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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do girls get officers rank through OTA in CDS.

Saisrinandan Ch 7th Apr, 2020


Through CDS exam, both men and women cadets are recruited for the rank of Officer only.

But women candidates get Short Service Commission after clearing the exam, SSB and Medicals.

For applications and more details, you can login to official website of Indian Army.

Link: https://joinindianarmy.nic.in/entry-schemes-women.htm

Hope this helps



mam/sir I am girl also an arts student. mam am I able to give cds after ba bed integrated course.

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
You can only apply for OTA as females are allowed to appear for this exam only,its eligibility is graduation in any discipline from a recognized University and age limit is 19 to 25 years.

You can also visit our page at https://www.google.com/amp/s/competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria/amp to know more details regarding this.

can i do cds after graduation in B.sc biotech?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
In CDS, for IMA and INA a degree of a recognized university or equivalent is required. Also your age should be within 24 years. Thus makes you eligible.
For Air Force Academy, degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering is required.
For Officer's Training Academy-Men, a degree of a recognized University or equivalent is required. Also age must be within 25 years.
You can check the detailed criteria here-

sir im in final year .. i scored 52% with maths stream.. im sc caregioury female candidiate can i apply for CDS exam for air force in flying branch . plz reply.. n im 22 yr old..

Sharon Rose Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


Through CDS female are eligible to eligible for Officer's Training Academy (OTA) only.Women candidates are not eligible for AFA, INA and IMA through CDS.However, if you wish you join in Indian Air Force in Flying Branch the you must appear in AFCAT.The eligibility criteria is that a candidate must have passed three years graduation in any discipline with atleast 60% aggregate or 4 year B.E/B.tech with atleast 60% aggregate from a recognized board or university.Must have passed 10+2 with Mathematics and Physics with atleast 60% aggregate.Age limit is 20-24 years.Candidates in final year are also eligible to apply but they must fulfill the eligibility criteria.


I am currently in 2nd semester of btech in 2020 and my date of birth is 10th July 1999.How many attempts do I have for cds? When can I apply?

Hrisheekesh Singh 4th Apr, 2020

Hi Aayush,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 21 now and you are going to be of 24 years on 11 July 2023 so you are eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You have total 4 attempts remaining.

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

You may refer to this article for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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