UPSC CDS 2024 Notification (OUT) Application Form Out Apply Now

UPSC released the notification for the 2024 edition of the UPSC CDS examination on December 20, 2023. The Combined Defence Examination (CDS) is conducted twice a year and serves as an excellent opportunity for those aspiring to join the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The notification for CDS 1 2024, indicates a total of 457 vacancies across these services. The last date to apply for the examination is January 09, 2024 (6 pm). UPSC CDS 1 2024, is scheduled to be held on April 21, 2024.

Aspiring candidates for UPSC CDS 2024 are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and aptitude to be selected in the three main academies: the Indian Military Academy (IMA), the Indian Naval Academy (INA), and the Air Force Academy (AFA). Specialized training programs designed to meet the specific requirements and challenges of the respective branches of the defense forces are offered to selected candidates.

UPSC CDS 2024 examination has two stages: a written test and an interview. The written test will be conducted in offline mode and includes three papers: English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The duration of each paper is 2 hours, and each carries 100 marks. The interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) and comprises a series of tests to assess the personality, intelligence, and leadership qualities of the candidates.

UPSC CDS 2024 Application Form

The application process for UPSC CDS 1 2024 has been started on the official website from December 20, 2023, and the last date to apply for the examination is January 9, 2024. Interested candidates can fill out the application form through the official website.

ParticularsStatistics
Examination NameUPSC CDS 2024
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Application Start Date20 December 2023
Application Last Date09 January 2024
Examination Date21 April 2024
Application Link Check Here
Official Website www.upsc.gov.in

It is important to understand the application procedure in detail to ensure timely submission of the application. In this article, we will provide you with the step-by-step process of completing the UPSC CDS 2024 Application Form. The CDS 2024 application fee is INR 200 for all categories except SC/ST/female students.

  • Step 1: To register for the examination, candidates must visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and go to the CDS 1 2024 exam section. Find the application form link and proceed to register. Fill in the required fields. Create a username and password to log in to the account to complete the application form.
  • Step 2: Log in to the account using the credentials. Complete the CDS 1 2024 application form by entering the required details and selecting your preferred academy and branch. Upload scanned copies of the recent passport-sized photograph and signature. Attach the necessary documents, if specified.
  • Step 3: Upon completing the application form, candidates can pay the application fee of CDS 1 2024 in online/offline mode. The application process is considered complete only after the fee payment has been successfully made.
  • Step 4: Review all the details you entered in your CDS 1 2024 application form and submit. Take a printout after the successful submission of the UPSC CDS 2024 application form.

UPSC CDS 2024 Eligibility 

UPSC CDS 2024 Examination eligibility in terms of educational qualification and age limit is provided in the table below;

AcademyAge LimitEducational Qualification
Indian Military Academy (IMA)19 to 24 years (born between Jan 2, 2000 and Jan 1, 2005)Bachelor’s degree from a UGC-recognized university.
Indian Naval Academy (INA)19 to 24 years (born between Jan 2, 2000 and Jan 1, 2005)Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree from a UGC-recognized university.
Air Force Academy (AFA)20 to 24 years (born between Jan 2, 2000 and Jan 1, 2004)Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and must have studied Mathematics and Physics at Intermediate level.
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Men19 to 25 years (born between Jan 2, 1999 and Jan 1, 2005)Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a UGC-recognized university.
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Women19 to 25 years (born between Jan 2, 1999 and Jan 1, 2005)

UPSC CDS 2024 Selection Process

UPSC CDS 2024 Selection process involves a series of stages to assess the aptitude, intelligence, and physical fitness of the candidates. The selection process consists of the following stages;

  • Written Examination: Candidates must pass the written examination, which has objective type multiple-choice questions to test their knowledge in English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Each academy conducts its written examination for selection.
  • Personal Interview: Candidates who pass the written examination will be shortlisted for a personal interview with the Services Selection Board (SSB). The interview panel will evaluate the officer-like qualities, leadership skills, and suitability of the candidate for a career in the defense forces.
  • Document Verification: Candidates will be shortlisted after the SSB interview and they must submit their original documents for verification, including educational certificates, age proof, and other necessary documents.
  • Medical Examination: Candidates who clear the personal interview round will be called for a thorough medical examination conducted by a Military Hospital to assess their medical fitness. The medical examination ensures that candidates meet the physical and medical standards required for military service.
  • Release of Final Merit List: The final selection will be based on the performance of the candidate in the written examination, personal interview, and medical examination. According to the final merit list, candidates will be allotted seats in the respective academies based on their ranks and preferences.

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