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CDS 2019: Application form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern and Dates

CDS 2019: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defense Services (CDS) examination to provide admission to eligible candidates in the Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy. UPSC conducts CDS exam twice in a year. Candidates, who wish to join the deference services, can apply for CDS 2019. The registration process for CDS (I) will begin from 31st October 2018 and for CDS (II) will begin from 12th June 2019.

The write-up provides all the essential details about the CDS 2019 including the information of CDS 2019 Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, and Important Dates as well.

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CDS 2019 Calendar-  Important Dates

The dates (tentative) for CDS (I & II) 2019 have been given in the following table:

Sl.No.Name of the EventsDate Assigned (CDS-I)Date Assigned (CDS-II)
1.      Date for the Online Registration31st October 201812th June 2019
2.      Last date for application form submission26th November 20188th July 2019
3.      Date of Admit Card ReleaseTo be UpdatedTo be Updated
4.      Exam commencement Date3rd February 20198th September 2019
5.      Result of the testTo be UpdatedTo be Updated

CDS 2019 Application Form

The CDS application form needs to be filled by the candidates through the official website of UPSC. Candidates need to fill the application form with all the details as required such as the name, age and the educational qualifications of the applicants. Candidates will also need to upload the photo and signature in the fields given in the application form. Moreover, there will be application fee which must be paid by the candidates as accordingly. Lastly, candidates can take the printout of the application form for the future reference.

Details of the CDS Application Fee

The fee details are as given below:

  • Candidates of the General and OBC category will pay the application Rs. 200.
  • Candidates, who belong to the reserved category will be exempted from the application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee through the credit card, debit card, net banking or SBI’s bank challan.

CDS Eligibility Criteria

Those, who want to apply for CDS 2019 must fulfill the eligibility criteria set by UPSC.


Candidates should be an Indian citizen. Subjects of candidates from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Tibet, Sri Lanka & various East African Countries are also eligible to apply. Such candidates will have to provide a certificate issued by authorities of Government of India verifying the claim.

Educational qualification

For admission into the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), candidates must hold a bachelor level degree from a recognized institute.

For admission into the ‘Indian Naval Academy’ (INA), candidates are required to have a bachelor level engineering degree. Moreover, all the applicants need to have passed the Higher Secondary Education (12th) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Age limit

For OTA, the age of the applicants needs to be 25 years and for admission into the other academies, candidates of age group from 20 to 24 years will be eligible to apply.

CDS Exam Pattern

The CDS Test (I) and (II) will be conducted in the month of February and November 2019 respectively. Candidates will be required to take part in the exam based on objective questions having multiple choices for answers. The exam will be a pen and paper based exam which will be conducted offline at various exam centres. The questions in the exam will be from Elementary Mathematics, English, and General Knowledge subjects. There will be a provision of negative marking in the exam. This is a quick overview of the exam pattern.

Admit Card

The eligible candidates will be issued CDS 2019 Admit Card at least three weeks before the commencement of the exam. The admit card will be released through online mode at the official website of UPSC. The authority will not send admit card via post to any candidate. To download the admit card, candidate have to enter their registration number & date of birth in the given fields. For Interview/Personality Test the board will issue the separate Admit Card.

Answer Key

The conducting body i.e. UPSC will release the answer key after the successful completion of the exam. Candidates who appeared in the entrance exam can download the answer key from the official website of the commission. The answer key will also be released by various coaching institutes. With the help of the CDS 2019 answer key, candidates can easily check their scores based on the number of correct and wrong answers.

CDS 2019 Syllabus

The Syllabus of CDS exam 2019 will be decided by UPSC. Candidates who want to appear in CDS 2019 exam should go through the syllabus carefully. A proper understanding of syllabus will help the candidates while their preparation for the exam. Below, we are listing the section wise syllabus for CDS 2019.

CDS Syllabus for English

  • Spotting Errors Questions
  • Sentence Arrangement
  • Selecting Words
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Ordering of Sentence
  • Vocabulary Preparation
  • Fill in the blanks questions

CDS Syllabus for Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Statistic

Syllabus for General Knowledge

  • Latest Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian Economy
  • Taxation
  • Indian Politics
  • Indian History
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Universities
  • Sports – Awards etc.
  • Banking Sector
  • Books & Authors

Selection Process

Selection of candidates will be based on Written Exam, Personal Interview, Document verification and Medical test of the candidates. Candidates will have to clear all the stages of the selection process. Candidates, who will pass the written entrance exam, will be called for SSB (Service Selection Board) which includes intelligence test, psychological aptitude test, and interview. UPSC will prepare a final merit list based on the total marks obtained in the written test and in the SSB tests.

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  1. RAHUL mandal says:


  2. Vrushab says:

    My DOB is 13/07/1995 can i give the cds 2019 attempt??

  3. Laxmi rajput says:

    Hlo sir,im a bcom student am I eligible for this exam as I’m a commerce student

  4. Poula says:

    I have completed b.sc nursing this year(fresher). I want to work as military nurse and my date of birth is19.07.1996.Am i eligible for CDS 1 2019

  5. MD jafer says:

    I am studying in bca 3rd semester am I eligible for IAFA

  6. devraj shelake says:

    My Don is 21/12/1994 can apply ota exam in2019-first

  7. Dheeraj says:

    I am doing my 3rd year in bba llb. Am i eligible for the exam?

  8. Sachin says:

    2nd year passed out 3rd year m hu kya m bhar Sakta hu

  9. Rohit James says:

    My DoB is 10th Aug 1995, am i eligible for CDS I 2019?

  10. Prithvi says:

    My date of birth is 3rd February 1998. Can I apply for CDS 2019

  11. umesh says:

    am passed 12th can I apply CDS
    Am passed in mathematics, chemistry, physics
    my date of bday 1-6-1996

  12. Amit Vikram says:

    Hey! My date of birth is 04/August/1995, an I eligible to apply for CDS 1 2019?

  13. Ashutosh Nayak says:

    My date of birth is 25-02-2000.Can i apply for cds exam 2019?

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