CDS Exam 2019
Supriya Kumari, 03 Feb 2019, #CDS

CDS 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the result of written exam in online mode. Candidates will be able to check CDS 2019 result in March 2019. To check the result candidates will have to download the result pdf which will list the roll number of qualified candidates. The commission will also release the marks scored by the candidates in CDS 2019 written exam after the declaration of result. Selected candidates in the written exam will eligibile to appear for SSB Interview. Candidates will be issued admit card to appear for SSB interview. Candidates who will be shortlisted in SSB interview will be eligibile for final admission. 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 the admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officers' Training Academy (OTA). 

The commission will release the cut off for the written exam and final selection separately. UPSC will also release the official answer key of CDS 1 (2019) exam. The written exam of CDS 2019 was held on February 3, 2019, where the coaching Institutes Like NeoStencil, Baalnoi/Major Khalsi, Cavalier haD released the unofficial answer key. For more details on CDS 2019 including result, important dates, answer key, cut off, read this article below. 

CDS Result 2019

The result of CDS 1 written exam will be declared in March 2019. To check CDS 2019 result candidates will have to download the result pdf online.  Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in written exam will be called by Service Selection Board (SSB) for psychological aptitude test, intelligence test and interview.  Those candidates who will qualify the SSB interview will be selected for the admission to the respective academies as per the marks scored by them in written exam as well as SSB Interview.

CDS Answer key 2019

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

CDS Question Papers 2019

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 fimilar with the types of questions asked in the exam

CDS Vacancy 2019

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 Admit Card 2019

The admit card of CDS 1 has been released online on January 11, 2019. The admit card for written exam ican be downloaded till the day of the examination. CDS admit card has been released for candidates who have successfully register for the exam. Candidates are able to download their admit card till the day of examination. 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. 

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2019

The eligibility criteria of CDS 1 has been 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 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


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 2019 Dates

The 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 3-10, 2018

CDS 1 admit card

January 11, 2019

CDS 1 written exam

February 3, 2019

CDS 1 Answer Key 2019 (Unofficial)

February 3, 2019

CDS written result 2019

March 2019

CDS Application Form 2019

The application form of CDS 1 was released on October 31, 2018. The last date to apply for CDS 1 exam was November 26, 2018. CDS application fee was Rs 200 for general and OBC category while Female/SC/ST candidates were exempted from payment of fee. Candidates had to pay the requisite fee through online and offline. CDS application form 2019 was filled in two parts. In part I, candidates had to register for the exam by submitting basic details. In part II, candidates had 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 had 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 were advised to carefully read the instructions carefully to avoid any mistake.

  • In stage 2 of CDS application form, candidates had 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 have successfully filled CDS application form 2019 could withdraw their application form 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 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 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 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 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 2019

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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