UPSC CDS 2019 Educational Eligibility Criteria Age Limit Requirements

CDA Prepapration Tips

The combined Defence Services Examination basically called as CDS Exam is being conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice every year in the nation so as to select the candidates for defence services. To work for nation army/ navy, it is the dream for many and so they prepare really hard for the examinations. The UPSC CDS Exam is being organized in February and October every year. Many lacs of candidates who have passed their graduation and the ones who are pursuing the last year of graduation give this exam.


Below given are the eligibility conditions for UPSC CDS Exam 2019-

Educational Qualifications: Degree from recognized University (pursuing last year of degree)

CDS Age Limit: Between 18 to 23 years of age

The Physical requirements of the CDS Exam can be checked as are mentioned in the CDS Exam notification by UPSC.

Application fee: Rs.200 for all but females/ SC/ ST are exempted from fee.

Toll Free Number for UPSC CDS Enquiry-

011- 233385271, 011- 23381125, 011- 23098543

Call anytime between 10 AM to 5 PM

AFCAT Preparation Material

AFCAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus  AFCAT Preparation Best Books
AFCAT Preparation Tips  AFCAT Sample Papers
AFCAT Full Eligibility Details AFCAT Study Material
AFCAT Previous Papers


The candidates can apply on the UPSC Official website for the CDS exam once the notification is out for the exam. There are 2 parts of registration for the CDS Exam which includes-

Part- I is the details of candidate- name, fathers’ name, category name, educational qualification, date of birth and many others

Part- II include the scanned photographs and signatures uploading

To apply for CDS Exam it is mandatory for the candidates to complete both parts of registration. UPSC CDS Exam is the important exam for which the candidates should prepare at the best level to get clear in the examination. The CDS Exam will give your entry into the Military, Army, navy and Officers training Academy.


Be prepare for the exam in the best possible way and clear the exam with full capabilities and get ready for the military services of the nation. ALL THE BEST…

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  1. rashi divi says:

    I ‘m unable to download these pdf’s or previous year question papers by that link please suggest me how can i download them

    1. You will be able to download it, click on Download button which is visible on the top of link which opens.

  2. nandni singh says:

    Hi Sir,
    i am nandni..
    I am in a final year of graduation…. want to ask Can i be eligible for cds 2017 ota exam? which held in feb month

    1. Hi Nandni Singh,

      You are eligible for the CDS OTA 2017 examination which will held in month of Feb. If you need any kind of resources for the preparation feel free to comment your queries. Thank You.

      1. Hii bro pls help me , small rqst
        i applied CDS OTA exam but i have tattoo left armed. any problem pls help me

        1. Hi Arya,
          Giving the written exam will not be a problem.

  3. i m a zoology 1st yr student n my age is 20 . sir m i eligible to apply for cds after graduation..

    1. Yes you are eligible and can also apply in the last sem of your graduation.

  4. eti gandhar says:

    Hello sir,
    I am Eti Gandhar,I am maths final year student.I am 18 year old.can I apply for cds 2017 ota exam? Sir I also want to ask that percentage is important for the exam?

    1. HI Eti,

      You should be 19 year old to be eligible for the examination.Minimum & Maximum age limit for cds exam

      Indian Military Academy: 19-24 years
      Air Force Academy:’19-23 years
      Naval Academy:19-22 years
      Officers’ Training Academy: 19-25 years

  5. avishi mishra says:

    Sir im in grduation final yr in physics hons.Am i able to apply cds exam?which buk should i prefer

    1. Hi Avishi,
      Yes you can give the CDS exam. For its preparation material, you can check your email ID, it is sent to you.

  6. nikita bains says:

    sir ..
    i have done my 12th in commerce strm.. now i m pursuing BCA(last year).. what should i do now.. .. sir..if i apply for OTA.. is it fine for me sir..

  7. Sumitha P G says:

    Good morning sir,
    Myself Sumitha P G. Iam interested in serving my nation and iam interested in defence.sir can you please help me to clear my CDS exam for getting admission in OTA by providing some solved study materials.

    1. Hi Sumitha,
      Papers are sent to your ID, please check

  8. SANJEEV KUMAR says:


    1. Yes Sanjeev,
      You can apply for CDS in last year of your degree course or after it.

  9. Hello Abhi, I am doing my Engineering .will I be eligible to take the pilot officer’s in the IAF . I am in the age range of 18-23.

      1. Jyoti singj says:

        My date of birth 20.07.1993 can I apply for cds OTA?? But 23 year over

  10. I got 59percentage in B.E,CAN I apply for CDs exam

      1. My DOB is 30-12-1993 can I apply for CDS

        1. Hi Kannan,
          Yes you can apply for CDS OTA post only.

  11. hii sir are there any sort of physical requirements for O.T.A too?

    1. Hi maaz,
      No There are no requirements for written exam in CDS.

  12. and plz send me the requisite material for cds O.T.A

  13. Hey Abhi,
    This is Santhosh. i have done my graduation in Commerce and in 12th it was Science.
    Can i apply for AFA and IMA?

    1. Hi Santosh,
      Yes you can apply for CDS exam.

      1. me bsc 2 me hu cds me exam de sakta h

  14. Sir. I have passed 12th with science stream and got 57 percent marks . now I have complete math with 80 percent. am l eligible for cds exam

  15. Sir. I have passed 12th with science stream and got 57 percent marks . now I have complete math with 80 percent. am l eligible for cds exam..

  16. Jatin Bhardwaj says:

    Hi sir,
    I am jatin bhardwaj sir i have passed my 12th class sir i want to take Bsc sir am i eligible for CDS or some other degree i must have for CDS

    1. Hi jatin,
      It doesn’t matter which degree you do to give CDS exam- CDS only requires graduation degree to be applicable for exam.

      1. Jatin Bhardwaj says:

        Sir can i take Bsc with maths for IMA academy

        1. Jatin, you just need a graduation degree to apply for it regardless of the subjects.

          1. Lucky Sharma says:

            HELLO Abhineet Singh ji
            sir kya aap mujhe OTA ke baare me puri detail de sakte hain kya
            mujhe OTA ka pura prosses janna hai par mujhe mil nahi paa raha hai agar aap mujhe bata de to bahut meharbaani hogi
            OTA me karna kya hota hai girls ko?

          2. Hi Lucky,
            When any girl is selected for OTA, then the training has to be given to graduates for all the branches of Army. OTA is officers’ training academy and so the basic concept is to train/ teach other people for Army.

  17. Sir I am final yr student.How can I join special forces.and tell me about OTA.

    1. Hi Pankaj,
      Apply for CDS exam and fill your preference, prepare well for the exam and score much above cut off level to achieve your dreams.

      1. Hello sir what is the age relaxation I’m 23 years old now

  18. sir I have passed my 12th class exam c
    an I apply for CDS 2017

    1. No Ashwani, you need to have graduation degree for CDS. You can apply for NDA.

  19. Hi sir,
    I am sheetal..i am (maths) last year,
    sir meri English weak h kya mai cds kr skti hu

    1. Hi Sheetal,
      Yes You can give the CDS exam and score very well.

  20. prashanth says:

    sir.this s Prashanth….

    i hv tatto on my left i hv eligible for the exam.

  21. prashanth says:

    sir.please tell me abt ota exam books to prepare xam….please let me knw abt best books

  22. Hello,
    i did 10+2 in (PCM) and 10+3 in yogic science. Can i apply for CDS?

  23. Manish Mudgal says:

    Hi Sir.
    IMA k liye Max. Kitni baar apply kar sakte hai.

    1. Hi Manish,
      There are no limits to attempt CDS exam, it is just you need to fit in age criteria to give the exam.

  24. helo mi self rahul i got 58% in mi graduation can i apply for cds?

    1. Yes Rahul,
      You can apply for CDS and all the very best for the exam.

  25. Hello sir…myself Shantanu Sharma & I am in b- tech 3rd year& my DOB 10-01-1995. Can I apply for cd’s in IAFf???

    1. HI Shantanu,
      Yes you can apply for CDS exam.

  26. Sir plz send me some tips for cd’s exam on my email id….

  27. neha singh says:

    I’m neha
    BDS second year student can I apply cds exzm?

  28. Hloo sir .. i had done my 10+2 from medical stream nd now doing bsc …
    Can i aply for cds ???

  29. priyanka pathak says:

    Sir what is the age limit for ssb exams for cds(ota) boys.

  30. I got 57 percent marks in 12th and 80per. in Am I eligible?

  31. I got 57 percent marks in 12th and 80per. in Am I eligible for cds?

  32. chetan darne says:

    Respected sir,
    I am currently studying in 2nd year of civil engg. which will end this month of May. And I will be starting my 3rd year from July. So can I appear for CDS exam?? I am 20 yrs now.

  33. Sir,
    Can a male candidates apply for ota exam

  34. Hello sir .. I m anuradha… m doing B.El.Ed from DU, 1at year… after this course .. can I apply for CDS exams .. n if yes … then please tell me .. that in which field I can apply for ..?? N plz send me the year question paper too .!!

  35. Nitesh dhongade says:

    Sir …. Myself NITESH dhongade I am BA final year i complete my 12th in science can I apply to AFA academy CDs ???

  36. Zishan khan says:

    sir I am student of BCA final year can I participate of CDS campation please tell me

  37. I’m in the final ​year of graduation. Can I apply for OTA??

  38. vivek kumar says:

    Sir I have passed 12 from arts stream & I am in part 1 now can I apply for the CDS exam ..
    What is the minimum qualification to apply the CDS exam plz mail me sir

  39. reet singh says:

    Hlo sir i am reet i complete my 12th with commerce and now i am in first year can i apply for cds exam

  40. Rabindra Kumar says:

    Sir I Am Doing My Graduation From Ignou
    If I Complete My Degree In 4-5 Years Can I Apply For CDS..
    Because It Is Not Possible To Complete In 3 Years Because Lot Of Back In Subject.



  42. T.MUTHARASU says:

    Hi sir i complete to diploma in mechanical engineering .but how to apply cds exam.

  43. I m first year student can I apply for CDs

  44. Sir l am paras i am studying engineering.i get the job cds exam . you are give the tips

  45. purohit payal.n says:

    Hello sir,i am student of last year in can i apply for cds exam. Pleas sir give me some basic knowledge for apply cds exam.

    1. Hi Purohit,
      Yes you can apply for CDS exam in your last year of graduation degree. For CDS study material, you can access the CDS material given on this website and start your preparations for exam.

  46. BIPIN KUMAR says:

    Respected sir,I got 57 percent marks in 12th with science and now I am in B.A.Eng (Hons) second years can I apply for CDS exam.

    1. Hi,
      If you are in last year of your degree course or have completed it, you can apply for CDS exam.

  47. Sir,
    Me commerce ka student hu, me yah exam de sakata hu kya…?

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