CDS 2 2021:Notification PDF, Exam Date, Apply Online, Fee, Salary, Pattern, Syllabus

Finally, CDS 2 2021 Notification has been published by Union Public Service Commission on 04 August 2021 as per the UPSC Examination Calendar 2021 and some important dates are released officially by UPSC. Candidates who are interested to apply for UPSC CDS II 2021 notification can apply at and

As per the latest update on the CDS 2 2021 Exam 2021 notification, candidates can apply for the CDS 2 2021 exam on the official website from 4 August to 24 August 2021.

CDS 2 2021 Notification

UPSC CDS 2 2021 Notification PDF out on 4th August 2021. UPSC has rolled out the CDS 2 2021 notification which has many non-technical vacancies including SSC Women for the candidates who dream to join the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force. The CDS 2 2021 application form link is also activated at the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. The last date to submit the CDS 2 online form is applicable till 24th August 2021.

UPSC has already released CDS 2 2021 exam date schedule with the official calendar. As per the notice, CDS 2 exam is scheduled to take place on 04th November 2021. With the official CDS 2 notification 2021, UPSC will release important details such as apply online link, fee, eligibility, syllabus, pattern, salary, etc. Candidates can download the CDS 2 notification PDF for complete information below.

Important Dates

CDS 2 2021 Application Start Date04 August 2021
CDS 2 2021 Application Last Date24 August 2021
CDS 2 2021 Exam Date14 Nov 2021
CDS 2 2021 Admit Card Download DateBefore 3 weeks of exam
CDS 2 2021 Result Date (Expected)Jan – Feb 2022

CDS 2 Vacancy 2021

DepartmentNumber of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun- 153rd (DE) Course commencing in July 2022[including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala- Course 22 commencing in July 2022 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry) holders]22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad- (Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course commencing in July 2022 i.e. No. 212 F(P) Course.[including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)- 116th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022169 
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)- 30th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022.16

CDS 2 Apply Online 2021

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC CDS 2 2021 online application link will be activated on 04th August 2021 at the official website of UPSC. The last date to submit the CDS 2 application form is 24th August 2021. The facility to withdraw the CDS 2 2021 application form will be made available after the closure of the application process.

Candidates who wish to participate in the process have to successfully apply online for CDS 2 2021 exam. For your convenience, we will update the direct link to fill CDS 2 2021 application form hassle-free. Thus, make sure you don’t wait for the last date.

UPSC CDS 2 2021 Apply Online, Direct Link

CDS 2 Apply Online 2021

The online Application for UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam will start on 04th August 2021. Below you can go through the general instructions that a CDS candidate should follow for ease in form submission.

How to Apply for CDS 2 2021 Exam?

Follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS 2 Exam 2021:

  • On the Page click on the column “Click Here for PART I भाग- I के लिए यहां क्लिक करें” against Combined Defence Services Examination (II)
  • Under the section of PART I read the instruction carefully and at the Bottom click on Yes / हां.
  • Now the Application form will appear, fill in your personal and contact details.
  • Select the preference for the academies as per age & qualification.
  • Now continue to the next step. The Registration ID would be generated.
  • The candidates should then head to “Part II” of the application form.
  • The next step is to deposit the fee of ₹ 200/-.
  • Once the fee payment is done, select the desired examination centre.
  • Upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature as per the file size & dimensions specified in the official notification.
  • Click to “Submit”.
  • Print/ Download the application form for future use.

CDS Application Fee

  • The fees for the CDS application form is ₹ 200/-
  • SC/ST/Females are exempted from fee payment.
  • The payment submission is available in both offline and online mode.
  • The payment can be done via Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.

CDS Eligibility 2021

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS 2 2021 examination. Candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria of the UPSC CDS exam at the following levels:

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:

  • The Citizenship of India, or
  • The subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  • Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  • An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settlement purposes in India.

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2 2021 exam for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

DepartmentAge limitAge
Indian Military Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2003
Indian Naval Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2003
Indian Air Force Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2002
Officers’ Training Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2003

Gender Requirement for Different Posts

Indian Military AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Naval AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Air Force AcademyMaleUnmarried/Married
Officer Training AcademyMaleUnmarried
Officer Training AcademyFemaleUnmarried

What Physical Standards are Required?

The aspirants who have applied for different posts of the CDS exam should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

3. Educational Qualification

Check the educational qualification requirement of the UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam for different job posts from the table below.

PostEducational Eligibility Criteria
IMAGraduate from Recognized University
INAEngineering Degree from Recognized University
AFAEngineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTAGraduate from Recognized University

CDS Salary 2021

The salary of CDS officers during the training period will receive a fixed stipend amount for all the officers at the equivalent levels of Army, Navy, and Air Force. At present, the expected stipend for the training period is ₹ 56,100 per month.

CDS Rank-wise Salaries 2021

RankLevelGrade Pay
LieutenantLevel 10₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B₹ 6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 11₹ 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A₹ 1,21,200 – 2,12400
ColonelLevel 13₹ 1,30,600-2, 15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A₹ 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 14₹ 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15₹ 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 16₹ 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 17₹ 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 18₹ 2,50,000/-(fixed)

CDS Carrer Growth & Promotion

The promotions of CDS officer under their tenure are enlisted below: –

  • Captain- Two years of commissioned service
  • Major- Six years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant Colonel- Thirteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel- Fifteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel (TS)- Twenty-six years of commissioned service
  • Major General- Twenty-five years of commissioned service
  • Brigadier- Twenty-three years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant General- Twenty-eight years of commissioned service
  • General- No restrictions
  • Lieutenant- Promotion only after completion of training

CDS 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam should be aware of the latest CDS syllabus and exam pattern. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS 2 2021 is divided into two sections:

  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Interview

The exam pattern of the CDS 2 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

1.1 CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA & OTA

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours

1.2 CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with a total of 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours

2. CDS Syllabus 2021

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of the CDS syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of the CDS 2021 Exam for its thorough preparation.

General KnowledgeCurrent affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date.HistoryPhysicsBiologyGeographyPolitical Science
EnglishBasic GrammarSynonymsAntonymsComprehension SolvingError SpottingPara Jumbles
Elementary MathNatural numbersIntegersPercentagesRational and Real numbersTime & workTime & distanceProfit & lossRatio & proportionPrime and composite numbersSimple and compound interestHCF and LCMEuclidean algorithmGeometryLogarithmsTrigonometryStatisticsMensuration

CDS Selection Procedure

Below is the important detail for the UPSC CDS Selection procedure. Check it out.

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts is done on the basis of:

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview/Personality Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination

A Merit list is prepared for those students who obtain good marks in the written examination and SSB Interview. Again note the final round of selection is based on the medical fitness for all available posts.

Note: The written exam of OTA consists of only 2 test, GK and English.

CDS 2 Admit Card 2021

UPSC CDS 2 Admit Card 2021 will be available few days before at the official website of UPSC. We will update the direct link to download the CDS 2 2021 admit card below as soon as it is available officially. Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their Registration ID & Roll No.

CDS 2 Admit Card 2021, Direct Link Activates Soon!

Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam. All applicants are required to bring their admit cards to the examination center. None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their CDS admit card.

Examination Centre

Exam centers are allocated to the candidates to attend the CDS 2 2021 exam. The candidates who will apply for UPSC CDS 2 exams need to choose an appropriate examination center as per their feasibility. Check the list of state-wise examination centers/cities below:

Sr. No.StateExamination Centre
4Uttar PradeshAllahabad
6Uttar PradeshBareilly
7Madhya PradeshBhopal
9Tamil NaduChennai
10Tamil NaduCuttack
16Andhra PradeshHyderabad
18Arunachal PradeshItanagar
20Jammu and KashmirJammu
24West BengalKolkata
25Uttar PradeshLucknow
26Tamil NaduMadurai
31Andaman and NicobarPort Blair
36Himachal PradeshShimla
37Jammu and KashmirSrinagar
39Arunachal PradeshTirupati
41Arunachal PradeshVisakhapatnam

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