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CDS (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES)

Updated On : 30 Apr, 2022

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES OVERVIEW

The combined defence services examination is held twice a year for the recruitment of the post in Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Airforce Academy. This examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commision.

IMPORTANT DATES

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 

(i) The Online Applications can be filled up to 11th January, 2022 till 6:00 PM. 

(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 18.01.2022 to 24.01.2022 till 6.00 PM. 

EVENT

CDS 1

CDS 2 

Application begins

22nd dec, 2021

18th may 2022 

Last date to apply

11th jan, 2022

14th june, 2022

To download admit card

3rd week of the jan (around)

Last week of the oct (around)

Examination date 

10th april, 2022 

4th sep, 2022 

Result 

May, 2022 (expected to be published)

Dec, 2022 (expected to be published)

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES APPLICATION

 How to apply

  • Step 1: Go through the official website of Union Public Services Exam at- Click Here
  • Step 2: Click on the application form.
  • Step 3: Click on new registration and complete the registration process.
  • Step 4: You will receive a registration number and a password on your registered  email id.
  • Step 5: Log in with your details such as registration no and password. 
  • Step 6: Candidates need to fill in their personal and educational details in the application form.
  • Step 7: Upload your recent photograph in required format and size along with a scanned copy of Sign.
  • Step 8: Choose the examination center and proceed with the application form.
  • Step 9: Pay your application fee through net banking.

  • Step 10: Now, download your application and take print out.

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate does not imply that his candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents will be started only after the candidate has qualified for interview/Personality Test. 

Educational qualification

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai — Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

 (ii) For Indian Naval Academy— Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution 

(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Nationality

A candidate must be unmarried and must either be: 

(i) a Citizen of India, or 

(ii) a subject of Nepal, or 

(iii) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. 

Age Limit and Marital status

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status : 

(i) For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible. 

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible

 (iii) For Air Force Academy— 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2023 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2003 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2003 only are eligible.

 Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during the training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises. 

(iv) For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible. 

(v) For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January, 2004

NOTE : Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses. 

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAM PATTERN

a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—

  • Candidates will be rewarded with 1 mark for every right answer 

  •  0.33 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Exam No.

Subject 

No. of Ques

Duration

Max. marks

PAPER 1

English 

Language

120

2 hrs

100

PAPER 2

General Knowledge

120

2 hrs

100

PAPER 3

Elementary Mathematics

100

2 hrs

100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

Exam No.

Subject 

No. of Ques

Duration

Max. marks

PAPER 1

English 

120

2 hour

100

PAPER 2

General Knowledge

120

2 hour

100

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process comprises three phases which includes —

STEP 1- The candidate will have to first appear in the written examination. After clearing this stage, he will be called for the next stage.

STEP 2-  The next stage to be cleared after the written examination is the SSB interview. SSB interview is divided into two phases. It is a four- five days long process in which candidates will be tested for different Officer like qualities(OLQ).

STEP 3- Candidates recommended in the SSB interview will be called for a medical examination. After the conduct of the medical examination, a collective merit list will be prepared for the successful candidates. 

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES SUBJECT WISE TREND IN LAST FEW YEARS

ENGLISH 

TOPIC

No. of Questions

Sentence Improvement

20   L1                                                            

Reading Comprehension

23   L2

Synonyms

8     L2

Antonyms

7     L1

One Word Substitution

5     L2

Cloze Test

20   L1

Para-Jumble

10   L1-L2

Error Spotting

20   L1

Sentence Jumble

7     L2

TOTAL

120

GENERAL STUDIES 

TOPIC

No. of Questions

History

19  L3(Difficult)

Science

27   L1- L2

Geography

22   L2

Ecology

  6   L2

Polity

20   L2

Economy

11   L2

Static/ Defence Gk

15   L2

TOTAL

120

MATHS

TOPIC

No. of Questions

Mensuration

14  L2

Algebra

7    L1

SI & CI

5    L1

Statistics

4    L1

Time & distance

6    L1-L2

Number System

20  L1-L2

Percentage

2    L2

Geometry

20  L2

Clock

2    L2

Set theory

1    L1  

Trigonometry

14  L1-L2

Time and work

3    L2

Mixture & Alligation

1    L1

Profit and Loss

1    L2

TOTAL

100

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES VACANCY

About 341 vacancies  have been released for the UPSC CDS 1 exam 2022. Those who are interested can apply through the official website which is Click Here  till 11th january 2022.

Break up of the post as per the notification —

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 100 154th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 

100

2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course 22 commencing in January, 2023 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry ) holders ]. 

22

3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course commencing in January, 2023 i.e. No. 213 F(P) Course. [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]

32

4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April, 2023 

170

5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 17 31st SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April, 2023. 

17

Total

341

NOTE (i) : The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.

 NOTE (ii) : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed  at any stage by Services H.Q. 

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES SALARY

Rank

Level

Pay scale/ salary

Lieutenant

10

INR 56,100-1,77,500

Captain

10B

INR 61,300-1,93,900

Major

11

INR 69,400-2,07,200

Lieutenant colonel

12A

INR 1,21,200-2,12,400

colonel

13

INR 1,30,600-2,15,900

brigadier

13A

INR 1,39,600- 2,17,600

Major general

14

 INR 1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant general HAG scale

15

 INR 1,82,200-2,24,100

HAG + scale

16

 INR 2,05,400-2,24,400

VCOAS/ Lieutenant General ( NFSG)/ Army Cdr

17

 INR 2,25,000(FIXED)

COAS

18

 INR 2,25,000 ( FIXED)

MSP to the officer is as follows:- 

Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier 

Rs 15,500 p.m. fixed  

Fixed Stipend for cadet Training:-

Stipend to Gentlemen or Lady Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at IMA and OTA. 

Rs 56,100/-p.m.* (Starting pay in Level 10) 

*On successful commissioning, the pay in the Pay matrix of the Officer commissioned shall be fixed in first Cell of Level 10 and the period of training shall not be treated as commissioned service. Arrears on account of admissible allowances, as applicable, for the training period shall be paid to cadets

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES CUT OFF

Cut off details for the year 2021:

ACADEMY

 CUT OFF

IMA

130-140

INA

130-140

AFA

140-150

OTA ( MEN)

90-100

OTA (WOMEN)

90-100

Cut off details for the year 2020:

ACADEMY

 CUT OFF

IMA

139

INA

134

AFA

152

OTA ( MEN)

97

OTA (WOMEN)

97

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES CENTRE DETAILS

AGARTALA

GHAZIABAD

PANJI

AGRA

GORAKHPUR

PATNA

AJMER 

GURGAON

PORT BLAIR

AHMEDABAD


GWALIOR

PRAYAGRAJ

AIZAWL

HYDERABAD

PUDUCHERRY

ALIGARH

IMPHAL

PUNE

ALMORA

INDORE

RAIPUR

ANANTAPUR

ITANAGAR

RAJKOT

AURANGABAD

JABALPUR

RANCHI

BENGALURU

JAIPUR

SAMBALPUR

BAREILLY

JAMMU

SHILLONG

BHOPAL

JODHPUR

SHIMLA

BILASPUR

JORHAT

SILIGURI

CHANDIGARH

KOCHI

SRINAGAR

CHENNAI

KOHIMA

SRINAGAR (UTTARAKHAND)

COIMBATORE

KOLKATA

THANE 

CUTTACK 

KOZHIKODE (CALCUTTA)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

DEHRADUN

LEH

TIRUCHIRAPALLI

DELHI

LUCKNOW

TIRUPATI

DHARWAD

LUDHIANA

UDAIPUR

DISPUR

MADURAI

VARANASI

FARIDABAD

MUMBAI

VELLORE

GANGTOK

MYSORE

VIJAYAWADA

GAYA

NAGPUR

VISHAKHAPATNAM

GAUTAM BUDDA NAGAR

NAVI MUMBAI

WARANGAL

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