Combined defense Service or CDS Exam is one of the most sought After Exams if you want to pursue your Career in the Indian Defence. Since the CDS exam will take Place in November. Th ADmit card for CDS Will is Released 3-4 weeks before the Exam. UPSC or Union Service Public Commission organize CDS exam to Recruit Officer in Indian Air Force Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Military Academy & Indian Naval Academy. The CDS exam takes place twice a year in National LEvel. The first Cycle of UPSC CDS exam Takes place in February and Second in November.

Dates to Remember

Events Date
Online Application starts 8th August 2018
Online Application Ends 04th September 2018
Last Date of Online Fee Payment September 2018
Admit Card November 2018
Written Exam  18th November 2018
Result January 2019



Name of Course Vacancies
Indian Military Academy (Dehradun) 100
Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala) 45
Air Force Academy (Hyderabad) 32
Officers Training Academy (Chennai) 225
Officers Training Academy (Chennai) 12
Total 414


Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria (As on 17th May 2018)

Minimum Age:- 20 years

Maximum Age:- 25 Years

Educational Qualification

For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy-Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
For Indian Naval Academy - Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
For Air Force Academy-Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
In exceptional cases, the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.
More About Educational Qualification
  • Those who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination.
  • Those who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services are not eligible for admission.


a Citizen of India, or
a subject of Bhutan, or
a subject of Nepal, or
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire a, d Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India.
Gender Requirement for CDS-II 2018
CDS Department Gender Marital Status
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officers Training Academy Male Married/ Unmarried
Officers Training Academy Female Unmarried

Physical Standards for UPSC 2018

The candidate who is applying for Different post of CDS 2018 should be Mentally and Physically fir in order to Meet the physical standard Guidelines as mentioned in the Official Notification.


Exam Pattern & Selection Process

The Selection Process for  UPSC CDS -II Consists of 3 stages:- 

  • Selection is based on written exam, interview & personality Test for the post of the Air force, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy.
  • A Merit List is Prepared for the students who Qualified the Written Examinations and SSB Test. 
  • The final round of Selection is Based on the Medical fitness for All Available posts
Written Examination
For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy-
The Exam for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Airforce Academy Consists of 3 Papers which carry total marks of 300. The total duration of Each Exam is 2 hours:-
Subjects Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100
Total 6 Hours 300

For Officers Training Academy:-

The exam for Officer Training Academy (OTA)  Consists of 2 Subjects with a total of 200 Marks. The Duration of Two Exams is 4 Hours (2 Hours Each).

Subjects Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 hours 100
General Awareness 2 Hours 100
Total 4 hours 200

Important Notes:-

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only.
  • There will be negative marking for every wrong answer marked by you.



General Awareness English Elementary Math
Current Affairs
Political Science
Basic Grammar
Comprehension Solving
Error Spotting
Para Jumbles
Natural numbers
Rational and Real numbers
Time & work
Time & distance
Profit & loss
Ratio & proportion
Prime and composite numbers
Simple and compound interest
Euclidean algorithm


Application Process

Click here To apply online for UPSC CDS - II 2018:- Click Here to Apply Online

  • You have to visit the official website of UPSC to Apply for CDS-2 2018.
  • You Should Sumit only single Application.
  • Under the heading "Part-I" of the application form, fill in personal contact Information.
  • Select the Preference for the academies as per age & qualification.
  • the Registration ID Would be Generaled after this, you should then head to PArt II of the Application form.
  • Now review the Application Form.
  • Pay the Application fee.
  • Upload your Scanned Photograph and Signature as per the file Size & Dimensions in the Official Notification.
  • Click on the submit button. 
  • Take the Printout of the Application form for future Reference 

Application Fee

UR/ OBC:- 200/-

SC/ST/Females:- No Fee


The CDS 2018 Result Date will be declared once the exam takes place. The CDS 2 exam is scheduled to take place on 18th November 2018. Hence, if you are an appearing aspirant then you must keep a check on the result date of CDS exam. 

  • Login into the Official website of UPSC.
  • Go to Results.
  • Select the optionsUPSC 2018 CDS-2 Results.
  • Fill the necessary details such as Registration ID and Date of Birth.
  • Click on submit.
  • check your Result Status Corresponding to your  Roll Number & Name.

Admit Cards

UPSC CDS 2 2018 Admit Cards will be issued 2-3 weeks before the exam. The link for the Admit Card will be Activated in the Official Website of UPSC. Where you can download  your CDS Call Letter by Login in with your Registration ID and Password.


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


Official Notification

As you are now aware of all the minute details about the details of the UPSC CDS, you can now refer to the Official Recruitment Notification for UPSC CDS 2 2018 and get detail information about the topics such as Vacancy, Eligibility criteria, Exam Pattern & Selection Process, etc.

UPSC CDS-II Offical recrutiment Notification 2018:- Click Here

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