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UPSC CDS 2 2024 - Application form (Out), Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit card

UPSC CDS 2 2024 - Application form (Out), Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit card

Edited By Prabakaran K | Updated on May 15, 2024 12:33 PM IST | #CDS

UPSC released the CDS 2 application form 2024 on May 15, 2024 in their official website. The CDS 2 2024 notification was also released alongside the application at upsc.gov.in. UPSC will close the CDS 2 2024 application form on June 4, 2024. The CDS 2 notification contains details pertaining to the nature of the exam and interested candidates must go through it before prior to applying for the exam.

Candidates between 19 to 25 years of age are eligible to apply for UPSC CDS exam. Before filling up the application form, aspirants must check UPSC CDS eligibility criteria carefully. UPSC CDS exam is conducted in two stages - written examination and SSB interview.

UPSC CDS 2024 - Overview

ParticularsDetails

Exam Full Name

Combined Defence Services Exam

Short Exam Name

CDS

Exam Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Frequency of Conduct

Twice a year

Languages

English, Hindi

Mode of Application

Online

Application Fee

Rs 100 for Offline and Online

Mode of Exam

Offline

Mode of Counselling

Offline

Exam Duration

6 Hours

Number of Seats (CDS 1 2024)

457

Number of Seats (CDS 2 2024)

To be notified

UPSC CDS Important Dates 2024

UPSC has released the UPSC Calendar 2024 on the official website. Candidates can check UPSC CDS 2024 important dates for both sessions in the table given below so that they won’t miss any major events.

CDS 2 Important Dates 2024

Events

CDS 2 2024 Dates

CDS 2 notification 2024 release date

May 15, 2024

CDS 2 application form 2024 date

May 15, 2024

The last date to apply for the CDS 2 application form

June 04, 2024

CDS 2 application form correction facility date

June 5 to June 11, 2024

CDS 2 application withdrawal dates

To be notified

CDS 2 admit card date

To be notified

CDS 2 exam date 2024

September 1, 2024

CDS 2 2024 result

To be notified

UPSC CDS 2 SSB Interview date

To be notified

CDS 2 2024 cut-off date

To be notified

UPSC CDS 1 Date 2024

Events

CDS 1 2024 Dates

CDS 1 2024 notification date

December 20, 2023

CDS exam date 2024 application form

December 20, 2023

The last date to apply for the CDS 2024 application form

January 9, 2024

CDS 1 application form correction facility

January 10 to 16, 2024

CDS 1 admit card 2024 release date

April 12,2024

CDS 1 2024 exam date

April 21, 2024

CDS result 2024

May 9, 2024

UPSC CDS 2024 SSB Interview date

To be notified

CDS cut off date 2024

To be notified

UPSC CDS Vacancy 2024

Union Public Service Commission announces the final UPSC CDS 2024 vacancy along with the release of official notification at upsc.gov.in. UPSC CDS vacancy 2024 is announced separately by the Union Public Service for both sessions. Aspirants can check CDS 2024 vacancies for the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) Men & Women in each session here.

UPSC CDS 2 Vacancy 2024

DetailsNo of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 158th (DE) Course commencing in January 2025 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ (Army Wing) holders]

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in January 2025 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders

32

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2025 i.e. No. 217 F(P) Course [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Special Entry]

32

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 121st SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course Commencing in April 2025.

276

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 35th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2025.

19
Total459

UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2024

The Commission prescribed CDS exam 2024 eligibility criteria in the official notification at upsc.gov.in. Aspirants must check the age limit, nationality and educational qualification to be eligible for filling up the UPSC CDS application form 2024.

Nationality:

Candidates applying for the CDS 2024 exam must be

  • An Indian citizen, or

  • A Tibetan refugee, (before January 1962), or

  • A subject to Nepal or Bhutan, or

  • Migrants from Pakistan, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, and Uganda, with the intention of permanently settling in India.

CDS age limit:

Candidates must be 20 to 24 years of age to be eligible to apply for CDS 2024 recruitment.

Courses

Age Limit

Marital Status

Officer Training Academy (OTA - Men)

19-25 years

Unmarried and Married

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

19-25 years

Unmarried and Widow

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 to 24 years

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

19 to 24 years

Unmarried

Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Unmarried

CDS 2024 Educational Qualification:

Courses

Educational Qualification

Indian Military Academy

Must be passed with a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., B.B.A., B.C.A., B.Tech., etc.) from a recognized University or equivalent institute.

Indian Naval Academy

Must hold a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from a recognized University or College.

Air Force Academy

Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

OTA - Men

Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent institute.

OTA - Women (Non-Technical)

Must be passed with a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent institute.

UPSC CDS 2024 - Physical Fitness

Aspirants applying for CDS recruitment 2024 should be physically fit in all aspects as prescribed by all three Defence departments Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Air Force. Candidates must read the CDS 2 2024 notification upon its release carefully to know all crucial points related to physical fitness.

CDS Visual Standard for Air Force

Male

Female

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12

Vision with a better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12

Manifest Hypermetropia not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D

Myopia not more than minus 3.5 D

Manifest Hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

CDS Visual Standard for Indian Navy

S.noDetails
1

Limits of Myopia - 1.5

2

Limits of Hypermetropia - +1.5

3

Corrected With Glass - 6/6

4

Uncorrected Without Glass - 6/12

UPSC CDS Application Form 2024

Union Public Service Commission released the CDS application form on May 15, 2024 in their official website. The CDS 2 application form will be closed on June 4, 2024. The CDS application form will be available at upsc.gov.in. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the UPSC CDS application form 2024 on the official website. Before filling up the CDS application form 2024, candidates have to complete the One-Time Registration process.

Before submission, General and OBC category aspirants need to pay online CDS 2024 application fees of Rs 200/- while other categories and female candidates are exempted from fee payment. The CDS application fee payment can be done through online/offline mode (Net Banking/Mastercard/Debit/Credit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI bank).

How to Fill Up the UPSC CDS Application Form 2024?

  • First of all, visit the official website - upsc.gov.in.

  • On the Homepage, tap on Examination>Active Examination>Online Application for UPSC CDS exam 2024.

  • Read all instructions carefully and then, move ahead by tapping on “Yes”.

  • Now, you will be directed to a new page, start entering your details correctly.

  • Choose your preferences carefully and continue.

  • Pay the required application fee through online/offline mode as explained above.

  • Examine all details and tap on the “Submit” button.

  • Save and download and take two or three prints out for future reference.

How to Fill UPSC CDS Application Form?

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2024

The Union Public Service Commission mentions the UPSC CDS 2024 exam pattern in the official notification. UPSC conducts the CDS exam in two stages - a written examination followed by SSB Interview. Aspirants can know about subjects, exam duration, number of questions asked and marking scheme with the help of the UPSC CDS exam pattern 2024. The complete exam pattern of UPSC CDS 2024 for all three defence services is given below.

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Pattern - Written Examination

For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy

S. No.

Subjects

Maximum Marks

Duration

1.

English

120

2 hours

2.

General Knowledge

120

2 hours

3.

Elementary Mathematics

100

2 hours

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Pattern for Officers’ Training Academy

S. No.

Subjects

Maximum Marks

Duration

1.

English

100

2 hours

2.

General Knowledge

100

2 hours

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Pattern - Interview Stage

Aspirants have to clear UPSC CDS 2024 written examination to appear in the Interview round. The maximum marks prescribed to the written examination and to the Interview will be equal for each course i.e. The maximum marks applicable to the written examination and to the Interview will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officers’ Training Academy respectively. Candidates must also go through some points given below related to the UPSC CDS exam pattern 2024.

  • Multiple-Choice questions in each paper.

  • The question paper for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set in Hindi as well as English.

  • A penalty of ⅓ marks for a wrong answer is applicable.

  • Each subject exam duration is different i.e., 2 hours.

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2024 - Interview Stage

Stages

Tests

Stage I

Screening Test

Verbal and Non-Verbal Tests PPDT

Stage II

Psychological Test

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Word association test (WAT)

Situation reaction test (SRT)

Self-Description Test (SDT)

Group Testing Officers Test

GD

GPE

PGT

HGT

IOT

Common Task

Snake Race/Group Obstacle Race

Individual Lecture

FGT

Personal Interview

Conference

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2024

Union Public Service Commission prescribes UPSC CDS syllabus in the official notification. The Commission will take two written papers for the OTA course and three written papers for other courses in the CDS 2024 exam. The subjects from which questions are framed in the UPSC CDS exam 2024 will be General Knowledge, Mathematics, and English. English and General Knowledge will be asked in both OTA and IMA/INA/AFA courses of the CDS exam 2024.

Mathematics will be the extra subject that IMA/INA/AFA courses will have in the CDS maths syllabus . The questions will be asked in the UPSC CDS 2024 exam from the 10th and 12th standards. For more details about UPSC CDS syllabus, OTA aspirants must go through the table given below.

CDS 2024 Syllabus for Written Examination

Subjects

Topics

Mathematics

  • Intelligence and Personality test

  • Statistics

  • Geometry

  • Trigonometry

  • Mensuration

  • Elementary number theory

  • Algebra

  • Number System

English

The questions are asked to candidates' understanding of English and a working man's use of words.

General Knowledge

  • Geography

  • Defence Knowledge

  • History

  • Politics

  • Economics

  • Current Events

UPSC CDS Exam Centres 2024

Union Public Service Commission prescribes the UPSC CDS 2024 exam centres on the official notification. Aspirants can choose the nearest exam centres by filling up their choice of exam city on the UPSC CDS application form 2024. Candidates must go through the exam centres' information given in the table below.

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Centres

States

Cities

Assam

Jorhat

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam

Tirupati

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Bihar

Patna

Chhattisgarh

Raipur

Delhi

New Delhi

Tripura

Agartala

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Uttar Pradesh

Bareilly

Lucknow

Allahabad

Karnataka

Dharwad


Bangalore

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

Punjab

Chandigarh

Tamil Nadu

Madurai

Chennai

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

UPSC CDS 2024 Admit Card

The Commission will release the UPSC CDS 2 2024 admit card in online mode at upsc.gov.in. Aspirants appearing in the UPSC CDS 2024 exam can download UPSC CDS admit card 2024 by using their registration number and date of birth. Those who fill out their application forms successfully will be issued the admit card of UPSC CDS 2024.

UPSC CDS admit card 2024 contains information such as the candidate’s name, scanned signature and coloured photograph, candidate’s category, registration number, exam date and reporting time, exact exam timing, exam centres address, etc.

UPSC CDS Exam Analysis 2024

Some coaching institutes will release unofficial CDS 2024 exam analysis along with the expected cut off after the conclusion of the exam. Candidates can check the unofficial CDS exam analysis 2024 here after the exam. The answer of UPSC CDS 2024 contains types of questions asked, difficulty level, good attempts, expected cut off score, etc. for candidates.

With the help of CDS 2024 exam analysis, candidates can measure their performance in the written exam. Aspirants will also be able to download unofficial CDS question papers 2024 here along with exam analysis. UPSC CDS 2024 written exam for both sessions 1 will be held on April 21, 2024 and September 1, 2024.

UPSC CDS Answer Key 2024

The Union Public Service Commission will release the official UPSC CDS 2024 answer key for the written examination after the conclusion of the examination. CDS answer key 2024 will be released at upsc.gov.in. CDS 2024 answer key will be available subject-wise for written examination.

Candidates can go through the number of correct and incorrect answers entered by them with the help of the answer key UPSC CDS 2024. A few coaching institutes will also release the provisional UPSC CDS answer key 2024 after the completion of the written exam on the same day.

UPSC CDS Result 2024

UPSC will declare the CDS 2024 result in PDF format on the official website. The Commission will declare UPSC CDS 2024 written exam result and the final result separately at upsc.gov.in. As prescribed by UPSC, candidates have to secure qualifying marks to clear UPSC CDS 2024 written exam.

How to Check UPSC CDS Result 2024?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC - upsc.gov.in.

  • Click on the Written Result tab on the Home Page.

  • UPSC CDS 2024 result will be displayed on the screen.

  • Click Ctrl+F and check your Roll Number in PDF.

  • If the name is detailed in the PDF, the Interview round details will be sent to candidates’ registered email addresses.

  • Download and take two or three prints out for future reference.

UPSC CDS Cut-Off 2024

The Commission will release the UPSC CDS 2024 cut-off for the written exam on the official website. Candidates who score equal to or more than UPSC CDS 2024 cut off in the written exam will be called SSB Interview. The cut-off marks of the UPSC CDS 2024 written exam are calculated out of a total score of 300 for INA, IMA, AFA and 200 for OTA (Men and Women). Aspirants must go through CDS previous years for your reference.

CDS 2 Cut-Off Previous Year

Category

Written Exam Cut-Off

Final Exam Cut Off

Aggregate marks of last qualified candidates

Marks of last recommended candidates

IMA

136

258

INA

128

256

AFA

147

269

OTA (Men)

100

181

OTA (Women)

100

184

UPSC CDS Selection Process 2024

Union Public Service Commission will prescribe the selection process on the CDS 2 2024 notification at upsc.gov.in. UPSC CDS 2024 selection process will be done in two stages - A Written Exam and SSB Interview. In the first stage, aspirants will have to appear in three papers to get admission to the Indian Army, Naval and Air Force academies and two papers to get admission to the Officer Training Academy (OTA).

Documents Required During Counselling

  • UPSC CDS 2024 call letter

  • Degree/Provisional Degree Certificate/Mark Sheet

  • Matriculation/Senior Secondary School Examination Certificate or Equivalent

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. When will UPSC CDS 2 application form 2024 be released?

CDS 2024 application form along with official notification was released on May 15, 2024 at upsc.gov.in.

2. Which is better: CDS or NDA?

The CDS officers receive Rs 56,100 to Rs 2,50,000 per month depending upon their rank and experience. However, the salary of a CDS officer may be slightly higher than that of an NDA officer. CDS officers are recruited after Graduation whereas NDA officers are recruited after 10+2.

3. Can weak students crack the CDS exam?

An average student can also crack UPSC CDS examination with full dedication and hard work. Every candidate needs to understand the basics of the CDS exam before preparation.

4. When will the CDS 2 exam 2024 be conducted?

UPSC CDS 2 2024 exam will be conducted on September 1, 2024 at various exam centres across the country.

5. What are the passing marks on the UPSC CDS 2024 exam?

The UPSC CDS written exam will be conducted for 300 marks and candidates must score a minimum of 20% of the total marks i.e., 60. Aspirants need to qualify in all three papers of the written exam.

6. Is physical fitness required for CDS?

Candidates must be good in physical as well as mental health and free from any disease/disability which can interfere with the performance of duties.

7. Can girls apply for the UPSC CDS exam 2024?

Yes, girls can also apply for UPSC CDS recruitment 2024. Girls are considered for OTA and allotted Short Service Commission in the non-technical cadre.

8. Where will the UPSC CDS result release?

The UPSC CDS 2 result will be released on the official website.

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Questions related to CDS

Have a question related to CDS ?

Dear aspirant !

Hope you are doing good !

Candidates between 19 to 25 years of age are eligible to apply for CDS recruitment 2024. Before filling up the application form, aspirants must check UPSC CDS eligibility criteria carefully. CDS exam 2024 for both sessions will be conducted on April 21, 2024 and September 1, 2024.

From now you will get 4-5 attempts of both so don't worry about attempt.give your best in preparation only .

Hope it helps you !!

Thanking you


Hii There,

Certainly. If you're in your third year of engineering, you're eligible to appear for the CDS examination. However, if you qualify the written exam, you won't be able to attend the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview because you must be in the final year of your engineering studies to do so.


Thanks

Hello,

No, You do not necessarily need to choose an engineering stream in college to be eligible for CDS or AFCAT exams. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria specified by the exams, you can pursue your desired field of study in college and still appear for these exams. So go ahead and prepare for CDS and AFCAT with your chosen stream.

Hope this helps you,

Thank you

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Hello aspirant,

You will be roughly 21 years old by 2026. Based on your age, you can enrol in any of the CDS 2026 courses, including the IMA course. Aside from that, you can enrol in CDS 2029 for IMA, since there is a 24-year-old maximum age limit.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Dear aspirant !

Hope you are doing well !

From my point of view you should start preparing from now ,also you are late ,you must start your preparation in the 2nd year but you didn't,cds takes time and it's not an easy task to do . Now you have to prepare for your placement also . If you want job from college then it will be hard for you to manage both ,choose only one and stick with that and prepare very hard for the dream . Don't late now .

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Hope it helps you !!

Thank you

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