UPSC CDS Selection Process 2022. Detailed Selection Process For CDS!

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Tue, 22 Nov 2022 09:40 AM IST


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The Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The CDS examination is conducted for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy. UPSC CDS selection process comprises three stages which are the Written Test, SSB Interview, and Medical examination. In order to get selected, candidates have to clear all three stages. In-depth detail related to the selection process for the CDS exam is mentioned below.

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UPSC CDS Exam Overview

UPSC will release the official notification for the CDS (I) 2023 examination on 21 Dec 2022. The notification will contain all the necessary details regarding vacancies, important dates, eligibility, the selection process, and so on. Till then, the notification of last year can be considered for a better understanding of the exam.
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name Combined Defence Service Examination (I) 2023
Vacancies To be notified
Mode of Application Online
Online Registration 21st December 2022 to 10th January 2023
Selection Process
  1. Written Test
  2. Interview
  3. Medical Examination
Language of Written Exam Bilingual
Mode of Examination Offline
Type of Questions Multiple-choice questions
Eligibility Unmarried Males & Females
CDS Exam Duration 2 hours (each paper)
Marking Scheme 1/3 for each incorrect answer
Job Location All Over India
Official Website
  1. The primary responsibility of the Armed Forces is to defend the territorial integrity of the nation. For this purpose, Armed Forces should always be prepared for war. Armed Forces personnel undergo rigorous training in preparation for war. Armed Forces also assist civil authorities if required whenever the need arises like in the case of disasters.
  2. The Armed Forces need personnel with strong mental and physical fitness to perform these jobs. Additionally, these individuals must be able to handle the demanding stress and strain of performing military activities in difficult terrain, an unfavourable climate, including the sea and the air, in distant locations, and in harsh conditions without access to medical services.
 To know more about CDS read here:
 NDA Vs CDS CDS Syllabus  UPSC CDS Eligibility  Territorial Army Eligibility 

CDS Selection Process 2023

All the eligible candidates willing to appear in the examination will have to go through three stages of the selection process in total, that is:
Stage 1: Candidates will have to appear for a written examination.
Stage 2: Candidates who cleared the written examination will be called for an Interview process.
Stage 3: Candidates who successfully clear both stages will be called for a Medical Examination and then those who will clear this process will go for a Document verification round.
To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) written examination and (ii) SSB test as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board respectively at their discretion. The candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the SSB tests.
UPSC NDA Syllabus 2022: Download Free Syllabus PDF Here!

Stage 1: Written Examination

  1. For Admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy: Candidates will have to attempt three objective-type questions in the written exam paper for admission to IMA, INA, and IAF. The three papers will contain questions from English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Each exam paper will be of 2 hours and 100 marks. It means that the first stage is of 300 marks in total.
  2. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

For admission to OTA, candidates have to attempt two objective-type papers one is English and the other is General Knowledge. Each exam paper is of 2 hours and 100 marks. It means that the first stage is of 200 marks in total.

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Stage 2: Interview

The maximum marks allotted to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300, and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Officers’ Training Academy respectively. You must also know what are the OLQ For SSB Interview. 

Stage 3: Medical Standards

A candidate must be in good physical and mental health, free from any sickness, syndrome, or impairment that could hinder their ability to execute military responsibilities effectively in any terrain, climate, or season, including on land, at sea, or in isolated locations without access to medical care. The candidate should not have any medical conditions that call for regular trips to the doctor's office or the usage of any medications.

What is CDS Exam?

The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy.

Who condcuts the CDS Examination?

The CDS Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

What is the exam date for CDS Exam?

The CDS Exam is set to be held  April 16 2023.

What is CDS exam syllabus?

The syllabus for CDS Exam consists of:
  1. General Knowledge
  2. Maths
  3. English.

What is the slection process in CDS Exaination?

There are three stages - Written-test, SSB Interview and Medical Round.

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