Combined Defence Services – 2018 (CDS 2018) official notification is yet to be published. However, dates for CDS 2018 (both I and II) have been announced by UPSC. Click here to check them.
Combined Defence Services (CDS) is a national-level entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is the entrance examination conducted for recruitment of officers in all the three forces of Indian Military. The examination is conducted twice a year, usually in February and November. The whole selection process involves 2 stages – The CDS written exam followed by SSB Interviews. Upon clearing both the stages, candidates will be sent for mandatory training at either of the following academies:
- Indian Military Academy (IMA).
- Indian Naval Academy (INA).
- Air Force Academy (AFA).
- Officers Training Academy (OTA).
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List of Contents
- Important Dates.
- Date of Examination.
- Medium of Exam.
- Mode of Answering.
- Eligibility Criteria.
- How to Apply?
- Admit Card.
- Exam Centers.
- CDS Syllabus.
- Examination Pattern.
- SSB Interviews.
- Important Links.
CDS 2018 Important Dates
|Events||CDS-I Schedule||CDS-II Schedule|
|Announcement of Official Notice||8th November 2017||8th August 2018|
|Commencement of online application process||8th November 2017||8th August 2018|
|Application form receipt closing date||4th December 2017||3rd September 2018|
|Issuing of admit cards||January – February 2018||October 2018|
|Date of entrance examination (written)||4th February 2018||18th November 2018|
|Announcement of results||May 2018||To be notified later|
CDS 2018 Exam Date
CDS 2018 (I) will be held on 4th February 2018 while CDS 2018 (II) shall be conducted on 18th November 2018.
|Particulars||Date of Examination|
|UPSC CDS 2018 (I)||4th February 2018|
|UPSC CDS 2018 (II)||18th November 2018|
Mode of Answering
CDS 2018 (both I and II) will be objective type Pen/Paper Test (OFFLINE tests).
Medium of Examination
CDS 2018 (both I and II) can be taken in either ENGLISH or HINDI language. This is purely based on candidate’s choice.
CDS 2018 Eligibility
A candidate should be from the countries given below in order to sit for the examination.
- The candidate should be a citizen of India.
- Or a subject of Bhutan or Nepal or,
- a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of settling down in this country permanently.
- An Indian origin person who have migrated from countries like Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and East African countries like United Kingdom of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zaire, Vietnam or Ethiopia all having the intention settling down here permanently.
The people of Gorkha of Nepal does not require the certificate of eligibility.
Gender, Marital status, and Age Limits
- For IMA, INA: Only Unmarried male candidates with the date of birth falling in between 2nd Jan 1995 and 1st Jan 2000 (both inclusive).
- For Air Force Academy: For AFA, only unmarried males with the date of birth (DOB) falling in between 2nd Jan 1995 and 1st Jan 1999 aged between 20 and 24 years are eligible.
Two year age relaxation is given to candidates bearing valid & current commercial pilot license issued by DGCA (India).
- For Officer Training Academy (SSC, Men): Can be either married or unmarried. It is necessary that their date of birth falls in between 2nd Jan 1993 and 1st Jan 1999.
- For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women, Non-Technical): Can be either unmarried or a divorcee/widow with the date of birth between 2nd Jan 1993 and 1st Jan 1999.
Male divorcee/widower candidates aren’t considered under the unmarried category.
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||Age: 18-23 years (the candidates should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not after 1st January 2000).
Marital Status: Unmarried
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||Age: 18-23 years (the candidates should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not after 1st January 2000).
Marital Status: Unmarried
|Air Force Academy (AFA)||Age: The candidates should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not after 1st January 1999.
Marital Status: Unmarried
|Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||Age: 18-24 years (the candidates should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not after 1st January 2000)
Marital Status: Married or Unmarried
|Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||Age: 18-23 years (the candidates should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not after 1st January 2000)
Marital Status: Unmarried women or issueless widows/divorcees who have not remarried are eligible.
Indian Military Academy (IMA): The candidates must have a degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
For Indian Naval Academy (INA): The aspiring candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a recognized university.
For Air Force Academy (AFA): The candidates should have subjects like maths and physics at the +2 level or BE.
For Officers Training Academy: The candidates must have a degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
The applicants who successfully clear the written test have to go through a medical check-up as per the rules and regulations given on the website http://upsc.gov.in.
How to Apply for CDS 2018?
The notification of filling up of application forms will be given on the official website of UPSC on 8th November 2017 and 8th August 2018 for CDS – I and CDS – II respectively.
The application has to be made in the online mode only.
CDS 2018 Application Fee
For General/OBC category applicants, the application fee is ₹ 200/- and the SC/ST/Female students are exempted from application fees.
The Payment can be done either by:
- depositing cash in any branch of SBI or,
- Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.
Photograph and Signature Specifications
- Scanned photograph – 140 X 110 pixels – JPG format – 3-40 Kb in size.
- Scanned Signature – 110 X 140 pixels in JPG format, occupying 1-40 kb in size.
The phase I of CDS 2018 (both I & II) application is meant for collecting the personal details of the applicant.
Further, part II of the CDS 2018 application comprises the following 3 steps:
- Fee payment.
- Choosing of examination center from about 40 locations across the country.
- Printing the complete application form for future references.
CDS 2018 Exam Centers
The CDS 2018 examination will be held in 41 cities/towns all around India.
- Port Blair,
The above list is based on CDS 2017 center list.
The distribution of the candidates in their preferred examination centers will be done on the first-come-first-serve basis. So, it is recommended that the applicants should fill up the application forms and submit it early so as to make sure about their seats in their preferred places.
CDS 2018 Syllabus
The syllabus of the CDS 2018 examination will be set by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The syllabus includes subjects like English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics.
Detailed Syllabus will be hosted soon.
CDS 2018 Exam Pattern
CDS 2018 (both I and II) shall be OFFLINE papers.
For IMA, INA, and AFA
Candidates applying for IMA, INA and AFA academies, will face 3 written tests of 2-hour each. Each test will have 120 questions carrying a total of 100 marks.
The three subjects include the following:
- Elementary Mathematics.
- General Knowledge/Current Affairs.
|Subject||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|General Knowledge||120||100||2 hrs|
There is a negative marking of 1/3 rd (0.33) of the allotted marks for each question for each incorrect response.
For Officer Training Academy
Similar to INA/IMA/AFA exam pattern except for the exclusion of Elementary Mathematics.
Candidates who qualify the CDS 2017 (II) written exam will have to register themselves on http://joinindianarmy.nic.in/ for SSB call-ups.
CDS 2018 Admit Card
CDS 2018 admit cards will be uploaded on the UPSC exam portal once they are published.
CDS 2018 (I) admit cards will be published in January 2018.
CDS 2018 (II) admit cards will be published in October 2018.
CDS 2018 Answer Key
The answers of the CDS 2018 examination will be published on the official website in about a week after the commencement of the exam.
CDS 2018 Result
The CDS 2018 examination result will be declared as per the schedule by UPSC.
CDS 2018 (I) written exam results will be declared in May 2018.
CDS 2018 (II) written results will be out in January 2019.
Candidates who clear the written exam are called for SSB Interviews.
Staff Selection Board (SSB) Interviews
SSB Interviews are meant for determining the personality, intelligence, compatibility, and potential of the aspiring candidates.
It holds 2 stages, only those who successfully clear stage 1 are eligible to attend the stage 2 interviews.
Candidates are tested in the following spheres –
- Intelligence Rating.
- Picture Perception.
- Description Test.
Stage 2 comprises of following three steps:
- Group testing of officers.
- Psychology tests.
The applicants finally clearing the interviews are called for a medical check-up before joining in their academies.
|UPSC official website.||http://www.upsc.gov.in/|
|Application portal for CDS 2017 (II)||http://www.upsconline.nic.in/|
|Official Notice||Yet to be published.|
|Indian Army Recruitment site||http://joinindianarmy.nic.in/|
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