[Updated] CDS (1) 2022 Notification, Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus & Exam Form last date

[Latest] CDS (1) 2022 Notification, Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus & Exam Form last date: CDS Exam is also known as the Combined Defence Services Examination. It is one of the most popular defence exams in the country which is conducted by UPSC twice every year. It is a combined exam for Army, Navy, and Air force.

In which women candidates can only apply for the Indian Army through the CDS exam and join the OTA Chennai. Male candidates can join the Army, Navy, and Air force through IMA, OTA, INA, and AFA respectively.

CDS (1) 2022 Notification, Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Fee

CDS (1) 2022 Exam official notification released for 341 vacancies for Male and Females candidates in the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce, Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy (Men & Women) for CDS 1 2022.
Eligible Students can apply online for post of CDS 1 2022 exam from 22nd December to 11th January 2022.

CDS exam is conducted twice a year.In this article we are going to share the Notification, Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus & Exam Form last date and many important things which are important for both male and female CDS Aspirants who are preparing for the CDS 2022 Examination.

CDS (1) 2022 exams are scheduled on 10 April 2022 (Mondays). Candidates attempting written exam must have passed interviews or medical testing to be considered for final selection. In this article we provided all the including important Online Application , Exam and Admit card releasing dates.

CDS Full FormCombined Defence Services Exam
CDS 1 2022 Written Examination Date10/04/2022
CDS 1 2022 Exam DurationOne Day
Last Date for Online Application11/01/2022 – 12:30am
Application feeUR/ OBC – Rs 200Female- ExemptedSC/ST – Exempted
Online Exam Form official link Click to Fill Form
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Application form, Exam date, eligibility criteria

CDS (1) 2022 Application Form


  1. The Online Applications can be filled upto 11th January, 2022 till 6:00 PM. 
  2. The online Applications can be withdrawn from 18.01.2022 to 24.01.2022till 6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications CDS Exam Pattern 2022.

CDS (1) 2022 Eligibility Criteria

FieldEligibilityAge Limit
Air Force AcademyB.E/B.Tech from a recognized university OR Degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics as subjects20 to 24 years. Upper age limit for students holding valid and current  Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 yrs
Indian Naval AcademyB.E/B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent19 to 22 years or candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan 1999 and not later than 1st Jan 2004
IMA (Indian Military Academy)Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university19 to 24 yearsShould not be born earlier than 2nd Jan 1999 and not later than 1st Jan 2004
Officers Training AcademyApplicant must be a graduate from a recognized university or equivalent19 to 25 years

CDS 2022 Age Limit

(i) For IMA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2004 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy : 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2023 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1999 and not later than 1st January, 2003 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid andcurrent Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs.i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2003 onlyare eligible.
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is notpermitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligibleto apply but during training period they will neither be provided marriedaccommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.{alertInfo}
(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) unmarried malecandidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January,2004 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issuelessdivorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried areeligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1998 and notlater than 1st January, 2004

CDS (1) 2022 Educational Qualifications: 

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai — Degree of a recognisedUniversity or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy— Degree in Engineering from a recognisedUniversity/Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics andMathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

CDS 2022 Exam Fee

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/– (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card.

CDS 2022 Exam Dates

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2022 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 10th April, 2022

CDS Vacancies 2022

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2022 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 10th April, 2022 for admission to the under mentioned courses :
Total No. of Vacancies for CDS (1) 2022 are 341 for Army, Navy and Airforce :
1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 100 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’Certificate]
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala— 22  [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate ]. 
3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) 32  [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC`C’ Certificate]
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 170
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) —17

How to fill CDS Exam 2022?

Candidates are required to apply online by using the website of UPSC,

CDS Exam Application Form 2022 instructions:
1. Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application formcontaining two stages with Part I and Part II as per the instructionsavailable in the above mentioned site through drop down menu.
2. The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees twohundred only). SC/ST candidates are exempted from payment of fee.using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using anyVisa/Master/ Rupay Credit/Debit Card.
3. Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have hisphotograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such amanner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not beless than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature.
4. A candidate must have his Matriculation Certificate ready prior tofilling up his application form. The details with. Candidate’s Name,Father’s Name, Mother’s Name & Date of Birth to be filled in OnlineApplication Form of the candidate should match exactly withparticulars mentioned in the Matriculation Certificate.
5. Candidate should also have details of one photo IDviz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ DrivingLicense/ Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/CentralGovernment. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided bythe candidate while filling up the online application form. Thecandidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whosedetails have been provided in the online application by him/her. Thisphoto ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate isadvised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/PersonalityTest/SSB. 
6. The Online Applications (Part I and II) can be filled from 22ndDecember, 2021 to 11th January, 2022 till 6:00 PM.

CDS Exam Admit Card 2022

CDS (1) 2022 Admit CardCDS (1) 2022 Admit Card Download
CDS 1 exam 10-Apr-2022
CDS 1 admit card Second week of March 2022 (Tentative)

CDS Exam 2022 Exam Pattern

CDS Exam 2022 Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, IFA:

Time Duration is 2 Hours for each paper

No Negative marking

General Knowledge100
Elementary Mathematics 100

CDS (I) 2022 Exam Pattern for Officer’s Training Academy

Time Duration is 2 Hours for each paper

No Negative marking

General Knowledge100

CDS 2022 syllabus

Check your cds syllabus 2022 pdf download here:


The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding ofEnglish and workmanlike use of words.


General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters ofeveryday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected ofan educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. Thepaper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a naturewhich candidate should be able to answer without special study.


Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Squareroots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work,percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio andproportion, variation.Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers.Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. FactorisationTheorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws oflogarithms, use of logarithmic tables.


Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory ofpolynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots andcoefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in twounknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations intwo variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneouslinear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in onevariable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions andconditional identities, Laws of indices.


Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°Simple trigonometric identities.Use of trigonometric tables.Simple cases of heights and distances.


Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles ata point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency oftriangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii)Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square,(viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.


Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figureswhich can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume ofcuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surfacearea and volume of spheres.


Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequencypolygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency. 

CDS 1 2022 Selection Procedure

According to CDS 1 2022 Notificaton follows a three-stage selection process with:

  • Stage 1: Written Test
  • Stage 2: SSB Interview
  • Stage 3: Medical Examination and final Merit List 

CDS Exam Centre

UPSC CDS 1 2022 exam will be held in 40+ CDS Exam Centers across India. The Examination of CDS 1 2022 will be held at the following Centres:

AgartalaGhaziabadPanaji (Goa)
AjmerGurgaonPort Blair
AhmedabadGwaliorPrayagraj (Allahabad)
Almora (Uttarakhand)IndoreRaipur
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)ItanagarRajkot
ChennaiKohimaSrinagar (Uttarakhand)
Gautam Buddh NagarNavi MumbaiWarangal

CDS 2022 Exam Results & Cut-Off

Official Cut off of th CDS 1 2022 Exam will be declared after the final merit list but for the expected cut off for CDS 1 2022 as per previous year Exams is :

InstitutionExpected Cutoff (Written Exam)
IMA115 – 125 
INA105 – 115 
AFA125 – 135
OTA (Men & Women)85 – 95

CDS Answer Key 2022

SubjectDownload Pdf
MathematicsAvailable soon
EnglishAvailable soon
General StudiesAvailable soon

How can I apply CDS exam 2022?

1. GO to official website — upsc.gov.in
2. Click on the UPSC CDSE 1 2022 link
3. Submit your basic information in part – I of the registration,
4. And in part II, Complete your payment and choose your exam center.
5. Upload your photo and sign as per requirements.\n6. Submit it and take a print out.

What will be the age limit for CDS 1 2022?

IMA – 24 yr
AFA – 24 yr
NAVY – 24 yr
OTA – 25yr

How many vacancies are in 2021 CDS?

Total No. of Vacancies for CDS (1) 2022 are 341 for Army, Navy and Airforce.

How many attempts are allowed for CDS?

There is no restrictions over no of attempts rather have age limit.

How much percentage is required for CDS exam?

To apply for this CDS 2022 exam candidate must have minimum 60% aggregate.

Which graduation is best for CDS exam?

There is separate paper for Maths and english for CDS 2022 exams, so these two subjects have more weightage

How should I start preparing for CDS?

Candidates appearing for CDS 2022 are advised to start preparation least 3 months before the examination. Follow proper study plan and give 6 – 8 hours especially for preparations.

What is the pass mark for CDS exam?

Total marks of the test for IMA, INA and AFA are 300 while it is 200 for OTA. Candidates are required to secure the minimum 20% qualifying marks in each subject.

Which subject is compulsory for CDS?

There is separate paper for Maths and english for CDS 2022 exams, so these two subjects have more weightage and also General knowlegde should be on your fingertips.

Is there any physical test for CDS 2022?

Yes, Students must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/syndrome/disability likely to interfere with the efficient performance of military duties in any terrain, climate, season incl sea and air, in remote areas, in austere conditions with no medical aid. Candidate also should be free of medical conditions which require frequent visit to medical facilities and use of any aid / drugs.

Can a final year student apply for CDS 2022?

Yes, final year students can apply for CDS 2022

Can girls apply for IMA?

Yes, Women can apply for the CDS exam. However, they cannot be taken into the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force on the basis of their selection in the CDS exam. CDS for girls is only for the recruitment for the post of OTA (Officer’s Training Programme).

Can a girl join Air Force through CDS?

No, Women can join Air Force through AFCAT exam.

How many times can a girl give CDS exam?

There is no limit for attempts rather than age limits.

Is maths compulsory for CDS exam?

Yes, Maths should your primary subject if only you want Airforce and Navy other than that Army does not required maths.

What is full form of IMA?

The full form of IMA is Indian Military Academy

What is the salary of CDS officer?

Lieutenant Level 10 = 56,100 -1,77,500

Is SSB interview tough?

Yes, 5 day regorous SSB test is not a cup of tea for everyone only mentally and physically fit student can pass.

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