Check UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2017 here: –
Union Public Services Commission conducts Combined Defence Services Exam twice every year. They are organized in February and October/ November every year. About three lakh candidates apply for it. Therefore it is important for applicants to know about the latest UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2017. It covers a vast spectrum of details like UPSC CDS Age Limit, age relaxation, citizenship. However the most important aspects are CDS Educational Qualifications & CDS Physical Standards.
This exam is conducted to recruit men and women into the three arms of the Indian defence forces. They are commissioned as Officers in Air-Force, Army or Navy as the case may be. But before commissioning they pass through a training period in respective academies. They are IMA (Dehradun), AFA (Hyderabad), OTA (Chennai) and INA (Ezhimala).
CDS Eligibility Criteria 2017 | Are you eligible for CDS Exam?
UPSC CDS Age Limit | CDS Educational Qualifications | CDS Physical Standards
The main points of the eligibility criteria of any exam in defence forces are age, education and physique. CDS Exam is no different. We will soon update about the exam pattern of CDS Exam. Here in this article we have explained the qualifying factors required to apply for this exam. However the physical standards are only examined when you qualify the written and interview part. You need to be an unmarried graduate if below 25 years.
Read the following headings carefully. All aspects of CDS Eligibility Criteria 2016 have been explained below.
The most basic but least bothered point about UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2017 is Nationality or Citizenship. For UPSC CDS Eligibility the applicant must be of an Indian identity. A candidate must be either a Citizen of India or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Moreover it may be a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. However in that case they must have a certificate from the Government of India.
UPSC CDS Age Limit
Age Limit | Gender | Marital Status
As you already know that you have to choose one out of three services (Army, Navy & Air-Force) in the application form of CDSE. These services are associated to their respective academies in which future potential Officers are trained. They are as given below.
|Sr No||Service||Training Academy||Place||Type of Commission|
|1||Indian Army||Indian Military Academy||Dehradun||Permanent|
|2||Indian Army||Officers’ Training Academy||Chennai||Short Service|
|3||Indian Navy||Indian Naval Academy||Ezhimala||Permanent|
|4||Indian Air-Force||Air-Force Academy||Hyderabad||Permanent|
Accordingly there is different UPSC CDS age limit for each training academy as follows.
1) For IMA: – Candidate should be an unmarried male born not earlier than 02 January 1994 and not later than 01 January 1999.
2) For Indian Naval Academy: – Candidate should be an unmarried male born not earlier than 02 January 1994 and not later than 01 January 1999.
3) For Air Force Academy: – Candidate should be between 20 to 24 years as on 01 January 2018. He should not be born not earlier than 02 January 1994 and not later than 01 January 1998.
Age Relaxation (only for AFA): – Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 years. So he must be born not earlier than 02 January 1992 and not later than 01 January 1998.
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 training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
4) For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men): – Applicant must be a male born not earlier than 02 January 1993 and not later than 01 January 1999. Both married or unmarried males are eligible.
5) For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for women): – Applicant must be unmarried woman born not earlier than 02 January 1993 and not later than 01 January 1999. Moreover issue-less widows who have not remarried or issue-less divorcees who have not remarried are eligible. However they must be in possession of divorce documents.
NOTE: – Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried for IMA/INA/AFA courses.
CDS Educational Qualifications
IMA | AFA | INA | OTA
Just like the UPSC CDS age limit, the CDS Educational Qualifications are different for each of the training academies. Although the candidate must be a graduate the details of CDS educational qualifications are listed below.
1) For IMA and OTA: – Candidate should have a graduation degree from a recognised university or equivalent.
2) For INA: – Candidate should have a degree in Engineering from a recognized university or institution.
3) For AFA: – Candidate should have a graduation degree from a recognised university (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) OR Bachelor of Engineering.
Graduates with first choice as Army or Navy or Air Force must submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the interview at the SSB.
Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester of Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply. However they should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared. They must submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of SSB.
CDS Physical Standards
Army | Navy | Air-Force
Since a healthy mind lies in a healthy body. First of all the candidate must be physically fit. The CDS physical standards are discussed below.
A number of qualified candidates are rejected subsequently on medical grounds. Candidates are, therefore, advised in their own interest to get themselves medically examined before submitting their applications to avoid disappointment at the final stage.
- The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease or disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.
- There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over-weight.
- The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cm. (157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cm for Air Force).
- For Women candidate minimum acceptable height is 152 cm.
- However for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less.
- Consequently Lakshadweep candidates’ height is relaxable by 2cm.
Height and Weight Standards (Males)
|Height (in cm)||18 years (weight in kg)||20 years (weight in kg)||22 years (weight in kg)|
|152||44 (45 for Navy)||46||47|
|155||46||48 (47 for Navy)||49|
Height and Weight Standards (Females)
|Height (in cm)||20 years (weight in kg)||25 years (weight in kg)||30 years (weight in kg)|
Some Important Points of CDS Physical Standards.
- Wax in ears.
- Developed chest. Minimum range of expansion should be 5 cm.
- No disease of bone or joints.
- No history of mental breakdown or fits.
- Normal hearing. Ability to hear forced whisper at 610 cm.
- No sign of functional or organic disease related to heart.
- Blood pressure should be normal.
- No abnormality in urine examination.
- Inguinal hernia (un-operated) will be a cause for rejection.
- No hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
- Well developed abdominal muscles.
- No sever skin disease.
- Healthy eye-sight.
- Female candidates must not be pregnant.
- Army may consider candidates with LASIK/ LASER surgery.
- Hearing standards (speech and audiometric).
- Routine ECG and X-ray.
- Spinal cord should be healthy.
Although we have tried to cover all the major aspects of CDS physical standards but the final decision regarding that rests with the Services Medical Board.
Physical Conditioning: – Since health is wealth. Hence prospective candidates should keep themselves in good physical condition. Therefore you should follow a good schedule.
(a) Practice running 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes.
(b) Also practice skipping using a skipping rope.
(c) Do minimum 20 push-ups & sit-ups each in every physical exercise routine.
(d) Complete at least 8 chin-ups every time you workout.
(e) Consequently do 3 to 4 metres rope climbing.
Application Fee: –
Applicants need to pay a consolidated fee of Rs 200 for the exam. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Further SC/ ST/ female candidates do not have to pay any fee.
We hope that we have cleared most of your queries related to CDS eligibility criteria. However if you still have any doubt relating to UPSC CDS eligibility in UPSC CDS age limit or CDS educational qualifications you may ask them. Further to know any specific or critical information about CDS physical standards like eye-sigh for air-force etc please comment below.
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