UPSC CDS-2018 Overview


08 Aug, 2018

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About UPSC CDS 2018

UPSC CDS (II) will be organised on 18th November, 2018 to fill 414 posts in defence services. The examination is organised twice a year, in the month of February and November. UPSC CDS is a three-phase examination consisting of written examination, personal interview round followed by a medical examination.

Total Number of Vacancies: 414

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun – 100
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai (For Women) - 12
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – 32
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala – 45
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai (For Men) – 225

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UPSC CDS 2018 Eligibility Criteria


  • Be an Indian citizen or
  • A subject of Nepal, or Bhutan, or he/she has a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 01 January, 1962 for the purpose of permanent settling in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan,  Srilanka, Malawi, Zaire, East African, Burma, countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia,  Ethiopia and Vietnam with the purpose of permanently settling in India.

Age Criteria:

Indian Military Academy

18-23 Years

Naval Academy

18-23 Years

Air Force Academy

20-24 Years

Officers’ Training Academy

18-24 Years

Gender and Marital Status:

  • IMA and For Indian ...

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UPSC CDS 2018 Exam Pattern

The UPSC CDS examination comprises of:

  • Written examination
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows:


Maximum Marks


(a) For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

1. English

2. General Knowledge

3. Elementary Mathematics




2 Hours

2 Hours

2 Hours

(b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

1. English

2. General Knowledge



2 Hours

2 Hours

UPSC CDS 2018 Marking Scheme:

  • Every correct answer will be awarded as 1 ...

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UPSC CDS 2018 Syllabus

English: The question paper will be based on understanding of English and use of words.

General Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of current events
  • matters of everyday observation
  • experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.
  • Questions based on History of India and Geography of nature.

Elementary Mathematics

  • Arithmatic: Number System, Natural numbers, Rational and Real numbers, Integers, Square roots, Decimal fractions, Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division. Unitary method, time and distance, ratio and proportion, variation, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest ...

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How to Prepare for UPSC CDS 2018

Preparation Tips for English

  • 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 ...

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UPSC CDS 2018 Result

Result for the written part of the UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination-(I), 2018 has been announced on 27th March, 2018 on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can download CDS-(I) 2018 written exam results directly from the official website of UPSC by entering their name, guardian’s name, and roll number. The list of candidates who have qualified the examination has been uploaded as a PDF file.

The candidates whose roll numbers are displayed in the CDS 2018 Result list will be called for the further selection process, i.e. CDS SSB. The dates for SSB Interview will be notified later and the ...

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UPSC CDS Selection Process 2018

The candidates who clear CDS written exam are called for interview by Service Selection Board (SSB) and the successful candidates are appointed by respective training academies.

  • Candidates' selection will be based on these steps:
    • Written Test
    • Interview (Intelligence and Personality Test)
  • CDS 2018 written test is the very 1st step of CDS 2018 selection procedure. The written exam consists of the 3 paper of 2 hours each. Candidates will have to attempt only English and General Knowledge. Candidates appearing for INA (Indian Naval Academy), IMA (Indian Maritime Academy) and IAA (Indian Air Force Academy) will have to clear all the ...

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UPSC CDS 2018 Admit Card

The UPSC CDS(II) 2018 admit card will be released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), in the month of October, 2018 and is available online. CDS II 2018 admit card has only been issued to the candidates whose application form have been accepted by the UPSC. Candidates can download the UPSC CDS admit card online, by entering the roll number/ registration ID and date of birth on the official website.

CDS (II) 2018 written exam is to be held on 18th November 2018. The UPSC CDS examination is held twice a year. CDS (I) is conducted in February ...

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How to Apply for UPSC CDS 2018

Before applying for the examination, the candidates should ensure that they fulfill all the following eligibility conditions:

  • Candidates need to apply online using the UPSC CDS link for registration. Candidates are advised to submit the only single application.
  • Candidate will have to fill his/her application form with all the mandatory details like Personal details, Educational details, Identification details, Address details and exam centre, etc.
  • A candidate should have his/her scanned picture and signature in the .jpg format The uploading file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the picture and ...

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UPSC CDS 2018 Answer Key

The UPSC CDS 2018 Answer Key is released by conducting authority for candidates who take the entrance exam. Candidates who appear for the UPSC CDS 2018 examination would be able to download the UPSC CDS Answer Key from here. Those who've taken the exam wait eagerly for the UPSC CDS Answer Key and the official date on which the result is declared. Through the Answer Key, students get a chance to evaluate their performance well before the announcement of the result. Follow the steps given below to download UPSC CDS Answer Key 2018.

Download UPSC CDS Final Answer Key 2018 ...

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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.

UPSC CDS 2018 Important Dates



Online Registration Starting Date for UPSC CDS - (I)  Examination

8th November, 2017

Late Date to Submit Application Form for UPSC CDS - (I) Examination

4th December, 2017

UPSC CDS-(I) Examination Date

4th February, 2018

UPSC CDS-(I) Exam Result Declaration Date

27th March, 2018 (Announced)

CDS II Examination Dates

Online Registration Starting Date for UPSC CDS - (II)  Examination

8th August, 2018


Late date to Submit Application Form for UPSC CDS - (II) Examination

3rd September, 2018


UPSC CDS-(II) Examination Date

18th November, 2018

UPSC CDS-(II) Exam Result Declaration Date

March 2019

UPSC 2018 Exam Centres

The exam centres for UPSC CDS-(I) and UPSC CDS-(II) Examination are mentioned below.
















Panaji (Goa)




Port Blair























Contact Details


Dholpur House,. Shahjahan Road,

New Delhi – 110069

Phone no.  011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Email –

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UPSC CDS 2018 Important Events Dates
Registration 08 Aug to 03 Sep, 2018
Exam Date 18 Nov, 2018

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