Notification for CDS 1 Exam 2022 is now available: On December 22, 2021, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) published the UPSC CDS notification 2022 at The online registration process for 371 vacancies began on December 22, 2021, and will run until January 11, 2022. The CDS 1 Exam 2022 is set to take place on April 10th, 2022. (Sunday).

Every year, the UPSC conducts the CDS Exam twice for aspirants interested in joining the Indian Air Force, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, or Officer’s Training Academy.

For final selection, aspirants who pass the written test will be invited to a medical examination and an interview round. We’ve covered everything you need to know about the CDS Exam 2022 in this article, including important dates, exam pattern, eligibility, selection process, vacancies, syllabus, and more.

UPSC CDS Notification 2022

On the 22nd of December 2021, the detailed advertisement and official notification for the CDS (I) 2022 Examination for 371 vacancies was released, containing all of the necessary exam information, including vacancies, important dates, how to apply, and other details.

Also Read: UPSC CDS Previous Year Question Paper: Exam Pattern and Selection Process

UPSC CDS Exam Dates 2022

Events  CDS-1 Dates CDS-2 Dates
CDS 2022 Notification Release Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration Start Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration End Date 11th January 2022 (6 pm) 14th June 2022
Online Application Withdrawn 18th to 24th January 2022 To be notified
CDS Admit Card Release Date 3rd week of March 2022 August 2022
CDS Exam Date 2022 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Unofficial) 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Official) May 2022 October 2022
CDS Result May 2022 October 2022
Interview Dates To be notified soon To be notified soon
Final Result To be notified soon To be notified soon

UPSC CDS Exam Vacancy 2022

Vacancy for CDS Exam 1 Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men 170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women 17
Total Vacancies 341

Online Application 2022

The exam 2022 online registration period will take place from December 22nd to January 11th, 2022. Online submissions will be approved until 6:00 p.m. on January 11, 2022. Those interested in the positions should apply well ahead of the deadline to avoid any last-minute hassles.

Steps to Fill the Application

To complete your CDS 1 Exam Registration, follow the steps outlined below.

#Visit the UPSC’s official website.

#Against Combined Defence Examination (II) 2022, click on “Part-1.”

#Read all of the instructions thoroughly before clicking “Yes.”

#You’ll be redirected to a new page where you can begin correctly filling out your information.

#Continue to Part-II after carefully selecting your preferences.

#Pay the application fee in either online or offline mode, as described above.

#Choose the desired examination centre from the drop-down menu.

#As specified in the application form, upload scanned documents.

#After you’ve double-checked everything, click “Submit.” Save a copy of the application form to your computer for future use.

Exam Criteria 2022

Aspirants must meet the Union Public Service Commission’s eligibility requirements for defence recruitment. Below is a list of detailed eligibility requirements (marital status, age, nationality, education, and sex).

Also Read: UPSC CDS Previous Years Cut Off: Understanding the UPSC CDS Examination


A aspirant must be an Indian citizen, a Tibetan refugee or a Nepalese or Bhutanese subject who arrived in India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling permanently, or a person of Indian origin who arrived in Zambia, India from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, or Vietnam with the intention of settling permanently.

Education Qualifications

#For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, the aspirant must have a bachelor’s degree (in any subject) from a recognised university or equivalent.

#Aspirants for the Indian Naval Academy must have earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognised institution or university.

#For the Air Force Academy, the aspirant must have a Bachelor of Engineering or bachelor’s degree from a recognised university (with Mathematics and Physics at the 10+2 level).

Age Restriction and Marital Status

#The aspirant should be between the ages of 20 and 24. The official notification pdf contains detailed information about the age limit.

#Only unmarried males are eligible to apply for the examination at Indian Naval Academy and the Indian Military Academy.

#Both married and unmarried males are eligible to apply for the Indian Air Force Academy, but marriage is not permitted during training.

#Unmarried males and females can apply for the examination for Officer Training Academy.

Exam Pattern 2022

To be considered for the interview round, aspirants must pass the CDS Written Examination. Exam patterns for each position are listed below.

#Each paper will contain multiple-choice questions.

#The Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge question papers will be written in both Hindi and English.

#A wrong answer will result in a 1/3-point penalty.

#Each exam is 2 hours long and has its own duration.

Also Read: What is OTA in CDS?: Know All About UPSC CDS exam for OTA

Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy

Subjects Maximum Marks Duration
English 120 2 hours
General Knowledge 120 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

Officers’ Training Academy

Subjects Maximum Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours

For admission to the Officers’ Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy Indian Military Academy and Air Force Academy the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and interviews will be equal for each course, i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and interviews will be 200, 300, 300, and  300 respectively.


Candidates preparing for the examination should familiarise themselves with the detailed syllabus and prepare only according to it. The exam will have a Matriculation-level standard in Elementary Mathematics. Other subjects, on the other hand, will have a graduation level of difficulty.

A syllabus is necessary to ensure that candidates do not overlook any important topics in preparation for the upcoming UPSC Examination.

Also Read: CDS Eligibility for Female: All about the UPSC CDS Exam & Physical Eligibility for Females

Cut-Off 2020

UPSC publishes Exam cut-off marks on its official website. Candidates must achieve the minimum qualifying marks (i.e., 20 points in each subject) and must score higher than the cut-off marks to be considered for selection. UPSC publishes separate cut-offs for the CDS written exam and the final cut-off. For a reference, look at the previous year’s cut-off marks.

Academy (CDS 1 Cut-off) Written Exam Final Exam
IMA 130 250
INA 118 242
AFA 143 274
OTA (Men) 93 173
OTA (Women) 93 177

Exam Results 2022

UPSC will announce the results for the shortlisted candidates for the interview round after the written exam has been successfully completed. Each stage’s outcome will be announced separately.

How to Check CDS 2022 Result?

#Visit the official website.

#Click the “Written Result” tab on the homepage.

#The result pdf will appear on a new page in your browser window.

#Check your roll number in the pdf by pressing “CTRL+F.”

#If your name appears in the pdf, you will receive information about the interview round shortly.


UPSC is in charge of the Combined Defence Services (CDS). The exam is held twice a year. The exam is divided into two parts or sessions. The first assignment is a multiple-choice test. The interview is divided into two stages: the first is an Officers Intelligence Test, and the second is a personality test.

Hopefully, this article summarises all the important details for the aspirants. If you are looking for more information then hop on to UPSC Pathshala.

Also Read: UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus: Detailed Information of UPSC CDS Syllabus

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