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CDS 1 2023 Notification, Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria

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Combined Defence Forces (CDS) Exam: UPSC conducts the CDS Exam twice a year. 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.

CDS Exam 2023

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 1 2023 Notification: 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 criterion 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 2023
Vacancies To be notified
CDS 1 2023 Notification 21st December 2022
CDS Online Registration 21st December 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 2023 Notification

UPSC CDS 1 2023 Notification PDF will be released by the UPSC on 21st December 2022. Click on the link below to read the full notification. The UPSC issues the CDS 1 2023 notification, which includes many vacancies, including OTA , for women candidates who want to join the Indian Armed Forces.

Click Here for the CDS 1 2023 Official Notification [Link Inactive]

Click Here to Apply Online for CDS 2023 [Link Inactive]

CDS 1 2023 Notification: Important Dates

CDS is a very prestigious exam and lakhs of students appear for this exam every year. This is a great opportunity for those candidates who want to serve the country by joining the army. The applications for CDS 2023 first exam will start soon on the official website of UPSC.

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 will apply for the exam according to the CDS eligibility criteria.

CDS 2022 EVENTS CDS 1 2023 CDS 2 2023
Application Start Date 21st December 2022 17th May 2023
Application Last Date 10th January 2023 6th July 2023
Exam Date 16th April 2023 3rd September 2023
Admit Card Download Date To be notified To be notified
Result Date To be notified To be notified

CDS 1 2023 Notification: Vacancy

Good number of vacancies will be announced for all the categories combined in CDS 1 2023 Examination. You can check the bifurcation of CDS 2 2022 vacancies below.

Name of the Army No. of Posts
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai, (SSC Men) 169
Officers Training Academy, Chennai, (SSC Women) 16
Total Vacancies 339

CDS 1 2023 Notification: Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for CDS Exam 2023, 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 2023 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 2023 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

CDS Exam 2023 Age limit:

Here we have provided you with the age limit for the CDS 1 2023 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 2023 Application Procedure

  • Visit the official website — upsc.gov.in or upsconline.nic.in
  • Click on the UPSC CDS 1 2023 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 2023 Admit Card

UPSC will release the Admit Card for CDS Examination two weeks before the exam date. You can download the Written Examination Call Letter from the link given below.

Release of CDS 1 2023 Admit Card August

CDS 1 2023 Exam Centers

The CDS exam centers are mentioned in the official notification by the exam conducting authority i.e. Union Public Service Commission. CDS 1 2023 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 2023.

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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 Exam Syllabus 2023

Candidate those are looking for CDS Syllabus of each subject in detailed can check from here.

Check CDS Syllabus 2023

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

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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.

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


Study Material for CDS Exam

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

CDS Exam Result 2023

CDS 1 2023 written examination result is declared within one month of written examination.

Declaration of CDS 2 2022 Result September 2022
Declaration of Final Result to be announced

CDS 1 Expected Cutoff 2023

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

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CDS Exam 2023: FAQs

Q1. How many vacancies in CDS Notification 2023?

Ans. Vacancies will be announced as soon as the notification is released for CDS 1 2023 Examination.

Q2. Is CDS 1 2023 Notification is released?

Ans. No, CDS 1 2023 Notification has not been released yet.

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 2023 exam?

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