The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) twice every year. This exam is conducted as a qualifying examination to get into the army, the navy, and the air force. The candidates who clear the written exam are called for interview i.e. SSB and face the further selection process.
The notification for CDS I 2018 has been officially released by the commission.
The vacancy details for the CDS I 2018 are as follows:
- Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun – 100
- Officers Training Academy, Chennai (for women) – 12
- Officers Training Academy, Chennai (for men) – 225
- Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – 32
- Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala – 45
Some of the important dates for the exam are as follows:
Beginning of the online registration: 8 November 2017
Last date for form submission: 4 December 2017
Admit Card release: January 2018
Exam date: 4 February 2018
Other dates will be updated soon.
The eligibility criteria for CDS I are:
A candidate must either be:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
(v) a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),
(iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India
Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC
Age Limits, Sex & Marital Status:
(i) For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible
(iii) For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999) only are eligible
(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible
(v) For Officers’ Training Academy -(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible; they should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000
i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognisedUniversity/Institution
iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB.
For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12
Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066.
Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.