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UPSC CDS 2 2019 Notification: Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus, Salary, Admit Card

UPSC CDS 2 2019 Notification: Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus, Salary, Admit Card

The UPSC has released the official notification for Combined Defence Services Exam II on its website upsc.gov.in. Check details like Application Process, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card, SSB Interview tips, and Pay Scale of CDS officers here!
UPSC CDS II 2019 Exam: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on June 12, 2019 released the official notification for Combined Defence Services Examination II (CDS Exam II) on its website upsc.gov.in. Candidates, waiting for the post, can apply now for the exam.

The UPSC conducts CDS Exam II for recruiting candidates for course carried out by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The Combined Defence Services (CDS) is conducted biannually in February and September for recruitment of officer cadre in Army, Air Force and Military.


Release of Notification

12 June 2019

Last date of online application

8 July 2019

Date of examination

8 September 2019

Release of Admit Card

Notified soon

Result Date

December 2019

Total Number of Vacancies

The UPSC has notified a total of 417 vacancies under CDS 2 Examination 2019. The UPSC CDS 2 2019 examination will be conducted on September 8, 2019.


Candidates must be citizens of India.
Subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibetan refugee who came to India before the 1 January 1962
A person of India origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Candidates will have to produce Certificate issued by Indian authorities certifying their claim.

How to Apply

Visit upsc.gov.in
Click on link “Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2019” in What’s New section
Enter Registration ID & Date of Birth and Submit
Enter personal details and detail of any Photo ID Proof - Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
Upload a scanned copy of the same Photo ID
Upload Photograph & Signature
Select examination centre
Fill Payment details and accept Declaration
Download a copy of the application form for future use
Note: On successful completion of application process, an auto-generated email message will be sent on registered email-ids of the candidates. Moreover, the candidates need to carry the same Photo ID proof uploaded by them on the application form to the exam centre.

Application Form Fee

General & OBC Candidates : Rs 200
SC & ST Candidates : Nil
Female Candidates : Nil
Selection process

The UPSC CDS II selection process comprises two stages:

Stage I: Written Examination
Stage II: Interview
The candidates who qualify Stage I will be allowed to appear for State II examination. Candidates who qualify both the stages need to undergo Medical Examination before being recruited in the UPSC.

UPSC CDS II 2019 Exam Pattern

The CDS II 2019 will be conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam will be conducted in two sessions - Morning and Forenoon. The Stage I of the UPSC CDS II 2019, that is, the Written Examination will be conducted in following pattern:

CDS SSB Interview 2019

Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for the UPSC CDS II 2019 Interview. The CDS SSB Interview 2019 involves 2 stages of intelligence and personality test:

Stage 1 consists of Officer Intelligence Rating, Picture Perception and Description Test.
Stage 2 involves Interview, Group Testing Officer Task, Psychology Test and Conference.
CDS SSB Interview 2019 is a 4-day long process. Candidates are judged physically, mentally and psychologically in the Interview round.

CDS Syllabus 2019 for Exam 2019 (II)
CDS Syllabus 2019 is updated on ths page as per latest info posted on UPSC Website.Before knowing the CDS Exam Syllabus 2019, let us understand the Scheme and Pattern of Combined Defence Services Examination.   The CDS Exam comprises of a Written examination and Interview for intelligence and personality tests.The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.


The syllabus for CDS (1) Examination for General Knowledge includes knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study. Also See Latest GK and Current Affairs

Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.

Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.

Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°
Simple trigonometric identities.
Use of trigonometric tables.
Simple cases of heights and distances.

Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.

Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.

Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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