Combined defense service exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year for recruiting candidates for various military academies, who will join Indian defense systems after successful completion of training.

UPSC has released the notification for combined defense service exam 2019 with important exam date, eligibility, vacancies, and other information. The online application procedure for CDS exam 2019 has commenced from 31/10/2018 and the last date for application submission is till 26th November 6.00 pm. The combined defense service exam is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd February 2019, Sunday. Here are the highlights of the CDS exam 2019 notification.

CDS exam 2019 Vacancies

Sl. No Academy Vacancies
1 Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
2 Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
3 Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
4 Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 225
5 Officers Training Academy, Chennai (SSC Women-Non-Technical) 15
Total Vacancies 417

CDS exam eligibility

Age limit

Sl. No Academy Age
1 Indian Military Academy 18-23
2 Indian Naval Academy 18-23
3 Air Force Academy 20-24
4 Officers’ Training Academy 18-24

 Gender: Male candidates are eligible for all the combined defence services and female candidates are only eligible for the officers’ training academy non-technical posts.

Marital status: Only unmarried candidates are eligible for combined defence service exam.

Educational Qualification

  • Indian Military Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
  • Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Physical fitness:  That candidates have to be physically fit as per the UPSC standard of fitness.

For standards of physical fitness, age relaxation and other exemptions refer the CDS 2019 official notification.       

CDS exam procedure

The combined defense service exam is conducted in two stages: a written exam and interview. The candidates who clear the written part of the examination are called for the interview process. The interview process consists of Intelligence check, teamwork and psychological tests.

Combined defence exam pattern

  1. Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper 1 English 100 2Hrs
Paper 2 General Knowledge 100 2Hrs
Paper 3 Elementary Mathematics 100 2Hrs
Total                                                                                                    300 Marks

2. Officers’ Training Academy

Paper Subject Marks Duration
Paper 1 English 100 2Hrs
Paper 2 General Knowledge 100 2Hrs
Total                                                                                                    200 Marks

Application Fee

  • Candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs. 200 which is exempted for female and ST/SC candidates.
  • The CDS application fee can be deposited at the nearest SBI branch or through SBI net banking.

How to Apply for CDS exam

Candidates have to visit the official UPSC website for applying for Combined defence exam 2019.

  • Click on the tab ‘Apply online’
  • Then click on ‘Online Application for Various Examinations’
  • There are two parts for the application process ‘Part I Registration’ and ‘Part II Registration’
  • Fill the CDS 2019 application as per the instructions with relevant details.
  • Review and submit the application

CDS exam Centers

Agartala Dehradun Jorhat Port Blair
Ahmedabad Delhi Kochi Raipur
Aizawl Dharwad Kohima Ranchi
Allahabad Dispur Kolkata Sambalpur
Bengaluru Gangtok Lucknow Shillong
Bareilly Hyderabad Madurai Shimla
Bhopal Imphal Mumbai Srinagar
Chandigarh Itanagar Nagpur Thiruvananthapuram
Chennai Jaipur Panaji (goa) Tirupati
Cuttack Jammu Patna Udaipur

 CDS exam 2019 Important Dates

Activity Date
CDS exam 2019 online application starting date 31/10/2018
Last date for CDS exam 2019 application submission 26/11/2018
Application for withdrawal 03/12/2018 to 10/10/2018
CDS exam 2019 Admit Card 3 weeks prior to the exam
CDS 2019 exam date 3/02/2019