CDS Selection Process 2019
Supriya Kumari, 31 Jan 2019, #CDS

CDS Selection Process 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the selection process of Combined Defence Services (CDS 1) 2019. CDS Selection process 2019 involves two stages - written exam and SSB Interview. In the first stage of the selection process of CDS 1 exam 2019, candidates will have to qualify the written exam and score above or equal to the cutoff released by UPSC where candidates will be eligibile to appear for SSC Interview. 

SSB Interview includes Intelligence and Personality Test (including psychological aptitude) which will be conducted for 5 days. On the basis of their performance in the CDS 2019  written exam and SSB interview, candidates will be selected for the admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. UPSC conducts CDS exam twice a year. As many as 417 vacancies have been announced for CDS 1. The written exam of CDS 2019 will be held on February 3, 2019. 

CDS 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 2019 Exam Dates



CDS 1 exam Dates

February 3, 2019

CDS result 2019

March 2019

CDS cut off 2019

December 2019

Stages of CDS Selection Process 2019

Candidates appearing for CDS exam can check the details about CDS selection process for the written exam and SSB Interview below.

CDS Selection Process 2019 for Written Exam

The first stage of the selection process is written exam which comprises three subjects- English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics for admission to Military, Naval and Air Force Academy. For admission to Officers Training Academy, candidates have to appear for just two papers English and General Knowledge. All the questions asked in written exam are objective in nature. Each Paper comprises of 2 hours duration and carries 100 marks each.

As per CDS selection process 2019, candidates will be called for the SSB Interview. UPSC will release the merit list of candidates who have qualified the written examination. The merit list will have the names of candidates who will qualify for SSB Interview securing the minimum qualifying as per the commission.

CDS Selection Process 2019 for SSB Interview

Candidates who will qualify the written exam will be called for SSB Interview. SSB Interview for CDS selection process 2019 will be conducted for 5 days comprising of two selection process. On day 1 of the selection process, candidates will have to appear for Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) comprising of Picture Perception* and Description Test (PP&DT). Only those candidates who qualify the selection process 1 are eligible for the next round of selection. In selection process 2, the qualified candidates will have to appear for Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference conducted for 4 days. The qualifying candidates of selection process 2 will be eligible for the admission to forces and OTA.

Candidates can check day-wise SSB Interview below



Day 1

Picture Perception* test and Description Test

Day 2

Psychology Tests

Day 3

Group Testing Officer’s Task

Day 4


Day 5


CDS Pay Scale 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.

  • The merit list is prepared on the basis of their marks in the written examination and SSB interview.

  • Candidates who qualify the SSB Interview have to submit the photocopy each of Matriculation certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, Bachelors Degree/Provisional Degree along with mark sheets of all the years/semesters in support of educational qualification.

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