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CDS Exam 2021 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the examination conducting authority for the Combined Defence Services exam. CDS exam conducted twice every year. CDS 1 2021 exam is going to be conducted on February 7, 2021. The CDS 2021 application form will be released on October 28, 2020 on the UPSC official website. The last date to fill the application form for CDS 2021 is November 17, 2020. The CDS 1 2021 notification will also be released along with the application form, Candidates who fulfill the CDS 2021 eligibility criteria can apply for the CDS 2021 exam . CDS exam has two stages in its selection process - written exam and SSB interview. Aspirants qualifying all the stages of the CDS 2021 selection process will be recruited to Indian Defence Services i.e Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. For more information on the CDS 2021 examination and other details regarding the same candidates should read the article below.

Latest: CDS 2 2020 admit card has been released on October 15, 2020 at the official website.

CDS Exam 2021 Overview

Name of the exam

Combined Defence Services Examination

Official website

www.upsc.gov.in

Commonly known as

CDS examination

Conducting authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Frequency of exam

Twice per year

Number of vacancies

To be announced

Mode of application

Online

Mode of exam

Offline

Stages of exam

  • Written Exam

  • SSB

CDS Important Dates 2021

Check the table below for all the important CDS 2021 exam dates.

CDS 2021 Exam Dates

Events

CDS 1 2021 Exam Dates

CDS 2 2021 Exam Dates

CDS notification 2021

October 28, 2020

August 4, 2021

CDS 2021 application form start date

October 28, 2020

August 4, 2021

Last date for form submission

November 17, 2020

August 24, 2021

CDS admit card 2021 release date

To be announced

To be announced

CDS 2021 exam date

February 7, 2021

November 14, 2021

CDS 2021 result

To be announced

To be announced

SSB Interview call letter

To be announced

To be announced

CDS 2021 SSB interview date

To be announced

To be announced

CDS 2021 cutoff release date

To be announced

To be announced

CDS Exam 2021 - Posts & Salaries

CDS exam is held for recruitment of eligible and qualified candidates to defence services like the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. Candidates are recruited as officers in these services. Check the table below for CDS 2021 salaries rank wise.

CDS posts and salaries

Rank

Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Military Service Pay

Lieutenant

PB-3/15600-39100

5400

15,500

Captain

PB-3/15600-39100

6100

15,500

Major

PB-3/15600-39100

6600

15,500

Lt Colonel

PB-4/37400-67000

8000

15,500

Colonel

PB-4/37400-67000

8700

15,500

Brigadier

PB-4/37400-67000

8900

15,500

Major Brigadier

PB-4/37400-67000

10000

NIL

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021

Candidates applying for the CDS 2021 should fulfill the eligibility criteria of CDS 2021 as prescribed by the Commission for nationality, age, educational qualification, etc. Candidates qualifying the eligibility norms can fill the for the CDS 1 application form online. Check the table below to the eligibility.

CDS 2021 Eligibility criteria

Nationality

Indian national

Age

20 to 24 years

Educational Qualification

Graduation or equivalent degree from a recognised university

For more detailed information on the CDS 2021 eligibility criteria applicants can refer to the official CDS 2021 notification.

CDS Application Form 2021

The CDS 1 application form 2021 will be released on October 28, 2020. Candidates who fulfill the CDS eligibility criteria can fill the CDS application form online on the UPSC website - www.upsc.gov.in. The closing date of the CDS 2021 application form is November 17, 2020. Candidates have to pay a one time application fee of Rs 200 to successfully submit the CDS form. Applicants belonging to the reserved category are exempted from paying the application fee.

CDS Admit Card 2021

Candidates who have successfully submitted their CDS application form are issued the CDS admit card. The CDS 2021 admit card for written exam and SSB interview is issued separately. Candidates can download the CDS admit card from the Commission's website 12 to 15 days prior to the exam. The CDS call letter 2021 has various details printed on it like candidate’s name, roll number, registration number, photograph & signature, category, examination date & time, exam venue, etc. Applicants need to carry the CDS 2021 admit card to the examination centre or else they won't be allowed to appear for the CDS examination.

CDS Exam Centres 2021

There are various examination centres available across India for the CDS 2021 exam. Candidates can select their CDS 2021 exam centre preference while filling the CDS application form. List of CDS 2021 exam centres is given below.

CDS 2021 exam centres

Agartala

Kochi

Ahmedabad

Kohima

Aizawl

Kolkata

Bengaluru

Lucknow

Bareilly

Madurai

Bhopal

Mumbai

Chandigarh

Nagpur

Chennai

Panaji(GOA)

Cuttack

Patna

Dehradun

Port Blair

Delhi

Prayagraj

Dharwad

Raipur

Dispur

Ranchi

Gangtok

Sambalpur

Hyderabad

Shillong

Imphal

Shimla

Itanagar

Srinagar

Jaipur

Thiruvananthapuram

Jammu

Tirupati

Jorhat

Udaipur

Visakhapatnam


CDS Exam 2021 - Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The CDS exam is held for two different courses for recruitment to the Indian Defence Services. The Officers Training Academy (OTA) course question paper has two sections whereas the IMA & other services course has three sections. The CDS question paper is objective type in nature for both the courses. There is -ve marking in the CDS exam or every wrong answer. Check the tables below for the CDS 2021 exam pattern .

CDS IMA & other courses exam pattern

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration

English

120

100

2 hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 hours

Elementary Mathematics

100

100

2 hours

CDS OTA exam pattern

Subject

Number of questions

Maximum marks

Duration

English

120

100

2 hours

General Knowledge

120

100

2 hours

CDS Syllabus 2021

The CDS syllabus 2021 for the written exam of both the courses is prescribed by the Commission. CDS 2021 syllabus for the written exam is given in the table below.

CDS written exam syllabus

Subjects

Topics

English

Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, the right use of English words, tenses, verbs, etc.

General Knowledge

Current affairs, economics, history, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, books and authors, Indian politics, etc.

Elementary Mathematics

Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation, etc.

CDS Answer Key 2021

UPSC releases the CDS written exam answer key after a few days of the CDS examination. The CDS 2021 answer key is released online on the UPSC website for all the sections of the CDS 2021 exam. This helps the aspirants to check their responses and get an idea of how they performed in the CDS exam. It also helps the applicants to calculate their score.

CDS Result 2021

CDS result is declared online by the UPSC on their official website for all the stages of the examination. Candidates qualifying all the stages are recruited to the post of officers in one of the three defence services of India. The final CDS 2021 result is based on the marks obtained by candidates in the written exam and SSB interview.

CDS Cut Off 2020

Cut off is the minimum mark required by candidates to qualify a particular stage of the CDS exam and move to the next stage. CDS 2021 cut off for the written exam for all the three services is released separately along with the final CDS result. Candidates clearing the cutoff of written exam and SSB interview are inducted to the Indian Defence Services. For more details about the cutoff read the article CDS 2021 cutoff.

CDS Selection Process 2020

The CDS selection process has two stages. Applicants qualifying both the stages are eligible for CDS 2021 recruitment to different services released under CDS 2021 notification . The two stages of CDS selection are:

  • Written exam - MCQ

  • SSB Interview - Oral

The final CDS selection is based on the marks of the written exam and SSB interview. For more details on the CDS 2021 selection process see the CDS official notification.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS 2021 (I & II) - Check Exam Dates, Admit Card, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

Question: Is the CDS exam conducted online or offline?

Answer:

CDS exam is conducted in offline mode.

Question: What is the minimum age limit to apply for the CDS 2021 exam?

Answer:

 The minimum age required to apply for the CDS 2021 exam is 20 years.

Question: Is there -ve marking in CDS written exam?

Answer:

Yes, there is -ve marking in CDS written exam.

Question: What is the frequency of the CDS exam?

Answer:

CDS exam is held twice a year by UPSC across India.

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If i do betch from matalurgical engineering then can i eligible for all exams like AFCAT,SSB,SSC and etc mostly like defence job exams Airforce and Navy ???????

Ankur Dubey Student Expert 23rd Oct, 2020

Hello

The basic qualifications  eligibility criteria for all the exam like Afcat ,ssb ,ssc  are a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university . And need minimum 60%in the graduation degree.

For air force the eligibility criteria is a engineering degree which you have.

So are eligible for all those exam you have mentioned.

Good Luck.

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my dob is 17 sept 1996.... am i eligible for CDS(ota)2021

nishant sharma 20th Oct, 2020

Hello student ,

The minimum age limitbis 19 to apply for CDS 2020. Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA . So according to the above details you are eligible for CDS (ota) 2021 .

Hope this information will help you  !


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my date of birth 20 may 2001 ba student. can eligible for cds exam on 2023,2024 2025

Garvita 18th Oct, 2020
Hello,

The minimum age to appear in CDS exam is 19 years and the maximum age for candidate to appear is 25 years, so as you have turned 19 according to your given DOB, you are eligible to appear for CDS exam as the minimum age of the candidate should be 19.

For more relevant information, you may visit here:
https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria



Hope this helps, all the best.
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can I apply for cds after doing graduation from a foreign country

Harish Jayaraj 19th Oct, 2020

Sure.

all that you need is math and physics in your 12th and grad.

You have to write CDS exam and you have to clear it, then clear your SSB. Then clear your medics and merits. If qualified everything, then you can join IMA, and if you wrote CDS without math you have to join OTS Chennai.

So graduation from any country doesnt matter as long as you are an Indian Citizen.

I hope I answered you.

Feel free to ask any dobts in comments.

GoOd LuCk


19 Views

How does any cds ncc entry candidate get direct entry to ssb ? what is the procedure please explain?

Harish Jayaraj 16th Oct, 2020

Hey Saurabh.

To join armed forces as officer, there are several modes of entry like , NDA, CDS, AFCAT, TGC, TES, NCC. For which everything includes the service selection board exam ( so called SSB). So entries need a written exam qualification to attend SSB and some entries offer direct SSB.

But direct isn't direct actually. You have to meet certain criteria which you don't need in entries through exam.

Direct entries are like, NCC,TES,TGC. These don't require an examination qualification. But

for TES - You need 85+ cutoff in class 12.

TGC - You need 8+ CGPA in graduation.

NCC - You need B grade in C certificate and also Good percentage in graduation.

So after this, wait for the application release, fill the form, clear you entry eligibility, Get SSB call letter, get screened in, get conference in, clear medicals, clear form filling procedures, Join academy for training.

This is the procedure. If you have any doubts in SSB you can ask in comments. I hope I answered You.

ALL the BEST.


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