UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility, Salary, Cut Off, Vacancy, Selection Process

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the Combined Defence Services (1), 2022 exam on 10th April 2022 for admission of 341 vacancies in the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Officers’ Training Academy (both Men & Women). The last date for the online Application submission is 11th January 2022. The exam is held at national level twice in a year. In the CDS Exam, candidates will be asked questions from three sections – General Knowledge, Elementary Maths and English Language. In this article, we have shared the UPSC CDS (1), 2022 Exam details such as Exam Date, Eligibility, Vacancies, Application Process, Admit Card, Selection Process, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Cut Off, Salary & Previous Years Question Papers.

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Important Dates

Event

Date

Start of Application Process

22nd Decemebr 2022

Last date of Application Process

11th November 2022 Till 6 pm

Withdrawal of applications

18th January to 24th January 2022 till 6 pm

UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Admit Card Release

March 2022 (Tentative)

UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Exam Date

10th April 2022

Release of UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Result

May 2022 (Tentative)

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Eligibility

Nationality

(i) a Citizen of India, or

(ii) a subject of Nepal, or

(iii) 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. Candidates will have to produce Certificate issued by Indian authorities certifying their claim.

Age Limit, Marital Status, Education Eligibility (Institution-wise)

Institution

Age Limit

Education

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy

19 to 24 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university

Unmarried male candidates

Air Force Academy

20 to 24 years

 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and
current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. 

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university OR Degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics as subjects

Unmarried male candidates

(Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not
permitted during training)

Indian Naval Academy

19 to 24 years

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent

Unmarried male candidates

Officers Training Academy

(SSC Course for men)

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent

Unmarried male candidates

Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized

Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless
divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses. 

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Vacancies

Institution Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

154th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2023 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’
Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Course commencing in January, 2023 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) Training Course commencing in January, 2023
 i.e. No. 213 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)

117th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing
in April, 2023 

170

Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 

31st SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April, 2023.

17

Total

341 vacancies

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Application Process

(i) Candidates are required to apply online ONLY on the official website of UPSC. Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. 

(ii) Upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for Examination/Personality Test/SSB.

(iii) Upload Photograph & Signature (Image should be in .jpg format of minimum 20 KB and maximum 300 KB)

(iv) Select examination centre, Pay Exam Fees and accept Declaration, and Submit. Download a copy of the application form for future use.

Note: On successful completion of the application process, an auto-generated email message will be sent on registered email-ids of the candidates. Moreover, the candidates need to carry the same Photo ID proof uploaded by them on the application form to the exam centre. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination.

UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Apply Online

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Application Fee

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees two hundred only) [except female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- 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.

All female candidates and candidates belonging to scheduled castes/scheduled tribes are not required to pay any fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to obc candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee.

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Admit Card

Candidates will be able to download e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. Download the UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Admit Card by following the given steps:

Step 1: Visit the UPSC website

Step 2: Click on Combined Defence Services Examination Admit Card link

Step 3: Enter credentials like Roll Number & Date of Birth

Step 4: Click on Submit Button

Step 5: Download and take a printout of UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Admit Card

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Selection process

The UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Selection Process comprises two stages:

  • Written Examination
  • Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test

Admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy will be made on the results of the written examination followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board of candidates who qualify in the written examination.

Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and intelligence Test has been introduced at Service Selection Boards. All the candidates will be put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres. Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests

WRITTEN EXAMINATION

The Written Exam in the UPSC CDS (1) 2022 consists of subjects including English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics as per the Institutions. The UPSC will prepare a list of candidates who will obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Written Exam as decided by the Commission. These candidates will be called for the Intelligence and Personality Test.

INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST

The SSB Test procedure in the UPSC CDS (1) 2022 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. The details are:

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

(b) 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 www.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. There are no separate weightage for each test.

NOTE:

Candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) written examination and (ii) SSB test as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board respectively.  The candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the SSB tests.

Success at the examination confers no right of admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy or the Officers’ Training Academy as the case may be. The final selection will be made in order of merit subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects and number of vacancies available.

UPSC CDS 2021 Exam Pattern

The CDS exam will be conducted in offline mode. The Written Exam in the UPSC CDS (1) 2022 consists of subjects including English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics as per the Institutions. The papers will consist of Objective Type questions only. The questions papers (test booklets) of Elementary Mathematics & General Knowledge will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively. 

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Subjects

Maximum Marks

Duration

General Knowledge

100

2 Hours

English Language

100

2 Hours

Elementary Mathematics

100

2 Hours

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy

Subjects

Maximum Marks

Duration

General Knowledge

100

2 Hours

English Language

100

2 Hours

UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Syllabus

English

General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

Questions will test candidates’ understanding of English and vocabulary

Current events

History

Geography

Arithmetic

Algebra

Trigonometry

Geometry

Mensuration

Statistics

UPSC CDS (1) Syllabus 2022: Check Exam Pattern & Syllabus for Written Exam & SSB Interview of Combined Defence Services

UPSC CDS  Cut off Marks 2022

Candidates must score the Cut-off marks to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. The UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Cut off marks will be officially by the Commission after the announcement of Results. Meanwhile, check here the UPSC CDS (1) Exam Previous Years Cut-off Marks (2020 and 2019).

Cut off marks of UPSC CDS (1) 2020

Institution Written Exam Final Exam
  Aggregate marks of last qualified candidate* Marks of last recommended
IMA 130 250
INA 118 242
AFA 143 274
OTA (Men) 93 173
OTA (Women) 93 177

*Subject to a minimum of 20 per cent marks in each paper.

Cut off marks of UPSC CDS (1) 2019

Institution Written Exam Final Exam
  Aggregate marks of last qualified candidate* Marks of last recommended
IMA 116 242
INA 105 233
AFA 129 264
OTA (Men) 78 160
OTA (Women) 78 162

UPSC CDS (1) 2022: Salary & Perks

Pay scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy

Rank Level (Pay in Rs.)
Lieutenant Level 10 56,100 -1,77,500
Captain Level 10 B 61,300- 1,93,900
Major Level 11  69,400 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel  Level 12A 1,21,200 – 2,12,400
Colonel Level 13 1,30,600-2, 15,900
Brigadier  Level 13A 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General  Level 14 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale  Level 15 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COAS Level 18 2,50,000/-(fixed)

MSP to the officer as follows:

Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of
Lieutenant to Brigadier
Rs 15.500 p.m. fixed 

Fixed Stipend for cadet Training

Stipend to Gentlemen or Lady Cadets during the
entire duration of training in Service academies i.e.
during training period at IMA and OTA. 
Rs 56,100/-p.m.* (Starting
pay in Level 10)

Perks

Flying Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Siachen Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Free Rations, Transport Allowance, Children Education Allowance, Medical Aid, Annual Leaves (60 days a year), Casual Leaves (20 days a year). The officers and their families are entitled to free medical aid, accommodation on concessional rent, group insurance scheme, group housing scheme, family assistance scheme, canteen facilities, etc.

UPSC CDS (1) 2022 Notification PDF

UPSC CDS Question Paper 2021: Download PDF

Download the question paper of the UPSC CDS 1 2021 exam of all the subjects from the links given below:

Elementary Mathematics

English

General Knowledge

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