CDS 2018 (2): Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern


CDS 2018: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS 2018) examination for providing admission to candidates in Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy. The CDS exam is conducted twice in a year. CDS 2018 application form will be available from 8th August 2018. All the interested and eligible candidates must go through the important details regarding CDS 2018 and start applying for the same after the release of its official notification.

Candidates must confirm their eligibility before they apply for the entrance test. I am sharing below information regarding minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in CDS exam 2018. Please read the information carefully and apply for the exam accordingly.

CDS 2018 Latest Updates 

CDS 2 application form will be released on 8th August 2018. Stay connected for the further related updates. 

Available Application Forms
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CDS  2018 Important Dates- Released 

We have updated the dates below according to the CDS official notification released by Union Public Service Commission. The given dates may or may not be updated. We will provide information regarding the same according to its official notification.

Events Schedule for CDS exam 2018
The official notice will be announced on 8th August 2018
Online application process will commence from 8th August 2018 
Closing date for the receipt of application form 3rd September 2018
Admit card will be issued on
Date of written entrance exam 18th November 2018
Result will be announced on

CDS 2018- Take A Quick Look About the Exam

Exam Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Date of Availability of CDS II application form 8th August 2018
Last date for the submission of form 3rd September 2018
Mode of application Online
Negative Marking Yes
Application Fee Rs.200/- (Female/SC/ST category candidates are exempted from paying the application fee)
Type of the Question Objective Type
Mode of availability of the admit card Online Three weeks before the commencement of the exam
Articles permitted inside Examination Hall Clipboard or hard board (on which nothing is written) along with a good quality Black Ball Pen

No. of Vacancies in CDS 2018

We will publish here the actual number of vacancies after the announcement of its respective notification.

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai Women (Non-Technical) Course 12
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 225

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality Criteria

Candidate must be an Indian National.

Age Criteria & Marital Status

  • For IMA: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply;
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply.
  • For Air Force Academy: Candidates should be aged in between 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2019. It means candidates who are born not before than 2nd January 1995 and after than 1st January 1999 are eligible. If you have a valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) then you are eligible to apply till 26 years of the age.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men): Married or unmarried candidates, who are born not before than 2nd January 1994 and after than 1st January 2000, are permitted to apply.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy- (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Candidates should be born not before than 2nd January 1994 and after than 1st January 2000 to become eligible under this category.

Educational Qualification

  • For IMA and Officer’s Training Academy.: Candidates should be having a recognized degree of its equivalent;
  • For Indian Naval Academy: A recognized Engineering degree is required to apply for this post;
  • For Air Force Academy: A recognized degree with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering is required for appearing in the exam;

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit as per the prescribed criteria of Combined Defence Services Examination.

Read more about CDS 2 Eligibility 

CDS 2018 Application form: How to apply?

UPSC will make the CDS Application Form available for the aspirants on 8th August 2018. The CDS Application Form will be available in two parts i.e. part I and part 2. Candidates can apply online only by visiting the official website of conducting authority i.e. No Application Form will be accepted by UPSC through any other mode except online. Here are some of the important highlights of the CDS application form:

  • Candidates need to apply online by using the official link of UPSC i.e.
  • Every candidate should submit only one application. If mistakenly you have submitted multiple applications then you must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all aspects including details of the candidates, exam centre, signature, photograph etc.
  • An application without the notified fee or incomplete application is liable to be rejected.

Application Fee

Candidates are needed to pay Rs 200/ (General/OBC Candidates) as necessary CDS 2018 Application Fees either through net banking or via Cash mode. Female/SC/ST category candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.

Click here to apply online 

CDS 2018 Examination Centers

The CDS exam will be held in 41 cities/towns in the country. Distribution of examination centers will be done on the basis of the first-apply-first-serve basis. Therefore, candidates are recommended to apply on early basis so that they could get an examination centre of their choice. List of tentative cities where exams may be conducted is as follows. If we find any change in the name of exam centres, we will update the same over here.

  • DELHI,
  • JAMMU,
  • KOCHI,
  • PATNA,


The Syllabus of CDS 2018 will be prepared by UPSC. The examination syllabus helps the candidates while their preparation. So, candidates planning to appear in the exam should go through the Syllabus carefully.

English (Code 01)

The authority prepares the English question paper in order to check candidates’ ability towards the understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

General Knowledge (Code 02)

This section includes questions from current events of those matters of everyday surveillance and experience in their scientific aspects. Questions will be also included from the History of India and Geography of nature.

Elementary Mathematics (Code 03)

Questions are be included in this paper from Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics, Intelligence and Personality test.

CDS 2018 Examination Pattern

The exam pattern for CDS 2018 has been provided below. Candidates are instructed to read the information furnished below and make a plan for the preparation accordingly. The Competitive examination will consist of following:

  • Written examination;
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test;

Here is the prescribed exam pattern for admission to Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy:

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

Here is the prescribed exam pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100

Quick Highlights

  • All the questions will be objective type only;
  • Candidates will find the question papers of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics in English as well as Hindi language;
  • Candidates have to write the question paper by their own hand. Under no circumstances, they will be allowed to get help from the scribe.
  • A calculator cannot be used for answering questions.

Admit card

The conducting authority i.e. UPSC will release CDS admit card 2018 through online mode only. No Admit Card will be sent to the applicants via post. Candidates should visit the official website in order to download their admit card for CDS exam 2018. For Interview/Personality Test the commission will issue separate Admit Card.

Click here to download your admit card


The result of CDS 2018 will be announced in two phases i.e. written exam and SSB/interview result. Firstly the commission will announce the result of the written exam. Candidates who qualify the written exam will be further called for SSB/Personality test.

Answer key

Candidates who successfully appeared in the entrance exam can check the answer key released by UPSC after the completion of exam. They can also download the CDS 2018 answer key from the official website of the commission.

Selection Process

Selection of candidates will be based on some important components such as Written Exam, Personal Interview, Document verification and Medical report of the candidates. I wish all the best to all CDS aspirants. Prepare well and achieve great marks.

Read here more about CDS Selection process 2018

FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions)

Ques: What is CDS Examination?
Ques: When will CDS 2 2018 application form be available?
Ques: What are the age criteria for appearing in CDS exam?
Ques: Kindly Brief selection procedure of CDS.
Ques: Can I submit the CDS application form in offline mode?
Ques: From where can I download my admit card?

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75 COMMENTS Add Your Comment

  1. Sujon Borah

    Sir I am student of Bsc . Can I join naval acadamy after completing Bsc

  2. Aishwary gupya

    Sir I am aishwary. I m the student of BSc 1st year. My DOB is 24.8.2001 .can I apply for CDS plz reply sir plz.

    • Rushikesh Chavan

      no…bcoz eligibility criteria for cds exam is candidate must be graduated

  3. zankar kanzariya

    i m 2 nd yaer in bsc then i can apply for indian air force in fighter pilot ??

    • Manish

      Candidates must be graduated in order to apply for CDS

  4. Arpit

    Hello sir, I was born on 12-06-1994 am I eligible for IMA or OTA

  5. Rakshitha

    Sir am Rakshitha .am diploma holder now studying engineering in computer science 3rd year .my DOB 25-12-1998..can I eligible for CDS exam..plz plz sir reply me.
    Thank you

    • Rakshita

      Yes aap apply kar shakte ho

  6. Dhanushdhari yadav

    How I can make my career as a fighter pilot?

  7. Dhanushdhari yadav

    How I can become a fighter pilot by cds.

  8. Rajesh

    The site was not work and do not fill form so form date issue again whenever for only two days.

  9. Shravan acharya

    Sir I’m born on 7 nov 1994 I’m I eligible for cds if not what are the other options I can do?

  10. Ankit singh

    My dob is 22/06/2000,and I m in class 12th, can I give cds1 2018. Please reply at my email.

  11. kajal sonawane

    plz fast reply in my email id!

  12. kajal sonawane

    My Birth date03/02/1993 ,,I am eligible for cds exam?

  13. prathibha bharathi kommu

    i am 22 year enginering graduate.female and married and also ncc c certificate i eligible for cds exam

  14. Shashank ranjan

    I am born in 2 march 2001 can I eligible for cds 1paper ..
    And which month form is issue..
    Which book is perfect for preparation this exam..

  15. T Kabi Joseph

    Is there is age relaxation for ST?

  16. T Kabi Joseph

    Can I get any help if there is age relaxation? I do not see any option

  17. T Kabi Joseph

    Is there is no age relaxation for CDS?

  18. aditya

    sir me 12 me hu kya cds me se koi exam de sakta hu

  19. abhishek shende

    Comment:I am 1st year student .can I apply for cds .

  20. siddharth soni

    i am in 3rd year (5th sem) ob B.E when i can apply for CDS exam.

  21. preeti

    Sir I’m a final year student of diploma engineering can I also eligible for this?

    • gaurav

      you cannt apply for this bcoz cds needs full time graduate course

  22. Mohini mangain

    Can diploma engineers also eligible for this ?

  23. Akash Birazdar

    Sir, I m having backlogs and in the next month m gonna write exams for that, and I’m the final year student in m I eligible for writing the exam?

    • gaurav

      yes u r eligible for written test

  24. Vivek sharma

    Hello I am a commerce graduate and NCC C certificate holder with DOB 20-09-1994 any chances for OTA

    • gaurav

      yes 51 sits are reserved for ncc c certificate canditates in ota

  25. Shivani

    Hlo Sir. My self Shivani.. Recently I m in bsc 5th sem ..and I want to know that only OTA is available for female candidates.. I want to be pilot in Indian Air Force…so what I can do for that?

  26. Prathamesh karnik

    I am prathamesh Karnik. Date of birth 8.1.1999. second year B com student. Can I apply for CDS November 2018.

  27. Shraddha

    Sir my height is 150cm (female) obc can I apply cds1?

  28. Devdas

    sir mai abhi graduat ion kar rha hun kya mai cds aply kar sakta hun .

    • Manish

      Graduation is required for appearing in CDS exam.

  29. Pratik R. Sapkale

    Sir …Agar result May 2018 mein hogaa toh written qualified candidates ko SSB ke liye kab tak letter aa sakte hain…?

    • Manish

      To be very frank, prediction is quite difficult for me. However i will update as per the official notification.

  30. Manoj

    Sir final year student eligible hai kya for IMA please reply

    • Manish

      Yes Manoj, wo apply kar sakte hain..

  31. poonam

    Can a 12th appearing candidate can apply for cd’s upsc 2018?

    • Manoj

      For cds graduation wants

    • Manish

      No poonam, the minimum qualification a candidate should possess is Graduation.

  32. poonam

    Can female candidate apply for the cd’s upsc?

    • Manish

      Yes female candidates are eligible to apply for CDS.

  33. S Ramesh

    Hello sir
    My bate of birth 15/10/1993
    I have complete my degree in bbm
    I am eligible in CDS1(or) CDS2 exams plzz send me

    • Manish

      I think your date of birth is not meeting the criteria. Please read this article for more information.

  34. dharmendra rathod

    sir i apparing final year of computer science can i apply nov 2017 application form pless canfirm me

    • Manish

      Yes you can apply.

  35. Versha

    Sir i cmpleted my graduation with bca this year can i appear in ota?

    • Manish

      Yes you are eligible to appear.

  36. Arpitha divakar

    My DOB is 27/12/1993 (Female), Am i eligible for CDS I?

    • JAI


  37. Chiranjeev Khatri

    My DOB is 08/08/1993.
    Am I eligible for CDS 1 and CDS 2?

    • Manish

      I think you are not meeting the prescribed criteria.

  38. rahul

    Sir my dob is 1-1-1995…am I eligible for cds 2018.??

    • Manish

      You are eligible for OTA

  39. anita

    Sir my name anita Mene b.a,arts me kr li h or meri date of birth 27apr .1996 h kya me CDs ke exam ke liye appear hu

  40. Aishwarya Jadhav

    i am in third year engineering ,in may 2019 ill get my degree,am i eligible for cds in my last year of degree?

    • Manish

      Candidates who are currently studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination are also eligible to apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of SSB.

  41. vijay

    I am student
    I am eligible apply cds exam sir?

    • Manish

      Yes, you are eligible for I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy.

  42. mitali

    I will be 24 Years 4 month old in feb 2018, am i eligible for officers training? They say your age should be 19-25 years at the time of commencement of course in OTA. What is Commencement of course? CDS exam or training at OTA??

    • Manish

      Mitali, Please let me know your actual date of birth.

  43. pradeep sharma

    Am i eligible for cds 1 im getting my engineering degree in may 2018

  44. shubham bajpai

    Sir i m graduated from bsc can i appear for Cds

    • Manish

      Yes, you can appear.

  45. Prateek

    No u have to complete Ur graduation to appear in cds

  46. Preeti Dhaka

    Thank you very much I am an engineering student nd I want to know the full procedure of cds exam pattern .Its help me lot.

  47. Isha shah

    After 12th my age would be 18 then can i appear for CDS ??

    • Isha shah

      Can i know ?

      • Ganapathy

        After 12th you can apply for NDA not CDS. CDS is for graduates.

        • sanjana

          hi all. my date of birth is 26.11.1994 am I eligible for cds 1 /2018?


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