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CDS Eligibility Criteria 2025 – Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2025 – Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality

Edited By Sneha Vinod | Updated on Jul 12, 2024 12:45 PM IST | #CDS

UPSC will mention the CDS 1 eligibility criteria 2025 in the official notification. The CDS 1 2025 notification will be available for download at upsc.gov.in by December 11, 2024. The UPSC CDS 1 2025 eligibility criteria are based on age, educational qualification, nationality and a few other important aspects. Aspirants wanting to appear for the CDS exam should be between the age group of 20 to 25 years.

Candidates must read the CDS 1 eligibility criteria 2025 carefully before proceeding to fill the CDS application form online. To know more about the eligibility criteria of CDS 2025, read the entire article.

CDS 1 Eligibility Criteria - Overview

Candidates can check the some basic details about the UPSC CDS exam from the below table.

Exam name

Combined Defence Services Examination

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Frequency of exam

Twice a year

Nationality

Indian

CDS age limit

Between 19 to 25 years

Educational Qualification

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised university

Mode of exam

Online

CDS 1 Eligibility Criteria 2025- As Per UPSC Guidelines

Candidates applying for the Combined Defence Services examination should go through the UPSC CDS exam eligibility guidelines before proceeding to fill the CDS 1 2025 application form. Below mentioned are some of the CDS 1 eligibility 2025.

CDS 1 2025- Nationality

Candidates applying for the CDS examination must fall in one of the below-mentioned nationality categories to be eligible for CDS 1. Check the table below.

CDS nationality eligibility criteria

Particulars

Citizen of India

Subject of Bhutan

Subject of Nepal

Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1962, with the intention to permanently settle in India

Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka & East African Countries with the intention to permanently settle in India.

Note - For more detailed information on the CDS 2025 eligibility check the official notification.

CDS 1 Age Limit 2025

The CDS age limit eligibility criteria of all aspirants for various courses are mentioned in the table below. There is no CDS age limit relaxation for reserved category candidates in the CDS examination 2025.

CDS age limit criteria for candidates

CDS Courses

CDS Age Limit

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy

19 to 24 years

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy

19 to 24 years

Unmarried

Air Force Academy

20 to 24 years

Unmarried

Officers' Training Academy (Men)

19 to 25 years

Unmarried & Married

Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical)

19 to 25 years

Unmarried, Widow & Divorcee

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CDS Educational Qualification 2025

CDS recruitment is done for various courses in the three Indian Defence Services - Army, Air Force and Navy, which have different minimum educational qualification requirements. Educational requirements for all the different CDS courses are mentioned in the table.

CDS educational qualification

Courses

CDS Educational Qualification

Indian Military Academy

Bachelor's Degree (BA, B.Com, B.Sc, BBA, BCA, B.Tech etc.) from a recognised University or equivalent institute

Indian Naval Academy

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/ College

Air Force Academy

Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor degree in engineering

OTA (Men)

Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University or equivalent institute

OTA (Women - Non-Technical)

Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University or equivalent institute

CDS 2025 - Physical Fitness

Candidates applying for CDS should be physically fit in all aspects as prescribed by the three defence departments i.e. Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Below given are a few points for the physical standards required for the CDS exam.

  1. Applicants must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical standard of UPSC and the relevant defence department.

  2. Applicants must be in good physical and sound mental health and free from any disease/ disability that can interfere in the performance of their duties.

  3. There should be no evidence of bodily defects or overweight.

  4. The minimum height requirement for male applicants is 157.5 cm. for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cm for Air Force.

  5. The minimum height of female candidates should be 152 cm for OTA (non-technical).

  6. For candidates belonging to Gorkhas and hills of the North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, 5 cm height relaxation is provided in the minimum acceptable height. In the case of applicants from Lakshadweep, 2 cm relaxation is provided.

  7. Applicants should have a sufficient number of natural teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable for CDS recruitment. If all 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.

  8. Check the vision standard for all the defence services in the tables below:

CDS visual standard for Air Force

Male

Female

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12

Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D

Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.

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CDS visual standard for Navy

Uncorrected without glass - 6/12

Corrected with glass - 6/6

Limits of Myopia - 1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Note: For more detailed information on the CDS eligibility criteria 2025, check the CDS 2025 official notification.

Check the eligibility criteria for other exams conducted by UPSC

CDS Application Form 2025

The Union Public Service Commission will release the CDS 1 application form 2025 on the official website. Aspirants who meet the CDS 2025 eligibility criteria are eligible to fill the CDS application form. To apply for the CDS 1 2025 examination, candidates first need to complete the One Time Registration (OTR) themselves and then fill out the CDS exam form. To successfully complete the CDS application process, candidates must pay a fee of Rs 200 if belonging to the general category and NIL if they are from the reserved category and female.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the minimum age limit required to appear for the CDS exam 2025?

The minimum CDS 1 2025 age limit required to appear for the CDS exam is 20 years.

2. Are girls eligible to appear for the CDS exam?

Yes, girls are eligible to appear for the CDS examination 2025.

3. Is there any relaxation in the age criteria for reserved category applicants in the CDS exam?

No, there is no CDS age limit 2025 relaxation in the CDS exam for any category.

4. Is there any physical test for CDS 2025?

Yes, UPSC will conduct the physical test for CDS 2025.

5. What is the academic qualification required to apply for CDS 1 2025?

Aspirants must have completed their graduation to be eligible for CDS 1 exam 2025.

6. Where will the CDS 1 2025 notification be released?

The CDS 2 notification 2025 will be released in their official website, upsc.gov.in in the form of pdf on December 11, 2024.

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Questions related to CDS

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Ofcourse you can give cds exam until the age of 25 years if you have completed your graduation.there is no best year for attempting any exam it depends on your preparation if you are confident that you are going to crack the exam go for it dont waste your time for the right time to come.

Cds exam is conducted by UPSC hence it is hard you need to prepare for it do hard work smartly update yourself with ongoing news to get good marks in current affairs section as this is the toughest part of exam which keep changes with time.

Hey there,

The age limit to appear in the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam is a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 25 years. Additionally, you must be unmarried for some segments like Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) and have completed your graduation before appearing for the CDS exam.

Given your date of birth is December 17, 2001, you will be eligible to appear for the CDS 2025 exam for segments like Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) but you won't be eligible for segments like Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Indian Naval Academy (INA) because these segments require the age between 18 years to 23 years and by the time of CDS exam in 2025 your age will be more than 23 years. So, you won't be able to appear for IMA and INA.

If you need more information on any topic, feel free to ask your questions.

Thank you, and best wishes for your future!

Hey there,

The age limit to appear in the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam is a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 25 years. Additionally, you must be unmarried for some segments like Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) and have completed your graduation before appearing for the CDS exam.

Given your age will be 25 in July 2027, you will be eligible to appear for the CDS-1  2027 exam for segments like Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) only if the CDS-1 Exam helds before July 2027 but you won't be eligible for segments like Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Indian Naval Academy (INA) because these segments require the age between 18 years to 23 years and by the time of CDS exam in 2027 your age will be more than 23 years. So, you won't be able to appear for IMA and INA.

If you need more information on any topic, feel free to ask your questions.

Thank you, and best wishes for your future!

Yes, you can give the CDS exam after completing a BJMC course, provided you meet the other eligibility criteria set by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which conducts the exam.

A candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university. Your BJMC degree fulfills this requirement.

A BJMC degree might not provide a direct advantage in the CDS exam content, which focuses on mathematics, science, general knowledge, and military aptitude. However, the communication and analytical skills you develop during your BJMC program can be beneficial for aspects like the interview stage.


https://media.careers360.com/articles/ipu-cet-bjmc

I hope it helps!


Hello,


Yes, you are eligible to sit for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) and Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) exams provided you meet certain criteria. For CDS, you need a degree from a recognized university for Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA), and for the Air Force Academy (AFA), you need a degree with Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level or a Bachelor of Engineering. The age limits for CDS are 19–24 years for IMA and INA, 19–24 years for AFA, and 19–25 years for OTA. For AFCAT, you need a graduation degree with at least 60% marks and Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level for the Flying Branch, or a B.E./B.Tech degree for Ground Duty (Technical), and a three-year graduation degree with 60% marks for Ground Duty (Non-Technical).


The age limits for AFCAT are 20–24 years for the Flying Branch and 20–26 years for Ground Duty. Since you are pursuing a B.P.Ed and have completed 10+2 with science, you meet the basic educational qualifications, provided you also meet the age and other specific criteria.


Hope this helps,


Thank you

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