Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)-I

UPSC CDS 2018 Exam – UPSC  has released the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination I 2018 (CDS Exam I 2018). UPSC CDS 2018 Exam I is held for recruiting candidates for course conducted by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers training Academy. Applications are invited from eligible candidates; the last date of application is 04th December 2017 (04.00 PM).The CDS Exam is conducted twice in a year. The CDS I 2018 Online Application will be started from 08th November 2017 whereas CDS-I 2018 application form will be available

Through following link you can download CDSE-I(2018)Notification



I).UPSC CDS (I) 2018 Vacancies Details

A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 04th February 2018 for admission to the under mentioned courses:
Total No. of Posts:414 (Approx.)
Name of the Post: Combined Defence Service Examination (I), 2018 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course)

i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun – 146th (DE) Course commencing in January 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] – 100 vacancies (approx.)

ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2019 Executive (General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing) – 45 vacancies (approx.)

iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in February 2019 i.e. No. 205 F (P) Course – 32 vacancies (approx.)

iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 109th SSC (Men) (NT) Course communing in April 2019 (Tentative) – 255 vacancies (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’) (approx.)

v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai-23rdSSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing April 2019 – 12 vacancies (Tentative)


II).Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: A candidates must either be:

(i) a Citizen of India, or

(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or

(iii) a subject of Nepal, or

(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or

(v) a person of India 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 setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),

(iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India

Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC

Age Limits, Sex & Marital Status:

(i) For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(iii) For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999) only are eligible

(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000 only are eligible

(v) For Officers’ Training Academy -(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) 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 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 2000


i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent

ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognisedUniversity/Institution

iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB

For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12

Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066

Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying Training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation)

Physical Standards : Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2018 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV

Fee Details:Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card

Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only

“Pay by Cash” mode option will be deactivated at 11.59 PM of 03rd December 2017 i.e. one day before the closing date. However, applicants who have generated their Pay-in slip before it is de-activated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date

Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing date i.e. during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reason whatsoever, even if holding a valid Pay-in-Slip will have no other offline option but to opt for online Debit/Credit Card or internet Banking Payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 6:00 PM of 04th December 2017

III).Selection Procedure

The candidates will be provided admission to INA, IMA, Air Force Academy, and Officers’ Training Academy through Written Examination, Personality Test and Interview

The candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the SSB tests. The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and number of vacancies available

IV).CDS – I Exam 2018 Pattern

The Competitive examination comprises:

(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below

(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

1. English – Duration: 2 Hours & Maximum Marks 100

2. General – Duration: Knowledge 2 Hours; & Maximum Marks 100

3. Elementary – Duration: Mathematics 2 Hours; & Maximum Marks 100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

1. English – Duration: 2 Hours & Maximum Marks 100

2. General Knowledge – Duration: Knowledge 2 Hours; & Maximum Marks 100

Maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English

In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set


V).Application Procedure

Candidates are required to apply online only using the link click here to apply.The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc.The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, SC/ST/OBC and fee remission etc.

The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No admission certificate will be sent by post
Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over telephone 011-2338527/011-23381125/011-23098543

VI).Important Dates

Notification Release: 08th November 2017

Last Date for Submission of Applications: 04th December 2017 till 06.00 pm

Date of CDS 2018 Exam-I: 04th February 2018 (Sunday)

Publication of Result: Updated soon