UPSC recently released the notification for the CDS examination-I for recruitment of the candidates into defense services.
CDS Exam (Combined Defence Service) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice a year to recruit for the posts of Commissioned Officers in the Navy, Air Force, and Indian Army. CDS I 2023 Result of the written test has been declared on February 2023, in offline mode. For CDS II 2023 preparation, candidates can download previous years’ papers of the CDS exam for better preparation.
All the appeared candidates are advised to check the result on the official website of UPSC. A total of 6,552 candidates have been shortlisted for SSB interviews. Get the CDS Latest news right here.
Highlights of CDS 2023
|Name of exam||Combined Defence Services Examination|
|The organisation conducting the CDS Exam 2023||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam level of CDS 2023||National|
|Exam frequency of CDS 2023||Twice a year|
|Exam mode of CDS 2023||Online|
|Duration of CDS 2023||Two hours|
|Language of question paper of CDS Exam 2023||English and Hindi|
|Application Fee of CDS 2023||INR 200/-|
|CDS 2023 Exam Purpose||To select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force|
|Vacancies in CDS 2023 Exam||CDS I: 345|
CDS II: 344
|No of the test cities||41|
|Official Website of CDS 2023||upsc.gov.in|
Vacancy in CDS Exam 2023
Here are the details of the post-wise number of vacancies of both CDS I and CDS II
|Name of the Course||No. of Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 154th (DE) Course commencing in January 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in January 2023 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) Training Course commencing in January 2023 i.e. No. 213 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)— 117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2023||170|
|Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 31st SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2023||17|
Eligibility Criteria of CDS Exam 2023
Before applying for the CDS Exam, all applicants must examine the CDS eligibility requirements. Check out the following content to learn more:
The candidate must be unmarried and a Citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
Age Limit for CDS Exam 2023
|Indian Military Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later than July 01, 2002.|
|Indian Naval Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later than July 01, 2002|
|Indian Air Force Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1997 and should not be born later than July 01, 2001|
|Officers’ Training Academy||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1996 and should not be born later than July 01, 2002|
|Officers’ Training Academy— (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||Should not be born before 2nd Jul 1996 and should not be born later than July 01, 2002|
Gender Requirements for CDS Exam 2023 Posts
|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|
Educational Qualification for CDS Exam 2023
Education qualification for the CDS 2023 exam would be different for numerous designations:
|Posts||Educational Eligibility Criteria|
|IMA||Graduate from Recognized University|
|INA||Engineering Degree from Recognized University|
|AFA||Engineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University|
|OTA||Graduate from Recognized University|
Physical Standards for Recruitment
The following are the physical standards for recruitment for CDS examination-
Height and Weight Requirement for CDS Recruitment (ARMY)
|Age (yrs)||Minimum weight for all ages||Age: 17 to 20 yrs||Age: 20+01 day – 30 yrs||Age: 30 + 01 day – 40 yrs||Age: Above 40 yrs|
|Height (cm)||Weight (Kg)||Weight (Kg)||Weight (Kg)||Weight (Kg)||Weight (Kg)|
|Parameter||Standards : 10+2 entries, NDA(Army), TES and equivalent||Graduate & equivalent entries: CDSE, IMA, OTA, UES, NCC,TGC & equivalent||Post graduate & equivalent entries: JAG, AEC , APS, RVC,TA, AMC, ADC, SL & equivalent|
|Uncorrected vision(max allowed)||6/36 & 6/36||6/60 &6/60||3/60 & 3/60|
|BCVA||Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6||Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6||Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6|
|Myopia||< -2.5 D Sph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)||< -3.50 D Sph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)||< -5.50 D Sph (including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)|
|Hypermetropia||<+2.5 D Sph, ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)||<+3.50 DSph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)||<+3.50 D Sph (including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)|
|Lasik/equivalent surgery||Not permitted||Permitted *||Permitted*|
Height & Weight Requirement for CDS Recruitment (NAVY)
|Heigh t in Mtrs||Up to 17 yrs||17 yrs + 1 day to 18 yrs||18 yrs + 1 day to 20 yrs||20 yrs + 1 day to 30 yrs||Above 30 yrs|
|Mini mum Weight in Kg||Maximum Weight in Kg||Mini mum Weig ht in Kg||Maximum Weight in Kg||Mini mum Weig ht in Kg||Maxi mum Weig ht in Kg||Minimum Weight in Kg||Maximum Weight in Kg||Mini mum Weig ht in Kg||Maximum Weight in Kg|
Visual standards for NDA/ NA entry are as follows:-
|Corrected Vision||6/6 6/6|
|Limits of Myopia||– 0.75 D Sph|
|Limits of Hypermetropia||+ 1.5 D Cyl|
|Astigmatism (within limits of myopia and hypermetropia)||+ 0.75 D Sph / Cyl|
Height, Sitting Height, Leg Length and Thigh Length (AIRFORCE)
The Minimum height for Flying Branch will be 162.5 cm. Acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length, and sitting height for such aircrew are as follows-
|(a) Sitting height||Minimum|
|(b) Leg Length||Minimum |
|99.0 cm |
|(c) Thigh Length||Maximum||64.0 cm|
Weight and Height Standards for CDS recruitment (AIRFORCE)
|Height in cm||Age Range (Years)|
Exam Dates of CDS 2023
Here are the important dates of the CDS exam:
|Events||CDS I 2023 Dates||CDS II 2023 Dates(Tentative)|
|Release of Notification||22 December 2021||22 December 2021|
|Starting of Application Process||24 January – 11 January 2023||18 May 2023 – 14 June 2023|
|Admit Card||3 weeks before the examination||3 weeks before the examination|
|Exam Date||10 April 2023||4 September 2023|
|CDS 2023 Result||To be notified||To be notified|
|SSB Interview||To be notified||To be notified|
Online Application Form for CDS Exam 2023
The online CDS application form for the CDS II test is planned to be issued in August 2023. Only online applications will be considered. The application process for the CDS 2023 Exam is as follows:
How can I register for the CDS Exam in 2023?
Go to the UPSC official website and click on ‘Online Application for Various UPSC Examinations.
When the page loads, candidates must select the Part I option to access the Combined Defence Services Examination (2).
Applicants are advised to read the guidelines from PART I before clicking the “Yes” button.
After that, you’ll be able to see the application form on the screen.
Aspirants must now fill up their contact information and personal information.
Applicants should select their preferred academics based on their age and notification.
Your Registration ID will be produced in the following steps.
Once you’ve completed your Part I form, you’ll need to start filling out your Part II Application form.
After that, you must pay the application fees in order to finish the Application Form Filling Process.
Once you’ve completed the payment process, you’ll be able to select your preferred examination centre.
- Now you must upload a scanned copy of your signature and a photograph in the file size and dimensions specified.
- You must then pick the ‘Submit’ option in the following step.
- It is recommended that you print the application form for future reference.
- CDS Exam 2023 Application Fees.
- The CDS II application form costs INR 200 for students in the General category.
- However, applicants from reserved categories, such as SC/ST/Females, are exempt from paying application fees.
- Candidates can pay their application costs in two ways: online or offline.
- For the online payment process, applicants can use a Mastercard/Debit Card or Net Banking to complete the transaction.
- Applicants must deposit cash at any SBI Bank branch to complete the offline payment process.
Admit Card of CDS Exam 2023
On the official website, the CDS admission card is already available. Applicants are advised to visit https://upsconline.nic.in/ to obtain their admit cards. Candidates must submit their Roll No. and Registration Number in order to check in to their account. Here is the direct link to the CDS Exam 2023 Admit Card.
Before you download the admission card, double-check that the provided information on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, the applicants will not be allowed to sit for the exam. Remember to bring your admit card to the exam centre; otherwise, you will not be permitted to enter the exam room.
Exam Centres of CDS Exam 2023
Applicants must select an exam center from the list of CDS 2023 exam centers that best suits their needs. During the CDS 2023 Application Process, applicants must state their preferences. The following table lists all CDS 2023 Exam Centres in India:
|Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)||Itanagar||Rajkot|
|Gautam Buddh Nagar||Navi Mumbai||Warangal|
Exam Pattern of CDS Exam 2023
The CDS 2023 Exam Pattern is divided into two sections:
• Written test and Practical test.
• Personality and Intelligence Interview
Both the Officer Training Academy and the Indian Military/Indian Air Force/Indian Naval Academy have different exam patterns.
Exam Pattern for INA, IMA, and IAF CDS
The Indian Air Force, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Military Academy exams are made up of three papers with a total score of 300 points.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
|Elementary Mathematics||100||2 hours|
CDS 2023 Exam Pattern for Officers Training Academy (OTA)
Officer Training Academy will be divided into two disciplines, with a total exam score of 200. The examination will last four hours in total.
|General Knowledge||100||2 hours|
Syllabus of CDS Exam 2023
Before preparing for the exam, applicants should familiarise themselves with the CDS Exam 2023 syllabus:
- Current affairs
- Political Science
- Basic Grammar
- Comprehension Solving
- Error Spotting
- Para Jumbles
- Euclidean algorithm
- HCF and LCM
- Natural numbers
- Prime and composite numbers
- Profit & loss
- Ratio & proportion
- Rational and Real numbers
- Simple and compound interest
- Time & distance
- Time & work
Selection Process of CDS Exam 2023
The CDS Exam 2023 Selection Process is divided into four stages, as follows:
• Oral SSC Interview/Personality Test
• Verification of documents
• Medical Check-Up
The merit list will be compiled based on the applicants’ performance in the written test and the SSB interview.
Result and Cut Off of CDS Exam 2023
On the official website, the CDS Exam 2023 Result will be announced. If aspirants pass all levels of the CDS test, they would be eligible for recruitment into one of the Indian Defense Services. The Cut Off, on the other hand, is the minimal qualifying score that must be obtained in order to sit for the next level exam. With the CDS Result, the CDS Cutoff score is provided separately.
Salary & Allowances for CDS Exam 2023
A lieutenant will be paid INR 56,100 – 1,77,500 per month after being selected. Applicants are paid a set stipend of INR 56,100 per month during the training term. Officers in the ranks of Lieutenant to Brigadier receive a monthly Military Service Pay of INR 15,500. Check out the CDS Salary Structure and Other Benefits.
Qualification Grant, Flying Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Field Area Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Siachen Allowance, Uniform Allowance, and other allowances would be available to candidates in addition to the wage.