CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018 For Male/Female Age Limit, Qualification, Physical Standard Details

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CDS Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants who want to apply against Combined Defence Service exam, they can check CDS Eligibility Criteria from this page. Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conduction CDS examination for the aspirants who want to join three wings of Defence Forces such as Army, Navy and Air Force. Through this examination the union government selects eligible candidates for the posts of CDS Officers, however the examination is held two times in a year that CDS I Exam and CDS II exam. Candidates must notify that this year CDS I examination 2018 is successfully conducted by UPSC, and recently the notification for CDS II examination 2018 has been released.

So the aspirants who are willing to apply for CDS II Notification must check as it is essential for the applicants to meet the eligibility norms set by the government. On this page we have provided complete details such as required Age Limit, Qualification, Physical Standard Details and eligibility norms for males and females. To attain all the significant information regarding CDS Eligibility Criteria 2018 aspirants are required to read the entire post.

CDS Eligibility Criteria


  • Candidates must be Indian Citizen
  • A subject of Bhutan or Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who settled in India before 1st January, 1962
  • Candidates migrated from Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam but settled in India.
  • Resident certificate issued by Government of India.
  • Those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal, Certificate of eligibility is not necessary to them.

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Educational Qualification

AcademyEducational Qualification
Indian Military AcademyGraduation or Equivalent Degree
Indian Naval AcademyDegree in Engineering
Indian Airforce AcademyDegree in B.E or with 10+2 Certificate
Officer’s Training Academy(Women)Graduation in any discipline from recognised University
Officer’s Training Academy (Men)Graduation in any discipline from a recognised university

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CDS Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

BranchesAge CriteriaSex and Marital Status
Indian Military Academy (IMA)Candidates must be born between July 2, 1993 and July 1, 1998 only are eligible

Minimum: 20 years and Maximum: 24 years

Sex: Male

Martial: Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (INA)Candidates should have born between July 2, 1993 and July 1, 1998
Minimum: 20 years and Maximum: 24 years
Sex: Male

Marital Status: Unmarried

Air Force Academy (AFA)Candidates must be 20 to 24 years as on July 1, 2018. They must be born not earlier than July 2, 1993 and July 1, 1997

Upper age limit for candidates having valid Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years. Candidates must be born not earlier than July 2, 1991 and not later than July 01, 1997)


Sex: Male

Marital Status: Unmarried

Officers Training Academy  (OTA – SSC Course for menAge: Candidates must be born not before July 2, 1992 and after July 1, 1998


Sex: Male

Marital Status: Married or Unmarried

Officers’ Training Academy —(OTA SSC Women Non-Technical Course)Must be born not before July 2, 1992 and not later than July, 1998Sex: Unmarried women and issueless widows

Marital Status: Married or Unmarried

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Physical standard required for CDS 2018:

  • Aspirants should be fit physically as per the prescribed physical standard given in the official notification.
  • Contender should be free from disease or any disability that can cause inconvenience for performing the duty.
  • There should be no obesity or any defects on the body attained by the applicant.
  • minimum height which is eligible for male aspirants is 157.5 cm. for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force
  • For female applicants minimum required height is 152 cm
  • Gorkhas candidates who belongs to North-Eastern hills region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the minimum required height will be 5 cm less. And the candidates belonging to Lakshadweep Island, the minimum required height will be 2cms less.
  • Candidates can check the below given information for detailed information about the physical standards for both males and females.

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Height and Weight standards

Height/Weight Standards for Males

Height (in cm)Weight (in kg)
18 years20 years22 years
15244 (45 navy)4647
1554648 (47 navy)49

Height/Weight Standards for Female Candidates

Height (in cm)Weight (in kg)
20 years25 years30 years

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CDS Exam Pattern

For Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy

Name Of SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
General Studies120100
Elementary Mathematics120100

For Officers’ Training Academy

Name Of SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
General Knowledge120100

Main motive for conducting this competitive exam is to choose only suitable candidate for standardize designation of CDS Officers. After the written examination candidates are called for personal Interview and there the concerned authority checks the mental ability of the aspirant. Those candidates who got selected in UPSC CDS examination are placed into Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. Candidates can gather all he significant information regarding Combined Defence Service Eligibility Criteria from the below section of this page. So you just need to scroll down the page which is well modified by the expertise team members of

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