CDS Exam 2017 : Application, Syllabus, Paper Pattern, Eligibility
CDS Exam 2017: What else can be more rewarding and satisfying than working in Indian Allied force and serving the nation? Those perfectly dressed young lads loaded with tons of energy and equipped with modern armed weapons/instruments exclusively designed for them, can smartly differentiate themselves from the common civilians. Yes, only Indian Army and allied forces can give you that status. If you too want to become one of them then CDS Exam 2017 is for you only.
Every year The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Common written examination for the selection of the candidates in the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS Exam 2017) and Officers Training Academy Courses (OTA). Shortlisted candidates from common written exams, therefore, go for the final interview & Psychology test to become one of the Officers of the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Indian Air Force Academy. This year Common written test will be held on 5th February 2017 (Sunday), for the selection of the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the CDS.
Eligibility for CDS Exam 2017 (I)
To appear for the CDS (I) 2017 one should have all these important eligibility criteria. A candidate should verify from the notified rules that he/she is eligible for admission to the examination. Keep in mind that the conditions prescribed cannot be relaxed.
A candidate must either be
(i) A citizen of India, or
(ii) A subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) A subject of Nepal, or
(iv) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st July, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) 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 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
(vi) Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
(B) Age Limit, Sex, and Marital Status:
(i) For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 1999 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1994 and not later than 1st January 1999 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2018 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1994 and not later than 01st January 1998 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1992 and not later than 01st January 1998 only are eligible.
(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd January 1993 and not later than 1st January 1999 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January 1993 and not later than 1st January 1999.
- Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly, they are not eligible for these courses.
- 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 apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
(C) Educational Qualifications:
(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
Things to keep in mind while applying for CDS (i) 2017 exam:
- Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of SSB.
- Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
- Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2017 [CDS Exam 2017]
- A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.
Number of Vacancies in CDS Exam 2017
This year total number of vacancies in CDS (i) are as follow.
|Name of the Course||Approximate No. of Vacancies|
|1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, 144th (DE) Course commencing in January 2018
[Including 19 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders].
|2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, commencing in January 2018 Executive
(General Service) [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders (Naval Wing)].
|3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in February 2018 i.e. No. 203 F(P) Course||32|
|4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, 107th
SSC (Men)(NT) Course commencing in April 2018)
|225. (Including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ certificate holders to NCC Special. Entry)|
|5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—21st
SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course
commencing in April 2018
- The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.
- Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity Officers Training Academy (OTA’s).
Rank and promotions offered By CDS Exam 2017 (i):
- Lieutenant (On completion of training)
- Captain (2 years commissioned service)
- Major (6 years of commissioned service)
- Lieutenant Colonel (13 years of commissioned service)
- Colonel (TS) (26 years of commissioned service)
- Colonel (15 years of commissioned service)
- Brigadier (23 years of commissioned service)
- Major General (25 years of commissioned service)
- Lieutenant General (28 years of commissioned service)
- General (No restrictions)
Selection Procedure and Scheme of CDS Exam 2017 (i) Examination:
The Union Public Service Commission holds the prime responsibility of conducting and short listing the appearing candidates on the basis of their marks obtained in Common Written examination. After qualifying the written, candidates shall appear before a Services Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test. The selection in CDS Exam 2017 (i) can be widely categorized in these two fields.
- Common written Examination.
- Interview and Psychology Test.
(A)Common written test:
The subject for common written exams will be math and General ability. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers of Mathematics and General Ability Test will be of bilingual in nature viz. Hindi and in English.
- For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:—
|General Knowledge Test||2 Hours||100|
|Elementary Mathematics||2 Hours||100|
- For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:—
|General Knowledge Test||2 Hours||100|
Syllabus of CDS (i) 2017 Common Written Examination:
- ENGLISH (Code No. 01):
The English question paper asked in CDS (I) 2017 [CDS Exam 2017] common written Exam will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words, Word correction, Error Finding and basic information about the use of articles and prepositions.
- GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02)
The General Knowledge will include current events such as matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
- ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03)
Elementary mathematics will cover the followings.
Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers, Fundamental operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
Elementary Number Theory— Division algorithm, Prime and composite numbers, Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11, Multiples and factors, Factorization Theorem, H.C.F. and L.C.M, Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
Algebra: Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered), Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns, analytical and graphical solutions, Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions, Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions, Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
Trigonometry: 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.
GEOMETRY: Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (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 normal, (ix) Loci.
MENSURATION: Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures
which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
STATISTICS: Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency.
(B)Interview and Psychology Test:
Based on the marks obtained in the common written examination successful candidate will be asked to appear for the two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test at Service selection boards (SSB) introduced at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards. The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process – stage I and stage II. Only, those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.
- Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on the combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
- Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website joinindianarmy.nic.in. The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist.
- Candidates who appear before the Services Selection Board and undergo the test there will do so at their own risk. They will not be entitled to claim any compensation or other relief from Government in respect of any injury which they may sustain in the course. Parents or guardians of the candidates will be required to sign a certificate to this effect.
- There is no separate weight for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in the entire test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board.
- The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and the ability in a candidate. Accordingly, candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.
How to Apply for CDS Exam 2017
Candidates are required to apply online by using the website www.upsconline.nic.in. Detailed instructions on how to fill up the form and other necessary credentials will be available on the above-mentioned website.
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 SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card. Payment mode is online only.
Exam Centres for CDS (i) 2017 Written Examination.
Important dates of NDA-NA (I) 2017 Examination:
|Date of Notification:||9th November 2016|
|Commencement of submission of online application:||
9th November 2016
Last Date for Receipt of Applications:
02nd December 2016 till 6:00 PM
Date of CDS Exam 2017 – (I):
|5th February 2017 (Sunday)|
Availability of e-Admit Cards:
|3 Weeks before the commencement of Exam (tentative)|
In case of any guidance or information regarding CDS Exam 2017 applications, candidates can contact UPSC’s facilitation counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over,
Phone no: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543(On working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hr)Let us know if something is missing in the above article! waiting for your feedback in the comment box For Any Query Related to Education and Career Ask Here: Edufever Forum