CDS 2 2021 Exam: Result, Interview and Selection

CDS 2 2021 Exam: Result, Interview and Selection

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: Nov 29, 2021CDS exam is a National Level Entrance exam conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. Get to know about the UPSC CDS 1 & 2 exam details here.
CDS exam is a National Level Entrance exam conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November. Get to know about the UPSC CDS 1 & 2 exam details here.
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CDS 2 Exam Date 2021  -Nov 14, 2021

CDS 2 2021 Exam Notification

UPSC CDS 2 2021 Notification PDF out on 4th August 2021. UPSC has rolled out the CDS 2 2021 notification which has many non-technical vacancies including SSC Women for the candidates who dream to join the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force. The CDS 2 2021 application form link is also activated at the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. The last date to submit the CDS 2 online form is applicable till 24th August 2021.

UPSC has already released CDS 2 2021 exam date schedule with the official calendar. As per the notice, CDS 2 exam is scheduled to take place on 14th November 2021. With the official CDS 2 notification 2021, UPSC will release important details such as apply online link, fee, eligibility, syllabus, pattern, salary, etc. Candidates can download the CDS 2 notification PDF for complete information below.

CDS 2 2021 Notification, Download PDF Now!

CDS 1 2021 Notification

UPSC has released the CDS 1 exam 2021 notification on its official site The CDS 1 2021 online application commenced on 04th August 2021. This exam is one of the biggest opportunities for candidates who want to pursue a career in this field. Women/girls can also apply for the CDS exam under the posts of Officer Training Academy (OTA) only. 

UPSC CDS 1 2021 Notification PDF, Download Here!

CDS Exam 2021 will be conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of the following posts:

  • Indian Military Academy,
  • Indian Naval Academy,
  • Air Force Academy and
  • Officers Training Academy (male & female).

If you are preparing for the CDS exam 2021, get updated with CDS 2 2021 Notification PDF, exam date, application form link, vacancies, eligibility, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, selection process, salary and more.

CDS 2 2021 Exam Latest News

CDS 2 2021 exam was conducted successfully at all the test centers. Candidates can check the CDS 2 2021 exam analysis provided here by the experts of BYJU's Exam Prep. Know the types of questions asked from each paper, the good attempts difficulty level, expected cut off, and more for the CDS 2 2021 exam.

CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2021 (14 November), Check Here!

CDS 2 admit card 2021 direct link activated. UPSC has released the direct link to download the CDS 2 2021 admit card for the candidates who have successfully submitted the online applications before the last date.  Given below is the direct link to download CDS 2 Hall Ticket 2021. 

CDS (2) Admit Card 2021, Click here to Download

Previously, CDS 2 2021 Notification was released on the official website of UPSC. Union Public Service Commission issued the CDS notification and controls the entire examination process. Thus, the candidates who wish to participate in the recruitment process and give wings to their dreams must have applied for the CDS 2 exam before 24th August 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.

Latest Updates: -

  • 14th Nov 2021: CDS 2 2021 exam conducted successfully.
  • 22nd Oct 2021: CDS 2 2021 Admit Card released.
  • 05th Oct 2021: CDS 2 2020 final cut off and answer key released.
  • 01st Oct 2021: CDS 2 2020 Final Result out.
  • 25th Aug 2021: CDS 2 2021 application form link closed.
  • 04th Aug 2021: CDS 2 2021 application form link-activated now.
  • 04th Aug 2021: CDS 2 2021 Notification released.

CDS 2 2021 Exam Highlights



Name of exam

Combined Defence Services Examination

Conducted by

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 

Exam level


Exam frequency

Twice a year

Exam mode


Exam mode

Two hours

Language of question paper

English and Hindi

Application Fee

INR 200/-

Exam Purpose

To select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force


CDS I: 345

CDS II: 339

No of the test cities


Official Website

CDS 2 Exam 2021: Result & Interview Dates

Check below all the CDS 2021 important dates including application form dates, exam dates, admit card dates, and more. Stay updated and plan accordingly to prepare in the best manner for CDS 2 2021 exam.

EventsImportant Dates
CDS 2 2021 Notification Release Date4th August 2021
CDS 2 2021 Apply Online Begins4th August 2021
Last date to Apply online24th August 2021
CDS Admit Card 202122nd October 2021
CDS 2 2021 Exam Date14th November 2021
CDS 2 Result 2021December 2021

CDS 2 Vacancy 2021 Department-wise

UPSC has released the CDS 2 vacancy details along with the official notification. We have updated the department-wise vacancy details below for your reference. Also, you can have a look at the previous year's CDS vacancies to understand the recruitment process.

CDS 2 Vacancy 2021


Number of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun- 153rd (DE) Course commencing in July 2022

[including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]


Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala- Course 22 commencing in July 2022 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 03 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special Entry) holders]


Air Force Academy, Hyderabad- (Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course commencing in July 2022 i.e. No. 212 F(P) Course.

[including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]


Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)- 116th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022



Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)- 30th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2022.




CDS 1 Vacancy 2021

UPSC CDS 1 2021 vacancy details are given below for every post released under the official notification. A total of 345 vacancies are rolled out including women vacancies as stated below:


Number of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun


Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala


Air Force Academy, Hyderabad


Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)


Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)




CDS 2 Vacancy 2020

For CDS 2 2020 exam the vacancy has been released. Check the CDS 2 2020 Tentative vacancy below:

CDS CourseTotal Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala26
Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Men)169
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women)17
Total CDS Vacancy 344

CDS 2 Application Form 2021 Procedure

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC CDS 2 2021 online application link will be activated on 04th August 2021 at the official website of UPSC. The last date to submit the CDS 2 application form is 24th August 2021. The facility to withdraw the CDS 2 2021 application form will be made available after the closure of the application process.

Candidates who wish to participate in the process have to successfully apply online for CDS 2 2021 exam. For your convenience, we will update the direct link to fill CDS 2 2021 application form hassle-free. Thus, make sure you don't wait for the last date.

UPSC CDS 2 2021 Apply Online, Direct Link

CDS 2 Apply Online 2021

The online Application for UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam will start on 04th August 2021. Below you can go through the general instructions that a CDS candidate should follow for ease in form submission.

How to Apply for CDS 2 2021 Exam?

Follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS 2 Exam 2021:

  • On the Page click on the column "Click Here for PART I भाग- I के लिए यहां क्लिक करें" against Combined Defence Services Examination (II)
  • Under the section of PART I read the instruction carefully and at the Bottom click on Yes / हां.
  • Now the Application form will appear, fill in your personal and contact details.
  • Select the preference for the academies as per age & qualification.
  • Now continue to the next step. The Registration ID would be generated.
  • The candidates should then head to "Part II" of the application form.
  • The next step is to deposit the fee of ₹ 200/-.
  • Once the fee payment is done, select the desired examination centre.
  • Upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature as per the file size & dimensions specified in the official notification.
  • Click to "Submit".
  • Print/ Download the application form for future use.

CDS Application Fee

  • The fees for the CDS application form is ₹ 200/-
  • SC/ST/Females are exempted from fee payment.
  • The payment submission is available in both offline and online mode.
  • The payment can be done via Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021

The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for CDS 2 2021 examination. Candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria of the UPSC CDS exam at the following levels:

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:

  • The Citizenship of India, or
  • The subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  • Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  • An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settlement purposes in India.

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of CDS 2 2021 exam for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

DepartmentAge limitAge
Indian Military Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2003
Indian Naval Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2003
Indian Air Force Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2002
Officers' Training Academy19-24not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2003

Gender Requirement for Different Posts

Indian Military AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Naval AcademyMaleUnmarried
Indian Air Force AcademyMaleUnmarried/Married
Officer Training AcademyMaleUnmarried
Officer Training AcademyFemaleUnmarried

What Physical Standards are Required?

The aspirants who have applied for different posts of the CDS exam should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

3. Educational Qualification

Check the educational qualification requirement of the UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam for different job posts from the table below.

PostEducational Eligibility Criteria
IMAGraduate from Recognized University
INAEngineering Degree from Recognized University
AFAEngineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTAGraduate from Recognized University

CDS Salary 2021: Grade Pay and Growth

The salary of CDS officers during the training period will receive a fixed stipend amount for all the officers at the equivalent levels of Army, Navy, and Air Force. At present, the expected stipend for the training period is ₹ 56,100 per month.

CDS Rank-wise Salaries 2021

RankLevelGrade Pay
LieutenantLevel 10₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B₹ 6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 11₹ 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A₹ 1,21,200 – 2,12400
ColonelLevel 13₹ 1,30,600-2, 15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A₹ 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 14₹ 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15₹ 1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 16₹ 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 17₹ 2,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 18₹ 2,50,000/-(fixed)

CDS Carrer Growth & Promotion

The promotions of CDS officer under their tenure are enlisted below: -

  • Captain- Two years of commissioned service
  • Major- Six years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant Colonel- Thirteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel- Fifteen years of commissioned service
  • Colonel (TS)- Twenty-six years of commissioned service
  • Major General- Twenty-five years of commissioned service
  • Brigadier- Twenty-three years of commissioned service
  • Lieutenant General- Twenty-eight years of commissioned service
  • General- No restrictions
  • Lieutenant- Promotion only after completion of training

CDS 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2 2021 exam should be aware of the latest CDS syllabus and exam pattern. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

1. CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS 2 2021 is divided into two sections:

  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Interview

The exam pattern of the CDS 2 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

1.1 CDS Exam Pattern for IMA, INA & OTA

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours

1.2 CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with a total of 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours

2. CDS Syllabus 2021

Candidates should be aware of the subjects of the CDS syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of the CDS 2021 Exam for its thorough preparation.

General Knowledge
  • Current affairs of the last 4-5 months from the examination date.
  • History
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Basic Grammar
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension Solving
  • Error Spotting
  • Para Jumbles
Elementary Math
  • Natural numbers
  • Integers
  • Percentages
  • Rational and Real numbers
  • Time & work
  • Time & distance
  • Profit & loss
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Prime and composite numbers
  • Simple and compound interest
  • HCF and LCM
  • Euclidean algorithm
  • Geometry
  • Logarithms
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Mensuration

CDS Selection Procedure

Below is the important detail for the UPSC CDS Selection procedure. Check it out.

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts is done on the basis of:

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview/Personality Test
  • Document Verification
  • Medical Examination

A Merit list is prepared for those students who obtain good marks in the written examination and SSB Interview. Again note the final round of selection is based on the medical fitness for all available posts.

Note: The written exam of OTA consists of only 2 test, GK and English.

CDS 2 Preparation 2021

Follow the best preparation tips and the strategy to clear the CDS 2 2021 exam. Below is the right study material you should follow.

CDS Previous Year Questions Papers

For hassle-free preparation, proper practice of the CDS previous year question papers is a must. Applicants who are aware of the syllabus and exam pattern of CDS 2 2021 will easily understand the type of questions that are asked in the exam.

The level of questions and the topics covered in previous exams also helps one understand the approach to solve the question paper of the upcoming CDS exam. Candidates should keep attempting the previous year's papers along with the regular preparation of the CDS exam. This practice will come in handy while solving the question paper of the CDS exam.
Check also the best study plan for CDS exam.

CDS Mock Test Series

Attempting the CDS mock test series will help you in achieving high score marks in the CDS 2 2021 exam. With the regular practice of the CDS mock test, you can grab the required speed and accuracy to ace the exam. Start with a Free mock test now.

CDS Online Coaching

BYJU'S Exam Prep is providing the online live classes for the CDS exam, mentored by expert educators. These video lectures are supported with detailed study material, PDFs, practice questions, doubt classes, and much more.

The benefit of taking the CDS online coaching is to save time and use every minute for your preparation effectively. CDS live classes cover the in-depth syllabus to help you understand the topic deeply with a complete clarification. Moreover, the live classes further aim for time management skills along with smart study techniques.

CDS Books

To prepare for the CDS exam, it is important to have a hold on the best study material for proper guidance. Thus, below you can have a look at the subject-wise best books for the CDS exam trusted by experts.

  • Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition
  • Word Power Made Easy
General Knowledge
  • General Knowledge (Latest Edition)
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
  • Mathematics for CDS Examination

CDS 2 Admit Card 2021

UPSC CDS 2 Admit Card 2021 has been released on the official website of UPSC on 22nd October 2021. The direct link to download the CDS 2 2021 admit card is given below. Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their Registration ID & Roll No.

CDS 2 Admit Card 2021, Direct Link Active

Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam. All applicants are required to bring their admit cards to the examination center. None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their CDS admit card.

Examination Centre

Exam centers are allocated to the candidates to attend the CDS 2 2021 exam. The candidates who will apply for UPSC CDS 2 exams need to choose an appropriate examination center as per their feasibility. Check the list of state-wise examination centers/cities below:

Sr. No.StateExamination Centre
4Uttar PradeshAllahabad
6Uttar PradeshBareilly
7Madhya PradeshBhopal
9Tamil NaduChennai
10Tamil NaduCuttack
16Andhra PradeshHyderabad
18Arunachal PradeshItanagar
20Jammu and KashmirJammu
24West BengalKolkata
25Uttar PradeshLucknow
26Tamil NaduMadurai
31Andaman and NicobarPort Blair
36Himachal PradeshShimla
37Jammu and KashmirSrinagar
39Arunachal PradeshTirupati
41Arunachal PradeshVisakhapatnam

CDS Cut Off 2021

  • CDS Cut off will be officially released along with the declaration of the final result.
  • Candidates who are going to appear in CDS 2 2021 exam can get an idea of the expected marks which they should score to clear the upcoming exam.

CDS 1 2021 Cut Off

Name of Academy

Expected Cutoff (Written Exam)


 115 - 125 


 105 - 115 


 125 - 135

OTA (Men & Women)

 85 - 95

CDS 2 2020 Cut Off

Name of Academy

CDS Cutoff (Written Exam)







OTA (Men)


OTA (Women)


How to Check UPSC CDS Cut Off I & II exam?

In order to check the cut off of UPSC CDS Exam, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to the official website -
  • Now click on the "Examination" link in the header navigation.
  • Go to the drop-down menu and click on "Cut Off Marks”.
  • You will get a list of all the year-wise cut off marks.
  • Under section Year: 2019 you will find the PDF link for CDS 2019 (I /II). Click on this link.
  • A new window will be displayed, containing the Cut off marks of Phase I or II in a PDF format.
  • You can download this PDF for future use.

CDS 2 Result 2021

The CDS Result 2021 is released by the UPSC on its official site after the completion of the examination. UPSC will roll out the CDS result PDF including the roll number and name of the candidates qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence.

Only the candidates who appeared for the CDS examination will be eligible to view the CDS result status. You can check your result with the help of your roll number details as received along with the admit card or name-wise. We will update the direct link to view the result status below as soon as it is available officially.

Recently CDS has also released the CDS 2 2020 final result. Candidates can download the CDS 2 2020 final result through the direct link shared below or can also visit the official website of UPSC.

CDS 2 2020 Final Result Out, Download Here!

UPSC CDS 2 Result 2021, Link Inactive!

UPSC CDS 1 Result 2021, Download PDF!

How to Check CDS 2 2021 Result Online?

In order to check the result of the CDS exam, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Log in to the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (
  • Under the navigation section, click on the "Results" link.
  • Now check for the "UPSC CDS II Result" Link and click on it.
  • Fill in the required details such as Registration Number & Date of Birth.
  • Click on the "Submit" button.
  • Check your Result status corresponding to your Roll Number & Name.

CDS Answer Key 2021

The detailed analysis of the CDS 1 examination is done through the questions asked in the paper and CDS answer keys. With the answer key of CDS, you will get an idea of how many marks you might expect to score in the respective exam. Below is the direct link to access the CDS 1 answer key. We will also avail you the CDS 2 answer key direct link, after the successful completion of the examination.

Download CDS Answer Key PDF 2021

SubjectDownload Pdf
MathematicsClick Here
EnglishClick Here
General StudiesClick Here

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  • CDSE is a graduate level entrance examination. Those who possess graduation (or in the last year) and fall into the prescribed age group can apply for CDSE.

  • Age limit for Airforce Academy is 23 years, while that of others is 24 years. Only unmarried candidates can apply for CDSE.

  • Girls who meet all the eligibility criteria can apply for Officers Training Academy.

  • No, the examination has graduation as the minimum educational eligibility criterion.

  • Knowing the previous year cut off helps us to prepare better. Since the cut off varies on an yearly basis, therefore you can go through the last 6 years CDS cut off to prepare smartly.

  • There is no CDS officer as such. After selection, the candidates are taken in as GC or LC in the respective academy. Post-training, they are inducted as Lieutenant in Indian Army and equitable posts in other forces.

    The cadets are eligible for their monthly pay under CDS of Rs 56,100 per month. During the training, the cadets can a fixed stipend of Rs 6000 per month for pocket expenses in OTA and Rs 12,000 per month in other academies. The arrear is released as soon as the cadets complete their training.

  • It is just like any competitive examination. Start by understanding the exam syllabus and pattern. Post which picks study materials and starts preparing. BYJU'S Exam Prep has a lot of material for preparation and a lot more quizzes for practice.

  • The minimum age eligibility is 20 years. A candidate of age, possessing all the other eligibilities and below the maximum age can apply for each time the notification comes during that time.

  • CDS exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice in a year.

  • BYJU'S Exam Prep provides you the best online test series for the CDS exam to enhance your exam preparation and prepare smartly.

  • No, the exam is actually on the easier side. Focused preparation and persistent practice can make cracking the exam far easier.

  • There is one paper of ‘Elementary Mathematics’ for those applying for IMA, INA, and AFA. Those applying for OTA are not needed to take this test.

  • There is no age relaxation. The minimum and maximum eligible ages are the same irrespective of the categories.

  • An applicant applying for CDS must have or be able to acquire a graduate degree before the course starts. There is a minimum and maximum age eligibility as well, which stands at 21-23 years in AFA and 21-24 in other academies.

  • The Officers Training Academy located in Chennai is a training academy of the Indian Army that trains officers for the Short Service Commission. Its 49-week course is meant to prepare graduates for all branches of the Army, except for the Army Medical Corps.

  • There is one written exam phase which includes three papers (two in case of OTA). The candidates who pass this stage are then called in SSB for the academy they have applied for. Those passing the SSB interview are then taken for medical examination. After passing all these stages, an applicant transforms to a Gentleman Cadet (GC) or Lady Cadet in one of the premier defence academies.

  • UPSC conducts CDSE twice in a year. The exam notification is released usually in October and August. Candidates can apply for CDS through UPSC’s official website.

  • Once you have cleared the written exam you need to make sure that you get past the SSB interview and the medical examination as well. This might require a little effort from your side as an active person has a better chance of clearing these rounds. Start doing activities like GD for your mental conditioning, while cardio and agility building training will help in physical conditioning.

  • NCERT books of classes 6-12 form the basic material for the course. The content of these classes is very crucial in fact and concept building. In addition to this, one can refer to 'CDS Pathfinder' for a holistic syllabus structure. Also, practising the previous year papers is important, so aspirants can take any relevant book containing the previous year papers.

  • Yes, those candidates who can complete their graduation before the respective batches begin in the academies can apply for CDSE.

  • There are no percentage criteria for CDS application. The sole minimum requirement is the possession of Graduation degree.

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