UPSC CDS 1 2024 Notification PDF for 457 Posts, Last Date Today

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UPSC CDS 2024 Notification: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has issued the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2024, inviting online applications for UPSC CDS (I)/2024, which also includes the SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course. Interested and eligible candidates can submit their applications online through the official website, starting from December 20, 2023.

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

UPSC CDS 2024 Notification

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) is a national-level competitive examination for individuals aspiring to pursue a career in the Armed Forces – Army, Navy, and Air Force. Successful candidates from the CDS written exam will undergo training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). Upon completion of training, candidates are commissioned as lieutenants in the respective branches of the Armed Forces.

Recruitment AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Post Name Lieutenant
No. of Posts457
Advt No.NO.4/2024.CDS-I
Category Govt Jobs
Pay ScaleLevel-10 (Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500/-)
Last Date9 January 2024 up to 06:00 pm
LocationAll India

Important Dates for UPSC CDS 1 2024

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Notification Release Date20 December 2023
UPSC CDS 1 2024 Online Apply Date20 December 2023
UPSC CDS 1 2024 Online Last Date9 January 2024, up to 06:00 pm
UPSC CDS 1 Exam Date 21 April 2024

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UPSC CDS 2024 Notification PDF

The CDS (I) notification was released by UPSC on December 20, 2024, on the official website of UPSC at The notification was released in PDF format and the candidates can access them by following the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on the CDS 1 notification 2024 in Whats New Section
  • Click on the CDS 1 notification PDF link
  • The CDS 1 notification PDF will appear on the screen
  • Download the CDS 1 2024 PDF and save it for later use

UPSC CDS (I) 2024 Notification PDFDownload PDF

UPSC CDS 2024 Vacancy Details

The following are the vacancies available for the courses under the CDS (I) 2024 exam to be conducted by UPSC:

Course NameNo. of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala32
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (SSC Course for men)275
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)18

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CDS (I) 2024

CDS 2024 Eligibility is prescribed by the UPSC in terms of nationality, age, educational qualification & physical standards. Candidates preparing for CDS 1 2024 need to fulfill the CDS 1 2024 eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam.


To be eligible for the CDS Exam 2024, candidates must fulfill the given criteria:

(i) A citizen of India, or
(ii) A subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) A subject of Nepal, or
(iv) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries (Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam) with the intention of permanently settling in India

Provided candidates belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv), and (v) should be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Indian government.

A certificate of eligibility is also necessary for Gorkha candidates in Nepal.

CDS Qualification 2024

The educational qualification prescribed by UPSC for admission to various defence academies is given below.

AcademiesEducational Qualification
Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)Graduation
Indian Naval Academy (INA)Engineering Degree
Air Force Academy (AFA)Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics in Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering

Important Points:

  • Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are required to submit provisional certificates of graduation on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at SSB centres.
  • Those who are in their final year of graduation can also apply

CDS Age Limit 2024 & Marital Status

The age limit criteria for the CDS 1 exam have been given below for the candidates. The candidates must go through the table to know the age limit and other criteria to apply for the CDS 1 exam:

Academy Age Limit
(In Years)
Marital Status
Indian Military Academy (IMA)19-24Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy (INA)19-22Unmarried
Air Force Academy19-23Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried.
Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during the training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)19-25Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)19-25Unmarried

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UPSC CDS (1) 2024 How to Apply

Follow these Steps to Apply Online for UPSC CDS 1 2024:

  • Go to the official website for application-
  • Log in to your registered account or register for the OTR.
  • Click on the CDS exam link.
  • Fill out the details asked.
  • Upload the photograph, signature, and Photo Identity card.
  • Make the application fee for the CDS exam.
  • Choose the CDS exam centre.
  • Finally, submit the application form.
  • A confirmation message will be sent to the candidate’s registered mobile number and email id.

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Registration Form

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the CDS 1 application form on December 20, 2023. The last date to apply for the CDS 1 exam is January 9, 2024, whereas, CDS 2 application form 2024 will be released on May 15, 2024. The last date to apply for CDS 2 2024 is June 4, 2024.

CDS 1 Application Form 2024Apply Link

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UPSC CDS 1 2024 Application Fee

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment or by using internet banking facility of any Bank.

Gen/ OBC/ EWSRs. 200/-
SC/ST/ Sons of JCOs/ ORs/ FemaleRs. 0/-

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Selection Process

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the CDS selection process to select eligible candidates as Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The CDS selection process comprises two stages: a written exam and an SSB interview. All candidates who qualify for the written exam are required to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website – within two weeks of the announcement of the written test result. After that, candidates are allotted SSB dates and centres.

Selection is done based on the written exam and SSB Interview.

  • SSB Interview is a two-stage process
  • Candidates need to secure CDS cut-off marks to qualify for each stage of selection
  • Candidates are assigned All India Ranks based on their merit
  • The allotment is done on merit-cum-preference basis

Exam Pattern of UPSC CDS 1 2024

CDS exam pattern 2024 is divided into a written exam and SSB Interview. The written exam for IMA, INA, and AFA comprises three sections: English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The test paper for admission to OTA comprises two sections: English and General Knowledge. Each section is held for two hours. The total marks of the test for IMA, INA, and AFA are 300, while it is 200 for OTA. The SSB Interview for IMA, INA, and AFA carries 300 marks each while it is 200 marks for OTA. The SSB Interview procedure consists of two stages: I and II. Stage I of the SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT) and Interviews, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and Conferences.

Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, IFA

  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Time Duration: 2 Hours
English 100
General Knowledge100
Elementary Mathematics100

Exam Pattern for Officer’s Training Academy

  • Time Duration: 2 Hours
  • Negative Marking: Yes
English 100
General Knowledge100

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Interview

Academy Marks
Indian Military Academy300
Indian Naval Academy300
Indian Air Force Academy300
Officers’ Training Academy200

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UPSC CDS 1 Syllabus 2024

The CDS Syllabus includes subjects such as English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The Mathematics section is of Class 10 standard, while the other subjects are of graduation level. Below, candidates can review the detailed syllabus.

Subjects Topics
EnglishAntonyms, Sentence improvement, Comprehension, Synonyms, Spotting Errors, etc.
General KnowledgeEconomics, Current Awareness, Defence, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.
Elementary MathsArithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, Statistics, etc.

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