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UPSC CDS Exam-I (414 Post) Vacancy Notification Apply Online --UPSC Combined Defence Service Exam II Recruitment 2017:  Union Public Service Commission has announced a notification for the recruitment of Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2018 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course) Vacancy at 414 Posts. Interested candidates may apply by 4th December 2017.

Educational Qualifications

  • 1. Candidates should possess Degree of a recognized University or equivalent for S.No-1, Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/ Institution for S.No-2, Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering for S.No-3 Posts.
  • 2. To know education qualification details go to the official.

Age Limitations

  • To know age limit details go to the official.

Union Public Service Commission CDS Exam I Recruitment 2017 Notification – UPSC CDS Exam-I 2018 414 Post Apply Online

Important Dates

  • 1. Notification Date:- 8th November 2017.
  • 2. Last Date for Submission of Application:-4th December 2017.
  • 3. Last Date for Fee Payment:- 4th December 2017.
  • 4. Admit Card issued for CDS Exam paper:- Last week of January 2018
  • 5. CDS Exam Date 2018:- 4th February 2018

Fee Details Information

  • 1. Candidates Application Fee:- Rs. 200/-
  • 2. For Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates Application Fee:- Rs NiL.

How To Apply

  • Eligible candidates may apply online through the official website from 4th December 2017 or Click on the below How to Apply links.

Selection Procedure

  • Candidates will be selected based on Written Exam, Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test, Document Verification.

 Officials Notification

How to Apply 

  • UPSC Combined Defence Service Exam (I) Apply Online or New Registration from here:  Apply Online

Admit Card / Result

  • UPSC Combined Defence Service Exam (I) you can take print out of your Admit Card or Result from here:-
  •  Admit Card
  •  Result 
  • Interview


Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

Age Limit

Indian Military Academy 19–24 years [1]
Air Force Academy 19–24 years [2]
Naval Academy 19–22 years [3]
Officers’ Training Academy 19–25 years

Scheme of Examination

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy
All the papers are of objective type.

Subject Marks
English 100
General Knowledge 100
Elementary Mathematics 100
Total 300

Officers' Training Academy
All the papers are of objective type.

Subject Marks
English 100
General Knowledge 100
Total 200

Candidates successful in the written exam are then called for an interview by a Services Selection Board which evaluates a candidate's suitability for a career in the Indian Armed Forces. The SSB interview lasts for approximately a week, during which a candidate undergoes various physical and psychological tests to ascertain whether or not he is officer material. Apart from SSB interview, Air Force academy candidates (only those who have applied for flying branch) are tested for PABT. After these tests, candidates undergone medical examination before finally admitted into the above-mentioned academies, and after successful completion of training, they are inducted into the armed forces.

Armed forces offer very exciting career to young men and women in several fields. Career in the force is also an adventure in itself. To ensure that appropriate candidates are chosen, a comprehensive selection process is adopted by the armed forces through Service Selection Board (SSB) interview. 

This system of selection is based on the “trait theory” of leadership which assumes that every leader must have some specific and pre-determined leadership traits. It also presumes that such traits can be acquired by a candidate with the passage of time meaning thereby that a person once rejected in an SSB interview is likely to succeed if he acquires some of the traits with the passage of time. 

The present system of selection, although is long and takes four to five days, is thus based on an objective assessment of each candidate in which the qualities like initiative, alertness, judgement, courage, physical fitness endurance, cooperation, group planning, decisiveness, knowledge, etc. are judged. In addition, psychological and mental robustness of the candidate vis-a-vis requirements of the Armed Forces is judged and finally an overall assessment of the personality of a candidate is made by way of an exhaustive personal interviews.


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