CDS exams are conducted twice a year i.e. in February and November.

Candidate should have valid email ID, contact number, a soft copy of Photo and signature or thumb impression in required size and format. At the time of filling the online application form. Candidate should also have details of payment made (whether it is through a Credit Card, Debit Card, Demand Draft/Cheque, Netbanking) at the time of filling the application form. You may also deposit your fees in cash in any of the branches at State Bank.

The picture of the candidate should be uploaded as per the guidelines laid down in the form. MS-Paint and Photoshop can be used to resize the image.

As you type your name till the last cell, an additional field for full name will appear in the form with a popup message stating, "Your name is exceeding 30 characters kindly use abbreviation in the Name column". You may type in the full name which can accommodate up to 70 characters.

Yes, it is mandatory to fill up both the parts of the application.

Yes, the application will be rejected out rightly.

There are multiple options: • Pay Cash at any branch of State Bank • Pay by Credit/Debit Card • Demand Draft/Cheque • Pay by Netbanking

No, the fee may be deposited in cash only at State Bank branch.

A candidate, after having obtained the TRANSACTION ID number, should again log in by making use of the Registration ID number generated at the time of submission of Part-I of application & the date of birth of the applicant. Submit your pending details in the remaining columns. The Registration ID is also available on the challan.

Before filling up the application, please check that you have selected the right examination in case more than one exam is notified during that period. In case, the applicant desires to opt for a criteria/parameter(s) which is different from the one contained in the drop-down menu, would lead to the inference with the system that the candidate is not eligible for this examination on account of different parameter(s).

A candidate can download an e-AC with details of centre address around three weeks ahead of Examination Date once Admit Card is uploaded on No e-mail is sent.

It is strongly advised that after the completion of the process of submission of the online application, the applicant must take a printout of the submitted application form and keep the same for future reference. The candidate is also advised to keep his fee payment proof which might be required later on in case of any discrepancy.

Change of Centre is normally discouraged by UPSC. However, written request duly signed addressing to J.S. (Exam); UPSC may be sent for change of centre request towards its consideration based on its merit.

You can submit multiple applications & are required to pay the fee with new RID in case you are not exempted from paying fee and your RID for latest submitted completed application will be considered for processing and all earlier submitted applications will be cancelled.

There is no such no. of attempts mentioned in CDS notification or on UPSC website. Students can attempt till they fulfil the age criteria of CDS application.

No. As per the CDS notification & UPSC website, there is no such criteria mentioned. Candidates only have to secure passing marks to apply CDS exam.

CDS is a written exam which consists of only Multiple-Choice Questions. For getting into Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy, candidates are required to appear for all the 3 papers - English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. However, for Officers Training Academy, candidates must take two papers only - English and GK. Each paper carries 100 marks.

After clearing the written test of CDS, the candidates have to go through a series of personality tests, which is called the Service Selection Board. This interview commonly known as SSB has different types of tests to judge a person's personality. SSB consists of following types of tests: • The Screening Test • GTO Tests • The Psychological Tests • The Interview

Yes, Female (unmarried) candidates can apply for CDS for Officers Training Academy (OTA) entry.

There is no editing facility in the application. In case of any mistake in filling application, candidate is responsible. However, fresh application may be made for correction of earlier mistake.

Yes. Candidates who are appearing in the last year of their graduation can apply for CDS exam.

Candidates with graduation degree from any stream can apply for the exam. But candidates holding degree from Arts/Humanity can only apply for Army.

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.


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