written examination and interview.
Examination Syllabus and pattern
English, General Knowledge and basic Maths are the areas from which questions will be asked. There is negative marking for wrong answers.
No registration fess for female and SC, ST candidates. For others the registration fess is Rs. 200.
CDS examination: How to apply?
Those who wish to apply for CDS examination, the applying has to be done through website “upsconline.nic.in”.
There are two forms to be submitted for completing the registration.
First you have to fill out the details in form 1. After that the examination fee has to be paid. After the payment, the applicant can continue with the form 2.
Photo also need to be uploaded. After filling out form 2, the application process is over. The candidate can only submit one application. If more than one time registration is made, only the application with the highest numerical registration id will be accepted.
There is no need to send the print out of the application through the post. The application has to be submitted before the last date of submission.