UPSC CDS 2024 Notification, Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria

UPSC CDS 2024 Notification, Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria

UPSC CDS 2024 Notification, Apply Online, Eligibility Criteria

The Union Public Service Commission has released notification for Combined Defence Services (CDS) 2024 on 20th December 2023. The online application starts from 20th December, Interested candidates can apply for it till 9th January 2024.

UPSC CDS 2024 Application Overview

CDS stands for Combined Defence Services exam, a national-level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice a year. This exam aims to recruit eligible candidates for various armed forces across India, including the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy. Below, candidates can find all the essential information regarding the CDS exam 2024.

UPSC CDS 2024 Highlights
Particulars Details
Organization Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam name Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)
Exam mode Online
Exam duration Two hours
Language of question paper English and Hindi
Application Fee INR 200/-
Armed Forces Name IMA, INA, IAF, OTA
Official website

CDS 2024 Notification Important Dates

The online application for CDS 2024 will start on 20th December and the last date to apply is 9th January 2024, More important dates are given below.

Events Dates
CDS 2024 Notification  20th-Dec-2023
CDS 2024 Apply Online 20th-Dec-2023
Last Date to Apply 9th-Jan-2024
Application correction window January 10 to 16
CDS 2024 Exam Date April 21, 2024

CDS 2024 Total Vacancy

There are a total of 457 vacancies are available for various posts in CDS 2024 Notification. However, candidates must note that these are tentative vacancies. Check out the UPSC CDS vacancy for all departments in the table below.

Armed Forces Number of vacancies
Indian Military Academy 100
Indian Naval Academy 32
Air Force Academy 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Men) 275
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) 18

UPSC CDS 2024 Eligibility 

Interested Candidates are requested to read the full eligibility details before applying the form.

Academy Education Qualification
Indian Military Academy (IMA) Bachelor’s degree from a recognised a UGC recognised university.
Indian Naval Academy (INA) Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from a UGC-recognized university.
Air Force Academy (AFA) Intermediate with Physics and Mathematics and must have pursued BE (Bachelor’s of Engineering).
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Men An individual must have pursued Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a University Grant Commission recognised institution.
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Women

Age Limit

There are different age limit eligibilities for each armed force, Check out the full details below.

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA) / Indian Naval Academy (INA) / Air Force Academy (AFA) : 19 to 24 years
  • Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) : 19 to 25 years

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Pattern

To qualify for the CDS exam, candidates need to successfully navigate through 4 stages: written exam, SSB interview/personality test/ document verification and medical examination. Check out the exam pattern mentioned below.

Exam ModeOffline (Pen-and-paper mode)
Number of Papers3 (English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics)
Total MarksEnglish – 100General Knowledge – 100Elementary Mathematics – 100
Duration2 hours for each paper
LanguageEnglish for each paper
SectionsEnglish, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
Type of QuestionsObjective type
Negative Marking1/3rd mark deducted for each incorrect answer
Marking Scheme+1 mark for each correct answer

CDS Exam 2024 Apply Online

  • Go to the official website of the Union Public Service Commission, which is accessible at
  • Look for an option that reads ‘Combined Defense Services (1) 2024’ and tap on it.
  • Now, an option of Apply Online will be before you, hit on it and go to the online application form.
  • Here, you will be asked to enter basic, educational, and other required details, fill in all the details correctly
  • After filling the details, you will be asked to upload photograph and signature with documents, do so as per prescribed on the notification brochure.
  • At the end, you have to pay the application fee of ₹200 if you belong to UR or OBC and hit the Submit button.

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