The “Combined Defence Services” (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The UPSC will conduct the CDS exam twice a year in the month of February and September.
Candidates who aim to serve the nation by joining the defence forces can start applying for the CDS examination. In order to apply online for the CDS examination, candidates should meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission. The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination followed by an interview for intelligence and personality test. The shortlisted candidates will be placed at the respective academies based on the preference and merit. Explore more details regarding the CDS (I) & (II) examination below.
|S No||Name of the Academy||City|
|1||Indian Military Academy||Dehradun|
|2||Indian Naval Academy||Ezhimala|
|3||Air Force Academy||Hyderabad|
|4||Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Men)||Chennai|
|5||Officers Training Academy (SSC Women)||Chennai|
|Exam||Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Number of vacancies||400 (approximately)|
|Application fee||INR 200|
|Frequency||Twice a year|
|Selection process||Written test and SSB interview|
|Admit card mode||Online|
|Phone number (facilitation counter)||011-23098543/ 23385271/ 23381125/ 23098591|
The UPSC will release the CDS notification twice a year in the months of December and May. The recruitment notification of CDS will be released for around 400 vacancies each time. Aspirants should note that the number of vacancies in the notification is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services.
|CDS (I) 2022 Dates|
|CDS (I) notification 2022||December 22, 2021|
|CDS (I) 2022 last date to apply||January 11, 2022|
|CDS (I) 2022 exam date||April 10, 2022|
|CDS (I) 2022 result date||May 2022|
|CDS (II) 2022 Dates|
|CDS (II) notification 2022||May 18, 2022|
|CDS (II) 2022 last date to apply||June 14, 2022|
|CDS (II) 2022 exam date||September 04, 2022|
|CDS (II) 2022 result date||October 2022|
The UPSC will release the official notification of CDS (I) 2022 examination on April 10, 2022 and CDS (II) 2022 the online applications can be filled up from May 18 to June 14, 2022, till 6:00 pm. Aspirants are required to apply online using the official link www.upsconline.nic.in
The candidates applying for the examination must fulfil all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. The CDS (I) 2022 examination will be held on April 10, 2022, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.
|CDS (I) 2022 Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||152nd (DE) course commencing in January 2023||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in January 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||22|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2023||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||117th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2023||170|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||31st SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2023||17|
The UPSC will release the CDS (II) 2022 exam recruitment notification on May 18, 2022. The name of the notification is ”Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2022 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).” The online applications will be accepted until June 14, 2022. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on September 04, 2022.
|CDS (II) 2022 Vacancies|
|Academy||Course||Reserved for NCC – Vacancies||Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||153rd (DE) course commencing in July 2023||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in July 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||03||22|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2023||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||116th SSC (Men) Course (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2023||Nil||169|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2023||Nil||16|
Interested candidates are advised to check whether they meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission prior to CDS registration. For CDS exam registration, candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC (http://upsconline.nic.in).
Candidates should have details of one photo identity card such as the Aadhaar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ any other ID card issued by the State/Central Government. The details in the ID card are required to filling up the CDS online application form.
Aspirants are also advised to keep the scanned copy of the photo ID ready for uploading. The same photo ID card is required until the final selection. Explore the step by step CDS registration form 2022 here.
A candidate must be either:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.