CDS Application Form 2023

Jul 20, 2023, 16:45 IST

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released theUPSC CDS application form 2023. The examination is conducted twice a year to choose candidates for Indian Air Force, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, and Officers Training Academy. As of now, the application form is available on the official website,

The UPSCCDS application formare released twice for CDS (1) and CDS (2). Candidates who are found to be having prescribed eligibility criteria and submit the detailed filled form will be allowed to write the UPSC CDS (Combined Defence Service) examination.

CDS Application Form Important Dates

The impotant dates corresponding to the different events of the UPSC CDS exam are mentioned in the table below-

Registration Events CDS 1 (2023) CDS 2 (2023)
CDS application form release date December 21st, 2022 May 17th, 2023
Last date of registration January 10th, 2023 June 6th, 2023
CDS application form correction window January 18th to 24th, 2023 To be announced
CDS application form withdrawal date January 18th to 24th, 2023 To be announced
Exam date April 16th, 2023 September 3rd, 2023

CDS Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria is one of the important factors that have to be followed before filling the CDS application form.


  • The candidate should be a permanent citizen of India
  • One should have the relevant certificates to prove their eligibility for the examination.

Age Limit & Marital Status

The commission has prescribed the concerned age limit and marital status for the defence academies which will be participating in the UPSC CDS recruitment process.

Defence Academy Age Limit Marital Status
Indian Military Academy 19 to 24 years Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy 19 to 24 years Unmarried
Air Force Academy 20 to 24 years Unmarried
Officers' Training Academy (Men) 19 to 25 years Unmarried & Married
Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical) 19 to 25 years Unmarried, Widow & Divorcee

Educational Qualification

The final appointment of the candidate shall be done in three academies, namely, IMA, INA, AFA and OTA. The admissible education qualification to fill the CDS application form can be checked below.

Defence Academy CDS Educational Qualification
Indian Military Academy Candidate should have completed their Bachelor's Degrees in any of the Arts/Commerce/Science/Engineering stream from a recognised university.
Indian Naval Academy Candidate should have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering stream from a recognised college
Air Force Academy Candidate should have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University.
Officer Training Academy (Men) Candidate should have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University
Officer Training Academy (Women - Non-Technical) Candidate should have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University

CDS Application Form 2023

The CDS application form is available only in the online mode. While filling the same, they have to ensure that all the details are correct and error free. The following section consists of the correct steps to complete the formalities of CDS apply online.

How to Fill the UPSC CDS Application Form?

There are four phases in the CDS application form filling, check out the section below to know about the same.

Phase 1: Registration

  • Visit the official website of UPSC,
  • Click on the UPSC CDS application form link and proceed to registration section
  • Enter name, date of birth, gender, parent’s name, nationality, community, caste, category, educational qualification etc
  • Next, choose the NCC category along with the preference for theIMA, NA, AFA and OTA
  • Cross check the details and then move to the next phase

Phase 2: Application Fee Payment

  • Pay the CDS application fee as admissible to the candidate’s category
  • Check payment status and move to the next phase

Phase 3:Photo, Signature & Photo Identity CardUpload

  • Upload the required documents, photo, signature etc in the prescribed format and size limit
  • Submit the CDS application form on the dashboard and take its printout.

Phase 4: Center Selection

  • Login to the dashboard using the registration number and password
  • Choose the exam center from the list of cities available and then submit the details
  • Also, click on the agree to all declaration and complete the application form filling

Documents Required for UPSC CDS Application Form

A lot of details are required while filling theCDS 2023 application form. It is for hence, they have to keep the following documents handy while doing so.

  • Class 10th, 12th roll number
  • Academic certificates of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree
  • Adhaar Card
  • Caste Certificate
  • Scanned copy of signature, photograph and id proof within the limit of 20 KB to 300 KB

Application Fee

As per the notification, the candidates have to pay the application fee as admissible for their category. One has to pay this fee using any of the online payment mode i.e. Debit card, Credit card or UPI.

Categories CDS Application Fee
Unreserved Rs 200
Reserved/Female/PWD Nil

How to Withdraw CDS Application Form 2023?

Candidates who do not wish to write the UPSC CDS exam can choose to withdraw their application form. These has to be done within the prescribed timing as notified by the commission. The candidates are allowed to withdraw their CDS application form but will not get the refund of their application fee.

The correct steps to withdraw theCDS exam application form 2023can be checked in the section below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click on the CDS application form withdrawal link and proceed
  • Login with your registration number and password along with the captcha code
  • Enter the OTP sent on the email id and mobile number after opting for the application form withdrawal
  • Validate the OTP and then wait for the approval. Once the same is done, print the withdrawal reciept

UPSC CDS Exam Center

How to Choose UPSC CDS Exam Center?

While filling the CDS application form, the candidates have to choose the test center by themselves. The link to choose the exam center is activated soon after the application form filling is over. Refer to the section below o know about the correct steps for choosing theCDS exam center.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Login with your credentials, registration numbe, password and captcha code
  • Now, fill in details like name, date of birth, address, educational qualification etc and then choose the exam center city nearest to one’s address.

UPSC CDS Exam Centers

Candidates willing to write the UPSC CDS examination have to choose the exam center from the list as prescribed by the concerned authorities. Candidates have to mark their exam center from the list of the cities as available in the table below.

UPSC CDS Exam Center List
Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji (Goa)
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Gwalior Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry
Aligarh Imphal Pune
Almora (Uttarakhand) Indore Raipur
Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh) Itanagar Rajkot
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi
Bengaluru Jaipur Sambalpur
Bareilly Jammu Shillong
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla
Bilaspur Jorhat Siligudi
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar
Chennai Kohima Srinagar (Uttarakhand)
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane
Cuttack Kozhikode (Calicut) Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Leh Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Lucknow Tirupati
Dharwad Ludhiana Udaipur
Dispur Madurai Varanasi
Faridabad Mumbai Vellore
Gangtok Mysore Vijayavada
Gaya Nagpur Vishakhapatnam
Gautam Buddh Nagar Navi Mumbai Warangal

Also, Check

CDS Syllabus 2023 CDS Admit Card 2023
CDS Cut Off CDS Eligibility Criteria 2023


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How to Fill the CDS Application form?

Ans. Candidates have to fill the application form by visiting the official website of the commission,

Q2. How to Give Preference in CDS Application form?

Ans. Candidates can give their preference in the CDS application form by choosing the IMA, INA, AFA, OTA.

Q3. What is the CDS eligibility?

Ans. As per the official notification, candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Commerce, Science or Engineering.

Q4. What kind of Photo is Required in CDS Application form?

Ans. The photo should be clear and candidate’s face should be clear in the same in the size limit of 20 KB to 300 KB.

Q5. What is the CDS application fee?

Ans. The CDS application fee is Rs 200 for the unreserved category and NIL for the reserved category.

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