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CDS 2018 Eligibility

Updated On - January 12th 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

CDS Eligibility 2018- CDS is conducted in two stages for recruitment to the post of office cadre in Indian Army or Indian Navy or Indian Air Force or Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). Candidates have to mention their preference in the CDS Application form according to their eligibility. CDS Eligibility varies for different institutes.

Here are few key points of CDS Eligibility:

  • Female candidates are eligible to apply for CDS. They can apply for OTA, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non-Technical) in CDS Application Form.
  • Only Indian candidates are eligible to apply for the exam. Outside India candidates from neighbouring countries who have settled in India can apply for the exam.
  • The upper age limit varies for the different institutes and categories but the minimum age limit is 19 years.
  • Married candidates can apply only for Air Force Academy (AFA) and OTA.
  • Minimum eligibility is Graduation to apply for the exam. For IMA/INA/AFA, B.Tech degree is acceptable while degree in any discipline is accepted in OTA.
  • Candidates have to be physically fit to apply for any post as per the physical standards set by the institute.

CDS Application Form can be filled in online mode from August 09, 2018. The form will be available at Fill your details and remit the application fee in the desired mode. General category candidates have to pay INR 200 to apply while reserved candidates and female candidates are exempted from fee payment.

Read the article for complete details about UPSC CDS (II) Eligibility.

Highlights of CDS 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • It is important for the CDS 2018 candidate to be unmarried and should not be a widower or should not be a divorcee.
  • The highlights of the CDS 2018 eligibility criteria are Category, Age Limit, Gender and Marital Status.
CategoryAgeGenderMarital Status
Indian Military Academy (IMA)19 – 24 YearsMaleUnmarried
Indian Naval Academy (INA)19- 22 YearsMaleUnmarried
Air Force Academy19- 23 YearsMale<25 years unmarried or >25 years married or not.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)19- 25 YearsMaleMarried or Unmarried
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)19- 25 YearsFemaleUnmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

The candidate should make sure that they fulfill the Eligibility Criteria of CDS 2018. Mentioned below is the detailed Eligibility Criteria for the candidate of CDS 2018:

CDS 2018 Nationality Criteria

  • The candidate should be a subject/citizen of any 1 of following countries/regions
  1. A citizen of India
  2. A subject of Bhutan
  3. A subject of Nepal
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before July 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India.
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India

CDS 2018 Educational Qualification

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.

  • I.M.A. and OTA: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA):  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.

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.

CDS 2018 Age and Marital Status Criteria

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.

CDS 2018 Physical Criteria

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 2018 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 2018:

Physical Standards for CDS exam 2018

  • It is advisable for the candidate to get oneself medically examined before filling the CDS 2018 Application form. It is because if due to some reason the candidate were found unfit, he/ she wouldn’t be an eligible candidate. Hence, all the effort of the candidate will go in vain.
  • It is important for the candidate to have a body, which is free from any disease as well as free from any disability. If at all the candidate who might be unfit may apply for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) to be completed within 42 days of SMB.

Height and Weight Standard Eligibility Criteria

Table 1: For Army and Navy Males

Height in centimeters (without shoes)Weight in Kgs.
 18 Years20 Years22 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 centimetersAge 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 Years25 Years30 Years

Before the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview the candidate should make sure of the following pointers:

Visual Standards for the defence category

Air Force

Visual Standards for Navy

  1. Then the candidate can request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of AMB. Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be intimated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB.
  2. The candidate will also be intimated that holding RMB will be granted at the discretion of DGAFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right.
  3. The candidate should address the request for RMB if he/she so desires to ADG Rtg. (CDSE) Army HQ., West Block-III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 and DMS(MB)/DGMS (Air), Air HQ, R.K. Puram in case of AF candidates and a copy of the same is handed over to the President of AMB. The O/o the DGAFMS will inform the date and place (Delhi and Pune only) where the candidate will appear for a RMB.
  • Permanent body tattoos are allowed only on the inner face of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back side of hand. If the candidate has any tattoo on any other part of the body will be barred from further selection process. If there is any Tribe tattoo or marks on any body part of the candidate as per any existing custom will be permitted on case-to-case basis.
  • Mentioned below are the tables for the CDS 2018 candidates:
  • The candidates are advised to undergo a preliminary medical check up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin etc. before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • The candidate should have a 6/6 eyesight and a healthy retina.
  • The candidates’ chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest. 
  • The candidates’ body should be free from any disease of bones and joints.
  • The candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • The candidate should not be suffering from AIDS or any other STDs. 
  • The candidates hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. 
  • The candidate should have no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal.
  • The candidate muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.
  • Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing is completed. 
  • Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
  • Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection. 
  • For women candidates if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at SSB or during training will debar the candidates from grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining OTA till the date of debar on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities. 
  • The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
  • Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.
  • For male candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity is distant Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/18. (For Air Force without glasses only) Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D and Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.
  • For women candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity is distant Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6, worse 6/18, Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D including Astigmatism. Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including astigmatism.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be CP-II for Army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours. 
  • Uncorrected without glass 6/12
  • Corrected with glass 6/6 
  • Limits of Myopia -1.5
  • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
  • Binocular vision III
  • Limits of Colour Perception I

*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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