CDS 2017 ELIGIBILITY
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
CDS 2017 examination is an exam for the candidates willing to join Indian Armed Forces as an Officer. These Armed forces consists of Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The candidates who wish to apply for India’s various defence services have to sit for the CDS 2017 exam. But before thinking of giving the CDS 2017 exam, it is important for the candidate to look up for the CDS 2017 Eligibility Criteria. If a candidate is eligible to sit for the exam will then have to go through the CDS 2017 online Application Process.
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||19 – 24 Years||Male||Unmarried|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||19- 22 Years||Male||Unmarried|
|Air Force Academy||19- 23 Years||Male||<25 years unmarried or >25 years married or not.|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||19- 25 Years||Male||Married or Unmarried|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||19- 25 Years||Female||Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.|
The candidate should make sure that they fulfill the Eligibility Criteria of CDS 2017. Mentioned below is the detailed Eligibility Criteria for the candidate of CDS 2017:
All the candidates should have completed their Graduation or should be appearing for the final year degree examination. The individual educational qualification required for each institution is discussed below.
Note: The candidates who are in the final years of their Degree Course and have yet to pass the final year Degree examination are also eligible to apply.
Such candidates are required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.
The candidate should go through the cut off dates for age limit and marital status criteria before filling the online Application form for CDS examination1:
For Indian Military Academy (IMA): The candidate falling in the age group of 19 – 24 Years i.e. they are born not earlier than January 2, 1993 & not later than January1, 1998 only. The candidate should also be unmarried to be considered eligible.
For Indian Naval Academy (INA): The candidate falling in the age group of 19- 22 Years i.e. they are born not earlier than January 2, 1993 & not later than January 1, 1998 only. The candidate for this category should also be unmarried to be considered for eligibility.
For Air Force Academy: the candidate falling in the age group of 19- 23 Years i.e. they are born not earlier than January 2, 1993 & not later than January 1, 1997 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than January 2, 1991 & not later than January 1, 1997) are eligible. The candidates below 25 years should be unmarried and above 25 years can or cannot be married.
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): The candidate belonging in the age group of 19- 25 Years i.e. they are born not earlier than July 2, 1991 & not later than July 1, 1997 are eligible. Also, here the candidate can either be married or unmarried.
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): the candidate belonging to age group of 19- 25 Years i.e. they are born not earlier than July 2, 1992 and not later than July 1, 1998. The candidate is eligible if they are unmarried, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried.
To be applying for the Defence services the basic and the most important criteria for a candidate is to be physically and mentally fit. It is a category on which the candidate can look forward to serve its country in a way they want to.
It is a vital eligibility criterion for a CDS 2017 candidate. He/ she should have good mental as well as physical health. Mentioned below are the Physical as well as mental guidelines to be followed by the candidates for the CDS 2017:
Table 1: For Army and Navy Males
|Height in centimeters (without shoes)||Weight in Kgs.|
|18 Years||20 Years||22 Years|
For Navy 45* and 47**
A ± 10% (for Navy) departure from the average weight given in the Table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.
Table 2: For Air Force Male Candidates
(For FAT % (<20) of Normal Individuals)
|Height in centimeters||Age Range of the candidate|
|15-17 Yrs.||18-22 Yrs.||23- 27 Yrs.||28- 32 Yrs.||33-37 Yrs.||38-42 Yrs.||43-47 Yrs.||>48 Yrs.|
The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.
Table 3: For Female Officers’ Training Candidates
|Height in centimeters (without shoes)||Weight in Kgs.|
|20 Years||25 Years||30 Years|
Before the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview the candidate should make sure of the following pointers:
Visual Standards for Navy
The candidate of CDS 2017 after thoroughly going through the eligibility criteria can start filling the CDS 2017 Application form which is available in online mode only. The candidate should carefully go through the Application Form of CDS 2017 before filling the requisite details.
The CDS 2017 Application form is divided into 2 parts namely Part I Registration and Part II Registration. Candidates have to provide Personal Information, Educational qualification details and Preference for institute in part 1 of the registration process. The second part of the registration process comprises fee payment, selection of exam centers and uploading signature & photograph.
The Application fee is INR 200/- for CDS 2017. Candidates from SC/ST category candidates and Female candidates are exempted from paying the Application Fee.
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