UPSC CDS 2017 (I) Combined Defence Services Examination

Applications have been invited from interested applicants for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy through Combined Defence Service Examination (I) 2017.

A Combined Defence Services Examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on October 23rd 2016 for admission to the under mentioned courses:

Vacancies Details

i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 144th Course commencing in January 2018 [including 25 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] – 150 vacancies

ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala course commencing in January 2018 Executive (General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing) – 45 vacancies

iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in February 2018 i.e. No 199/16F/PC Course – 32 vacancies

iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai 107th SSC Course (for Men) communing in April 2018 – 255 vacancies

v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2018 – 11 vacancies

UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2017 Important Dates

Announcement of Exam Notification: November 09th 2016

Last date for Submission of Applications: December 02nd 2016 till 06.00 pm

Date of Examination: February 05th 2017

Duration of Exam: 01 Day

CDS Exam 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.

Eligibility for UPSC CDS Exam 2017

Nationality: A applicants must either be:

(i) a Citizen of India, or

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(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or

(iii) a subject of Nepal, or

(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 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 applicant 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 applicants who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

A applicants 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.

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Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

i) For Indian Military Academy (IMA): Unmarried male applicants born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 1999 only are eligible.

ii) For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried Male applicants born not earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible.

iii) For Air Force Academy (AFA) – Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01 January 1998 (Upper age limit for applicants holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1992 and not later than 01st January 1998) only are eligible.

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iv) For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male applicants (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible.

v) For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorces (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

They should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 are eligible.

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Educational Qualification for CDS Exam

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 recognized University/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, applicants should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12.

Applicants 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.

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Applicants appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete; such applicants 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.

Physical Standards

Applicants should be physically fit as per the physical standards for admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination.

Applicants should know about the paper pattern for Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2017.

Selection Process for CDS Exam

Short listing of applicants for interview shall be carried out based on the performance in the Test.

CDS Application Fee Details

Applicants (excepting Female /SC/ST applicants who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees two hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, State Bank of Bikaner and 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.

All Female applicants and applicants belonging to SC/ST are not required to pay any fee.

Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination of selection.

No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC applicants and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee.