CDS Exam Eligibility

The UPSC organize a Combined Defence Services Examination for recruiting the intelligent and confident peoples for different vacancies in the field of defence services. CDS Exam is conducted two times in a year which provides opportunities to all people to pursue a career which helps them to serve for the nation. The eligible candidates may apply for the test.

CDS Exam Eligibility details will define all the conditions necessary to sit in the examination.


  • An aspirant must be either Indian, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India with the intention of permanent staying in India before January 1st, 1962, or
  • An aspirant of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Srilanka, Burma or East African countries of Kenya, The United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently staying  in India.

Age Limit:

  • For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy: Unmarried male applicants born not earlier or later than date specified under current notification by UPSC regarding CDS exam.
  • For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male aspirants (Married or Unmarried) born not earlier or later than date range provided in notification.

CDS Exam Criteria for Girls:

For  Officers Training Academy (OTA) Only (SSC  Women Non technical Course): The unmarried girls are only applicable for the Officers Training Academy and should have been born not earlier or later than dates provided in latest notification.

CDS Exam Eligibility for Women:

For  Officers Training Academy (OTA) Only (SSC  Women Non technical Course): The issue less widows and the issue less divorcees who have not remarried and should have been born not earlier or later than dates provided in latest notification.

Educational Qualification:

  • For IMA and OTA: The aspirants should possess graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute. 
  • For INA: The aspirants must have a degree in Engineering.
  • For Air Force Academy: The aspirants should have passed 12th standard with Physics and Mathematics and having a degree from a recognized university or bachelor’s degree in engineering / technology.

Physical Standard:

The applicants must be physically fit as per physicals standards for seeking admission to the Combined Defense Services Examination.

The aspirants must fulfill all these eligibility profiles for applying to sit in the examination. The applicants need to read out all these instructions carefully.

  1. what is eligibility for IMA ? I am a arts graduate from Allahabad University with 62% marks in final year, can I apply for the CDS exam to join I Military Academy ? Please help sir, I need to join Military

  2. Hi me in final year of Graduation, My subjects are Philosophy and Hindi, I am studying in Nagpur University Maharashtra, can I apply for CDS exam? Can a girl join Indian Military academy or not, what if I will not secure first division in my final year of graduation? is there any minimum percentage as educational qualification to apply for CDS? please reply to my mail id

  3. Hi! This is Sayeed. I’ve got first class marks(above 60%) in B.Sc(phy,math). Am I eligible for cds exam? I’m very eagar to join Air Force Academi. Please reply me.

  4. Sir, i’m abdul kader gazi from west bengal. My hight is 163.5 cm. Am i able to give the CDS exam for Indian Airforce Academy? Kindly reply me sir…
    I’m waiting for your answer.

  5. I have completed engineering with first class and i have’t studied HSc but instead of it i Have studied DIPLOMA… i eligible to join Airforce as a pilot??

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