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CDS 2017 Registration is over now. CDS exam is scheduled to be conducted on February 5, 2017. CDS I Admit Card 2017 will be released online on official website on January 6, 2017. Download CDS 1 2017 Admit Card.

For CDS (I), 463 posts are available (including SSC Women Non-Technical Courses). Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree to be eligible to appear for CDS. As per the guidelines, candidate must be physically fit to apply for CDS.

CDS 2017 will be held in offline mode only. Objective Type Questions will be asked from three subjects- English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. The CDS result can be expected to be out by the end of July, 2017.

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CDS 2017 Exam Dates

The official notification has already been released by UPSC for the exam. CDS (I) will be conducted on February 5, 2017. Candidates can fill the online application form on or before December 2, 2016. For candidate’s convenience, given below are CDS Exam Dates.

Important Dates for UPSC CDS 2017

Release of NotificationNovember 9, 2016
Commencement of the Application ProcessNovember 9, 2016 – December 2, 2016
Last Date for Submission of Fee through offline modeDecember 1, 2017
Last date for Submission of fee through online modeDecember 2, 2017
Download of Admit CardThird week of January, 2017
Date of ExaminationFebruary 5, 2017
Announcement of result/ shortlisted candidates for Selection ProcedureJuly, 2017

CDS Vacancies 2017

UPSC has published the notification to fill 463 vacancies for Indian Defence Services through UPSC CDS. The table given below, will help in understanding the number of vacancies available and reservation criteria applicable for UPSC I CDS 2017:

Name of the InstituteTotal vacanciesReserved Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun15019 for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala course4506 for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Navy Wing) holders
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying Training Course)32-
Officers Training Academy, Chennai 107th SSC25550 for NCC ‘C’
Officers Training Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women11-

CDS Eligibility 2017

Before filling the CDS online form, candidate must gratify to all the minimum eligibility requirements. Candidates must know the eligibility conditions as notified by UPSC in the notification.

The verification of candidate’s eligibility will take place only when he/she is selected for further selection procedures. Following are the CDS eligibility conditions:

  • Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India. Subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and other (Persons of India Origin) PIO from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka & various East African Countries are also eligible. Candidates will have to produce a certificate issued by authorities of Government of India certifying the claim.
  • Educational Qualification: Minimum qualification to apply for UPSC CDS  is that candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree. However, Eligibility of all Training Academies differ from each other.
  • If a candidate is pursuing final year /semester of their Degree course at present, they can also apply for CDS Exam 2017 on provisional basis.
  • Age Limit: Candidates applying for CDS should at least be 19 years old. However, Upper Age Limit of the training Academies differ from each other.
  • Marital Status: Candidates applying for IMA, INA and AFA below 25 years of age should be unmarried. Male Applicants at OTA are exempted from this restriction while Unmarried women, issueless widows and divorcees can apply for OTA.
  • Physical Standards: Candidate must be physically fit to be eligible to apply for CDS.

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CDS Application Form 2017

To apply for UPSC CDS exam, candidate will have to visit the official website of UPSC. Candidates must submit single application form. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances he/she fills more than one CDS Application Form, the one with higher RID (Registration ID) will be considered valid.

CDS I Application Form can be filled in 2 parts. In the first part, candidates will have to enter all the personal and educational details. While second part will deal with payment of the CDS Application Fee and attachment of required documents (scanned photograph and signatures). The UPSC CDS  Application Fee is INR 200, to be filled by General and OBC category candidates only. Fee exemption is applicable for women and candidates from SC/ST categories.

The certificates must not be submitted along with the online Application form for CDS. All the certificates will be verified at the time of Selection Procedure.


CDS Admit Card 2017

UPSC CDS  Admit card will be issued to those who will successfully submit the CDS Online Application form with the required details and application fee. The CDS 2017 Admit Card will be released on the official website of UPSC, three weeks before the commencement of the exam.

Candidates can obtain the e-admit card by visiting official website. it is important to note that candidates must download the admit card online, CDS admit card will not be sent via post. The applicants provide a valid email id as all the communications shall be done through it by the commission.


CDS Exam Pattern 2017

CDS Exam Pattern comprises of a written examination and personal interview. The written test will be conducted for 3 subjects namely, English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. Each subject will weigh 100 marks and the questions will be objective type. Follow the table given below to know the details of CDS 2017 Exam Pattern.

CDS 1 PaperEnglishGeneral KnowledgeMathematics
Exam Duration2 hours (120 minutes)2 hours (120 minutes)2 hours (120 minutes)
Total number of questions120 questions120 questions100 questions
Total Marks100 marks100 marks100 marks
Marking Scheme+0.8 marks for each correct option -0.33 marks for each wrong answer+0.8 marks for each correct option -0.33 marks for each wrong answer+1 marks for each correct option -0.33 marks for each wrong answer
MediumEnglishEnglish & HindiEnglish & Hindi

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CDS Result 2017

UPSC will release the CDS result on its official website www.upsconline.nic.in. The result is expected to be declared in July, 2017. However, no official date has been announced yet. Before the declaration of the CDS results, answer sheets will be available.

After the results are announced, candidates will be shortlisted for Interview Session. Candidates will have to qualify to the cut off marks set by the commission. Candidates will be asked to register themselves on the recruiting directorate website to receive a call for SSB interview.


CDS Cut Off 2017

Candidates are selected for the SSB Interview session on the basis of the cut off decided by UPSC. CDS Cut Off will be declared after the scores of the written examination will be declared online.

The factors affecting the CDS 2017 Cutoff are: Level of Difficulty of the examination, Number of available seats, previous trends in CDS cutoffs and number of candidates in the CDS Exam 2016.

Previous Year CDS Cut Off 2015 has been given below in the table:

AcademyWritten ExamFinal Exam
-- Aggregate marks of last qualified candidates *Marks of last recommended candidates
IMA102225
INA99225
AFA129264
OTA (Men)86168
OTA(Women)86172

CDS Selection Procedure 2017

The selection procedure for CDS will begin shortly after the declaration of the CDS Results. The CDS selection process will involve four stages- Written Test, Psychological Aptitude Test and Personal Interview, Verification of Candidates and Medical Examination of Selected Candidates.

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. The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and number of vacancies available.


CDS Preparation Books 2017

UPSC CDS  is a highly competitive exam for which candidates from all over the country prepare intensively. Amidst fierce competition, candidates must wisely plan strategies to prepare. It is equally important to refer to eminent books for good preparation. Given below is the list of CDS Preparation Books recommended to the candidates:

Name of the BooksISBN Number
Objective General English by Arihant9351768449
Objective General English by RS Aggarwal8121915317
Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis8183071007
Manorama Yearbook 2016 (Available in Hindi and English)9383197900
Lucent’s General Knowledge (Available in Hindi and English)9384761540
Competition in Focus Half-Yearly/Yearly (Available in Hindi and English)9385929178
Arihant Pathfinder8183481590
Quantitative Aptitude for examinations paperback by RS Aggarwal8121924987
Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal8121925827

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