CDS Eligibility 2021- Check UPSC CDS Age Limit, Education

CDS Eligibility 2021– UPSC will release the eligibility of CDS 2021 along with official notice. UPSC CDS 2021 eligibility criteria includes minimum CDS age limit, qualification, nationality and more. UPSC will reject the application of ineligible candidates. Hence, candidates should check the CDS exam eligibility 2021 before filling up the application form. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) in the first week of February 2021 and CDS II 2021 in November 2021. Read the article to get details of UPSC CDS 2021 eligibility criteria for CDS 1 & CDS 2
Latest- CDS 2 Application form 2020 released online on Aug 5, 2020. Solve CDS Sample Papers 2020 to know the exam pattern & CDS syllabus

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020- Nationality

As mentioned in CDS exam eligibility 2020, Aspirants must possess any of the following nationalities
(a) Indian Citizenship, or
(b) A subject of Nepal, or
(c) A subject of Bhutan, or
(d) A Tibetan refugee who migrated to India before 1 January 1962 for residing permanently in India, or
(e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam for residing permanently in India.

Candidate applying under categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) must possess a certificate of eligibility, issued by the Government of India.

CDS Eligibility 2021- Age Limit & Sex

Candidates can check the UPSC CDS 2021 age limit and marital status in the given section-

Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for IMA, Airforce and Naval Academy. However, for OTA, unmarried Women, issueless widows, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried can also apply for UPSC CDS exam 2021

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates should not be treated as unmarried, hence they are not eligible for admission in IMA/INA/AFA courses.

Academy CDS 2021 Age Limit Dates
For IMA 19-24 Born between January 2, 1997 to January 1, 2002
For Air Force Academy 19-23 

Maximum CDS 2021 Age limit for applicants holding valid & current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India)- 26 yrs

Born between January 2, 1997 to January 1, 2001).

Married candidates above 25 yrs of age are also eligible.

For Indian Naval Academy 19- 22 Born between January 2, 1997 to January 1, 2002
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) born between January 2, 1996 and not after than January 1, 2001
For Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Born between January 2, 1996 and not after than January 1, 2001

CDS Eligibility 2021- Educational Qualification

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy- Candidates must hold a Graduate Degree from a recognized University/ Institute or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy- Candidates must have a Graduate Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/ Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy- Candidates must have a Graduate Degree or Bachelor of Engineering from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)

Note: Candidates appearing in the final year of Degree course are also eligible to apply.

Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I).

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021- Physical Standards

Height and Weight Standards (Male)
Height in Centimetres (Without shoes) Weight in Kgs.
18 years 20 years 22 years 24 years
195 77 78 79 81
193 74 76 77 78
190 72 73 74 76
188 70 71 72 74
185 67 69 70 71
183 65 67 67 68
180 63 64 65 66
178 61 62 63 64
175 59 61 62 62
173 57 59 60 61
170 55 57 58 59
168 53 55 57 58
165 52 53 55 56
162 50 52 53 54
160 48 50 51 52
157 47 49 50 51
155 46 48@ 49 50
152 44* 46 47 48

Height and Weight Standards (Females)

Below is the CDS eligibility for female Height and Weight

Height in Centimetres (Without shoes) Weight in Kgs.
20 years 25 years 30 years
148 39 41 43
150 40 42 43.5
153 42 43.5 45
155 43 44 46
158 45 46 48
160 46 47 49
163 47 49 51
165 49 51 53
168 50 52 54

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