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CDS Exam Date 2024 Out, Exam Schedule For UPSC CDS 2, Check Full Free Details

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CDS 2 Exam Date 2024 Out

UPSC has announced the important dates for CDS 2 Exam 2024 on its website upsc.gov.in as part of the 2024 calendar. The CDS 2 exam is scheduled for September 1, 2024. Key dates are listed in the table below.

CDS 2 Exam Date 2024
CDS 2 Official Notification Release Date 15th May, 2024
CDS 2 Online Registration Start Date 15th May, 2024
CDS 2 Online Registration Last Date 04th Jun, 2024
CDS 2 Number of Vacancies To be updated
CDS 2 2024 Exam Date 1st September 2024 (Sunday)
CDS 2 Result Release Date To be updated
Official Website upsc.gov.in

CDS 2024 Highlights

Candidates selected through CDS join as commissioned officers. They undergo training in the respective defence academies. The table below provides some important exam highlights for CDS 2024.

CDS 2024 Exam Highlights
Exam name Combined Defence Services Examination
Conducting institute Union Public Service Commission
Exam Level National
CDS syllabus Maths, English and General Ability Test (GAT)
CDS pattern The written exam conducted in pen-and-paper mode
No. of test cities More than 70
Exam frequency Twice a year
Exam fees INR 200 (SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment)
Eligibility Passed graduation or are appearing in the same
Exam purpose Admission of candidates for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training
Exam website  upsc.gov.in


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NDA Exam Pattern 2024, Subject Wise Exam Pattern For GAT and Maths

NDA Exam Pattern 2024 : Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the NDA exam pattern in its notification. NDA exam is conducted using pen and paper. All questions are multiple choice. The exam consists of two papers: Mathematics and General Aptitude Test (GAT). There are total 270 questions in NDA exam and it is worth total 900 marks. Candidates must obtain at least 25% marks in each paper. Negative marking is applied for wrong answers.

CDS 2 Exam Schedule

Candidates should reach the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the CDS examination. Entry to the examination venue will close 10 minutes before the start of each session. CDS exam timings for English, General Knowledge (GK) and Elementary Mathematics are given below.

Paper Exam Timings
English 9:00 am to 11:00 am
General Knowledge (GK) 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Elementary Mathematics 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Comparison Between Similar Defence Exams

Candidates preparing for defense exams can check the exams similar to CDS. Comparison between CDS (Combined Defense Services), AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test), and NDA (National Defense Academy) is given in the table below:

Full Form Combined Defense Services Air Force Common Admission Test National Defense Academy
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Indian Air Force UPSC (Written Exam) and Services Selection Board (SSB) for Interviews
Level Graduate Level Graduate Level 10+2 (12th Grade) Level
Branches Army, Navy, Air Force Indian Air Force Army, Navy, Air Force
Age Limit 19-25 years 20-26 years 16.5-19.5 years (10+2 level)
Eligibility Graduation in any discipline Graduation in any discipline 10+2 (12th Grade) pass
Exam Pattern Written Exam (English, GK, Maths) + SSB Interview Written Exam (Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, GK) + EKT (for technical branches) + SSB Interview Written Exam (Maths, General Ability) + SSB Interview
Selection Process Written Exam, SSB Interview, and Medical Examination Written Exam, EKT (for technical branches), SSB Interview, and Medical Examination Written Exam, SSB Interview, and Medical Examination
Training Academy Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) Air Force Academy (AFA) National Defense Academy (NDA)
Commission Offered Permanent Commission (PC) for men and Short Service Commission (SSC) for women Short Service Commission (SSC) Permanent Commission (PC)


What is the CDS 2 2024 exam date?

The CDS 2 2024 exam date is scheduled for 01st September 2024.

What was the exam date for CDS 1 2024 exam?

The CDS 1 2024 exam date was for 21st April 2024.

What is selection process for CDS?

The CDS follows a three-stage recruitment process consisting of the -Written Test, SSB Interview, Medical Examination, Merit List.

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