Common Defense Services (CDS) Exam 2017

Information about CDS Exam

National Exam
  • Common Defense Services
  • Information
  • Eligibility
  • Exam Pattern
    19/10/2016 - 19/10/2016
    08/09/2016 - 08/09/2016


Question: What is the syllabus of CDS (I) Exam 2017?

Answer: The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University. To be updated in General Knowledge and General Awareness it is suggested that you read news papers daily. This will not only help to improve your English, but also keep you updated on General Knowledge.

Question: What is the eligibility for CDS?

Answer: The Eligibility Criteria for CDS 2017 is as below

  1. Educational:

Male candidates can apply for IMA, AFA, NA and OTA and female candidates can apply only for OTA. The education qualification for applying in CDS is as follows:

Air Force Academy (AFA): Candidates willing to apply for Air force academy should have studied Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level along with a degree from recognized university or bachelor degree in engineering /technology. Women candidates can not apply for Air force academy.

Indian Military Academy (IMA): Aspirants willing to apply of Indian military academy through CDS (I) 2017 examination should have a degree from recognized university.

Naval Academy (NA): Aspirants applying for Indian naval academy should have engineering degree from any recognized university or institute.

Officers Training Academy (OTA): All other men candidates as well as women candidates applying for Officers training academy should have a degree to qualify for minimum educational qualification required by UPSC to fill application form of CDS (I) 2017.

Question: What is the Procedure for applying CDS (I) 2017 online?

Answer: Candidates are required to apply online only using the link click here to apply

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

The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

Candidates are not required to submit alongwith 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

The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No admission certificate will be sent by post

Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over telephone 011-2338527/011-23381125/011-23098543

Admit Card

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No e-Admit Card will be sent by post

All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail ID while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them

Question: Which are the best books for CDS preparation?

Answer: Listed below are the some books:

  • Arihant CDS Entrance Examination (Self Study Guide) written by Dr. Satyajeet Rawat, Brijesh Tripathi & Neetika Goyal
  • Asian Combined Defence Services Exam Guide written by R. P. Verma
  • Combined Defence Services Exam Guide written by Datason Rp


Question: What is the date of CDS (I) 2017 examination?

Answer: The CDS (I) exam for 2017 will be held on February 05, 2017

                 The CDS (II) exam for 2017 will be held on October 19, 2017


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.

Question: What is the selection procedure after CDS?

Answer: The selection procedure of CDS 2017 mentioned in the following steps:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Personality Test/ Personal Interview
  3. Verification of the candidates

Medical Examination of the selected candidates