UPSC CDS 2024 Notification 2 Released for 459 Vacancies Complete Info Here

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Notification Released for 459 Vacancies Complete Info Here. UPSC has released the CDS 2 Notification 2024 for 459 vacancies today on May 15, 2024. The last date of CDS 2 apply online will be June 4, 2024. Download CDS 2 2024 Notification PDF Here. 

CDS Exam is a national-level exam held twice a year for candidates who wish to begin their career in the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy.

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Notification

CDS 2 2024 Notification Out

The CDS 2 2024 Notification has been released on the official website on 15 May 2024. A large number of Candidates applied till the 4th of June 2024. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam biannually, aiming to recruit officers for the Indian Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

To qualify for the Combined Defence Service Examination (II) 2024 candidates have to undergo the written test followed by an interview round and a medical examination. The online registration process for CDS II 2024 has been started at In this article, we have covered every detail of the CDS Exam 2024, including important dates, eligibility, vacancies, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, and more.

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Overview

CDS 2 2024 Notification has been released on 15th May 2024 on the official website. Candidates can go through this table to get an overview of CDS 2 2024 Exam.

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Exam Overview
Organization Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Name Combined Defence Service Examination (II) 2024
CDS 2 Vacancy 459
Mode of Application Online
Registration Dates 15th May to 04th June 2024
Selection Process Written Test- Interview- Medical Examination
Language of Written Exam Bilingual
Mode of Examination Offline
Type of Questions Multiple-choice questions
Eligibility Unmarried Males & Females
CDS Exam Duration 2 hours (each paper)
Marking Scheme 1/3 for each incorrect answer
Job Location All Over India
Official Website

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Notification Important Dates

UPSC has released the CDS 2 Notification 2024 PDF along with the important dates. Interested candidates can apply online for the CDS 2 2024 exam from 15th May to 04th June 2024. The CDS II exam will be conducted on 1st September 2024. Check all the important dates for the CDS 2 2024 exam and set your reminder so you don't miss any dates.

UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2024- Important Dates
Events CDS 2 Dates
CDS 2 Notification 2024 Release Date 15th May 2024
CDS 2 Application Form 2024 15th May 2024
Online Registration End Date  04th June 2024 (06:00 pm)
Last Date to Pay Fee  04th June 2024 (06:00 pm)
CDS 2 Admit Card 2024 07 to 10 days before the exam date
CDS 2 Exam Date 2024 1st September 2024

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Notification Vacancy

For the CDS 2 Notification, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released a total of 459 vacancies for the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy and the same has been updated below in the table.
CDS 2 2024 Vacancy
Name of the academy
Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 158th (DE) Course commencing in January 2025 
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course commencing in January 2025
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad Training Course commencing in January 2025
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men 121st SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course Commencing in April 2025
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women 35th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2025
Total Vacancies

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Recruitment Eligibility

The candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of the CDS 2 2024 Exam. It is crucial to ensure the eligibility criteria for the candidate before submitting the application form. Here, you can check the CDS exam eligibility.
The Educational Qualification, Age Limit, and other eligibility criteria is as follows:

Eligibility Criteria Details
CDS 2024 Nationality Citizen of India Subject of Nepal/Bhutan Tibetan refugee migrated to India before January 01, 1962, with the intention of permanent settlement Individuals of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settlement in India
CDS 2024 Exam Education Qualification For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy: Graduation degree (any subject) from a recognized University or equivalent
For Indian Naval Academy: Graduation in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
For Air Force Academy: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
CDS 2024 Age Limit 20 to 24 years. The detailed age limit is mentioned in the official notification PDF
CDS 2024 Marital Status & Sex For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy: Only unmarried males are eligible
For Indian Air Force Academy: Both married and unmarried males can apply, but marriage during training is not permitted
For Officer Training Academy: Unmarried males & females can apply

UPSC CDS Physical Standards

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2024 The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157 cm.
  • For the Navy candidates height is 157 cm, for the Air Force is 162.5 and for female candidates is 152 cm.
  • Gorkhas and candidates belonging to the Hills of the North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, required a minimum height is 152 cm.
  • Tribals from the Ladhakh Region and Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands' and Extra talented sports candidates minimum required rights is 155 Cm
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) should be below 25.
  • The ratio of the waist and hip should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females.
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females.

UPSC CDS Exam 2024 Selection Procedure

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts will be conducted based on:
  • 1. Written Exam
  • 2. SSB Interview/Personality Test
  • 3. Document Verification
  • 4. Medical Examination
Written Examination: Candidates must first qualify in the written examination, which comprises multiple-choice questions and tests their knowledge in subjects such as English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The written exam is held separately for each academy.

Interview/Personality Test: Candidates who pass the written examination are shortlisted for the interview/personality test conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). 
This stage evaluates candidates’ officer-like qualities, leadership skills, and suitability for a career in the defense forces. The interview/personality test includes various tasks, group discussions, and personal interviews.

Document Verification: Shortlisted candidates must submit their original documents for verification, including educational certificates, age proof, and other relevant documents.

Medical Examination: Candidates who clear the interview/personality test undergo a thorough medical examination conducted by a Military Hospital to assess their medical fitness. The medical examination ensures that candidates meet military service’s physical and medical standards.

Final Merit List: The final selection is based on the candidate’s performance in the written examination, interview/personality test, and medical examination. A merit list is prepared, and candidates are allotted seats in the respective academies based on their ranks and preferences.

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Exam Pattern

The candidates have to clear CDS Written Examination to get selected for the interview round. Check the exam pattern for each position below.

• There will be Multiple-Choice Questions in each paper
• The question paper for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set in Hindi as well as in English.
• There will be a penalty of 1/3 marks for a wrong answer
• Duration of each exam is separate i.e. 2 hours.

For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
SNo Subject Maximum Marks Duration
1 English 120 2 hours
2 General Knowledge 120 2 hours
3 Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

For Officers’ Training Academy
SNo Subject Maximum Marks Duration
1 English 100 2 hours
2 General Knowledge 100 2 hours

Note The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.

UPSC CDS 2 Application Fee

CDS 2024 Application Form Fee

Candidates can check CDS 2024 Exam Application Fees here –
  • The CDS 2024 Exam Application fee is 200/ for all categories except SC/ST/Females.
Candidates can pay the application fee of CDS 2 2024 online/offline mode (Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card, or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.)
To complete the application process successfully, it is essential to ensure prompt fee payment.

UPSC CDS 2 Online Application Form

Steps to fill out the CDS 2024 Application Form

It is important to know the steps to fill out the CDS 2 2024 Exam application form.

Step 1: Online Registration 
Visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and move to the CDS 2 2024 exam section.
Click on the application form link and proceed to register.
Fill in the required details, such as your name, date of birth, email address, and contact number.
Create a unique username and password for future logins.

Step 2: Application Form Filling 
Log in to your account using the provided credentials.
Fill in personal details, including your name, gender, nationality, and address.
Provide educational qualifications, such as degrees earned, subjects studied, and institutions attended.
Select your preferred academy and branch.
Carefully review the entered information to ensure accuracy.

Step 3: Uploading Documents
Upload scanned copies of your recent passport-sized photograph and signature as per the specified format and size.
Attach any other required documents, such as educational certificates and identity proof, if specified.

Step 4: Payment of Application Fee
Pay the application fee using the available online payment options (credit card, debit card, net banking).
The fee amount may vary based on your category (general, OBC, SC/ST, or female candidates).

Step 5: Application Form Submission
Review all the entered details and uploaded documents to ensure they are correct and complete.
Click on the “Submit” button to finalize the submission of your application form.

Step 6: Print the Application Form
After successful submission, take a printout of the completed application form.
Keep a copy for your reference and future correspondence.

UPSC CDS 2 2024 Salary

The salary structure for candidates selected through the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination varies depending on their rank and the branch they are commissioned into. 

In addition to the basic pay, CDS officers receive various allowances and benefits, including Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Transport Allowance (TA), and other amenities such as medical facilities, accommodation, and pension.

Rank Level Pay Scale
Rs 56,100 – 1,77,500
Rs 61,300 – 1,93,900
Rs 69,400 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel
Rs 1,21,200 – 2,12,400
Rs 1,30,600 – 2,15,900
Rs 1,39,600 – 2,17,600
Major General
Rs 1,44,200 – 2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale
Rs 1,82,200 – 2,24,100
HAG+ Scale
Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army CDR/Lieutenant General (NFSG)
Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
Rs 2,50,000 (fixed)

UPSC CDS Exam FAQ 2024

Q1. What is the CDS 2 2024 Exam?
Ans. The CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam is conducted by UPSC biannually for recruiting officers in the Indian Armed Forces.

Q2. What are the key components of the CDS Exam?
Ans. The CDS Exam consists of written tests in English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics, followed by an interview by the Services Selection Board.

Q3. How can candidates prepare for the CDS Exam?
Ans. Candidates are advised to prepare thoroughly using past question papers, study materials, and practice tests. Coaching classes are also available for additional guidance.

Q4. What is the eligibility criteria for CDS 2024?
Ans. Candidates must be unmarried, hold a graduation degree (or be in the final year), and meet age requirements as specified. Eligibility varies for different academies.

Q5. How are vacancies announced for CDS 2 2024?
Ans. UPSC has announced 459 vacancies for CDS 2 2024 Exam across various defence services like Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy.

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