UPSC CDS (2) 2018 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Application Form of UPSC CDS (2) on August 08, 2018 at This is for the conduction of CDS 2 2018 exam on November 18, 2018. The last date for filling application form is September 04, 2018.  Those who will fill the form in time UPSC will issue those admit card for written exam. The candidates have to undergo a written examination, The mode of examination is offline i.e. in pen and paper-based mode and the candidates can have to mark the answers on an OMR sheet. After that, the selected candidates will be further called for Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test (SSB). Those who will qualify all the stages will be recruited to Army, Naval and Air Headquarters. Get here more details of UPSC CDS (2) 2018. 

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UPSC CDS 2 2018

The CDS II 2018 entrance examination comprises a written examination. Candidates who will qualify the written examination will be selected for the interview and personality test conducted by Services Selection Board (SSB) commonly known as SSB. Important dates of UPSC CDS 2 2018 are as follows.

UPSC CDS 2 2018 Important Dates
A release of Notification and application form 08 Aug 2018
Last date to submit the Application form 03 Sep 2018 04 Sep 2018
The candidates can submit the application fee by Cash 03 Sep 2018 04 Sep 2018
Fee amount can be paid until Online Payment Gateway 03 Sep 2018 04 Sep 2018
Availability of Admit card Last week of Oct 2018
Date of Examination 18 Nov 2018
Date of Written Exam Result 1st week of January 2019

To be selected for Defence services candidate must obtain minimum qualifying marks that are fixed by the Union Public Service Commission both in written as well as in the SSB Interview/ Personality Test.

Vacancy Distribution Of UPSC CDS (2) 2018 Exam

UPSC introduces 414 vacancies in different academies of India.  Check the list of vacancy distribution from here.

Name of Academy Number of Vacancy Name of Course
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100 147th (DE) Course commencing in July 2019
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45 Course 45 commencing in July 2019 Executive (General Service)/Hydro
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32 (Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course commencing in July 2019
Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 225 SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October 2019
Officers Training Academy, Chennai 12 24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2019.
Total Vacancies 414

Application Form of UPSC CDS 2 2018

The application form for UPSC CDS has been released online. The candidates can fill it by visiting the official website. At first, the candidates have to fill the part I of application form later they have to fill the part II. The part I has to be filled by entering the basic details whereas the part II will of the application contains the fee [aynet details.

Application Fee– Fee for the examination for different categories along with the modes of payment is as follows:

  • General and OBC candidates – Rs. 200
  • Female/SC/ST Candidates – Need not pay any fee amount.

The mode of Filling Application Form

The application fee for CDS 2 can be paid online and offline.

  • The offline mode to pay the fee is via Pay by Cash.
  • Whereas, the online mode include Net Banking, Debit Card, and Credit Card.

Through whichever medium the candidates will pay the application fee, they must keep the payment details safely.

Eligibility for UPSC CDS 2 2018 Exam

There are some eligibility norms which are set by UPSC for CDS examination. To apply for the examination candidate must fulfill the eligibility criteria for the same.


  • An Indian candidate is eligible to apply.
  • Candidate must be a citizen of Bhutan / Nepal or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1964.
  • A person who was an Indian citizen but migrated to 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.

Age limit

  • Indian Military Academy- Candidate should, not born earlier than July 02, 1995 and not later than July 01, 2000 are eligible.
  • Indian Naval Academy-The aspirants should 02, 1995 and not later than July 01 2000 are eligible
  • Air Force Academy– Candidates from age 20-24 as on July 01 2019, should be born earlier  July 01, 1995 and not later than July 01, 1999 are only eligible.

Gender: The male and female candidates both are eligible to apply.

Marital Status: Only Unmarried candidates ate eligible to apply.

Educational Qualifications

  • For Indian Military Academy (IMA) candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • For taking entry in Indian Naval Academy (INA) Candidate should have a degree in Engineering from a recognized university or institution.
  • For Air Force Academy (AFA) candidate must have a degree of a recognized university with mathematics and Physics as main subjects in 10+2 level. or Bachelor of Engineering.

Admit Card for UPSC CDS 2 2018 Exam

The candidates who will fill the application form in time with the requisite amount of fee, UPSC will assign them the admit card of CDS exam three weeks before the exam. Admit card will be released in the last week of October 2018. Candidates will be able to download the admit card from the official website of UPSC at No, admit card will be sent through posts. Candidate must download it from the website and take a printout of it. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the valid admit card, therefore candidates are advised to bring the admit card safely on the day of examination.

UPSC CDS II 2018 Examination Centers

List of the examination centers in which the examination will be held at:

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

Examination Pattern for UPSC CDS II 2018

The scheme for the examination is given below in the table.

Mode of Examination: Offline
Nature of Exam: Objective
The language of Examination: Bilingual except for English Paper
Marking Scheme:

For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 2 Hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 Hours
General Knowledge 100 2 Hours

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 2 Hours
General Knowledge 100 2 Hours

The papers in all the subject will be of MCQ type (objective questions). Candidates are not allowed to use the calculators during an examination.

Scheme of Interview

After clearing the written examination the candidates have to appear for the Personality test at the Service Selection Boards in India. That comprises two-stage selection.

  • Stage I:  Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)
  • Stage II: Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests
    and the Conference

The Result of UPSC CDS II 2018 Examination

A merit list will be prepared of the qualified candidates which will be announced on the official website of UPSC. Firstly the results of the written examination will be released by UPSC, the candidate who will qualify the examination will be selected for the SSB (interview for intelligence and personality test). This exam will be conducted by the Services Selection Board, a list of qualified/ shortlisted candidates will be released by SSB.

Period of Probation

An officer will be on probation for a period of 6 months from the date he/she receives his/her commission. If he/she is reported on within the probationary period as unsuitable to retain his/her commission, he/she may be terminated at any time whether before or after the expiry of the probationary period. Candidates withdrawn from Officers’ Training Academy on disciplinary grounds are not
eligible to apply.

Personnel granted Short Service Commission are liable to serve anywhere in India and abroad on selected appointments as decided by IHQ MOD (Army) from time to time.

Salary During Probation Period

The candidates who will join as cadets will get the monthly stipend of Rs 56,100/- (Starting
pay in Level 10). 
After completion of probation period, their salary would according to their rank in the respective force.

Pay Scale of UPSC CDS (2) 2018 Exam

The Government of Indian decided the pay scale of candidates who will be selected finally. The pay scale is mapped as per their Ranks in force.

Rank Level Salary in INR
Lieutenant 10 56,100 – 1,77,500
Captain 10 B 6,13,00-1,93,900
Major 11 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel 12A 1,21,200 – 2,12400
Colonel 13 1,30,600-2, 15,900
Brigadier 13A 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General 14 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale 15 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale 16 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General
17 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COAS 18 2,50,000/-(fixed)

Tenure of Appointment

Short Service Commission Officers (Male and Female) in the regular Army will be granted for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years extendable by a further period of 04 years. Male officers who are willing to continue to serve in the Army after the expiry of period of ten years Short Service Commission may, if eligible and suitable in all respects, be considered for the grant of Permanent Commission in the
10th year of their Short Service Commission in accordance with the relevant rules. Those SSC officers who are not selected for grant of PC but are otherwise considered fit and suitable will be given options to continue as SSCOs for a total period of 14 years (including the initial tenure of 10 years) on expiry of which they will be released from the Army”. Women officers are not eligible for permanent commission. However, they can opt for extension of up to 14 years of service.

Important Instructions for Communicating Through UPSC

All communications to the Commission/Army Headquarters should invariably contain the following particulars.

1. Name and year of the examination.
2. Registration ID (RID)
3. Roll Number (if received)
4. Name of candidate (in full and in block letters)
5. Complete Postal Address as given in the application with a telephone number, if any.

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