UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2024 – [Releases Soon In May!]

UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2024 – [Releases Soon In May!]

The UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2024 will be released soon by the Union Public Service Commission. This exam is conducted twice a year, mainly in February and September. Students might see UPSC CDS 2 notification coming out on 15 May 2024 tentatively.

UPSC CDS 2 is conducted to recruit talented and skilled aspirants for admission to Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, and Officers Training Academy, Chennai courses.

Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria and other important instructions. The exam consists of two phases: the written examination and the SSB interview.

In this blog, you will find:

  1. UPSC CDS 2 Notification Exam 2024
  2. UPSC CDS 2 eligibility
  3. UPSC CDS 2 application fee
  4. UPSC CDS 2 syllabus
  5. UPSC CDS 2 exam pattern


UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2024 Date

Events Dates (Tentative)
Notification release 15th May 2024
Application form date 15th May 2024
Last date to apply 4th June 2024
Correction window open Updated soon
Admit card release Updated soon
Exam Date 1st September 2024


CDS 2 Eligibility Criteria 2024

Students need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to be able to sit for the exam:

1. Nationality

Candidates must be unmarried and either an Indian citizen or a subject of Nepal.

2. Age Limit

  • For the Indian Military Academy: students must be unmarried males born between 2 January 2001 and 1 January 2006.
  • For the Indian Naval Academy: Male students must be unmarried and born between 2 January 2001 and 1 January 2006.
  • For Air Force Academy: Students should be between 20 and 24 years old as of 1 January 2025. The upper age limit is relaxed to 26. They must have a valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India).


Note: Students under 25 should be unmarried. Marriage is not allowed during training. Married candidates above 25 are eligible to apply for this exam, but they will not be provided married accommodation outside of the premises during training.


  • For the Officer’s Training Academy: (SSC course for men) Unmarried male candidates not born before 2nd Jan 2000 or after 1st Jan 2006.
  • For the Officer’s Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical course): Women must be unmarried and born before 2 January 2000 and not later than 1 January 2006.

Note: Male divorcee candidates cannot be treated as unmarried males for admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA. Hence, they cannot apply for these courses.


3. Educational Qualifications:

  • To apply for the I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, students must have a degree or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Students must have a degree in Engineering from a recognized university.
  • For Air Force Academy: Students must have a degree in Engineering from a recognized college or university. They also have studied Mathematics and Physics in Class 12.

Note: If students are studying in the final year/semester of graduation, then they can also apply. They need to submit proof of passing graduation at the time of the beginning of the course.


UPSC CDS Syllabus 2024

The syllabus for UPSC CDS 2024 is given here. By reading it, you will get admission to the Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, and Air Force Academy. The syllabus includes English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics, while the syllabus for admission to the Officer’s Training Academy mainly focuses on English and General Knowledge subjects. Below are the details of each subject.

Subjects Topics
English ·       Reading Comprehension Questions.

·       Spotting the Error Questions.

·       Fill in the blank questions.

·       Sentence Improvement or Sentence Correction Questions

·       Synonyms & Antonyms Questions.

·       Idioms and Phrases Questions.

·       Sentence Arrangement or Jumbled Questions.

·       Ordering of words in Sentence Questions.

General Knowledge ·       General Science – Physics, Chemistry, Biology

·       Current Affairs– National & International Awards, Summits, Sports, Conference; Books & Authors etc.

·       Indian History

·       Political Science

·       Economics

·       Geography

·       Environment

·       Defence Related Questions – Army, Navy, Air Force


Maths Syllabus
Arithmetic Number System

·       Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers.

·       Fundamental operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions.

·       Unitary method, time and work, time and distance, percentages.

·       Applications of profit and loss, simple and compound interest, 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, use of logarithmic tables, laws of logarithms.

Algebra ·       Basic operations and Simple factors,

·       Remainder Theorem.

·       H.C.F. and L.C.M.

·       Practical issues with solutions that result in two simultaneous linear equations, inequalities in two variables, or quadratic equations in one variable.

·       Set notation and set language.

·       Rational expressions and conditional identities.

·       Laws of indices.

·       Theory of polynomials, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered), solutions of quadratic equations.

·       Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns — analytical & graphical solutions.

·       Simultaneous linear inequalities in two variables & their solutions.

Trigonometry ·       Sine x, cosine x, Tan x when 0° < x < 90° , Values of sin x, cos x & tan x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° & 90°.

·       Simple cases of heights and distances.

·       Simple trigonometric identities.

·       Use of trigonometric tables.

Geometry Plane and plane figures, Lines and angles, Theorems on:

Properties of angles at a point

·       Parallel lines

·       Sides and angles of a triangle

·       Congruence of triangles

·       Circles and their properties, including tangents and normals

·       Loci

·       Similar triangles

·       Concurrence of medians and altitudes

·       Properties of sides, angles and diagonals of a rectangle, parallelogram and square

Mensuration ·       Areas of parallelograms, squares, rectangles, triangles and circles.

·       Areas of figures can be split up into these figures (Field Book), lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, Surface area and volume of cuboids, and surface area and volume of spheres.

Statistics ·       Measures of central tendency.

·       Collection and tabulation of statistical data.

·       Graphical representation of frequency polygons, bar charts, histograms, pie charts etc.


CDS OTA Syllabus

Subjects Topics
English ·       Idioms and Phrases

·       Ordering Sentences

·       Ordering Words

·       Fill up the blanks

·       Sentence Arrangement

·       Synonyms and Antonyms

·       Jumble Words

General Knowledge ·       Current Affairs

·       History

·       Polity

·       Sports and Culture

·       Environmental Studies

·       Geography

·       Physics

·       Chemistry

·       Biology

·       Sociology

·       Defence Related Awareness


Exam Pattern for UPSC CDS

For IMA, INA and AFA
Subject Duration Maximum marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hours 100


Subject Duration Maximum marks
English 2 hours 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100


Basic Guidelines

  • Mode of Exam: Offline (pen and paper-based).
  • Duration: 6 hours for IMA, INA, and AFA While 4 hours for OTA.
  • Marking scheme: One mark for a correct answer while 1/3 of the mark will be deducted for incorrect answers.

UPSC CDS 2 notification 2024 apply online

To fill out the application form, candidates must visit the official website, Applicants also need to register at the One Time Registration platform available on the Commission’s website.

Then, they can fill out the exam form. Remember that OTR can only be registered once and can be done anytime throughout the year.

If students are registered, they can proceed directly to fill out the form.


Application Fee

Students in the General or OBC category must pay Rs. 200 via Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment or by using the Internet banking facility of any Bank.

Note: Female/SC/ST students are exempted from paying a fee.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for CDS 2 2024?

Female students must not be born before 2nd Jan 1999 or after 1st Jan 2005 to become eligible for IMA, INA, or AFA. Meanwhile, male students are not born before 2nd Jan 1999 or after 1st Jan 2004. They must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.


What is the salary of a CDS officer?

The Combined Defence Services as Lieutenants salary ranges from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 1, 77,500. Note that these salary figures can vary depending on the officer’s rank.


What is the last date of UPSC CDS 2?

UPSC CDS 2 exam date will be released on May 15, 2024. And students can fill out the form till June 04, 2024.


How many attempts are there for CDS?

What number of times you can sit for the CDS is not mentioned by the officials. However, a notification says that you can appear for exam as many times as your age allows. So, it’s about your age, not the particular numbers to sit for the CDS exam.


At Last

UPSC keeps notifying about its latest posts on its official portal. It includes UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2024, which covers from number of posts to application process. So, if you want to appear in UPSC CDS and become officer, follow this guide as it’s a one stop solution for all your queries about UPSC CDS exam.

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