CDS (I) 2016 announced; Exam on Feb 14
Apratim Chatterjee, 07 Nov 2015, #CDS

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced notification for Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS I) for the year 2016 on November 7, 2015. The commission will be conducting CDS (I) 2016 on February 14. You need to check the eligibility criteria of CDS (I) 2016 before filling in the application forms.


UPSC has notified as many as 457 vacancies for CDS (I) 2016 in five courses – Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, India Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala, Air Force Academy Hyderabad, Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai for Men and Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai for Women.


As per the eligibility criteria of CDS (I) 2016, you need to have qualified the Bachelor’s degree programme in different disciplines as per your choice of course and should not be greater than 22 years of age.


You need to apply for CDS (I) 2016 between November 7 and December 4, 2015 in online mode, wherein you will have to remit an application fee of Rs. 200.


CDS (I) 2016 shall be conducted on February 14 at as many as 40 exam centres in India. The test shall be offline mode comprising as many as 300 questions for all courses except OTA. Those applying for OTA will need to answer a maximum of 200 questions.


Each question shall carry 1 mark. UPSC also follows a negative marking policy under which 0.33 marks shall be deducted for wrong answers marked in the offline paper of CDS (I) 2016.


The offline paper of CDS (I) 2016 shall comprise questions from the following sections – English, general Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics wherein each section shall have a maximum of 100 questions.


CDS (I) 2016 ApplicationsClick here to apply online


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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


sir , i am semesters student ,can i apply for cds

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019


yes you may apply in cds if you become eligible in education and age criteria.

age limit is 24 or 25 years old according to post wise. you may apply in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (NA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men), Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical).

follow the below link to know in details:


Dear sir I was born in 1995. Can I apply for CDS exam?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019


cds exam happens twice a year. the following age criteria is applicable to appear in cds exam:

For Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried candidates born not  before than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 can only apply.

For Indian Naval Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible.

for Air Force Academy candidate should be between 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021 (born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2001).

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), unmarried male candidates born not before than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible for the exam.

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), candidates should be unmarried and born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002.

so you are not eligible for any of the post as per age criteria.

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