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CDS Exam 2022

Combined Defence Forces (CDS): UPSC has already released the CDS 2022 Exam Calendar on its official website CDS exam is very important for candidates who want to be admitted to the Indian Armed Forces. Recruitment of officials in Indian forces by the United Defence Service or CDS. A Combined Defense Service Examination is organized by UPSC for recruitment in the Indian Army, Air Force and Water Force. 

UPSC organizes written examinations and interviews for CDS recruitment after which the successful candidates are sent to the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (Goa), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad) and Officer Training Academy (Chennai). The work of UPSC is to organize the examination and recruit candidates for the academies.

CDS Exam 2022: Highlights

The examination of the CDS is the examination for recruitment in one of the three Indian Armed Forces. Although there is a different eligibility criteria for recruitment in the three Indian Academies and the candidate which completes all CDS eligibility criteria, the same candidate is considered to be eligible for CDS exam. You can check the article below to know complete details about CDS Exam, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Salary Structure, Selection Process.

Organization Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name CDS 1 2022
CDS 1 Vacancies To Be Notified
CDS 1 Online Registration 22nd December 2021 to 11th January 2022
Mode of Application Online
Selection Process Written Test- Interview- Medical Examination
Language of Written Exam Bilingual
Mode of Examination Offline
Type of Questions MCQ
CDS 2 Exam Duration 2 hours (Each Paper)
Marking Scheme 1/3 for Each Incorrect Answer
Job Location All Over India
Official Website upsc.gov.in

CDS 1 2022 Notification

UPSC CDS 1 2022 Notification PDF will be available on 22nd December, 2021. The UPSC will issue the CDS 1 2022 notification, which includes many vacancies, including OTA , for women candidates who want to join the Indian Armed Forces. The link to the CDS 2022 application form will also be activated on the Union Public Service Commission’s official website. 

Click Here for the CDS 2 2021 Official Notification

CDS Exam 2022 Important Dates

CDS is a very prestigious exam and lakhs of students appear for this exam every year. This is a good opportunity for those candidates who want to serve the country by joining the army. The applications for CDS 2022 first exam will start from 22nd December 2021. This year candidates must left no stone unturned in the preparation of CDS because every year the challenge is increasing among the candidates.  It is expected that the candidates should apply for the exam according to the CDS eligibility criteria. The CDS 2022 exam will be held on 10th April 2022.

CDS 1 2022 EVENTS CDS 1 2022 CDS 2 2022
Application Start Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Application Last Date 11th January 2022 14th June 2022
Exam Date 10th April 2022 4th September 2022
Admit Card Download Date Last week of March August
Result Date (Expected) to be announced to be announced

CDS Exam 2022 Vacancy

Total 339 vacancies are announced for all the categories combined. You can check the bifurcation of this year’s vacancies below.

Name of the Army No. of Posts
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 200
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai, (SSC Men) 175
Officers Training Academy, Chennai, (SSC Women) 12

CDS Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for CDS Exam 2022, a candidate must be unmarried and must either be:
  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a Subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

CDS Exam 2022 Educational Qualifications:

Candidates should be well known with the education qualifications before applying for the examination. Here we have provided the complete details of the educational qualifications required for the CDS 2022 Examination.

ACADEMY EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY Graduation Degree
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
AIR FORCE ACADEMY Graduation, B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics &Maths)
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (MEN) Graduation Degree
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (WOMEN) Graduation Degree

Age limit:

Here we have provided you with the age limit for the CDS 1 2022 Exam. So before applying to try to go through the full notification provided by UPSC.

ACADEMY AGE LIMIT
INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY 19-24 years
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY 19-24 years
AIR FORCE ACADEMY 20-24 years
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (MEN) 19-25 years
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (WOMEN) 19-25 years

CDS Exam 2022 Application Procedure

  • Visit the official website — upsc.gov.in or upsconline.nic.in
  • Click on the UPSC CDS 1 2022 link.
  • In part – I of the registration, submit your basic information.
  • In part II, fill the payment details and choice of exam center, upload your photo and sign as per guidelines.
  • Save and submit it and take a print out for further reference.

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CDS Exam 2022 Admit Card

UPSC will release the Admit Card for CDS Examination in the month of March 2022. You can download the Written Examination Call Letter from the link given below.

Release of CDS 1 2022 Admit Card  Last week of March

CDS 1 2022 Exam Centers

The CDS exam centers are mentioned in the official notification by the exam conducting authority i.e. Union Public Service Commission. CDS 2 2022 will held in 75 cities in offline mode. Candidates were advised to arrive at their examination site at least one day ahead of time and to familiarize themselves with the itinerary in order to avoid last-minute hassle. Candidates can view the table below for more information on CDS Exam Center 2022.

Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji – Goa
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Prayagraj – Allahabad Gwalior
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry
Aligarh Imphal Pune
Almora – Uttarakhand Indore Raipur
Anantapur – Andhra Pradesh Itanagar Rajkot
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi
Bengaluru Jaipur Sambalpur
Bareilly Jammu Shillong
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla
Bilaspur Jorhat Siliguri
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar
Chennai Kohima Srinagar – Uttarakhand
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane
Cuttack Kozhikode – Calicut Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Leh Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Lucknow Tirupati
Dharwad Ludhiana Udaipur
Dispur Madurai Varanasi
Faridabad Mumbai Vellore
Gangtok Mysore Vijayawada
Gaya Nagpur Visakhapatnam
Gautam Buddh Nagar Navi Mumbai Warangal

CDS Exam 2022 Selection Procedure

The Combined Defense Services Examination is conducted in two phases- the first stage is the written examination and the second is the interview. This examination comes under UPSC and the examination of all the three forces is under this. If the candidate is successful in the written test then he/she is called for SSB interview. After that the candidate is sent to different places for training. Now we will tell you about the CDS Exam Pattern.

CDS follows a three-stage recruitment process it consists of:

  • Written Test
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Merit List

CDS 1 2022 Exam Pattern

The written examination consists of the below subjects:

A) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
Mathematics 2 Hours 100
SSB Test/Interview 5 Days 300
B) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
SSB Test/Interview 5 Days 300

CDS 1 2022 SSB Interview involves 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 consists of officer intelligence rating, picture perception, and description test.
  • Stage 2 involves psychology test, interview, group testing officer task, and conference.

CDS Syllabus 2022

CDS English Syllabus

The level of English papers will be such as to test the knowledge of English language and comprehension of words in English language of the candidates. The syllabus covers various aspects like: Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. Under this Parts of Speech, Tense, Articles, Identifying Wrong or Famous Idioms and proverbs of English can be asked from the candidates.

Check: Download English Previous Year Papers Here

CDS General Knowledge Syllabus

Physics Chemistry Biology
Current Events Polity History
Geography Defence Knowledge Economics

Under General Knowledge, candidates can be asked questions from current affairs like sportspersons, awards, important people, economy, conferences etc. Apart from this, questions will also be asked from history, geography etc. of India. CDS GK Previous Year Papers will be of utmost importance while preparing for this section. This will give you an idea of the important topics from where questions are asked.

Download GK Power Capsule for CDS

CDS Mathematics Syllabus (Applicable only for IMA, AFA, INA)

Arithmetic
Algebra
Trigonometry
Geometry
Mensuration
Statistics

Study Material for CDS Exam

Subject Sources
English Click Here
General Knowledge Click Here
Mathematics Click Here

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CDS Result 2022

CDS 1 2022 written examination result is expected to declare in the first week of July 2022.

Declaration of CDS 2 Result July First Week, 2022
Declaration of Final Result to be announced

CDS 1 Expected Cutoff 2022

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
Indian Military Academy 120 – 130 245 – 255
Indian Naval Academy 105 – 120 233 – 245
Air Force Academy 145 – 150 268 – 270
Officers’ Training Academy men 73 – 85 162 – 170
Officers’ Training Academy women 74 – 85 164 – 170

CDS Previous Year Cut Off

CDS (II) 2020 Exam
Course Written Exam Cut Off Final Cut Off
IMA 139 263
INA 134 257
AFA 152 279
OTA (Men) 97 179
OTA (Women) 97 178

CDS Salary Structure

Rank Level Pay Scale
Lieutenant Level 10 Rs 56,100-1,77,500
Captain Level 10B Rs 61,300-1,93,900
Major Level 11 Rs 69,400-2,07,200
Lt Colonel Level 12A Rs 1,21,200-2,12,400
Colonel Level 13 Rs 1,30,600-2,15,900
Brigadier Level 13A Rs 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 14 Rs 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 Rs 1,82,200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army CDR/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
COAS Level 18 Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)

Check: Check Detailed Salary Structure, Training Stipend Here

CDS 1 Exam 2022 FAQs

Q1. Are the subjects and syllabus for IMA and OTA exams same?

Ans. No, IMA has 3 subjects whereas OTA has different subjects.

Q2. How many attempts are allowed for the CDS exam?

Ans. There is no restriction on the number of attempts of CDS, you can continue till your age limit.

Q3. What is the level of Maths in the CDS exam?

Ans. The level of Maths paper is up to 10th standard only.

Q4. Can a final year student apply for CDS 1 2022 exam?

Ans. Yes, final year candidates can apply for CDS, but you should complete your degree before the date of joining.

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