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Combined Defence Services Exam on Feb 17

Kochi, Nov 11 2012:  The prestigious Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination will be held on 17th February, 2013.  The exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and the same entitles one for admission to various academic programmes offered at Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and  Air Force Academy among others.

Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies:

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 136th Course commencing in January, 2014  [including 32 vacancies reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]. 2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala-Course Commencing in January, 2014 Executive (Hydro/ General Service)  (including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate holders (Naval Wing). 3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January, 2014 i.e. No.195th F(P) Course. 4. Officers Training Academy, Chennai, 99th SSC Course (for Men) commencing in April, 2014. 5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai 13th SSC Women (Non- Technical) Course commencing in April, 2014.

Centres of Examination:


Conditions of Eligibility:

(a) Nationality : A candidate must either be : (i) a Citizen of India, or (ii) a subject of Bhutan, or (iii) a subject of Nepal, or (iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with  the intention of permanently settling in India, or (v) 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. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/ her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.

(b) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status : (i) For IMA-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 and not later than 1st January, 1995 only are eligible. (ii) For Indian Naval Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1992 (2nd January, 1990 in case of NCC Naval Wing ‘C’ Certificate holders) and not later than 1st January, 1995 only are eligible. (iii) For Air Force Academy-Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1991 and not later than 1st January, 1995 only are eligible. (iv) For Officers' Training Academy- (SSC Course for Men) : Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st January, 1995 only are eligible. (v) For Officers Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce  documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier  than 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st January, 1995. NOTE: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried  male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

(c) Educational Qualifications : (i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy-Degree of a recognised University or equivalent. (ii) For Indian Naval Academy : Degree in Engineering. (iii) For Air Force Academy : Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering. Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB. Candidates who are studying in the final year Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army HQ/Rtg. CDSE Entry, West Block III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR”, (OI & R Section) Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi- 110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters,‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled : (i) For admission to IMA, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy on or before 13th November, 2013. (ii) For admission to Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st February, 2014. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination. In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.

NOTE 1 : Candidates, who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.

NOTE 2 : Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admision to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled. NOTE 3 : In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying Training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation).

(d) Physical Standards : Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2013 as per guidelines

How to Apply:

Candidates are required to apply online only, by using the website www.upsconline.nic.in The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID(Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID. All candidates whether already in Government Service including candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications online direct to the Commission.

N.B.I Persons already in Government service, whether in permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are, however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department in writing that they have applied for the Examination.

N.B.II Candidates serving in the Armed Forces are required to inform their Commanding Officer in writing that they have applied for this examination. They are also required to submit NOC in this regard at the time of SSB interview.

The Online Applications can be filled upto 10th December, 2012 till 11.59 PM


Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

For details, see the link: http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2013/cds1/eng.pdf

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