CDS 2019

From day 1 of a release of Online Application Form & CDS 2019 Notification PDF TO taking you to Indian Military Academy (IMA)/ OTA (Officers Training Academy) OR INA (Indian Naval Academy). Today, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about UPSC CDS Exam in this super comprehensive guide. CDS 2019 Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, CDS 1 Age Limit: Union Public Service Commission Combined Defence Services Exam Notification PDF, Admit Card Download.

CDS 2019 Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, CDS 1 Age Limit

Note: Online Application Forms for CDS 2019 are expected to be released on 31st October 2018. And, a written examination will tentatively be held on 3rd February 2019. All latest updates of UPSC CDS Exam will be uploaded on this page daily. Thus, STAY CONNECTED with website for authentic information on CDS 2019. 

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Introduction Age Limit Syllabus
Important Dates Exam Pattern Vacancies
Notification Application Form Selection Process
Exam Date Cut Off Maths
GK English OTA
IMA Topper Best Coaching
Admit Card Answer Key Result
Merit List Medical Test Training

UPSC CDS 2019 Important Dates

Notification 31st October 2018
Application Form 31st October 2018
Registration Last Date 26th November 2018
Exam Date 3rd February 2019
Admit Card Jan 2nd Week 2019
Answer Key February 2019
Results Mar 3rd Week 2019
SSB Dates July/ August 2019
Final Merit List November 2019

UPSC CDS 2019 Introduction

What is CDS? And, What after it? For numerous jobs into Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, CDS Exam is conducted twice a year as CDS 1 & CDS 2.

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is a sole authority responsible for conducting CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination) across the nation. 

Opportunities for applicants after conducting CDS Examinations are to join precious – (1.) Indian Military Academy, [IMA] Dehradun, (2.) Indian Naval Academy [INA], Ezhimala, (3.) Air Force Academy [AFA], Hyderabad, (4.) Officers Training Academy, [OTA] Chennai.

To be precise, after clearing CDSE 2019, you won’t get any job. Rather, shortlisted/ selected candidates will be sent to above-mentioned defence academies for further training.

After successful completion of training period, cadets will be allotted a list of vacancies in respective regiments. And, depending on performance in CDS Training periods, applicants will be able to finalise their choice.

UPSC CDS 2019 Age Limit

What Is Age Limit for CDS 1 2019? Board of Controller of Examinations, Combined Defence Services Examination has set age limit separately for IMA, AFA, OTA and INA. While details of CDS Age Limit 2019 relaxation and criteria for OBC and female will also be discussed here.

For Naval Academy: Born not later than 1st January 2001 and not earlier than 2nd January 1996. Also, only unmarried male candidates are eligible.

For Air Force Academy: Born not earlier than 02 January 1996 and not later than 01 January 2000 i.e. 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2020. During the training period, marriage is now allowed. Also, candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Age limit for IFA is a bit different for applicants holding valid and current commercial pilot license issued by DGCA (India). Born not later than 01 January 2000 and not earlier than 02 January 1994 i.e. relaxable upto 26 years.

For Indian Military Academy: Born not later than 1st January 2001 and not earlier than 2nd January 1996. Only male candidates are eligible.

For Officers Training Academy: Born not later than 1st January 2001 and not earlier than 2nd January 1995 [This is the case for Unmarried Women, Issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents)) who have not remarried]. And, born not later than 1st January 2001 and not earlier than 2nd January 1995 [This is the case for married or unmarried male candidates].

Note: Age Limit criteria of CDS 2019 mentioned above is estimated using earlier data. Exact age limit criteria will be mentioned in CDS Notification 2019 PDF. And, if any changes required will be made in this section. Thus, STAY TUNED with us.

UPSC CDS 2019 Syllabus

What Is Syllabus Of UPSC CDS Exam 2019? When it comes to preparation, this is first and fundamental chunk to go through. In a major though, here we go –

For English: Vocabulary Preparation, Fill in the blanks questions, ordering of sentence, Comprehension questions, Synonyms and Antonyms, Selecting Words, Sporting Errors Questions and Sentence Arrangement.

For GK (General Knowledge): Taxation, Books & Authors, Sports – Awards etc., Banking Sector, Universities, Indian Navy & Military, Religions, Indian Geography, Indian Politics, Indian History, Indian Economy, Latest Current Affairs and Indian Constitution.

For Maths: Mensuration, Statistics, Geometry, Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry.

Note: Here we’ve revealed subject wise important topics only. If you need complete in-depth topic wise Syllabus of CDS 2019, just type your E-Mail ID in the comment box below.

UPSC CDS 2019 Exam Pattern

What Is Exam Pattern of CSD Written Test 2019? Most Important part is to remember here that Test Pattern is same for Admission into Indian Military Academy Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, except for Admission to Officers Training Academy.


Officers Training Academy admission procedure doesn’t include Elementary Mathematics as a subject of entrance test.CDS Exam Pattern PDF in Hindi will also be updated here soon.

For IMA, INA & AFA: English (2 Hours & 100 Marks), General Knowledge (2 Hours & 100 Marks) and Elementary Mathematics (2 Hours & 100 Marks).

For OTA: English (2 Hours & 100 Marks) and General Knowledge (2 Hours & 100 Marks).

UPSC CDS 2019 Vacancies

How Many Vacancies Per Year in OTA, IMA, AFA, INA through CDS? Exact & authentic number of vacancies are very first unveiled in CDS Official Notification. Though they’re subject to change, yet it rarely happens.

Thus, a precise number of vacancies in Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy through CDS 2019 will be updated here on 31st October 2018. But, till then, let’s discuss CDS 1 2018 (Last Year) vacancy details for an approximate idea of the same.

Previous Year, there were – 

  • 12 Vacancies for Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 23rd SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2019.
  • 225 Vacancies for Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) – 109th SSC (Men) Course NT Commencing in April 2019. This included 50 vacancies for NCC C Certificate holders for NCC special entry.
  • 32 Vacancies for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – Pre-Flying Training Course Commencing in February 2019 i.e. No. 205 F (P) Course.
  • 45 Vacancies for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2019 Executive (General Service) [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC C Certificate Holders (Naval Wing)].
  • 100 Vacancies for Indian Military Academy, Dehradun – 146th (DE) Course commencing in January 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC C Certificate (Army Wing) holders].

UPSC CDS 2019 Notification

Official Notification of UPSC CDS Examination is a complete guide in itself. Moreover, it is the only authentic (updated) and best document ever produced on the planet about Combined Defence Services examination.

For CDS 1 2018 Exam, Official Notification will expectedly be released online on 31st October 2018. And, like every year, for this year as well, CDS Notification PDF 2019 and CDS Application Form 2019 will be made available online on official websites at the same time.

Just to recall you, UPSC Official website of Online Registration is and for Notification PDF download is

Here’s what we recommend –

CDS 2019 Official Notification, when released on 31.10.2018, got these 11 points which every next year CDS aspirant should go through – 

  1. Mobile phones banned in the Examination centre.
  2. Centres of Examination.
  3. Conditions of Eligibility
  4. CDS Application Form Fees
  5. How to Apply
  6. Last Date for Submission of Applications
  7. Correspondence with the Commission/ Army/ Naval/ Air Headquarters
  8. Results of Written Examination, Interview of Qualified Candidates.
  9. Disqualification for Admission to the Training Course
  10. Restrictions on Marriage During Training in the IMA, INA or AFA.
  11. Other restrictions during training in IMA, INA and AFA.

How To Rise Against CDS 2019 Rejected Application Form With Proof?

Board has also notified that, only with documentary evidence, one holds right to raise an appeal against rejection. Within ten days of receiving this email, the volunteer should by speed post or by hand submit the bid documents to Shri J. D. Lakra, Under Secretary (CDS), Union Public Service Commission, Room No. 419, Ayog Sachivalaya Building. Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069.
Conclusion: Complete details of CDS 2019 are already mentioned on this page. While all latest news will also be covered here soon. If you’re left with any other query related to CDS 2019 Exam Date, Application Form, Syllabus, CDS 1 Age Limit. Put your questions in the comment box below.
Reyansh Kumar is the Science Culture Editor at Criticism News Media Pvt. Ltd. Quite passionate about wildlife, science, technology, space probes, he's been writing for different firms for years.


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