CDS 2 2018 Notification and Exam Date [APPLY NOW]

CDS 2 2018 Notification published by UPSC on 08 Aug 2019. Candidates who are waiting to join the Indian Army Airforce and Navy after graduation can apply for the CDS 2 2018 written exam which is conducted by UPSC. The Indian armed forces always give the fair chances to the students. Starting from the age of maturity, they start with the NDA, TES and ends up to the T.A. examination. CDS is also a chance provided to the graduate candidates. UPSC conducts the exam and gives the chance to the candidates to join any of the three services as per their eligibility. A short summary of eligibility criteria for CDS 2 2018 is given below.PREPARE FOR THE CDS and SSB INTERVIEW

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates. No eAdmit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail i.d. while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

 

CDS 2 2018 Important Dates

CDS 2 2018 Notification Date 08 August 2018
CDS 2 2018 Last Date 04 September 2018  – Date extended
CDS 2 2018 Exam Date 18 November 2018
CDS 2 2018 Result Jan – Feb 2019
CDS 2 2018 SSB Interview Date April 2019 Onwards
CDS 2 2018 Final Merit List One month prior to joining
CDS 2 2018 Preparation Book Let’s Crack CDS Exam
CDS 2 2018 SSB Interview Book Let’s Crack SSB Interview

CDS 2 2018 No. of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun—147th (DE) Course commencing in July, 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in July, 2019 Executive (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing)].

45

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July, 2019 i.e. No. 206 F(P) Course. [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]

32

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 110th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October, 2019. (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ certificate holders for NCC Spl. Entry)

225

Officers Training Academy, Chennai—24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October, 2019.

12

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Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship – The eligibility of the exam is extended to the citizen of India subject of Bhutan, subject of Nepal, Tibetan Refugee or a person of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire or Vietnam.

Educational Qualification – The education qualification for all the services is different in CDS examination.

  • Army – For army, the candidate must have a graduate degree form a recognised university.
  • Navy – The candidate must possess a B.Tech / B.E. degree.
  • Air force – The candidates must either have a B.tech/ B.E. degree or a graduation degree with physics and maths studied as compulsory subjects in 10+2.

Age – The age range for CDS 2 2018 is different for all services.

  • For IMA-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000 only are eligible.
  •  For Indian Naval Academy- Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 2000 only are eligible.
  • 20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July, 1995 and not later than 1st July, 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July, 1993 and not later than 1st July, 1999) only are eligible.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 2000 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 July, 1994 and not later than 1st July, 2000.

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

Steps To Submit the Application Form

  • Go to upsconline.nic.in
  • Click on Part 1 and submit your personal and contact details.
  • Then set your preference for the academies as per your qualification and age.
  • Get your registration id and head to Part 2 of the application form.
  • Select the mode of depositing the fees of Rs. 200.
  • After depositing the fees, select your centre of examination.
  • Then upload our photo and signature in mentioned file size and dimensions.
  • Then check your declaration and submit the form.
  • Download a copy of the application form for future use.

Exam pattern

The exam is divided into 3 papers.

S. No. Paper Questions Marks Time
1 English 120 100 9 am-11 am(2 hours)
2 General Ability 120 100 12 am-2 pm(2 hours)
3 Maths 100 100 3 pm-5 pm  (2 hours)

The candidates, who have applied for IMA, AFA and NA have to attend all the 3 papers. While the candidates of OTA have to appear for the first 2 paper i.e. English and General Abilities.

The candidates have to get over the sectional cut off of every paper and a combined cut-off. The combined cut-off for all the academies is also different.

The candidates, who clear the exam will get their SSB on the basis of their marks scored and the preference they have filled in their application form (part 1)

Important dates

  • Date of notification – 8 August 2018
  • Last date of form submission – 3 September 2018
  • Date of examination – 18 November 2018

Conclusion – The CDS exam 2018 will be another crucial chance served by the UPSC for all those aspirants who have completed their graduation in distinct branches. It is the next opportunity for the candidates after NDA, which opens the gates for all the services. All that matters in the exam is the strategy you follow. So, prepare hard, focus on your weak points and clear it this time.

CDS 2 2018 Final Year Student – Can They Apply?

Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have  yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog up to the last semester / year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg ‘A’, CDSE Entry, West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi 110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled :

  • For admission to IMA on or before 1st July, 2019, Indian Naval Academy on or before 1st July, 2019 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th May, 2019.
  • For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st October, 2019.
  • Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
  • In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.
  • Candidates, who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester degree course are required to submit at the time of SSB interview a bonafide certificate issued by University/College stating that they will be able to submit their proof of passing the graduation degree examination by the specified date, failing which their candidature will be cancelled.
  • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
  • In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation/Ground Duty (Non Tech) Branches of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements.

CDS 2 2018 Application Fee

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or 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.

Below are the details on CDS 2 2018 exam pattern for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA with question papers, maximum marks and exam duration. Also, you can check the CDS 2 2018 detailed syllabus which will help you during CDS exam preparation. 

CDS 2 2018 SSBCrack
AFA, IMA, INA, OTA

CDS 2 2018 Exam Pattern – INA, IMA, AFA

Question Paper Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 2 Hours
Mathematics 100 2 Hours
General Knowledge (GK) 100 2 Hours

CDS 2018 Exam Pattern – OTA Chennai

Question Paper Maximum Marks Duration
General Knowledge (GK) 100 2 Hours
English 100 2 Hours

CDS 2 2018 Syllabus

Question Paper 

Topics

Mathematics

Number System, Unitary method compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation, Elementary Number Theory. H.C.F. and L.C.M, Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms, Algebra, trigonometry, geometry, areas, menstruation and statistics

GK

Current Affairs, Static GK, General science, Civics, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography

English

Basic grammar topics, comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, Para jumbles and error spotting.

CDS 2 2018 Selection Procedure

Candidates who will apply for the CDS 2 2018 exam successfully will be issues with an admit card to attempt the CDS 2 2018 exam on 18th Nov 2018. UPSC will publish the list of successful candidates who have cleared the CDS 2 2018 written exam in Jan – Feb 2019. All the candidates who have cleared the CDS 2 2018 written exam will be registering to join indian army website for their SSB interview date and once the SSB date selection is live, they can select their SSB interview date. Below is CDS 2 2018 selection procedure.

  • CDS 2 2018 written exam will be conducted.
  • Candidates who will clear the CDS 2 2018 written exam will be called for 5 Day SSB Interview.
  • Candidates will be allocated with SSB dates and Venue, same will be informed after the declaration of the result.
  • Candidates who clear the 5 Day SSB interview procedure will be going for a week-long medical examination.
  • UPSC will publish the merit list of successful candidates.
  • Candidates will get the join instructions of their respective academy based on the order of merit. 
  • To know more about 5 Day SSB interview get the books “Let’s Crack SSB interview” and “Breaking the Code of SSB Psychology

Around 2-3 lakh candidates will apply for the CDS 2 2018 written exam and around 10000- 15000 will be able to clear the written exam, out of all the successful candidates around 500-1000 candidates will only clear the SSB interview and Medical examination. Though the CDS exam is not that though at it consists of Maths, English, and GK, it can be cleared with better self-study and everyday practice. You can get the book ‘Let’s Crack CDS Exam’ for better practice. On the other hand, the main challenge is the 5 Day long SSB interview, this is something you need to prepare for, SSB interview is India’s one of the toughest interviews with very low success rate. Only best of best can make through it.

CDS Cut Off Marks 2018 :

You can find the details of CDS Cut off marks for IMA, OTA, AFA and INA. CDS Cut off marks will help you to understand the level of competition and you can prepare better for this exam when you know the benchmark. There won’t be much movement in the cut off marks if we go by the previous CDS cut off marks trends.

CDS 1 2018 Cut Off Marks [Expected]

S.No Academy Expected Cut Off
1 OTA (Women) 92
2 OTA (Men) 92
3 IMA 100
4 INA 99
5 IAF 120

CDS 2 2017 Cut Off Marks [Expected]: The cutoff of CDS 2 2017 exam has not been released by UPSC yet. Aspirants who appeared for CDS 2 2017 written exam can check the expected cut off below:

S.No Academy Expected Cut Off
1 OTA (Women) 95
2 OTA (Men) 95
3 IMA 115
4 INA 100
5 IAF 115

CDS 1 2017 Cut Off Marks [Expected]: The cutoff of CDS 1 2017 exam has not been released by UPSC yet. Aspirants who appeared for CDS 1 2017 written exam can check the expected cut off below:

S.No Academy Expected Cut Off
1 OTA (Women) 90
2 OTA (Men) 90
3 IMA 105
4 INA 100
5 IAF 120

CDS 2 2016 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 2 2016 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  105 marks (i.e. 35%) 227
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  90 marks (i.e. 30%) 225
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  135 marks (i.e. 45%) 258
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  72 marks (i.e. 36%) 157
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  72 marks (i.e. 36%) 159

CDS 1 2016 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 1 2016 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  72 214
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  63 217
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  123 249
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  68 150
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  68 157

CDS 2 2015 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 2 2015 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  105 marks (i.e. 35%) 227
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  99 marks (i.e. 33%) 227
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  138 marks (i.e. 46%) 269
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  84 marks (i.e. 42%) 166
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  84 marks (i.e. 42%) 170

CDS 1 2015 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 1 2015 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  102 marks (i.e. 35%) 225
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  99 marks (i.e. 33%) 225
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  129 marks (i.e. 46%) 264
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  86 marks (i.e. 42%) 168
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  86 marks (i.e. 42%) 172

CDS 2 2014 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 2 2014 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  99 marks (i.e. 33%) 224
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  93 marks (i.e. 31%) 224
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  129 marks (i.e. 43%) 257
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  86 marks (i.e. 43%) 168
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  86 marks (i.e. 43%) 170

CDS 1 2014 Cutoff Official: These are the official cut off marks of CDS 1 2014 exam published by UPSC

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  99  222
INA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  99 222
AFA 20  marks (i.e. 20%)  129 250
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  78 159
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%)  78  160

CDS 2013 Cutoff

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 111 marks( i.e 37%) 231
INA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 111 marks( i.e 37%) 231
AFA 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 135 marks (i.e. 45%) 266
OTA (Men) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 76 marks (i.e. 38%) 158
OTA (Women) 20 marks (i.e. 20%) 76 marks (i.e. 38%) 160

CDS 2012 Cutoff

    Written ExamResult Final Result
Academy Qualifying Marks in Each Subject Aggregate Marks of Last Qualified Candidate Marks of Last Recommended Candidate
IMA 12 114 237
INA 12 108 231
AFA 12 144 266
OTA (Men) 12 76 158
OTA (Women) 12 76 159

CDS Sectional Cut Off Marks

Course Minimum qualifying marks in each subject (may vary)
IMA 20 Marks (i.e. 20%)
INA 20 Marks (i.e. 20%)
AFA 20 Marks (i.e. 20%)
OTA Men 20 Marks (i.e. 20%)
OTA Women 20 Marks (i.e. 20%)

CDS 2 2018 Admit Card

Candidates who will apply for the CDS 2 2018 exam successfully will be getting their admit card a month prior to the exam date. To download the CDS 2 2018 admit card you need to visit the UPSC website and you can download your CDS 2 2018 admit card using your name and application number. The Union Public Service Commission will publish the CDS 2 2018 Call Letter in October 2018. Candidates who do not apply for the exam correctly might not get their admit card so do read the instructions before you apply.

Tips to Clear CDS 2 2018 Exam

    1. Know the syllabus first, candidates who are very good in general mathematics, English and GK, especially the freshers, never look and study the syllabus of CDS exam. Always study the syllabus of cds exam which will help you to understand what they might ask in cds exam paper. After you scan the whole cds exam syllabus, make sure you are filtering out topics where you do not need any preparation and you are 100% confident of clearing it, topics which you are not 100% confident are the one you want to prepare to clear CDS exam. Weed out the topics which you have zero knowledge on and keep them for last. So here the basic idea is to prepare as many as topics you can with 100% confident, even if you missed out 10% of the topics from Maths, English and GK it won’t affect you that much. To have better understanding of these topics, refer to the cds exam questions blueprint.
    2. Refer to previous question papers of cds exam; this method of preparation is followed by many successful candidates since many years. So always solve 10-15 previous question papers and find out where you are lacking, focus on topics which you are sure about and you will succeed without any doubt. 
    3. Consider various preparation sources like books, e-books, online preparation, online groups, blogs etc. This will make your preparation rock solid and you will also discover things which you are not aware of while preparing with the single source. So extend your horizon to discover more things related to cds exam preparation, you never know what advantage you will get by preparing with all other sources.
    4. Start well in advance and make a plan as to how you are going to prepare for cds exam, stick to your plan till the end. Most of the candidates who are good enough to clear the cds exam never realize the importance of time, at the last minute they misses out the revising topics which are very important for cds exam, this leads to sure shot failure. So always try to kick start your cds exam preparation as soon as you can.

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