CDS 2018: Important Dates

Events Dates
UPCS CDS  2018 Notification Date 8th August 2018
Last Date of UPSC CDS  Application Form 3rd September 2018
UPSC CDS  Admit Card Download Date November 2018
UPSC CDS  Exam Date 18th November 2018
UPSC CDS  Result Date December 2018
UPSC CDS  Final Merit List before 1 Month of Joining

 

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS  examination. Candidates should fulfill the  exam at the following levels:
1. Nationality:- A candidate should be:
1. The Citizenship of India.

 

2. Age Limit:- The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2018 Exam (II) for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

CDS Department Age
Indian Military Academy not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000
Indian Naval Academy not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000
Indian Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2019
Officers’ Training Academy 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 2000
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July,
2000

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2018 exam should be aware of the latest CDS  exam pattern and Syllabus. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS  2018 is divided into two sections:
1. Written Examination
2. Intelligence & Personality Test Interview
The exam pattern of CDS  examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.
CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE
The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)
The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with total 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours

Educational Qualification:

Candidates should possess Degree of a recognised University or equivalent for S.No-1, Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/ Institution for S.No-2, Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering for S.No-3 Posts.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be selected based on SSB (Stage I & II). Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception, Description Test (PP&DT) (Stage I) & Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference (Stage II).