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UPSC CDS (II) 2022 Admit Card (Released): Check Pattern, Syllabus, Result, Cut off

Updated By Deepansh Sharma on 12 Aug, 2022 16:42

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About UPSC CDS (II) 2022

Admit Cards for UPSC CDS (II) 2022 exam have been released on the official website of UPSC at The exam will be conducted on September 4, 2022. All the candidates who have registered for the exam can visit the official website of UPSC to download their UPSC CDS (II) 2022 Admit Card. There is even less than a month left for the exam. Therefore, defense aspirants should accelerate their exam preparations. This is the time to start revising UPSC CDS syllabus. Read this article to learn everything about UPSC CDS exam.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defense Services (CDS) entrance exam twice every year to recruit gentleman cadets, who are trained in different military academies in India and finally they serve as officers in the Indian Armed Forces. Now-a-day's, we are witnessing a phase when there's a growing demand to join the armed forces as an officer. The career that the defense forces offer is incomparable in terms of adventure, sense of satisfaction, salary and other such factors. Other exams to join the armed forces include UPSC NDA, AFCAT and  Agniveer Recruitment. CDS is a graduation level exam, in which both males as well as females can appear. Candidates who have mathematics as a subject in 10+2 can apply for Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (IMA) and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (AFA) while other candidates apply for Officer's Training Academy (OTA). The female candidates are eligible to join only the OTA. UPSC conducts the CDS examination which begins with a written exam followed by the SSB and concludes with the medical examination.

After clearing all the stages of selection, candidates will be inducted in the INA Ezhimala, IMA Dehradun, OTA Chennai and AFA Hyderabad, based on their rank and choices opted by them during the filling up of the online application form. Here, candidates will undergo an year of rigorous training. They will also be eligible to receive a monthly stipend of ₹ 56,100. On completion of the training, these cadets get posted as commissioned officers in their respective forces. Please read the article given below which has been provided to help the aspirants who want to don the prestigious uniform.

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UPSC CDS Exam 2022 Highlights

The highlights regarding the CDS 2022 exam process are given below:

CDS Full FormCombined Defence Services Exam
Name of the OrganizationUnion Public Services Exam (UPSC)
Exam LevelNational Level
FrequencyTwice in a year
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application Fees
  • UR/ OBC - Rs 200
  • Female- Exempted
  • SC/ST - Exempted
Exam ModeOffline
Exam Duration2 Hours
LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Official Website

UPSC CDS 2022 Important Dates

The latest dates for the UPSC CDS exam have been provided below - 

Online Registration Starting Date for UPSC CDS - (I) 2022 Examination22 December 2021
UPSC CDS - (I) 2022 Last Date to Apply Online11 January 2022 
Availability of UPSC CDS - (I) Admit Card/Hall Ticket14 March 2022 
UPSC CDS - (I) 2022 Examination Date10 April 2022
Online Registration Starting Date for UPSC CDS - (II) 2022 Examination18 May 2022
UPSC CDS - (II) 2022 Last Date to Apply Online07 June 2022
Availability of UPSC CDS - (II) Admit Card/Hall Ticket10 August  2022
UPSC CDS - (II) 2022 Examination Date04 September 2022

UPSC CDS 2022 Vacancies

The detailed information on the number of vacancies is tabulated below. 

CDS 1 2022 Vacancies

PostsCourseCDS I Vacancies
Indian Military Academy (IMA)152nd (DE) course commencing in January 2023100
Air Force Academy (AFA)Course commencing in January 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro22
Officers Training Academy (Men) (OTA)(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 202332
Indian Naval Academy (INA)117th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2023170
Officers Training Academy (Non-Technical, Women) (OTA)31st SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 202317

CDS 2 2022 Vacancies

PostsCourseNCC ReservationsCDS II Vacancies
Indian Military Academy (IMA)153rd (DE) course commencing in July 202313100
Air Force Academy (AFA)Course commencing in July 2023 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro0322
Officers Training Academy (Men) (OTA)(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 20230332
Indian Naval Academy (INA)116th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October 2023-169
Officers Training Academy (Non-Technical, Women) (OTA)28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2023-16

UPSC CDS 2022 Eligibility Criteria

All students are required to check their eligibility criteria before applying for the CDS exam. CDS Eligibility criteria has been briefly discussed here:

CDS Exam Nationality

To be eligible for CDS Exam, a candidate must be unmarried and must either be:

  • A Citizen of India, or
  • A Subject of Bhutan, or
  • A Subject of Nepal, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

CDS Exam Education Qualification

AcademyEducational Qualification
Indian Military AcademyGraduation Degree
Indian Naval AcademyB.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
Air Force AcademyGraduation, B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
Officers’ Training Academy (Men)Graduation Degree
Officers’ Training Academy (Women)Graduation Degree

CDS Exam Age limit 

AcademyAge Limit
Indian Military Academy19-24 Years
Indian Naval Academy19-24 Years
Air Force Academy20-24 Years
Officers’ Training Academy (Men)19-25 Years
Officers’ Training Academy (Women)19-25 Years

CDS Exam 20220 Application Form

The aspirants who are interested in filling out the CDS application form can fill them through online mode. The application form of the CDS exam is divided into two parts that are further divided into Part I and Part II. The steps to apply for the CDS Combined Defense Services Exam are provided below.

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Union Public Services Exam or UPSC -

Step 2: There aspirants will find an option of application link, click on that.

Step 3: Click on new registration and complete the registration process.

Step 4: You will receive the registration number and password on your mail-id.

Step 5: Log in using your credential and click on apply now.

Step 6: Aspirants need to fill in their personal and educational details in the application form.

Step 7: Upload a recent photograph and scanned copy of the signature

Step 8: Choose the examination center and proceed with the application form.

Step 9: Please check the details once again before submitting the form as no correction is allowed once the application is submitted.

Step 10: Proceed with the application fee payment process and pay your application fees online through any provided options.

Step 11: After successful fee payment, save a soft copy of the application form along with the fee payment receipt for future references.

UPSC CDS 2022 Admit Card

The UPSC CDS admit card will be released by the UPSC on the UPSC’s official website usually 10 to 15 days before the exam. The CDS II exam 2022 Admit Card will be released in August 2022. 

Applicants should download their admit card and check it carefully if there is any mistake in any of the details, the aspirant must inform the UPSC immediately through the mail. The details need to be checked in the CDS 2022 exam Exam. The Admit Card consists of the following details about the aspirants.

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Photograph
  • Registration number
  • Name of Exam Centre
  • Date of Exam
  • Reporting Time

If any aspirant faces any problem in downloading their CDS admit card they can also contact the UPSC immediately.

UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Pattern

UPSC CDS 2022 exam pattern is as follows:

UPSCCDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, AFA

Name of the Subject

Exam Duration

Maximum marks


2 hours


General Knowledge

2 hours


Elementary Mathematics

2 hours


CDS Exam Pattern for OTA

Name of the Subject

Exam Duration

Maximum marks


2 hours


General Knowledge

2 hours


UPSC CDS Syllabus 2022

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2022 for all the three papers has been discussed in this section.

UPSC CDS Syllabus for English Paper

Following are the topics that are covered in English paper:

  • Spotting Errors Questions
  • Sentence Arrangement Questions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Selecting Words
  • Ordering of Sentence
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Ordering of words in a sentence
  • Fill in the blanks questions
  • Idioms and Phrases

UPSC CDS Syllabus for Elementary Mathematics Paper

Following are the topics that are covered in Elementary Mathematics Paper:

  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Number System
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Algebra
  • Trignometry
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

UPSC CDS Syllabus for General Knowledge Paper

Following are the topics that are covered in General Knowledge Paper:

  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Defence related Award
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Biology
  • Cultural

UPSC CDS 2022 Exam Centers

The CDS exam is conducted across the country in 41 cities. The allotment of the CDS exam center will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CDS Exam CenterStateCDS exam centerState
AhmedabadGujaratKolkataWest Bengal
AizawlMizoramLucknowUttar Pradesh
AllahabadUttar PradeshMaduraiTamil Nadu
BareillyUttar PradeshNagpurMaharashtra
BhopalMadhya PradeshPanajiGoa
ChennaiTamil NaduPort BlairAndaman and Nicobar Island
DispurAssamShimlaHimachal Pradesh
GangtokSikkimSrinagarJammu and Kashmir
HyderabadAndhra PradeshThiruvananthapuramKerala
ImphalManipurTirupatiAndhra Pradesh
JammuJammu and KashmirVisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh

UPSC CDS Conducting Body

The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination. UPSC is India's central recruiting agency that takes care of appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. The Commission conducts various examinations including the popular Civil Services Exam, NDA & NA Exam, etc.

Advantages of Appearing in UPSC CDS Entrance Examination

Listed below are some of the advantages that the candidates will have if they appear in the UPSC CDS entrance examination:

  1. A career in the Defence Services which is adventurous and equally exciting

  2. Opportunity to travel throughout the country and across the globe (United Nations Peacekeeping Forces {UNPKF})

  3. Job satisfaction and job security

Advantages for NCC Certificate Holders in UPSC CDS Exam

Those candidates who were a part of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) during their college days and hold a “C” certificate in the same will be in an advantageous position in the UPSC CDS entrance exam in the following ways:

  1. Can apply for the Special Entry Scheme (SES), i.e getting selected for the SSB (Interview) round without appearing in the written exam

  2. Can get into IMA as a certain percentage of seats are reserved for NCC certificate holders (“C”)

  3. Benefit in marks for those NCC “C” certificate holders who appears in the UPSC CDS written examination

UPSC CDS Result 2022

UPSC CDS Result (ll) 2022 will be announced shortly after the exam has been conducted. It is estimated that the result for CDS paper 2 will be released in the month of september 2022. Given below are important dates in relation to UPSC CDS Result 2022:

CDS(ll) Result 2022 Important Events CDS(ii)  Result 2022 Dates (Tentative)

Date of the Written Exam 


Declaration of written exam result for UPSC CDS

October 2022

UPSC CDS Cut Off 2022

UPSC CDS Cut Off 2022 will be released shortly after the result has been declared. Tentative cut off for CDS exam 2022 has been provided in the following table:

Name of the AcademyWritten Exam Cut Off (Tentative)Final Exam Cut Off (Tentative)

IMA (Indian Military Academy)

119 – 131244 – 256

INA (Indian Naval Academy)

104 – 121232 – 246

AFA (Air Force Academy)

146 – 151

267 – 271

OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men

73 – 84161 – 170

OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women

75 – 85164 – 170

UPSC CDS (II) 2022 Preparation Tips

In order to prepare well for the UPSC CDS 2022 paper II, the aspirants have to be well aware of the UPSC CDS 2022 syllabus, marking scheme and exam pattern which will play a major role in helping them out to single out the more important topics from the lesser important topics. UPSC CDS 2022 preparation tricks may also involve the aspirants to prepare a time table, referring to the best available resources which have been discussed in details in the following sections below.

Preparation Tips for UPSC 2022 English Paper 

  • To prepare for English, one can develop the habit of reading the newspaper regularly. Reading the newspaper improves not only one's vocabulary but also one's knowledge of the subject.

  • One can refer to basic grammar books to clear the concepts.

  • Try to learn a couple of new words on a daily basis. By doing this, a candidate will soon find that he/she is developing a good hold on the language.

  • When a candidate starts learning the new words, he/she should also try to learn their antonyms and synonyms and also how to use the words in sentences. Try solving previous year's question papers so that candidate has an idea of what to expect.

Preparation Tips for UPSC CDS 2022 General Knowledge Paper

  • Read newspapers regularly and watch television for the latest happenings in and around the world.

  • Read magazines that cover varied topics ranging from economy to business to trade policies to the latest awardees in the fields of sports, art, literature. In short, just be aware of all the topics because questions can come from anywhere.

  • Refer to past question papers and see the pattern of occurrence of the questions. That will give an idea as to which topics to concentrate on. 

Preparation Tips for UPSC CDS 2022 Elementary Mathematics Paper

  • Revise all the topics thoroughly.

  • First, the candidate must choose those topics in which they are strong. Later, they can move on to the difficult ones and try to practice as much as possible.

  • Concentrate on having a clear concept of all the topics.

Preparation Tips for UPSC CDS Personal interview: Intelligence and Personality Test Preparation Tips

  • Concentrate and develop reasoning ability, written and oral expressions, self-confidence, courage, a positive and a cheerful attitude.

  • Train your mind to think clearly, rationally and logically.

  • Try to improve the way you can influence people through logical arguments.

  • Improve your communication skills.

  • Try to have a very strong hold on the English language.

  • Train yourself to respect your seniors and juniors.

  • Develop a cooperative and responsible attitude, which will help in successfully carrying out teamwork.

  • Improve your general awareness of national and international issues.

  • Begin to think and behave like an officer.

Best Books for UPSC CDS (II) 2022

CDS Books for English Language

Objective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications)
High School English Grammar & CompositionWren and Martin
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis

CDS Books for General Knowledge 

General AwarenessManohar Panday (Arihant Publications)
Manorama YearbookPhilip Mathew
Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazines)Pratiyogita Darpan Editorial Team

 CDS Books for Mathematics

Mathematics for C.D.S.R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
Pathfinder for CDSArihant Publications

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What is meant by Part I and Part II of the Application Form that needs to filled for UPSC CDS examination?

Online Application Form consists of two parts i.e. Part I and Part II.

  •  Part I of the Application has personal details like name, father’s/mother’s name, date of birth, address, educational qualification, age relaxation, scribe details (only for PwBD candidates opting for scribe) and preferences of particular Examination etc. The applicants are also required to mention the number of Photo ID Card.
  • Part II of the Application consists of payment option for Examination Fee (only for those who are not exempted from payment of fee), Centre of Examination along with uploading of photo, signature and photo ID card of the candidate.

Candidate has to complete both Part I and Part II and submit finally to be a candidate of the said Examination.

Can candidate request for change of centre/venue given in UPSC CDS exam?

No, candidates can not submit request for change in exam centre or venue which has been provided by the UPSC to them

Can a candidate change the Date of Birth from what he/she has submitted in the online application?

No, UPSC does not allow change of Date of Birth that has been furnished by a candidate and recorded by the Commission in the submitted application.

What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications for UPSC CDS?

In that scenario, the data submitted in the final application is accepted by the commission and all the applications submitted before are ignored as this will lead to amalgamation with the previous applications and the final application

Which category of candidates is exempted from payment of Examination fee conducted by UPSC?

For all the Examinations conducted by the Commission, Female candidates, Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) and candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories are exempted from payment of Examination Fee.

How to apply for Examinations conducted by the UPSC?

Candidates can apply online for the UPSC Examinations by accessing the online portal hosted on the UPSC’s website (

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