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UPSC CDS 2018: Complete Details

To provide admission to Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officers’ Training Academy, Union Public Service Commission, twice a year conducts Combined Defence Services Examination. For both the examinations of UPSC CDS 2018, the procedure to going through online registration, downloading Admit Cards, Answer Key & Merit List, checking Results & Cut Off etc. are totally different with the gap of almost 6 months between the two.

On an average, 2.5 lakh candidates take CDS written examination every year. While, in last to the last attempt of October 2016, exact figured – 274,835 total number of applications received by UPSC for CDSE (II).

Also, Combined Defence Services Exam [CDSE] is one of the rare tests organised for women entry into Defence. Another crucial part observed without any login till date is that – Out of 2.5 lakh applied candidates, on 70-80% [perhaps even less] of the applied, reach the examination centre and appear for written test.

Across 41 cities/towns of the nation, CDS 2018 will also be conducted twice – once in February 2018 and the second one in November 2018.

But, keeping instructions of the official notification in mind, an applicant should check out his/ her eligibility criteria before filling online Application Form, which is one of a most important factor in whole recruitment procedure. 

UPSC CDS 2018 part 1 Admit Card

For the second examination of 2017, Combined Defence Services Hall Tickets are already out. Thus, permission letters are now available to download from Union Public Service Commission [UPSC] official website –

All those candidates who will be rejected in this examination, or are not eligible for CDS 2 2017 because of age limit problem, may take UPSC CDS 2018 next year.

For CDS 1 2018, important dates or schedule through UPSC Annual Calendar 2018 are already announced. Reportedly, date of release of Notification will be 8th November 2017 (Just a week left for that). On this day only, the procedure of filling the application form will also be started.

Here, the last date to apply for UPSC CDS I exam is 4th December 2017 and written test is scheduled to organise on 4th February 2018. Thus, be prepared to download next exam Call letters or CDS 1 Admit Card 2018 in the second or third week of January 2018.

UPSC CDS 2 Answer Key 2017

Once, the examination is successfully organised on 19th November 2017 (without any paper leak news), Union Public Service Commission will undoubtedly release CDS 2 Answer Key 2017.

Apart from this, very first thing which has to be clear to the applicants of UPSC CDS 2018 is that – for English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics, examination solution keys won’t be published separately. Rather, for these 2 hours duration and 100 marks papers for admission to OTA, IMA, INA and AFA, official Answer Keys will be revealed on one single day by UPSC.

Another crucial part to notice down here is that – Union Public Service Commission may take at least two or three weeks to prepare final solutions.

Whereas, on the CDS 2 2017 Exam Date [19th November 2017], various coaching institutes and different online forums will release unofficial Answer Keys from their side. But, following those solutions, an applicant can just have an idea of how many marks he/ she is going to score. But they can’t raise objection against it.

UPSC CDS 2 Cut Off 2017

Cut Off or minimum pass percentage or minimum marks required are different to get admitted in any of the four precious academies of Defence Services. Although, in general, UPSC release Cut Off Marks for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, Officers’ Training Academy (Men), Officers’ Training Academy (Women). 

But, cut off marks are not separately released for Economics, Polity, History, Science, Geo and Env. and Current Affairs etc. but, keeping previous year statistics in mind, trends can be observed and charted out.

As usual, CDS 2 Cut Off 2017 will also be released twice, once for written examination and another one after the interview which is better known as UPSC CDS 2018 Final Cut Off Marks.

An important chunk to notice here down is that – Before the successful organisation of the written examination, applicants can only come to know about Expected Cut Off Marks. Whereas, exact official cut off by UPSC will be released days later officially.


CDS 2 Result 2017

Combined Defence Services Examination is scheduled on 19.11.2017 and its result is expected with the gap of almost two and a half to three months in January 2018. Final Result and Merit List will be officially announced on Union Public Service Commission Official Website – or 

After the publication of UPSC CDS 2018 result passed applicants will be called for an interview. But one thing to keep in mind is that – expectedly written examination result aggregate marks of last qualified candidate for AFA, IMA, INA, OTA (Men) and OTA (Women) will respectively be 138 [46%], 105 [35%], 99 [33%], 84 [42%] and 84 [42%].

Similar is the case for the interviewed selection procedure. An interview will be organised by SSB [Service Selection Board] and rarest of rare, only a few ordinary candidates who can do extraordinary things when the time comes across will be chosen. After CDS 2 Result 2017, this is another Merit List which will decide that only interview qualified candidates should be sent to Military Hospitals for a further medical check-up.

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2018

Syllabus of any examination is one of the most crucial parts to go through before examination. And, same is the case with Combined Defence Services Examination. Officially or unofficially, a number of websites only provides a syllabus for CDS Written test.

But My UPSC Guide team would advise you to go through genuine one which can be checked here – CDS Syllabus 2018. Whereas, for a personality test, it should be kept in mind that there is not any syllabus. A personality test for CDS is better known as SSB or Service Selection Board interview.

This one of the toughest entrance exam personality test or interviews in Asia, any question related to the individual can be asked there. Apart from this, when it comes to Mathematics Syllabus for UPSC CDS 2018, the candidate should equally focus on Statistics, Mensuration, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra and Arithmetic. General Knowledge subject is something which is not a definitive syllabus.

Regarding Indian Polity, History, Geography or any other part, any kind of question can be asked. The only thing to keep in mind that, going through previous year papers is mandatory before appearing in examinations. 

CDS 1 Application Form 2018

From the side of Union Public Service Commission, as of now, a number of vacancies have not been updated for Officers Training Academy, Chennai Women (Non-Technical) Course, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and Indian Military Academy Dehradun. 

Moreover, on the date when Official Notification or CDS 1 Application Form 2018 is initiated i.e. 8th November 2017 is the day when vacancies for all these trades will also be unveiled. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that lack of knowledge of the last date keeps students away from getting selected into Indian Army at officer post.

For this, the UPSC CDS 2018 applicants must know about What is the Last Date to Apply online or to fill UPSC registration 2018 form for UPSC CDS I Exam. Though Answer for this is 4th December 2017, keep in mind that online form filling link will be disabled within 28 days from starting date of registration.