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CDS Notification 2023

On December 21, 2022, UPSC released the official CDS Notification 2023 regarding the CDS 1 2023 examination on its official websiteIt is a national-level competitive examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year to select the candidates who want to serve in the defence services such as the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Naval Academy and Officer Training Academy. UPSC has released no. of vacancies details in the notification that is given below in the table category-wise. We will give you all the essential details about the CDS 1 2023 Exam such as Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process, Vacancies and Important Dates in this article.

CDS 1 Exam Notification 2023

CDS Notification 2023: CDS stand for Combined Defence Services examination. The CDS 1 2023 exam is conducted by the UPSC twice a year for which they released the notification on their official website. UPSC released the CDS 1 Notification 2023 on 21st December 2022, which contains all the essential information about the CDS 1 2023 exam. The CDS Exam Application form will be available for the candidates from 21 December 2022 to 10 January 2022.

CDS Notification 2023 PDF

UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice a year. UPSC CDS 1 2023 Notification PDF is released on the official website of the UPSC on December 21, 2022, and UPSC CDS 2 2023 Notification PDF will be released on May 17, 2023.

CDS 1 2023 Noti PDF

CDS 2023 Exam Overview

The CDS exam is one of the prestigious exams which gives the opportunity to all the candidates who want to enter into the three armed forces of India. The candidate who meets all the eligibility requirements is regarded as eligible for the CDS exam even though there are different eligibility requirements for recruitment in the three Indian Academies. 

Event Remarks
Recruiting Organisation Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)
CDS 1 2023 Notification Date 21st December 2022
CDS 1 2023 Online Registration Date 21st December 2022
CDS 2 2023 Notification Date 17th May 2023
Application Mode Online
Exam Level National Level
Exam Mode Offline (Pen & Paper Mode)
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Selection Stages Written Exam, SSB Interview, Document Verification, Medical Examination
Language of Written Exam Both English and Hindi (Bilingual)
Written Exam Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Vacancies To Be Notified
Official Website upsc.gov.in

CDS Notification 2023 Exam Dates

For complete information on the CDS Exam like eligibility criteria, online application form link, vacancies, admit card, exam pattern, selection process, syllabus, salary, last date of registration etc. read the complete article below. The important dates for the CDS 1 2023 exam and the CDS 2 2023 exam are given below in the table.

CDS 1 2023 Notification & CDS 2 2023 Notification Important Dates

Events CDS 1 2023 CDS 2 2023
Online Application Registration Date 21st December 2022 17th May 2023
Online Application Registration Last Date 10th January 2023 6th June 2023
Admit Card Release Date March 2023 August 2023
Written Exam Date 16th April 2023 3rd September 2023
Result Date To be notified To be notified

CDS Vacancy 2023

Along with the official CDS 1 Notification 2023, the fresh vacancies that will be filled through the CDS 1 2023 examination for the course starting in January 2024 have been announced. 341 vacancies for the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy have been notified for this year. Check out the vacancy distribution in the given table below:

CDS 1 Vacancy 2023
Name of the Academy Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

156th (DE) Course commencing in January 2024 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Course commencing in January 2024 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry ) holders].

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad

(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2024 i.e., No. 215 F(P) Course.
[including 03 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)

119th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2024

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)

33rd SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2024.

Total Vacancies 341

CDS 1 2023 Selection Process

There are four rounds involved in the UPSC CDS 1 2023 Selection Process for the positions at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Officers Training Academy (OTA). The four phases of UPSC CDS 2023 are detailed below.

  • Written Exam
  • Personality Test/SSB Interview
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination

CDS 2023 Exam Pattern

CDS Exam Pattern: The following subjects are included in the UPSC CDS 1 2023 written exam:

Subjects For Admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy
Subject Time Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge (G.K.) 2 Hours 100
Mathematics 2 Hours 100
SSB Test/Interview 5 Days 300
Subjects For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)
Subject Time Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 Hours 100
General Knowledge (G.K.) 2 Hours 100
SSB Test/Interview 5 Days 300

CDS 1 Exam Date 2023

CDS 2023 Exam Date: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Combined Defence Services (CDS) 1 Examination on April 16, 2023, and the CDS 2 examination on September 3, 2023, in order to fill all the vacancies of the defence forces.

CDS 1 2023 Application Form

The Union Public Service Commission’s official website provides a link for the online UPSC CDS Application Form 2023. Candidates must successfully apply online for the CDS exam in order to participate in the process. It is strongly recommended that candidates submit their application forms within the given time frames because no forms will be accepted after the window closes.

CDS 1 2023 Exam Fees

CDS 1 2023 Exam Fees: Candidates need to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (with the exception of females, SC/ST candidates who are exempted from paying a fee) either through online or offline mode. OBC candidates have no fee exemption.

CDS 1 2023 Exam Eligibility Criteria

CDS 2023 Eligibility: The applicants applying for the exam should make sure that they meet all requirements for admission to the examination. If they meet the required eligibility requirements, they will be admitted solely on a provisional basis at all examination stages.

CDS 1 2023 Nationality Condition

A candidate must be unmarried and must either be:

  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a person of Indian origin who moved to India with the purpose of staying there permanently, especially from Vietnam, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the East African nations such as Zambia, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia.

CDS 1 2023 Age Limit

CDS Age Limit 2023: For each post, the commission has established a certain age requirement, and applicants must meet this requirement in order to avoid having their application rejected at any point throughout the selection process.

Category Age Limit
Indian Military Academy (IMA) 19 to 24 Years
Indian Naval Academy (INA) 19 to 24 Years
Air Force Academy (AFA) 20 to 24 Years
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men) 19 to 25 Years
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Non-Technical Course for Women) 19 to 25 Years

Note: Candidates should be informed that the Commission will only accept the Date of Birth mentioned on the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate, or an equivalent certificate, on the date applications are submitted. Subsequent requests for its adjustment would not be taken into account or granted.

Important Information

Candidates for the Naval Academy Course or Indian Military Academy Course or Indian Air Force Academy Course or Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai must agree not to get married before the completion of their full training. The candidate will not be chosen for training even if he or she passes this or any following exams after getting married after the date of their application. If a candidate marries while in training, they must resign and reimburse the government for all expenses incurred by the government.

CDS 1 2023 Educational Qualification

Academy Educational Qualification
Indian Naval Academy Degree in Engineering from a Recognised University/Institution
Air Force Academy Degree from a Recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
Indian Military Academy (IMA) Degree of a Recognised University or Equivalent.
Officers’ Training Academy Degree of a Recognised University or Equivalent.
Graduates who have chosen the Army, Navy, or Air Force as their first choice must present proof of graduation or provisional certificates at the SSB Interview.

Candidates who are enrolled in their final year/semester of a degree programme but haven’t yet passed the final degree examination are also eligible to apply for UPSC CDS 1 2023 exam provided they do not have any backlog from the previous semester or year at present.

CDS 1 2023 Online Application Last Date

The CDS 1 2023 Online Application Last Date is 10th January 2023 till 6:00 PM. No application will be admitted after the link is disabled. The CDS 2 2023 Online Application Last Date is 6th June 2023 till 6:00 PM.

CDS 1 Syllabus 2023

The UPSC CDS Syllabus 2023 is released by the Union Public Service Commission every year along with the UPSC CDS Notification 2023 PDF which will be released on 21st December 2022 for the UPSC CDS 2023 exam. UPSC CDS Syllabus is a comprehensive document to better understand the coverage area of the UPSC CDS examination for each and every subject separately. The CDS 1 2023 Syllabus PDF contains English, Mathematics and General Knowledge.

CDS 1 2023 Exam Result

Candidates who achieve the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination of the CDS 1 2023, as determined by the Commission at its discretion, will be listed for the next stage i.e. SSB interview round by the Union Public Service Commission.

CDS 1 2023 Cut-off Marks

The Commission shall publicly announce the results of the candidates (obtained in the Written Examination and SSB Interview/Personality Test) through the public portals in accordance with the decision made by the Government to increase the accessibility of unemployed people to work possibilities. Only candidates who will participate in the SSB Interview for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination and are not qualified will be the subject of the disclosure. CDS Cut-off Marks are released by UPSC after the completion of the entire process of the exam.

UPSC CDS 1 2023 Exam Centers

The UPSC will conduct the UPSC CDS 1 2023 exam at various Centers/Venues all over India on 16th April 2023 (Sunday) and the UPSC CDS 2 2023 exam on 3rd September 2023. The Union Public Service Commission specifies the CDS exam locations in its official notification. 75 cities will host the CDS 1 2023 exam in offline mode. In order to minimise last-minute trouble, candidates were urged to get to their exam location at least one day in advance and acquaint themselves with the schedule. Candidates can see the CDS Exam Centre 2023 in the table below.

List of Exam Centers
Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji – Goa
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Prayagraj – Allahabad Gwalior
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry
Aligarh Imphal Pune
Almora – Uttarakhand Indore Raipur
Anantapur – Andhra Pradesh Itanagar Rajkot
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi
Bengaluru Jaipur Sambalpur
Bareilly Jammu Shillong
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla
Bilaspur Jorhat Siliguri
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar
Chennai Kohima Srinagar – Uttarakhand
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane
Cuttack Kozhikode – Calicut Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Leh Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Lucknow Tirupati
Dharwad Ludhiana Udaipur
Dispur Madurai Varanasi
Faridabad Mumbai Vellore
Gangtok Mysore Vijayawada
Gaya Nagpur Visakhapatnam
Gautam Buddh Nagar Navi Mumbai


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What will be the age limit for CDS 2023?

Candidates' age must be between 19 to 24 years for IMA, INA and AFA and between 19 to 25 years.

When can I apply for the CDS Exam 2023?

Between December 21, 2022, and January 10, 2023, the application form will be available on UPSC official website. The CDS 12023 will take place on April 16, 2023. On May 17, 2023, a notification for CDS 2 2023 will be made available.

How many times CDS is conducted in a year?

UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice a year for the recruitment in Defence forces.

Which month is CDS 1 conducted?

CDS 1 2023 will be conducted in the month of April 16, 2023.

Will there be CDS exam 2023?

Exam dates for the CDS 2023 exam cycle have been released by UPSC. CDS is a national level examination which will be held across India.

When CDS form will come in 2023?

The CDS Notification 2023 is out now and the form will be available for the candidates from 21 December 2022 to 10 January 2022.

How to apply for CDS 2023?

Candidates must submit their applications online through the website www.upsconline.nic.in. In order to fill out the online application for the exam, the candidate must first register on the One Time Registration (OTR) platform, which is available through the Commission's website.

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