CDS 2019: Notification, Exam Date, Pattern, Syllabus, Salary, FAQs

Posted on :April 16th 2019, 6:44 am

CDS exam is organized by UPSC for the recruitment to different posts of Indian Air Force Academy, Officer Training Academy, India Military Academy & Indian Naval Academy. The National Level Entrance exam is conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. This exam is one of the biggest opportunities for candidates who want to pursue a career in this field. Women/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only.

You can check out CDS exam dates, application form, application fee, age limit, exam pattern, syllabus, salary & job profile, previous year question papers for CDS exam 2019.

CDS 2019: Important Date


Important Dates

CDS 1 2019 Notification Date

31st October 2018

Start date of CDS 1 online application

31st October 2018

Last date to Apply CDS 1 exam online

26th November 2018

Start date of CDS 1 online application withdrawal

3rd December 2018

Last date of CDS 1 online application withdrawal

10th December 2018

CDS 1 2019 Exam Date

3rd February 2019


Eligibility Criteria

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS I 2019 examination. Candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria of UPSC CDS exam at the following levels:

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:

  1. The Citizenship of India, or
  2. The subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  3. Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  4. An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of CDS (I) 2019 exam for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:



Indian Military Academy

not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000

Indian Naval Academy

not earlier than 2nd July 1995 and not later than 1st July 2000

Indian Air Force Academy

20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2019

Officers' Training Academy

2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 2000

Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July, 2000

Gender Requirement for Different Posts




Indian Military Academy



Indian Naval Academy



Indian Air Force Academy



Officer Training Academy



Officer Training Academy




Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 1 & 2 2019 exam should be aware of the latest CDS exam pattern and Syllabus. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS I & II is divided into two sections:

  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Test Interview

The exam pattern of CDS 2 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

For detailed CDS Exam Pattern, you can go through the detailed Exam Pattern of CDS here.




Application Fee:

  1. The fees for the CDS application form is Rs. 200/-
  2. SC/ST/Females are exempted from fee payment.
  3. The payment submission is available in both offline and online mode.
  4. The payment can be done via Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.


The salary of all CDS posts is as follow:



Lieutenant Level 10

Rs. 56,100 - 1,77,500

Captain Level 10 B

Rs. 6,13,00 - 1,93,900

Major Level 11

Rs. 6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A

Rs. 1,21,200 – 2,12400

Colonel Level 13

Rs. 1,30,600-2, 15,90

Brigadier Level 13A

Rs. 1,39,600-2,17,600

Major General Level 14

Rs. 1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15

Rs. 1,82,200 - 2,24,100

HAG+Scale Level 16

Rs. 2,05,400 – 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17

Rs. 2,25,000/-(fixed)

COAS Level 18

Rs. 2,50,000/-(fixed)


I. CDS 1 2019 Vacancy

For CDS (I) 2019 exam, only two more vacancies are increased in OTA, Chennai (women). Other posts have the same vacancies like the previous year.

CDS Course

Total Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun


Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala


Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad


Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men)


Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women)


II. CDS 2 2018 Vacancy

UPSC organized the CDS 2 2018 exam on 18th November 2018 to get the admission in the following courses:

CDS Course

Total Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun


Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala


Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad


Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men)


Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women)



  1. Question: How do I access the site to fill up the online application?

Answer: An applicant should log on to to access the home page of the online application.


  1. Question: When can I submit online application for a particular examination? Can I apply any time during the year for a particular examination?

Answer: An applicant should apply for a particular examination only when it has been notified by the Commission. The complete and detailed information is available on Commission's website and at the website for filling the online application for particular notified exam/exams at


  1. Question: How many times CDS exam are conducted?

Answer: CDS exams are conducted twice a year i.e. CDS I in February and CDS II in November.


  1. Question: What documents are required while filling the on-line application form?

Answer: Candidates should have valid email ID, contact number, a soft copy of Photo and signature or thumb impression in required size and format. While the time of filling CDS exam online application form.

Candidates also required payment source documents (Credit card, debit card, Net banking) to make payment online as CDS application fee. You may also deposit your fees cash in any of given state bank branches


  1. Question: How do I resize my photo?

Answer: It is absolutely necessary to upload the picture as per the guidelines in the form. You need to resize it to the given guidelines. An easiest way is to do so using the MS-Paint and Photoshop.


  1. Question: My name as per the Matriculation / Secondary Examination certificate is more than 30 characters long. What should I do, as the name field in the Online Application has a limit of 30 characters?

Answer: In the online application, as you fill up your name in the name field, if it reaches the default size of 30 characters, an additional field for full name will appear in the form and a pop up message i.e. "Your name is exceeding 30 characters kindly use abbreviation in the Name column". You may fill the full name in the Additional Field. Full Name field has a capacity of 70 characters.


  1. Question: Is it necessary to fill up both the parts i.e. part-I and part-II of the application?

Answer: Yes, it is necessary to fill up both the parts i.e. part-I and part-II of the application.


  1. Question: If I don't fill part-II of registration. Will my application be rejected or not?

Answer: Yes, the application will be rejected.


  1. Question: What is the procedure to pay the fee for the examination?

Answer: There are three options for the payment of fee-Pay -

    • by Cash in any branch of State Bank of India,
    • Pay by credit/debit Card and
    • Pay by Net Banking facility of SBI.


  1. Question: What is the difference between CDS and NDA Exam?

Answer: Where the NDA examinations recruit for the Army, Naval and Air Force whereas the CDS examinations are conducted for recruitment for IMA, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and OTA.


  1. Question: Is there any other bank in addition to SBI where fee can be deposited by cash?

Answer: No, the fee may be deposited in cash only in any branch of State Bank of India.


  1. Question: How will I re-enter the system to submit my cash transaction details of the fee if I log out of the system now?

Answer: An applicant, after having obtained the TRANSACTION ID number, should again log in by making use of the Registration ID number generated at the time of submission of Part-I of application & the date of birth of the applicant and thereafter enter the relevant particulars in the remaining columns. The Registration ID is also available on the challan.


  1. Question: When the relevant particulars i.e. the community/ age relaxation requirements/ disability status/ year of birth etc. do not appear in the corresponding parameters available in the drop-out menu. How should I fill up the relevant columns?

Answer: Before filling up the application, please check that you have selected the right examination in case more than one exam is notified during that period. In case, the applicant desires to opt for a criteria/parameter which is different from the one contained in the drop-down menu, would lead to the inference with the system that the candidate is not eligible for this examination on account of different parameter.


  1. Question: How will I get the admit card if I have submitted the application online?

Answer: All admitted candidates can download e-AC with details of centre address around three weeks ahead of Examination Date once Admit Card are uploaded on . No e-mails sent in this regard.


  1. Question: What is the format of scanned photograph and signature?

Answer: The images of the photograph and signature should be scanned in the .jpg format. No other format is acceptable by the online system.


  1. Question: Whether the photograph should be in Black & white or should it be in a color?

Answer: Both are acceptable as long as they are as per the given specifications and quality of photograph is good enough to be identifiable and acceptable.


  1. Question: What should be the size of the scanned photograph and the signature?

Answer: The candidate should scan his/her signature which has been put on white paper with black ink pen. Each of the scanned images of the photograph/signature should not exceed 40 KB in size (for photograph, the pixel size is 140 pixels height x110 pixels width and for signature it should be 110 pixels height x140 pixels width) and also to be ensured that the uploaded photograph/signature are proper.
The Candidates may note that if the quality of photograph/signature is poor, the application is liable to be rejected after having clicked on the Confirm Upload button; the system will not allow any changes in the photograph/signature.


  1. Question: How do I know that my application is registered? OR How do I reconfirm that my application is saved and received in the commission's office?

Answer: The successful submission of the online application requires the completion of two parts of the application correctly. After completing the part-I of the application the system generates a unique number which is known as the Registration ID (RID). After the completion of all the columns in part-II, a fresh page displays the message that the application has been submitted successfully. The generation of the unique registration ID number combined with the display of this message indicates that the application has been registered.


  1. Question: I filled my form and successfully paid the application fee through online payment gateway (once or several times). However this is not showing in the application status. What should I do?

Answer: If you have paid through Debit / Credit card and Online Application again shows payment options to pay again then you have to pay a fresh. In case, you have paid through Internet Banking facility then Login into Part II and click on Status link at the bottom of the screen. Unless Online Application shows successful payment, you cannot fill the application form.


  1. Question: I got Blank / Zero Registration No. after submission of application on-line. What should i do?

Answer: This may mean that the application has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply afresh.