C.D.S. Examination (II), 2018

Combined Defence Services Examination

Combined Defence Services Examination

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to invite applications from interested and eligible candidates for recruitment to various posts in Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) Exam 2021 (Including SSC Women) (Non-Technical) Course. Aspirants should submit their application form for the CDS Exam (2) before the due date.

UPSC organizes CDS examination for recruitment into Indian Naval Academy (INA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), India Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) as Commissioned Officers. It is a national level entrance exam held twice in a year i.e. February and November month.

CDS (2) 2021 important dates (Released)


Events Dates
Exam notifications will be announced on 8th August 2021
Closing date for application submission 3rd September 2021
Availability of admit card September – October 2021
CDS (2) will be held on 18th November 2021
Result announcement To be updated

CDS (2) Application form 2021: How to apply?

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online only through visiting the official link at www.upsconline.nic.in

Candidates can submit only single application form. However, in case he/she submits more than one application form then he/she must ensure that application form with the higher Registration ID is completed in all respects such as name of candidate, exam centre, photograph, signature, application fee etc. It should be noted that the application with higher RID will be considered by the commission and fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.

Applicants are not needed to submit along with their forms any document in favor of their claims regarding educational qualifications, age, SC/ST/OBC and fee remission etc.

Application Fee

Applicants (excluding Female/SC/ST category who are exempted from payment of application fee) are needed to pay a fee of Rs.200/- either via cash posited in any Branch of SBI, or through using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Travancore/ State Bank of Patiala or through Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card

Examination centres

The CDS exam will be organized at the following Centres:

Gangtok, Agartala, Panaji (Goa), Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Patna, Imphal, Aizawl, Port Blair, Itanagar, Allahabad, Raipur, Jaipur, Bangalore, Ranchi, Jammu, Bareilly, Sambalpur, Jorhat, Bhopal, Shillong, Kochi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Chennai, Srinagar, Kohima, Cuttack, Srinagar, Kohima, Kolkata, Dehradun, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Madurai, Tirupati, Mumbai, Dharwar, Udaipur, Nagpur, Dispur, Vishakhapatnam

CDS (2) 2021 Examination Scheme

The Competitive entrance exam consists of:

A written examination

Interview for intelligence and personality testExam pattern for Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, and Air Force Academy

Subject Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

:Exam pattern for Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

Subject Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours

Selection Procedure

The candidates will be recruited to the posts offered under IMA, INA, Air Force Academy, and Officers’ Training Academy through Written Examination, Interview and Personality Test. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of the total marks obtained by candidates in the written examination and in the SSB test. The final selection will be strictly based on merit subject to medical fitness and aptness in all other respects and number of posts available.

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Eligibility criteria

All the aspirants are required to check the eligibility criteria and instructions before applying for the CDS exam. The important eligibility criteria for CDS (2) 2021 are as follows:

Nationality: An applicant must either be:

A Citizen of India, or

A subject of Nepal, or

A subject of Bhutan, or

A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the motive of permanently settling in India, or

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

Age, Gender and marital status


Only male candidates are eligible to apply.

Candidate must be unmarried.

Applicants should not born earlier than 2nd July 1995 and after than 1st July 2000.

For Indian Naval Academy

Only male candidates are eligible to apply.

Candidate must be unmarried.

Applicants should not born earlier than 2nd July 1995 and after than 1st July 2000 (tentatively).

 For Air Force Academy

The age of candidate should lies between 20 to 24 years i.e. born not prior than 02nd July 1995 and not after than 1st July 2000 (tentatively)

Applicants below 25 years of age should not be married. Marriage is not allowed during training.

Note: The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) will be given relaxation upto 26 years i.e. born not prior than 2nd July 1993 and not after than 1st July 1999)

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men)

Male applicants either married or unmarried can apply.

Candidate should not be born prior than 02nd July 1994 and not after than 01st July 2000 tentatively.

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

Unmarried female candidates, or issueless divorcees (having divorce documents) who have not remarried and issueless widows who have not remarried are eligible to apply.

Candidate should not be born prior than 02nd July 1994 and not after than 01st July 2000 tentatively

Physical standards

Applicants should be physically and mentally fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination 2021 as per guidelines mentioned in the official notification.

Educational qualification 

Posts Educational criteria
Indian Naval Academy Should possess a degree in engineering from a recognized University/Institution
I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy Must hold a degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Air Force Academy Should possess a degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or B.Tech
Application Start Date :

22nd December 2021

Application End Date :

11th January 2022

Exam Date :

10th April 2022

Result Date :

30th November 0000

Conducted By :

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official Website : http://www.upsc.gov.in