CDS Application Form 2018

CDS Application FormCDS Application Form 2018 – The application form of CDS 2 2018 will be released on August 8, 2018. The last date to apply for CDS 2 exam will be on September 3, 2018. CDS application form is filled in two parts – 1 part includes filling up of details like name, parents’ name, nationality, category, email id, contact details, corresponding address, etc whereas 2 part include payment of fees, uploading of image and signature of the candidates, selection of exam centres and signing of declaration form. Candidates can pay Rs 200 for CDS application form 2018 either through visa/ debit card online or through bank challan. Candidates must fill the application carefully as no correction or modification can be done after final submission of CDS 2018 application form. Candidates who have passed or are in final year can appear for CDS 2018 exam. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts CDS exam twice a year for the students who are graduated or in final year. Candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Army, Navy and Air Force can apply online for Combined Defence Services commonly known as CDS. Candidates can check CDS application form 2018 like signature, image dimension, procedure to fill application form and important dates below.

CDS Application Form 2018 Dates


The dates pertaining to CDS 2 application form are given below.

Important dates related to application form



CDS 2 application to begin on

August 8, 2018

Last date to apply for CDS

September 3, 2018

Last date of fee payment

September 3, 2018

Editing of CDS 2 application form

September 3, 2018

Documents required while applying for CDS Application Form 2018

The candidates applying for CDS application form need to have the required documents before filling the online application form.

  • Scanned photograph and signature

  • Details about the credit/debit/net banking if fee is to be paid online

Steps to fill CDS Application Form

CDS application form 2018 can be filled in two stages:

  1. Part 1 of CDS application form 2018 includes filling up of basic details

  2. Part 2 involves filling of payment details, uploading of photograph and scanned signature

Stage 1- Registration Process

  • Candidates need to select ‘Combined Defence Services’ and click on Part I of application form where a fresh blank form for the Part-1 Registration.


  • CDS 2018 registration process is divided into 5 pages where fields with red star (*) marks are mandatory and essential to be filled in by the candidate and it is equally important for them to read field instructions carefully.

  • Candidate needs to fill personal information like their name, DOB, Father’s name, Mother’s name, address, community the candidate belongs to (General, OBC, SC, ST) to claim fee remission in the application form of CDS 2 exam.


Part 2 CDS Registration

Part 2 of CDS application form comprises four stages:

Payment of examination fee

Image uploading

Exam centre selection

Declaration form

Payment of CDS Examination Fees

  • Candidates need to pay Rs. 200 as the requisite CDS application form as per their category

  • Candidates need to choose the category after which the page for fee payment with details appears on the screen

Online payment - Fee can be paid online through Visa/ Debit card.

Offline payment - Candidates can pay their fees offline through SBI Challan.

Structure of Application Fees


Application Fee

General & Others

RS. 200

Female/SC/ST candidates

No fee (Exempted from paying fee)

Image Uploading

  • Candidates applying for CDS application form 2018 need to upload the scanned photograph of less than 40 kb and greater than 3 kb and resolution 140 pixel height by 110 pixel width and signature less than 40 kb and greater than 1 kb and resolution 110 pixel height by 140 pixel width

CDS Application Form Photographs and signature specification


File Format

File Size


Photograph of Candidate

JPGE format

3KB to 40KB

140 x 110

Signature of Candidate

JPGE format

1KB to 40KB

110 x 140

Selection of Exam Centre

Candidates applying for CDS application form need to select three preferred exam centres from the given drop down menu while filling CDS application form 2018. Allotment of CDS exam centres will be on the first come and first serve basis. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centres except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.

Lists of CDS exam centres

S. No.














Uttar Pradesh






Uttar Pradesh



Madhya Pradesh






Tamil Nadu



Tamil Nadu

Signing of Declaration Form

While filling the application form of CDS 2 exam, candidates need to check the filled in application form before final submission as no correction and modification can be done after that and click on ‘I Agree’ button. After successful completion of CDS application form 2018, the confirmation about the part 2 application is sent on the registered email-id.

CDS Application form 2018 - Correction Window

Editing of details in CDS application form will be entertained within the dates of application. Candidates are advised to fill the application form carefully. Candidates cannot edit the data entered in application form after the final submission.

How to retrieve password or registration id?

To recover the registration id or password, candidates can recover it through the registered email id as the registration number is there on fee receipt.

CDS 2018 Application FAQs

Ques. What should I do if there is a lot of delay in accessing the page?

Ans. The delay in accessing the Page depends upon various factors like Internet Speed, large number of applicants trying to register the application at the same time etc. Therefore if a candidate is unable to get the page for registration promptly, please retry after some time or during off-peak hours.

Ques. How can I re-enter the system to submit my transaction details of the fee if I log out of the system nowafter printing challan?

Ans. An applicant, after having obtained the transaction id number, should again log in by making use of the Registration ID number generated at the time of submission of Part-1 of application & the date of birth of the applicant and thereafter enter the relevant particulars in the remaining columns. The Registration ID is also available on the challan.

Ques. Should I send printout of CDS application form 2018?

Ans. Once an applicant has successfully submitted the part-1 and part-2 of the application through online, the same gets registered with the Commission and the applicant is not required to send a hard copy of the print out of his/her application to the Commission's office. However, it is strongly advised that the applicant keeps a hard copy of his /her application for his/her own record and future communication with the commission, if any.

Ques. I have filled up the form successfully but now, I want to change / correct the details I entered in the Application?

Ans. Once an applicant fills up all the columns of the application and the system displays the message that the application has been submitted successfully, there is no provision in the system to make any changes in any of the columns. Hence, no change can be made at this stage in any of the details. However if the time is still left for filing up the online application form, the applicant can resubmit afresh corrected application again with prescribed fee to be deposited again. In this case a new RID will be generated by the system.

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