CDS 2019: Combined Defence Services Examination 2019


Union Public Service Commission conducts CDS examination for graduate candidates twice in a year. Candidates who have completed 10 + 2 examination with PCM and completed a bachelor’s degree or are in the final semester of their undergraduate course, they can apply for the CDS 2019 exam. UPSC will release CDS – I  application form on October 30, 2019, in the official website of UPSC i.e. Eligible candidate can fill their application till November 15, 2019. The CDS exam will be conducted on February 02, 2020 For more information about CDS Exam, please read this article carefully.

CDS 2019

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen or a subject to Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee.
  • Candidate must be complete 18 years of age.
  • Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree.

CDS Schedule 2019

Application Form30 October 2020
Last date to Apply19 November 2019
Admit CardTo be announced
Exam02 February 2020
Resultto be announced

CDS 2019 Pay Scale

Payscale will differ according to the rank.

RankLevelPay scale
LieutenantLevel 1056,100-1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 116,94,00-2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A1,21,200-2,12400
ColonelLevel 131,30,600-2,15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 141,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 151,82,200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 162,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 172,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 182,50,000/-(fixed)

CDS 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for CDS examination 2019 must have to fulfil given eligibility criteria.

CDS 2019 Nationality

Candidate must be;

  1. A citizen of India. OR
  2. A subject of Nepal. OR
  3. A subject of Bhutan. OR
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India. OR
  5. An Indian origin person who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

CDS 2019 Age Limit, Sex and Marital Status

  1. For Indian Military Academy- Candidates should be unmarried and should be between 19 and 24 years.
  2. For Indian Naval Academy- Candidates should be unmarried and should be between 19 and 24 years.
  3. For Air Force Academy- Candidates should be between 20 to 24 years of age, which was not before January 2, 1996 and later was not born before January 1, 2000 (valid and current commercial pilot issued by DGCA (India) 26 Upper age limit of candidates with licensed year, i.e. before January 2, 1994, and born after January 1, 2000) are eligible only.
  4. For Officers’ Training Academy- (SSC Course for Men) Both married and an unmarried candidate can apply. Candidate should be between 19 to 25 years of age.
  5. For Officers’ Training Academy – (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows and issueless divorcees can apply. Those ages should be between 19 to 25 years.

CDS 2019 Educational Qualification

  1. For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy- candidates must have a college from a recognized university of India or equivalent.
  2. For Indian Naval Academy- an engineering degree from a recognized University/Institute of India.
  3. For Air Force Academy- Candidate must have a Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

CDS 2019 Physical Standard

Height and weight standard for Males

Height in centimetres (Without shoes)Weight in Kg
18 years20 years22 years24 years

Height and weight standards (Females)

Height in centimetres (Without shoes)Weight in Kg
20 years25 years30 years

CDS Application Form 2019

Candidates who wish to fill the CDS- I  application form 2019 can find application form from the official website of UPSC. CDS- I 2019 Application form will be available on 30 October 2019. The last date to apply online for application form November 19, 2019.  

Application Fee

  • Candidates who are belonging from Unreserved and OBC category are required to pay ₹200/- application fee.
  • All-female candidates, SC/ST candidates are exempted from the application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the fee by cash, by using the net banking and through debit/credit card.

How to fill the application form of CDS 2019?

  1. Firstly you have to visit UPSC’s official website
  3. Now, you can see the CDS 2019 application form link here in this page.
  4. You have to do registration for CDS 2019.
  5. Fill personal details on the application form and generate an application number.
  6. Save this application number for login and other purposes.
  7. Pay the application fee, upload documents.
  8. Submit the application form and save it for future reference.

CDS Selection Process 2019

Candidates have to clear the written examination and 5 days interview process (SSB). Those candidates who qualify both rounds will call for the medical test.

CDS Scheme of examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

  • For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:
SubjectDurationMax Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100
  • For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy
SubjectDurationMax Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100

CDS 2019 Syllabus

English (Code No. 01)

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

  • Sentence
  • Improvement Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Para-Jumble
  • Sentence-Jumble
  • Spot the Error
  • Cloze Test

General Knowledge (Code No. 2)

  • Latest Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian History
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian Politics
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Books & Authors
  • Sports, Awards, etc

Elementary Mathematics (Code No. 03)

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

Previous year CDS Cut Off

CDS Cut Off 2017 For CDS I

AcademyCDS I Cut off
OTA Men82
OTA Women82

CDS Cut Off 2016 For CDS I and CDS II

AcademyCDS I Cut offCDS II Cut Off
OTA Men7268
OTA Women7268

CDS Cut Off 2015 for CDS I and CDS II

AcademyCDS I Cut offCDS II Cut Off
OTA Men8486
OTA Women8486

CDS: Official notification

Now you are aware of all the information about the CDS exam in detail. To know more information you can check the Official website of UPSC, read to find the information Of syllabus, pattern, cut-off, eligibility criteria and much more.

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