CDS 2019 ELIGIBILITY
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
CDS Eligibility: CDS is conducted in two stages for the post of office cadre in Indian Army or Indian Navy or Indian Air Force or Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). The post preference must be mentioned at time of registration.
UPSC has released CDS I registration and exam dates:
Listed below are few key points of who all can are eligible to apply online:
Approximately, 417 posts will be filled through this exam:
|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.|
For CDS exam, the candidate should be a subject/citizen of any 1 of the following countries/regions:
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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.
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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 2019 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 2019:
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:
Hypermetropia Colour vision CP-1
Maddox Rod Test
(i) at 6 meters: Exo-6 prism D | Eso-6 prism | D Hyper-1 prism D | Hypo-1prism D
(ii) at 33 cms: Exo-16 prism D | Eso-6 prism D | Hyper-1 prism D | Hypo-1 prism D
Spinal Conditions for Air Force
Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service.
(a) Granulomatous disease of spine
(d) Compression fracture of vertebrae
(e)Scheurman’s desease (Adolescent Kyphosis)
(f) Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
(g) Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatroy deficit.
Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine:
Other Important Facts
The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Army and Navy:
(a) Granulomatous disease of spine.
(b) Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis & allied disorders and ankylosing spondylitis
(c) Scoliosis more than 10o degree as measured by Cobb's Method.
(d) More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.
(f) Herniated nucleus pulposes.
(g) Compression fracture of Vertebra.
(h) Sacralisation Disease.
(i) Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
(j) Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level.
(k) Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
(l) Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
(m) Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5.
(n) Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
*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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