CDS 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the application form of CDS II 2019 in online mode on June 12, 2019. Aspiring candidates can fill CDS 2 application form 2019 till July 8. The authority has also released the CDS II notification along with the registration on June 12. According to the CDS II notification 2019, candidates between the age group of 20 to 24 and have a graduation degree (subjects of graduation vary for different wings) are eligible to apply. UPSC CDS 2 2019 examination will take place on September 8, in offline mode. The authority will release the CDS II admit card 2019 on August 17, in online mode. It must be noted that the CDS exam is held twice a year – in February and September. Based on the marks scored by the candidates in written exam as well as SSB interview, the commission will release the final merit list for admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA).
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CDS 2019 Courses
CDS II 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)
Combined Defence Services
CDS I-February 3, 2019
CDS 2 - September 7, 2019
Pen & Paper Based
The application form of CDS II is released on June 12, 2019. The last date to apply for CDS 2 2019 is July 8. CDS application fee is Rs 200 for general and OBC category while Female/SC/ST candidates have been exempted from the fee payment. Candidates can pay the requisite CDS application fee through online and offline modes. CDS application form 2019 can be 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.
Candidates who have successfully filled CDS application form 2019 can also withdraw their application form from July 16 to 22, 2019. However, UPSC will not refund the fee paid by candidates.
The dates for CDS II 2019 like application, admit card, exam results are given below:
CDS II Notification 2019
June 12, 2019
Release of CDS II Application form 2019
Last date of application form
July 8, 2019
Last day to pay application fee
July 8, 2019 (till 6 pm)
Dates to withdraw of application form
July 15-22, 2019
CDS II admit card
August 17, 2019
September 8, 2019
Answer Key 2019 (Unofficial)
CDS written exam result 2019
The eligibility criteria of CDS 2 has been given by the exam authority along with its notification release on June 12, 2019. Candidates applying for CDS II 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 must be citizens 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
Indian Military Academy (IMA)
20 to 24 years
Degree of a recognised University or equivalent
Indian Naval Academy (NA)
Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
Air Force Academy (AFA)
Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)
Unmarried and Married
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)
Unmarried and Widow
The admit card of CDS II will be released in online mode from August 17, 2019. Candidates can download the admit card till the date of the exam. UPSC CDS II admit card will be available for the candidates who will have successfully registered for the exam. Candidates can download CDS admit card by entering either registration id or roll number and date of birth. The admit card carries details like candidates name, roll number, date of birth, date, time and details of exam centres.
The exam centres of CDS have been released by UPSC. The written exam of CDS will be conducted across 41 cities. Candidates had to enter their choice of three CDS exam cities while filling the application form. CDS exam centres 2019 will be allotted as per first come first serve basis. Therefore, candidates should apply early to get their preferred exam centres.
List of CDS II exam centres
Since the application form for CDS 2 has been released and many candidates would be counting the days left for the exam, it’s important that preparation strategy comes to them handy. The important elements of how to prepare for CDS II 2019 have been highlighted below by Careers360. Check them out.
It is important for the candidates to know the preparation tips for CDS II 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.
Before starting the preparation, candidates must make a proper plan.
Candidates preparing for CDS exam must solve previous years’ question papers to get an idea about the questions asked in different sections, marking scheme, etc.
Make short notes for revision etc.
Knowing the exam pattern would be an added advantage.
Make use of best books for CDS
CDS II will be conducted in pen and paper-based mode. According to the CDS 2 exam pattern, the test is conducted session-wise, 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 II 2019 Exam Pattern (For admission to Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy)
No. of Questions
CDS 2 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 II syllabus for General Awareness includes topics from history, geography and current affairs. CDS exam is conducted in 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 topics below for better preparation of CDS written exam.
CDS 2019 Syllabus
Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, right use of English words, tenses, verbs etc.
Currents happenings, business, politics, sports, entertainment, Indian Economy, Books and Authors name etc.
Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation etc.
Candidates appearing for CDS can download the question papers 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. Candidates can also know the number of questions be familiar with the types of questions asked in the exam.
Candidates can download CDS II 2019 answer key of all sets of question booklets to check the answers. Different coaching institutions will 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. The official answer key of CDS II (2019) will be released by UPSC. Candidates can check the previous years answer key of CDS below.
CDS II Previosu Years Cut off
CDS 2 2017
The result of CDS II written exam will be released in December 2019. Candidates have to download the results pdf online to check thier result. Candidates who have obtained the minimum qualifying marks in written exam are called by Service Selection Board (SSB) for psychological aptitude test, intelligence test and interview. Those candidates who qualify the SSB interview will be selected for admission to the respective academies as per the marks scored by them in written exam as well as SSB Interview. The result of the written test carries roll numbers of the qualified candidates. Further, the CDS II final result will reflect the wing-wise names and roll numbers of the qualified candidates.
The cut off of CDS is released by UPSC. Candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks in the written test 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 2018 below to have an idea about the cutoff.
Aggregate marks of last qualified candidate*
Marks of last recomended candidate*
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 of 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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