CDS Exam 2019
Supriya Kumari, 31 Oct 2018, #CDS

CDS 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification of CDS 1 on October 31, 2018. The online application form of CDS 1(2019) is filled from October 31 to November 26 till 6pm. CDS application form is filled in 2 parts - part 1 and 2. UPSC, the exam conducting authority will also release the withdrawal facility for the candidates who wish to withdraw their application form after successful submission. The dates to withdraw CDS 1 application form is December 3 to 10, 2018. 

Candidates who have completed or appearing in graduation can apply. CDS 2019 exam will be conducted in two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. Candidates who will pass the CDS 1 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.  Read this article to know about CDS 2019 important dates, application form, admit card, selection process etc read this article below.

CDS Vacancy 2019

Candidates who wish to appear for CDS 1 2019 can check detail of tentative vacancy below.

CDS 2019 Courses

CDS 1 2019 Vacancies 

Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)


Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala)


Air Force Academy (Hyderabad)


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


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




CDS 2019 - Highlights

Exam name 

Combined Defence Services

Abbreviated as


Exam Date

CDS 1-February 3, 2019

CDS 2 - September 8, 2019

Exam type


Exam level


Exam mode

Pen & Paper Based

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2019

The eligibility criteria of CDS 1 has be released along with the notification on October 31, 2018. Candidates applying for CDS 1 exam must fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements like educational qualifications, age criteria and marital status while applying for CDS 2 exam. Candidates can check the details about eligibility criteria below.


  • Candidates applying for CDS 1 exam 2019 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 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 Important Dates 2019

The tentatives dates for CDS 2019 like application, admit card, exam, result are given below:



CDS 1 Notification 2019

October 31, 2018

Release of CDS 1 Application form 2019

October 31, 2018

Last date of CDS application form 2019

November 26, 2018

Last day to pay application fee

November 26, 2018

Dates to withdraw CDS 1 application form

December 3 to 10, 2018

CDS 1 admit card

January 2019

CDS 1 written exam

February 3, 2019

CDS written result 2019

March 2019

CDS Application Form 2019

The application form of CDS 1 has been released on October 31, 2018. The last date to apply for CDS 1 exam is November 26, 2018. CDS application fee is Rs 200 for general and OBC category while Female/SC/ST candidates were exempted from payment of fee. Candidates can pay the requisite fee through online and offline. CDS application form 2019 is filled in two parts. In part I, candidates have to register for the exam by submitting basic details. In part II, candidates have to pay the examination fees, upload photograph and signature and select examination centres.

How to apply for CDS 2019?

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 2019 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 Application form 2019- Withdrawal facility

Candidates who will successfully fill CDS application form 2019 can withdraw their application form. Candidates will be able to withdraw their CDS application form 2019 from December 3 to 10. However, UPSC will not refund the fee paid by candidates.

CDS Exam Centres 2019

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 2019 will be allotted as per first apply first serve basis. Therefore, candidates should apply early to get their preferred exam centres.

List of CDS 1 exam centres

S. No.














Uttar Pradesh






Uttar Pradesh



Madhya Pradesh






Tamil Nadu



Tamil Nadu







CDS Admit Card 2019

The admit card of CDS 1 will be released online three week before the commencement of exam. CDS admit card 2019 can be downloaded till the day of examination. Candidates can download CDS 2019 admit card with their registration id, date of birth or roll number. The admit card of CDS 2019 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 2019

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 2019 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 2019

CDS 2019 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 2019

It is important for the candidates to know the preparation tips for CDS 1 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 2019  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 2019

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 2019

The answer key of CDS 1 (2019) will be officially released by UPSC. Candidates can download CDS 2019 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 2019

The result of CDS 1 exam will be declared in March 2019. 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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