What is CDS?

The Combined Defence Services Examination commonly known as CDS is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective academies after they are selected by t..Read More

CDS Application Details

  • The application form of CDS can be submitted online from UPSC website
  • Candidate should read the instructions carefully before making any entry or selecting options
  • Candidate should supply all the required details while filling up the online form. Mandatory fields are marked with * (asterisk) sign
  • The filling of online application contains two parts
  • In Part I registration, candidate will have to fill basic information. On submission of details, candidate will have to cross check the details and make correction, if any, in the application form
  • Part-II Registration consists of filling up Payment details (except for fee exempted candidates), selection of examination centre, uploading of Photograph and Signature and agreeing to declaration
  • When ‘I agree’ button is pressed, a page with Registration No. will be generated
  • Please note down registration number or take a print out of the page
  • The application is incomplete without payment, selection of centre, uploading of scanned photograph & signature and agreed for declaration
  • Candidates can pay application fee online through SBI net banking or by cash through SBI bank challan or through credit card/debit card
  • On successful completion of your complete application, an auto-generated email will be sent on your registered email-id


CDS Eligibility Criteria


  • 19-24 Years for Indian Military Academy
  • 19-22 Years for Naval Academy
  • 19-23 Years for Air Force Academy
  • 19-25 Years for Officers’ Training Academy

Educational Qualifications:

  • IMA & OTA Degree of a recognized University Bachelor Degree or equivalent

  • Naval Academy B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering

  • Air Force Academy B.Sc. with Physics and/or Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering


CDS Exam Fee

Modes of Payment

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Debit Card
Net Banking
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CDS Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam: Offline
Exam Format: Objective
Number of Sections: Three
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CDS Exam Centers

CDS exam will be held at 34 centers across the country

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