CDS Eligibility Criteria 2019

CDS 2019 Exam is scheduled for 3rd February 2019. To be eligible for the exam a candidate needs to fulfill the below mentioned criteria.

Educational Qualification


Academy Name Educational Qualification
For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy Degree of a recognised University or equivalent
For Indian Naval Academy Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
For Air Force Academy Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview.

Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester/year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg `A’.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC

Age Limit


Academy Age Criteria
For IMA Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2001
For INA Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2001
For AFA 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2020 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2000 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2000)
For OTA (SSC Course for Men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2001 only are eligible
For OTA (SSC Course Women{Non-Tech}) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2001

Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises

Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses

Physical Standards


Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination as per guidelines given in the official notification.

Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of forearm i.e from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. An exception is there for tribes with certain customs and rituals.

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Candidates who are unfit may apply for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board.

Height Standards


Male Candidates

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force)

Female Candidates

For Women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cms

For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms

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