ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR UPSC EXAM OF CDS
               Eligibility Details: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The following are the eligibility details to apply for the Combined Defence Services Exam.

Eligibility Details:

1. Nationality: A candidate must be either
(a) A citizen of India, or
(b) A subject of Nepal, or
(c) A subject of Bhutan, or
(d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

2. Age Limit:
(i) For IMA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-1999.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-1999.
(iii) For Air Force Academy: Unmarried male candidates age between 20-24 years as on 01-01-2018 (born not earlier than 02-01-1994 and not later than 01-01-1999).
(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02-01-1993 and not later than 01-01-1999.
(v) 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 02-01-1993 and not later than 01-01-1999.

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates can not be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

3. Educational Qualification:

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognized university/institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Note: Those candidates who are studying in the final years Degree course and have yet to pass the final year Degree examination are also eligible to apply.

Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination.

APPLICATION FORMS

·          UPSC invites CDS I Application Forms in online mode generally in November-December, whereas CDS II Application Forms in July-August every year. The Application Procedure of CDS is a two-step process where candidate needs to fill in the online applications and then remit a payment against application fee of Rs.100 only for unreserved category candidates (free of cost for reserved categories (SC/ST)                                    

 UPSC announces the CDS I and CDS II important dates in the respective notifications each year. Candidates must note them carefully, so that they do not miss out any important event regarding the recruitment process. CDS I Exam is generally held in April and CDS II in September.

             Exam Pattern

Exam pattern For admission to Military, Naval and Air Force Academy, candidates are evaluated in English, General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics, each paper of 2 hours duration and 100 marks each. For admission to Officers Training Academy the candidates are tested in a similar manner as explained above except that they are exempted from taking Elementary Mathematics test.

ADMIT Card

 UPSC issues Admit Card of CDS written in online mode tentatively three weeks prior to the exam. Candidates without their admit card is be allowed in the examination hall. They must retain safe their admit card throughout the recruitment process. The admit card can only be downloaded and is not sent to any candidate by any other ways. UPSC announces the Result of CDS written exam tentatively within two months of the exam. Once the result of written test is declared, the shortlisted candidates are called for SSB Interview round. To be able to get admission to Defence Services, candidates have to qualify the SSB interview round.                          

RESULT :-  UPSC announces the Result of CDS written exam tentatively within two months of the exam. Once the result of written test is declared, the shortlisted candidates are called for SSB Interview round. To be able to get admission to Defence Services, candidates have to qualify the SSB interview round

 SELECTION PROCESS :-The selection process of CDS involves two rounds – written exam and SSB. UPSC prepares a list of candidates who get the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Based on their preference, candidates are called for intelligence and personality test (including psychological aptitude) by the respective SSB. On the basis of the performance at the SSB, final selection is made in order of merit, subject to medical fitness and suitability.

For admission to Military, Naval and Air Force Academy, the candidates are evaluated in English, General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics, each paper of 2 hours duration and 100 marks each. For admission to Officers Training Academy the candidates are tested in a similar manner as explained above except that they are exempted from taking Elementary Mathematics test. SSB round is held in two stages. Stage I of SSB comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT) and Stage II consists of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.

                            ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  Union Public Service Commission specifies in its notifications an overview of the minimum eligibility required for CDS Exam. Candidates are required to go through the eligibility criteria of CDS Exam before filling in the Online Application Form.

Nationality – A candidate may be considered eligible for CDS, if he/she is a citizen of India ,a subject of Nepal ,a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 with intention of settling permanently in India .A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawai, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement in India.

 Age and Gender Requirement: – Applicants applying for IMA, INA, Air Force Academy and OTA need to check their respective age limit criteria as given below:_

IMA and INA – Unmarried Male candidates must not be aged more than 23 years and less than 18 years as on 01 January  for CDS exam scheduled in January and 01 July  for CDS exam scheduled

Air Force Academy – Unmarried Male candidates must not be aged more than 23 years and less than 19 years as on o1 January  for CDS exam scheduled in January and for CDS exam scheduled in july.

OTA – Candidates (both male and female) must not be aged more than 24 years and less than 18 years as on 01 January and 01 July respectively.

 

Educational Qualifications – Candidates appearing for CDS Exam for IMA, INA, Air Force Academy and OTA need to have following respective educational qualification to be considered eligible:-

IMA and OTA – Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or recognized equivalent institution .

INA – Degree in Engineering from a recognized University or equivalent institution

Air Force Academy – Graduation Degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/Bachelor of Engineering

SYLLABUS OF COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAM CONDUCTED BY UPSC

CDS Syllabus Details: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conduct Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The CDS syllabus details is given below.

PAPER – 1: ENGLISH:

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

PAPER – 2: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The Paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which Candidate should be able to answer without special study.

PAPER – 3: ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS:

Arithmetic:Number System­Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental Operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal, fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory ­ Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3,4,5,9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

ALGEBRA

Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Theory of polynomials, Solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns­analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two Variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

TRIGONOMETRY

Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when 0 ≤x ≤90 Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 Simple trigonometric identities.

Use of trigonometric tables.

Simple cases of heights and distances.

GEOMETRY

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a Point(ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normal, (ix) Loci.

MENSURATION

Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which Can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and Volume of spheres.

STATISTICS

Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, frequency Polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.