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CDS 2018 (2): Admit Card, Exam Dates, Result

CDS 2018 admit card will be available very soon. 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 is 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 information regarding minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in CDS 2018 exam. Please read the information carefully and apply for the exam accordingly.

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CDS  2018 Important Dates- Released 

We have updated the dates below according to the CDS 2018 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 on8th August 2018
Online application process will commence from8th August 2018 
Closing date for the receipt of application form3rd September 2018
Admit card will be issued on
Date of written entrance exam18th November 2018
Result will be announced on

CDS 2018- Take A Quick Look About the Exam

Exam Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Date of Availability of CDS II application form8th August 2018
Last date for the submission of form3rd September 2018
Mode of applicationOnline
Negative MarkingYes
Application FeeRs.200/- (Female/SC/ST category candidates are exempted from paying the application fee)
Type of the QuestionObjective Type
Mode of availability of the admit cardOnline Three weeks before the commencement of the exam
Articles permitted inside Examination HallClipboard 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, Dehradun100
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai Women (Non-Technical) Course12
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai225

CDS Examination Centers 2018

The CDS 2018 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,

CDS Syllabus 2018

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
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 Hours100

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

Subjects Involved Exam Duration Maximum Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100


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.

CDS Admit card

The conducting authority i.e. UPSC will release CDS 2018 admit card 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.

CDS 2018 Result

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.

CDS Answer key 2018

Candidates who successfully appeared in the entrance exam can check the CDS 2018 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.

CDS 2018 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.

CDS 2018 FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions)

Ques: What is CDS Examination?
Ans : The Combined Defence Service Examination is organized in order to recruit candidates for the post of officers in the three wings of the defence services, i.e. the Navy, Army and the Airforce.
Ques: When will CDS 2 2018 application form be available?
Ans : UPSC has released the official dates for CDS 2018 and according to that CDS 2 2018 official notification will be released on 8th August 2018.
Ques: What are the age criteria for appearing in CDS exam?
Ans : Below, I’ve provided the age criteria for appearing in CDS exam, please have a look:

  • Age limit for Indian Military Academy: 18-23 Years
  • For Air Force Academy: 20-24 Years
  • For Naval Academy: 18-23 Years
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (for Women): 18-24 Years
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (for Men): 18-24 Years

Ques: Kindly Brief selection procedure of CDS.
Ans : The selection procedure for CDS exam involves following stages:

  • Written Examination;
  • Personal Interview/Personality Test;
  • Verification of the candidates;
  • Shortlisted candidates will also have to go through a medical examination;

Ques: Can I submit the CDS application form in offline mode?
Ans: Candidates are permitted to apply for CDS 2018 in online mode only from the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. Application form submitted in any other modes won’t be accepted.
Ques: From where can I download my admit card?
Ans : Admit card will be available to download at the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. We will update you with exact date of availability of its admit card after announcement of related notification officially.

CDS Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the required CDS 2018 eligibility criteria before they plan to take the test. Please carefully read the given information and confirm your eligibility.

Nationality Criteria

Candidate must be an Indian National.

Age Criteria & Marital Status

  • For IMA: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd July 1995 and after than 1st July 2000, are permitted to apply;
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male aspirants, who are not born before than 2nd July 1995 and after than 1st July 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 July 1995 and after than 1st July 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 July 1994 and after than 1st July 2000, are permitted to apply.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy- (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Candidates should be born not before than 2nd July 1994 and after than 1st July 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.

CDS 2018 Application form: How to apply?

UPSC will make the CDS 2018 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.

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  1. soniya says:

    is the candidate is allowed to write exam without having original photo identity card

  2. AMIT SAGAR says:


  3. AMIT KUMAR (DHAKAINI Meerut) says:

    Hi,Mai BSc(PCM) PASS Hoon but my DOB 18/05/1992 H. Kya Mai Apply kar du. Pls comment at my facebook Amit sagar

  4. priyankar halder says:

    Sir.can i change my exam center after submitting application?

  5. Shubham rana says:

    Sir cds k exam k liye 60% se kmm marks vala bhi aply kr skta hai

  6. manjunath hosamani says:

    sir~My name is manjunath iam completed DIPLOMA IN CIVIL ENGG
    SO iam eligible cds exam sir?

  7. Aravind from chennai says:

    Sir I’m 2018 civil eng passed out…I’m interested in OTA EXAM, how to apply for it.if I apply for OTA exam which is a part of upsc CDS then I can also attend upsc CDS which has 3 sub 1.english 2.gk 3.apptitude where OTA has only 2 eng and Gk.Thus apply for CDs I can attend these 2 exams

  8. Sushmita says:

    I m in btech 5 SEM.. can I apply for CDs??

  9. Anjana says:

    There is any age relaxation for OBC for women? Above 25?

  10. Monika says:

    Sir my height is 145cm,can I eligible to apply for CDS-OTI and I belongs to uttrakhand

  11. Raghavendra says:

    Sir now I am in final year in 7th sem I will be getting degree in may 2019 can I apply for this exam?

  12. age limit should be increase i am 28 says:

    i like to be a part of this post becoz i deserve to b in govt.I did masters and b.ed from Kashmir university and also one year diploma from super computer college

  13. jaspreet Singh says:

    My DOB is 1.1.1994 and I have done B.Tech Civil and whether I am eligible for CDS exams (II)and have already applied in 2017 vide registration no:11731501851and the date of exam was postphoned now please let me know whether again I will have to apply in 2018?
    Jaspreet Singh

  14. Shweta Sharma says:

    Hello sir my name is shweta and I recently completed my graduation in non medical stream so I just wants to know that am i eligible for cds exam??
    And if yes then please suggest me that which sector in cds is better for a female candidate?? Please try to rply as early as possible🙏

  15. DIVYANSH KUMAR says:

    Sir, My graduation result is coming after October 2018. So can i apply for CDS.

  16. Prince Ahmed says:

    My birthdate is on 03-June – 1994. Am i eligibile for joining

  17. manisha says:

    Now I m in final of Engineering,7th sem.. can I eligible for Naval academy through CDS
    My DoB is 2april 1997

  18. Pankaj kathait says:

    Sir cds ke liye third year se apply kar sakte h

  19. Sahil rana says:

    My date of birth is 16/08/2001 can I apply for cds2 exam.

  20. Sanyukta Upadhyay says:

    Sir I m perusing msc physics…dob is11/11/1995.Am I eligible?

  21. Popo horam says:

    Sir. My D.O.B is 20/2/1997
    Am I eligible for IMA??

  22. Shweta Rajawat says:

    Sir I’m graduate by
    Can I appear for this exam ?

  23. Puja kushwaha says:

    Sir can I apply for cds 2 in 2018 bcuz I will complete final year graduation in 2019 plz reply

  24. Manas Ranjan swain says:

    Sir I am graduate can I apply cds

  25. Mukesh saroj says:

    Sir my dath of birth 16/12/1999 ncc c certificate hai kya mai abhi de sakta hu

  26. Bovina chhetri says:

    Hello mam….my date of birth is 01/10/1996 and i am in final year i eligible to apply for cds 2 examination? Please guide me..:)

  27. Sujon Borah says:

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

  28. Aishwary gupya says:

    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.

  29. zankar kanzariya says:

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

  30. Arpit says:

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

  31. Rakshitha says:

    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

  32. Dhanushdhari yadav says:

    How I can make my career as a fighter pilot?

  33. Dhanushdhari yadav says:

    How I can become a fighter pilot by cds.

  34. Rajesh says:

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

  35. Shravan acharya says:

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

  36. Ankit singh says:

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

  37. kajal sonawane says:

    plz fast reply in my email id!

  38. kajal sonawane says:

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

  39. prathibha bharathi kommu says:

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

  40. Shashank ranjan says:

    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..

  41. T Kabi Joseph says:

    Is there is age relaxation for ST?

  42. T Kabi Joseph says:

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

  43. T Kabi Joseph says:

    Is there is no age relaxation for CDS?

  44. aditya says:

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

  45. abhishek shende says:

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

  46. siddharth soni says:

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

  47. preeti says:

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

  48. Mohini mangain says:

    Can diploma engineers also eligible for this ?

  49. Akash Birazdar says:

    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?

  50. Vivek sharma says:

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

  51. Shivani says:

    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?

  52. Prathamesh karnik says:

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

  53. Shraddha says:

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

  54. Devdas says:

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

  55. Pratik R. Sapkale says:

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

  56. Manoj says:

    Sir final year student eligible hai kya for IMA please reply

  57. poonam says:

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

  58. poonam says:

    Can female candidate apply for the cd’s upsc?

  59. S Ramesh says:

    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

  60. dharmendra rathod says:

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

  61. Versha says:

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

  62. Arpitha divakar says:

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

  63. Chiranjeev Khatri says:

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

  64. rahul says:

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

  65. anita says:

    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

  66. Aishwarya Jadhav says:

    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 says:

      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.

  67. vijay says:

    I am student
    I am eligible apply cds exam sir?

  68. mitali says:

    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??

  69. pradeep sharma says:

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

  70. shubham bajpai says:

    Sir i m graduated from bsc can i appear for Cds

  71. Prateek says:

    No u have to complete Ur graduation to appear in cds

  72. gaurav says:

    please send notification to my mail [email protected]

  73. Preeti Dhaka says:

    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.

  74. Isha shah says:

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

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