CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018

CDS Eligibility CriteriaCDS Eligibility Criteria 2018 - The eligibility criteria of CDS has been defined by exam conducting authority, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). CDS eligibility criteria 2018 are the set of norms in terms of age, nationality and educational qualification. According to CDS eligibility criteria, candidates applying for the exam must be 20 to 24 years. Candidates who have passed graduation or yet to pass their final year are eligible to apply for CDS exam provided they submit relevant certificate of passing the examination at the time of commencement of course.  The detailed CDS 2018 eligibility criteria is provided on this page. Candidates can check CDS eligibility criteria before filling the application form. The CDS 2 exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018. Read this article for more details on CDS eligibility criteria.

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Highlights of CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018


  • 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 fulfilment eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India

Age Limit, educational qualification, sex and martial 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

Physical standard required for CDS 2018

 Candidates can check below the physical standard inorder to be eligible for CDS exam.

  • Candidates must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical standard
  • Candidate must be in good physical and sound mental health and free from any disease/disability that can interfere the efficient performance of duties.
  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.
  • The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cm. for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force
  • Women candidates’ must have height upto 152 cm.
  • For candidates belonging to Gorkhas and hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.
  • For women candidates if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at SSB or during training will debar the candidates from grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining OTA till the date of debar on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities.
  • Candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be CP-II for Army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours.

Visual Standards for Air Force


  • Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/18
  • Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D
  • Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism


  • Vision(corrected) better eye 6/6, worse 6/18
  • Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D
  • Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including astigmatism.

Visual Standards for Navy

  • Uncorrected without glass   - 6/12
  • Corrected with glass  -   6/6
  • Limits of Myopia - 1.5
  • Limits of Hypermetropia   +1.5

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Important Points

  •  For IMA, candidates born earlier than July 2, 1995 and not later than July 1, 2000 are only eligible.
  •  Candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1995 and not later than July 1, 2000 only are eligible for Indian Naval Academy.
  • For Air Force Academy, candidates must born not earlier than July 2, 1995 and not later than July 1, 1999 .
  • To be eligible for  For Officers' Training Academy courses, candidates must be born not earlier than July 2, 1994 and not later than July 1, 2000.
  • The age of candidates should be as recorded in matriculation/secondary school examination.
  • Candidates who are studying in the final year or are yet to pass the final year examination can apply provided they do not have any back upto the last semester at the time of submission of application. They are required to submit proof of passing the examination at the time of commencement of course.

CDS Application Form 2018


Application form of CDS has been released on August 8, 2018. Candidates can apply for CDS exam online till September 3, 2018. Fee can be paid both online and offline. Candidates can fill the application form in two phases. Part 1 includes filling up of basic details like name, qualification, parents’ name etc whereas in part 2 candidates can upload thier photographs, singnature, pay the requisite application fees, selection of Exam centres and signing of declaration form. Candidates while filling the application form of CDS are required to provide details of one photo-identity proof - Aadhaar card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

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ASHWINI SONAWANELast Seen: 15 hours 56 min agoJoined on: 19-Aug-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation

After diploma, I am doing degree in civil engineering and I want to join INDIAN NAVY, can I apply for CDS

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Hi Ashwini,

Yes, you can do that. In the final year of your degree, you can appear in CDS exam. If you crack it, you can get into Indian Navy.

Thank you and best of luck.

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VickyLast Seen: 19 hours 17 min agoJoined on: 14-Apr-2014Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above

I have just completed my in cse batch(2014-2018) but havent recieved my provisional degree so can i apply for cds or not?

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Tanushree Seth 16 hours ago

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Hello Vicky ,

Yes , you can apply for it . But you need to  get  the certificate before the final admission.

Hope this helps you  .


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Which books are more benefited for CDS examination??

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Dear Abhilasha,Union Public Service Commission will conduct CDS 2 exam on November 18, 2018. CDS (2) application form is also available. If you are appearing for CDS 2 2018 examination, you need to pr...Read More

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Sir is any degree eligible to apply for cds? my note is i have done degree as after my 10th class i have skiped my 11th and 12th

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Dear Manoj,There are a lot of eligibility criteria, like on the basis of nationality, age, qualification, physical standard etc. You can go through the below mentioned link to know about all the crite...Read More

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