Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct Combined Defence Services (CDS) 2018. CDS will be held two times: CDS (I) 2018 on February 4, 2018, and CDS (II) 2018 on November 18, 2018. UPSC has released the notification for UPSC CDS I, and for CDS II notification will be released  in August 2018. Get here complete details of UPSC CDS 2018 including important dates and events, number of vacancies, eligibility criteria, selection procedure, application fee, application procedure, admit card, examination centres, result. Exams conducted by UPSC are quite tough to crack but with enough hard work and proper time management, the task is pretty achievable.

The Application forms for UPSC CDS 2018 Part-I is available now. Exam will take place on February 04, 2018. UPSC CDS 2018 Part-II exam will take place in the month of November, 2018. It will be a “Pen and Paper mode” test which consists of multiple choice questions.


The “Combined Defence Services” Examination (CDS) is recruits for job opportunities in Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The aspirants can apply online through official website www.upsconline.nic.in. Important UPSC CDS 2018 Dates are given below.

UPSC CDS (1) 2018
UPSC issues notification for CDS 1 08 Nov 2017
Last date to apply for Combined Defence Services 1 04 Dec 2017
Date of Examination 04 Feb 2018
UPSC CDS (2) 2018 (Expected)
UPSC issues notification for CDS 2 August 8, 2018
Last date to apply for Combined Defence Services 2 September 3, 2018
Date of Examination November 18, 2018

Number of vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai submit vacancies in courses to UPSC. Number of vacancies are issued with notification. The number of vacancies mentioned below are of previous year. The Name of the course and a corresponding number of vacancies that were last time are given below in the table:

S.No. Name of the Course Number of Vacancies
1 Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 150
2 Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
3 Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
4 Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 225
5 Officers Training Academy, Chennai 11

UPSC CDS 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: An aspirant must be from the Indian origin, or liable to Bhutan, or Nepal, or he/she must be a Tibetan refugee who got settled in India before the 1st January, 1962.

An aspirant must be from Indian origin who moved from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam to settle in India permanently.

Age Limit:

  • IMA and INA – For CDS 1, aspirants must be born between Jan 02, 1995 and Jan 01, 2000. For CDS 2, aspirants must be born between July 02, 1995 and July 01, 2000.
  • AFA – You must be 20 to 24 years of age as on July 1 (for CDS 1) and January 1 (for CDS 2).
  • OTA Men and Women – For CDS 1, they must be born between Jan 02, 1994 and Jan 01, 2000. For CDS 2, they must be born between Jul 02, 1994 and Jul 01, 2000.

Educational Qualification:

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy- Aspirants must have a degree of a recognised University.
  • For Indian Naval Academy- You must have a degree in Engineering with a recognised University.
  • For Air Force Academy- A degree of a recognised University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level must be achieved.

UPSC CDS 2018 Selection Procedure – Written Exam and Interview

Written examination – Scheme of exam

For admission to IMA, INA, AFA

S.No Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1 English 2 hours 100
2 General knowledge 2 hours 100
3 Elementary mathematics 2 hours 100

For admission to OTA

S.No Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1 English 2 hours 100
2 General knowledge 2 hours 100

UPSC CDS 2018 Application Form

All the interested candidates are requested to go to UPSC official website at http://upsc.gov.in. for UPSC CDS Application Form 2018 . The online registration forms are available and started from November 8, 2017. Application form for UPSC CDS (2) 2018 is expected to be available in the month of August 2018.

Application Fee

  • Female /SC /ST candidates do not have to pay fees for the entrance exam.
  • General, OBC and other categories pay Rs.200/-

Application Procedure

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC www.upsc.gov.in

Step 2: Look for the option “CDS (I) 2018 Application form” in the latest notifications and click on it.

Step 3: Registration Process Part-I: You will be required to enter your Name, Mobile number, Email ID and other basic details) following which you will receive registration number and password.

Step 4: Registration process II: Now, you have to enter the Registration number and Date of birth to proceed to Part-II of Registration. In this you will have to enter basic details, educational details and other details. Submit the details.

Step 5: Next, you have to upload photograph and signature duly scanned in jpg. Format in such a way that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

Step 6: Payment: Now, you have to pay the fee which can be paid through online as well as offline.

  • Online mode: Payment can be done through Debit cards/Credit cards/Net Banking/Mobile Wallets.
  • Offline mode: You can also choose “Pay by cash” mode in which the Pay in-slip can be generated and then you can deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.

Step 7: Take the printout of generated e-Receipt and Application form. If the e-Receipt is not generated that it means transaction was not successful.

UPSC CDS 2018 Admit card

UPSC CDS 2018 Admit card will be uploaded online three weeks prior to the date of examination by the conducting body UPSC on their official website www.upsc.gov.in . The eligible aspirants are requested to download the Admit card online as no admit cards will be sent through post. It is necessary to carry the Admit card otherwise you will not be permitted to write the exam.

CDS Examination Centers

The Allotment of centres will be done on the basis of “first-apply-first-allot” and once the seat-allotment is completed in a particular centre then the seat allotment will be frozen. The examination is looked forward to take place at following centres:

Agartala Gangtok Panaji (Goa)
Ahmedabad Hyderabad Patna
Aizawl Imphal Port Blair
Allahabad Itanagar Raipur
Bengaluru Jaipur Ranchi
Bareilly Jammu Sambalpur
Bhopal Jorhat Shillong
Chandigarh Kochi Shimla
Chennai Kohima Srinagar
Cuttack Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Lucknow Tirupati
Delhi Madurai Udaipur
Dharwad Mumbai Visakhapatnam
Dispur Nagpur

UPSC CDS 2018 Result

The result will be published online on the official website www.upsconline.nic.in . A list of candidates will be prepared who have obtained marks equal to or more than cut-off marks. Those who clear the written exam will have to appear for interview round that will revolve around intelligence and personality test.

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