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CDS 1 2023 Notification

CDS 1 2024 Notification :- Union Public Service Commission published the Notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2024 on December 20, 2023. The examination is a national-level examination for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Officers’ Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy.

The exam is conducted twice a year and can be attempted in Hindi or English. It is an offline, written examination. The CDS 1 2024 exam will be conducted on 21st April 2024.

CDS 1 2024 Important Dates:

Events DATES
CDS 1 2024 Application Start Date20 December 2023
CDS 1 2024 Application Last Date09 January 2024
CDS 1 2024 Exam Date21 April 2024 (SUNDAY)
CDS 1 2024 Admit Card Download Date2 weeks before the exam
CDS 1 2024 Result Date (Expected)May – June 2024
CDS 1 2024 Official Notification20 December 2023 (Released)

CDS 1 2024 Notification:

The CDS 1 2024 notification released by the UPSC on the 20th of December 2023.

CDS 1 2024 Application Fee:

Candidates belonging to the General Caste and Other Backward Classes are required to pay the amount of Rs. 200/- as registration fees. Women and other castes are exempted from paying.

CDS 1 2024 Applications:

After the release of the notification, candidates can start applying for the exam by visiting the official UPSC website and clicking on “CDS 1 2024 Applications”. Fill in the form with accurate details and upload the application form.

CDS 1 2024 Admit Card:

Candidates can download their admit card from the official website two weeks prior to the examination. Carefully check your details and if there are any discrepancies, one can inform the authorities via email. Download and print your admit card and carry it for the exam.

CDS 1 2024 Eligibility Criteria:


  1. A Citizen of India
  2. A subject of Bhutan or Nepal
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1962, intending to permanently settle in India.
  4. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India. 

Candidates must have a certificate or proof given by the Indian Government in support of their assertion under points (2), (3), and (4). Candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal are not required to show any form of CDS eligibility certificate. A candidate who requires a certificate of CDS eligibility 2024 may be accepted to the examination provisionally, subject to the Government providing the appropriate certificate before the UPSC declares the results.

CDS 2024 Educational Qualification:

Military WingEducational Qualification
For the Indian Military Academy and Officers’ Training Academy Graduation from a recognized university.  
For the Indian Naval AcademyAn engineering degree from a recognized university.  
For the Indian Air Force Academy Bachelor of Engineering or graduation with physics and mathematics in class 12.  

Candidates who are appearing for their final year college exams are also eligible to attempt the CDS Exam. During the time of the SSB interview, an authentic graduation certificate must be provided to the board.

CDS 2024 Age Limit And Marital Status:

CDS 1 2024 Exam AGE LIMIT: Age limit plays a crucial role in this notification. UPSC follows strict rules considering the dates. The dates given by UPSC for CDS 1 2024 are:

INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY19-2402 Jan 2001 to 01 Jan 2006
INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMY19-2402 Jan 2001 to 01 Jan 2006
AIR FORCE ACADEMY20-2402 Jan 2001 to 01 Jan 2005
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (MEN)19-2502 Jan 2000 to 01 Jan 2006
OFFICERS’ TRAINING ACADEMY (WOMEN)19-2502 Jan 2000 to 01 Jan 2006

Age limit & Martial Status

Military WingAge LimitMarital Status
Indian Military Academybetween 19 and 24 yearsUnmarried
Indian Naval Academybetween 19 and 24 yearsUnmarried
Indian Air Force Academy20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2025 i.e. D.O.B b/w 2nd January,
2001 to 1st January, 2005 (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 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January,
2005 only are eligible.
Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not
permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to
Officers’ Training Academy  
SSC Women Non-Technical Course  between 19 to 25 years  Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees, in possession of divorce documents, who have not remarried are eligible.  
SSC Men Course  between 19 to 25 yearsUnmarried

Undesired Health Issues:

  • Wax in ears 
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele/Varicocele/Phimosis
  • Overweight/Underweight 
  • Piles 
  • Gynaecomastia 

Permanent body tattoos are completely forbidden anywhere on the body except on the inside face of the forearm (from the elbow to the wrist) and on the reverse side of the palm/back, dorsal, and side of the hand. Candidates with tattoos of specific tribes on their faces or bodies, as per their current customs and traditions, will be authorised in some situations.

Important Links

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1: How many times is the exam conducted in a year?

The CDS Exam is conducted twice a year and can be attempted in Hindi or English.

2. How many attempts can one give?

There are no restrictions on the number of attempts but one must adhere to the age limit.

3. When can I give the CDS Exam?

One can attempt the CDS Exam in the last semester of their graduation or can give the exam after the completion of the course.

4. When CDS 1 2024 exam will be conducted?

The CDS 1 2024 exam will be conducted on 21st April 2024.