CDS Eligibility Criteria 2016 UPSC CDS Exam Age Limit, Relaxation

CDS Eligibility Criteria

  • CDS Eligibility CriteriaCDS Eligibility Criteria has been disclosed by the Union public Service Commission (UPSC) for Combined Defence Service exam. Aspirants who are going to apply for CDS must hold the prescribed CDS Exam Age Limit & Educational Qualification through CDS Eligibility Criteria 2016.
  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conduct the exam of Combined Defence Services (CDS) to recruit the suitable candidates for various posts under Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA).
  • Entire details about CDS eligibility criteria to apply for the Combined Defence Services Exam in well mentioned on this page by the portal,, candidates can check their Age limit and relaxation in the below section.

CDS Notification

CDS Eligibility Criteria


First eligibility criteria place by the UPSC is the nationality cause and the candidates have to strictly hold to the following, the candidate must be a citizen of

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan

How to Prepare For CDS Exam

Age Limit, Sex and Marital Status:

The second set of CDS Eligibility Criteria deals with the candidate’s age, sexual characteristics and marital status and following are to be followed:

Marital status of the candidates Required Age limitations
Candidates aspiring for Indian Military Academy (IMA) and unmarried (males)

Not earlier 2nd July, 1990 and not born later than 1st July, 1995

Candidates interested in Indian Naval Academy (INA) who are unmarried (Male)
In case of Male unmarried candidates opting for Indian Air Force Academy

Not earlier 2nd July, 1991 and not born later than 1st July, 1995

In case of Male married or unmarried candidate applying for Officers training

Not earlier 2nd July, 1989 and not born later than 1st July, 1995

In case of women who are aspiring for officers training academy- unmarried women

CDS Preparation Books

Educational Qualification:

Following are the educational qualifications required by the candidate in order to fall under the CDS Eligibility Criteria 2016.

  • Applicant’s applying for IMA or officers training academy are required to have any degree of any recognized university or equivalent.
  • Candidates applying for Indian Naval Academy (INA) must have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from any recognized university.
  • Contenders interested in Air Force Academy (ACA) must have degree of any recognized university with physics and math at 10+2 and Bachelors Of Engineering

CDS Admit Card

Note: Check more details from the official website

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