CDS Notification 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had released the notification of CDS 2 in June 2019. The CDS notification 2019 contains the details related to important dates of application, eligibility criteria, admit card, exam, vacancy, pay scale, exam pattern etc. The authority has released a total of 417 vacancies for the admission to Commissioned Officers in Army, Navy, Air Force and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The application form of CDS (II) was available from June 12 2019. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria could fill the application form till July 8 (6 pm). All those who will fill the application form successfully will be issued the admit card ten days prior to the date of CDS examination.
Name of the exam
Exam conducting authority
Union Public Service Commission
Mode of exam
CDS II application form
June 12, 2019
Last date to apply for CDS II
July 8, 2019
Last date of fee payment
Withdrawal of CDS II application form
July 15 to 22, 2019
CDS 2 2019 exam
September 8, 2019
CDS 2 result 2019
To get an idea of the vacancies of CDS 2 2019, candidates can go through the table below containing the vacancies of the CDS 2 examination released by UPSC.
Vacancies of CDS 2
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)
While the training period of the Cadets, they receive a fixed stipend throughout their training period. After the final recruitment, Cadets are paid a remuneration based on their ranks in Indian Army and Navy. The table below contains the rank wise remuneration.
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
The examination authority determines the eligibility criteria of CDS exam. It is important for the candidates to meet the eligibility criteria before they fill the application form of CDS 2. The eligibility criteria is determined on the basis of age, nationality, education qualification and marital status of the candidates.
Eligibility on the basis of Age
20 to 24 years
Eligibility on the basis of Nationality
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 government of India)
CDS Eligibility Criteria 2019 on the basis of Marital Status
Army, Navy and Air Force
OTA - Men
Unmarried and Married
OTA - Women
Unmarried and Widow
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)
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)
The application form of CDS 2 was released on June 12, 2019 in online mode. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of CDS were able to fill the application form. CDS 2 application form could be filled in two parts – part I and II wherein part I must be filled up with all basic details while part II involves payment of the requisite application fee, uploading of signature, photograph, selection of exam centre etc. Candidates belonging to only General and OBC candidates had to pay the application fees while female, SC/ST candidates are exempted from fee payment.
CDS admit card will be issued to only those candidates who will fill the application form successfully within the allotted time frame. The admit card will be issued for two stages - written exam and SSB Interview, CDS 2 admit card can be downloaded by using the login credentials of the candidates. The admit card will contain the details of the candidates and exam like name of the candidate, category date of birth, date and time of exam, venue etc. It is important to bring a copy of the admit card to the exam centre on the day of examination along with one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport.
The examination authority prescribes the CDS exam pattern for all the spiring candidates. As per the exam pattern of CDS 2, the test will be held in two stages - CDS written exam and SSB interview. The written exam of CDS for the candidates applying for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force have to appear for 3 subjects – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics whereas for those who appear for OTA have to appear in only two subjects – English and General Knowledge. Each paper is conducted for a total of 200 marks for which candidates are given a total of 2 hours to complete the exam. For English and General Knowledge, a total of 120 questions are asked while 100 questions are for Elementary Mathematics. For each wrong response given by the candidate, 1/3rd marks will be deducted.
The exam of CDS 2 219 is held in the following two stages:
CDS written exam
CDS 2 selection process involves 2 stages- written exam and SSB Interview. The first stage of CDS selection process is Written exam after which the qualified candidates have to appear for SSB Interview. The SSB Interview round is conducted for a total of 5 days during which the candidates have to appear for Intelligence & Personality Test and Psychological Aptitude Test All those candidates who qualify the SSB interview are eligible to take admission to Indian Army, Navy, Airforce and Offices Training Academy.
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officer training academy CDSOTA is conducted in pen and paper mood. syllabus is consist of only english and general awareness. questions are in multiple choice type. totsl 240 questions need to answer, also there is negative marking. age shold be between 19-25. you can follow below mention books for your preparation.
Combined CDS (OTA) Book , DDE – Defence Direct Education
Pathfinder CDS by Arihant Experts
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When it comes to CDS, girls are only eligible for OTA and the only eligibility is graduation in any stream from a recognized university, there's no specific aggregate required here, so whatever you wish to pursue you can, wherever your interest lies. There's no hard and fast rule if you're asking regarding choice of course specifically for CDS.
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