CDS 2017 Application Form, Dates for Exam I & II

UPSC CDS (2) 2017 Exam Details: Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Application 

UPSC CDS 2017: UPSC – Union Public Service Commission conducts various examinations and CDS is one of them. Every year a huge number of candidates appear in this examination. Talking about the examination’s schedule then CDS 2017 Exam II will be conducted in 19th November 2017 and Exam II in October 2017. The online registration starts from November so all the interested candidates through the mandatory details regarding CDS 2017 and start applying for the same after the release of official notice.

No. of Vacancies:

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100  [Including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders].
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 45  [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing)].
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai 225  (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ certificate holders for NCC Spl. Entry)
Officers Training Academy, Chennai Women (Non-Technical) Course 12

Important Dates for CDS 2017 Exam (II)

The notification was out on 9th August 2017
Final date for submitting the application form 8th September 2017
The CDS Exam will be conducted on 19th November 2017

CDS Exam 2nd 2017 Application Form

UPSC CDS Exam 2nd 2017 Application form will be available from 9th August 2017 on the official website. all the interested candidates may apply for UPSC CDSE 2017 before the last date i.e 8th September 2017. Apply for CDS Exam 2nd 2017Click here

Read Also

  • Civil Services Exam 2018 Dates have declaredCheck Here
  • CDS Exam (1) 2018 Dates have declaredCheck Here

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • IMA and Officer’s Training Academy – Candidate needs to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Indian Naval Academy – Candidate must have done Engineering from a recognized University or institution.
  • Air Force Academy – Candidate needs to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university (Physics and Chemistry in 10+2) or BTech.

Note- Candidates who are appearing the final year, they can also apply for CDS 2017 Examination.

Age Limit

  • For IMA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 1999 only are eligible.
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 1999 only are eligible.
  • For Air Force Academy: 20 to 24 years as on 1st July 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 1998 (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 July 1992 and not later than 1st July 1998) only are eligible.

Nationality: Candidate must either
a) India Citizen
b) Bhutan Citizen
c) Nepal Citizen
d) Tibetan refugee who had come in India before 1st January 1962 and must have permanent living prove.

How to apply

  • Interested candidates can visit the official website.
  • From there, you can get the application form link (after the release of official notice). Open it and start filling the details.
  • General Category and Male candidates need to pay Rs. 200. Reserved category candidates and Women do not need to pay any fee.
  • The form will be filled in two parts. In first half, you need to fill up the details and in the second half, you can proceed with payment procedure.

Exam Pattern (Read full details)

All the appearing applicants are advised to go through complete examination pattern to know the important points such as No. of questions, type of questions, subjects, duration of the examination. Marking scheme, sectional weightage and question paper format. Knowing examination pattern is very helpful to strategies your preparation for the examination.

For IMA, INA, and AFA

Paper Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Mathematics 100 2 hours
Total 300 6 hours


Paper Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Total 200 4 hours

CDS Exam Syllabus (Read full details)

It is very important that the applicants should know the examination syllabus before they start their preparation. The examination syllabus will tell you the topics to be covered under each section of the question paper. If you know the syllabus in detail, you will be able to make strategies for your study.

Selection Process (Read full details)

There are few stages that applicants will have to go through in order to get selected finally for various posts in defence services such as INA, OTA, AFA & IMA. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the written examination and Personal Interview, Document verification and Medical verification.

CDS Admit Card

The admit cards for CDS II Exam 2017 Admit Card will be available online from the month of the 1st week of October 2017. The examination will be conducted on 19th November 2017. The applicants who have applied for CDS II 2017 will be able to download their admit cards only through online mode from the official website of UPSC. Admit cards will not be sent by post. Download CDS Admit Card- Click Here

CDS Answer Key

CDS examination answer key will be released by UPSC after successful completion of examination 19th November 2017. The applicants can download the answer key for the examination from the official website of the commission. We will also update an unofficial CDS Exam Answer Key on this page.

CDS Cutoff Marks

UPSC will reveal the cut offs for the examination within few upcoming days. The cut offs are the minimum marks that applicants will have to score to qualify CDS II examination 2017. The successful applicants will be eligible to take part in the next stages of CDS Exam II 2017 selection procedure. Check Expected cut off for CDS 2017- Click here

Tips to Prepare for CDS 2017

  • Develop a reading habit. Reading different sorts of media, like magazines, newspapers, blogs, notes, etc. help to enhance the vocabulary as well as the understanding of practical English.
  • Take online mock tests to improve the answering ability.
  • Try and use the words in the list in different scenarios and sentences.
  • Make a list of all the new words and their meanings.

For English:

  • Aspirants must start reading newspaper, especially editorial pages.
  • Candidates who are not good at English need to make a good grip over it to get over the sectional cut-off.
  • Focus on the vocabulary and sentence arrangements.
  • English is the scoring part of the exam for those candidates, who have good hold over English.


  • Most of the candidates are capable of performing well in maths.
  • Math is the lengthiest part of the exam.
  • Those who see English as a backdrop, can take maths as a scoring part.
  • Trigonometry and geometry puzzles candidates.
  • All that speed matters in maths section coupled with the accuracy of your answer.
  • Keep practicing form sample papers and practice papers.
  • Usually calculus part is easy to attempt.


  • It is the main part and candidates have to excel themselves more in G.K.
  • You need to get passing marks in it and score in the other two papers.
  • It is not a scoring part of the exam.
  • Questions related to the subjects of science, commerce and arts, some military basics and current affairs.
  • Take help of online current affairs websites, periodicals, magazines or other sources.

Physical and Medical Exam

  • The weight and height of the candidate must be on a standard scale.
  • Candidate must get a full body check up before appearing for the exam to make sure they do not have any type of illness or disease.
  • Regular and proper exercise and training is important.

Personal Interview

  • A well-honed communication skill is crucial, as the thoughts can be expressed in better and more suitable words.
  • Stay confident. It is natural to be nervous or anxious, but a candidate must be able to express his/her thoughts as beautifully as possible.
  • Be updates and in touch with the latest and interesting happenings around the globe.
  • It is imperative to be respectful and humble.
  • Think before you speak and act like you are already an Officer.

Last Week Strategy to Prepare for CDS 2017

  • Although the last weeks can be a chaotic time, a calm and panned approach is all that is needed.
  • Make small and useful notes. The notes should be to the point and should act like a summary of what has been studied.
  • The exam has negative marking for each incorrect answer. So, guesswork should be avoided.
  • Time management is crucial. The CDS exam is a time based exam which gives candidates about a minute to attempt each question. Not only the knowledge, but swiftness in using that knowledge is important.
  • Taking online mock test is helpful.

Note- This is not official notice for UPSC CDS 2017. For more information Visit the official website of UPSC.



  1. sir please check the dates you provided in the cds 1 exam it is not november 2017 it is november 2016. (Right format is : The notification was out on – November 2016
    Final date for submitting the application form – December 2016
    The CDS Exam will be conducted on – February 2017).

  2. Respected Sir ,
    Now i completed my graduation under aeronautical engineering. BUT now im 23 yrs 4 months old . IS there any possibility to write any of the AIRFORCE exams in this age. Can you please tell.

  3. sir, I Rohit Kanjia I pursuing graduation form BBA. Now I Pursuing 3rd semester of 2nd year of BBA.
    But I Filled the form online and submitted for CDS (II) exam 2016. At that time I have need of job and sorry for that I can’t read the notification.
    sir please tell can I eligible yes or not.And my e-admit card is show on the upsc web site. so what can i do .sir please help me.

  4. The gate and cds exam dates are clashing for those who have filled gate exam date on 5th feb.
    so please carefully choose who are yet to choose their exam dates.

  5. Can you please change the time table as gate n cds exm dates are clashing . So that students will be able to attain both the exams .

  6. Sir ,I have completed first part but 2nd part not done due to problem with ATM card transaction…so I request to you please extend 1 or 2 days more…thanking you

  7. sir i am 10+2 is campleet with diploma computer (DOAP) diploma office of automiston of publasing
    what can be apply CDS in 2017

  8. which day is nda form going to come out when jamb form is not out pls I need a reliable answers so DAT I wnt pay money for does fraudster out claiming DAT NDA form is out,pls sir.

  9. Guys please follow official website…
    The age limit for OTA is uptill 25 years old and not 22 years as here it is wrongly mentioned…
    I am 25 years of age and have cleared cds twice…so plss do follow the right link

  10. My btech complete in January 2018 and I am doing btech from iit delhi in chemical engineering.can I am eligible for CDS and other similar post


  12. Dear sir
    I have done my graduation but now my age 24 .Please sir confirm me .can i fill this form or not.

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  14. hello,
    I am Harsha, and i have completed my BCA, i want to apply for NAVY am i eligible for it. as it is mentioned that candidate qualification must be BE in this article.

  15. Hello Sir Pls change the date of examination, it’s conducted on 19th November 2017,but your enter the date of examination is 19th October 2017.So please change the examination date.

  16. sir plz check the details before uplode… because age criteria mentioned by you is wrong..for ima upto 24 yr ina also upto 24 and for iaf also upto 24 and ota 25 yr…

  17. sir i am 25 years old last 8 August. am I deserving of CDS exam in age relaxation. How many age relaxation in ota exam…please reply Me sir

  18. Respective sir ,. I am a 3rd student in I want to join CDS . So what I do ? And how to appropriate to this service? Thank you.