Combined Defence Service (CDS) Exam 2019

Combined Defence Service (CDS) is a pylon to join any of the three wings of  Indian Defence Service - Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts CDS exam twice in a year first in the Month of February and second in the month of November.CDS is a 3 stage exam that comprises of written examination, personal interview round followed by medical examination. The minimum qualification required for appearing in the examination is the graduation from a recognized university.

The registration process for both CDS I and CDS II will be different for CDS (I) it will begin from 31st October 2018 and for CDS (II) will begin from 12th June 2019. Here are all the other details related to important dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, application process, admit card etc. CDS 2019 Exam Latest Notification: the conducting authority UPSC has now issued the admit card for CDS I 2019 examination. As per UPSC 2019 Calendar, CDS I is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd February 2019 and CSD II on 8th September 2019. The official announcement for CDS II is scheduled to be published on 12th June 2019.


Synopsis of CDS 2019
 

Name of the Exam

Combined Defence Service Exam

Conducting Authority

Union Public service Commission

Exam Level

National Level Recruitment Exam

Mode of Application Form

Online  

Exam Date

February 3, 2019

Mode of Examination

Offline

Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required for IMA, INA AFA, and OTA

CDS Helpdesk

011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Official Website

upsc.nic.in

CDS 2019 Eligibility Criteria-

All the aspirants who wish to qualify the CDS exam must first check whether they meet the eligibility criteria and then only apply for CDS 2019 examination. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria at the following levels.

 

  • Nationality

 

A candidate must be any of the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • A citizen of Bhutan
  • A citizen of Nepal
  • A Tibetan immigrant who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the motive of lastingly residing in India.
  • A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) means a foreign citizen who has emigrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the purpose of forever settling in India.

Note: A candidate belonging to Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and other places specified above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  1. Age Limit

Age Limit also plays a crucial role in order to apply for the CDS examination of 2019. Therefore, the candidates must go through the Age limit and check whether they are eligible or not.

For Indian Military Academy:

  • Only the Unmarried male candidates can apply for Indian Military Academy and their age must range between 19-24 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.

For Indian Naval Academy:

  • Only Unmarried male candidates can apply for Indian Military Academy and there must range between 19-22 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.

For Air Force Academy:

  • Unmarried male candidates can apply for the Air Force Academy and the age must vary between 20-24 years on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men):
  • Male candidates ( can be both married or unmarried)  between 19-25 years of age on 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of examination.
For  Officers Training  Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course):
  • Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in ownership of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.
  • The candidate must be not before 2nd January 1994 and not after than 1st January 2000.
  1. Educational Qualification

All the appearing students should have cleared their Graduation or must be appearing for the final year degree examination. The educational qualification required by each candidate for each institution is discussed below.

  • For IMA /OTA: A degree from a recognized University or tantamount.
  • For Indian Naval Academy:  Bachelor of Engineering or B.E.
  • For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10 +2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Note: The candidates who are in the final years of their Degree Course and have yet to pass the final year Degree examination are also eligible to apply. Such candidates are required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

  1. Physical Standards:
  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination, 2019 as per the guidelines.
  • It is advisable for the candidate to get oneself medically tested before filling the application form. It is because if due to some reason the candidate will be found unfit then, he/she will not be eligible for the exam Hence, all the effort of the candidate will go in vain.
  • It is important for the candidate to have a body, which is free from any disease as well as free from any disability.
Height and Weight Standard Eligibility Criteria

Table 1: For Army and Navy Males

Height in centimetres (without shoes)

Weight in Kgs.

 

18 Years

20 Years

22 Years

152

44*

46

47

155

46

48**

49

157

47

49

50

160

48

50

51

162

50

52

53

165

52

53

55

168

53

55

57

170

55

57

58

173

57

59

60

175

59

61

62

178

61

62

63

180

63

64

65

183

65

67

67

185

67

69

70

188

70

71

72

190

72

73

74

193

74

76

77

195

77

78

79

For Navy 45* and 47**

A ± 10% (for Navy) departure from the average weight given in the Table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broadly built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy, this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

Table 2: For Air Force Male Candidates

(For FAT % (<20) of Normal Individuals)

(For FAT % (<20) of Normal Individuals)

Height in centimetres

Age Range of the candidate

 

15-17 Yrs.

18-22 Yrs.

23- 27 Yrs.

28- 32 Yrs.

33-37 Yrs.

38-42 Yrs.

43-47 Yrs.

>48 Yrs.

152

46

47

50

54

54

54

55

54

153

47

47

51

55

55

54

56

54

154

47

48

51

56

55

55

57

55

155

48

49

52

56

56

56

57

56

156

48

49

53

57

57

56

58

56

157

49

50

54

58

58

57

58

57

158

49

50

54

58

58

58

59

58

159

50

51

55

59

59

59

60

58

160

51

52

56

59

60

59

60

59

161

51

52

56

60

60

60

61

60

162

52

53

57

61

61

61

62

60

163

52

54

58

61

62

61

62

61

164

53

54

59

62

63

62

63

62

165

53

55

59

63

63

63

64

62

166

54

56

60

63

64

64

64

63

167

54

56

61

64

65

64

65

64

168

55

57

61

65

65

65

65

65

169

55

57

62

65

66

66

66

65

170

56

58

63

66

67

67

67

66

171

56

59

64

66

68

67

67

67

172

57

59

64

67

68

66

68

67

173

58

60

65

68

69

69

69

68

174

58

61

66

68

70

69

69

69

175

59

61

66

69

71

70

70

69

176

59

62

67

70

71

71

71

70

177

60

62

68

70

72

72

71

71

178

60

63

69

71

73

72

72

71

179

61

64

69

72

73

73

73

72

180

61

64

70

72

74

74

73

73

181

62

65

71

73

75

75

74

73

182

62

66

72

74

76

75

74

74

183

63

66

72

74

76

76

75

75

184

64

67

73

75

77

77

76

75

185

64

68

74

75

78

77

76

76

186

65

68

74

76

78

78

77

77

187

65

69

75

77

79

79

78

77

188

66

69

76

77

80

80

78

78

189

66

70

77

78

81

80

79

79

190

67

71

77

79

81

81

80

79

191

67

71

78

79

82

82

80

80

192

68

72

79

80

83

82

81

81

193

68

73

79

81

83

83

81

82

Note - The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.

Table 3: For Female Officers’ Training Candidates

Height in centimetres (without shoes)

Weight in Kgs.

 

20 Years

25 Years

30 Years

148

39

41

43

150

40

42

43.5

153

42

43.5

45

155

43

44

46

158

45

46

48

160

46

47

49

163

47

49

51

165

49

51

53

168

50

52

54

Visual Standards for Air Force
  • Candidates who are in a habit of wearing spectacles on a regular basis are not eligible for Air Force.
  • Minimum distant vision must be 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only for Air Force.
Hypermetropia Colour vision CP-1
  • Hypermetropia: +2.0 d Sph
  • Manifest Myopia: Nil
  • Retinoscopic Myopia: –0.5 in any meridian permitted
  • Astigmatism: +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 D- Max)
Maddox Rod Test

(i) at 6 meters: Exo-6 prism D | Eso-6 prism | D Hyper-1 prism D | Hypo-1prism D

(ii) at 33 cms: Exo-16 prism D | Eso-6 prism D | Hyper-1 prism D | Hypo-1 prism D

Spinal Conditions for Air Force

Any medical disease or injury of the sacroiliac joints or spine, with or without objective signs which have obviated the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for refusal for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail your rejection. The following conditions detected during the medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service.

1. Arthritis/Spondylosis-

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases
  • Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago, lesions of the rotator cuff,etc.)
  • Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.

2. Granulomatous disease of the spine

  • Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with the demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae
  • Scheuermann's disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
Physical Conditioning:

Potential candidates are advised to maintain their health and keep themselves in good physical condition by following the below  mentioned routine:

  • Running: 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes
  • Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
  • Chin ups: Min. 8
  • Rope Climbing: 3 to 4 meters
Other Important Facts

Following conditions if detected on X-ray examination will be a sign of disqualifying the candidate's entry to Army and Navy:

  • Sacralisation Disease.
  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
  • Presence of Schmorl's node in more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus.
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  • Spina Bifida other than HSV 1 and LV 5.
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by a specialist.
  • Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
  • Granulomatous disease of the spine.
  • Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis & allied disorders and ankylosing spondylitis
  • When measured by Cobb's Method Scoliosis more than 100 degree
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis.
CDS 2019 Exam Centers

Location

Agartala

Ahmedabad

Aizawl

Allahabad

Bangalore

Bareilly

Bhopal

Chandigarh

Chennai

Cuttack

Dehradun

Delhi

Dharwad

Dispur

Gangtok

Hyderabad

Imphal

Itanagar

Jaipur

Jammu

Jorhat

Kochi

Kohima

Kolkata

Lucknow

Madurai

Mumbai

Nagpur

Panaji (Goa)

Patna

Port Blair

Raipur

Ranchi

Sambalpur

Shillong

Shimla

Srinagar

Thiruvananthapuram

Tirupati

Udaipur

Visakhapatnam

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