The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) shared a notice called UPSC CDS 1 2024 Notification PDF. This is for people who want to take part in the Combined Defence Services Examination. The exam happens twice a year and is like a door to join places like the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force, and Officers Training Academy in India.

Organization Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name Combined Defence Service Examination 2024
Vacancies 457
Mode of Application Online
Notification Date December 20, 2023
Registration Process Dates December 20, 2023, to January 9, 2024
Selection Process 1.        Written Test

2.        Interview

3.        Medical Checkup

Language of Written Exam Bilingual
Mode of Examination Offline
Type of Questions MCQ
Job Location All Over India
Official Website


UPSC CDS Exam – Important Dates

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has put out the CDS (Combined Defence Services) notification for 2024. You can find the PDF on their official website. The online form link became active on December 20, 2023, and you have until January 9, 2024, to submit your form.

Look at the table below for the important dates of the UPSC CDS registration process.

Important Dates
Application Starts From 20/12/2023
Last Date to Apply Online 09/01/2024 Till 06:00 PM
Fee Payment Last Date 09/01/2024
Modify / Edit Form 10-16 January 2024
Exam Date 21/04/2024
Admit Card Available Before Exam
Result Declared Will Be Notified Soon


UPSC CDS Exam – Notification

The CDS 1, 2024 application is available from December 20, 2023, to January 9, 2024. The CDS 2024 Notification PDF, a vital document about the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam by UPSC, can be downloaded from the provided link.

UPSC CDS Examination Notification


UPSC CDS Exam – Eligibility

Make sure you meet the UPSC CDS eligibility criteria mentioned in the official notification before applying. Provide accurate information during registration. Here are the details of the UPSC CDS eligibility criteria.

Academic Qualification


Post Name UPSC CDS First Eligibility 2024
Indian Military Academy (IMA) Appearing/Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Any Stream at Any Recognized University.
Indian Naval Academy (INA) Appearing/Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering at Any Recognized University.
Air Force Bachelor’s Degree in Any Stream with Physics, Mathematics in 10+2 Level

OR Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

Officers Training Academy (OTA) Appearing/Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Any Stream at Any Recognized University.
OTA Women Appearing/Passed Bachelor’s Degree in Any Stream at Any Recognized University.


Age Limit

Academy Age Limit
IMA Unmarried male candidates born between January 2, 2001, and January 1, 2006 are eligible.
Indian Naval Academy Unmarried male candidates born between January 2, 2001, and January 1, 2006 are eligible.
Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years as of January 1, 2025. (DOB Between 02/01/2001 – 01/01/2005).

Note : Candidates with a valid Commercial Pilot License from DGCA (India) get an upper age limit extension to 26 years. They should be born between January 2, 1999, and January 1, 2005.


For CDS, candidates must be either Indian citizens or subjects of Nepal/Bhutan. Additionally, individuals of Indian origin who moved to India before January 1, 1962, or those who migrated from certain countries to settle permanently in India are also eligible.

UPSC CDS Exam – Vacancies

The new job openings through the CDS-I 2024 exam for the course starting in January 2025 are out, as per the official CDS 1 Notification 2024. This time, 457 positions are available in the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy, as mentioned in the CDS 2 Notification.

Check out how these vacancies are distributed.

Academy Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 32
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (SSC Men) 275
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (SSC Women) 18
Total Vacancies 457


UPSC CDS Exam – Application Fees

To apply for UPSC CDS, you need to pay the application fee. You can do this by cash at any SBI branch or use online methods like Credit/Debit Card, UPI, or Internet banking from any bank.

Here are the fees for different categories.

Application Fee
General / OBC ₹200
SC / ST / Female ₹0 (Exempted)
Payment Modes Challan or Online (Net Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card)


How To Apply Online UPSC CDS 2024?

If you want to apply for CDS 1, 2024, you have until January 9, 2024. It’s important to know the simple steps to fill out the application form, which are explained below.

  1. Visit UPSC’s official website:
  2. Find the link for NDA or CDS I Examination 2024.
  3. Click on it and register.
  4. Log in after registration.
  5. Fill out the form and pay the fees.
  6. Click submit and download the confirmation page.
  7. Keep a printed copy for your records.

UPSC CDS Exam – Exam Centers

UPSC has listed cities for the CDS 2024 Exam in their notification. The exam will be offline in various cities. Candidates are advised to visit centers a day before to avoid last-minute issues.

Check the table for details on CDS Exam Centers 2024.

Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji – Goa Dispur
Agra Gorakhpur Patna Faridabad
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair Gangtok
Ahmedabad Gwalior Prayagraj – Allahabad Gaya
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry Gautam Buddh Nagar
Aligarh Imphal Pune Madurai
Almora – Uttarakhand Indore Raipur Mumbai
Anantapur – Andhra Pradesh Itanagar Rajkot Mysore
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi Nagpur
Bengaluru Jaipur Sambalpur Navi Mumbai
Bareilly Jammu Shillong Varanasi
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla Vellore
Bilaspur Jorhat Siliguri Vijayawada
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar Visakhapatnam
Chennai Kohima Srinagar – Uttarakhand Warangal
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane Delhi
Cuttack Kozhikode – Calicut Thiruvananthapuram Dharwad
Dehradun Leh Tiruchirapalli Tirupati
Ludhiana Lucknow Udaipur  


Documents which is needed to be brought to the CDS exam center:

  1. A valid photo ID card (Aadhaar Card, Voter Card, PAN Card, Passport/Driving Licence).
  2. CDS 1 Admit Card 2024.
  3. Passport size photographs.

Rules to be followed at CDS Exam Centers:

  1. Be present at the CDS exam center at least an hour before the exam starts.
  2. Carry all required documentation.
  3. Use only a black ball pen on the OMR sheet.
  4. Do not use any unfair means, and refrain from bringing prohibited items listed below.

Note: Check the official notification for complete details; the list is not exhaustive.