CDS Exam Application Form 2022: Step by Step Procedure & Documents Requirement

Last Modified: 05 May 2022

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2022 on 22nd December 2021. The application process got over on 11th January 2022. For CDS (II), the application form will be released on 18th May 2022. Applications for the CDS exam are to be submitted online through the official website. Here are the details related to the CDS 2022 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 an interview. The interview comprises two stages. Stage-I includes Officer Intelligence Rating tests and Stage-II includes interview, group testing task, psychology test, and conference. These tests are taken to check candidates’ physical and mental strength.

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CDS Exam 2022 Application Process

The application form for CDS-1 is available from 22nd December 2021 to 11th January 2022. And, the application form for CDS-2 will be released on 18th May 2022. Candidates will be allowed to submit their CDS 2 application till 14th June 2022. Please ensure to submit only one application. In the case of multiple application submissions, 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 2022?

  • 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 2022 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

The documents which are required for filling the CDS exam Application Form 2022 include the following:

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

How to get the UPSC CDS 2022 Admit Card?

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 2022 will be made available three weeks prior to the exam. Please note no admit card will be sent through the post.

CDS Exam Pattern

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 2022 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 2022 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

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 exams. 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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