CDS Coaching – The eligibility criteria for CDS are prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission. Aspirants are required to meet the CDS eligibility before applying for the Combined Defence Services exam.
The article will talk about the CDS eligibility criteria in detail. Applicants can go through the eligibility criteria of the CDS exam before filling out the registration form.
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The UPSC mentions the CDS eligibility in detail in the official notification of the exam. Candidates can check the CDS Notification to dive deep into relevant details.
Aspirants must note the following points in relation to CDS eligibility -.
- The conducting body has the right to reject the candidature of the applicant at any stage of recruitment in case he/she is found to be not fulfilling the required criteria.
- The mere issue of the Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.
- If the candidate is appointed and found guilty later, in such a case he/she is liable to be removed from service.
- UPSC conducts verification of eligibility criteria with reference to original documents. Verification is done, once the candidate qualifies for the interview and Personality Test.
- A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination, but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.
Candidates willing to fill out the CDS application form, first need to fulfil these four CDS eligibility conditions –
- CDS Age Limit, Gender and Marital Status
- CDS Nationality or Citizenship
- CDS Educational Qualification
- CDS Physical and Medical Qualification
Go through the detailed eligibility conditions mentioned below –
CDS Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status
CDS I Age limit –
- For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January 2004 only are eligible.
- For the Indian Naval Academy (INA) – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January 2004 only are eligible.
- For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2023 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1999 and not later than 1st January 2003 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2003 only are eligible.
Note – Candidates 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 the training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
- For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2004 only are eligible.
- For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) – Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2004.
Note – Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried males for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses, and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.
To put it simply, only unmarried candidates are eligible to apply for the CDS exam. The highlights of CDS eligibility in terms of age limit are given below –
|Eligibility – CDS Age Limit||Age Limit (In years)|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||19 years to 22 years|
|Air Force Academy||19 years to 23 years|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||19 years to 24 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||19 years to 25 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||19 years to 25 years|
Important Note –
- The candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
- The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth. If on verification at any subsequent stage any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.
Candidates willing to appear for the Combined Defence Services examination must go through the detailed CDS syllabus and exam pattern to kickstart their preparation.
Eligibility For CDS – Educational Qualifications
The Union Public Service Commission has set a minimum level of education qualification that a candidate must possess to be eligible for the NDA examination.
The minimum qualification required to appear for the CDS exam is Graduation/Bachelor’s from a Government recognised university. The detailed CDS education qualification required is highlighted below:
|Education Qualification CDS Eligibility|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)||Bachelor’s Degree From a recognised university|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||Bachelors in Engineering from a recognised University|
|Air Force Academy (AFA)||Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics in Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering|
Important Note –
- Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
- Candidates in the final year of their graduation can also apply provided they do not have any backlog at the application. Also, they have to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of the course.
- Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
Aspirants of the CDS exam can check the related links given below-
- CDS Result
- CDS Salary
CDS Eligibility – Nationality /Citizenship
To be eligible for the CDS exam, candidates have to meet the criteria for nationality and citizenship.
Aspirants willing to apply for the CDS exam must be –
- A citizen of India, or
- A subject of Nepal, or
- A subject of Bhutan, or
- A Tibetan refugee permanently settled in India from and before January 1, 1962.
- A person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) presents a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India to the recruiting body.
However, the Certificate of eligibility will not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
CDS Eligibility – Physical & Medical Standards
Candidates must be physically and mentally fit as per the guidelines of UPSC. A good number of qualified candidates get disqualified on medical grounds. Therefore, candidates are strongly advised to get themselves medically tested before applying for CDS Exam.
Common defects found in candidates are –
- Wax (Ears)
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Hydrocele / Phimosis
- Condition of Overweight / Underweight
- Under Sized Chest
Note – Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable, and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case-to-case basis.
Height & Weight Standards –
Important points –
- The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cm. (157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cm for Air Force).
- For Women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cm.
- For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of the North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less.
- In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cm. However, the minimum height for all entries is 148 cm after all types of waivers/dispensations. Otherwise, the candidate shall be considered a dwarf.
The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. The CDS eligibility in terms of physical and medical standards covering height and weight for different age groups, vision standards for Naval officers, waist-hip ratio, body mass index, etc. Hence, candidates are advised to go through the official notification for further clarification on Combined Defence Service Eligibility Criteria.