CDS Selection Process 2019
Updated on Aug 22, 2019 - 4:35 p.m. IST by Aayushi madavi

CDS Selection Process 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the selection process of CDS II 2019 examination in its notification. CDS Selection Process 2019 has two stages - written exam and SSB interview. In the first stage - CDS II written exam, candidates have to take three papers for admission in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and two papers for admission in Officers’ Training Academy. In the second stage of the selection process of CDS II, candidates will have to appear in SSB interview which will test their intelligence, personality and psychological aptitude. Candidates have to qualify both stages of CDS 2019 selection process in order to pass CDS II 2019. Read the article below to know more about CDS selection process 2019.
CDS exam is conducted by UPSC for admission, training and recruitment as commissioned officers in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. On qualifying exam, candidates will have to go through training in Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai). CDS II 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on September 8.

CDS II Selection Process 2019 - Overview

Name of exam

Combined Defence Services

Short name


Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official Website

Mode of exam


Stages of exam

  1. Written exam

  2. SSB Interview



CDS II 2019 Important Dates



CDS II application dates

June 12 to July 8, 2019

Admit card of CDS II, 2019

August 19, 2019

CDS II exam date

September 8, 2019

CDS result 2019

December 2019

Stages of CDS 2019 Selection Process

Two stages of the selection process of CDS II 2019 are explained below in detail.

CDS Selection Process 2019 - Written Examination

The first stage of CDS selection process is written exam which comprises three papers - English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics for admission in Military, Naval and Air Force Academy. For admission in Officers’ Training Academy, candidates have to appear for just two papers English and General Knowledge. All the questions asked in CDS II written exam are objective in nature. Candidates will be given 2 hours time to take each paper. As per CDS selection process 2019, candidates will be called for SSB Interview on qualifying the written examination. The result of CDS II or merit list will have the names of candidates who have secured the minimum qualifying marks as per the commission.

SSB Interview in CDS 2019 Selection Process

The second stage of CDS II selection process is SSB interview. SSB Interview for CDS selection process 2019 will be conducted for 5 days to test the candidates intelligence, personality and more. These tests will be conducted in two stages. Candidates can only appear for Stage II tests if they qualify in Stage I tests. The qualifying candidates of SSB interview will be eligible for admission to the forces and OTA. Day-wise test schedule is given in the table below.

Stages of SSB Interview

  1. Psychological Aptitude Test - Includes Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests such as Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT).

  2. Intelligence Test - Includes Psych Test, Group Testing Officer tasks & Conference.

SSB Interview - Test Schedule



Day 1

Reporting, Filling of forms, Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT)

Day 2

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Self Description Test (SD), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Word Association Test (WAT)

Day 3

Group Testing Officers’ Tasks (GTO) that include Group Discussion (GD), Group Planning Exercise (GPE), Half Group Task (HGT), Progressive Group Task (PGT) & Individual Obstacle Task (IOT).

Day 4

Individual Obstacle Task (IOT), Command Task, Final Group Task (FGT), Personal Interview and Individual Lecturette

Day 5

Conference and Document Verification

CDS Medical Examination

After clearing SSB interview, candidates will have to go through a medical examination conducted by a Special Medical Board (SMB). Medical examination may last up to 4 to 6 days.

Final Merit List of CDS 2019

A final merit list will be prepared for candidates who have cleared both written examination and SSB Interview.

CDS Salary 2019

Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training

Stipend during the entire duration of training in Service academies

Rs. 56,100

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



Pay Scale


Level 10

56,100 – 1,77,500


Level 10 B



Level 11

6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel

Level 12A

1,21,200 – 2,12400


Level 13

1,30,600-2, 15,900


Level 13A


Major General

Level 14


Lieutenant General HAG Scale

Level 15

1, 82, 200-2,24,100


Level 16

2,05,400 – 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

Level 17



Level 18


CDS Selection Process 2019 - Important Points

  • Candidates will have to secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in Written Examination and SSB Interview as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board respectively.

  • Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the written examination and SSB interview.

  • Candidates who qualify the SSB Interview have to submit photocopies of Matriculation certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth and Bachelor's Degree/ Provisional Degree along with mark sheets of all the years/ semesters in support of educational qualification.

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Questions related to CDS

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How should a pcm stream girl preparing for Afcat and cds?

Kalpana Sharma 25th Jan, 2020


Hope you are doing great.

In CDS exam ,girls can only go for OTA(officers training academy) and the exam pattern is slightly different as per other academies.

It has only two papers that of general knowledge and general English.

For general knowledge you should be well prepared about current affairs and read 6-12 class ncert books thoroughly for history , geography , science etc. You can also go for internet for general knowledge along with also focus on basic GK like first in the world , famous books and authors etc.

For English, practice is the key to success. Have a good book of objective English like Arihant and read newspaper daily and improve you vocabulary.

Solve previous years questions as well.


It includes the same GK and English followed by numerical ability and reasoning questions as well.

You should again go for basics in mathematics upto class 12 and try to learn more tricks and shortcuts and for reasoning , follow a good book of reasoning ability and be more focused and concentrated while solving these questions.

Hope it helps.

Thank you


I m a +1 student, Girl. My dream is to join in air force. How can I Acheive my goal?

Shareef 22nd Jan, 2020


Girl candidates who want to join IAF have 2 possible ways. AFCAT and non AFCAT entry. AFCAT is an entrance exam conducted twice a year. If you clear this exam, then you will be called for SSB Interview and then you can choose your own branches.

There are various kinds branch in IAF(Indian air force) like technical, flying and ground. each  branch has its own Eligibility and qualification criteria... As you haven't mentioned any kind of branch, let me tell you about these core branches

Flying branch: age should be in between 19 to 23.You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted.

Technical branch: There are 2 types of technical services under technical branch. Both of them need the same criteria of 18-28yeats.First one is Aeronautical Engineer which is mechanical service. Second one is Aeronautical Engineer which is electrical service.

Ground duty branch: There are 3 types of services in Ground duty branches.

Administration and Logistics: Age should be between 20-23 years for Graduates. You should be a Graduate or a Post Graduate in any discipline with atleast 60% marks.

Education: Age should be  20-25 years for Post Graduates and you should be a Post Graduate in any stream with 50% marks.

Accounts:  20-27 for M.Ed, Ph. D, CA, ICWA. Bachelors degree or Masters degree in Commerce. If you have Bachelor's degree then you should have 60% marks and if you have PG degree, then you should have 60% marks.

Through Non AFCAT entry, there are CDSE and FTS. For meteorology branch, age should be between 20-25 years and for Phd students, age should be 27 years. Students should have post graduate degree in any science stream.

There is also NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force. Age should be 20-24 years. You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted


Hello Sir , i had been completed my graduation with open degree which is comes to under kakatiya university .Can i eligible to apply for CDS Exam ... Please inform me sir..

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 19th Jan, 2020


see open university student who have completed their graduation in any discipline may appear in cds exam.

you have not mention your graduation course or stream. if you dont belongs to bachelor in electrical engineering or bachelor courses in physics or mathematics you may apply for below mention post,

Indian Military Academy

Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)


I am currently doing my graduation in Economics and also I am a girl. Will there be constraints for me to pass the CDS exam?

thomas joy 19th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam

  • Women candidates can only apply for Officers Training Staff or OTA
  • Final year graduate or gradutes can apply for the exam
  • Minimum age is 19 years and for OTA maximu age is 25
  • Candidate should have good mental and physical health
  • 200 mcq questions in OTA section
  • English and General Knowledge is asked.

Hope this will help you.

All the best, Thank you


Sir, can I give CDS exam?. I am a student of BE(fire engineering) .

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


The educational qualification for eligibility to Central defense service exam that is CDS exam is

The candidate should be graduate or appearing in the final year of the  same is eligible to apply for CDS exam.

So if you are in final year of your graduation you can apply to this exam.

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