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CDS Exam 2022: Notification, Check Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Cut-off & Selection Process, etc.

CDS Exam 2022

UPSC CDS notification 2022 for Combined Defence Service Examination (I) is released by the Union Public Service Commission at upsc.gov.in on 22 December 2021 and the online registration process has also been started from the same day. The last date for the application process has been scheduled for 11th January 2022. The CDS 01/2022 Exam has been scheduled for 10th April 2022 as per UPSC Exam calendar. So students who wish to join Defence services have to start preparing for the exam 4 to 5 months prior to exam notification by self study or joining any CDS coaching institutes.

CDS Exam will be conducted every year twice for the aspirants who desire to begin their career in the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Air Force (AFA), Indian Naval Academy (INA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). The candidates who qualifying in the written test will be called for an interview round (SSB) and medical examination for final selection. We have covered each and every detail regarding the CDS Exam 2022, like important dates, eligibility, number of vacancies, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, etc.

CDS Exam 2022 Notification

As per the UPSC calendar, the detailed advertisement and Official notification for the CDS 1 2022 Notification is be released on 22nd December 2022 by UPSC (upsc.gov.in). The direct link to check the CDS 2022 exam notification pdf is given below.

UPSC CDS 01/2022 Exam Dates

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the CDS Exam, will publish the official notification of the CDS 2022 exams on its official website as per the UPSC Calendar. The important dates concerning UPSC CDS 1 2022 exams are as follows:

UPSC CDS (I) 2022 Dates.

Events Respective dates 
Official notification release date
CDS 1 2022 Notification
22nd December 2021
Submission of online application form started from 22nd December 2021
Last date for submitting of application form 11th January 2022
Withdrawal of application 18.01.2022 to 24.01.2022 till 6.00 PM
Admit card will be issued three weeks prior to the exam date
Entrance exam date 10th April 2022
Result Announcement May 2022

CDS Exam 01 2022 Vacancy

For the CDS 1 Exam, a total of 341 vacancies are announced for Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. Have a look at the CDS-1 Vacancy distribution for reference.

CDS 1 2022 Vacancy

Name of the academy Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men 170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women 17
Total Vacancies 339

CDS Exam 2022 Selection Procedure

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts will be conducted on the basis of:

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

Educational qualification

  • For Indian Military Academy and Officers’ Training Academy– A degree holder from a recognized university or equivalent will be eligible.
  • For Indian Naval Academy– A degree holder in Engineering from a recognized university/Institution will be eligible.
  • Air Force Academy– Bachelor of Engineering or a degree holder from any recognized university with Physics and Mathematics at intermediate (10+2) level.
  • Candidates who are in the final semester/year of a degree course can also apply provided that they should submit the provisional certificate of graduation at the time of the interview or at the time of commencement of course.

CDS Exam 2022 Online Application

The online registration procedure for the CDS I Exam 2022 has been scheduled for 22nd December 2021 to 11th January 2022. The Online Applications can be filled up to 11th January 2022 till 6:00 pm. The candidates interested to join Armed Forces must apply much before the last date to avoid any last-minute hassle. The direct link for CDS 1 registration is given below. All eligible candidates can apply online for the CDS I exam 2022 by clicking on the link given below.

Register for CDS 1 Exam 2022 [Direct Link to Apply Online]

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Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status


Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January 2004 only are eligible.

For Indian Naval Academy

Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible.

For Air Force Academy

20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2023 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January 2003 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2003 only are eligible.

Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during the training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.

For Officers’ Training Academy

 (SSC Course for men) For OTA unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible.

For Officers’ Training Academy

(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January, 2004.

NOTE : Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried males for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

CDS Exam 2022 Application Fee

To complete the registration process for the CDS 2022 exam, one needs to pay the application fee of Rs. 200/-. However, all the female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST category are exempted from paying the application fee. One can make payment of fee using Net Banking, Debit Card/Credit Card or by cash at SBI Bank.

CDS 2022 Application Form

All the candidates should ensure their eligibility is as per the criteria mentioned in the notification (please go through CDS 1 2022 Notification before filling the form). The application form will consist of two parts i.e. Part-I and Part-II. In Part I aspirants have to complete the registration process while Part II deals with uploading of photos and payment of fee. Candidates need to go through both parts in order to submit the application form.

  • The notification for submission of the online application form for both CDS- I 2022 and CDS-II 2022 exam will be published on the official website of the UPSC.
  • The registration process for CDS (I) and CDS (II) 2022 exams will commence from 22 December 2021 and 18 May 2022 respectively.
  • UPSC CDS (I) 2022 application form can be submitted via online mode only  at the official website.
  • Aspirants have to visit the official website of the UPSC for registration.
  • The registration process will consist of two parts i.e. Part-I and Part-II.
  • Provide complete information such as personal details, education qualification, and address, etc. in the application form.
  • Ensure e-mail ID and mobile number provided during registration must be functional.
  • Upload photograph and signature in the prescribed format as it is an important part of the application form.
  • Also, pay the requisite application fee through online mode.
  • Now, submit the application form and take at least one printout of the same for future reference.

CDS Exam Registration process

Follow the steps as mentioned below to complete your CDS 1 Exam Registration process.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. www.upsc.gov.in or directly apply from the link given above.

Step 2: On the homepage, click on Examination >> Active Examinations >> Online Application For UPSC CDS 1 Exam.

Step 3: Click on “Part-1” against Combined Defence Examination (I) 2022

Step 4: Read all the instructions carefully and proceed by clicking on “Yes”

Step 5: You will be redirected to a new page, start filling in your details correctly.

Step 6: Select your preferences carefully and continue to Part-II.

Step 7: Pay the required application fee through online/offline mode as discussed above.

Step 8: Select the desired examination center from the list.

Step 9: Upload scanned documents as required in the application form.

Step 10: Check all the details and click on “Submit”. Download a copy of the application form for future reference.

CDS Exam Cut-Off

UPSC releases cut-off marks for CDS Exam on its official website. The candidates must score the minimum qualifying marks (i.e. 20 marks minimum in each subject) and for selection must score more than the cut-off marks. UPSC releases CDS written exam cut-off and final cut-off separately. The final cut-off for CDS 2 is expected to be out in May 2022. Check the previous year’s cut-off marks for your reference.

CDS-I Cut off 2021

Academy Written Exam (Expected)
IMA 125 (115 to 125)
INA 118 (105 to 120)
AFA 143 (135 to 145)
OTA (Men) 93 (<95)
OTA(Women) 93 (<95)

CDS-I Cut off 2020

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA 130 250
INA 118 242
AFA 143 274
OTA (Men) 93 173
OTA(Women) 93 177

CDS- II Exam Cutoff marks 2020

Academy Written Test*
IMA 263
INA 257
IFA 279
OTA (Men) 179
OTA (Women) 178

(*Aggregate marks of the last selected candidate)

CDS II 2019 Cutoff

Academy  Written Exam Final Exam 
IMA 134 marks (i.e. 44.67%)  258 
INA 122 marks (i.e. 40.67%)  245 
AFA 148 marks (i.e. 49.33%)  272 
OTA (Men) 95 marks (i.e. 47.5%)  176 
OTA(Women)  95 marks (i.e. 47.5%)  179 

CDS Examination Centre

The Combined Defence Services Examination will be held at various centers. The candidate has to choose their preferred center while filling their CDS application form as per CDS 1 2022 Notification.

Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji (Goa)
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Gwalior Prayagraj (Allahabad)
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 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 Warangal

Pay scale of Officers

Pay scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy

Rank Level (Pay in Rs.)

Lieutenant Level 10 56,100 -1,77,500

Captain Level 10 B 61,300- 1,93,900

Major Level 11 69,400 – 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A 1,21,200 – 2,12,400

Colonel Level 13 1,30,600-2, 15,900

Brigadier Level 13A 1,39,600-2,17,600

Major General Level 14 1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15 1, 82, 200-2,24,100

HAG+Scale Level 16 2,05,400 – 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 2,25,000/-(fixed)

COAS Level 18 2,50,000/-(fixed)

MSP to the officer is as follows:-

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 i.e. during training period at IMA and OTA.– Rs 56,100/-p.m.* (Starting pay in Level 10)

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