CDS Selection Process 2019
Aayushi madavi, 22 Aug 2019, #CDS

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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Explain CDS ,how can I pass the examination and what kind of job or scopes in the CDS ?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 19th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts Combined Defense Services (CDS) Examination twice a year for the recruitment of candidates to transform into officers in different branches of Indian armed forces.

You can read more about it here:

Hope this helps. thank you.

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Sir, I am a final year degree student and i have back papers to complete. Can i still write the CDS exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Shilpa, Final year Graduation Candidates who are between 20-24 years can appear for CDS entrance examination. You should just complete all your back logs and your course at the time of counselling and admission. For more information on Physical, Visual standards for the exam, please visit our page at:


Does IIT Delhi is better option for aerospace engineering than other IITs ,if wanted to join IAF through CDS ?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019
Hello Rohit,
IIT D is one of the best Institute of India and among IITs. So there study and faculties are very good. You may have a great career there. You should take admission and start your journey to go into Airforce.
Good luck

which books are best for cds and afcat?

Apoorva Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

I would suggest you to buy a general knowledge book which is that will help you with the GK questions. And then you should buy a book of reasoning and aptitude pictures that will help you to improve your aptitude questions. Why you asking for a book then I would like to recommend you pathfinder CDS it is one of the best books you can and have for the preparation. While for afcat you can buy Aarihant's afcat book for preparation. I hope this was helpful to you.

Best wishes

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