UPSC CDS 2018 – Apply Online, Application Form, Syllabus

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UPSC CDS 2018 exam details are available here. Union Public Service Commission has started accepting online applications from eligible candidates for a Combined Defence Services Examination to be held on 18th Nov 2018. UPSC CDS 2018 exam will be organized and conducted for admission to the several courses in IMA Dehradun, INA Ezhimala, AFA Hyderabad and OTA Chennai. All the courses will be commencing in 2019.

Interested candidates may apply for the UPSC CDS exam 2018 after checking all the eligibility conditions. The last date for submission of applications is 3rd September 2018. Candidates are needed to use the website for filling up and submitting the application form. But before applying for the examination, they are required to know few important things about UPSC CDS exam 2018 such as date of release of official notification, conditions of eligibility, course wise approximate no. of vacancies, how to apply, centres of examination, fee, selection procedure, e-admit cards, results etc.

UPSC CDS Notification

UPSC CDS 2018 Notification & Vacancies

On 8th August 2018, Mr. Om Prakash, Under Secretary at Union Public Service Commission has released an official examination notice for Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2018. UPSC CDS II 2018 exam notice is available at the website of UPSC. To download / read it now, please click here

As per official examination notice, approximate no. of vacancies is 414. Further details are given below

S. No.Academy nameName of the CourseCommencing inApproximate No. of Vacancies
1.Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai24th SSC Women (Non-Technical)Oct 201912
2.Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)110th SSC (Men) Course (NT)Oct 2019225
3.Air Force Academy, Hyderabad(Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. No. 206 F(P) CourseJuly 201932
4.Indian Naval Academy, EzhimalaExecutive (General Service) / HydroJuly 201945
5.Indian Military Academy, Dehradun147th (DE) CourseJuly 2019100

Note – Above mentioned no. of vacancies are tentative and may be increased / decreased.

CDS 2018 Overview

Name of the examinationUPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2018
Also known asUPSC CDSE 2018
Conducted by theUnion Public Service Commission
Examination notice no.11/2018.CDS-II
Examination notice was released on8th August 2018
Apply modeOnline
Opening date for submission of applications8th August 2018
Closing date for submission of applications3rd September 2018
Selection procedureWritten examination and SSB interview
Admission certificates / e-admit cards of written exam shall be available from3 weeks before the commencement of the examination
UPSC CDS II will be on18th Nov 2018
UPSC CDS II result will be announced inDec 2018
Apply online @
Helpline numbers011 - 23385271 / 011 - 23381125 / 011 - 23098543

CDS Exam 2018 Eligibility Criteria


An applicant should be an Indian citizen or a subject of Nepal / Bhutan. A Tibetan refugee who is living in India before 1st Jan 1962 is also eligible to apply for UPSC CDS II exam 2018. However, s/he needs to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits, Gender and Marital Status

Academy nameName of the CourseConditions
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai24th SSC Women (Non-Technical)• Such issueless divorcees who have not married again and have valid papers are eligible
• Issueless widows who have not married again
• Unmarried women
• They must have been born in between 2nd July 1994 to 1st July 2000
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)110th SSC (Men) Course (NT)Such unmarried male candidates have been born in between 2nd July 1994 to 1st July 2000 are eligible
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad(Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. No. 206 F(P) CourseAs on 1st July 2019, applicant should be 20 years old but not have attained an age of 24 years; also applicant must be unmarried
Indian Naval Academy, EzhimalaExecutive (General Service) / HydroSuch unmarried male candidates have been born in between 2nd July 1995 to 1st July 2000 are eligible
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun147th (DE) CourseSuch unmarried male candidates have been born in between 2nd July 1995 to 1st July 2000 are eligible

Note- For more details, please go through official examination notice or click here

Educational Qualifications

  • For Air Force Academy- Bachelor of Engineering OR degree of a recognized University with Mathematics & Physics at 10+2 level
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Degree in Engineering from any recognized University/Institution
  • For Officers’ Training Academy & I.M.A. – Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Physical Standards

Applicant must be physically fit and free from any disease / disability. Minimum acceptable height for male applicants

  • For Air Force – 162.5 cms
  • For NAVY – 157 cms
  • Minimum height for women candidates – 152 cms

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CDS Exam 2018 Application Form & Process

UPSC CDS II exam 2018 application forms have been released online at the website of UPSC and the last date for submission of applications is 3rd September 2018. Interested and eligible candidates don’t wait for last date and attempt online applications as early as possible to avoid last minute rush. Entire online application process is explained below.

  • Open UPSC’s official website or click here
  • You will see the homepage of UPSC
  • You will see a new page having Part – I & Part – II registration links
  • Click on link available under ‘Part – I Registration’
  • You will see a new page having important instructions
  • Read all the Important Instructions to fill Online Application Form
  • Click on tab ‘Yes’
  • Enter your personal details along with educational qualification details and address
  • Click on tab ‘Continue’
  • Now, to proceed further click on ‘Part – II Registration’ tab
  • Make payment by any of the payment options
  • Select examination centre
  • Upload scanned files of your photo & sign
  • Accept declaration and submit application form
  • Take print out of your final submitted application form

UPSC CDS 2018 Application Fee and Mode Of Payment

Females and candidates belonging to SC / ST category are exempted from submission of application fees. Other candidates are required to pay an amount of Rs. 200/- towards application fees.

Those candidates who are eligible for submission of fee can make online payment by using net banking service. They can also pay their application fee by depositing the prescribed amount in any SBI’s branch along with system generated Pay in-slip. Candidates who want to deposit fee at SBI branch must take print out of system generated Pay in-slip while going through Part-II registration process.

CDS 2018 Selection Process

The entire UPSC CDS exam 2018 will consists of a written examination and interview for intelligence and personality test.

Written Examination

Firstly, Union Public Service Commission will conduct a written examination on 18th Nov 2018 at the following centres.

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

CDS 2018 Scheme – Written Examination

For Admission to Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Military Academy

SubjectDurationMaximum MarksSyllabus
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration and Statistics
General Knowledge2 Hours100MCQs on current events, History & Geography of India, General Science etc.
English2 Hours100Questions on English comprehension, use of words etc.

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100

Note – All the question papers will have MCQs in Hindi as well as English.

Intelligence and Personality Test aka Interview

Candidates who secure qualifying marks (to be decided by UPSC after conducting written examination) in written examination will be called for Intelligence and Personality Test. This test will be conducted by the SSB at one of the Services Selection Centres. It will be divided in two stages as given below. Clearing stage I will be necessary for those candidates who want to appear for stage II.

  • Stage 1 Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test & Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT)
  • Stage 2 Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference

Final Selection

Final selection of candidates shall be done on the order of merit. Final merit list shall be prepared by authorities after considering candidates’ marks in written examination & SSB Interview/Personality Test.

CDS Exam 2018 e-Admit Cards

Candidates can download their e-admit cards for written examination / interview from 3 weeks before the commencement of the examination / interview. Neither UPSC nor SSB will send admit cards by post.

How to download e-admit cards?

  • Open UPSC’s official website
  • Find and click on respective link
  • Enter and submit your registration no. and date of birth
  • You will see your e-admit card
  • Download and print it on A4 size paper

CDS 2018 Results

Final results shall be declared in 2019 after SSB interview. However, exact dates of final result declaration are yet to be announced.

We wish you Best of Luck for UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2018


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