CDS Notification 2019
Supriya Kumari, 11 Jan 2019, #CDS

CDS Notification 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam for Commissioned Officers in Army, Navy, Air Force and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The admit card of CDS 1 was available from January 11 to February 3. CDS 1 2019 notification was released on October 31, 2018. The online application form of CDS 1 was available from October 31 to November 26, 2018. Candidates could withdraw the application of CDS 1 from December 3 to 10, 2018. The written exam of CDS 2019 is being conducted on February 3, 2019. Read this article below for more details on CDS notification 2019, eligibility, important dates, exam pattern.

CDS Notification 2019 – Vacancies

The total number of CDS 1 vacancies have been released along with the CDS notification 2019. Aspirants can check the expected vacancies of CDS 1 2019 here.


Vacancies (approx.)

Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) SSC Courses (Men)


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


Air Force Academy (Hyderabad)


Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)


Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala)


Total (approx.)


CDS Notification 2019 - Pay Scale

Candidates can check the expected fixed stipend and pay scale as per ranks below.

Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training

Stipend during the entire duration of training in Service academies

Rs 56,100/-p.m

Pay Scale

Pay Scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy


Pay Band (Rs.)

Captain (Level 10 B)


Lieutenant (Level 10)

56,100 – 1,77,500

Lieutenant Colonel (Level 12A )

1,21,200 – 2,12400

Major (Level 11)

6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Brigadier (Level 13A )


Colonel Level 13

1,30,600-2, 15, 900

Lieutenant General HAG Scale (Level 15)

1, 82, 200-2,24,100

Major General (Level 14)


VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) (Level 17 )


HAG+Scale (Level 16 )

2,05,400 – 2,24,400

COAS (Level 18)


Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier

Rs 15.500 p.m. fixed

CDS Notification 2019 – Eligibility Criteria

According to CDS notification candidates must fulfil the provided eligibility criteria to be eligible for CDS (1) 2019 exam.

Eligibility Criteria



Indian or

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 (the above candidates must have the certificate of eligibility issued by the

A government of India)

Age Limit

20 to 24 years

Marital Status

Army, Navy and Air Force


OTA - Men

Unmarried and Married

OTA - Women

Unmarried and Widow

Educational Qualification as per courses

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Air Force Academy (AFA)

Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)
or Bachelor of Engineering

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

CDS Notification 2019 – Important Schedule

CDS aspirants can check the list of important schedules below



The release of CDS 1 notification 2019

October 31, 2018

Online application form begins on

October 31, 2018

Last day to fill the application form

November 26, 2018 (6 pm)

Last day of fee paymentNovember 26, 2018
Withdrawal of CDS application form started onDecember 3, 2018
Last day to withdraw CDS application formDecember 10, 2018 (6 pm)

Admit card of written exam

January 11, 2019

CDS 1 written exam 2019

February 3, 2019

CDS Notification 2019 – Admit Card

The admit card of CDS 1 has been released on January 11. Candidates can download the admit card till the day of examination. In order to download CDS admit card 2019, candidates have to either enter their registration id or roll number and date of birth. UPSC issues the admit card separately for the written exam and SSB interview online. In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, candidates can immediately inform the examination authority for the required corrections. No, admit card will be sent through posts.

CDS Notification 2019 - Application Form

UPSC had released the login facility to withdraw CDS 1  application form on December 3. The last day to withdraw the application form was December 10. Candidates had to log in with registration number to withdraw the application form. Candidates who had successfully filled the application form were able to withdraw the application form. The fee paid by the candidates was not refunded. The application form of CDS 1 exam was released on October 31, 2019. The last day to apply for CDS 1 was November 26, 2018 (6 pm). CDS 1 application form could be filled in two parts – Part 1 filling up of basic details while Part 2 involved payment of the requisite fee, uploading of signature, photograph, selection of exam centre and ticking of declaration check-box. Only General and OBC candidates had to pay the application fees while female, SC/ST candidates are exempted from fee payment.

CDS Notification 2019 – Exam Pattern

UPSC has prescribed the exam pattern of CDS exam. As per CDS written exam pattern, candidates applying for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force have to appear for 3 subjects – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics whereas for OTA candidates have to appear in only two subjects – English and General Knowledge. Each paper is conducted for 2 hours and the maximum marks per paper is 200. The total number of questions asked from English and General knowledge is 120 whereas 100 questions are asked in Elementary Mathematics. For each incorrect answer, 1/ 3 mark is deducted from the total marks.

CDS Notification 2019 – Selection Process

CDS selection process involves 2 stages- written exam and SSB Interview. As the first stage of the CDS selection process, candidates have to appear in written exam and qualify the cut off released by the commission to be eligible for SSB Interview. SSB Interview includes Intelligence and Personality Test (including psychological aptitude) which is conducted for 5 days. Candidates who qualify the SSB interview are eligible for the admission to Indian Army, Navy, Airforce and Offices Training Academy.


CDS Notification – Contact Details

Union Public Service Commission


Email: feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in 

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