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Know The Age Criteria, Eligibility, Qualification & Physical Standard for Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

The Combined Defence Services Examination is organized by UPSC twice a year. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria, which includes nationality, educational qualification, age limit, marital status and physical conditions. One must at least be appearing for their degree and should have completed graduation or will be done by 2022. Candidates must make sure they practice enough CDS papers beforehand so they can appear the best out of everyone else on the day of their test!

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CDS 2022 Exam Dates

The Combined Defence Services Exam (CDS) is a competitive exam that determines aptitude and capability for Indian Armed Forces. If a candidate passes the CDS, they are given a posting in one of the three services of their choice; and from there can proceed with their career in the Indian Military Service. The candidates who pass the test will be placed in one of three categories (army, navy or air force) again based on their preference.

UPSC has already released the CDS 2022 exam dates scheduled on 10 Apr, 2022 (CDS 1 2022) and 04 Sep, 2022 (CDS 2 2022). Given below is the complete detail of CDS exam schedule in 2022.

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS Exam Online Registration

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

22 December, 2021

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS Application Last Date

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

11 Jan, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

Admit Card Issue Date

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

Mar, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS 1 2022 Exam Date

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

10 Apr, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS 1 2022 Exam Results

CDS 1 2022 Exam Dates

40-100 days After Exam

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS Exam Online Registration

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

18 May, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS Application Last Date

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

14 June, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

Admit Card Issue Date

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

October, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS 1 2022 Exam Date

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

4 Sep, 2022

CDS Exam Notifications

CDS 1 2022 Exam Results

CDS 2 2022 Exam Dates

40-100 days After Exam

Number of Vacancies in CDS 1 2022 and CDS 2 2022 Exam

The complete list of vacancies has been given in the CDS and related notification provided by the UPSC. The UPSC calendar and the information it provides to applicants through its website list the different vacancies for each stream (IMA, AFA, OTA, INA & OTA Women) of examination as per notification given by the central government.

Candidates can refer to the following table for a list of both CDS 1 2022 and CDS 2 2022 vacancies released.

Name of the Academy

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (IMA)

Number of Vacancies

100

Name of the Academy

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (INA)

Number of Vacancies

22

Name of the Academy

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (AFA)

Number of Vacancies

32

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA, Men)

Number of Vacancies

170

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA)(Non-Technical, Women)

Number of Vacancies

17

The Eligibility Criteria for CDS Examination

The eligibility criteria for CDS is prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission. Aspirants who wish to apply for this exam in 2022 are required to meet the eligibility before applying for the Combined Defence Services exam.

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

9

A Citizen of India by birth.

9

A subject of Nepal or Bhutan.

9

The citizens of Indian origin who have migrated or shifted permanently to India are also eligible for the examination only the people who had migrated from these countries or allowed to sit in the examination Pakistan, Uganda Burma Sri Lanka, zaire, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam or Malawi.

9

A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1962 and intends to live here permanently.

CDS Exam Eligibility

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit and Marital Status

9

Male candidates who are unmarried and fulfil the criteria of citizenship born not earlier than 2 Jan, 1999 and not later than 2nd Jan, 2003 are eligible to apply for Indian Naval Academy and Indian military Academy.

9

Candidates who fulfil the citizenship criteria and were born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1999 to 1st Jan, 2004 can apply for Air Force Academy.

9

Unmarried male candidates who fulfil the criteria of citizenship and not born earlier than 2nd Jan, 1998 and not later than 1st Jan, 2004 are eligible for officers training Academy (SSC course for men).

9

Unmarried women, widows and divorcees candidates and not remarried and also who fulfil the citizenship criteria and not born earlier than 2nd Jan and not later than 1st Jan, 2004 are eligible for officers training Academy (SSC women non-technical course).

Name of the Academy

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (IMA)

Age Limit (in years)

19 – 24

Name of the Academy

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (INA)

Age Limit (in years)

19 - 22

Name of the Academy

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (AFA)

Age Limit (in years)

19 - 23

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA, Men)

Age Limit (in years)

19 - 23

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA)(Non-Technical, Women)

Age Limit (in years)

19 - 23

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria: Education Qualification

9

Male candidates who are unmarried and fulfil the criteria of citizenship born not earlier than 2 Jan, 1999 and not later than 2nd Jan, 2003 are eligible to apply for Indian Naval Academy and Indian military Academy.

9

Candidates who fulfil the citizenship criteria and were born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1999 to 1st Jan, 2004 can apply for Air Force Academy.

9

Unmarried male candidates who fulfil the criteria of citizenship and not born earlier than 2nd Jan, 1998 and not later than 1st Jan, 2004 are eligible for officers training Academy (SSC course for men).

9

Unmarried women, widows and divorcees candidates and not remarried and also who fulfil the citizenship criteria and not born earlier than 2nd Jan and not later than 1st Jan, 2004 are eligible for officers training Academy (SSC women non-technical course).

Name of the Academy

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (IMA)

CDS Exam Education Qualification

Graduation from a recognized university

Name of the Academy

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (INA)

CDS Exam Education Qualification

Engineering degree from a recognized university

Name of the Academy

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (AFA)

CDS Exam Education Qualification

Bachelor of Engineering / Graduation with Physics & Chemistry

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA, Men)

CDS Exam Education Qualification

Graduation from a recognized university

Name of the Academy

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (OTA)(Non-Technical, Women)

CDS Exam Education Qualification

Graduation from a recognized university