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✅ UPSC CDS (II) Exam Notification 2024

UPSC CDS 2 Exam Purpose - The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Combined Defence Services (CDS II) Examination on 8th November 2024 for the recruitment purpose of Navy and Air Force and Indian army. CDS qualified candidates will be able to get a chance to participate in the training process of the following academies:

  • AFA - Air Force Academy
  • IMA - Indian Military Academy
  • OTA - Officers Training Academy
  • INA - Indian Naval Academy

CDS (II) 2024 Exam Important Dates

UPSC has released the CDS 2 exam 2024 official notification to recruit candidates for training courses conducted by the Indian defence academies (IMA/INA/AFA/OTA).

To apply for the CDS 2 examination 2024, candidates can register through the official site of UPSC-CDS at Important dates are given below:

  • CDS(II) Exam Date - CDS (II) exam will be conducted on 8th November 2024.
  • CDS(II) Online Application Form Starting Date - Now registration period is over. Candidates were able to register online CDS application from August 4, 2024 to August 24, 2024.

✅ CDS (II) 2024 Mock Tests - Maths, GK & English

✅ CDS Examination Details

CDS Exam (I): Important Points to Remember
Exam NameCombined Defence Services (CDS).
Exam ModeOffline Exam - Pen and paper mode. OMR sheet will be used.
Types of QuestionsObjective type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
Exam Language
  • English Paper: Only in English language.
  • General Knowledge Paper: In English and Hindi Language.
  • Elementary Mathematics Paper: In English and Hindi Language.
Number of Questions
  • English: 120 Questions.
  • GK: 120 Questions.
  • Mathematics: 100 Questions.
Negative Marking 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
CDS Admit Card Download CDS Hall Ticket

✅ CDS Training Academies

CDS allows the entry to the following academies:

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA).
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA).
  • Air Force Academy (AFA).

✅ CDS Examination General Information

Which organisation conducts the CDS exam?
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
What is the purpose of conduting the CDS exam?
This exam is conducted to recruit candidates for the defence services of India. Every year, many aspirants appear in the CDS exam which consists of a written test and a personality cum intelligence test (2 stages).
Is there any negative marking scheme in the CDS exam?
Yes, for every wrong answer, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted.

✅ CDS Exam - Question Paper Level

CDS Exam Subjects Level
Mathematics Secondary level
General Knowledge Graduate level
English Graduate level

✅ CDS Examination FAQs

What is CDS?
'CDS' is an acronym for 'Combined Defence Services' Examination which is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy(IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Air Force (IAF) Academy, and Officers Training Academy (OTA).
What is OTA in CDS?
OTA is an acronym for the "Officers Training Academy". It is an Indian Army training academy to train officers for the Short Service Commission (SSC).
When will the CDS examination be held this year?
The Combined Defense Service Examination (CDSE) is conducted twice every year, generally in the month of February and August.
Can females apply for OTA through CDS exam?
No. But they can get admission in the Indian Air Force Academy Airforce through AFCAT exam conducted by the Indian Airforce twice in a year.
Can I apply for CDS after 12th?
No. only graduate students are applicable for CDS Entry. You have to pass NDA exam if you are interested to join army after 10+2.
What is the age limit for CDS?
20 to 24 Years. However, the age limit is relaxable up to 26 Years for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA India).
Is there any percentage criteria (Graduation) for CDS?
No specific percentage is required for CDS. Simply Graduation (3 years) is required to apply for CDS exam. Graduate candidates from Science stream are eligible to join all the three wings of defence.

✅ UPSC CDS (I) Written Examination Pattern

✅ CDS (1) Written Exam Pattern for admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Air Force Academy (OTA)

Subject Duration Questions Marks
English 2 Hours 120 100 Marks
General Knowledge 2 Hours 120 100 Marks
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100 100 Marks

✅ CDS (1) Written Exam Pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Subject Duration Questions Marks
English 2 Hours 120 100 Marks
General Knowledge 2 Hours 120 100 Marks

✅ CDS SSB Interview: Personality cum Intelligence Test

Stages Tests
Stage 1
  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests.
  • Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).
Stage 2
  • Interview
  • Group Testing Officer Tasks
  • Psychology Tests
  • Conference

CDS (I) Written Examination Syllabus

✅ CDS English Syllabus

CDS English Important Topics
  • Understanding of English
  • Vocabulary - word usage
  • Grammar usage
  • Synonyms/ Antonyms/ Phrases
  • Spotting Error
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Reading Comprehension Passages
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Rearrangement

✅ CDS GK Syllabus

CDS General Knowledge Important Topics
Current Affairs

Important current events: National events, International events, Sports, Awards, Defence, Obituaries, Books & Authors etc.

General Science
  • Indian History: Ancient, Medieval and Modern History of India.
  • Geography: Indian and World Geography.
  • Economy: Indian Economy.
  • Political Science:
  • Indian Constitution: Fundamental rights, Indian judiciary, Constitutional bodies etc.
Static GK
  • Physics: Kinematics, Optics, Electricity, Thermodynamics etc.
  • Chemistry: General, Physical, Organic, Inorganic.
  • Biology: Diseases, human & plant biology.
  • International Organisations: UN, UNICEF, UNESCO, IMF, ICJ, WHO, World Bank, BRICS, SAARC etc.
  • Recent developments in Defence: Defence pact between India and other nations, Missiles and strategic systems etc.

✅ CDS Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

CDS Elementary Mathematics Important Topics
  • Number System
  • Simplification
  • H.C.F and L.C.M
  • Fundamental operations
  • Unitary method
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Polynomials
  • Linear equations
  • Quadratic equations
  • Set Language - identities, Laws of indices.
  • Trigonometric identities.
  • Heights and Distances.
  • Lines and angles
  • Plane and plane figures
  • Circle
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Triangle
  • Parallelogram
  • Areas of planes
  • Surface area and Volume
  • Statistical data
  • Graphical representation
  • Measures of central tendency

✅ CDS Examination Preparation Books

Pathfinder CDS Entrance Examination Guide Buy
CDS Solved Paper Chapterwise & Sectionwise Buy
Let's Crack SSB Interview Buy
CDS Exam Guide in Hindi Buy
CDS Solved Papers in Hindi Buy

✅ CDS Examination Previous Year Question Papers

CDS Elementary Mathematics Question Papers (PDF) Download
CDS General Knowledge Question Papers (PDF) Download
CDS English Question Paper (PDF) Download

✅ CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria - Qualification & Age Limit

✅ CDS Exam - Educational Criteria

CDS Post Qualification
IMA Graduation or equivalent
INA Bachelor of Engineering
AFA Graduation with PCM in 10+2 OR Bachelor of Engineering
OTA Graduation or equivalent

✅ CDS Exam - Age Limit

CDS Post Minimum Age Maximum Age
IMA 19 years 23 years
INA 19 years 23 years
AFA 20 years 24 years
OTA 19 years 24 years

✅ CDS Exam Eligibility FAQs

What should be marital status of the candidates?
Except, the Officer's Training Academy (OTA), the candidates who wish to apply for other CDS branches (IMA/INA/AFA) should be unmarried.
I am in the final year. Can I apply?
Yes, but you will have to submit proof of passing before SSB interview.
Is it necessary for all the candidates to pass the medical examination?
Yes it is necessary because unfit candidates wouldn’t be considered eligible for the CDS exam. You can see the details of the standard for the physical fitness in the official notification.

✅ UPSC CDS Exam 2024 Online Application Form

✅ How to fill CDS Application Form?

  1. Visit CDS online application website to apply online -
  2. Fill up the CDS application form.
  3. Provide general details and academic qualifications.
  4. Upload scanned copies of photograph and signature.
  5. Pay the CDS exam application fees if applicable.

✅ Documents Required for filling CDS Application Form:

  • Mark Sheet and Certificate of Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation degree.
  • Scanned images of photograph and signature.

✅ UPSC CDS Exam 2024 Registration - Apply Online

✅ Stage 1: Basic Registration

  • Visit official site of UPSC-CDS and click on the Examination tab.
  • Select ‘Combined Defense Services Examination (I)’.
  • The Part I Registration page will open.
  • Provide general details - Name, DOB, Email ID, etc.
  • Choose preference for IMA, NA, AFA and OTA.
  • Verify the information mentioned in the CDS online registration application form.
  • Print out the confirmation page of Part 1 Registration.

✅ Stage 2: Uploading of Documents & Fee Payment

  • Select ‘Part I Registration’.
  • Enter your Registration ID and DOB.
  • Pay the application fees if applicable.
  • Upload scanned images of Photograph and Signature.
  • Select the exam centers for appearing in the CDS (I) 2024 written examination.
  • Take a print out of the CDS registration confirmation page for future correspondence.

✅ UPSC CDS (I) and (II) Written Examination 2024 Important Dates

CDS Exam 2024 Dates
Registration 4 August 2024 to 24 August 2024
Admit card CDS 2 Admit cards are available to download from October 15, 2024 onwards.
Exam Date CDS 2 will be conducted on 14th August 2024
Results Date CDS 2 Written Exam result will be declared on December 2024

✅ CDS Exam Online Registration Fees

Category Application Fee
General (Male Candidates) Rs. 200/-
OBC-NCL Rs. 200/-
SC/ST Exempted
Female Candidates Exempted

✅ UPSC CDS (1 / 2) Exam 2024 Sample Question Papers with Answers PDF Download

Following are the advantages of practising UPSC CDS 2024 sample papers.

  • Know about the pattern and marking scheme of the real CDS (I / II) written test.
  • Improve attempt and management skills in the CDS (1 and 2) exam.
UPSC CDS Exam 2024 Sample Papers Download
CDS (I) Elementary Mathematics Question Paper
CDS (I) English Question Paper
CDS (I) General Knowledge Question Paper

✅ UPSC CDS Written Examination Preparation Tips

✅ How to Prepare for CDS English?

  • Many candidates fail to score good marks in the English paper which tests the candidate's basic understanding of English.
  • Develop a reading habit via English newspaper, articles, blogs, etc.
  • Improve your vocabulary: Words and their Meanings.
  • Practice online CDS English mock tests.

✅ How to Prepare for CDS General Knowledge?

  • Read NCERT books on History, Economy, Geography, Political Science, General Science, etc. You may also refer Lucent GK.
  • Read important current affairs on a daily basis.
  • Make short study notes of important facts you come across.
  • Practice online CDS General Knowledge (GK) mock tests.

✅ How to Prepare for CDS Elementary Mathematics?

  • The level of CDS Maths paper is that of matriculation level.
  • Study NCERT Maths books.
  • Remember basic Mathematics formulas.
  • Revise important theorems, identities, etc.
  • Practice online CDS Mathematics mock tests.