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UPSC CDS 1 2024: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for the CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam 2024. This highly anticipated examination, conducted twice a year, offers aspiring candidates the opportunity to kickstart their careers in prestigious institutions such as the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officer’s Training Academy. The UPSC CDS 1 2024 follows a rigorous selection process, including a written test, interview round, and medical examination. Interested candidates can apply online starting from 20th December 2023 from official website link provided in the article.

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Overview

Recruitment AuthorityUnion Public service commission (UPSC)
Post NameLieutenant
Pay ScaleLevel-10 (Rs. 56100-177500/-)
Last Date to ApplyJanuary 9, 2024, up to 06:00 pm
Job LocationAll India
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Important Dates

CDS 2 2023 Notification Release Date20th December 2024
Online Registration Start Date20th December 2024
Online Registration End Date9th January 2024
Last Date to Pay Fees9th January 2024 till 6:00 pm
UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card Release DateTo be notified
UPSC CDS 1 Exam Date 202421st April 2024

UPSC CDS 1 Vacancy 2024

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala32
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Men)275
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Women)18

UPSC CDS 1 Notification 2024 Eligibility Criteria


  • A candidate must be unmarried and must fall into one of the following categories:
    • (i) Citizen of India
    • (ii) Subject of Nepal
    • (iii) Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Candidates belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above must possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India, except for Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
  • Candidates requiring a certificate of eligibility may be provisionally admitted to the examination, subject to obtaining the necessary certificate from the Government before the declaration of the result by UPSC.

Age Limit

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

  1. Only unmarried male candidates born between 2nd January 2001 and 1st January 2006 are eligible

Indian Naval Academy

  1. Only unmarried male candidates born between 2nd January 2001 and 1st January 2006 are eligible

Air Force Academy

  1. Age: 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2025 (born between 2nd January 2001 and 1st January 2005)
  2. Relaxation to 26 years for candidates with current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA
  3. Candidates below 25 years should be unmarried

Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)

  1. Only unmarried male candidates born between 2nd January 2000 and 1st January 2006 are eligible

Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

  1. Only unmarried women or widows or issueless divorcees who have not remarried and born between 2nd January 2000 and 1st January 2006 are eligible

Common Conditions:

  • Male divorcees and male widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male

Educational Qualifications

(i) For Indian Military Academy (I.M.A.) and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai:

  • A candidate must possess a degree from a recognized university or its equivalent.

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy:

  • A candidate must have a degree in Engineering from a recognized university or institution.

(iii) For Air Force Academy:

  • A candidate must have a degree from a recognized university.
  • Additionally, candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level.
  • Alternatively, candidates with a Bachelor of Engineering degree are also eligible.

Candidates with Army/Navy/Air Force as their first choice are required to submit proof of graduation/provisional certificates at the commencement of the SSB (Services Selection Board) Interview.

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Selection Process

The Selection Process for the UPSC CDS 1 2024 includes the multiple stages:

  • Written Exam
  • SSB/ Personality Test/ Interview/ Medical Examination/ DV
  • Merit

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Exam Pattern

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

English 100
General Knowledge 100
Elementary Mathematics  100
Total 300

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy:

English 100
General Knowledge 100
Total 200
  1. Maximum Marks:
  • The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and interviews are equal for each course.
  • The maximum marks for the written examination and interviews are as follows:
    • Indian Military Academy: 300 marks each
    • Indian Naval Academy: 300 marks each
    • Air Force Academy: 300 marks each
    • Officers’ Training Academy: 200 marks each
  1. Question Format:
  • The papers in all subjects will consist of objective type questions only.
  • The question papers for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.
  1. Metric System:
  • In question papers, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures will be set when necessary.
  1. Writing Answers:
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand.
  • They are not allowed to use a scribe to write answers on their behalf.
  1. Qualifying Marks:
  • The Commission has the discretion to determine the qualifying marks in any or all subjects of the examination.
  1. Use of Calculator:
  • Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets).
  • They should not bring calculators into the Examination Hall.

CDS 1 2024 Salary Details

RankLevelPay Scale
LieutenantLevel 10Rs 56,100-1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10BRs 61,300-1,93,900
MajorLevel 11Rs 69,400-2,07,200
Lt ColonelLevel 12ARs 1,21,200-2,12,400
ColonelLevel 13Rs 1,30,600-2,15,900
BrigadierLevel 13ARs 1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 14Rs 1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 15Rs 1,82,200-2,24,100
HAG+ScaleLevel 16Rs 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army CDR/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 17Rs 2,25,000 (fixed)
COASLevel 18Rs 2,50,000 (fixed

How to Apply for UPSC CDS 1 2024

To apply for UPSC CDS 1 2024, you can follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at
  2. On the homepage, navigate to the “Examinations” tab and click on it.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Active Examinations” or “Combined Defence Services Examination” to find the CDS 1 2024 notification.
  4. Click on the link for the CDS 1 2024 notification to access the detailed information and instructions.
  5. Carefully read the notification and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the examination.
  6. Once you have confirmed your eligibility, click on the “Apply Online” or “Part I Registration” link provided in the notification.
  7. Fill out the online application form with the required personal, educational, and contact details. Make sure to enter the information accurately.
  8. Upload scanned copies of your photograph and signature as per the specified dimensions and file size mentioned in the instructions.
  9. Pay the application fee through the available online payment options. The fee details will be mentioned in the notification.
  10. After completing the application form and fee payment, submit the application online.
  11. Take a printout of the submitted application form for future reference.

CDS 1 2024 Application Fees

CategoryApplication Fee
Gen/ OBC/ EWSRs. 200/-
SC/ST/ Sons of JCOs/ ORs/ FemaleRs. 0/-
Payment ModeOnline/ Cash

Important Links

UPSC CDS 1 2024 Notification PDFNotification
UPSC CDS 1 2024 Apply OnlineApply Online
UPSC CDS Previous Year PapersPrevious Question Paper
UPSC Official WebsiteUPSC
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