CDS 2018
Supriya Kumari, 17 Aug 2018, #CDS

CDS 2018 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct CDS 2 exam on November 18, 2018. The admit card will be available in October. Total 414  vacancies have been announced. To be eligible for CDS 2018 examination candidates must be between 20 to 24 years. Candidates who have completed or appearing in graduation can apply. The exam is conducted in two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. Candidates who will pass the CDS 2018 written test will be called for Services Selection Board (SSB) for Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview.

All India Merit List for final selection will prepared based on candidate's performance in written exam and SSB Interview. Selected candidates will undergo training at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA) as per their merit and preferences of services. The application form was available from August 8 to September 4, 2018. For information on CDS 2018 including important dates, application form, admit card, selection process etc read this article below.



CDS 2018 Overview

Exam name 

Combined Defence Services

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Date

CDS 1 - February 4, 2018

CDS 2 - November 18, 2018

Exam type


Exam level


Exam mode

Pen & Paper Base 

CDS Vacancy 2018

CDS 2018 Courses

CDS 2018 Vacancies (approx.)

Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)


Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala)


Air Force Academy (Hyderabad)


Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) SSC Course (for Men)

225 (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ certificate

holders to NCC Spl. Entry)

Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) SSC Course (for Women)


Total (approx.)


CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates applying for CDS 2 exam must fulfill the minimum eligibility requirements in terms of educational qualifications, age criteria and marital status. Candidates can check the details about CDS eligibility criteria below.


  • Candidates applying for CDS 2 exam 2018 must be citizen of India

  • Candidates from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugee, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfillment eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India

Age Limit, Educational Qualification and marital status


Age Limit 


Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognised University or equivalent


Indian Naval Academy (NA)

20 to 24 years

Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution


Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering


Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognised University or equivalent

Unmarried and Married

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognised University or equivalent

Unmarried and Widow

CDS Exam Dates 2018



CDS 2 Application form 2018

August 8, 2018

CDS 2last date of receipt of application

September 4, 2018

CDS 2 Admit card 2018

October 2018

CDS 2 Exam Date 2018

November 18, 2018

CDS 2 Official answer key 2018

November 2018

CDS 2 Written Exam Result 2018

December 2018

CDS 2 Cut off 2018

May 2019

CDS 2 SSB Interview

February to March 2019

CDS 2 Final Cut off

May 2019

Declaration of CDS 2 Final Result 2018

May 2019

CDS Application Form 2018

The application form of CDS 2 was released on August 8, 2018. The last date to apply for CDS 2 exam was September 4, 2018. CDS application fee was Rs 200 for general and OBC category while Female/SC/ST candidates were exempted from payment of fee. Candidates had to pay the requisite fee through online and offline. CDS application form 2018 was filled in two parts. In part I, candidates had to register for the exam by submitting basic details. In part II, candidates had to pay the examination fees, upload photograph and signature and select examination centres.


How to apply for CDS 2018?

  • The application form of CDS exam comprises two parts - Part 1 and Part 2

  • In part 1, candidates have to fill their basic details like their name, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, address, community the candidate belongs to (General, OBC, SC, ST), so that fee remission is claimed, whether he/she belongs to minority, marital status, etc.

  • While filling up the CDS 2018 application form candidates must carefully read the instructions carefully to avoid any mistake

  • In stage 2 of CDS application form, candidates have to upload photograph, select the preferred centres, pay the requisite application fees, sign the declaration form and click on ‘I Agree’ button to submit the application form

CDS Exam Centres 2018

The exam centres of CDS has been released by UPSC. The written exam of CDS will be conducted across 41 cities. Candidates will have to enter their choice of three CDS exam cities while filling the application form. CDS exam centres 2018 will be allotted as per first apply first serve basis. Therefore, candidates should apply early to get their preferred exam centres.


List of CDS 2 exam centres 2018

S. No.














Uttar Pradesh






Uttar Pradesh



Madhya Pradesh






Tamil Nadu



Tamil Nadu







CDS Admit Card 2018

The admit card of CDS 2 will be released online in October. Candidates can download CDS 2018 admit card with their registration id, date of birth or roll number. The admit card of CDS 2018 will be available for only those candidates whose application form has been accepted by examination authority. Admit card of CDS exam contains information like registration id, date of birth or roll no. (if received) and date of birth or name, father's name and date of birth available with him/her.


CDS Exam Pattern 2018

CDS will be conducted in pen and paper-based mode. According to the CDS exam pattern, The exam is conducted session wise both in morning and forenoon session. The question booklet of CDS 2018 will contain multiple choice questions as per the prescribed syllabus. Candidates can check the detailed exam pattern below. 

CDS 2018 exam pattern for Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy



No. of Questions

Total Marks


2 Hours



General Knowledge

2 Hours



Elementary Mathematics

2 Hours



CDS 2018 exam pattern for Admission to Officers’ Training Academy



No. of Questions

Total Marks


2 Hours



General Knowledge

2 Hours



CDS Syllabus 2018

CDS 2018 syllabus for English Comprehension include the jumbled sentence, fill in the blanks, to check the command over their English grammar. Elementary Mathematics includes topics like arithmetic, mensuration and basic mathematics. The CDS syllabus for General Awareness includes topics from history, geography and current affairs. CDS exam is conducted into 2 stages- written and SSB for Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview. Candidates qualifying SSB are called for training programmes as per their merit and preferences for Army, Navy and Air Force. The training programmes of selected candidates are conducted at the respective academies at Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai). Candidates appearing for CDS exam can check the topic below for better preparation of CDS written Exam.


Code number




Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, right use of English words, tenses, verbs etc.

General Knowledge


Currents happenings, business, politics, sports, entertainment, Indian Economy, Books and Authors name etc.

Elementary Mathematics


Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation etc.

CDS Preparation Tips 2018 

It is important for the candidates to know the preparation tips for CDS 2 exam according to the prescribed syllabus in order to score well in the written exam. Hence, it is important for the candidates to know how to prepare for CDS 2018  exam. Here are some tips are given for the preparation of CDS exam.

  • Candidates preparing for CDS exam must solve previous years’ question papers to get the idea about the questions asked in different sections, marking scheme, etc.
  • Before starting the preparation, candidates must make a proper plan.
  • Make short notes for revision etc.

CDS Question Papers 2018

Candidates appearing for CDS can download CDS sample paper to practice for better preparation. Solving CDS sample papers will help candidates to know the type of questions asked in the exam, weightage of topics etc.

CDS Answer key 2018

The answer key of CDS 2 2018 will be officially released by UPSC. Candidates can download CDS 2018 answer key of all sets of question booklet to check the answers. Different coaching institutions also release the answer key of CDS exam where candidates can check the responses and calculate the marks. The answer key of CDS exam will be released subject wise for all the sets.


CDS Result 2018

The result of CDS 2 exam will be declared in December. Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in written exam are called by Service Selection Board (SSB) for psychological aptitude test, intelligence test and interview. After which they are selected and the merit list is prepared by the examination authority based on the total marks secured by candidates.

CDS Cut off 2018

The cut off of CDS is released by UPSC. Candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks in the written test conducted by UPSC for CDS exam are eligible for the stage 2 exam. Stage 2 exam include Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview after which candidates are sent for medical examination. The eligible candidates are sent on training according to the preferences and marks obtained in the respective field. Candidates can check the cutoff marks of CDS 2016 below to have an idea about the cutoff.


Written Exam Result

Final Result



Qualifying Marks in Each Subject

Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate

Marks of Last Recommended Candidate


20 marks (i.e. 20%)

105 marks (i.e. 35%)



20 marks (i.e. 20%)

90 marks (i.e. 30%)



20 marks (i.e. 20%)

135 marks (i.e. 45%)


OTA (Men)

20 marks (i.e. 20%)

72 marks (i.e. 36%)


OTA (Women)

20 marks (i.e. 20%)

72 marks (i.e. 36%)


CDS Selection Procedure 2018

Candidates qualifying the written test are called for Service Selection Board (SSB) for psychological aptitude test, intelligence test and interview. SSB board evaluates intelligence, personality, compatibility and potential of prospective candidates for recruitment in the Army, Navy and Air Force. SSB interview consists for two stages which is conducted for 4 days- stage 1 comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and picture perception where the shortlisted candidates further undergo the second stage of an interview which comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. 

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