UPSC CDS (I) 2017: Step by Step Guide

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 13 Oct 2016

The complete details of the CDS (I) 2017 exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is given below. Have a look.

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The Combined Defence Service (CDS) is an all India examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for admissions to the prestigious academies of the Armed Forces. Aspirants can apply for the Indian Military Academy (Army), the Officers Training Academy (Army), the Air Force Academy (Air Force) and the Indian Naval Academy (Navy). While the male candidates can apply for INA, IMA, AFA and OTA, the female candidates can apply for OTA only.

CDS aspirants can go through the following details to know all about the UPSC CDS (I) 2017 exam.

CDS (I) 2017 Important Dates:

The official notification for the CDS (I) 2017 exam will be announced on November 9, 2016.  The table below shows all the important dates for the exam. Candidates can mark their calendars accordingly.

Official Notification

November 9, 2016

Last date to submit application form

December 2, 2016

Admit Card

January 2017

Exam date

February 5, 2017


The results for the CDS (I) 2017 exam will be announced tentatively in the month of May 2017. Candidates can follow all the important dates here as well as on the official website of UPSC.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Important Dates here.

CDS (I) 2017 Application Process:

Aspirants can apply for CDS (I) 2017 exam on the official website of UPSC from November 9, 2016. Candidates will have to enter their preference of academy (IMA, INA, AFA, OTA) they wish to join. The last date to submit the application form is December 2, 2016.

General category candidates will have to pay an application fee of INR 200 before submitting the form. Those candidates belonging to the reserved category and female candidates need not pay any application fee.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Application Process here.

CDS (I) 2017 Eligibility Criteria:

The general eligibility criterion applicable to all the applicants is:

  • S/he must be an Indian Citizen, or
  • They must be a subject of Bhutan, or
  • They must be a subject of Nepal, or
  • Someone who is a refugee from Tibet but had migrated to India before January 1, 1962, and permanently settled in India
  • The candidates who have Indian origins and have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Uganda with the aim of permanent settlement in India.

Apart from this, each Armed Service has its own eligibility criteria for providing admissions.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Eligibility Criteria here.

CDS (I) 2017 Exam Pattern:

The CDS (I) 2017 exam will be a pen and paper based exam. The question paper will be split into three sections, i.e. English, Elementary Mathematics  and General Knowledge. Candidates applying for OTA will have only two sections, i.e. English and General Knowledge. Each section will be of 100 marks. The questions will be of multiple choice and there will be negative marking for wrong answers.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Exam Pattern here.

CDS (I) 2017 Syllabus:

The CDS syllabus will cover topics from each of the three topics, which are English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics.
The English section will cover topics like Antonyms, Error Spotting, Para Jumbles, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction and Synonyms etc.

The GK section will cover the current affairs, politics, the matters from daily lives and news, history of India, general science, and geography.
Elementary mathematics will cover topics such as Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mensuration, and Statistics.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Syllabus here.

CDS (I) 2017 Admit Cards:

The CDS (I) 2017 admit cards will be available for download tentatively from the first week of January 2017. Candidates can download the same from the official website of UPSC.

It is mandatory for all the candidates to bring the admit card to the exam centre. Those without the CDS admit card and a valid photo ID proof will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Admit Cards here.

CDS (I) 2017 Results:

The CDS (I) 2017 results will be released tentatively in the month of May 2017. Candidates can view the result on the UPSC website. However, this will be the result for the qualifying examination only. The final merit list will be released once the SSB interviews are complete. Candidates clearing the SSB interviews will get admission in any one of the four academies as per their preference in the application form.

Know more about UPSC CDS (I) 2017 Results here.

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