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Combined Defence Services Examination (l) 2018 | UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2018

Union Public Service Commission

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is country’s central recruiting agency. UPSC is responsible for conducting examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. Government also consult to UPSC in matters relating to the appointment, Transfer, promotion and disciplinary matters. The commission report directly to the President of India and can advice the government through President.
Headquarter of UPSC is at Dholpur House in New Delhi and function through its own secretariat. Pro. David R. Syiemlieh is UPSC’s current chairman .

Combined Defence Services Examination

The UPSC conducts “Combined Defense Services” (CDS) exminations twice a year for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). Generally, UPSC releases notification for the CDS examination in the months of November and August, and the examinations are conducted in February (CDS-1st) and November (CDS-2nd) respectively. A written examination is conducted to shortlist the candidates, shortlisted candidates have to go through an interview conducted by Staff Selection Board (SSB).


Combined Defence Services Examination (l) 2018

The Union Public Service Commission will release the notification for the Combined Defence Services Exam on November 8, 2017. Interested candidate can apply online by using the official website on or before December 4, 2017 (Before 6:00 PM).
The C.D.S. Examination (I), 2018 will be held on February 4, 2018 (Sunday).

CDS Examination (I) 2018 : Exam Dates

Sr. No. EventDate
1.Date of Notification8th November, 2017
2.Last Date for Receipt of Application 4th December, 2017
3.C.D.S. Examination (II), 2017February 4, 2018 (Sunday)

UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam (I) 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  Nationality: A candidate must either be:

  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian 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 settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :

  • UPSC will notify about the birth dates of the candidates eligible for the UPSC CDS (I) 2018 in the notification. As the pattern of CDS examination a candidate must not be greater than age of 25 on the date of joining for the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA). Upper age limit of Officers Training Academy is 27 years.

Educational Qualification For Combined Defence Service : 

  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
  • For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised 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 certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB
    Interview at the SSB.

NOTE  : Candidates, who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them.

Physical Standards for UPSC 2018 CDS (I) Exam

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2017 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.

Application Fee for CDS (I) Exam 2018

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates 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, 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.

How to Apply for CDS -I Exam 2018

Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.inDetailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the abovementionedwebsite.
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 centre, photograph, signature, fee etc.

  • 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 eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. No admission certificate will be sent by post.

CDS 2018 Exam Centres

The Examination will be held at the following venues :
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.

UPSC CDS (I) Examination 2018 Scheme

 CDS Written examination

(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy :

SubjectDuration Maximum Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours 100
Elementary Maths2 Hours 100

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :

SubjectDuration Maximum Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours 100

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

Standard And Syllabus of CDS 2018 Examination

The standard of the paper in maths section will be of Matriculation (10th) level. other subject papers standard will be approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.

English Syllabus for Combined Defence Service Examination

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Questions from Reading comprehension, Vocabulary (Antonym, Synonym, one-Words, Idioms And Phrases), Error Finding, Sentence Improvement and Cloze Tests may be asked.

General Knowledge Syllabus for Combined Defence Service Examination

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Elementary Maths  Syllabus for Combined Defence Service Examination

Mensuration &

Intelligence And Personality Test CDS (I) 2018

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process – stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over days. The details of these tests are given on the website

Result of CDS (I) Written examination, 2018

The Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service Head Quarters.

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