CDS Recruitment 2024: Check Vacancies, Selection Process & Exam Dates

Combined Defence Services Exam 2024 ( CDS )

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Registration: 15 May '24 - 4 Jun '24

Dewesh Nandan Prasad

Dewesh Nandan PrasadAssociate Senior Executive

Updated on May 22, 2024 12:09 IST

CDS Recruitment 2024: To choose applicants for admission to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy, and Officers' Training Academy (OTA), CDS recruitment is performed. The hiring process happens twice a year. The CDS 2 2024 notification was released on May 15, 2024. Along with the release of the notification, the CDS 2024 recruitment process was started. The candidates are allowed to fill out the CDS 2 2024 application form between May 15, 2024, to June 4, 2024.

CDS Recruitment Application Process 2024

CDS application form will be released on May 15, 2024, and will continue till June 4, 2024. The candidates can fill out the application form by paying INR 200 (General/OBC Category). However, the candidates from the other categories SC/ST/Women were exempted from the application fee. The CDS application form comprises two stages: i) Registration and ii) Application fees and other details. The candidates need to fill out the application form completely to be eligible to appear in the CDS exam. 

 

Q:   How can I apply for the CDS exam?

A:
To apply for the CDS (Combined Defence Services) exam, candidates need to fill out the application form as prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The application form is available online on the UPSC official website. Candidates need to complete the online application form by providing their personal details, educational qualifications, and other relevant information. The application fee for the CDS exam is INR 200, which can be paid online or offline. The last date to apply for the CDS exam varies for each session, and candidates are advised to check the official website for the latest updates. After submitting the application form, candidates need to download the admit card from the official website to appear for the exam.
 

Q:   What is the mode of CDS application?

A:
The mode of CDS application is online. Candidates who are eligible for the exam can fill out the application form through the official website of the Union Public Service Commission The online application process involves various steps, including registration, filling out personal and educational details, uploading scanned copies of photograph and signature, and payment of application fee. Candidates are advised to carefully read and follow the instructions mentioned in the official notification for the exam and the instructions provided during the online application process. Candidates should also ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for the exam before filling out the application form.
 

Q:   When CDS 1 notification 2023 was released?

A:
CDS 1 notification 2023 was released on December 21, 2022. Candidates were allowed to apply for the CDS 1 exam till January 12, 2023. Candidates have to register themselves on the OTR (One Time Registration) and then move forward for the application form. Candidates who are already registered for OTR can directly go to the application form for CDS 1. The CDS 1 exam was conducted on April 16, 2023. The application withdrawn link was activate from January 18 to 24, 2023.
 

CDS Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of CDS 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

15 May '24 -

04 Jun '24

CDS 2 Application

ONGOING

01 Sep '24

CDS 2 Exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

15 May '24

CDS 2 Notification

09 May '24

CDS 1 Result

12 Apr '24 -

21 Apr '24

CDS 1 Admit Card

CDS Recruitment Vacancies 2024

The vacancies for the respective defence academies are released along with the CDS notification. Check the vacancies of the CDS 1 & 2, 2024 in the table below:

CDS 2 Vacancy 2024

Institution

Number of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

-

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

-

Air Force Academy (AFA)

-

Officer Training Academy - Men (OTA)

-

Officer Training Academy - Women (OTA)

-

Total

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CDS 1 Vacancy 2024
Academy No. of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun154th (DE) Course commencing in January 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]  100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in January 2023 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry ) holders ].  32
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2023 i.e. No. 213 F(P) Course  [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]  32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2023  275
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2023  18
Total 457

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Q:   What is the eligibility criteria to appear for CDS exam?

A:
Hi Sarang, Educational qualification: Indian Military Academy/Officers' Training Academy: The candidates must possess a degree from a recognised university or equivalent. Indian Naval Academy: The candidates must possess a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Air Force Academy: The candidates must possess a degree of a recognised university with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12 level or Bachelor of Engineering. Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are required to submit a proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB. For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied Physics and Maths up to Class 12. Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and are yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject a proof of passing the degree examination. All the best.
 

Q:   What is the exam pattern for CDS exam?

A:
The CDS exam pattern has been divided into two categories- Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The exam taken for the IMA, INA, AFA is taken for three subjects- General Awareness, Mathematics and English. On the other hand, the OTA exam is taken for two subjects- English . and General Awareness. The exam pattern for these categories have been given below for the candidates: For IMA, INA and AFA: a)Total Number of Subjects: English. Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge b) Time Duration: Six hours (2 hours for each paper) c) Maximum Marks: 300 marks (100 marks for each paper) For OTA: a) Total Number of Subjects: English . and General Knowledge b) Time Duration: Four hours (2 hours for each paper) c) Maximum Marks: 200 Marks (100 marks for each paper). .
 

Q:   How many vacancies are announced for the CDS 2 2023 exam?

A:
On May 17, 2023, UPSC released the CDS 2 Vacancy 2023, along with the CDS 2 announcement. UPSC has announced 349 CDS Vacancies 2023 for IMA (Indian Military Academy), INA (Indian Naval Academy), AFA (Air Force Academy), and OTA (Officers Training Academy). The UPSC will fill the CDS 2 vacancy 2023 by holding an online test for all applicants. The UPSC CDS 2023 Vacancy, as well as the CDS 2 Notification 2023, has been published on the official website.
 

Q:   What are the educational criteria to apply for CDS exam?

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The candidates who wants to appear for the CDS exam must fulfill the eligibility criteria of the CDS exam. The candidates who did not fulfill the eligibility criteria of the CDS exam will not be allowed to fill out the application for the CDS exam. The educational criteria for the CDS exam have been given below for the candidates Indian Military Academy: Graduation Degree Indian Naval Academy: B.E and B.Tech (Intermediate with Physics and Maths Air Force Academy: Graduation, B.E and B.Tech (Intermediate with Physics and Maths Officers Training Academy (Men): Graduation Degree Officers Training Academy (Women): Graduation Degree.
 

CDS Recruitment Exam Pattern 2024

The written exam of IMA, INA, and AFA comprises three sections. The total marks of the test are 300, each paper is conducted for two hours. The question paper for OTA comprises two sections. The total marks for the test are 200. Each paper is conducted for two hours. SSB Interview for IMA, INA, and AFA is for 300 marks each while for OTA it is 200.

CDS Negative Marking Scheme

The competitive exam conducted by the UPSC follows a negative marking scheme as the CDS exam. 1/3 marks are deducted as a penalty for incorrect answers in the CDS exam. The candidates are advised to answer the questions which are they sure of or they penalised for the wrong answer.

Also Read: CDS Exam Pattern

CDS Recruitment Syllabus 2024

CDS syllabus comprises topics from the subjects: English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The standard of Elementary Mathematics is of Class 10 level. The standard of other subjects is of Graduation level. 

Subjects  Topics 

English 

The question paper is designed to test the candidates’ understanding of
English and Grammar 

General Knowledge 

Economics, Physics, Current Affairs, Politics, History, Geography, Sociology, etc

Elementary Mathematics 

Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics, etc

CDS Recruitment Selection process 2024

CDS selection process includes the written exam and SSB Interview. On the basis of the marks of the written exam, candidates are selected for SSB Interviews. Candidates qualifying for the SSB Interview are recommended for final selection. Candidates are offered admission based on the marks of the written exam, SSB Interview, ranks, medical fitness, and vacancies. 

Q:   What documents do I need to carry to the CDS exam centre?

A:
Candidates need to carry the following documents to the CDS exam centre: 1. CDS Admit Card: Candidates must carry the CDS admit card to the exam centre. The admit card will be released by the Union Public Service Commission UPSC a few weeks before the exam. 2. Photo ID Proof: Candidates must carry a valid photo ID proof, such as Aadhaar card, PAN card, driving license, or passport, to the exam centre. The ID proof must be original and should not be expired. 3. Two passport size photographs: Candidates must carry two passport size photographs to the exam centre. The photographs should be recent and identical. Candidates should ensure that all the details mentioned on the admit card, photo ID proof, and photographs match with each other. Candidates should also reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the reporting time mentioned on the admit card. It's important to note that candidates who fail to carry any of the above documents to the exam centre will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Candidates should also check the official notification and updates regarding the CDS exam on the official website of the UPSC for any changes or updates related to the documents required at the exam centre.
 

Q:   What is the application fee for the CDS exam?

A:
The application fee for the Combined Defence Services CDS exam varies depending on the category and gender of the candidate. The application fee for CDS exam has been given below: a) For candidates belonging to the General category and male candidates of the OBC category: Rs. 200/- b) For female candidates and candidates belonging to the SC/ST categories: No fee It's important to note that these fees are subject to change, and the applicants should always check the official website of the Union Public Service Commission UPSC for the latest information on application fees.
 

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The Combined Defence Services (CDS) application form was released on the official website on May 15, 2024. The candidates can able to apply for the CDS 2 exam from May 15, 2024 to June 4, 2024. The candidates can aply for the exam by following the steps given below:

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Dewesh Nandan Prasad

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Answered 3 weeks ago

The candidates can check the expected CDS 1 expected cut off below in the table:

CDS Written Exam Expected Cut Off 2024
CDS 1 Expected Cutoff 2024CDS 1 Written ExamCDS 1 Final Cutoff 
CDS Cut off AFA135-140260-270
CDS Cut off IMA110-120240-250
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CDS Cut off OTS (male)90-94165-170

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Dewesh Nandan Prasad

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Answered 3 weeks ago

The candidates can download the CDS 1 2024 result by following the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website 
  • Click on the CDS 1 Written exam result link 
  • The CDS 1 Result PDF link will appear on the screen 
  • Click on the CDS 1 Result PDF link 
  • The UPSC CDS result PDF will appear on the screen 
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Dewesh Nandan Prasad

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Answered 3 weeks ago

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the UPSC CDS 1 Result 2024 for the exam conducted on April 21, 2024 on May 9, 2024. The candidates can download the CDS result as a PDF from the official website-upsc.gov.in. The candidates need not log in to their registrered accounts to download

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Answered 4 weeks ago

Follow the below list of age limits for the 2024UPSC CDS exam:

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Answered 2 months ago

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