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CDS 2019 II Application Form - How to Apply Online?

Updated On - June 12th 2019 by NEHA RANI

CDS II Application form has released on June 12, 2019 and will be available till July 8, 2019. Candidates who wish to apply for CDS-II are required to visit the official website of UPSC i.e. and submit their applications.

Latest: The registration for CDS 2019 II has been started. Interested candidates can submit their applications till July 8 at Apply Here 

    • The recruitment exam, CDS 2019 II is scheduled for September 8, 2019.
    • Aspirants must go through the entire eligibility criteria before applying for CDS. Check CDS Eligibility
    • Application fee for general category is INR 200.
    • Candidates belonging to SC, ST and Female category candidates are exempted from application fee.
    • Registrants will be issued their CDS Admit Card three weeks before CDS exam.
    • The exam will be conducted in offline (pen and paper-based) mode. Check CDS Exam Pattern

    CDS Exam is conducted twice a year in offline mode. The exam is a portal for recruitment to Permanent Commissioned Service in Indian Military, Indian Naval and Indian Airforce.

    CDS 2019 II Application Dates

    The official notification for CDS 2019 was released on October 31, 2018. The entire exam schedule will be released shortly!

    EventDate (CDS 2019 II)
    Release of CDS 2019 Application FormsJune 12, 2019
    Last date to ApplyJuly 8, 2019
    Last date to pay application fees-
    Availability of Admit CardAugust 2019
    CDS 2019 II Exam DateSeptember 8, 2019

    Check CDS Exam Syllabus

    CDS Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility criterion for CDS is as laid down by UPSC. Applicants must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements before applying for the entrance exam. The various criteria for appearing in the exam are as stated below:


    Applicants that are eligible should be either-

    • a Citizen of India,
    • a subject of Bhutan,
    • a subject of Nepal,
    • a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1963 with the intention of permanently settling in the country, or
    • an Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire or Vietnam with the intention of settling down in India permanently.

    Age Limit

    Age criterion for different institutions is as given below-

    InstitutionAge Limit
    Indian Military Academy18-23 Years
    Naval Academy18-23 Years
    Air Force Academy20-24 Years
    Officers’ Training Academy18-24 Years

    Note: The Commission will only accept proof of Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or an extract from Register of Matriculates maintained by a University.

    Sex and Marital Status

    • IMA: Unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply who are born not later than January 2, 1995 and not after January 1, 1999.
    • Indian Naval Academy: Only Unmarried male candidates born before January 2, 1995 and January 1, 2000 can apply.
    • Air Force Academy: Male Candidates should be born between January 2, 1995 and January 1, 1998. For applicants having a valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA, India, the upper age limit is relaxed upto 26 years. These candidates should be born between January 2, 1993 and January 1, 1998. Applicants must be unmarried if they are below 25 years of age while married applicants above 25 years of age are also eligible to apply.
    • Officer’s Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Married or Unmarried candidates should be born between January 2, 1994 and January 1, 2000 in order to be eligible for this course.
    • Officer’s Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical course): Unmarried women, widows who have not remarried and divorcees who have not remarried can apply only for this course. Aspirant should be born between January 2, 1994 and January 1, 2000.

    Educational Qualification

    Academic qualifications for various institutions are-

    • I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
    • Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/ Institution.
    • Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
    • Aspirants who have professional and technical qualifications that are recognized by the government as equivalent degrees are also eligible.
    • Candidates who are appearing for the qualifying exam of a Degree course can also apply provided they do not have any present backlog upto the last semester and can submit required documents at the time of admission.

    Download Free CDS Sample Papers 

    How to fill CDS Application Form?

    • Apply for CDS:
    • Availability of Form: online mode only 

    CDS Application form filling is a two-step procedure. In the first step, register by providing general details and academic qualifications. In the second step, individuals will have to upload scanned copies of their photograph and signature and pay the application fees.

    Pre-requisites for filling CDS Application Form:

    • Class 10 Mark sheet and Certificate
    • Class 12 Mark sheet
    • Mark sheets for all the semesters of Graduation Degree
    • For individuals studying in the final year of their degree course, Mark sheets of all the semesters upto the final semester.
    • Scanned image of photograph and signature.

    Specifications of Scanned Images of Photograph and Signature:

    Photograph.jpg200 dpi3 to 40 kb140 x 110 pixels
    Signature.jpg200 dpi3 to 40 kb110 x 140 pixels

    Application Form can be filled up by following these steps:

    Stage 1: Basic Registration

    • Log on to the official site of UPSC Online and click on the Examination tab.
    • Select the option of ‘Combined Defense Services Examination (I)’.
    • The Part I Registration page will open.
    • Aspirants will have to provide general details such as Name, Date of birth, Mailing Address, Category, etc.
    • They will then have to choose their preference for IMA, NA, AFA and OTA. Preference for the various fields should be indicated using numbers 0/1/2/3/4 with 1 being the highest preference.
    • Applicants must indicate whether they have obtained or likely to obtain NCC ‘C’ certificate (Sr. Division). They will also have to specify whether they are serving the armed forces.
    • Candidates can then verify the information mentioned in the Application form and can modify it in case of any mismatch/ discrepancy. No changes or modifications will be permitted after this stage.
    • After all the above steps are complete, individuals must print out the confirmation page of Part 1 Registration which will have their unique Registration ID and other details for reference.

    Stage 2: Uploading of Documents & Fee Payment

    • Select the option of ‘Part I Registration’ after completing the first part. Enter the Registration ID and Date of Birth.
    • Applicants will first have to pay the application fees. They can choose any 1 out of the 3 options- Pay by Cash, Card or Pay by Net banking to pay the fees.
    • The next step is to upload scanned images of Photograph and Signature. Candidates must upload their recent, passport-sized, color photograph and signature as per the desired specifications.
    • Aspirants can view the uploaded images by clicking on ‘Preview’ and can confirm it once they are satisfied with quality of images.
    • They will then have to select the exam centers from the drop-down menu for appearing in the CDS I 2019 Examination. All the exam centers will be allotted on first come first serve basis.
    • After all the above steps are completed, a confirmation page will be generated. Candidates should take a print out of this page for future correspondence.

    Payment of Application Fee

    Aspirants can pay the application fees for CDS 2019 exam by cash, card or net banking. The process for rendering fees via each method is given below:

    • Pay by Cash- On selecting this option, a system generated bank challan of State Bank of India will appear on the screen. Applicants must print out this challan and submit the requisite fees by cash at any branch of the bank. They must save the student copy of the challan as proof of payment.
    • Pay by Debit/ Credit Card or Net banking- Aspirants can pay the fees through Debit/Credit card or through the Net Banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore. They must enter the required payment details on the bank page and save the receipt of transaction.

    CDS 2019 Application Fees for various Categories are:

    CategoryApplication Fee
    General (Male Candidates)200
    Female CandidatesExempted
    SC/ STExempted

    Check CDS Exam Syllabus

    Details in Application Form

    Candidates must enter information about the following details asked in CDS Application Form:

    Candidate’s NameAs on class 10 Marksheet
    GenderChoose whether Male/ Female
    Date of BirthIn DD/MM/YYYY format
    Father’s and Mother’s NameAs on class 10 Marksheet
    NationalityChoose nationality from drop-down list
    Marital StatusWhether married/ unmarried/ widow(er)/ divorcee
    Physically ChallengedWhether a PwD candidate or not
    CommunityChoose community from drop-down list
    AddressMailing and permanent address of applicants
    E-mail IDValid email ID for future correspondence
    Age relaxation claimedYes/ No
    Educational qualificationWhether appearing or passed qualifying examination

    CDS Application Form FAQs

    Q. After the submission of the requisite application fee, can the application be cancelled and a request for a refund be generated?

    A. No, the application fees will not be refunded under any circumstance whatsoever.

    Q. I am an applicant belonging to the general category. However, I selected the reserved category by mistake while applying for CDS 2019. I wish to make changes to my category. Please help.

    A. The information in the form once submitted cannot be modified or edited and any request to do the same will not be entertained.

    Q. Can multiple forms be submitted and the fees for one form be adjusted to the other?

    A. Multiple forms can be submitted only under an unavoidable situation. However, candidates will have to pay the fees again as the fees of another form will not be adjusted for the accurate form.

    Q. Are candidates who have just appeared for the qualifying examination eligible for CDS 2018?

    A. YES. Aspirants who have just appeared for the qualifying exam are also eligible provided they have no backlog upto the last semester and are able to produce the required documents at the time of admission.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    Saumya Dwivedi

    Hello class 12th passing students with biology subject and graduated with bsc are eligible for CDS??

    20 Aug, 2019 19:18
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Saumya, yes, you are eligible for this exam.

    21 Aug, 2019 17:51
    Varun Gajre

    Hello during the time when notice was out in June the collegeduniya website and also upsc website notice/document said that "those born before 2 July 1996 need not apply for IMA ,INA " . The criteria in which I fit in hence I applied for it with IMA first preference and now your this page is saying different eligibility criteria for IMA , INA than previous one . Kindly confirm which one is correct . THanks and regards

    17 Jul, 2019 21:26
    risha Sinha

    Hi Varun, Information keeps on changing according to the official notifications and thus our website works to provide the most relevant facts. The age eligibility for CDS is —Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2001.

    19 Jul, 2019 14:43
    harshita rathi

    I paid for cds 2nd form but due to some network issues I was unable to upload my details can I get second chance to upload the documents or money will refund?

    10 Jul, 2019 12:54
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Harshita, as the last date to submit the application form was July 8, 2019, thus, you cannot apply for the exam now. However, you may apply timely when the notification is out for November batch. Application fee once deducted is non-refundable.

    10 Jul, 2019 13:05
    Ambika sharma

    Those students who r in final year but 5th smister are eligible or not

    05 Jul, 2019 12:03
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ambika, students who are in their final year of graduation are considered eligible for this exam. Thus, you are eligible to apply.

    05 Jul, 2019 12:40

    I m persuing in Bsc 2nd year Can I apply for CDs 2..????

    26 Jun, 2019 15:35
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Vandna, only those students who are in their last semester of graduation or those who have completed their graduation are eligible to apply only. Thus, for now, you cannot appear in the exam. You can fill the application form from fifth semester of the degree.

    26 Jun, 2019 15:40
    sanjeev singh

    can a student with diploma BE is eligible for cds exam instead of 12th BE

    20 Jun, 2019 17:51
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sanjeev, yes, student requires to have passed intermediate or any equivalent degree along with graduation to be eligible for the exam. Thus, the person will be held eligible.

    20 Jun, 2019 18:19

    when will apply the cds exam

    18 Apr, 2019 16:07
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Parul, application forms for CDS are expected to release in the month of October, 2019 (tentatively).

    18 Apr, 2019 16:25
    Bikash saikia

    When will apply the CDs exam ?

    28 Mar, 2019 14:53
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Bikash, application forms for CDS will now release in month of October 2019 (tentatively).

    28 Mar, 2019 15:23

    R class 12 passing students are eligible for cds

    06 Mar, 2019 14:37
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Dharmesh, only those students who have completed graduation or are in final year of their graduation are eligible to apply.

    06 Mar, 2019 16:51
    Abhijth ps

    Is it require community certificate Date of issue ? Nor Is it required only specified Murthy certificate only ?

    08 Nov, 2018 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Abhijth, You may please contact the exam authorities to get this information.

    19 Dec, 2018 16:11

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