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CDS 2021

Online application has started for CDS 2021 (Combined Defense Services) examination (I).

CDS 2021 Examination (I)

Now it is time to apply for the Combined Defense Services Examination (I). You can apply through UPSC. Please go through the article to know the eligibility criteria and apply. The exams will start on February 7, 2021.

Number of Vacancies:

Course Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun –

152 (DE) Course starting in January, 2022 (including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate [Army Wing] holders)

100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala –

Course starting in January, 2022 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro [also include 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special entry) holders]

26
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad –

(Pre-Flying Training) Course starting in January, 2022  i.e. No. 211 F (P) Course. [including 03 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC special entry]

32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) –

115th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course starting in April, 2022

170
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 29th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course starting in April, 2022. 17
Total 345

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You should be a citizen of India, Nepal, or a person with Indian origin who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & East African countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Zaire, Malawi, and Ethiopia or Vietnam.
  • Persons other than Indian Citizens should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
Course Age Limit Sex Marital Status
IMA Born between January 2, 1998 and January 1, 2003 Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Born between January 2, 1998 and January 1, 2003 Male Unmarried
Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years.

Born between January 2, 1998 and January 1, 2002

Upper age limit relaxation for candidates with Commercial Pilot License by DGCA: 26 years & born between January 2, 1996 and January 1, 2002

Male Candidate below 25 years of age should be unmarried
OTA (SSC Course for men) Born between January 2, 1997 and January 1, 2003 Male Unmarried
OTA (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Born between January 2, 1997 and January 1, 2003 Female Unmarried

Widows who have not remarried

Issueless divorcees (with divorce documents) & not remarried

Educational Qualifications for CDS

Course Qualification
IMA Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
Indian Naval Academy Engineering degree from a recognized institution or university
Air Force Academy Bachelor of Engineering/ Degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 level
OTA (SSC Course for men) Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
OTA (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
  • Candidates in the final year can also apply. But, the candidate should not have any present backlogs up to the last semester.

Exam Details:

You will have a written examination.

After that SSB Selection will be conducted for the qualified candidates.

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

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General knowledge 2 Hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

Admission to OTA

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100

Application fee:

  • Female, SC & SC candidates are exempted from the fees.
  • Other candidates have to pay a fee of Rs.200/-.
  • You can deposit the money in any Branch of the SI by cash or can pay using the net banking facility of SBI or by using Visa/ Master/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card.

Important Dates:

Starting Date October 28, 2020
Ending Date November 17, 2020 till 6.00 PM
Withdrawal date November 24, 2020 to November 30, 2020 till 6.00 PM

How to apply?

You can apply through an online process on the official website of UPSC.

Ensure that you are making a single application.

If you submit multiple applications, the application with a higher Registration ID will be considered.

Apply for CDS 2021 and build your career in defense forces.

Click here to apply online.

Click here to see the official notification.

You may also like to read about: SSB Procedure.

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