UPSC CDS (II) Recruitment 2016 Eligibility Criteria, Apply Now

UPSC CDS (II) Recruitment 2016 Eligibility Criteria, Apply Now

UPSC CDS (II) Recruitment 2016: Union Public Service Commission has released an official notification regarding the opening of online application process for C.D.S. EXAM.(II) in the month of July this year. UPSC conducts CDS exam every year for the recruitment of candidates to Indian Defense forces. Interested candidates can start applying for various posts by submitting online application forms for C.D.S. EXAM.(II) 2016. You can visit the official site of UPSC i.e for online applications. 

Combines Defence Services Examination is a national level entrance exam conducted by UPSC twice every year. UPSC CDS is conducted for recruitment to Indian Defence forces that includes Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Officer’s Training Academy. UPSC CDS (I) was conducted in the month of February, 2016. The second examination will be held in October 2016.


UPSC CDS (II) Recruitment Exam Important Dates

As per UPSC guidelines, there are certain sets of rules for candidates looking to apply for UPSC CDS (II) exam. Before proceeding to that particular information, let’s have a look at the important dates for UPSC CDS (II)-

 Opening Date for C.D.S. EXAM.(II) 2016 Registration  18 July 2016
 Last Date for Submitting Application Form  12 August 2016
 Date of Examination  23 October 2016

CDS Exam is one of the most popular examinations for people who have a passion and zest to serve for their country. To acquaint yourself with the perks and pay scale of various defence officers, head on this link. In order to achieve the dream of fighting for your nation, you need to be familiar with the eligibility criteria and recruitment process. Let’s go through the essential details regarding the UPSC CDS (II) recruitment exam.


UPSC CDS (II) Eligibility Criteria 

The eligibility criteria for UPSC CDS (II) exam has been specified on the official website of UPSC. Before applying for the post, it is important for you to check essential requirements such as qualification, age limit etc.


As per UPSC CDS directives, the candidate must be either of the following:

  • Indian citizen
  • Only unmarried candidates
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A Tibetan refugee who must have come back to India before 1st January 1962 for staying here for the rest of their life.

Age Limit and Marital Status

For Indian Military Academy: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July,1992 and not later than 1st July,1997 only are eligible.

For Navel Academy: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July, 1992 (2nd July, 1990 in case of Naval Wing ‘C’ Certificate holders) and not later than 1st July, 1997 only are eligible.

For Air Force Academy: 20 to 24 Years as on 1st July, 2016 i.e. born not earlier than 02 July, 1992 and not later than 01 July, 1996 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 Yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02 July, 1990 and no

For Officer’s Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd July, 1991 and not later than 1st July, 1997 only are eligible.

For Officers, Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, widows who have not remarried and divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1991 and not later than 1st July, 1997

Education Qualification 

The education qualification for UPSC CDS (II) varies from post to post. For a clear understanding we have mentioned each in the table below:

Post Name

Educational Qualification

Indian Military Academy Degree of a Recognized University or Equivalent
Indian Naval Academy Degree in Engineering from Recognized University
Air Force Academy Degree of a Recognized University with Physics and Mathematics or Bachelor’s in Engineering
Officer’s Training Academy 103rd SSC Course Professional and Technical Qualification
Officer’s Training Academy 17th SSC Women Course

From the information provided above, you can deduce whether you are eligible for a particular post in UPSC CDS (II) or not. Before moving to the exam pattern, let’s have a look at the number of vacancies.


UPSC CDS (II) Vacancies

The total number of vacancies for UPSC CDS (II) is 413. However, the number of vacancies for the concerned posts vary from one another.  Name of the Post  No. of Vacancies
 1.  Indian Military Academy, Dehradun  150
 2.  Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala  45
 3.  Air Force Academy, Hyderabad  32
 4.  Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Men)  175
 5.  Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women)  11

After having a look at the eligibility criteria and number of vacancies, it is time for you to apply for the UPSC CDS (II) exam.


UPSC CDS (II) Application Process

The application process for eligible candidates can be done online by using the link mentioned below.


You need to fill two registration forms to complete the process. Make sure you have the necessary documents with you while you apply for UPSC CDS (II) exam. Follow these simple steps to complete your application process:

  • Fill in the registration form Part I of CDS exam (II) by entering your valid details
  • Click on ‘I agree’ button and a registration number will be generated for you. Note down this number or take a print out of the page.
  • For second part of the online process, you need to have: Scanned copy of your passport sized photograph (should be 3 to 40 kb in size and jpg format), Scanned copy of your signature (should be 1 to 40 kb in size and jpg format) and your debit card/ credit card details.
  • Enter all the necessary details in the second registration form.

We hope this article provides you with all the necessary details regarding the application process and eligibility criteria of UPSC CDS (II) recruitment exam. Let us know if you have any doubts or queries by posting them in the comment section below.

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