CDS Exam Notification, Highlights, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Results
CDS Exam 2021 Notification
As per the UPSC calendar, the detailed advertisement and Official notification for the CDS (II) 2021 Examination has been released on 04th August 2021 containing all the necessary details for the exam. Once the notification is released on upsc.gov.in. The direct link to check the CDS 2021 exam notification pdf is given below.
CDS 2021 Exam Dates
CDS Exam is held twice a year (February and November). UPSC has released the CDS exam dates 2021 for the CDS II exam along with its notification. As per the notification the CDS II 2021 Exam is scheduled to be held on 14th November 2021. Check all the important dates for CDS II 2021 exam and set your reminder so you don’t miss any dates.
|CDS II Exam 2021: Important Dates|
|Notification Release Date||04th August|
|Online Registration Start Date||04th August 2021|
|Online Registration End Date||24th August 2021|
|Online Application Withdrawn||31st August to 6th September 2021|
|CDS II Admit Card Release Date||October 2021|
|CDS II Exam Date 2021||14th November 2021|
|CDS II Result||December (tentatively)|
|Interview Dates||To be notified soon|
|Final Result||To be notified soon|
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination twice a year for recruiting candidates for the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification is usually released in the months of October/ November and June/ July, and the examination is generally conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board ( SSB ). To clear the examination, first, you need is the complete information of the pattern, syllabus and previous year exam analysis so that it would become easy for you to analyse the examination and to prepare a strategy further.
CDS Exam Highlights
|Name of exam||Combined Defence Services Examination|
|Conducted by||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam frequency||Twice a year|
|Exam mode||Two hours|
|Language of question paper||English and Hindi|
|Application Fee||INR 200/-|
|Exam Purpose||To select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force|
|Vacancies||CDS I: 345
CDS II: 339
|No of the test cities||41|
CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria
The candidates must meet the eligibility standards as set by the Union Public Service Commission for defence recruitment. Check detailed eligibility (nationality, education, age, marital status, sex) from below.
A candidate should hold The Citizenship of India, subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962, with the intention of Permanent Settle, or An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.
For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy – The candidate should have a graduation degree (any subject) from a recognized University or equivalent.
For Indian Naval Academy– The candidate should have completed their Graduation in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
For Air Force Academy– The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
The candidate should fall in the age group of 20 to 24 years. The detailed age limit details are mentioned on the official notification pdf.
Marital Status & Sex
• For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, only Unmarried males are eligible to apply for CDS Exam
• For Indian Air Force Academy, both married and unmarried males can apply, however marriage during the training is not permitted
• For Officer Training Academy, unmarried males & females can apply for CDS Exam
CDS Selection Process
There are four stages in the CDS Selection Process which are as follows:
- Written Test: MCQ
- SSC Interview / Personality Test: Oral
- Document Verification
- Medical Examination
The merit list will be made based on the higher marks in the written test and SSB Interview.
CDS Exam Syllabus
The syllabus for CDS exam is prescribed by UPSC in the official notification. The written exam comprises of questions from English, General Knowledge, and Mathematics topics. The SSB stage comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Tests (PP&DT). Psychology tests, group tasks, conference, and interview are also included in the SSB round.
The major topics of CDS syllabus are described in the form of the table:
|Major Subjects||Important Topics|
|General Knowledge||Economics, General Awareness, Physics, History, Politics, Geography, Sociology, etc.|
|Elementary Mathematics||Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Mensuration, etc.|
|English||The question paper is designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and Grammar.|
CDS Exam Pattern
The CDS 2021 Exam Pattern is categorized into two sections and these are:
- Written test
- Intelligence and Personality Interview
The exam pattern is not similar for both the Officer Training Academy and also for the Indian Military/ Indian Air Force/Indian Naval Academy.
CDS Exam Pattern for INA, IMA & IAF
The exam of Indian Air Force, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Military Academy consists of three papers and the total score of the papers is 300 marks.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
|Elementary Mathematics||100||2 hours|
CDS Exam Pattern for Officers Training Academy (OTA)
Officer Training Academy will consist of two subjects and the total marks of the exam will be 200. The total duration of the examination will be 4 hours.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
CDS Application Form 2021
CDS 2020-21 Application Form has to be filled online at the official website. All aspirants are required to fill the CDS Application Form before the last date. Candidates can follow the steps as under to successfully register for CDS Exam:
- 1st Step: Visit the official website of the UPSC – upsconline.nic.in.
- 2nd Step: Click on the notification “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC”.
- 3rd Step: Against the CDS exam, click on ‘Part-I Registration‘
- 4th Step: Fill in the basic details such as the candidate’s name, date of birth, parents’ name, address, category, mobile number, email address, etc.
- 5th Step: After finishing Part-I, a registration ID will be generated.
- 6th Step: Now go to Part-II and enter your registration ID to pay the application fee.
- 7th Step: Once the fee is paid, continue to fill the application form. Enter the personal, educational details, and select the exam center preference,
- 8th Step: Upload the scanned copy of Photo, Signature, Photo ID, and mark sheet.
- 9th Step: After finishing Part-II, Click on “I Agree to the Declaration” and submit the application form.
CDS 2021 Application Fee
Candidates, except for Female/SC/ST candidates, are required to pay a fee of Rs 200/-. The CDS Application Fee can be paid through online or offline mode.
|Category||CDS Application Fee|
|Female/ SC/ ST Candidates||Not Required to Pay|
|All Others||Rs 200|
CDS Admit Card 2021
The CDS admit card is already out on the official website. To download the admit card, the aspirants are requested to open the https://upsconline.nic.in/ site. To log in to their account, the candidates have to provide their Roll No and Registration Number. Here is the direct link to the CDS Admit Card
Before you download the CDS admit card, you are asked to check that the provided information mentioned in the admit card, is right. If the aspirants would find any discrepancy, they would not get permission to appear in the exam. Do not forget to bring the admit card to the exam centre, otherwise, you would not be allowed in the exam hall.
CDS Result and Cutoff 2021
The CDS 2021 Result will be announced on the official website. If the aspirants will qualify for all the stages of the CDS test, will be allowed to be recruited in one of the Indian Defence Services.
On the other hand, the Cut off is the minimum qualifying score that is required to get for appearing to the next level exam. The CDS Cut off score is published separately from the CDS Result.
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