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UPSC CDS II 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the CDS 2 admit card on August 10, 2022. Candidates who applied for the exam can download their hall tickets online from the official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in. Furthermore, they can also access the hall ticket from the direct link updated on this page. UPSC will conduct CDS (2) 2022 on September 04, 2022.
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Earlier, UPSC released the official notification and online application form for CDS II on May 18, 2022. Candidates could apply online for CDS 2 until June 07. The Commission will conduct the Combined Defence Services Examination for admission to courses in the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Indian Air Force Academy (IMFA). The selection process consists of a written exam and SSB interviews. Read on to find out more!
Before getting into the detailed information, let us have an overview of the UPSC CDS exam:
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam Name||Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam|
|Exam Level||National Level|
|Frequency of Exam||Twice in a Year|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Selection Process||Written Exam and SSB Interview|
|After Selection||Training at IMA/ OTA/ INA/ AFA|
|Exam Duration||One day|
The conducting body has already released the CDS exam date on its official website. Candidates must go through the table given below to know more about the same:
|Events||CDS I Dates||CDS II Dates|
|Notification Release Date||December 22, 2021||May 18, 2022|
|Registration Dates||December 22, 2021, to January 11, 2022||May 18 to June 07, 2022|
|Admit Card Release Date||March 15, 2022||August 10, 2022|
|Date of Exam||April 10, 2022||September 04, 2022|
|Result Date||May 18, 2022||October 2022|
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The Union Public Service Commission released the detailed notification for the Combined Defence Services exam 2022. The official notification provided all the relevant exam information, including vacancies, important dates, how to apply, section process, and other details.
Candidates can check the official notification on the official website. Furthermore, they can check as well as download the notification from the direct link updated below:
Here are a few important facts about UPSC CDS exam candidates need to know before starting their exam preparation.
The Commission has announced vacancies for Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. Candidates can check the Combined Defence Services vacancy details from the table below:
|Name of the Academy||CDS I Vacancies||CDS II Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||100||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||22||22|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||32||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men||170||169|
|Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women||17||16|
Before applying online for the CDS, candidates must diligently check the CDS eligibility criteria for a better understanding. The officials of the conducting body will not accept the application invites from those candidates who are not eligible for the said examination.
Here, we have enlisted the eligibility norms as per the UPSC’s guidelines. Candidates are advised to go through the same while filling in the application form online.
A candidate must be an unmarried Indian citizen or one among the following categories:
Let us look at the age limit criteria for candidates to apply for the UPSC CDS exam:
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||Born not earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2003|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||Born not earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2003|
|Indian Air Force Academy||Born not earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2002|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||Born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2003|
|Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||Born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2003|
Let us look at the gender and marital status criteria for candidates to apply for the UPSC CDS exam:
|Indian Military Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Indian Naval Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Indian Air Force Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Officer Training Academy||Male||Unmarried|
|Officer Training Academy||Female||Unmarried/Issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents)|
Let us look at the educational qualification criteria for candidates to apply for the UPSC CDS exam:
|Academy||Educational Qualification Required|
|IMA||Graduate Degree from a Recognised University|
|INA||Engineering Degree from a Recognised University|
|AFA||Graduate Degree with Physics & Maths at 10+2 or|
BE from a Recognised University
|OTA||Graduate Degree from a Recognised University|
Note: If a candidate is not found to be eligible, he/she can be rejected at any moment, irrespective of whether or not they have cleared the CDS examination.
Also, graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
The CDS 2022 application form has to be filled out online at the official website. All aspirants are required to fill in the CDS Registration Form before the last date.
Candidates can follow the steps as under to register for CDS Exam successfully:
Note: Photo ID Card can be Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.
Candidates, except for Female/SC/ST candidates, are required to pay a fee of Rs 200/-. The application fee can be paid in online or offline mode.
|Female/ SC/ ST Candidates||Not Applicable|
|All Others||Rs. 200/-|
The Combined Defence Services exam is conducted in various exam centres across the nation. Candidates can check a list of CDS exam centres from the table mentioned below:
|Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)||Itanagar||Rajkot|
|Gautam Buddh Nagar||Navi Mumbai||Warangal|
Candidates can check the UPSC CDS Selection Procedure below:
The exam pattern is different for the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and for Officers Training Academy. The important details of the CDS Exam Pattern are as follows:
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Duration of Exam||6 hours (for IMA, INA & AFA)|
4 hours (for OTA)
|Type of Questions||MCQs/Objective type|
|Sections||Elementary Math, English Language, and General Knowledge|
Note that there will be negative marking for every wrong attempt. A total of one-third marks, i.e., 0.33 marks, will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
The officials have prescribed the CDS Syllabus that every aspirant needs to follow for the exam. The subjects that every candidate has to cover are:
Note that only the Class 11 syllabus and Class 12 syllabus are being followed. Candidates need to follow the Class 11 and 12 NCERT textbooks for subjects other than General Knowledge.
UPSC releases the UPSC CDS admit card online. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in. The CDS admit card is usually released three weeks before the exam date. Candidates can download it from the official website by logging in with their registration ID and date of birth.
The admit card has details like the candidate’s name, registration ID, date of birth, exam venue, etc. Furthermore, the allocated exam centres will be mentioned on the admit card. Candidates should check the details mentioned on the admit card and take a printout.
The CDS preparation plan may vary from one candidate to another. Go through the CDS Preparation Tips which will help candidates build the CDS exam preparation strategy:
It is extremely important to refer to the right books in order to save time and prepare well. Here are some recommended CDS Books that candidates need to follow for exam preparation:
CDS Books – English Language
CDS Books – General Language
CDS Books – Mathematics
The written exam and final selection results for the CDS are announced in two stages. The CDS result for both stages is released in PDF format on the official website. The roll numbers of qualified candidates are displayed in the result. It is necessary to secure qualifying marks in both the written exam and SSB Interview separately.
The CDS cut-off is the minimum mark required to clear the CDS written exam. UPSC is responsible for releasing the CDS cut-off. Aspirants can also refer to the previous year cut-off of the CDS 1 exam:
|Academy||Written Exam||Final Exam|
|–||Aggregate marks of last qualified candidate*||Marks of last recommended candidate|
There is a huge scope for career growth for candidates who are commissioned as officers in IMA, AFA, INA, or OTA. Check the details below:
|Ranks||Promotion (years of service)|
|Lieutenant||On completion of training|
|Lieutenant Colonel||13 years|
|Major General||25 years|
|Lieutenant General||28 years|
Here is the salary for different posts after becoming an officer through the Combined Defence Services exam:
|Lieutenant Level 10||Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500|
|Captain Level 10 B||Rs 6,13,00 – 1,93,900|
|Major Level 11||Rs 6,94,00 – 2,07,200|
|Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A||Rs 1,21,200 – 2,12,400|
|Colonel Level 13||Rs 1,30,600 – 2,15,900|
|Brigadier Level 13A||Rs 1,39,600 – 2,17,600|
|Major General Level 14||Rs 1,44,200 – 2,18,200|
|Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15||Rs 1,82,200 – 2,24,100|
|HAG + Scale Level 16||Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400|
|VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17||Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)|
|COAS Level 18||Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)|
Note that Miltary Service Pay (MSP) of Rs. 15,500/- is also paid to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier.
Candidates may also check:
|CDS Answer Key||CDS Exam Notification|
|CDS Application Form||CDS Eligibility|
|CDS Exam Dates||CDS Syllabus|
|CDS Exam Pattern||CDS Books|
|CDS Preparation||CDS Selection Process|
|CDS Question Papers||CDS Exam Centres|
|CDS Admit Card||CDS Result|
Here, we have enlisted some of the significant frequently asked questions related to the Combined Defence Services 2022 exam. Candidates must go through the questions and answers diligently to clear their doubts regarding the same subject.
Q.1: What is the qualification required for the CDS exam?
Ans: A candidate must have an Engineering degree for INA, a Graduate degree with Physics and Maths at 10+2 for AFA, and a graduate degree in any discipline for IMA and OTA from a recognised university.
Q.2: What is the age limit required for the CDS exam?
Ans: For AFA, the upper age limit is 24 years, while for IMA, OTA, and INA, the age limit is 23 years.
Q.3: Are women candidates eligible for the CDS exam?
Ans: Yes, unmarried female candidates are eligible to appear for the CDS exam. They will be joining OTA (SSC Women Non-Technical Course).
Q.4: What is the salary that will be offered after the CDS exam?
Ans: After the CDS exam, candidates will be given training at the respective academies, during which they will be given a certain stipend. Once they have completed their course, their position will be Lieutenant, for which the starting salary is Rs 56,100.
Q.5: When will the CDS 2022 exam be conducted?
Ans: The Commission conducted the Combined Defence Services (I) exam on April 10, 2022. Furthermore, UPSC will conduct the Combined Defence Services (II) exam on September 04, 2022.
Q.6: When will UPSC release the CDS 2022 exam application form?
Ans: UPSC started online applications for the Combined Defence Services (II) exam on May 18, 2022, on the official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in.
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