CDS 2022 exam official notification released for 341 vacancies for Male and Females candidates in the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce, Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy (Men & Women) for CDS 1 2022 recruitment.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online for post of CDS 1 2022 exam from 22nd December to 11th January 2022. CDS exam is conducted twice a year. Thus, this is an astonishing opportunity for graduates who wish to serve the country.

CDS 1 2022 Exam Notification

UPSC CDS 1 2022 Notification PDF has been disclosed officially on December 22, 2021 on the official website of UPSC. UPSC has rolled out the CDS 1 2022 notification which has many non-technical vacancies including SSC Women for the candidates who dream to join the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force.

The CDS 1 2022 application form link is also activated at the official website of the Union Public Service Commission from 22nd Dec 2021 onwards. The last date to submit the CDS 1 online form is applicable till 11th January 2022. This exam is one of the biggest opportunities for candidates who want to pursue a career in this fieldWomen/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only.

UPSC has already released CDS exam date 2022 schedule with the official calendar. As per the notice, CDS 1 exam is scheduled to take place on 10th April 2022. With the official CDS 1 notification 2022, UPSC has also released important details such as apply online link, fee, eligibility, syllabus, pattern, salary, etc. Candidates can download the CDS 1 notification PDF for complete information below.

CDS Exam 2022 will be conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of the following posts:

If you are preparing for the CDS exam 2022, get updated with CDS 1 2022 Notification PDF, exam date, application form link, vacancies, eligibility, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, selection process, salary, and more.

CDS 1 2022 Exam Latest News

CDS 1 2022 Notification has been released on the official website of UPSC. Union Public Service Commission has issued the CDS notification and controls the entire examination process. Thus, the candidates who wish to participate in the recruitment process and give wings to their dreams must have applied for the CDS 1 exam before 11th January 2022. Stay tuned for more updates.

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CDS 1 2022 Exam Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of examCombined Defence Services Examination
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) 
Exam levelNational
Exam frequencyTwice a year
Exam modeOnline
Exam modeTwo hours
Language of question paperEnglish and Hindi
Application FeeINR 200/-
Exam PurposeTo select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force
Vacancies CDS I: 341CDS II: to be announced
No of the test cities41

CDS Exam 2022: Important Dates

Check below all the CDS 2022 important dates including application form dates, exam dates, admit card dates, and more. Stay updated and plan accordingly to prepare in the best manner for CDS 1 2022 exam.

EventsImportant Dates
CDS 1 2022 Notification Release Date22nd December 2021
CDS 1 2022 Apply Online Begins22nd December 2021
Last date to Apply online11th January 2022
CDS Admit Card 2022March 2022
CDS 1 2022 Exam Date10th April 2022
CDS 1 Result 2022

CDS 1 Vacancy 2022 Department-wise

UPSC has released the CDS 1 vacancy details along with the official notification. We have updated the department-wise vacancy details below for your reference. Also, you can have a look at the previous year’s CDS vacancies to understand the recruitment process.

CDS 1 Vacancy 2022

DepartmentNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy (IMA)100
Indian Naval Academy (INA)22
Air Force Academy (AFA)32
Officer Training Academy – Men (OTA)170
Officer Training Academy – Women (OTA)17

CDS 2 Vacancy 2021

DepartmentNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun- 153rd (DE) Course commencing in July 2022[including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala- Course 22 commencing in July 2022 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry) holders]22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad- (Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course commencing in July 2022 i.e. No. 212 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)- 116th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022169 
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)- 30th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022.16

CDS 1 Vacancy 2021

UPSC CDS 1 2021 vacancy details are given below for every post released under the official notification. A total of 345 vacancies are rolled out including women vacancies as stated below:

DepartmentNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala26
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)17

CDS 1 Application Form 2022 Procedure

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC CDS 1 2022 online application link is activated on 22nd December 2021 at the official website of UPSC. The last date to submit the CDS 1 application form is 11th January 2022. The facility to withdraw the CDS 1 2022 application form will be made available after the closure of the application process from 18th to 24th January 2022.

Candidates who wish to participate in the process have to successfully apply online for CDS 1 2022 exam. For your convenience, we have updated the direct link to fill CDS 1 2022 application form hassle-free. Thus, make sure you don’t wait for the last date.

UPSC CDS 1 2022 Apply Online, Direct Link Available Now!

CDS 1 Apply Online 2022

The online Application for UPSC CDS 1 2022 exam will start on 22nd December 2021. Below you can go through the general instructions that a CDS candidate should follow for ease in form submission.

How to Apply for CDS 1 2022 Exam?

Follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS 1 Exam 2022:

CDS Application Fee

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2022

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS 1 2022 examination. Candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria of the UPSC CDS exam at the following levels:

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of CDS 1 2022 exam for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

DepartmentAge limitAge
Indian Military Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd Jan 1999 and not later than 1st Jan 2004
Indian Naval Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd Jan 1999 and not later than 1st Jan 2004
Indian Air Force Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd Jan 1999 and not later than 1st Jan 2004
Officers’ Training Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd Jan 1998 and not later than 1st Jan 2004

Gender Requirement for Different Posts

Indian Military AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Naval AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Air Force AcademyMaleUnmarried/Married
Officer Training AcademyMaleUnmarried
Officer Training AcademyFemaleUnmarried

What Physical Standards are Required?

The aspirants who have applied for different posts of the CDS exam should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

3. Educational Qualification

Check the educational qualification requirement of the UPSC CDS 1 2022 exam for different job posts from the table below.

PostEducational Eligibility Criteria
IMAGraduate from Recognized University
INAEngineering Degree from Recognized University
AFAEngineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTAGraduate from Recognized University

CDS Salary 2022: Grade Pay and Growth

The salary of CDS officers during the training period will receive a fixed stipend amount for all the officers at the equivalent levels of Army, Navy, and Air Force. At present, the expected stipend for the training period is ₹ 56,100 per month.

CDS Rank-wise Salaries 2022

RankLevelGrade Pay
LieutenantLevel 10₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B₹ 6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 11₹ 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A₹ 1,21,200 – 2,12400
ColonelLevel 13₹ 1,30,600-2, 15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A₹ 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 14₹ 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15₹ 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 16₹ 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 17₹ 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 18₹ 2,50,000/-(fixed)

CDS Carrer Growth & Promotion

The promotions of CDS officer under their tenure are enlisted below: –

CDS 1 Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2022

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 1 2022 exam should be aware of the latest CDS syllabus and exam pattern. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS 1 2022 is divided into two sections:

The exam pattern of the CDS 1 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

1.1 CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA & OTA

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours

1.2 CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with a total of 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours

2. CDS Syllabus 2022

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of the CDS syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of the CDS 2022 Exam for its thorough preparation.

General KnowledgeCurrent affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date. Physics Biology Political Science
EnglishBasic GrammarSynonymsAntonymsComprehension SolvingError SpottingPara Jumbles
Elementary MathNatural numbersIntegersPercentagesRational and Real numbersTime & workTime & distanceProfit & lossRatio & proportionPrime and composite numbersSimple and compound interestHCF and LCM Euclidean algorithm LogarithmsTrigonometryStatisticsMensuration

CDS Selection Procedure

Below is the important detail for the UPSC CDS Selection procedure. Check it out.

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts is done on the basis of:

A Merit list is prepared for those students who obtain good marks in the written examination and SSB Interview. Again note the final round of selection is based on the medical fitness for all available posts.

Note: The written exam of OTA consists of only 2 test, GK and English.

CDS 1 Preparation 2022

Follow the best preparation tips and the strategy to clear the CDS 1 2022 exam. Below is the right study material you should follow.

CDS Previous Year Questions Papers

For hassle-free preparation, proper practice of the CDS previous year question papers is a must. Applicants who are aware of the syllabus and exam pattern of CDS 1 2022 will easily understand the type of questions that are asked in the exam.

CDS/AFCAT Mock Test Series

Attempting the AFCAT mock test series will help you in achieving high score marks in the CDS 1 2022 exam. With the regular practice of the CDS mock test, you can grab the required speed and accuracy to ace the exam. Start with a Free mock test now.

CDS 1 Admit Card 2022

UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card 2022 will be released on the official website of UPSC in March 2022. The direct link to download the CDS 1 2022 admit card will be shared below. Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their Registration ID & Roll No.

CDS 1 Admit Card 2022, Direct Link Inactive

Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam. All applicants are required to bring their admit cards to the examination center. None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their CDS admit card.

Examination Centre

Exam centers are allocated to the candidates to attend the CDS 1 2022 exam. The candidates who will apply for UPSC CDS 2 exams need to choose an appropriate examination center as per their feasibility. Check the list of state-wise examination centers/cities below:

Sr. No.StateExamination Centre
4Uttar PradeshAllahabad
6Uttar PradeshBareilly
7Madhya PradeshBhopal
9Tamil NaduChennai
10Tamil NaduCuttack
16Andhra PradeshHyderabad
18Arunachal PradeshItanagar
20Jammu and KashmirJammu
24West BengalKolkata
25Uttar PradeshLucknow
26Tamil NaduMadurai
31Andaman and NicobarPort Blair
36Himachal PradeshShimla
37Jammu and KashmirSrinagar
39Arunachal PradeshTirupati
41Arunachal PradeshVisakhapatnam

CDS Cut Off 2022

CDS 1 2021 Cut Off

Name of AcademyExpected Cutoff (Written Exam)
IMA 115 – 125 
INA 105 – 115 
AFA 125 – 135
OTA (Men & Women) 85 – 95

CDS 2 2020 Cut Off

Name of AcademyCDS Cutoff (Written Exam)
OTA (Men)179
OTA (Women)178

How to Check UPSC CDS Cut Off 1 & 2 exam?

In order to check the cut off of UPSC CDS Exam, follow the steps mentioned below:

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