CDS 2022: Admit Card (Released), Exam Dates (Out), Eligibility, Pattern

CDS 2022 Admit card has been released on 14th March 2022 and the last date to download admit card is till 10th April 2022. UPSC is going to be conducting CDS 2022 examination to select the eligible candidates for Indian army, navy, air force and officer’s training academies. The exam is held twice a year- within the month of February and November. Candidates are going to be able to apply for the test in on-line mode from November 2019 and August 2022 for February and Nov test respectively.

The test are going to be conducted in pen and paper mode and the qualifying candidates are going to be shortlisted for interview. Qualifying the interview will make the candidates eligible for selection in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA).

CDS 2022 Notification: Admit Card released

CDS 2022 Admit card has been released on 14th March 2022 and the last date to download admit card is till 10th April 2022. Click here to check Admit card details.

CDS 2022 Application Form has been released and can be filled till 11th January 2022. Click here for application form details.

CDS 2022 Highlights:

Exam Name Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination
Conducting body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Application mode Online
Mode of Exam  Offline
Exam Date To be Announced
Selection process Written test and SSB interview
Official website

CDS 2022 Quick Links:

Application Form/Registration Click Here
How to Fill Application Form Click Here
Eligibility Criteria Click Here
Syllabus Click Here
Exam Pattern Click Here
Admit Card Click Here
Exam Center Click Here
Result Click Here
CDS Salary, Perks, Allowances Click Here

No.8/2/2021.E.I(B)— Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2022 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 10th April, 2022 for admission to the under mentioned courses :—

Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies:

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun        — 100
154th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’
Certificate (Army Wing) holders].
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala       — Course 22
commencing in January, 2023 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry ) holders ].
3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad            — (Pre-Flying) 32
Training Course commencing in January, 2023 i.e. No. 213 F(P) Course. [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)           —170
117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April, 2023.
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)                -17
31st SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April, 2023.

NOTE (i) : The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.
NOTE (ii) : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services H. Q.

CDS 2022 Major Highlights:

The candidates applying for the examination ought to make sure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions to appear for the examination.
All the candidates are needed to provide valid & active e-mail id in application form as the Commission may contact the candidates through them.
In case of any question regarding application, candidature etc. The candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter.
Except Indian national candidates, a certificate of eligibility is a must to carry by other candidates.
All the documents like application form, admit card, result, etc ought to be kept safe until the method of selection is over.
All communications to the Commission ought to contain name & year of the exam, roll number (if received), registration id, candidate’s full name (block letters), postal address as in application , if any.
In case of multiple applications, the one with the higher rid of(Registration ID) are going to be considered.
Once applications are submitted, candidature can’t be withdrawn under any circumstances.

CDS Important Dates 2022:

Events For CDS 1 For CDS 2
Official Notification 22nd December 2021 June 2022
The application process starts with 22nd December 2021 June 2022
Last date for the application process 11th January 20222022 July 2022
Admit card availability 14th March 2022 October 2022
Examination Date 10th April 2022 Sept 2022
The result will be announced on May 2022 Oct 2022

CDS Application Form 2022:

Interested candidates can apply on-line for CDS 2022 by visiting the official UPSC web site
In the application, the candidates are going to be asked to provide their personal details like name, email id, gender, etc and education details related to your degree exam.
Choice for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA ought to also be given within the application within the order of preference.
Candidates may also choose the examination centers of their choice within the application form.
Photograph and signature of the candidates in scanned format are going to be uploaded.
The application form complete in all respect may be submitted together with the prescribed fee.
After successful submission of application form, a printout ought to be taken and kept safe for future reference.

CDS 2022 Application fee:

The application fee are going to be Rs. 200/ for CDS exam 2022. SC/ ST/ ladies candidates are going to be exempted from payment of application fee.
Payment of fee may be done on-line using net banking/ debit card/ credit card or offline using pay-in-slip.
The pay-in-slip may be generated on-line during registration and fee may be paid in cash at any branch of SBI.

CDS 2022 Eligibility Criteria:

Below- mentioned eligibility criteria should be fulfilled by the candidates hoping to appear for CDS 2022 exam:

For CDS I:

For IMA and INA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than first January 2002 are eligible.
For AFA: Candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 (1995 for those with commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA) and not later than first January 2001 are eligible.
For OTA (Men): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than2nd January 1996 and not later than first January 2002 are eligible.
For OTA (Women Non-Technical): Unmarried women, issueless widows and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who haven’t remarried & born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than first January 2002.


For IMA and INA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2002 are eligible.
For AFA: Candidates born not earlier than second July 1997 (1995 for those with commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA) and not later than first July 2001 are eligible.
For OTA (Men): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than second July 1996 and not later than first July 2002 are eligible.
For OTA (Women Non-Technical): Unmarried women, issueless widows and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who haven’t remarried & born not earlier than 2nd July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002.


The candidate ought to be any of the following:
A citizen of India.
A subject of Bhutan or Nepal.
Tibetan refugee who came to India before first January 1962 with the intention to settle here permanently.
A person of Indian origin who has migrated here from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling.

Educational Qualification:

For IMA and OTA: Graduate degree of a recognized university or equivalent is needed.
For INA: Candidates with degree in engineering from a recognized university/ institution are eligible.
For AFA: Those with degree of a recognized university with Physics and arithmetic at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering will apply.
Candidates appearing within the final year exam of their degree within the year 2022 also are eligible to apply.

Physical Standards:

Candidates should be physically fit per physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services examination as per guidelines of the Commission.

CDS 2022 Exam Pattern:

Mode of exam: Offline.
Type of questions: Objective type.
Medium of test: Hindi & English both, apart from English section.
Negative marking: 1/3rd marks are going to be subtracted for each incorrect answer.

For IMA, INA, and AFA:


Maximum Marks


General Knowledge


2 hours

Elementary Mathematics


2 hours



2 hours

For OTA:


Maximum Marks




2 hours

General Knowledge


2 hours

CDS 2022 Syllabus:

The syllabus for the CDS 2022 exam is given as:
English: Queries are going to be asked to test candidates’ understanding of English. General Knowledge: Knowledge Of Current Events, Scientific Aspects, History Of India, Geography, etc.
Elementary Mathematics: Elementary number Theory, Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Statistics and Geometry.

CDS 2022 Admit Card:

Admit card are going to be released around 3 weeks before the commencement of the examination.
The candidates are going to be able to download their admit card from the official web site of UPSC using their registration id, date of birth, roll variety, father’s name, etc.
Any problem in downloading the admit card or any discrepancy ought to be communicated to the commission one week before the test.
No candidate can ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds a valid admit card.
Candidates ought to note that name within the admit card may be abbreviated in some cases due to technical reasons.                                                              

CDS 2022 Result:

The result of CDS 2022 examination are going to be declared in on-line mode.
The Commission can prepare a list of the candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks within the test.
Such candidates can got to register themselves on the web site of recruiting directorate.
Candidates who are declared successful in the written test are going to be called for intelligence and personality test at SSB.
In order to be considered for selection, the candidates can got to qualify in the written test and SSB test separately.
The candidates who are selected for Air Force and naval Aviation are going to be given Pilot aptitude test.
Failing this test even within the past can create the candidates ineligible for selection into Air Force. Those wearing spectacles regularly also will not be considered for Air Force.

CDS 2022 Selection Process:

The final result are going to be announced after the candidates clear each written and SSB test.
Candidates who are shortlisted for selection can got to undergo medical fitness test.
Documents and eligibility of the candidates also will be verified at the same time.
Final selection are going to be done on the basis of merit of the candidates, the options exercised by them and number of vacancies accessible.

CDS 2022 Contact Number/ Helpline Number

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over

Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543
on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs.

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