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UPSC CDS Exam 2022 Notification: Exam Pattern, Age Limit etc


Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for the candidates who have passed graduation and are preparing to join the Indian Defence Services. It is a national exam to join an Indian Defence Services. In today’s article, we are going to give you information related to CDS Exam 2022. Under which you will get information about exam notification, exam pattern, age limit qualification, physical standard and application form submission.

The Combined Defence Services application forms are being issued by the Union Public Service Commission from 22 December 2021. The last date for this application form is 11 January 2022. In the Combined Defence Services exam, candidates have to appear in three question papers i.e. Paper I, Paper 2 and Paper 3 (but for OTA Only two papers). Let us know how you can apply for CDS Exam 2022 and what are criteria you will need?

What is the CDS Exam?

Candidates who want to make their career as an officer by getting training in Indian Air Force, Navy and Indian Army Academy. For them, the CDS exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, which consists of the preliminary and main examinations.

About to Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam 

Exam NameCombined Defence Services (CDS)
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
Level of ExamNational Level (Pan Indian)
Conduct in Year2 Times
Mode of PaperOffline
Application ModeOnline
Fees Structure for applicationGeneral/OBC:- 200
SC/ST/- Exempted
Female:- Exempted
Timing for Paper6 Hours (4 Hr for OTA)
Languages of PaperBoth (Hindi and English) expect English section)
Official Website

As mentioned above the CDS 2022 application form will be filled from 22nd December 2021 to 11th January 2022. Candidates have not filled this application form yet; they should fill their application form soon.

Notification of Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam 

The Combined Defence Services application form and exam date have been declared by the Union Public Service Commission. The first written exam of the CDS examination will be held on April 10. The candidates who could not appear in the CDS exam for the first time can appear in the CDS exam by filling the application form for the second time exam. The CDS 2 exam will probably be conducted in September. The application form for this exam will be filled from 18th May 2022.

Registration Start form22nd December 202118th May 2022
Last date for filling the application form11th January 202214th June 2022
Admit card releaseMarch 2022August 2022
Exam date10th April 202204th September 2022
Result announcedMay 2022 (Expected)October 2022 (Expected)

Number of Vacancy in CDS-1

Many vacancies are announced for different posts by the Union Public Service Commission to conduct the CDS exam every year. In this examination to be held in the year 2022, the examination will be conducted for a total of 464 posts. To get more information for the posts, once you must check the notification of CDS.

Name of postVacancy
Officers Training Academy (OTA) for Men175
Officers Training Academy (OTA) Non- Technical for Women12
Indian Air Force Academy (AFA)32
Indian Military Academy (IMA)200
Indian Naval Academy (INA)45
Total Post464

CDS Exam Eligibility:-

Name of postEducation Eligibility
Indian Air Force Academy (AFA)Bachelor’s Degree with Maths and Physics or Bachelor in Engineering with relatives stream
Indian Military Academy (IMA)Bachelor’s Degree with Any Subject
Indian Military Academy (INA)Bachelor in Engineering  with relatives stream
Officers Training Academy (OTA)Bachelor’s Degree with Any Subject

To fill the application form, it is mandatory for the candidates to fulfil the criteria asked in the examination. Below we are giving you information about the eligibility criteria related to the exam.


  • Candidates must be of Indian origin to fill this application form. Apart from this, persons who are residents of Nepal or Bhutan can also fill this application form.
  • Candidates who are permanent Indian but are residents of Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, Burma, Sri Lanka, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Malawi, Burma, Zambia or Ethiopia for any reason. They can also fill this application form.
  • Such Tibetan refugees who have settled in India before 1 January 1962 are also valid for this application form.

Age Limit:-

  • Unmarried candidates are eligible to fill the application form of CDS 2022. The candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2002. This is valid for all candidates Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Army Academy.
  • Women who are unmarried, widowed, divorced and not remarried and who were born not earlier than 1st July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002 can also fill this application form. Such women candidates can be appointed for non-technical courses in Officer Training Academy under Short Selection Service.

Exam Pattern of CDS Exam 2022

CDS 2022 exam is a national level exam. To qualify in this exam, the candidate has to qualify for the preliminary and main examination. The mode of examination is completely offline and each paper in this examination consists of 100 questions. Thus the question paper consists of a total of 300 questions and the total time to solve it is 2 hours. For every wrong answer, one-third of the marks will be deducted as a penalty.

You can easily understand the exam pattern from the table given below.

Pattern of CDSDetails
Mode of ExaminationOffline
Questions typesMCQs Based
Total Numbers of Questions300
Section in Paper3
Marking of Each Question1 mark
Timing2 hour (120 min)
Cut mark for each Wrong Question0.33 Marks

In the examination of CDS, the examination is conducted for two departments, in which the Military Forces Academy and the Officers Training Academy examination are conducted. Below we are giving you information about the pattern of question papers asked in both the different exams.

Exam Pattern of CDS Exam 2022 – OTA

In the Officer Training Academy exam, a total of 300 questions are asked from the candidates in Mathematics, General Knowledge and English subject, the total duration of the exam is 2 hours.

SubjectTimeMaximum Marks
General Knowledge (GK)2Hr100
Total Time4 hours200

Exam Pattern of CDS Exam 2022 – IMA, INA and AFA

To appear in the Indian Air Force Academy, Indian Military Academy and Indian Naval Academy examinations, candidates must have basic knowledge of Mathematics, General Knowledge and English. The question paper consists of 300 questions of multiple choice type and each section has a given fixed time.                                    

SubjectTimeMaximum Marks
General Knowledge (GK)2Hr100
Elementary Mathematics2Hr100
Total Time6 hours300

Exam Syllabus of CDS Exam 2022 – IMA, INA, AFA and OTA

The question paper of IMA, INA and AFA in the CDS exam consists of three sections and OTA has two sections. Below we have given you the information about the topics asked for all three sections.

SubjectTopics Related to Exam
General Knowledge (GK)History of India, Biology, Polity, Physics, Current Affairs, Sports, Culture of India, Books name and authors, Geography, Scientific Aspects, Chemistry and Awards etc.
EnglishBasic Grammar, Idioms, Phrases, Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Order, Ordering of words, Jumbled Sentences, Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, One-word substitution, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Improvement, Error Spotting, Sentence, Arrangement Questions.
MathematicsTrigonometry Table’s value and their Identities, Speed and Distance related question like Sin x, Tan x, Cos x when f (n) <x<900. Roots and cubes, Basic Operations, LCM, HCF, Simple factor, Polynomial, Practical problems Belong to two linear equations, Laws of indices, Rational Expressions, Linear equations in two variables. Number System, Natural Numbers, Real Numbers, Prime Number, Rational Numbers, Addition, Multiplication, Division, Subtraction, Integers, Square roots, Cube roots, Divisibility, Factorization, Multiples and Factors, Time and Distance, Percentage, Time and Work, Fraction, Number Theory, Ratio and Proportion, Composite Number, Logarithms, Factorization Theorem, Laws of Logarithm, Profit and Loss, Unitary Method, Decimal, Fundamental Operations, Euclidean Algorithm.Properties of angles, Parallel Lines, Congruence of triangles, Square and Rectangle, Lovi, Similar Triangles, Similar Triangles, Parallel lines, Medians and Altitudes, Properties of Circles.Area, Surface area, volume, the lateral surface area of Geometrical Shape.Histogram, Graphical representation, bar graph, Polygons, Pie Chart, collection of Statistical data.

The process to apply for CDS Exam 2022:-

If you are going to appear in the CDS exam for the first time and are interested to fill the application form. So we are sharing with you some important information related to filling the application form below. To fill the application form, you have to follow the following steps:-

  • First of all you have to visit the official website of Union Public Service Commission.
  • There you will see an option to apply. Click on that option.
  • If you are registering for the first time then click on new registration and complete your registration process.
  • After giving the general information, you will receive the registration number and password on your email id.
  • After collecting the received information, go to the official website again and click on Part 2 to check your application form.
  • To fill the application form the candidate has to fill his/her general personal and academic information.
  • Set the size and format of the photograph asked for in the application form and try to have a recent scanned photograph and signature.
  • On the next step, select the exam center and proceed with the application form.Before submitting the application form, once you must take a print out to check the filled application form.
  • After verifying all the details submit the application form.
  • You can pay the fees asked for the application form through the online payment process.
  • Make sure to take a printout of the payment submitted by you so that you can get information about your application form and application form in future with the help of fee receipt.

Physical Standard for CDS 2022 Exam:-

To apply in CDS the minimum height of candidates required is 157 (for Navy) and 162.5 for Air Force. For more information about height and age, you can refer to the table given below.

Height in Centimetres (Without shoes)Weight in Kgs.
 18 years20 years22 years24 years

For Females:-

Height in Centimetres (Without shoes)Weight in Kgs.
 20 years25 years30 years

Weight Parameters


CCDS Visual Parameters

Vision standards for Naval candidates

Uncorrected without glasses6/12, 6/12
Corrected with glasses6/6, 6/6
Limits of Myopia-1.5D
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5D
Binocular VisionIII
Limits of Colour PerceptionI

For Other Academies

VisionUncorrected VA 6/60 & 6/60 BCVA 6/6 & 6/6 Myopia -3.50 D Sph including astigmatism, Hypermetropia +3.50 D Sph including Astigmatism
Colour perceptionCP-II

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