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CDS 2019 Application Form - How to Apply Online

Updated On - January 21st 2019 by KRITIKA GUPTA

UPSC has released CDS Application Form 2019 (Session 1) at The last date to apply online is November 26, 2018 (till 6:00 pm). 

  • Aspirants must go through the entire eligibility criteria before applying for CDS. CheckCDS Eligibility
  • The recruitment exam (CDS I) is scheduled for February 3, 2019.
  • Application Fee for General Category is INR 200.
  • This year, there is an option to withdraw the applications from November 13 to December 10. Check CDS I Exam Dates
  • Registrants will be issued their e-admit card three weeks before CDS Exam

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 Application Dates 2019

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

EventDate (CDS I)
Release of CDS 2019 Application FormsOctober 31, 2018
Last date to ApplyNovember 26, 2018
Last date to pay application feesNovember 2018
Availability of Admit CardJanuary 11, 2019
Exam date of CDS IFebruary 3, 2019

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 FreeCDS 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

CheckCDS 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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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
Saurabh Shukla

Graduated from open university YCMOU are eligible for cds or not

05 Oct, 2018 18:13
Akansha Expert

Hi Saurabh, To get eligibility for the cds exam you may check this link:- CDS Exam Eligibility.

05 Oct, 2018 18:25
Sunil Kumar

I have gap of 1 year in 2bd and 3rd semester so can I give cds

30 Sep, 2018 11:50
Taruna Shekhawat

hello gd evng meri age 24 lum sum h to m applicable ku nhi hu

09 Aug, 2018 20:12
Garima Bansal

Hi Taruna, To get eligibility for the cds exam you may check this link:- Cds Exam Eligibility.

10 Aug, 2018 13:12

I wasn't sure that if the email I'd isn't valid can I not select for commission sir kindly reply me please

26 Dec, 2017 02:46
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Naresh, It is mandatory to provide valid Email i'd while registration. As your Email i'd is not valid you may contact the exam authority they can help you out.

17 May, 2018 11:43
Dilshad Ahmad

mam maine fee paid kr diya h aur aaj hi photo upload kr hi rha tha ki site bnd ho because aaj last date tha. ..... kya upsc mera fees return kr dega. ..... plzz tell me mam

04 Sep, 2018 18:36
Akansha Expert

Hi Dilshad, You may please once contact to the Exam authority to get the relevant information.

05 Sep, 2018 11:14

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