Combined Defence Services Examination [UPSC CDS]


Exam Date : 4th February 2018
Result Date : 20th March 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 forms, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern for UPSC CDS 2018

The application form for UPSC CDS Exam 2018 will commence on 8th November 2017 to 4th December 2017.
The exam date for UPSC CDS Exam 2018 is announced on 4th February 2018.
The Syllabus for UPSC CDS Exam includes English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics and Personality and Intelligence test.

Important details regarding UPSC CDS Exam:

Exam Name

Joint Entrance Examination

Commonly known as


Exam Standards

National Level

Conducting Body


About UPSC CDS Exam:

  • 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 October and June, and the exams are conducted in February and November respectively.
  • The candidate must be an unmarried graduate to be eligible to sit for the exam.
  • Successful candidates of an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) are admitted into the respective Academies.
  • Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board.
  • Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers  Training  Academy, Chennai) only.
  • Applicants are required to mention their preferences while filling up the application forms.

Those candidates who are 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)

UPSC CDS 2018 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 2018.

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.

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