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.
UPSC CDS 2018
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.
- 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.
- 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
|2||General knowledge||2 hours||100|
|3||Elementary mathematics||2 hours||100|
For admission to OTA
|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.
- Female /SC /ST candidates do not have to pay fees for the entrance exam.
- General, OBC and other categories pay Rs.200/-
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:
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.