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CDS Exam Vacancy

Name of the academyNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men169
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women16
Total Vacancies339

CDS Exam Selection Process

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts will be conducted on the basis of:

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview / Personality Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination 

CDS Exam Exam Pattern

The candidates have to clear CDS Written Examination to get selected for the interview round. Check the exam pattern for each position below.

• There will be 100 Multiple-Choice Questions in each paper.

• The question paper for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set in Hindi as well as English.

• There will be a penalty of 1/3 marks for a wrong answer.

• Duration of each exam is separate i.e. 2 hours.

For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
S. NoSubjectMaximum MarksDuration
1English1002 hours
2General Knowledge1002 hours
3Elementary Mathematics1002 hours
For Officers’ Training Academy
S. NoSubjectMaximum MarksDuration
1English1002 hours
2General Knowledge1002 hours

CDS Exam Syllabus

CDS Exam Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
INTRODUCTION TO NUMBERS 
DIVISIBILITY RULE 
UNIT DIGIT AND TRAILING ZEROS 
FACTOR THEOREM 
REMAINDER THEOREM 
HCF AND LCM 
SURDS AND INDICES 
SIMPLIFICATION AND APPROXIMATION 
PERCENTAGE 
PROFIT AND LOSS 
RATIO, PROPORTION AND PARTNERSHIP 
AVERAGE 
MIXTURES AND ALLIGATION 
SIMPLE INTEREST AND COMPOUND INTEREST 
TIME AND WORK 
TIME, SPEED AND DISTANCE 
ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSION 
LINEAR EQUATIONS 
QUADRATIC EQUATIONS 
LOGARITHM 
SET THEORY 
LINES, ANGLES AND TRIANGLES 
QUADRILATERALS 
CIRCLES 
MENSURATION 2-D 
MENSURATION 3-D 
TRIGONOMETRIC RATIOS 
TRIGONOMETRIC IDENTITIES 
HEIGHT AND DISTANCE 
LINE GRAPH 
BAR GRAPH 
DATA TABLE 
PIE CHART 
STATISTICS
VOCABULARY FOUNDATION 
VOCABULARY ADVANCED 
NOUN 
ARTICLES 
PRONOUNS 
FUNDAMENTALS OF SENTENCE 
TENSES 
VERBS 
SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT 
ADJECTIVES 
ADVERB 
PREPOSITION 
CONJUNCTION 
REARRANGEMENT 
CLOZE TEST 
CONNECTORS 
READING COMPREHENSION
IMPORTANT PLACES
IMPORTANT DATES
IMPORTANT PERSONS
IMPORTANT ORGANISATIONS
HISTORY
MISCELLANEOUS
CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATURE
CENTRE-STATE RELATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
JUDICIARY
IMPORTANT BODIES
GEOGRAPHY
STUDY OF PHYSICAL QUANTITIES
FORCE AND MOTION
WORK POWER AND ENERGY
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER
HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS
OSCILLATION AND WAVES
LIGHT
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
MODERN PHYSICS
ATOMIC STRUCTURE AND CHEMICAL BONDING
PERIODIC TABLE
STUDY OF MATTER
GASES
ACID, BASES AND SALTS
METALS AND NON-METALS
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHEMISTRY IN EVERYDAY LIFE
CELL
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
HUMAN HEALTH AND DISEASE
ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE
BIOTECHNOLOGY
APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
MICROBES IN HUMAN WELFARE
ECONOMICS PART-1
ECONOMICS PART-2

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

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.

Age Limit(as on 01/07/2022)

The candidate should fall in the age group of 20 to 24 years.

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 Exam 2021 Cut-Off

UPSC releases cut-off marks for CDS Exam on its official website. The candidates must score the minimum qualifying marks (i.e. 20 marks minimum in each subject) and for selection must score more than the cut-off marks. UPSC releases CDS written exam cut-off and final cut-off separately. The final cut-off for CDS 2 is expected to be out in May 2022. Check the previous year's cut-off marks for your reference.

CDS-I Cut off 2020 
AcademyWritten ExamFinal Exam
IMA130250
INA118242
AFA143274
OTA (Men)93173
OTA(Women)93177

CDS Exam 2021 Application Fee

The examination fee for CDS Exam is Rs. 200/- for all categories except SC/ST/Females (exempted from fee payment). The payment can be done through online/offline mode (Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.)

Steps to Fill CDS Exam Registration Form

Follow the steps mentioned below to complete your CDS 2 Exam Registration process.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. www.upsc.gov.in or directly apply from the above link.

Step 2: On the homepage, click on Examination >> Active Examinations >> Online Application For UPSC CDS 2 Exam.

Step 3: Click on "Part-1" against Combined Defence Examination (II) 2021

Step 4: Read all the instructions carefully and proceed by clicking on "Yes"

Step 5: You will be redirected to a new page, start filling in your details correctly.

Step 6: Select your preferences carefully and continue to Part-II.

Step 7: Pay the required application fee through online/offline mode as discussed above.

Step 8: Select the desired examination centre from the list.

Step 9: Upload scanned documents as required in the application form.

Step 10: Check all the details and click on "Submit". Download a copy of the application form for future reference.

FAQs

Q. When will CDS 2 notification be released?

A. CDS 2 notification 2021was released on August 4 by the Union Public Service Commission.

Q. How can I check the CDS Notification?

A: CDS notification comprises all details related to the exam such as exam dates, application process, number of vacancies, exam pattern, syllabus, salary details, etc.   

Q. How can I apply for the CDS exam?

A. Candidates who wish to apply for the CDS Exam are required to fill the application form online. No offline applications are accepted by the examination authority. 

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

A. The application fee for the CDS Exam is Rs 200. However, Female/SC/ST candidates are exempted from fee payment.