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UPSC CDS 2017 (I) Entrance Exam Notification and CDS Exam Dates

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) published notification for recruitment for various vacancies in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2017 (Including SSC Women) (Non-Technical) Course).

The candidates can read the details of eligibility and age criteria, details about the exam, and other things in the advertisement. Candidates can fill up the forms online on the official website of UPSC i.e.

A CDS Exam will be conducted by the UPSC on 05th February 2017 for admission to the under mentioned courses

UPSC CDS (I) Vacancy Details

Total No. of Posts: 463
Name of the Post: Combined Defence Service Examination (I), 2017 (Including SSC Women (Non Technical) Course)
i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 144th (DE) Course commencing in January 2018 [including 19 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate (Army Wing) holders] - 150 vacancies
ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in January 2018 Executive (General Service) (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate holders (Naval Wing) - 45 vacancies
ii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in February 2018 i.e. - 32 vacancies
iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai 107th SSC (Men) (NT) Course communing in April 2018 - 255 vacancies (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’)
v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai 21st SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing April 2018 - 11 vacancies

Exam Centres

Agartala, Gangtok, Panaji (Goa), Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Patna, Aizawl, Imphal, Port Blair, Allahabad, Itanagar, Raipur, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ranchi, Bareilly, Jammu, Sambalpur, Bhopal, Jorhat, Shillong, Chandigarh, Kochi, Shimla, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar, Cuttack, Kohima, Srinagar, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Lucknow, Delhi, Madurai, Tirupati, Dharwar, Mumbai, Udaipur, Dispur, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam
Applicants should note that there would be a ceilling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centres except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur

Eligibility Conditions:

Nationality: A candidates must either be:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
(v) a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),
(iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India
Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal
A candidates in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC

Age Limits, Sex & Marital Status:

i) For Indian Military Academy (IMA): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
ii) For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried Male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
iii) For Air Force Academy (AFA) - Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1998 and not later than 01st January 1998 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1992 and not later than 01st January 1998) only are eligible
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried
iv) For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 only are eligible
v) For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorces (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible
They should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1993 and not later than 01st January 1999 are eligible

Educational Qualification

i) For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering
iii) For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering
Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificate on the date of commencement of the SSB interview at the SSB
For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12
Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be 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.
In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying Training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation)

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2017 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV

Fee Details

Candidates (excepting Female /SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees two hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur/State bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card
No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee
Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection

Selection Procedure

The candidates will be provided admission to INA, IMA, Air Force Academy, and Officers’ Training Academy through Written Examination, Personality Test and Interview
The candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the SSB tests. The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and number of vacancies available

CDS - I Exam 2017 Pattern

The question paper will be consists of Objective type Questions which candidates have to attempt without using the Calculator. The question paper will consist of the subjects like English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics and criteria will be as
For more details, please refer the website

How to Apply for CDS -I Exam 2017

Candidates are required to apply online only using the link click here to apply
The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc
The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, SC/ST/OBC and fee remission etc.
The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination
The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No admission certificate will be sent by post
Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over telephone 011-2338527/011-23381125/011-23098543

Admit Card

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website for downloading by candidates. No e-Admit Card will be sent by post
All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail ID while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them

Important Dates

Announcement of Exam Notification: 09th November 2016
Last Date for Submission of Applications: 02nd December 2016 till 06.00 pm
Date of Examination: 05th February 2017