UPSC CDS 2017 Educational Eligibility Criteria Age Limit Requirements

The combined Defence Services Examination basically called as CDS Exam is being conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice every year in the nation so as to select the candidates for defence services. To work for nation army/ navy, it is the dream for many and so they prepare really hard for the examinations. The UPSC CDS Exam is being organized in February and October every year. Many lacs of candidates who have passed their graduation and the ones who are pursuing the last year of graduation give this exam.


Below given are the eligibility conditions for UPSC CDS Exam 2017-

Educational Qualifications: Degree from recognized University (pursuing last year of degree)

CDS Age Limit: Between 18 to 23 years of age

The Physical requirements of the CDS Exam can be checked as are mentioned in the CDS Exam notification by UPSC.

Application fee: Rs.200 for all but females/ SC/ ST are exempted from fee.

Toll Free Number for UPSC CDS Enquiry-

011- 233385271, 011- 23381125, 011- 23098543


Call anytime between 10 AM to 5 PM

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The candidates can apply on the UPSC Official website for the CDS exam once the notification is out for the exam. There are 2 parts of registration for the CDS Exam which includes-

Part- I is the details of candidate- name, fathers’ name, category name, educational qualification, date of birth and many others

Part- II include the scanned photographs and signatures uploading

To apply for CDS Exam it is mandatory for the candidates to complete both parts of registration. UPSC CDS Exam is the important exam for which the candidates should prepare at the best level to get clear in the examination. The CDS Exam will give your entry into the Military, Army, navy and Officers training Academy.


Be prepare for the exam in the best possible way and clear the exam with full capabilities and get ready for the military services of the nation. ALL THE BEST…



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  1. I ‘m unable to download these pdf’s or previous year question papers by that link please suggest me how can i download them

    1. You will be able to download it, click on Download button which is visible on the top of link which opens.

  2. Hi Sir,
    i am nandni..
    I am in a final year of graduation…. want to ask Can i be eligible for cds 2017 ota exam? which held in feb month

    1. Hi Nandni Singh,

      You are eligible for the CDS OTA 2017 examination which will held in month of Feb. If you need any kind of resources for the preparation feel free to comment your queries. Thank You.

      1. Hii bro pls help me , small rqst
        i applied CDS OTA exam but i have tattoo left armed. any problem pls help me

        1. Hi Arya,
          Giving the written exam will not be a problem.

  3. i m a zoology 1st yr student n my age is 20 . sir m i eligible to apply for cds after graduation..

    1. Yes you are eligible and can also apply in the last sem of your graduation.

  4. Hello sir,
    I am Eti Gandhar,I am maths final year student.I am 18 year old.can I apply for cds 2017 ota exam? Sir I also want to ask that percentage is important for the exam?

    1. HI Eti,

      You should be 19 year old to be eligible for the examination.Minimum & Maximum age limit for cds exam

      Indian Military Academy: 19-24 years
      Air Force Academy:’19-23 years
      Naval Academy:19-22 years
      Officers’ Training Academy: 19-25 years

  5. Sir im in grduation final yr in physics hons.Am i able to apply cds exam?which buk should i prefer

    1. Hi Avishi,
      Yes you can give the CDS exam. For its preparation material, you can check your email ID, it is sent to you.

  6. sir ..
    i have done my 12th in commerce strm.. now i m pursuing BCA(last year).. what should i do now.. .. sir..if i apply for OTA.. is it fine for me sir..

    1. Hi Nikita,
      Yes you can apply for CDS.

  7. Good morning sir,
    Myself Sumitha P G. Iam interested in serving my nation and iam interested in defence.sir can you please help me to clear my CDS exam for getting admission in OTA by providing some solved study materials.

    1. Hi Sumitha,
      Papers are sent to your ID, please check


    1. Yes Sanjeev,
      You can apply for CDS in last year of your degree course or after it.

  9. Hello Abhi, I am doing my Engineering .will I be eligible to take the pilot officer’s in the IAF . I am in the age range of 18-23.

    1. HI Lumeesh,
      Yes you can try for it.

  10. I got 59percentage in B.E,CAN I apply for CDs exam

    1. Hi Kannan,
      Yes you can apply for CDS.

      1. My DOB is 30-12-1993 can I apply for CDS

        1. Hi Kannan,
          Yes you can apply for CDS OTA post only.

  11. hii sir are there any sort of physical requirements for O.T.A too?

    1. Hi maaz,
      No There are no requirements for written exam in CDS.

  12. and plz send me the requisite material for cds O.T.A

  13. Hey Abhi,
    This is Santhosh. i have done my graduation in Commerce and in 12th it was Science.
    Can i apply for AFA and IMA?

    1. Hi Santosh,
      Yes you can apply for CDS exam.

      1. me bsc 2 me hu cds me exam de sakta h

        1. Hi Ravi,
          Yes you can give it.

  14. Sir. I have passed 12th with science stream and got 57 percent marks . now I have complete math with 80 percent. am l eligible for cds exam

    1. Yes Akash, you can give CDS exam.

  15. Sir. I have passed 12th with science stream and got 57 percent marks . now I have complete math with 80 percent. am l eligible for cds exam..

  16. Hi sir,
    I am jatin bhardwaj sir i have passed my 12th class sir i want to take Bsc sir am i eligible for CDS or some other degree i must have for CDS

    1. Hi jatin,
      It doesn’t matter which degree you do to give CDS exam- CDS only requires graduation degree to be applicable for exam.

  17. Sir I am final yr student.How can I join special forces.and tell me about OTA.

    1. Hi Pankaj,
      Apply for CDS exam and fill your preference, prepare well for the exam and score much above cut off level to achieve your dreams.

  18. sir I have passed my 12th class exam c
    an I apply for CDS 2017

    1. No Ashwani, you need to have graduation degree for CDS. You can apply for NDA.

  19. Hi sir,
    I am sheetal..i am (maths) last year,
    sir meri English weak h kya mai cds kr skti hu

    1. Hi Sheetal,
      Yes You can give the CDS exam and score very well.

  20. sir.this s Prashanth….

    i hv tatto on my left i hv eligible for the exam.

  21. sir.please tell me abt ota exam books to prepare xam….please let me knw abt best books

  22. Hello,
    i did 10+2 in (PCM) and 10+3 in yogic science. Can i apply for CDS?

    1. Yes Sunil,
      You can apply.

  23. Hi Sir.
    IMA k liye Max. Kitni baar apply kar sakte hai.

    1. Hi Manish,
      There are no limits to attempt CDS exam, it is just you need to fit in age criteria to give the exam.

  24. helo mi self rahul i got 58% in mi graduation can i apply for cds?

    1. Yes Rahul,
      You can apply for CDS and all the very best for the exam.

  25. Hello sir…myself Shantanu Sharma & I am in b- tech 3rd year& my DOB 10-01-1995. Can I apply for cd’s in IAFf???

    1. HI Shantanu,
      Yes you can apply for CDS exam.

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