CDS (I) 2016 announced; Exam on Feb 14
Updated on Nov 7, 2015 - 6:38 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee

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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I m a +1 student, Girl. My dream is to join in air force. How can I Acheive my goal?

Shareef 22nd Jan, 2020


Girl candidates who want to join IAF have 2 possible ways. AFCAT and non AFCAT entry. AFCAT is an entrance exam conducted twice a year. If you clear this exam, then you will be called for SSB Interview and then you can choose your own branches.

There are various kinds branch in IAF(Indian air force) like technical, flying and ground. each  branch has its own Eligibility and qualification criteria... As you haven't mentioned any kind of branch, let me tell you about these core branches

Flying branch: age should be in between 19 to 23.You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted.

Technical branch: There are 2 types of technical services under technical branch. Both of them need the same criteria of 18-28yeats.First one is Aeronautical Engineer which is mechanical service. Second one is Aeronautical Engineer which is electrical service.

Ground duty branch: There are 3 types of services in Ground duty branches.

Administration and Logistics: Age should be between 20-23 years for Graduates. You should be a Graduate or a Post Graduate in any discipline with atleast 60% marks.

Education: Age should be  20-25 years for Post Graduates and you should be a Post Graduate in any stream with 50% marks.

Accounts:  20-27 for M.Ed, Ph. D, CA, ICWA. Bachelors degree or Masters degree in Commerce. If you have Bachelor's degree then you should have 60% marks and if you have PG degree, then you should have 60% marks.

Through Non AFCAT entry, there are CDSE and FTS. For meteorology branch, age should be between 20-25 years and for Phd students, age should be 27 years. Students should have post graduate degree in any science stream.

There is also NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force. Age should be 20-24 years. You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted


Hello Sir , i had been completed my graduation with open degree which is comes to under kakatiya university .Can i eligible to apply for CDS Exam ... Please inform me sir..

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 19th Jan, 2020


see open university student who have completed their graduation in any discipline may appear in cds exam.

you have not mention your graduation course or stream. if you dont belongs to bachelor in electrical engineering or bachelor courses in physics or mathematics you may apply for below mention post,

Indian Military Academy

Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)


I am currently doing my graduation in Economics and also I am a girl. Will there be constraints for me to pass the CDS exam?

thomas joy 19th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam

  • Women candidates can only apply for Officers Training Staff or OTA
  • Final year graduate or gradutes can apply for the exam
  • Minimum age is 19 years and for OTA maximu age is 25
  • Candidate should have good mental and physical health
  • 200 mcq questions in OTA section
  • English and General Knowledge is asked.

Hope this will help you.

All the best, Thank you


Sir, can I give CDS exam?. I am a student of BE(fire engineering) .

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


The educational qualification for eligibility to Central defense service exam that is CDS exam is

The candidate should be graduate or appearing in the final year of the  same is eligible to apply for CDS exam.

So if you are in final year of your graduation you can apply to this exam.


cds ke peper main math kis class ki rahti hai

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 31st Dec, 2019
Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Some best books for CDS Mathematics are Arihant Pathfinder, Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal. You can check the syllabus here-
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