CDS 1 2021 is now available on the official website. Combined Defence Services 2021 will be conducted on 07 February 2021 by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the CDS application form 2021 on 28 October 2020 regarding 345 vacancies in defence. This exam is conducted at the national level for the candidates who wish to be a part of Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force, and Officer Training Academy. The CDS exam is organized twice a year as CDS 1 and CDS 2. The candidates are firstly supposed to clear the written test by scoring the minimum cut off marks after which they can appear for the round of SSB Interview and hence get shortlisted in the academy.
Candidates after qualifying the interview round have to go through the medical examination and document verification procedure. The candidates who wish to join CDS can go through the complete article to get all the important information related to the CDS exam.
UPSC has released the CDS 1 2021 Admit card on 07 January 2021 on the official website.
CDS 2021 Application Form Important Dates
Candidates can find important dates related to the CDS 2021 Application Form from the given table:
CDS 2021 Application Form Important Dates
CDS 1 2021 Registration Events
CDS 1 2021 Registration Dates
Release of notification
28 October 2020
28 October 2020
Last date of registration
17 November 2020
Withdrawal of application form
24 November 2020 to 30 November 2020
07 January 2021
CDS 2021 Exam date
07 February 2021
To be announced
Declaration of result
To be announced
CDS 1 2021 Admit Card
Candidates can download their CDS Admit Card 2021 on the UPSC official website. Check all the essential information related to CDS 1 hall ticket:
The CDS admit card for the session will be released in the second week of January 2021.
Candidates have to download the admit card from the official website, the authority will not send the exam ticket via post or SMS.
For downloading the CDS admit card, candidates have to log in with their registration ID and password.
Candidates need to enter some required details.
They should check their admit card carefully and ensure that every detail must be included such as exam day and time, centre name and address and so on.
Candidates are advised to take the print out of their CDS admit card for examination and must carry it in the examination hall along with government photo ID proof.
CDS 1 2021 Application Form
Candidates could fill CDS 2021 1 Application Formfrom 28 October 2020 which lasted up to 17 November 2020 on the official website of UPSC. To check all the relevant information regarding the CDS 1 registration 2021, read the section below:
Candidates are required to fill the application form online on the official website.
Upload the scanned copy of photograph and signature in the prescribed format.
Candidates have to provide the details of one photo ID proof (Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Any other photo ID Card) issued by the State/Central Government.
Candidates should avoid submitting multiple applications. If in case the candidates need to submit multiple applications they must make sure that application with higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respect.
In case of multiple applications form, the applications form with higher RID shall be considered by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Also, applicants must provide valid e-mail ID while filling the form as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.
CDS 1 2021 Application Fee
Candidates must check the category wise CDS Application Fees 2021 given mentioned table:
CDS 1 Registration Fees 2021
OBC and General category candidates
Female and SC/ST category candidates
Mode of Payment: Candidates could pay the Application Fee through both the mode- online as well as offline.
Offline Mode: By depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or
Online mode: By using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & 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.
Application Fee will not be refunded back.
CDS 1 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must check the CDS 1 2021 Eligibility Criteria before start fill application form on the website. Check some points related eligibility given below:
Nationality: Candidates should be unmarried and must be a citizen of the following:
a Citizen of India, or
a subject of Bhutan, or
a subject of Nepal, or
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 to permanently settle in India, or
The candidate who possess Indian origin but has move from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.
Qualification Required for CDS Exam
For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy
Degree of a recognised University or equivalent
For Indian Naval Academy
Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
For Air Force Academy
Candidates must have a degree of 10+2 level with Physics and Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering from a recognized university
Candidates who graduate in Army/Navy/Air Force have to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB (Service Selection Board).
Candidates in the final year/semester Degree course can also apply for the exam.
Furthermore, these applicants will have to submit the proof of qualifying the degree examination.
CDS 1 2021 Exam Pattern
Candidates should check the CDS 1 2021 Exam Pattern in the given below table so that they have an idea about the exam paper structure:
CDS Paper Pattern
Offline(Pen & Paper)
Type of Question
Multiple Choice Question
English, General Knowledge and English Elementary Mathematics
1/3rd marks would be deducted
300 marks for admission to INA, IMA, and AFA
Candidates can check the subject wise duration and marks distribution for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy :
Candidate should check the duration and marks distribution for Officer’s Training Academy Admission given below:
The written examination has a weightage of 300 marks for admission to INA, IMA, and AFA.
English: The question paper will be set to test the candidates' knowledge of English and workmanlike use of words.
General Knowledge: This paper contains questions about current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
Elementary Mathematics: This section includes topic such as:
Percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation
Elementary Number Theory
Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°;
Simple trigonometric identities
Use of trigonometric tables
Simple cases of heights and distances.
Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on
Properties of angles at a point,
Sides and angles of a triangle,
Congruency of triangles,
The concurrence of medians and altitudes,
Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square,
Circles and its properties including tangents and normals,
Areas of squares
Parallelogram triangle and circle
Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres
Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.
CDS 1 2021 Sample Paper
Candidates can check the CDS Sample Paper mentioned below:
The following CDS 1 2021 preparation tips will help the candidates during their preparation for the exam:
The candidates must be aware of the exam syllabus.
Candidates must study all the subjects and give equal time to all the subjects.
Practice question papers from all the previous year sample papers and question papers.
Applicants must take out a printout of the exam syllabus, mark all the important topics prepare short notes and revise them before few days of the exam.
Students must take a balanced diet and have proper rest.
Meditation or yoga can be practised to manage stress.
CDS 1 2021 Exam Centre
Candidates must check the CDS 1 2021 Exam centre list mention given below:
CDS 2021 Result
Union Public Service Commission prepares the list of the candidates who are able to get minimum qualifying score, as mentioned by the Commission, in the written test. Successful candidates then will go for the intelligence test and personality test, conducted at the Service Selection Board on the basis of the preference they have filled by the responsible serve headquarter. Two-stage selection procedure is set on the basis of Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test at the Service Selection Boards. Candidates who are able to qualify the first stage will be able to appear for the second stage. After clearing the second stage candidates will be asked to submit their,
Matriculation pass certificate
Bachelors Degree/Provisional Degree and the mark sheets of the semesters/years
CDS 1 2021 Selection Procedure
Given below are the CDS exam selection process, candidates must check it carefully:
The CDS 1 selection process 2021 is divided into three phases: Written Examination, SSB Interview and Personality Test, and Medical Fitness Test.
The candidates will have to go through medical examination after they clear their SSB Interview round.
Document verification would also be done at the time of selection.
Candidates can check the details concern with CDS 1 2021 Intelligence and Personality Test:
Candidates who successfully cleared the written exam will be a called for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ.
Candidates who qualify in the written exam will have to register themselves on the recruiting directorate website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in to enable them to receive a call for SSB Interview.
The selection procedure consists of a two-stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates are permitted to appear for stage II who cleared the stage 1. The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on the combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test.
Marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test.
Besides, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate.
Candidates are then recommended or not recommended at the SSB accordingly.
CDS 1 2021 Medical Fitness Test
The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and the number of vacancies available. Check the information related to the CDS exam Medical Fitness Test given below:
Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:-
Deviated Nasal Septum
Note: Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on the inner face of forearm Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.
A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male/female doctors/specialists/Gynaecologist.
There will be a Lady Medical Officer as Member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.
Unfit candidates may apply for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) and may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board.
The candidate must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards which are summarized below:
The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.
There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.
The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). Women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.
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.
All candidates who are selected will be undergoing tough military training and will be deployed to perform military duties in any terrain, weather and austere conditions.
All candidates will be examined by the Board of Medical Officers who have undergone basic military training and are well oriented to working conditions of military deployment and working conditions.
The following investigations are carried out mandatorily during Special Medical Board, however, Medical Officer/Medical Board examining a candidate may ask for any other investigation as required or indicated:-
X-ray chest PA view
USG abdomen & pelvis
Medical Examination of Female Candidates. General methods and principles of medical examination of female candidates will be the same as for male candidates. A detailed physical and systemic examination will be carried out of the candidate and she should be examined by a lady Medical Officer or a lady Gynaecologist or male medical officer in the presence of a female attendant.
Pregnancy can be the cause of temporary rejection. The individual would be advised to report again to the hospital 24 weeks after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery.
UPSC CDS 2021 Vacancies
As per the notification, UPSC has announced a total of 345 vacancies for Combined Defence Services exam. Check the name of the course and vacancies available here:
To admit the candidates into Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA)
Stay connected for CDS 2021 (UPSC COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES 1) conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Union Public Service Commission
Union Public Service Commission is India's central recruiting agency. It is established in 1926, 01 October as a Public Service Commission, later reconstituted as Federal Public Service Constitution and its headquarters is in Dhopur House, New Delhi. Initially, the examinations for the Indian Civil Service were conducted only in London. Arvind Saxena has been the chairman since June 2018. UPSC is responsible for appointments of and examination for All India Services, while the Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency of India.