UPSC CDS Exam (II) 2013 Notification, Exam Date, Application Form, Admit Card, Result

UPSC Invites Applications For Combined Defense Service Examination (II) – 2013

(Including Short Service Commission (Technical Services) For Women)


Combined Defense Service (CDS) is one of the major defense service entrance examinations to various Service Wings after National Defense Service (NDA) examination which allows graduates to take up defense services as per their competency and preference. This examination is held twice in a year for recruitment into Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to appear this examination and the selected candidates are subjected to an interview conducted by Service Selection Board (SSB).

Application for the second batch of CDS examination for the year 2013 has been invited with the employment notification number NO.09/2013-CDS-II on May 25, 2013, for admission to below mentioned courses;

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 137th Course Commencing in July, 2014.
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala-Course Commencing in July, 2014.
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July, 2014.
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai, 100th SSC Course commencing in October 2014.
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai 14th SSC Women commencing in October 2014.

Number of Expected Vacancies:

a)   Indian Military Academy – 250 (32 reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders from Army Wing)

b)   Indian Naval Academy – Ezhimala – 40 (06 reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders from Navy Wing)

c)   Air Force Academy – Hyderabad – 32

d)   Officers Training Academy – Chennai – 175 (Short Service Commission- Male)

e)   Officers Training Academy – Chennai – 12 (Short Service Commission- Non Technical Female)

Mode of Application:

Candidates are required to apply through online application procedure only. Apart from the Online mode of application no other form of applications will be eligible for consideration.

Important Dates:

Date of notification: May 25, 2013

Last date for Submission of Online Application:

The candidates are required to submit their online application for the above mentioned posts on or before June 24,  2013, 11:59 PM after which the Online Link will not be available and no further applications can be accepted by the UPSC.

Date of Examination: September 08, 2013

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Citizenship: 

The candidate applying for the CDS examination-II, should ideally be a) A citizen of India, b) a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan, c) a Tibetan refugee migrated to India with an intention of permanent settlement prior to 1st Jan 1962, d) a person from Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and east-African countries with an intention of permanent settlement.

All candidates in respect of category b), c) and d) should obtain necessary eligibility certificate issued by a competent authority from the Government of India.

  • Educational Qualifications:

(i)   For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy– A Degree from any recognized University or equivalent

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy – A Degree of Engineering for CDSE and Degree in Engineering or B.Sc. (with Physics or Mathematics) for NCC entry

(iii) For Air Force Academy: A Degree from any recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering

  • Age Limit:

Candidates of IMA must be born between 2nd July, 1990 and 1st July, 1995

INA must born between 2nd July, 1992 and 1st July, 1995

AFA must born between 2nd July, 1991 and 1st July, 1995

Candidates of SSC men must born between 2nd July, 1989 and 1st July, 1995

Candidates of SSC women must born between 2nd July, 1989 and 1st July, 1995

Physical Fitness:

All candidates eligible for CDS examination will have to undergo a compulsory physical fitness test as per the guidelines of the Service Commission.

Pay Scale:

Appointed officers will be awarded a pay scale as regulated by the Indian army for its officers of different ranks while stipend during training will be Rs. 21000.

Application Fee & How to:

All candidates (excepting Female/ SC/ ST candidates who are exempted from payment of application fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI and its subsidiary banks or by using Visa/ Master Credit/ Debit Cards

Note:      For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank they will be treated as fictitious payment cases, and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of online application. These applicants have to send their proof of payment within 10 days of release of notification.

Selection Process:

Candidates will have to undergo a written test after which successful candidates will be called for interview. Final result of selected candidates and their admission procedure will be displayed on the website by the authorities.

How to Apply:

The candidates are required to log on to the website of UPSC at under the link ‘ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC’ and requested to read the detailed information available on the website prior to filling up the application form.

The eligible candidates will be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of examination. No other Admission Certificate will be sent by the UPSC to the candidates. Candidates are requested to download the application form from the website of the UPSC at the above mentioned link.

Admit Card: 

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. Candidates can be download CDS Exam Admit Card 2013 through UPSC official website //

* No admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Download Your Admit Card Here: CDS Exam Admit Card 2013

Important Information:

Question Evaluation in the written examination:

The candidates should be aware that there will be NEGATIVE MARKING SYSTEM adopted for each of the wrong answers on the OMR sheet. Also, for marking and writing on the answer sheet the candidates are to use only black ball point pen. No Pencil or ink pen use will be allowed in the examination.

Counter for guidance of the candidates:

In case any candidate requires guidance/ further information/ clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. they can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543 on any working days between 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.

Banned Devices:

UPSC strictly disallow use of Mobile Phones/ Pagers etc. inside the examination hall. However UPSC will not make any special arrangements for safekeeping of these costly devices during the examination period. Therefore candidates are requested not to bring such devices into the perimeter of the examination centre.

Syllabus of CDS Examination:

  • The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level
  • The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University

Syllabus will be of the following pattern:

  • Elementary English
  • General Knowledge
  • Elementary Mathematics

Arithmetic, number system-natural numbers, integers, rational and real numbers, fundamental operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, decimal, fractions, unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple interest, compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation, elementary number theory, division algorithm, prime and composite numbers, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, mensuration, and Statistics.

  • Intelligence And Personality Test

In addition to the interview the candidates will be put to Intelligence Tests both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess their basic intelligence. They will also be put to Group Tests such as group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks, and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also his/her social traits and interests in current affairs.

Special Note:

Only eligible candidates should apply for the given posts as described by the guidelines given in official advertisement here

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