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CDS Notification 2024 (Dec): Check Notification, Exam Date & Vacancy


CDS Notification 2024: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is ready to release the UPSC CDS recruitment 2024 notification on its official website on December 20, 2023. The total of vacancies advertised is 457 for the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). It was expected that the number of overall vacancies would be same as last year, but it turned out to be higher because last year, the number was 341 and this year it is 457.

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Every year, the UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice for candidates interested in joining the IMA, INA, IAF, and OTA. The candidates who clear the written test will be called for an interview round and a medical examination for the final selection. Scroll down to learn about the CDS 2024 notification, important dates, vacancies, eligibility criteria, etc.

CDS Notification 2024

Before getting into the details, candidates can go through the table below to get an overview of the CDS exam 2024.

Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam NameCombined Defence Services (CDS) Examination (I), 2024
Exam LevelNational Level
Frequency of ExamTwice a Year
Mode of ExamOffline
Selection ProcessWritten Exam, SSB Interview
After SelectionTraining at IMA/ OTA/ INA/ AFA
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in


  • The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted to recruit candidates for the prestigious defence organisations of India.
  • Candidates who pass the CDS Exam will be called for SSB Interview at Service Selection Board (SSB) centres. Thereafter, qualified candidates will be called for medical examination and document verification.
  • After the medical tests and the submission of documents, the selected candidates will be given training in the following:
    • Indian Military Academy (IMA)
    • Officers Training Academy (OTA)
    • Indian Naval Academy (INA), and
    • Air Force Academy (AFA).

CDS Notification 2024

The comprehensive advertisement and official notification for the CDS 2024 examination are available online. The notification includes all the information candidates need to prepare for the exam, such as the number of openings, dates, how to apply, and other details. When available, check out the link below to download the CDS 2024 exam notification PDF:

Steps To Practice Questions on UPSC CDS 2024 Exam

Know the steps to practice questions on the UPSC CDS exam below:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Use the mobile number/email to log in.
  • 3rd Step: Click on the “Getting a Government Job” menu bar. 
  • 4th Step: Select the Goal “Defence” from the dropdown and click “Next”.
  • 5th Step: Search and select “UPSC CDS” on the search bar and click “Next”.
  • 6th Step: Select the preferred language and click “Done”.
  • 7th Step: Click “Practice” from the header Section.
  • 8th Step: Scroll down to the “Subjects” section.
  • 9th Step: Click on any UPSC CDS subjects.
  • 10th Step: Scroll down to click on the chapters from the selected subject to begin the practice.

CDS 1 2024 Exam Dates

Below are the CDS 1 exam dates that will help candidates plan their studies and keep track of upcoming events:

EventsCDS 2023 Dates
Release of CDS 1 NotificationDecember 20, 2023
Release of Online Application FormDecember 20, 2023
Last Date for Filling out CDS Application FormJanuary 9, 2024
Withdrawal of Application FormJanuary 2024
Release of CDS 1 Admit CardMarch 2024
CDS 1 Written ExamApril 21, 2024
Declaration of CDS 1 ResultMay 2024
CDS 1 Interview DateTo Be Notified
Declaration of Final ResultMay 2024

CDS Vacancy 2024

Currently, the total number of vacancies for CDS 2024 is 457; Aspirants can get an idea by referring to the list given below:

Academy No. of Vacancies 
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun154th (DE) Course commencing in January 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]100 
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in January 2023 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry ) holders ].32 
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2023 i.e. No. 213 F(P) Course [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]32 
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2023275 
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 117th SSC (Women) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 202318
Total 457

Last year, the conducting body had released the CDS 2 vacancies in the UPSC CDS 1 2023 notification. A total of 341 vacancies were announced for the same. Take a look:

Name of the AcademyNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women17
Total Vacancies341

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2024

Here are the CDS UPSC eligibility criteria specified in the notification, which candidates must meet to appear for the CDS Exam.

CDS Nationality

A candidate must be an unmarried Indian citizen or one among the following categories.

  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A person of Indian 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 settling in India.

Provided the candidates in the categories mentioned above (except Indians) have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India, they will be considered eligible for the CDS exam.

Age Limit for the CDS Exam

Check the age limit for the CDS exam is specified in CDS notification 2024 from the table below.

AcademyAge Limit
Indian Military Academy (IMA)Born not earlier than July 2, 1999, and not later than July 1, 2004
Indian Naval Academy (INA)Born not earlier than July 2, 1999, and not later than July 1, 2004
Indian Air Force AcademyBorn not earlier than July 2 1999, and not later than July 1, 2003
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)Born not earlier than July 2, 1998, and not later than July 1, 2004
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)Born not earlier than July 2, 1998, and not later than July 1, 2004

CDS Educational Qualification

Check the educational requirements for IMS, INA, and Air Force Academy specified in UPSC CDS notification 2024 from the table below:

Armed ForceRequirement
IMADegree from a recognised University or equivalent
INADegree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
Air Force AcademyDegree from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at +2 level)/ Bachelor of Engineering.

How To Apply for UPSC CDS 2024?

UPSC releases the CDS application form online at its official website. Therefore, candidates have to fill in the CDS exam form online. Candidates can follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS exam:

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website of the UPSC, i.e. upsconline.nic.in.
  • 2nd Step: Click on the notification “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC”.
  • 3rd Step: Against the CDS II exam, click on ‘Part I Registration.‘
  • 4th Step: Fill in the personal, communication, and educational qualification details.
  • 5th Step: After finishing Part I, a registration ID will be generated.
  • 6th Step: Now go to Part II and enter the registration ID to pay the application fee.
  • 7th Step: Fill in the application form with personal, educational, contact, and other essential details.
  • 8th Step: Upload the scanned copy of the Photo, Signature, Photo ID, and mark sheet.
  • 9th Step: After finishing Part II, Click on ‘I Agree to the Declaration’ and submit the application form.
  • 10th Step: Take a few printouts of the application form for future reference.

CDS Application Fees

Candidates need to pay an application fee of Rs. 200/- except for Female/SC/ST candidates. Candidates can pay the application fee online or offline mode.

CDS 2024 Exam Pattern

As per CDS notification 2024, the CDS exam pattern is different for Officers Training Academy (OTA) and IMA, INA and AFA. The CDS exam pattern for the written examination is as given below:

CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA and AFA

The exam pattern is tabulated in detail below.

SubjectsNumber of Questions / Maximum MarksTime Duration
English120 / 1002 hours
Elementary Mathematics100 / 1002 hours
General Knowledge (GK)120 / 1002 hours
Total340 / 3006 hours

Only English and GK will be asked for candidates who want admission into OTA. Check the exam pattern below:

CDS Exam Pattern for OTA

The exam pattern for OTA is given below.

SubjectsNumber of Questions / Maximum MarksTime Duration
English120 / 1002 hours
General Knowledge (GK)120 / 1002 hours
Total240 / 2004 hours

Note that there will be negative markings for every wrong attempt. One-third of marks, i.e. 0.33 marks, will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

CDS SSB Interview

After the exam, candidates whose names are there in the merit list will receive the SSB call letter, where the reporting date and time for the SSB Interview will be mentioned. The aspirants must report to the SSB centre and pass all the tests. The SSB interview will last 5 days and include psychological and intelligence tests.

Once the candidate has cleared the SSB interview, they will be called for a medical check. After successful clearance, candidates will be sent to the respective academy. It will be mentioned in the official CDS notification 2024 that the candidates are required to submit their original documents before joining their respective academies.

CDS Exam 2024 Admit Card

The authority will likely release the CDS 1 exam e-admit card online in March 2024. Therefore, candidates can download the CDS admit card from the official website of UPSC. It is to be noted that no CDS exam hall ticket will be sent to candidates by post.

CDS Exam 2024 Result

The CDS results are released in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview/Final. The CDS written exam result 2024 is announced first, followed by the final result declaration. Candidates will be selected for admission to various defence academies based on their performance in both rounds.

Candidates can also check –

UPSC CDS Exam DatesCDS Eligibility Criteria
CDS Application FormUPSC CDS Exam Pattern
UPSC CDS SyllabusCDS Result

FAQs on CDS Notification 2024

We have enlisted some of the important frequently asked questions related to the UPSC CDS 1 notification 2024. Candidates must read these questions and answers to clarify their doubts regarding the same subject.

Q: When is CDS 1 notification 2024 to be released?

Ans: UPSC releases the CDS notification twice a year. The CDS (1) 2024 advertisement/ brochure was released on December 20, 2023.

Q: Can a 12th pass apply for the CDS exam?

Ans: No, candidates must at least be a graduate to apply for the CDS exam. Check this article to know the eligibility criteria.

Q: What is the application fee for the CDS exam?

Ans: The application fee for the CDS exam is Rs. 200/-. However, SC/ ST and female candidates are exempted from fee payments.

Q: How can I apply for the CDS exam 2024?

Ans: Candidates need to visit the official website – upsconline.nic.in and click on the online application link to apply online for the CDS exam. The detailed step-by-step application process is provided in this article.

Q: When is the last date to apply online for the CDS exam?

Ans: The last date to apply online for the CDS 1 exam 2024 is January 9, 2024, unless stated otherwise.

We have now provided you with all the relevant CDS Notification 2024 information.

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