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

CDS 2019 Application Form, Online Registration info, Important Dates, Exam Pattern


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 in the month of November 2018 and for CDS (II) will begin in the month of August 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.

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 Events Date Assigned (CDS-I) Date Assigned (CDS-II)
1.       Date for the Online Registration November 2018 August 2019
2.       Last date for application form submission December 2018 September 2019
3.       Date of Admit Card Release January/February 2019 November 2019
4.       Exam commencement Date February 2019 November 2019
5.       Result of the test May 2019 January/February 2020

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 fulfil the eligibility criteria set by UPSC. 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. 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.