Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the CDS 1 2019 Examination for the year 2019. The examination will be conducted twice in a year. The first exam will take place in the starting of the year. The information regarding CDS 1 2019 is given on this page. Candidates can check all the information for CDS 1 2019 registration, admit card, result etc. Candidates who pass all the stages of the examination will be recruited to Army, Naval and Air Headquarters. Candidates make sure that they are eligible for the examination before applying.

CDS 1 2019

CDS examination will consist of two stages. First, an examination will take place. Then the candidates who will qualify that will be going for the further round that is a personal interview. To apply for CDS, candidates must check the eligibility requirements to ensure that they are eligible. Also, candidates must check the important dates of the recruitment process which is given below:

Events Dates
Date of Notification 26 Sep 2018
Last date to submit application form 26 Nov 2018
UPSC CDA 1 Exam Date 03 Feb 2019

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who are applying for the examination for recruitment must ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements of the examination. Following are the eligibility requirements of the examination:

  1. Nationality criteria: The candidate must be :
  • citizen of India, or
  • subject of Bhutan, or
  • subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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.

Candidates following in any of the above categories must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the government.

2. Age criteria: The candidate must be :

  • For IMA-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2001
  • For Indian Naval Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2001
  • For Air Force Academy— 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2000

Please note that candidates below the age of 25 must be unmarried. Marriages permitted during training is not permitted. Candidates who are above 25 years of age and are married are eligible but they will not be provided marriage accommodation and neither can they live with their family during the time of training.

Please, not that Male divorcee/widowers are not eligible for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses.

3. Educational Qualifications

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy-Degree of a recognized University or equivalent are eligible
  • For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution are eligible
  • For Air Force Academy-Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering are eligible

The graduates who have to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates at the time of SSB interview.

The candidates who are yet to give the final year examination are also eligible to apply but they have to submit they submit the proof of passing the final year.

Application Form

The application forms will be available online on the official website. The candidates are advised to fill only one application. If the candidate submits multiple applications then the form with the higher registration id will be considered. Candidates make sure that they fill all the details like name, father’s name, date of birth, address correctly. Candidates can check the links to get more information regarding the application form, fee etc. The applications should be filled and submitted within the given time period only. The candidates who are in government services including candidates who are in Army forces or private employment should submit their applications to the Commission directly. Candidates in the government services must inform their head of office/department in writing that they have applied for CDS. Candidates who are in armed forces have to submit in writing to their commanding head that they have applied for CDS.

Admit Card

After the application forms have been filled and submitted the admit cards will be issued on the scheduled date. The admit card will be available on the official website. The admit cards will not be sent by post. Candidates will have to take a print of the admit card and bring it with them at the time of examination. To download the admit card, candidates have to enter details such as RID and date of birth or roll number. Candidates can check the links to get full information regarding the admit card.

Exam Pattern

Following is the exam pattern and duration of the examination. Candidates can scroll down to check the information:

  • For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:
Subject Duration Marks
English 02 hours 100
General Knowledge 02 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 02 hours 100
  •  For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:
Subject Duration Marks
English 02 hours 100
General Knowledge 02 hours 100

the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy.

The examination will be objective type only. Each question will have 4 options and the candidate has to select one suitable answer.  Each question will carry 1 mark. For every wrong answer marked, 1/2 marks will be deducted. If more than one answer is marked than 1/3 marks will be deducted. If no answer has been marked then no negative marking will be done. The questions will be both in English as well as Hindi for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. Candidates are not allowed to use calculators in the exam.

Test Centers

The CDS examination will be conducted in various cities:

Sr. No. Cities Sr. No. Cities
1 Agartala 22 Kochi
2 Ahmedabad 23 Kohima
3 Aizwal 24 Kolkata
4 Allahabad 25 Lucknow
5 Bengaluru 26 Madurai
6 Bareilly 27 Mumbai
7 Bhopal 28 Nagpur
8 Chandigarh 29 Panaji
9 Chennai 30 Patna
10 Cuttack 31 Port Blair
11 Dehradun 32 Raipur
12 Delhi 33 Ranchi
13 Dharwad 34 Sambalpur
14 Dispur 35 Shillong
15 Gangtok 36 Shimla
16 Hyderabad 37 Srinagar
17 Imphal 38 Thiruvananthapuram
18 Itanagar 39 Tirupati
19 Jaipur 40 Udaipur
20 Jammu 41 Visakapatnam
21 Jorhat

Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centers except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata, and Nagpur.

The allotment of centers will be done on the basis of first-apply-first-allot. Once the center is filled, they will have to choose other remaining centers. Candidates will have to choose their test centers in the application form. Please choose the test center carefully as no changes will be made once the test centers have been allotted.


Following is the syllabus of the examination. The questions will be given based on the syllabus. Candidates have to prepare for this examination from this syllabus only.


The questions will be made to test the candidate’s understanding of English.

General Knowledge:

The questions will be based on current events to test how much the candidate knows about whats happening around in the world. The paper will also include questions like Indian History and Geography.

Elementary Mathematics:

Questions will be based on Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.

Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11, Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm.


Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, the relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.


Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.


Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.


Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle, and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.


Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

Intelligence and Personality Test:

There are two stages in the selection process. The candidates who clear stage 1 will be qualified for stage 2.

  1. Stage 1 – Officer Intelligence Rating tests are Picture perception and description test.
  2. Stage 2 – Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. The duration of these test is 4 days.

The assessment of the candidate will be done by the Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist.

Selection Procedure

To get selected for the recruitment in Navy, Army and Airforce, the candidates first have to appear for the CDS examination. The examination will be in offline mode. It will include questions from general knowledge, Indian History, mathematics to English.

After the completion of the examination, UPSC will declare the merit list which will be based on the scored obtained by the candidates in the examination.

The candidates who will qualify in the written examination will have to appear for the further selection process which includes Intelligence and personality test.

There will be two stages in the Intelligence and personality test. In the first stage the of the test, candidates will be evaluated on the Picture perception and picture description test. Candidates who pass in the first stage will only be qualified for the next stage which includes the tests: Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. The duration of these test will be 4 days.


After the completion of the examination, UPSC will declare the merit list of the candidates who have scored at least or more than the minimum eligible marks. To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) written examination and (ii) SSB test.

Passing the examination does not mean that the candidate will get admission into Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy. The final selection will be made after the candidate appears for the intelligence and personality test and passes both.

Official Website: www.upsc.gov.in

For more details on UPSC CDS (1) 2019, download 2018 Information Brochure

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