CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021
- Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the exam conducting body for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination. UPSC is also responsible for releasing the CDS eligibility 2021. All aspiring candidates wanting to appear for
should be graduates and between the age group of 19 to 25 years. CDS eligiblity criteria 2021 is based on age limit, educational qualification, nationality and more. Candidates wanting to apply for CDS exam 2021 must fulfill the CDS eligibility criteria as prescribed by UPSC. Applicants should read the CDS 2021 eligibility criteria carefully before filling the
CDS 2021 application form
is conducted twice a year for recruitment of candidates to different posts in the Indian Defence Services. To Know more about the CDS eligibility criteria 2021 check the article below.
CDS 2 result 2019
has been released on the November 2 at the official website.
CDS 1 application form 2021
has been released on October 28 at the official UPSC website, along with the
CDS 01/2021 notification
CDS 02/2020 admit card
has been released on October 15 at the official website.
Combined Defence Services Examination
Commonly known exam name
Union Public Service Commission
Frequency of exam
Twice a year
Mode of application
Mode of exam
Candidates applying for Combined Defence Services examination should go through the UPSC prescribed eligibility guidelines before proceeding to fill the CDS application form. Below mentioned are some of the CDS eligiblity 2021.
Candidates applying for the CDS examination must fall in one of the below mentioned categories to be eligible for CDS. Check the table below.
CDS 2021 nationality eligibility criteria
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 2021 eligibility check the official notification.
Age eligibility criteria for all applicants for various courses is given in the table below. And there is no age relaxation for reserved category candidates in the CDS examination.
CDS age criteria for UR candidates
CDS 2021 Courses
CDS Age Limit 2021
Indian Military Academy
19 to 24 years
Indian Naval Academy
Air Force Academy
20 to 24 years
Officers' Training Academy (Men)
19 to 25 years
Unmarried & Married
Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical)
Unmarried, Widow & Divorcee
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 2021 educational qualification
CDS 2021 Educational Qualification
Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University or equivalent institute
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/ College
Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor degree in engineering
OTA (Women - Non-Technical)
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.
Applicants must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical standard of UPSC and the relevant defence department
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
There should be no evidence of bodily defects or overweight
The minimum height requirement for male applicants is 157.5 cm. for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cm for Air Force
The minimum height of female candidates should be 152 cm for OTA (non technical).
Candidates belonging to Gorkhas and hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, 5 cm height relaxation is provided in the minimum acceptable height. In case of applicants from Lakshadweep, 2cm relaxation is provided
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.
Check the vision standard for all the defence services in the tables below:
CDS visual standard for Air Force
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.
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
For more detailed information on the CDS 2021 eligibility criteria check the CDS official notification.
Candidates who fulfill the CDS eligibility criteria are eligible to fill the
CDS 2021 application form
. The application form for CDS 1 exam will be released on the UPSC website on October 28, 2020. To apply for the CDS 2021 examination candidates first need to register themselves and then fill the CDS form. To successfully complete the CDS 2021 application process candidates must pay a fee of Rs 200 for general category applicants and NIL for reserved category and female candidates.
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UPSC will release the CDS 1 2021 notification on October 28, 2020.
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Yes, girls are eligible to appear for the CDS examination.
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The Age Eligibility Criteria for CDS Exam such as Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy is from 19 to 24 years. For Officer's Training Academy, it is 19 to 25 years. So, on the whole, you can apply for CDS Exam because you satisfy their Age Eligibility Criteria.
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The National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Combined Defence Services (CDS), both are exams conducted by the UPSC to join The Triservice in India.
Below I have mentioned some differences between both the exams:
Male and Female
Duration of Training
18 months for IMA Cadets
37-40 months for Navy Officers
74 months for Air Force Officers
Hope this helps
Combined Defence Services is conducted twice a year by UPSC.Age limit is as follows
Indian Military Academy 19-24yrs
Indian Naval Academy 19-22yrs
Air Force Academy 19-23 yrs
Officers Training Academy -19-25 yrs
You are eligible for officers training academy. For officers training academy the candidate born not earlier than 2nd july 1995 and born not later than 1st july 2001 is preferred.
Go through the details regrading the eligibility criteria before application.
The minimum age for joining to any of the forces coming under CDS is 19 years and the maximum age is 25 years for OTA and 24 Years for IMA, AFA, INA. So, in 2023, you will complete your 22 years So, you are very much eligible to write the CDS examination in 2023. Read more here:
Each and every exam for job prospectus or graduation is difficult. Depending on your interest and the career you wish to pursue. If you wish to go in Civil Services then UPSC, if you wish to be in research and sciences then ISRO Exam is the way to go, AFCAT is for Commissioned Officers in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) branches.
These all are somewhat mutually exclusive, that means if you prepare for one you might not have enough time or interest for the other. Incase you have a specific query about one of these exams. Please feel free to comment.
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