CDS Exam 2024: Notification, Exam Date, Syllabus, Application Form

The official notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (1) 2024 was released by the Union Public Service Commission on December 20, 2023. Aspiring candidates can submit their applications on or before January 09, 2024.

CDS 2024 Notification

For those aspiring to join the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, or Officers Training Academy, the application form is accessible on the UPSC website from December 20, 2023, to January 09, 2024.

Exam nameCDS Exam 2024
Organization UPSC 
Application Form Date From December 20, 2023, to January 09, 2024.
Application LinkCheck Here
Exam Date On April 21, 2024

UPSC CDS 2024 Eligibility 

Find the eligibility criteria for the CDS 1 2023 Exam, including educational qualifications and age limits, in the table below.

AcademyEducation QualificationAge Limit
Indian Military Academy (IMA)Bachelor’s degree from a UGC-recognized university.19 to 24 years (born between Jan 2, 2000, and Jan 1, 2005)
Indian Naval Academy (INA)BE from a UGC-recognized university.19 to 24 years (born not earlier than Jan 2, 2000, and not later than Jan 1, 2005)
Air Force Academy (AFA)Intermediate with Physics, Mathematics, and BE pursued.20 to 24 years (born between Jan 2, 2000, and Jan 1, 2004)
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for MenCandidates need a UGC-recognized Bachelor’s degree in any stream19 to 25 years (born not earlier than Jan 2, 1999, and not later than Jan 1, 2005)
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Women19 to 25 years (born between Jan 2, 1999, and Jan 1, 2005)

UPSC CDS 2024 Physical Standard

Check the table for the Physical Standard details of the Combined Defense Services (1) 2024 Exam to access all the information.

ParameterMen (Except for Air Force)Women (Except for the Air Force)Men (For Air Force)Women (For Air Force)
Height157.5 cm152 cm162.5 cm (for Ground Duty)152 cm (for Ground Duty)
WeightProportionate to the height and age
Chest81 centimetres with a minimum expansion of only 5 centimetres 81 centimetres with a minimum expansion of only 5 centimetres 
Vision6/6 in an eye and 6/9 in the other one without glasses.

UPSC CDS Exam Date 2024

The UPSC has shared crucial information about the UPSC CDS 1 2024 exam dates on its official website,, through the UPSC Calendar for 2024. The CDS 1 2024 Exam is scheduled for April 21, 2024. To keep candidates informed about essential events, the table below highlights key dates for UPSC CDS 1 2024.

UPSC CDS 1 Exam Date 2024

Official Notification Release20th December 2023
Online Registration Start20th December 2023
Online Registration Last09th January 2024
Number of Vacancies457
Admit Card Release3 weeks before exam
CDS 1 2024 Exam Date21st April 2024 (Sunday)
Result Release DateTo be updated

UPSC CDS 2 Exam Date 2024

Stay informed about CDS 2 Exam 2024 dates to not miss important events. The official CDS 2 2024 notification will be released on May 15, 2024, on

Official Notification Release Date (CDS 2)15th May, 2024
Online Registration Start Date (CDS 2)15th May, 2024
Online Registration Last Date (CDS 2)04th Jun, 2024
Number of Vacancies (CDS 2)To be updated
Admit Card Release Date (CDS 2)3 weeks before the exam
CDS 2 2024 Exam Date1st September 2024 (Sunday)
Result Release Date (CDS 2, To be updated)
Official Website (CDS 2)

With the UPSC CDS exam dates in 2024 announced, start your preparations now. The CDS admit card will be released three weeks before the exam, a crucial step to remember for well-informed and organized exam preparation.

CDS Syllabus 2024

Name of the ExamCombined Defence Forces (CDS)
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Conducted in A YearTwice a Year
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
MediumHindi or English
Number of QuestionsIMA/INA/AFA – 300
OTA – 200
Time Duration2 hours for each paper
Negative MarkingYes (1/3rd deducted for every wrong answer)

CDS Exam 2024 Vacancy

New vacancies for the CDS 1 2024 exam for the course starting in January 2025 have been revealed in the official CDS 1 Notification 2024. This year, 457 vacancies are available for the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy. Check the vacancy distribution below.

Name of the academyNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
158th (DE) Course commencing in January 2025 
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
Course commencing in January 2025
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
Training Course commencing in January 2025
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men
121st SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course Commencing in April 2025
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women
35th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2025
Total Vacancies457

UPSC CDS 2024 Exam Pattern

Exam pattern data for Combined Defence Services (1) 2023 can be seen in the table below.

Exam ModeOffline
Number of Papers3 subjects: English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
Total MarksEnglish: 100 General Knowledge: 100 Elementary Mathematics: 100
Duration2 hours for each paper
LanguageEnglish for each paper
SectionsEnglish, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics
Type of QuestionsObjective type
Negative Marking1/3rd mark deducted for each incorrect answer
Marking Scheme+1 mark for each correct answer

How to apply for UPSC CDS 2024?

To apply online for UPSC CDS 2024, follow the step-by-step instructions.

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘Combined Defense Services (1) 2024’.
  3. Choose ‘Apply Online.’
  4. Fill in details and upload documents.
  5. Pay ₹200 fee for UR/OBC.
  6. Submit.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the UPSC CDS 1 exam date 2024?

The CDS 1 2024 exam is slated for April 21, 2024.

What is the exam date for UPSC CDS exam 2 2024?

The CDS 2 2024 exam is set for September 1, 2024.

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