CDS Exam 2024, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Date

CDS Exam 2024: The Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) organized Combined Defence Services(CDS) to select the candidates for various defence services. Every year number of candidates should appear for the defence entrance examination. The selection of the candidates is based on the written exam followed by an SSB interview for intelligence and personality test. Shortlisted candidates are based on their preferences and merit.

The mode of the exam is conducted in pen and paper mode. Qualifying the interview can create the candidates eligible for selection in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy. Here is the article about eligibility criteria, educational qualification, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, how to apply for the post of CDS Exam 2024.

Overview of CDS Exam

Exam NameCombined Defence Services
Conducted By UPSC
Exam TypeNational Level Recruitment Test
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExamOffline


Eligibility Criteria for CDS Application Form 2024

The candidate should be an Indian citizen.

IMA: The age should be between 18 years and 22 years

INA: The age should be between 18 years and 22 years

IAF: The age should be between 18 years and 22 years

OTT: The age should be between 18 years and 22 years

OTA: The age should be between 18 years and 22 years

Exam Pattern:

The mode of the exam is offline and the type of questions will be objective type questions. There will be negative marking and 1/3 marks will be deducted for each answer


SubjectMaximum MarksDuration
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
English1002 hours

Syllabus for CDS Exam


  • Paragraph
  • Jumbled sentences
  • Error spotting
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Active Voice and Passive Voice

General Knowledge:

  • Current Events
  • Scientific Aspects
  • History of India
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Number Theory
  • Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

Selection Process:

The candidates are required to qualify for the CDS written examination. After qualifying for the exam it is clear for an interview and medical test. The selection of the candidate will be done on the basis of the performance throughout the exam.

CDS Exam Dates


Notification Release DateOctober 2022
Online RegistrationOctober 2022
Last Date to ApplyNovember 2022
Admit CardJanuary 2024
Exam DateFebruary 2024
ResultMarch 2024


Notification Release DateJune 2024
Online RegistrationJune 2024
Last Date to ApplyJuly 2024
Admit CardAugust 2024
Exam DateSeptember 2024
ResultNovember 2024

How to Apply for CDS Exam Recruitment 2024?

  • Go to the official website of
  • Enter the personal and academic details in the application form.
  • Upload the necessary documents required in the application form along with passport size photograph and signature.
  • Before submitting the application form once verify the details.
  • Pay the application form by using a debit card, credit card, and internet banking.
  • Candidates should take a softcopy of the application form for future reference.

CDS 2024 Admit Card

Candidates will be issued the CDS exam admit card three weeks prior to the commencement of the exam. The admit card will be available on the official website of the UPSC. Candidates download the admit card from the official website and without the admit card, no candidate will be permitted to take the exam.

CDS 2024 Result

The result of the CDS 2024 will be announced on the official website of UPSC. Candidates will be selected based on the marks scored by the candidates in the written exam, and performance in the SSB test.

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