CDS exam is organized by UPSC for the recruitment to different posts of Indian Air Force Academy, Officer Training Academy, India Military Academy & Indian Naval Academy. This National Level Entrance exam is conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. CDS exam is one of the biggest opportunity for candidates who want to pursue a career in this field. Women/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only.

CDS 2018: Important Dates

Events Dates
UPCS CDS  2018 Notification Date 8th August 2018
Last Date of UPSC CDS  Application Form 3rd September 2018
UPSC CDS  Admit Card Download Date November 2018
UPSC CDS  Exam Date 18th November 2018
UPSC CDS  Result Date December 2018
UPSC CDS  Final Merit List before 1 Month of Joining


UPSC will organize the CDS  2018 Examination for the respective vacancies on 18th November 2018 to get the admission in the following courses:

CDS Course Total Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men) 225
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) 12


The salary of all CDS posts is as follow:

Post Salary
Lieutenant Level 10 Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500
Captain Level 10 B Rs. 6,13,00 – 1,93,900
Major Level 11 Rs. 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A Rs. 1,21,200 – 2,12400
Colonel Level 13 Rs. 1,30,600-2, 15,90
Brigadier Level 13A Rs. 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 14 Rs. 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 Rs. 1,82,200 – 2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 Rs. 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 Rs. 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COAS Level 18 Rs. 2,50,000/-(fixed)

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS  examination. Candidates should fulfill the  exam at the following levels:
1. Nationality:- A candidate should be:
1. The Citizenship of India.
2. The subject of Nepal/Bhutan.
3. Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle.
4. 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.

  1. Age Limit:- The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2018 Exam (II) for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:
CDS Department Age
Indian Military Academy not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000
Indian Naval Academy not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000
Indian Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2019
Officers’ Training Academy 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 2000
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July,

Gender Requirement for CDS  2018

CDS Department Gender Status
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Male Married/Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Female Unmarried

What Physical Standards are required for UPSC CDS 2018?
The aspirants who have applied for different posts of CDS 2018 should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

  1. Educational Qualification
    Check the educational qualification requirement of the CDS 2018 exam for different job posts from the table below.
Post Educational Eligibility Criteria
IMA Graduate from Recognized University
INA Engineering Degree from Recognized University
AFA Engineering Degree (Physics & Math at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTA Graduate from Recognized University

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2018 exam should be aware of the latest CDS  exam pattern and Syllabus. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS  2018 is divided into two sections:
1. Written Examination
2. Intelligence & Personality Test Interview
The exam pattern of CDS  examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.
CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE
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.

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

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

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours

2. CDS 2 2018 Syllabus

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of CDS 2 2018 syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of CDS 2 Exam for its thorough preparation.

General Knowledge ·         Current affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date.

·         History

·         Physics

·         Biology

·         Geography

·         Political Science

English ·         Basic Grammar

·         Synonyms

·         Antonyms

·         Comprehension Solving

·         Error Spotting

·         Para Jumbles

Elementary Math ·         Natural numbers

·         Integers

·         Percentages

·         Rational and Real numbers

·         Time & work

·         Time & distance

·         Profit & loss

·         Ratio & proportion

·         Prime and composite numbers

·         Simple and compound interest

·         HCF and LCM

·         Euclidean algorithm

·         Geometry

·         Logarithms

·         Trigonometry

·         Statistics

·         Mensuration

Educational Qualification:

Candidates should possess Degree of a recognised University or equivalent for S.No-1, Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/ Institution for S.No-2, Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering for S.No-3 Posts.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be selected based on SSB (Stage I & II). Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception, Description Test (PP&DT) (Stage I) & Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference (Stage II).

CDS Exam [email protected] Coaching

IGS is starting target batches for CDS Exam in various branches. The Course will be completed in 3Months followed by a National Level Mock Test Series having 10 Mock Tests as per the Syllabus & Pattern of the Exam. The Salient

Features of the Exam will be as under:

  1. Class – 2 Hours daily
  2. 6-Days a week
Maths 2
English 2
GS 2
  1. Daily Class Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  2. Daily Home Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  3. Weekly Practice Tests (Topic wise)
  4. Doubt Clearing sessions after every Topic
  5. Practice Books – Containing all questions from previous years.
  6. 100% Exam Concepts to be covered in Class Assignment/Home Assignment/Books.
  7. Highly Experienced & Specialized Teachers
  8. Vedic Mathematics + Shortcut Techniques in Mathematics
  9. Special lectures by experts from Defence Background
  10. Course Duration: 3 Months + 1 Month Practice
  11. Section Tests After Course Completion: 30 Tests
  12. Weekly Mock Test with Discussion by Experts.
  13. National level test series 10 Tests.
  14. National level Ranking among students of more than 70 cities.
  15. Weekly GK capsule-40 Weekly news review.
  16. GS & English Quiz on daily Basis on Mobile App.
  17. Mentoring by the directors for Individual Attention.
  18. 15 Days Refresher Course before the Final Test.

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