The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Combined Defence Services- CDS examination twice a year for recruitment into the Armed Forces. CDS 1 exam will be conducted on February 5, 2017 and CDS 2 will be conducted on November 19, 2017. To ensure that suitable candidates are selected, a comprehensive selection process- Service Selection Board interview has been adopted by the armed forces. For all those interested aspirants, here are the important dates for you to apply for CDS:
Important Dates and Results
Notification has been released for CDS 1 exam on November 9, 2016 and December 2, 2016 was the last date to receive the application form. For CDS 2 exam, notification will be released on August 9, 2017 and deadline to receive the application form is September 8, 2017. The examination date for CDS 1 exam is scheduled to be on February 5, 2017 and the results will be declared in the month of May 2017. The date of examination for CDS 2 has been scheduled on November 19, 2017 and the results will be declared tentatively in 3 months.
To be eligible to apply for the combined defence services exam, candidates should be at least 19 years of age. The upper age limit differs for Air Force Academy- 23 years, Indian Military- 24 years, Officers Training Academy- 25 years and Naval Academy- 22 years. The educational qualification criteria will vary as per the post applied by the candidate. Candidates must also either be a citizen of India or subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who has migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with an intention to settle permanently in India.
How to Apply
To apply, candidates will have to apply online for CDS 2017 through the official website of UPSC. The application form is divided into 2 parts- Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 requires aspirants to fill up all personal and educational details while Part 2 will require aspirants to pay the application fee and attach their scanned photograph and signature. The application fee is Rs. 200 which has to be paid to complete the online application form. The fee payment can be done in cash or through net banking or through Visa/ master debit/ credit card.
Admit cards for CDS 1 exam can be downloaded between the months January to February 2017 and admit cards for CDS 2 exam will be available from the month of September until October 2017.