Combined Defence Services Examination [UPSC CDS]

UPSC CDS 2018 Eligibility

Exam Date : 5th February 2018 To 5th February 2018
Result Date : 13th June 2018

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Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CDS 2018

A candidate should clear the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the UPSC CDS 2018 examination. Candidates must satisfy prescribed eligibility criteria before applying CDS 2018 exam. The important CDS 2018 Eligibility conditions are as follows:

Nationality:
A candidate must either be:

  • A citizen of India.
  • A subject of Bhutan.
  • A subject of Nepal.
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • 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 and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and other places mentioned above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Educational Qualifications:

  • For IMA /OTA: A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
  • For Indian Naval Academy:  Bachelor of Engineering.
  • For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10 +2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering

Age:

For IMA:

  • Unmarried male candidates between 19-24 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2000 are only eligible.

For Indian Naval Academy:

  • Unmarried male candidates between 19-22 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding; the year of examination i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2000 are only eligible.

For Air Force Academy:

  • Unmarried male candidates between 20-24 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st January 2000 are only eligible.

For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): 

  • Male candidates (married or unmarried) between 19-25 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination  i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 2000 are only eligible.

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 1994 and not later than 1st January 2000.

Physical Standards:

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination, 2018 as per the guidelines.

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