(Notification) Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2018

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(Notification) Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2018

Post Detail :

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun   146th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2019 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders] -100
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in January, 2019 Executive  (General Service) [including 06 vacancies  reserved for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders  (Naval Wing)]-45
3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying)  Training Course commencing in February, 2019  i.e. No. 205 F(P) Course. 32
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 109th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April, 2019. (including 50 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ certificate holders for NCC Spl. Entry) - 225
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—23rd   SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course  commencing in April, 2019.-12

Education Qualification:

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering. Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg `A’. CDSE Entry, West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice
candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena hawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled :

(i) For admission to IMA on or before 1st January, 2019, Indian Naval Academy on or before 1st January, 2019 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th November, 2018.

(ii) For admission to Officers' Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st April, 2019. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination. In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.

NOTE I : Candidates, who have yet to pass their degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be  entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester degree course are required to submit at the time of SSB interview a bonafide certificate issued by University/College stating that they will be able to submit their proof of passing the  graduation degree examination by the specified date, failing which their candidature ill be cancelled.

NOTE II : Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.

NOTE III : In the event of Air Force candidates being suspended from Flying training for failure to learn flying, they would be absorbed in the Navigation Branch of the IAF. This will be subject to availability of vacancies and fulfilling the laid down qualitative requirements (including 60% in graduation). 

Physical Standards :

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to  Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2018 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV. 

Centers for Examination :

The Examination will be held at the following Centres :


Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates  allotted to each of the centres except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur. Allotment of Centres will be on the first-apply-first-allot basis and once the capacity of a particular centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get  a centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice. 

Age :

(i) For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1993 and not later than 1st January, 1999) only are eligible. 

(iv) For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2000. 

Pay Scale :

Lieutenant Level 10                                                                                          56,100 – 1,77,500
Captain Level  10B                                                                                           6,13,00-1,93,900
Major Level  11                                                                                                 6,94,00 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel Level 12A                                                                          1,21,200 – 2,12400
Colonel Level 13                                                                                              1,30,600-2, 15,900
Brigadier Level 13A                                                                                          1,39,600-2,17,600
Major General Level 14                                                                                    1,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale Level 15                                                         1, 82, 200-2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16                                                                                        2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG) Level 17                                2,25,000/-(fixed) 

Method of Selection :

1. There are three modes of entry in F(P) Course viz. CDSE/NCC/Airmen. Candidates who apply for Air Force through more than one source will be tested/interviewed at Air Force Selection Boards only once for Air Force as well as other arms of services. Common candidate who fail in Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and/or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test as an NCC or Airmen candidate will be called again for OLQ testing for Army/Navy/OTA only, if it is found that he has applied through CDS Exam., also. 

Fee Detail :

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Note.1 : Applicants who opt for "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system generated Pay in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. "Pay by Cash" mode option will be  deactivated at 11:59 PM of 03.12.2017 i.e. one day before the closing date. However, applicants who have generated their Pay-in slip before it is de-activated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing date i.e. during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reason whatsoever, even if holding a valid Pay-in-Slip will have no other
offline option but to opt for online Debit/Credit Card or internet Banking Payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 6:00 PM of 04.12.2017.

NOTE 2 : Candidates should note that payment of examination fee can be made only through the modes prescribed above. Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/mode (unless remission of fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.

NOTE 3 :. Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

NOTE 4 : For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank, they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and their applications will be rejected in the first instance. A list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of online application. The applicants shall be required to submit the proof of their fee payment within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. On receipt of documentary proof, genuine fee payment cases will be considered and their applications will be revived, if they are otherwise eligible.


How to Apply :

Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the abovementioned website.
The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects like applicants' details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
All candidates whether already in Government Service including candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications online direct to the Commission.
 N.B.I: Persons already in Government Service, whether in permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are, however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department in writing that they have applied for the Examination. N.B.II: Candidates serving in the Armed Forces are required to inform their Commanding Officer in writing that they have applied for this examination. They are also required to submit NOC in this regard at the time of SSB interview. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their mployer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidatures will be liable to be cancelled.


No representation or correspondence regarding such rejection shall be entertained under any circumstances. Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/OBC and fee remission etc.
The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by
the Commission viz. written examination and interview test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission. Candidates are advised to keep ready the following documents in original alongwith their self attested copies soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination which is likely to be declared in the month of May, 2018 for submission to the Army HQ/Naval HQ/Air HQ as the case may be : 
(1) Matric/Higher Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent showing date of birth
(2) Degree/Provisional Degree Certificate/Marks sheet showing clearly having passed degree examination and eligible for award of degree. In the first instance all qualified candidates eligible for SSB interview will carry
their original Matric/Higher Secondary School Certificate as also their Degree/Provisional Degree Certificate/Marks sheet with them while going to the Services Selection Centres for SSB interview. Candidates who have not yet qualified the final year Degree examination must carry with them a certificate in original from the Principal of the College/Institution stating that the candidate has appeared/is appearing at the final year Degree examination. Candidates who do not carry the above certificates with them while going to the Services Selection Centres shall not be allowed to appear for the SSB interview. No relaxation for non-submission of the
above certificates in original at the selection centre is allowed, and candidates who do not carry with them any of these certificates in original will not be permitted to appear for their SSB test and interview and they will be sent back home at their own expense. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect/false/fraud/fabricated they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of the following provisions:
A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of :
 (i) obtaining support for his/her candidature by any means, or
 (ii) impersonating, or
 (iii) procuring impersonation by any person, or
 (iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or
 (v) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or
 (vi) resorting to any other irregular or improper means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination, or
 (vii) using unfair means during the examination, or
 (viii) writing irrelevant matter, including obscene languages or pornographic matter, in the script(s), or
 (ix) misbehaving in any other manner in the examination hall, or
 (x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examination, or
 (xi) being in possession of or using mobile phone, pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination, or
(xii) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates alongwith their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination, or
 (xiii) attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses, may in addition to rendering himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution be liable:
 (a) to be disqualified by the Commission from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or
 (b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period : 
 (i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them;
 (ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and
 (c) if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules. Provided that no penalty under this rules shall be imposed except after,
 (i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and 
 (ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period allowed to him/her into consideration. 

Important Dates: 

Date of Notification    08/11/2017

The Online Applications can be filled upto 04th December, 2017 till 6:00 PM.

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