CDS Exam 2022 Notification, Registration, Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Admit Card

CDS 2022 Exam Date, Registration, Exam Pattern, Admit Card

CDS Exam 2022 Notification: UPSC has released the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination I 2022 (CDS Exam I 2022). UPSC CDS Exam 2022 (I) is held for recruiting candidates for the course conducted by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The CDS exam is conducted twice in a year. The candidates willing to apply for CDS Exam 2022 can apply for the post through the official site of UPSC at

Check out CDS 2 2022 Notification

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) I Exam, on 10th April 2022.

CDS Exam 2022 Vacancies Details

  • There is a total of 345 vacancies which includes. Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies:
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 154th (DE) Course commencing in January 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] – 100
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2023 Executive (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special entry) holders] – 26
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad-(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2023 i.e. No. 211 F (P) Course [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] – 32
  • Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) – 117th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April, 2022 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men) (NT) UPSC, (ii) 05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2022 Non UPSC and (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry Non UPSC] – 170
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 31 SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2023 – 17
Name of the academy Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 26
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men 170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women 17
Total Vacancies 345

Also check Indian Army TES 2022

UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Dates

Events Important Dates
UPSC CDS Notification 2022 Release Date 22nd December 2021
Last Date to fill UPSC CDS 1 2022 Application form 11th January 2022
CDS I 2022 Admit Card Release Date 2 weeks prior to the exam date
UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2022 10th April 2022
Release of Answer Keys May 2022
CDS 1 2022 Written Result Declaration Date June 2022
Dates of Personality Test/ SSB Interview July/ August 2022
UPSC CDS 1 2022 Final Result October 2022

Also See: Indian Army TGC July 2022

CDS Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Below are the CDS eligibility criteria for all the aspirants of the UPSC CDS Exam. Check the UPSC CDS Exam 2022 Eligibility below before blindly going for registration.

Nationality: A candidates must either be:

  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
  • 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 (I), (Ii), (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 exam provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before the declaration of result by UPSC.

CDS Age Limit, Sex & Marital Status

  • For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1999 and not later than 01st January 2004 only are eligible
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1999 and not later than 01st January 2004 only are eligible.
  • For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2022 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1999 and not later than 01st January 2004 (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 1997 and not later than 01st January 2003) only are eligible
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1998 and not later than 01st January 2004 only are eligible.
  • 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 1998 and not later than 01st January 2004.
  • Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried males for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

Education Qualification

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai – Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
  • For Indian Naval Academy – Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
  • For Air Force Academy – Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
  • Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
  • Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg ‘A’, CDSE Entry, West Block II, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
  • In case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110106.
  • Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

Physical Standards (CDS Eligibility)

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (1), 2022 as per guidelines are given in Appendix-IV.

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CDS Fee Details

  • Candidates (accepting 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-I registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.

CDS Exam 2022 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 the number of vacancies available.

CDS Exam Pattern 2022

The exam pattern of CDS I 2022 is divided into two sections:
a) Written Examination
b) Intelligence & Personality Interview
The exam pattern of CDS 1 Examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.
The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises 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
For Officer Training Academy (OTA)
The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with a total of 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

CDS 2022 Exam Centers

The UPSC CDS Exam will be conducted in various cities:

  • The Exam will be held at the following Centres: Agartala, Gangtok, Panaji (Goa), Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Patna, Aizawl, Imphal, Port Blair, Allahabad, Itanagar, Raipur, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ranchi, Bareilly, Jammu, Sambalpur, Bhopal, Jorhat, Shillong, Chandigarh, Kochi, Shimla, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar, Cuttack, Kohima, Srinagar, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Lucknow, Delhi, Madurai, Tirupati, Dharwar, Mumbai, Udaipur, Dispur, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam.
  • Applicants should note that there would be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centers except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta, and Nagpur.

CDS 1 2022 Admit Card

  • After the application forms have been filled and submitted the admit cards will be issued on the scheduled date. The admit card will be available on the official website
  • The admit cards will not be sent by post. Candidates will have to take a print of the admit card and bring it with them at the time of examination. To download the admit card, candidates have to enter details such as RID and date of birth or roll number. Candidates can check the links to get full information regarding the admit card.

CDS 2022 Registration Process

  • Candidates are required to apply online only using the link click here to apply from October to November 2021.
  • 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 center, 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 along with 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

Easy Steps to follow:

  1. Go to the official website of UPSC –
  2. Click on the link “Exam Notification – Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2021” in What’s New section
  3. Now, go to “Click Here”
  4. A new window will open where you need click on “Click Here for PART I” followed by “Click Here for Part 2: for registration
  5. Enter personal details and detail of any Photo ID Proof – Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
  6. Upload a scanned copy of the same Photo ID, Photograph & Signature
  7. Select your examination center
  8. Add Payment details and accept Declaration
  9. Print a copy of the application form for future use.

Also See: CISF AC LDCE Exam 2022

CDS Salary Details

Captain (Level 10 B) 6,13,00-1,93,900
Lieutenant (Level 10) 56,100 – 1,77,500
Lieutenant Colonel (Level 12A ) 1,21,200 – 2,12400
Major (Level 11) 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Brigadier (Level 13A ) 1,39,600-2,17,600
Colonel Level 13 1,30,600-2, 15, 900
Lieutenant General HAG Scale (Level 15) 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
Major General (Level 14) 1,44,200-2,18,200
VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General (NFSG) (Level 17) 2,25,000/-(fixed)
HAG+Scale (Level 16) 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
COAS (Level 18) 2,50,000/-(fixed)
Military Service Pay (MSP) rank of Lieutenant Rs 15,500 pm

CDS Exam 2022 Syllabus

Applicants are required to check the entire syllabus of the CDS 2022 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
English 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

CDS Exam 2022 Answer Key

  • The answer key of the written exam will be available after completion of the CDS exam. Candidates can get the answer key from the official website of the UPSC.

CDS Exam 2022 FAQs

Question: When can I apply for CDS 2022?

Answer: The CDS application process usually starts on the day of releasing the CDS official notification and the last date to apply for the CDS 2022 exam is January 11, 2022

Question: How can I apply for CDS 2022?

Answer: CDS Exam 2022 How to Apply:

  • Visit the official website — or
  • Click on the UPSC CDSE 1 2022 link.
  • In part – I of the registration, submit your basic information.
  • In part II, fill the payment details and choice of exam center, upload your photo and sign as per guidelines.

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