UPSC CDS EXAM 2021 – 2022

UPSC CDS Exam

UPSC CDS-I Vacancy 2021

The UPSC has released a total of 345 vacancies for the UPSC CDS 2021 Cycle-I. Aspirants can check the detailed vacancy information for the 2021 recruitment as given below.

Various CDS Academies Various CDS Courses Number of vacancies reserved for the NCC Total Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 152nd (DE) course which will begin in January 2022 13 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course to start in January 2022 Executive (General Service) or Hydro 06 26
Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course to start in in January 2022 03 32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men) 115th SSC (Men) Course (NT) to start in April 2022 170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) 29th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course to start in October 2021 17
Total 345

What is the UPSC CDS I Eligibility Criteria 2021?

Candidates applying for the UPSC CDS I Exam 2021 should keep it in mind that they have to first fulfill all the eligibility criteria like age limit, eligibility, educational qualification criteria, etc. to be applicable to apply for their desired post.

Age Criteria:

The very first criteria is the age criteria which varies in the case of various academies like Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, etc. as mentioned below. Let us check out the table below:

Various Departments Age Criteria in each case
Indian Military Academy Should not be born before 2nd January 1998 and after 1st January 2003
Indian Naval Academy Should not be born before 2nd January 1998 and after 1st January 2003
Indian Air Force Academy Should not be born before 2nd January 1998 and after 1st January 2002
Officers’ Training Academy Should not be born before 2nd January 1997 and after 1st January 2003.
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Should not be born before 2nd January 1997 and after 1st January 2003.

What are the Prerequisites for Various Posts under the UPSC CDS(I) 2021?

The Combined Defence Services Exam conducted by the UPSC also requires the candidates to be of certain marital status i.e. married or unmarried in case of various departments. Let us check in the table below:

Various Departments Involved  Gender Status Required in each case
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Male Married or Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Female Unmarried

Educational Qualification Criteria

The educational qualification criteria vary in each case as per the requirements of the respective academies like Officer Training Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, etc. The candidates should fulfill the following as given below for the UPSC CDS I examination 2021.

Various Posts Educational Qualification Criteria Required 
IMA(Indian Military Academy) Candidates should be Graduates from a well-reputed university or Institution
INA(Indian Naval Academy) Candidates should possess an Engineering Degree from a well-reputed university or institution.
AFA (Air Force Academy) Candidates should possess an Engineering Degree with Physics & Maths in their 12th Std.

OR

A B. Tech degree in any discipline from a well-reputed university or Institution.

OTA (Officer Training Academy) Candidates should be Graduates from a well-reputed University

How To Apply for the UPSC CDS 2021 Recruitment! 

The application process for CDS I is the first step to apply for recruitment into the first cycle of the Combined Defence Services. Candidates should be careful to enter the correct information here as the same will be printed on your CDS I admit cards. Go through the step-by-step procedure given below to be able to apply smoothly.

Step1: You should first enter the official website of UPSC to apply for the CDS I Exam.

Step2: You have to enter your personal credentials under the heading “Part I” of your application form.

Step3: You should first check the eligibility criteria & then apply for the respective academy which you wish for. (Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, etc.)

Step4: A registration ID will be generated after “Part A” and you can proceed to “Part B” of the CDS I application form.

Step5: Upload all scanned documents & signatures in the specified format. (PDF, JPEG, etc.). The candidates can use the Testbook Resize Tool for this purpose.

Step6: Finally, you need to pay the application fee and select your examination center.

Step7: Double-check all details and finally click on “Submit”

Step8: Keep the application number generated safely.

Step9: Take a print-out of the application form for future reference.

What are the Documents Required to Apply for the UPSC CDS I exam?

  1. Candidates require ID proof like Passport, PAN Card, Aadhar Card, etc.
  2. Recent passport size photographs of the applicant
  3. Signature of the applicant in the required format. (JPEG, PDF, etc.)
  4. Educational Qualification mark-sheets are required (10th, 12th, graduation, etc.)
  5. Caste certificates(if applicable)
  6. Jammu & Kashmir domicile related documents(if applicable)

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What is the Application Fees to be paid?

The UPSC CDS 2021 Application Form for cycle one will only be complete if you submit the application form along with an application fee. Remember the following pointers for clarity.

  • The application fee is Rs. 200/- for all categories.
  • The SC/ST/females do not have to pay any fees.
  • You can pay via net banking or credit/debit cards (Maestro/Master/Visa etc.)
  • You can pay offline at any branch of the State Bank Of India.

Know the list of best books for UPSC CDS

What is the UPSC CDS-I Selection Process 2021?

The UPSC CDS-I selection procedure involves a few stages which the candidates have to clear with flying colors to go a step closer in obtaining their desired post in their desired academy like AFA, IMA, etc. The various selection stages include:

  • Written Examination
  • SSB Interview or Personality Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination

Note: A final merit list will be prepared for the shortlisted candidates who clear all these stages successfully.

What is the Exam Pattern for the UPSC CDS I 2021 Written Test?

The candidates who are applying to these respectable academies as mentioned above should be well-aware of the latest examination pattern to have a well-informed idea about the important topics and sub-topics from an examination point of view.

The written exam pattern for the CDS I Examination varies in the case of the OTA or Officer Training Academy and other academies. (Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Indian Air Force, etc. )Let us look at the tabulated forms below for a better idea.

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CDS I Exam Pattern for INA, IMA & IAF

The candidates should be aware of the exam weightage in the case of the written examination stage which comprises 3 objective papers for a total of 300 marks.(100 marks each). Let us go through the table to understand better.

Various Subjects Total Marks of each subject Duration of each paper
English 100 2 hours Each
General Knowledge 100
Elementary Mathematics 100
Total 300

CDS I Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The written exam stage for the OTA comprises 2 papers for a total of 200 marks. The candidates who clear this exam with the minimum qualifying marks will be further shortlisted for the interview round. There will be a positive marking of 0.83 marks for every correct answer and a negative marking of 0.27 marks for every wrong answer. Let us look at the table below to understand better.

Various Subjects Total Marks of each subject Duration of each paper
English 100 2 hours each
General Knowledge 100
Total 200

What is the CDS I Selection & Interview Procedure? 

Only candidates who clear the written examination stage will proceed to the UPSC CDS interview round. It will comprise of two stages as given below:

Stage I: This stage will involve a Picture Perception & Description Test which will basically test the Officer’s Intelligence.

Stage II: This stage will test how the minds of the candidates work via psychological tests, interview round, group testing office tasks as well as a conference round.

Note: You have to qualify the personality tests mentioned above to proceed to the document verification and medical test rounds.

What is the UPSC CDS I 2021 Syllabus for the Written Test?

Candidates willing to apply for this examination should be well-aware of the comprehensive syllabus for the UPSC CDS 2021 Exam. It includes the following subjects of which they should know the important topics and sub-topics as given below:

General Knowledge

Questions on History, Physics, Biology, Geography, Political Science, and current affairs from all the happenings around the world, Defence-related news, Environment-related, Sociology, etc.

English

Questions will be asked on Grammar, Synonyms & Antonyms, Comprehension Solving, Error Spotting, Para Jumbles, Direct and Indirect Speech, Idioms and Phrases, Active and Passive Voice, etc.

Elementary Mathematics

Questions will be asked on Prime & composite numbers, Simple & compound interest, HCF & LCM, Euclidean algorithm, Geometry, Logarithms, Trigonometry, Statistics, etc.

UPSC CDS(I) 2021 Exam Dates

The candidates who are eagerly waiting to take part in the UPSC CDS (I) 2021 recruitment, will be wanting to have a fair idea of the exam dates and important dates. Below we have provided the important dates for the UPSC CDS 2021 Recruitment Cycle I. This will help candidates prepare accordingly for the exam. Check the table below for details.

Occurring Events Exam Dates
UPSC CDS I Starting date to apply 28th October 2020
UPSC CDS I Closing Date to Apply Online 17th November 2020
UPSC CDS I Admit Card Date
7th January 2021
UPSC CDS I Written Exam Date 7th February 2021
UPSC CDS I Results 2020 To be Announced

What is the UPSC CDS(I) Salary Structure 2021?

The candidates who qualify for this prestigious UPSC CDS I examination will receive a handsome salary as per the 7th pay Commission. It is quite sought after by the commissioned officers recruited via CDS. The CDS salary-range varies rank-wise and also with the years of service rendered by the officers. Let us look at the table below for better understanding:

Various Ranks in the CDS  Expected Salary as per the various ranks 
Lieutenant – Major INR 15,600-39,100 ( PB-3 )
Lieutenant Colonel – Major General INR 37,400-67,000 ( PB-4 )
Lieutenant General HAG Scale INR 67,000/- ( annual increment is 3% ) – 79.000
VCO / AS / Army Cdr / Lt Gen ( NFSG ) INR 80,000/- ( Not Variable )
COAS (Chief of the Army Staff)  90,000/- ( Not variable )

UPSC CDS I – Books for Preparation

The candidates who apply for the UPSC CDS-I recruitment should always have access to proper study material. Most students are confused on the books they should buy or refer to while preparing for the exam. In the below given table we have provided the list of books candidates can use to prepare for the examination.

Best Books for UPSC CDS – English
Books Author Remarks
Objective General English S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications) Best for Beginner, Solved examples & Exercises to Practice along with detailed theory.
High School English Grammar & Composition Wren and Martin Good book with proper rules and applications mentioned in detail
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis One Stop solution for Vocabulary
Best Books for UPSC CDS – General Knowledge
Books Author Remarks
General Awareness Manohar Panday (Arihant Publications) This book covers Indian History, Indian Polity, Geography, Indian Economy along with the current affairs
Manorama Yearbook Philip Mathew Effective & recommended book for preparing General Awareness
Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazines) Pratiyogita Darpan Editorial Team Covers complete news along with practice set & previous year papers
Newspapers Hindu, The Indian Express, The Economic Times This is a must. Reading regularly will help you to stay updated with all the topics relevant for the exam
Books for UPSC CDS Elementary Mathematics
Books Author Remarks
Mathematics for C.D.S. R.S. Aggarwal This book if focussed on the topics which are frequently in CDS examination. It covers all the topics which has high weightage with proper solved examples, practice sets etc.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal This book is best to clear various topics of maths from basics as it has many solved examples (different varieties of questions) along with practice sets (simple & tough both).
Pathfinder for CDS Arihant Publications Another book followed by many aspirants which covers entire syllabus of maths which has to be covered for this subject

Preparation Tips for UPSC CDS-I 2021

Aspirants who wish to crack the UPSC CDS exam 2021 must know a few tips and strategies on how they can prepare better for the exam. Below we have provided a few preparation tips for the UPSC CSE exam 2021. Check the points mentioned below.

  • Know the Syllabus & Exam Pattern Well
  • Prepare with the help of previous years question papers.
  • Focus on important topics.
  • Have an idea about all the topics.
  • Know the basics.
  • Set a proper study plan.

How to download the UPSC CDS I Results 2021?

The UPSC CDS Exam results help you check your final cumulative scores as well as serve as a final confirmation of if you finally bagged your desired position or not. Go through the steps below to make sure you know how to download the results:

Click on the direct link here for the UPSC CDS Results 2021

(Link will be activated once the results are announced)

OR

Step1: The first step is to visit the official website of UPSC as given above.

  1. Navigate to the “CDS I Results 2021” link on the homepage and click on it.
  2. The login page will ask for personal credentials in order to enter your registration number and password.
  3. The results are to be downloaded in PDF format.
  4. Save and print a hard-copy for future reference.

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UPSC CDS I Exam 2021 FAQs

Question 1) How to download the application form for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021? 

Answer 1) You can download the application form for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021 by following the steps given above.

Question 2) What are the vacancies for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021? 

Answer 2) The vacancies for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021 is 345.

Question 3) What is the starting date of application for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021? 

Answer 3) The starting date of application for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021 is 28th October 2020.

Question 4)What is the closing date of application for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021? 

Answer 4) The closing date of application for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021 is 17th November 2021.

Question 5)What is the written exam date for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021? 

Answer 5) The written exam date for the UPSC CDS(I) Examination 2021 is going to be conducted on 7th February 2021.

Question 6) Where can the candidates download the admit cards? 

Answer 6) The candidates can download the admit cards from the official website. Also, we will update the link on our website as soon as it is released.

Question 7) What are the application fees to be paid for this written exam?

Answer 7) The application fees to be paid for this examination is Rs. 200/-.

Question 8) What is the time duration of each paper in the written examination stage?

 Answer 8) The time duration of each paper in the written examination stage is 2 hours.

Question 9) What are the expected total marks of each subject in both the written examinations? 

Answer 9) The expected total marks of each subject in both the written examinations is 100 marks.

Question 10)When are the results expected to be released for this examination?

Answer 10) The results are expected to be released after the exam has been held in 2021.

 

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