CDS (2)

Combined Defence Services Examination (2)

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CDS (2) Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 200
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

CDS 2023: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus

Updated On - February 15 2023 by Akriti Maurya

CDS (2) 2023 will be conducted on 03 September 2023. The Notification will be released in May 2023. CDS stands for Combined Defence Services which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam conducts two times a year i.e. CDS 1 and CDS 2. CDS is a national level entrance exam for those who want to be a part of the Indian Military  Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force, and Officer Training Academy. Candidates need to clear the entrance exam with a valid score followed by the SSB interview round. Candidates after qualifying the interview round have to go through the medical examination and document verification procedure.  Candidates have to apply for the CDS exam through online mode.

Latest Updates

  • CDS (2) 2023 Notification will be released on 18 May 2023. The last date of receipt of application form is 14 June 2023.
  • CDS (2) entrance exam will be held on 03 September 2023.

CDS (2) 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check CDS 2 exam status from below:


Combined Defence Services Examination (2) 2023 Status

Exam on 03 September 2023

CDS 2 2023 Important Dates

Candidate can check here all the important CDS 2 2023 tentative dates for the application form in the given table below:

EventsRespective dates 
Official notification releasedMay 2023
Submission of online application form17th May 2023
Last date for submitting the application form6th June 2023
Admit card isueeTwo weeks prior to the exam date
Entrance exam date3rd September 2023
Result AnnouncementOctober 2023

CDS 2 2023 Application Form

The conducting authority will release the CDS 2 2023 Application Form notification on the official website. Go through the below points of CDS Registration 2023:

  • Candidates can fill the application form through online mode only.
  • Required 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. 
  • Upload the scanned copy of documents such as photograph and signature in the prescribed format.
  • Must 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 2 Application Fees 2023

Given below are the category wise CDS 2 2023 Application Fee:

CDS 2 Registration Fees 2023
Category Application Fees
General CategoryRs. 200/-
Female/SC/ST categoryExempted
Mode of Payment: Aspirants can make payment through both the modes online as well as offline mode:
  • Online Mode: Via using Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card and Net banking.
  • Offline Mode: By depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash
  • Application fees are non-refundable in any situation.

CDS 2 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to check their CDS 2 2023 Eligibility before applying for it. Go through the given mentioned information related to CDS Eligibility Criteria:

Nationality: Must possess the one of the following citizenship-
  • Indian
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 for  permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian 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 to permanently settle in India.
  • Male candidates should be unmarried.
Age Limit: Given below are the age limit for the different academy-
CDS 2023 Age Limit Criteria
AcademyAge Limit

Lower Age: 18 Years

Upper Age: 25 Years

Indian Naval Academy

Lower Age: 18 Years 

Upper Age: 25 Years

Air Force Academy

Lower Age: 20 Years

Upper Age: 25 Years

CDS 2 2023 Exam Pattern

Go through the given mentioned information regarding the CDS 2 2023 Exam pattern to know the question paper structure:

Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper)
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Duration120 Minutes
Subjects English, General Knowledge, and English Elementary Mathematics
Total marks 300 
Marking Scheme1/3 marks deducted for each wrong answer

Subject wise duration and marks distribution for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy Admission given below:

SubjectMarksTime Duration
General Knowledge100120 Minutes
Elementary Mathematics100120 Minutes
English100120 Minutes

Subject wise marks and duration distribution for Officers’ Training Academy Admission given below:

SubjectMarksTime Duration
English100120 Minutes
General Knowledge100120 Minutes

CDS 2 2023 Syllabus

Aspirants can check the subject wise CDS 2 2023 Syllabus and can also download syllabus pdf  which is mentioned below for better preparation:

Elementary Mathematics Syllabus for CDS 2: This section includes topic such as:                                                                                                      
  • Number System—Natural numbers
  • Integers
  • Rational and Real numbers
  • Fundamental operations
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Square roots, Decimal fractions
  • Unitary method, time and distance, time and work
  • 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,
  • Parallel lines,
  • Sides and angles of a triangle,
  • Congruency of triangles,
  • Similar 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,
  • Loci.
  • Areas of squares
  • Rectangles
  • 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 English Syllabus: The question paper will be set to test the candidates' knowledge of English and workmanlike use of words.
CDS Syllabus for 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.  

CDS 2 2023 Previous Year Paper

Candidates can check the CDS Previous Year Paper mentioned below:

CDS 2 2023 Admit Card

Applicants can download their CDS 2 2023 Admit Card on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Check the given below points of CDS 2 Hall Ticket 2023:

  • CDS hall ticket for phase 2 will be available from the three weeks before the CDS entrance exam.
  • Authority will not responsible to send the admit card through the post or SMS.
  • For downloading the CDS 1 admit card, candidates have to log in with their registration ID or roll number.
  • Candidates should check their admit card carefully and ensure that every detail that admits card contain such as exam day and time, centre name and address and so on.
  • Candidates are advised to take the print out of their admit card for examination and must carry it in the examination hall along with government photo ID proof.

CDS (2) Answer Key 2023

Those who have appeared for the exam can check a few vital details about CDS II answer key nearby in the given points:
  • The competent authority will release the answer key on its official website in the pdf form after the exam will be over.
  • With the help of answer key & marking scheme applicants will be able to calculate their probable score.
  • Also, they will be allowed to object if not satisfied with the answer key published by the exam conducting body. Candidates will have to submit an academic proof in support of the objection also they will have to deposit a few amounts per question.

CDS 2 2023 Intelligence and Personality Test

Candidates can check all the relevant information related to CDS 2 2023 Intelligence and Personality Test:

  • Authority will be called all those candidates who successfully cleared the entrance exam for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ.
  • All the qualified applicants will have to register themselves on the recruiting directorate website 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 the 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 tests.
  • Besides, marks for conferences are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decisions 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 2 2023 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 2 2023 Medical Fitness Test given below:

Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:-

  1. Wax (ears)
  2. Deviated Nasal Septum
  3. Hydrocele/Varicocele/Phimosis
  4. Overweight/Underweight
  5. Piles and
  6. Gynaecomastia 
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:

  1. 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.
  2. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:-
    1. Complete Haemogram
    2. Urine RE/ME
    3. X-ray chest PA view
    4. USG abdomen & pelvis
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

CDS 2 2023 Vacant Seats

Candidates must vacant seats distribution to different departments check below:-

CDS DepartmentVacant Seats
Indian Military Academy100 seats
Indian Naval Academy45 seats
Indian Air Force Academy32 seats
Officers Training Academy(Men)225 seats
Officers Training Academy(Women)16 seats

UPSC CDS Pay Scale

Candidates can check CDS pay scale for the services below in the given table:

Payscale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy
  • Pay
RankLevel (Pay in Rs.) 
LieutenantLevel 10 56,100 -1,77,500
Captain Level 10 B61,300- 1,93,900
Major Level 1169,400 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A1,21,200 – 2,12,400 
Colonel Level 131,30,600-2, 15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 141,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15 1, 82, 200-2,24,100 
HAG+ScaleLevel 162,05,400 – 2,24,400 
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 172,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 18 2,50,000/-(fixed)
  • Military Service Pay (MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier Rs 15,500 p.m. fixed.
  • Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training: Stipend to Gentlemen or Lady Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service academies is Rs 56,100/-p.m. (Starting pay in Level 10).

CDS 2 2023 Exam Centre 

Candidates must check the CDS 2 2023 Exam centre list mention given below:

  • Agartala
  • Ahemdabad
  • Aizawl
  • Bengaluru
  • Bareily
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwad
  • Dispur
  • Gangtok
  • Hyderabad
  • Imphal
  • Itanagar
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jorhat
  • Kochi
  • Kohima
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Panaji
  • Patna
  • Port Blair
  • Prayagraj
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Sambalpur
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Srinagar
  • Tirupati
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Udaipur
  • Visakhapatnam
Candidates can download the CDS 2 2023 Information Brochure Pdf here.

CDS 2 2023 Entrance Exam Highlights

Candidates should check the CDS 2023 entrance exam basic information from the given below table:

Name of the exam


Exam conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


National Level 

CDS Official website
Application Form
Active Soon
Exam Mode

Offline (Pen and Paper-based test)

Exam purpose

To admit the candidates into Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Air Force Academy (AFA)

Stay connected for CDS 2023 (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.


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CDS (2) Important Dates

Application form Date17 May - 06 Jun 2023
Exam Date03 Sep 2023

Combined Defence Services Examination (2) Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:1/3 marks will be deducted

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