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CDS 2 Exam 2023 - CDS 2 Application form (Released), Syllabus, Admit card, Exam Dates
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- 17 May 2023:
UPSC CDS 2 application form 2023 released
- 11 May 2023:
UPSC 2024 Calendar released
- 04 May 2023:
UPSC CDS 1 result 2023 declared
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About CDS 2023
UPSC CDS 2023 - UPSC will close CDS 2 2023 application form on June 6, 2023 at upsc.gov.in. Union Public Service Commission already released the UPSC CDS 2 notification 2023 online on May 17, 2023. Along with the notification, the exam authorities also released the UPSC CDS 2 application form 2023. The authorities will activate the UPSC CDS 2 application correction and withdrawal link 2023 from June 7 to June 13, 2023 on the official website. CDS 2023 exam is conducted for candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in the Navy, Air Force and Army after graduation or candidates appearing in their final year. CDS exam 2023 is conducted twice a year.
Candidates who are between 20 to 24 years and fulfill other CDS 2023 eligibility criteria are eligible for CDS. There are two stages in the CDS exam 2023 written exam followed by the SSB interview. Candidates who qualify written CDS exam 2023 are eligible for Services Selection Board (SSB) Interview which includes Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence interviews.
Candidates who clear the CDS 2023 selection process will have to undergo training programmes as per their merit and preference for Army, Navy and Air Force jobs. The training of selected candidates will be done at Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai).
CDS 2023 Highlights
|Full Exam Name||Combined Defence Services Examination|
|Short Exam Name||CDS|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Frequency of Conduct||2 times a year|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||200 Rs [Offline] +1 More|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
|Exam Duration||6 Hours|
|Number of Seats||349 Seats|
CDS 2023 Important Dates
CDS (Session Sep 2023)
Upcoming Dates and Events
05 Jun, 2023
Application fee payment by cash last date | Mode: Offline
06 Jun, 2023
Application fee payment online last date | Mode: Online
17 May, 2023 - 06 Jun, 2023
Application | Mode: Online Ongoing
07 Jun, 2023 - 13 Jun, 2023
Application Correction | Mode: Online
03 Sep, 2023
Exam | Mode: Offline
Past Dates and Events
17 May, 2023
Advertisement | Mode: Online
Candidates must check the CDS eligibility criteria like age limit, educational qualification, marital status to be eligible for CDS exam 2023.
Candidates applying for CDS exam 2023 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 or Vietnam Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, with the intention of permanently settling in India
Candidates must be 20 to 24 years.
Educational Qualification martial status as per courses
Officers Training Academy (OTA - women, Non-Technical)
Unmarried and widow
Degree of a recognised university or equivalent
Officers Training Academy (OTA - men)
Unmarried and married
Degree of a recognised university or equivalent
Indian Naval Academy (NA)
Degree in Engineering from a recognised university/institution
Indian Military Academy (IMA)
Degree of a recognised university or equivalent
Air Force Academy (AFA)
Degree of a recognised university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
UPSC has released the CDS 2 2023 application form online on May 17, 2023. The CDS 2 2023 application form is released at upsc.gov.in. UPSC will provide a correction and facility to withdraw the CDS 2 application form 2023 from June 7 to June 13, 2023.
Candidates who wish to make corrections in their CDS 2 2023 application forms can use this facility in online mode. Candidates have to complete the One Time Registration and then proceed to apply for the UPSC CDS exam 2023.
Documents required while filling CDS Application Form
- Active email – ID
- Matriculation certificate
- Scanned signature
- Scanned photograph
- One photo identity proof like Aadhar card/ Voter card/ PAN card/ Passport/ Driving license
Steps to fill UPSC CDS Application Form
Open the UPSC official website - upsc.gov.in.
Click on the ‘Apply Online link’ available on the web page.
Online One-Time Registration (OTR)- If the applicants are not completed the One Time Registration, They have to complete it by providing some basic details such as personal and contact details.
Login by using valid login credentials Email ID and OTP/Password or Mobile number and OTP/Password or OTR ID and OTP/Password.
Candidates have to fill out the UPSC CDS 2023 application form in two parts which include filling in other details, fee payment, uploading of scanned documents, signature, photo identity card document and selection of preferred exam centre.
Check all the details furnished in the UPSC CDS application form 2023 thoroughly and edit the details if needed.
Once submitted, Applicants will not able to make changes in their UPSC CDS application form 2023.
After submission, a registration number will be generated. Candidates have to download it as a pdf file and take a printout for future reference.
CDS Application Fee
|Category||CDS Application Fee|
|General & OBC||Rs. 200|
|SC, ST & Female Candidates||No Fee|
How to Fill UPSC CDS Application Form 2023? - Video
|General, OBC||Offline, Online||Male||₹ 200|
|Number system-natural numbers, integers, rational, and real numbers|
|Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, square roots, decimal fractions|
|Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation|
|Elementary number theory-division algorithm|
|Prime and composite numbers|
|Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11|
|Multiples and factors|
|H.C.F. and L.C.M.|
|Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables|
|Basic operations, simple factors, remainder theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (only real roots to be considered)|
|Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions|
|Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions|
|Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable and their solutions|
|Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, laws of indices|
|Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°, simple trigonometric identities|
|Use of trigonometric tables|
|Simple cases of heights and distances|
|Lines and angles, plane and plane figures, theorems on (i) properties of angles at a point, (ii) parallel lines, (iii) sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) congruency of triangles, (v) similar triangles, (vi) concurrence of medians and altitudes|
|Theorems on (vii) properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle, and square, (viii) circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) loci|
|Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle, and circle|
|Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (field book), surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres|
|Collection and tabulation of statistical data, graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc.|
|Measures of central tendency|
To score well in the written exam of CDS, candidates must know the preparation tips and strategies. Candidates must know the importance of solving the previous years’ question papers, timely revision, time management, etc. which are the key elements of preparation.
UPSC prescribes the CDS exam pattern. There are two stages in CDS exam 2023- written and SSB interviews. The written CDS exam 2023 is conducted in pen and paper mode. As per the CDS exam pattern, candidates who apply for Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy courses have to appear for three subjects - English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics while candidates who have opted for Officers' Training Academy have to appear for two subjects – English and General Knowledge.
CDS Exam Pattern – Written Exam
Structure of CDS exam pattern for admission to Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Indian Military Academy.
Structure of exam pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
CDS Exam Pattern – SSB Interview
Verbal and non-verbal tests.
Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
Word Association Test (WAT)
Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
Self Description Test (SD)
Group Testing Officers Test
Snake race/ Group Obstacle Race
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will issue the UPSC CDS 2 2023 admit card in online mode on the official website at upsc.go.in. Candidates can download the CDS exam admit card till the date of examination.
In order to download the CDS admit card 2023, candidates can either log in through roll number or registration number. The admit card of the CDS exam is available for candidates who have successfully filled and submitted the application form.
Details on CDS Admit Card
- Candidate’s name
- Scanned signature and colour photograph
- Registration number
- Candidate’s category
- Examination date
- Reporting time
- Address of examination centre
- Examination timing
CDS 2023 Exam Centers
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
Documents Required at Exam
- Admit card
- Aadhar card
- Voter card
- PAN card
- Driving license
- Any other photo ID card issued by the state/central government
UPSC will release the official answer key of CDS 2 2023 exam. CDS 2 answer key 2023 will be available subject wise for all test booklets. Candidates can check the number of correct and incorrect answers marked by them with the help of answer key. There are some coaching institutes who release the unofficial answer key after the completion of the CDS exam 2023 on the same day.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will declare the result of CDS 2 2023 in PDF format on the official website. The CDS 2 2023 result for the CDS written exam and final CDS result are declared separately. Candidates have to secure qualifying marks as prescribed by UPSC to qualify the written exam. Candidates who qualify for the written exam will be eligible to appear for an SSB interview. The final result of CDS is calculated by adding the marks secured by candidates in written as well as SSB Interview.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the cut off of CDS exam 2023 separately for the written exam and final. Candidates who score equal or more than cutoff released by UPSC for written exam are eligible SSB Interview. The CDS cut off marks of written test for is calculated out of the total score of 300 for INA, IFA and IMA, and 200 for OTA (Men & Women). The final cut off will be released in by UPSC later.
The selection process of CDS exam 2023 is of two stages - written exam and SSB interview. In the first stage - CDS written exam, candidates are required to appear in three papers for admission in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and two papers for admission in Officers’ Training Academy.
Documents Required at Counselling
- Call letter
- Matriculation/secondary school examination certificate or equivalent
- Degree/provisional degree certificate/marks sheet
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question:How to check CDS marks?
The CDS marks can be checked from the official website. The CDS marks are released after declaration of final result.
Question:What are passing marks for CDS exam?
The written exam of CDS is conducted for 300 marks and candidates must score a minimum of 20% of the total marks i.e. 60. Candidates need to qualify in all three papers of the CDS exam.
Question:What is the salary offered to candidates selected through CDS exam?
The cadets are paid Rs. 56,100 per month. During training, they get a stipend of Rs. 6000 OTA while Rs 12,000 per month in IMA, INA and Air Force academy.
Question:Can girls apply for CDS exam?
Yes, girls too can apply for CDS exam. Girls are considered for OTA and allotted Short Service Commission in non-Technical cadre.
Question:What is the educational qulification required for the CDS exam?
Bachelors degree is must to apply for the CDS examination.
Question:What is the age limit to apply for the CDS exam?
Candidates between the age group of 20 years to 24 years can apply for the CDS exam.
Question:When will the CDS 02/2023 application be released?
UPSC has released the CDS 02/2023 application form online on May 17, 2023.
Question:What is the CDS 2 2023 exam date?
CDS 2 2023 written exam will be conducted by UPSC on September 3, 2023.
Questions related to CDS
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.
When will the CDS 1 exam 2024 be conducted?
UPSC CDS 1 2024 exam will be conducted on April 21, 2023 at various exam centres across the country.
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.
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.
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