CDS Exam Application Form 2021: Step by Step Procedure & Documents Requirement

Published on : 23rd March 2021    Author : Om Prakash
CDS Exam

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2021 on 28th October 2020. The application process got over on 17th November 2020. For CDS (II), the application form will be released in August 2021. Applications for the CDS exam are to be submitted online through the official website. Here are the details related to the CDS 2021 application process.

CDS exam is a prestigious national level exam that is conducted twice a year for the recruitment of officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the Indian Defence Services. Both young men and women, who meet their eligibility criteria, can apply for this exam. Candidates are selected on the basis of a written test followed by the interview. The interview comprises two stages. Stage-I includes Officer Intelligence Rating tests and Stage-II includes interview, group testing task, psychology tests, and conference. These tests are taken to check candidates’ physical and mental strength.


Available Application Forms

CDS Exam Application Form 2021

The application forms for CDS-I were available from 28th October to 17th November 2020. And, the application forms for CDS-II will be released on 4th August 2021. Candidates will be allowed to submit their applications till 24th August 2021. Please ensure to submit only one application. In case of multiple application submission, only the application form with a higher Registration ID will be considered valid. Also, fees paid against one form will not be adjusted for the other form.

How to fill the CDS Exam Application Form 2021?

  • Go to the official website - https://upsconline.nic.in/
  • Click on the ‘Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC’ link.
  • The registration process can be completed in two parts – Part I and Part II.
  • Candidates are required to complete both parts for successful registration.
  • Complete all the details; upload scanned images of photograph and signature.
  • Make fee payment.
  • Take a printout of the successfully submitted application form.

CDS 2021 Application Fee

All candidates are required to pay ₹ 200/- (Two Hundred only) as the application fee. Candidates belonging to SC/ST category and female candidates (all categories) are exempted from fee payment. The fee is payable either through cash (to be deposited at any SBI branch) or net banking facility or using a Debit or Credit card.

Documents required for the CDS Exam 2021

The documents which are required for filling the CDS exam Application Form 2021 include the following:

  • X (Matriculation) mark sheet and certificate for Date of Birth verification
  • XII (Intermediate) mark sheet and certificate
  • Graduation mark sheet and certificate
  • Reservation certificate (if applicable)

How to get the UPSC CDS Admit Card 2021?

Candidates, whose application forms have been successfully accepted, will be able to download the admit card from the official website of UPSC. The CDS admit card 2021 will be made available three weeks prior to the exam. Please note no admit card will be sent through the post.

CDS Exam Pattern 2021

Prior to taking the exam, candidates must familiarize themselves with the exam pattern. The exam patterns for INA, IMA, AFA and OTA are tabulated below:

CDS 2021 Exam Pattern for INA, IMA, AFA

Topics

Maximum Marks

Duration

General Knowledge (GK)

100

2 hours

Elementary Mathematics

100

2 hours

English

100

2 hours

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CDS 2021 Exam Pattern for OTA

Topics

Marks

Duration

English

100

2 hours

General Knowledge (GK)

100

2 hours

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There will be negative marking in the exam for the wrong answer. One-third of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted as a penalty.

Tips for preparation of the CDS Exam 2021

There is no substitute for hard work for an exam. And, CDS is no exception. The exam pattern has been mentioned above. Keeping this into consideration, candidates should prepare for their exam. After a thorough study, solving papers of the last 4-5 years prove very useful. Apart from this, they should indulge themselves in online preparation that includes online practise tests, video lectures, live classes and online test series.

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