CDS (1) Exam Notification 2024: Check Eligibility and Other Details

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CDS (1) Exam Notification 2024: Check Eligibility and Other Details

The UPSC CDS (I) 2024 Notification was released by the Union Public Service Commission on 20 December 2023. The Commission has announced a total of 457 CDS 1 vacancies for 2024 through this notification. Interested candidates must ensure that they meet all of the examination's eligibility requirements.

The official notice states that admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination is provisional and subject to meeting the prescribed eligibility conditions at all stages of the exam. Eligible candidates can submit their applications from 20 December 2023 to 09 January 2024.

What is CDS?

Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) is a National-level Examination administered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year to select eligible candidates for admission to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (IAF), and Officer Training Academy (OTA). 

Candidates must go through a selection process that includes a written test and an interview by SSB. Check out the information provided in the article below as we have provided comprehensive information about the CDS 2 Exam 2023 that will help you understand the exam and the application process.

CDS I Exam 2024 Overview

The selection process for the CDS exam is divided into two stages, i.e., the written exam and the SSB interview. Before filling out the application form, aspirants must carefully review the UPSC CDS eligibility criteria. All the important updates of CDS (I) 2024 are tabulated below:

CDS 1 Exam 2024 - Important Updates

Exam Conducted By

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Examination Name 

Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2024

Application Dates

20 December 2023 to 09 January 2024

Vacancies

457

Application Mode 

Online 

Exam Level

National

Exam frequency

Twice a year

Language of Exam

English & Hindi (Bilingual)

Exam Mode

Offline

Important Dates of CDS (I) 2024

All the important dates for the Combined Defence Services Examination 2024 is given in the table below:

Event

Date

Notification Issued on 

20 December 2024

Application Start Date

20 December 2024

Last Date to Apply

09 January 2024 (till 06:00 PM)

Application and OTR Correction Window 

10-01-2024 to 16-01-2023

Date of CDS 1 Examination 2024 

21 April 2024

Important Links for CDS (I) 2024

Along with the release of notification, the online application process for CDS 1 Exam 2024 has also been commenced on the website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates can check the official notification and apply online by using the links provided in the table below:

Official Website

UPSC

Official Notification

Click Here

Apply Link

Click Here

CDS 1 Admit Card 2024

Available soon

UPSC CDS (I) 2024 Vacancy Details

The detailed CDS (1) 2024 notification includes military wing-specific vacancy information. This time, 457 vacancies have been announced, and candidates will be selected based on the final UPSC CDS (1) Exam merit list. The table below shows the military wing vacancy breakdown for the CDS 1 EXAM 2024:

Military Wing

Name of the Course 

Approximate No. of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

158th (DE) Course commencing in January 2025 

100

[including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ (Army Wing) holders] 

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Course commencing in January 2025 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro 

32

[including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders]

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad

(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2025 i.e. No. 217 F(P) Course. 

32

[including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Special Entry]

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)

121st SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course Commencing in April 2025

275

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 

35th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2024

18

Total

457

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CDS (I) 2024

Those who wish to sit for the UPSC CDS 1 Examination 2024 must ensure they are eligible. Candidates should review the eligibility criteria, which include parameters such as nationality, age limit, and educational qualification, before applying for the exam.

A. Nationality

A candidate must be unmarried and must either be: 

(i) a Citizen of India, or 

(ii) a subject of Nepal, or 

(iii) 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. 

B. Age Limit and Marital Status

Academy

Age Limit

Age Criteria

Indian Military Academy

19 - 24

Candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 2001 and not later than 1st January 2006. 

Indian Naval Academy

19 - 24

Candidates born not earlier than  2nd January 2001 and not later than 1st January 2006.

Air Force Academy

(as on 1 January 2025)

20 - 24

Born not earlier than 2nd January 2000 and not later than 1st January 2005

Note:

(Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January 2005. 

Officers' Training Academy (SSC Course) (Men)

19 - 25

Candidates born not earlier than  2nd January 2000 and not later than 1st January 2006.

Officers' Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) (Women)

19 - 25

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 January 2000 and not later than 1st January 2006.

C. Educational Qualification 

Academy

Educational Qualification 

I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 

Graduation Degree from a recognized University or equivalent. 

Indian Naval Academy

Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution 

Air Force Academy

Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Note:- 

Candidates who are in their final year of college are also eligible to take the CDS Exam. An authentic graduation certificate must be presented to the board during the SSB interview.

D. Physical Standards

For admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination (2), 2023, a candidate must be physically fit according to the physical standards and guidelines set up by the various wings.

Online Application Process & Fees for UPSC CDS (I) 2024

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to successfully apply for CDS 1: 

Candidates must complete the Online Application form, which consists of two stages, Part I and Part II

  • Firstly, visit the official online application portal of UPSC (link for the same is given above in the Important Links section).
  • You need to enter your credentials in the "Part I" section of the application form.
  • Following "Part I," a registration ID will be generated, and you can proceed to "Part II" of the CDS 1 application form.
  • Upload all scanned documents and signatures in the format specified.
  • Finally, pay the application fee and select the examination centre.
  • Re-check all details entered by you, before clicking the "Submit" button.
  • Print the generated application number and a copy of the final application form for future reference.

Application fee

Category 

Application Fee

General and OBC Candidates 

INR 200/- 

Female/SC/ST Candidates

Exempted from payment of fees

Mode of Payment:

Fees can be paid in cash at any SBI branch, by Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment, or by using any bank's internet banking facility.

Selection Process of UPSC CDS (I) 2024

The selection process comprises the following two stages:

Stage I -  Written Examination

  • The written exam for the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA) is divided into three sections: English, Maths, and General Knowledge (GK). 
  • The written exam for the Officers' Training Academy (OTA) has two sections: English and General Knowledge.

To advance to the next phase, the candidate must pass a written examination.

Stage II -  Intelligence & Personality Test

The next stage to be cleared after the written examination is the SSB interview which includes the Personality test/Interview. SSB interview is divided into two phases. The first step is an intelligence and personality test, followed by a psychology test that includes an interview, group discussion, and conference round.

Note: Candidates who clear Stage - I are permitted to appear for Stage - II.

Candidates who pass both the interview and the document verification rounds are eligible for the medical exam.

UPSC CDS (1) 2024 Exam Pattern

The UPSC CDS Exam pattern differs for each military academy. The number of sections in the exam for the Officers' Training Academy varies slightly. However, the questions in both papers will be of the objective variety. The questions, except for the English language, will be bilingual. The details of the sections of exa are as follows

A. WRITTEN EXAMINATION

CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA and Air Force Academy

Subject 

Code

Maximum Marks 

Duration

English 

11

100

2 Hours

General Knowledge 

12

100

2 Hours

Elementary Mathematics 

13

100

2 Hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officers’ Training Academy

English 

11

100

2 Hours

General Knowledge 

12

100

2 Hours

Note: 

  • The papers in all subjects will only contain objective type questions. General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics question papers (Test Booklets) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.
  • There will be a negative marking of ⅓ marks for each wrong answer.

B. SSB INTERVIEW (INTELLIGENCE & PERSONALITY TEST)

The CDS SSB Interview, as previously stated, is divided into two stages, each of which includes an intelligence and personality test:

(a) Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on a combination of performance in the OIR Test and PP&DT. 

(b) Stage II: Interviews, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over a period of 4 days.

Syllabus for CDS (I) Exam 2024

Understanding the CDS syllabus will assist you in developing a well-structured study plan with an appropriate strategy. It will also save you time because you will not have to study for topics that are irrelevant to this exam. This article contains a comprehensive CDS exam 2024 syllabus that will assist you in the future.

Subject

Topics

English

  • Reading Compregension
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Cloze test
  • Error Spotting
  • Basic Grammar Usage
  • Sentence Improvement

General Knowledge

  • General Knowledge (Static information)
  • Current Events (National & International)
  • Everyday science 
  • Indian History
  • India and world Geography

Elementary Mathematics

  • Arithmetic (Number system & elementary Number Theory)
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

UPSC CDS (I) Admit Card 2024

The admit card is a vital document that candidates must bring with them to the examination centre. It is proof of their eligibility and allows them to enter the exam hall. 

The UPSC issues CDS admit cards one or two weeks before the exam. Candidates can view and download their CDS I Admit Card 2024 from the UPSC website.

Candidates can d townload he UPSC CDS 1 admit card 2024 by following the steps outlined below:

  • Visit the UPSC's Official Website
  • On the homepage, click the Admit Cards tab.
  • Click on the E-Admit card for the CDS (I) Examination link.
  • Enter Your User ID And Password To Download The Hall Ticket.
  • Enter the captcha that has been provided on the screen.
  • Then click 'Login' to download your CDS admit card.

Candidates should check the UPSC official website on a regular basis to stay up to date on the admit card release date.

CDS 1 Exam Centres 2024

The CDS examination will be conducted at 77 exam centres throughout India. Candidates will be able to view a list of CDS exam centers on the official notification. While filling out the application form, candidates have to mention their preferred exam center. See the table below to see the exam centers.

AGARTALA

GHAZIABAD

PANAJI (GOA)

AGRA

GORAKHPUR

PATNA

AJMER 

GURGAON

PORT BLAIR

AHMEDABAD

GWALIOR

PRAYAGRAJ (ALLAHABAD)

AIZAWL

HYDERABAD

PUDUCHERRY

ALIGARH

IMPHAL

PUNE

ALMORA (UTTARAKHAND)

INDORE

RAIPUR

ANANTAPUR

ITANAGAR

RAJKOT

AURANGABAD (ANDHRA PRADESH)

JABALPUR

RANCHI

BENGALURU 

JAIPUR

SAMBALPUR

BAREILLY

JAMMU

SHILLONG

BHOPAL

JODHPUR

SHIMLA

BILASPUR (CHHATISGARH)

JORHAT

SILIGURI

CHANDIGARH

KOCHI

SRINAGAR

CHENNAI

KOHIMA

SRINAGAR (UTTARAKHAND)

COIMBATORE

KOLKATA

THANE 

CUTTACK 

KOZHIKODE (CALCUTTA)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

DEHRADUN

LEH

TIRUCHIRAPALLI

DELHI

LUCKNOW

TIRUPATI

DHARAMSHALA 

LUDHIANA

UDAIPUR

DHARWAD

MADURAI

VARANASI

DISPUR

MANDI

VELLORE

FARIDABAD

MUMBAI

VIJAYAWADA

GANGTOK

MYSORE

VISHAKHAPATNAM

GAYA

NAGPUR

WARANGAL

GAUTAM BUDDH NAGAR

NAVI MUMBAI

 

UPSC CDS (I) Result 2024

The CDS 1 Examination Result 2024 will be released one month after the written examination, which is scheduled for 21 April 2024. The commission publishes the results of each stage, namely the written exam and the SSB interview, on its official website. Following the steps below, candidates can access their UPSC CDS Results.

Step 1: Navigate to the UPS website at upsc.gov.in.

Step 2: On the homepage, click the Written Result CDS 1 Examination 2024 link.

Step 3: The Result PDF will be shown on the screen.

Step 4: Examine the result PDF and use the Ctrl+F key to find your roll number.

Step 5: Save a copy of the UPSC result PDF for future reference.

UPSC CDS (I) 2024 Expected Cut-off Marks 

We have provided the previous year's (2022) CDS cut-off for the various branches of the prestigious India Defence Forces in the table below:-

Academy

Written Cut-off of CDS (I) 2022

Final Cut-off of CDS (I) 2022

IMA

136

258

INA

128

256

AFA

147

269

OTA (MEN)

100

181

OTA (WOMEN)

100

184

UPSC CDS (I) EXPECTED CUT-OFF 2024

Academy

Written Cut-off of CDS (I) 2024

IMA

135-145

INA

120-130

AFA

140-150

OTA (MEN)

90-110

OTA (WOMEN)

90-100

UPSC CDS (I) 2024 Salary

  • Gentlemen or Lady Cadets will get a Stipend of Rs 56,100/-p.m during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at IMA and OTA. 
  • On successful commissioning, the pay in the Pay Matrix of the Officer commissioned shall be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10 and the period of training shall not be treated as commissioned service.

Rank

Level

Pay scale/ salary

Lieutenant

10

INR 56,100-1,77,500

Captain

10B

INR 61,300-1,93,900

Major

11

INR 69,400-2,07,200

Lieutenant colonel

12A

INR 1,21,200-2,12,400

colonel

13

INR 1,30,600-2,15,900

brigadier

13A

INR 1,39,600- 2,17,600

Major general

14

INR 1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant general HAG scale

15

INR 1,82,200-2,24,100

HAG + scale

16

INR 2,05,400-2,24,400

VCOAS/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)/ Army Cdr

17

INR 2,25,000(FIXED)

COAS

18

INR 2,25,000 ( FIXED)

MSP to the officer is as follows:- 

Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier 

Rs 15,500 p.m. fixed  

FAQ

The UPSC announced a total of 457 vacancies for the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer's Training Academy through the CDS 1 Notification 2024.

The CDS exam is conducted usually twice a year. CDS (I) 202 is scheduled to be conducted on 21 April 2024.

After passing all stages of the CDS examination process, candidates will go through cadet training in the Army, Air Force, and Navy before being commissioned as officers in any of the three branches of the armed forces.

To be on the safe side, one should score around 50% in CDS, as these cut off marks change each year.

The UPSC released the notification for CDS 1 2024 on 20th December 2023.

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