CDS 2 2018 Notification Out : 414 Vacancies: Apply Here Now

CDS 2 2018 Notification Out : 414 Vacancies: Apply Here Now

CDS 2 2018 Notification Out : 414 Vacancies: Apply Here Now

CDS 2 2018 notification out! UPSC has released CDS 2018 recruitment notification for 414 vacancies in IMA, OTA, INA, Indian Air Force, & other division. CDS 2 exam will be held on 18th November 2018. The online application for CDS 2018 recruitment has already begun at 3rd September 2018 is the last date to apply online for CDS 2 2018 exam. Check out detailed notification the exam date, education & age limit criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, salary, and direct link of UPSC CDS 2018 application form.

All About CDS Exam:

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam is organized by UPSC for the recruitment to different posts of Indian Air Force Academy, Officer Training Academy, India Military Academy & Indian Naval Academy. This National Level Entrance exam is conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. CDS exam is one of the biggest opportunity for candidates who want to pursue a career in this field. Women/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only. 

CDS Recruitment 2018: Important Dates

Events Dates
UPCS CDS 2 2018 Notification Date 8th August 2018
Last Date of UPSC CDS Application Form 3rd September 2018
UPSC CDS Admit Card Download Date November 2018
CDS 2 Exam Date 2018 18th November 2018


Name of the Course Tentative Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy,  Ezhimala 45
Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men) 225
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) 12

CDS 2018 Application Form

The submission of the application form of UPSC CDS 2 Exam will start on August 8th, 2018. The candidates are required to fill the correct details and submit it before the last date, once the registration process starts online on the official website.

How to apply for CDS 2 Exam 2018 (II)?

Apply Online for CDS 2018 (2) Recruitment

Follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS Exam (II):
  1. Eligible candidates can visit the official website: to apply for CDS II exam.
  2. Applicants should submit only a single application.
  3. Under the heading "Part I" of the application form, fill in personal contact information.
  4. Select the preference for the academies as per age & qualification.
  5. The Registration ID would be generated after this. The candidates should then head to "Part II" of the application form.
  6. Next step is to deposit the fee of Rs. 200/-.
  7. Once the fee payment is done, select the desired examination centre.
  8. Upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature as per the file size & dimensions specified in the official notification.
  9. Click to "Submit".
  10. Print/ Download the application form for future use.

Application Fee:

  1. The fees for the CDS application form is Rs. 200/-
  2. The payment can be done via Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.
  3. SC/ST/Females are exempted from fee payment.

UPSC CDS Pay Scale

  • Lieutenant Level 10 - 56,100 – 1,77,500
  • Captain Level 10 B - 6,13,00-1,93,900
  • Major Level 11- 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
  • Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A - 1,21,200 – 2,12400
  • Colonel Level 13 - 1,30,600-2, 15,90
  • Brigadier Level 13A - 1,39,600-2,17,600
  • Major General Level 14 - 1,44,200-2,18,200
  • Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 - 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
  • HAG+Scale Level 16 - 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
  • VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 - 2,25,000/-(fixed)
  • COAS Level 18 - 2,50,000/-(fixed)

CDS 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates applying for the UPSC CDS II exam should learn their eligibility based on the parameters shared below. The candidates are required to fulfil the eligibility criteria of UPSC CDS (2) 2018 exam at the following levels:
  1. Nationality
  2. Age Limit
  3. Educational Qualification

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:
  1. The Citizenship of India, or
  2. Subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  3. Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  4. An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2018 Exam (II) for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:
CDS Department Age
Indian Military Academy not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000
Indian Naval Academy not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000
Indian Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years as on 1st July, 2019
Officers' Training Academy 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 2000
Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July,

Gender Requirement for CDS 2 2018

CDS Department Gender Status
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Male Married/Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Female Unmarried

What Physical Standards are required for UPSC CDS 2018?

The aspirants who have applied for different posts of CDS 2018 should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

3. Educational Qualification

Check the educational qualification requirement of the CDS 2018 exam for different job posts from the table below.
Post Educational Eligibility Criteria
IMA Graduate from Recognized University
INA Engineering Degree from Recognized University
AFA Engineering Degree (Physics & Math at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTA Graduate from Recognized University

CDS Selection Procedure

The UPSC CDS (2) 2018 Selection procedure comprises of the following stages:
  • The Recruitment process is done through written exam, Interview & personality test for the post of Air Force, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy.
  • A Merit list is prepared for those students who obtain good marks in the written examination and SSB test.
  • The final round of selection is based on the medical fitness for all available posts.

CDS 2018 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2018 exam should be aware of the latest CDS 2 exam pattern and Syllabus. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

CDS (2) 2018 exam pattern

The exam pattern of CDS (2) 2018 is divided into two sections:
  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Test Interview
The exam pattern of CDS II examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.
Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with total 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).
Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours

CDS 2018 Syllabus

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of CDS 2 2018 syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of CDS II Exam for its thorough preparation.
I) General Knowledge:
  1. Current affairs of last 4-5 months from the examination date.
  2. History
  3. Physics
  4. Biology
  5. Geography
  6. Political Science
II) English
  1. Basic Grammar
  2. Synonyms
  3. Antonyms
  4. Comprehension Solving
  5. Error Spotting
  6. Para Jumbles
III) Elementary Math
  1. Natural numbers
  2. Integers
  3. Percentages
  4. Rational and Real numbers
  5. Time & work
  6. Time & distance
  7. Profit & loss
  8. Ratio & proportion
  9. Prime and composite numbers
  10. Simple and compound interest
  11. HCF and LCM
  12. Euclidean algorithm
  13. Geometry
  14. Logarithms
  15. Trigonometry
  16. Statistics
  17. Mensuration

CDS 2018 Admit Card

  • UPSC CDS 2 2018 Admit Cards will be issued 2-3 weeks before the exam for those applicants who have successfully submitted the application form.
  • The link to download the admit card will be activated on the official website.
  • Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their registration ID & password.
  • Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam.
  • All applicants are required to bring their Admit Card to the examination centre.
  • None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their admit card.

CDS Previous Questions Papers

For hassle-free preparation, proper practice of the UPSC CDS previous year question papers is a must. Applicants who are aware of the syllabus and exam pattern of CDS II will easily understand the type of questions which are asked in the exam.
The level of questions and the topics covered in previous exams also helps one understand the approach to solve the question paper of upcoming CDS exam. Candidates should keep attempting the previous year papers along with the regular preparation of CDS exam. This practice will come in handy while solving the question paper of CDS II exam.

CDS Answer key

Candidates can check the UPSC CDS 2 2018 answer key from the official website ( The detailed analysis of the CDS II examination can be done through the questions asked in paper and CDS answer keys. With the answer key of CDS, you will get an idea of how many marks you might expect to score in the respective exam.

How to Check the Answer Keys on Official Website?

Follow the under-mentioned steps to check the answer key of CDS II Exam:
  • Follow the official link:
  • Here, you will find a list of the year-wise Answer Keys of CDS for the different exams.
  • Corresponding to the 'Name of Exam" column, you can check the Answer Key PDF.
  • Click on the PDF link to open/ download it.

CDS Examination Centre

CDS exam centres are allocated to the candidates to attend the prelims & mains exam. The candidates who have applied for UPSC CDS 2 2018 exam need to choose an appropriate examination centre for the CDS paper as per their feasibility. Check the list of state-wise examination centres/cities below:
Sr. No. State Examination Centre
1 Tripura Agartala
2 Gujarat Ahmedabad
3 Mizoram Aizawl
4 Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
5 Karnataka Bengaluru
6 Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
7 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
8 Punjab Chandigarh
9 Tamil Nadu Chennai
10 Tamil Nadu Cuttack
11 Uttarakhand Dehradun
12 Delhi Delhi
13 Karnataka Dharwad
14 Assam Dispur
15 Sikkim Gangtok
16 Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
17 Manipur Imphal
18 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
19 Rajasthan Jaipur
20 Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
21 Assam Jorhat
22 Kerala Kochi
23 Nagaland Kohima
24 West Bengal Kolkata
25 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
26 Tamil Nadu Madurai
27 Maharashtra Mumbai
28 Maharashtra Nagpur
29 Goa Panaji
30 Bihar Patna
31 Andaman and Nicobar Port Blair
32 Chhattisgarh Raipur
33 Jharkhand Ranchi
34 Odisha Sambalpur
35 Meghalaya Shillong
36 Himachal Pradesh Shimla
37 Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar
38 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
39 Arunachal Pradesh Tirupati
40 Rajasthan Udaipur
41 Arunachal Pradesh Visakhapatnam

CDS 2018 Cut off

CDS 2018 Cut off will be officially released along with the declaration of result. Candidates who are going to appear in CDS 2 exam can get an idea of the expected marks which they should score to clear the upcoming exam.

How to Check UPSC CDS 2018 Cut Off for II exam?

In order to check the cut off of UPSC CDS II Exam, follow the steps mentioned below:
  • Go to the official website
  • Now click on the "Examination" link in the header navigation.
  • Go to the drop-down menu and click on "Cut Off Marks”.
  • You will get a list of all the year-wise cut off marks.
  • Under the section Year: 2018 you will find the PDF link for CDS II 2018. Click on this link.
  • A new window will be displayed, containing the Cut off marks of CDS II in a PDF format.
  • You can download this PDF for future use.

UPSC CDS Result Date

The CDS 2018 Result Date will be updated here once it is released on the official site of UPSC. The CDS II exam is scheduled to take place on Nov 18th, 2018. Candidates should keep a check on the result date of CDS exam. The organization will activate the link for the result where the candidates can check their result status by entering the required details.

How to Check CDS 2 2018 Result Online?

In order to check the result of CDS II exam, follow the steps mentioned below:
  • Log in to the official website of Union Public Service Commission (
  • Under the navigation section, click on "Results" link.
  • Now check for the "UPSC CDS 2 2018 Result" Link and click on it.
  • Fill the required details such as Registration Number & Date of Birth.
  • Click on the "Submit" button.
  • Check your Result status corresponding to your Roll number & Name.

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