Union Public Service Commission Combined Defence Services Exam [UPSC CDS]

UPSC CDS 2017

Exam Date : 19th November 2017 To 19th November 2017
Result Date : 5th February 2018

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About UPSC CDS :

The Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) is a Constitutional body that recruits for various Public Services.It is responsible for appointments of candidates into All India services and group A & group B of Central services.

Combined Defence Services commonly known as CDS is conducted twice a year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for graduate candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Army, Navy and Air Force.

CDS Exam is a three-step selection process - Written Test, Interview by SSB (Service Selection Board) and Medical Examination.

Application details, Important dates, Eligibility criteria for UPSC CDS :

The "Combined Defence Services" Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of August and November, and the exams are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) and medical examination.

Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training:

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy,  Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai
  • Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non- Technical)

Notes: Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai) only.

Those joining the first three institutes get a permanent commission. Cadets passing out of Officers Training Academy get short service commission.Applicants are required to mention their preferences while filling up the application forms.

UPSC CDS 2017 Important Dates

UPSC CDS 2017 Exam is conducted in two sessions throughout the year.

Combined Defence Services Examination(II)- 2017 :

  • Application Form Notification: 9th August 2017
  • Date of Upload of the form: 9th August 2017
  • Last Date for Receipt of Applications: 8th September 2017
  • Date of Examination: 19th November 2017 

Combined Defence Services Examination(I)-2018:

  • Application Form Notification: 9th November 2016
  • Date of Upload of the form: 8th November 2016
  • Last Date for Receipt of Applications: 2nd December 2016
  • Date of Examination: 5th February 2017

UPSC CDS 2017 Eligibility

The following is the Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CDS Exam:

  • Nationality: A candidate must 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 categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 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 Gurkha subjects of Nepal.

  • Education Qualification:
    • 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 Requirements:
    • 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 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 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 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 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.

UPSC CDS 2017 Application Process

Application Process for UPSC CDS:


Steps to apply for the UPSC CDS exam:

  • Visit the official site of UPSC i.e. http://www.upsc.gov.in/
  • Check the What's New section shown on the right-hand side of the page
  • If you can not find the link of CDS exam in the What's New section then you can also find it in the Active Examinations Column in Examination section shown in the centre of the page
  • Read the notification carefully and check the eligibility criteria of the branches (AFA, INA, IMA & OTA) you wish to apply
  • After this, you will be redirected to https://upsconline.nic.in/
  • In this site, you can find the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for CDS exam written in bold letters
  • Click on the link and you will enter PART-I  of Registration. Fill up the form
  • After completing the Part-I of registration, you will have to fill the PART-II to complete the form
  • You will also have to upload your photo and signature as per the instructions given
  • Candidates are intimidated in their mail about the successful submission of their form by the UPSC in the Mail-Id mentioned in the exam form
  • Candidates must make sure that the application form of UPSC CDS is complete when submitted
  • The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID
  • The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination.
  • The Admit Card will be available for downloading from the official website of UPSC CDS exam. Candidates must make sure to download as no admit card will be sent via post

UPSC CDS 2017 Application Form Details

Application Form Details for UPSC CDS Exam:

  • Candidates will have to visit the official website of UPSC CDS.
  • Find the application form and fill the form according to the instructions.
  • Make sure that the submitted details are correct.
  • Upload the scanned copy of the Passport Sized Photograph.
  • Next step is to pay the Application Fee via online banking.

UPSC CDS 2017 Admit Card

How to download the Admit Card:

 

  • Availability of Admit Card: The eligible candidates will receive the Admit Card three weeks before the exam. Candidates can download the Admit Card once it is available on the official website.
  • Provide valid details of E-Mail ID while registration as the may use it to contact the candidates.
  • Note: Candidates will not receive Admit Card via post.

UPSC CDS 2017 Exam Pattern

UPSC CDS Exam is conducted in three papers. The details of the papers can be found below:

  • Paper 1 - English: 
    • Number of Questions: 120
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Marks: 100
  • Paper 2 - General Knowledge:
    • Number of Questions: 120
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Marks: 100
  • Paper 3 - Elementary Mathematics:
    • Number of Questions: 100
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Marks: 100

Elementary Mathematics is not required for admission to Officers Training Academy (OTA).

There will be four sets of question booklet namely A, B, C and D. Candidates will get question booklet randomly.

UPSC CDS 2017 Syllabus

Syllabus for UPSC CDS Exam:

The CDS 2 2017 syllabus is mentioned below. The below mentioned topics are 

  • English:
    • Synonyms
    • Antonyms
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Para Jumbles
    • Error Spotting
    • Jumbled Sentences
    • Sentence Correction
    • Fill in the Blanks
  • General Knowledge:
    • Knowledge of Current Events
    • Experience in Scientific Aspects
    • History of India
    • Geography of Nature.
  • Elementary Mathematics:
    • Arithmetic
    • Algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Geometry
    • Measurements
    • Statistics
  • Intelligence and Personality Test

UPSC CDS 2017 Results

Steps to download the Result:

  • Results for UPSC CDS is declared in two stages
    • First, UPSC declares the written exam result
    • Final Result is out once SSB interview procedure is finished
  • Aspirants should secure minimum required marks to get shortlisted for the next round of the selection process

Statistics of CDS II 2016:

Here, we are presenting the data collected by various sources which display the number of candidates qualified. Approximately 274,835 candidates registered online for the exam out of which approximately 40% didn't show up for the exam. So 164,901 candidates appeared for the exam out of which 7,194 candidates qualified the written examination. 

These 7,194 were allotted the interview dates to appear in their respective SSB Boards. Candidate qualifying all the three domains will be called only once for the SSB. The selection of interview dates depends upon the SSB Boards, which is final and can not be changed unnecessarily.  

For admission, candidates have to qualify in interview round. All candidates will also be required to submit their original documents in support of their age and educational qualification before the last date.

The original Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than 13th November 2017.

UPSC Commission will release the marks list of the exam within fifteen days from the date of publication of the final results.

Candidates can download the marks sheet within 60 days from the day it was put up.

UPSC CDS 2017 Counselling

  • Candidates who cleared written exam of UPSC CDS are then called for an interview by Service Selection Board(SSB).
  • SSB Interview lasts for a week. Air Force academy candidates(Only those who have applied for flying branch)are tested for PABT. After these tests, candidates undergo the medical examination before finally admitted into the above-mentioned academies, and after successful completion of training, they are inducted into the armed forces.
  • SSB follows “trait theory” system of selection. Which assumes that every leader must have some specific and pre-determined leadership traits.
  • The present system of selection, although is long and takes four to five days, is thus based on an objective assessment of each candidate in which the qualities like initiative, alertness, judgement, courage, physical fitness endurance, cooperation, group planning, decisiveness, knowledge, etc. are judged.

Discussion Forum View all 81 Questions

Who conducts the UPSC CDS interview?

Asked By: Sunil Ramesh,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UPSC CDS interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

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Who conducts the UPSC CDS exam?

Asked By: Pragyan Ponamma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the UPSC CDS exam.

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where are the Female trained after qualifying [UPSC CDS]

Asked By: Nidhi Mehta ,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers Training Academy, Chennai) only

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where are the candidates interviewed after qualifying written test

Asked By: Sharadh Mehta ,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training:

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy,  Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai
  • Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non- Technical)

 

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QApply for the exam

How do i apply for the UPSC CDS 2017 EXAM?

Asked By: Punith Gowda,
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Candidates are required to apply online only using the link www.upsconline.nic.in click here to apply
The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc
The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, SC/ST/OBC and fee remission etc.
The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination
The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in for downloading by candidates. No admission certificate will be sent by post
Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over telephone 011-2338527/011-23381125/011-23098543

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How many times is the UPSC CDS exam conducted in a year?

Asked By: Sailendra Dewan,
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The UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice a year.

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QUPSC CDS 2017 Purpose

Why is the UPSC CDS exam conducted?

Asked By: Tanisha Banerjee,
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The UPSC CDS exam is conducted to recruit suitable candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

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Who conducts the UPSC CDS exam?

Asked By: Jhanvi Verma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The UPSC CDS 2017 exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

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Is there an opportunity for women in UPSC CDS 2017 examination?

Asked By: Neerja Rao,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, Women aspirants can take UPSC CDS 2017.

But Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai) only.

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I got married last year. I want to know if I am still eligible to take UPSC CDS 2017?

Asked By: Pankaj Kumar,
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No, you are not eligible.

Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the UPSC CDS 2017 examination.

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Who will get to do Short Service Commission in UPSC CDS 2017?

Asked By: Nayana Jain,
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The cadets who are passing out of Officers Training Academy get  Short Service Commission in UPSC CDS 2017.

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Where will the UPSC CDS 2017 exam be held in Hyderabad?

Asked By: Poornima Jairam,
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The UPSC CDS 2017 exam will be conducted at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad.

For further details visit the official website.

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QOverview of UPSC-CDS

Which Academy are the women candidates eligible for after writing the UPSC CDS 2017?

Asked By: Pankhuri Das,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai) only after writing the UPSC CDS 2017 exam.

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QUPSC-CDS 2017 exam centre

Where is the UPSC CDS 2017 held in Dehradun?

Asked By: Barry Nelson,
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The UPSC CDS 2017 exam will be held at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

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What are the various institutes that the UPSC CDS 2017 accommodates?

Asked By: Rajesh Shanker,
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The various academies for the UPSC CDS 2017 are stated as follows:
Candidates qualifying the written test are by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training:

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy,  Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai
  • Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non- Technical)
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QOverview of UPSC-CDS 2017

What is the UPSC-CDS 2017?

Asked By: Ahmed Abdullah,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

An Overview on UPSC CDS 2017:

  1. The "Combined Defence Services" Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
  2. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the exams are conducted in February and November respectively.
  3. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam.
  4. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).
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What would be the commission stipulated by the defence for candidates joining Defence Academies and the candidates joining Officer Training Academies?

Asked By: Gagan Sagar,
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Those joining the Defence Academies get a permanent commission while the cadets passing out of Officers Training Academy get short service commission.

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QFrequency of UPSC CDS exam

How many time is the UPSC CDS exam conducted in a year?

Asked By: Brendan Mathews,
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The UPSC CDS exam will be conducted twice in a year.

The Union Public Service Commission is in charge of the exam and all the procedures.

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QOverview

What is the difference between CDS and NDA exam?

Asked By: Raj Malhotra,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Combined Defense Service (CDS) and National Defense Academy (NDA) are similar exams conducted by the Union ublic service Commission twice in a year. The difference is:

  • For NDA, the candidate must have completed Higher Secondary.
  • For CDS, the candidate sould have passed graduation.
  • Age limit for both exams are different

 

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