The CDS qualification standards are set by the exam conducting body which is the UPSC. Candidates interested in joining the UPSC CDS must meet the CDS eligibility criteria before taking the Combined Defence Services exam.
The CDS qualifying criteria will be discussed in full in this post. Before filling out the registration form, candidates can review the CDS exam eligibility requirements.
CDS Eligibility Criteria
In an official notification for the exam, the UPSC specifies the CDS eligibility in great detail. Candidates are able to check the CDS Notification for more information or you can visit BYJU’S Exam Prep for latest information.
In terms of CDS eligibility, aspirants should keep the following in mind:
- If an applicant fails to meet the required requirements, the organizing body holds the power to reject his or her candidature at any point of the recruiting process.
- The mere issuance of an Admission Certificate does not imply that the Commission has approved the candidate’s candidacy.
- If a candidate is appointed but later proved guilty, he or she may be dismissed.
- With the help of actual documents, the UPSC verifies the eligibility conditions. Once an applicant has passed the interview and Personality Test, the verification process begins.
- A candidate who requires an eligibility certificate for admission to the test, but an offer of employment will not be made until the required eligibility certificate is issued by the Indian Government.
Candidates who wish to fill out a CDS application form must first meet the following four CDS eligibility requirements:
- Age, Gender, and Marital Status in the CDS
- CDS Citizenship or Nationality
- Educational Qualification for CDS
- CDS Physical and Medical Requirements
CDS Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status
CDS Age limit varies for the male and female candidates.
|Eligibility – CDS Age Limit||Age Limit (In years)|
|Indian Naval Academy (INA)||19 years to 22 years|
|Air Force Academy||19 years to 23 years|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA)||19 years to 24 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)||19 years to 25 years|
|Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)||19 years to 25 years|
Eligibility Criteria for CDS – Educational Qualifications
For candidates to be eligible for the NDA examination, the Union Public Service Commission has established a minimum level of education requirement.
Graduation/Bachelors from a Government recognised university is the minimum qualification necessary to sit for the CDS exam. The following is a list of the specific CDS educational requirements:
|Education Qualification CDS Eligibility|
|Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)||Bachelor’s Degree From a recognised university|
|INA||Bachelors in Engineering from a recognised University|
|AFA||Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering
CDS Eligibility – Nationality /Citizenship
Candidates must meet the standards for nationality and citizenship to be eligible for the CDS exam.
Candidates who wish for applying for the CDS exam must possess the following qualifications:
- From and before January 1, 1962, an Indian citizen, a Nepalese subject, a Bhutanese subject, or a Tibetan refugee who are permanently residing in India.
- In the countries that are in East Africa like Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Vietnam and Ethiopia, a person whose ancestors were Indian and migrated to India from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Kenya, Uganda, , Malawi, Zaire, the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Vietnam.
If an applicant falls under categories (5), (4), (3), or (2), he or she must provide to the concerned recruiting body an eligibility certificate issued by the Indian government.
Candidates who are Nepalese Gorkha subjects, on the other hand, will not need to submit an eligibility certificate.
CDS Eligibility – Physical & Medical Standards
According to UPCS criteria, candidates must be physically and intellectually fit. Medical reasons disqualify a significant number of competent individuals. As a result, before applying for the CDS Exam, candidates are highly urged to have a medical examination.
Common defects found in candidates are –
- Phimosis/ Hydrocele, Underweight/ Overweight, lesser sized Chest, Piles Wax (Ears) Deviated Nasal Septum Wax (Ears) Deviated Nasal Septum Wax (Ears) Wax (Ears) Wax (Ears) Wax (Ears) Wax (E
- Gynaecomastia/ Tonsillitis
Note – Candidates with permanent tattoos on any body part will be disqualified from further consideration. On a case-by-case basis, tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing customs and traditions would be allowed.
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