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CDS 1 2018 Exam Date, Age Limit, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Cut Off

CDS 1 2018 Notification & Exam Date

CDS or Combined Defense Services is the examination conducted by the UPSC (Union service public commission) for recruiting the officer in the Indian armed forces. The qualification for appearing in the examination is different but the minimum qualification required is the graduation from a recognized university. An eligibility criterion has been framed to give chance to required and efficient candidates to enter the respective services.


The eligibility criteria are:-

CDS 1 2018 Qualification

The qualification required for all the three service is different.

  • Army (IMA/OTA) – The candidate must have a graduate degree from a recognized university
  • Navy – The candidate must have and B.E. degree
  • Air force – The candidate must either have a graduate degree with Physics and Maths in 10+2 or must have a B. Tech and B.E degree.

CDS 1 2018 Exam Age Limit

  • CDS 1 2018 Exam Age Limit For IMA : Male candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan 1995 and not later than 1st Jan 2000 only are eligible.
  • CDS 1 2018 Exam Age Limit For OTA : Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd Jan , 1994 and not later than 1st Jan , 2000 only are eligible. 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 Jan 1994 and not later than 1st Jan 2000
  • CDS 1 2018 Exam Age Limit For AFA :  20 to 24 Years as on 1st Jan , 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 02 Jan 1995 and not later than 01 Jan 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 Yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02 Jan 1993 and not later than 01 Jan 1999) only are eligible. Note : Candidate 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 out with family.
  • CDS 1 2018 Exam Age Limit For NA : Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan 1995 and not later than 1st Jan 2000 only are eligible.

CDS 1 2018 How to apply

The candidates, who are falling into the above eligibility criteria must visit on The form is divided into 2 parts; Part 1 and Part 2. After visiting

  • Click on the CDS 1 2018
  • Then a page will be displayed having instruction. Click on YES at the bottom of the page.
  • Then carefully enter your personal information and contact details.
  • Then give your preference for the services as per your eligibility and add your NCC details; if eligible.
  • After completion of part one, you will be provided registration id which u have to use to go to part 2.
  • In part 2, opt the medium of fees deposition.
  • After depositing fees, upload your photo and sign with given dimensions, then select your exam center and submit the form.
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CDS 1 2018 Procedure Of Selection After Examination

  • The selected candidates in the examination will be called for the SSB interview in the form of batches scheduled by the SSB panel of respective service.
  • The SSB will consist of two phases.
  • The first phase is screening in which a verbal nonverbal test and PPDT tests are conducted.
  • The selected candidates are kept at the SSB centers for further testing and the unsuccessful students are freed to go home.
  • The next phase consists of psychology test, GTO, and interview followed by conference
  • The recommended candidates will further stay for the medical test and left are freed to go home.
  • Medical examination of the candidates is conducted for a different period and then a final merit is announced which is the final result of the candidates to be inducted into the academies.

CDS 1 2018 Important Dates

  • Date of notification – 8 November 2017
  • Last date of online applications – 14 December 2017
  • Date of examination – 4 February 2018

Conclusion – The eligibility criteria is prepared to provide maximum opportunity to the candidates on the basis of their academic strength. Candidates must go through the above eligibility parameters and if they find them falling under it, then they must start to target their aim with best of their efforts. So, those who are targeting CDS 1 2018, have a good chance as the exam is 7 months ahead and the time is sufficient to form preparations. So grab the opportunity crack CDS.


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14 thoughts on “CDS 1 2018 Exam Date, Age Limit, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Cut Off

  1. how come officers driving motorcycles shown without helmets ?? its never don in armed forces. kindly change the advertisement which sends wrong message amongst masses

  2. Iam studying 2nd year can i apply for air force and age is 19

    1. Sir..I’ ve cleard 12 sci with PCM this my mechanical engineering ( first year) is going 19 is running now.can I apply for cds 1 exam which will be held on feb,2018.
      Tell me sir..please

  3. I’m final year bsc student can I apply for CDS exam

    1. Yeah sure!!!

    2. yes you can apply for appearing based graduation …as by the time all the selection procedure will be done your graduation might have completed…but it must get completed before 1st jan 2019

  4. I am now at F.Y.B.Tech. course… Can I apply for CDS exam

    1. yeah sure …even you have many other entres too. TGC and UES …you can apply for direct SSB

  5. One who is of 23 years old is not eligible for IMA cds is that so ?

    1. just check that what will be your age on 1st jan 2019 if it is below 24 then you can apply for IMA and if it exceed then the only option you have is OTA

  6. Sir I am B E third year can I apply for this exam sir plzz tell…?

  7. Sir I am 12science pass can I apply for this exam sir tell me

  8. Sir I m a ba student in final year .can I fill this form.?are there any direct entry for me ??like tes in 12

  9. Sir iam in 11 th now my date of birth is 7-11-1999 will I eligible to give CDs in my BE final year because when I wanted to give nda exam in this year my age was more than expected age limit of nda sir please guide me my no is 9284663476

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