Details for CDS Exams 2019

CDS exam is organized by UPSC for the recruitment to different posts of Indian Air Force Academy, Officer Training Academy, India Military Academy & Indian Naval Academy. This National Level Entrance exam is conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. CDS exam is one of the biggest opportunity for candidates who want to pursue a career in this field. Women/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only.

CDS 2019: Important Dates

Events Dates
UPCS CDS  2019 Notification Date 31st October 2018
Last Date of UPSC CDS  Application Form 26th November 2018
UPSC CDS  Admit Card Download Date November 2018
UPSC CDS  Exam Date 3rd February 2019
UPSC CDS  Result Date December 2018
UPSC CDS  Final Merit List Before 1 Month of Joining



UPSC will organize the CDS  2019 Examination for the respective vacancies on 3rd February 2019 to get the admission in the following courses:

CDS Course Total Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men) 225
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) 15



The salary of all CDS posts is as follow:

Post Salary
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 – 2,12400
Colonel Level 13 Rs. 1,30,600-2, 15,90
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)


Eligibility Criteria

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS  examination. Candidates should fulfill the  exam at the following levels: 1. Nationality:- A candidate should be: 1. The Citizenship of India. 2. The subject of Nepal/Bhutan. 3. Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle. 4. An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India. 2. Age Limit:- The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2019 Exam (II) for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

CDS Department Age
Indian Military Academy Not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st
January, 2001 only are eligible.
Indian Naval Academy Not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st
January, 2001 only are eligible.
Indian Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2020
Officers’ Training Academy Not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st
January, 2001 only are eligible.
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st
January, 2001 only are eligible.


Gender Requirement for CDS  2019

CDS Department Gender Status
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Male Married/Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Female Unmarried

What Physical Standards are required for UPSC CDS 2019? The aspirants who have applied for different posts of CDS 2019 should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification. 3. Educational Qualification Check the educational qualification requirement of the CDS 2019 exam for different job posts from the table below.

Post Educational Eligibility Criteria
IMA Graduate from Recognized University
INA Engineering Degree from Recognized University
AFA Engineering Degree (Physics & Math at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTA Graduate from Recognized University


Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2019 exam should be aware of the latest CDS  exam pattern and Syllabus. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS  2019 is divided into two sections: 1. Written Examination 2. Intelligence & Personality Test Interview The exam pattern of CDS  examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force. CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE. The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA) The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with total 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours


2. CDS 2 2019 Syllabus

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of CDS 2 2019 syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of CDS 2 Exam for its thorough preparation.

General Knowledge
  • Current affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date.
  • History
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Basic Grammar
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension Solving
  • Error Spotting
  • Para Jumbles
Elementary Math
  • Natural numbers
  • Integers
  • Percentages
  • Rational and Real numbers
  • Time & work
  • Time & distance
  • Profit & loss
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Prime and composite numbers
  • Simple and compound interest
  • HCF and LCM
  • Euclidean algorithm
  • Geometry
  • Logarithms
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Mensuration

Educational Qualification:

Candidates should possess Degree of a recognised University or equivalent for S.No-1, Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/ Institution for S.No-2, Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering for S.No-3 Posts.


Selection Process:

Candidates will be selected based on SSB (Stage I & II). Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception, Description Test (PP&DT) (Stage I) & Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference (Stage II).


Prepare CDS 2019 with IBS Institute

IBS is starting target batches for CDS Exam in various branches. The Course will be completed in 3 Months followed by a National Level Mock Test Series having 10 Mock Tests as per the Syllabus & Pattern of the Exam. The Salient


Features of the Exam will be as under:


Maths 2
English 2
GS 2
  • Class – 2 Hours daily
  • 6-Days a week
  • Daily Class Assignment having (50+ Questions)
  • Daily Home Assignment having (50+ Questions)
  • Weekly Practice Tests (Topic wise)
  • Doubt Clearing sessions after every Topic
  • Practice Books – Containing all questions from previous years.
  • 100% Exam Concepts to be covered in Class Assignment/Home Assignment/Books.
  • Highly Experienced & Specialized Teachers
  • Vedic Mathematics + Shortcut Techniques in Mathematics
  • Special lectures by experts from Defence Background
  • Course Duration: 3 Months + 1 Month Practice
  • Section Tests After Course Completion: 30 Tests
  • Weekly Mock Test with Discussion by Experts.
  • National level test series 10 Tests.
  • National level Ranking among students of more than 70 cities.
  • Weekly GK capsule-40 Weekly news review.
  • GS & English Quiz on daily Basis on Mobile App.
  • Mentoring by the directors for Individual Attention.
  • 15 Days Refresher Course before the Final Test.



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