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Union public Service Commission (UPSC) has released CDS Notification of Combined Defence Service (CDS) Examination (II), 2016 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course) under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. Eligible candidates may apply online from 31-10-2018 to 26-11-2018. Here you can find Other details like age, educational qualification, application fee & important dates mentioned in the CDS Notification given below.

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CDS Notification


Application Fee: Candidates (excepting Female /SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees two hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur/State bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card

No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee

Nationality: A candidates must either be:

(i) a Citizen of India, or

(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or


(iii) a subject of Nepal, or

(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or

(v) a person of India origin who has migrated from 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 setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),

(iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India

Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal

A candidates in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.


  1. i) For Indian Military Academy (IMA):Male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 1999 only are eligible.
  2. ii) CDS 2 2019 Exam Age Limit For OTA : Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd July , 1993 and not later than 1st July , 1999 only are eligible. Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd July 1993 and not later than 1st July 1999
  3. iii) For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 1999 only are eligible.

iv) For Air Force Academy (AFA) – Age: 20 to 24 Years as on 1st July , 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02 July 1994 and not later than 01 July 1998 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 Yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02 July 1992 and not later than 01 July 1998) only are eligible. Note : Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.

Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried


  1. i) For Indian Military Academy / Officers’ Training Academy:Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
  2. ii) ForIndian Naval Academy:Bachelor of Engineering

iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB

For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12

Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066

Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.


Candidates should be physically fit as per the physical standards for admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination

UPSC 2019 CDS (II) schedule

(i) Notification of Examination


October and June


(ii) Conduct of Examination


February and September



Important Dates for UPSC 2019 CDS (II)

Starting Date to Apply Online 31.10.2018
Last Date to Apply Online 26.11.2018
Availability of e-Admit Cards 03 weeks before the Commencement of the examination
Date of Written Examination 03-02-2019
Date of Declaration of Written Examination Results will update soon


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