CDS 2022 Exam Date, Answer Key Out for for CDS 1 Exam


CDS Exam 2022: Union Public Service Commission has announced the UPSC CDS Exam Date 2022 for Combined Defence Service Examination (I) at onThe online registration process for 371 vacancies has been over on on 11th January 2022 and now the candidates must have begun with their preparation for the written exam. The CDS 1 Exam 2022 has been scheduled for 10th April 2022 (Sunday).

Every year UPSC conducts CDS Exam twice a year for the candidates who wish to begin their career in the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. The candidates qualifying for the written test will be called for an interview round and medical examination for final selection. In this article, we have covered every detail for CDS Exam 2022, including important dates, eligibility, vacancies, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, and more.

CDS Exam 2022- Summary

Go through the glimpse of the UPSC CDS 1 Exam from the below table and know everything about the examination. The males & females candidates who are seeking this opportunity to be a part of the prestigious Defence Academy must bookmark this page to get notified with every latest update.

CDS-1 2022 Exam Overview
Organization Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name Combined Defence Service Examination (I) 2022
CDS 1 Vacancies 371
CDS 1 Exam Date 10th April 2022
Mode of Application Online
Selection Process Written Test- Interview- Medical Examination
Language of Written Exam Bilingual
Mode of Examination Offline
Type of Questions Multiple-choice questions
Eligibility Unmarried Males & Females
CDS 2 Exam Duration 2 hours (each paper)
Marking Scheme 1/3 for each incorrect answer
Job Location All Over India
Official Website

CDS 2022 Exam Dates for CDS 1 & 2

CDS Exam is held twice a year and for the year 2022, the exam is announced for April & September. UPSC has released the CDS exam dates 2022 for the CDS I & CDS II exam along with the UPSC Calendar 2022. As per the notification the CDS I 2022 Exam is scheduled to be held on 10th April 2022 & CDS II 2022 on 04th September 2022. Check all the important dates for the CDS 2022 exam and set your reminder so you don’t miss any dates.

CDS 2022 Exam Date
Events CDS-I Dates CDS-II Dates
CDS 2022 Notification Release Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration Start Date 22nd December 2021 18th May 2022
Online Registration End Date 11th January 2022 (6 pm) 14th June 2022
Online Application Withdrawn 18th to 24th January 2022 To be notified
CDS Admit Card Release Date 14th March 2022 August 2022
CDS Exam Date 2022 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Unofficial) 10th April 2022 04th September 2022
CDS Answer Key (Official) May 2022 October 2022
CDS Result May 2022 October 2022
Interview Dates To be notified soon To be notified soon
Final Result To be notified soon To be notified soon

CDS 1 2022 Answer Key Out

Union Public Service Commission has conducted CDS 1 Exam on 10th April 2022 and our faculty has prepared CDS 1 Answer Key 2022 for the candidates who have their Combined Defence Service Examination (I) 2022. Click on the direct link below and check UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key with correct answers.

CDS 1 Notification 2022

The detailed advertisement and Official notification for the CDS (I) 2022 Examination for 371 vacancies has been released on 22nd December 2021 containing all the necessary details for the exam including vacancies, important dates, steps to apply, and other details. As the notification is released on, we have provided the direct link to download the CDS 2022 exam notification pdf here.

CDS Vacancy 2022

The fresh vacancies to be recruited through CDS 2022 examination has been announced along with the official CDS 2 Notification on 22nd December 2021. A total of 341 vacancies were announced for Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. Have a look at the Vacancy distribution for the CDS-1 2022 Exam.

CDS Vacancy 2022 for CDS 1 Exam
Name of the academy Number of Vacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 22
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 32
Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) SSC Men 170
Officers Training Academy, Chennai SSC Women 17
Total Vacancies 341

CDS Exam 2022 Online Application

The online registration procedure for the CDS I Exam 2022 has been scheduled for 22nd December 2021 to 11th January 2022. The Online Applications can be filled up to 11th January 2022 till 6:00 pm. The aspirants interested in the vacancies must apply much before the last date to avoid any last-minute hassle. The direct link for CDS 1 2022 registration has been made available here, all eligible candidates can apply online for the CDS I exam 2022 by clicking on the link given below.

CDS Exam 2022 Application Fee

The examination fee for CDS Exam is Rs. 200/- for all categories except SC/ST/Females (exempted from fee payment). The payment can be done through online/offline mode (Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.)

Steps to Fill CDS 2022 Exam Registration Form

Follow the steps as mentioned below to complete your CDS 1 Exam Registration process.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. or directly apply from the above link.

Step 2: On the homepage, click on Examination >> Active Examinations >> Online Application For UPSC CDS 1 Exam.

Step 3: Click on “Part-1” against Combined Defence Examination (II) 2022

Step 4: Read all the instructions carefully and proceed by clicking on “Yes”

Step 5: You will be redirected to a new page, start filling in your details correctly.

Step 6: Select your preferences carefully and continue to Part-II.

Step 7: Pay the required application fee through online/offline mode as discussed above.

Step 8: Select the desired examination center from the list.

Step 9: Upload scanned documents as required in the application form.

Step 10: Check all the details and click on “Submit”. Download a copy of the application form for future reference.

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must meet the eligibility standards as set by the Union Public Service Commission for defence recruitment. Check detailed eligibility (nationality, education, age, marital status, sex) from below.


A candidate should hold The Citizenship of India, subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962, with the intention of Permanent Settle, or An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.

Education Qualification

For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy – The candidate should have a graduation degree (any subject) from a recognized University or equivalent.

For Indian Naval Academy– The candidate should have completed their Graduation in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.

For Air Force Academy– The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Age Limit

The candidate should fall in the age group of 20 to 24 years. The detailed age limit details are mentioned on the official notification pdf.

Marital Status & Sex

• For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, only Unmarried males are eligible to apply for CDS Exam

• For Indian Air Force Academy, both married and unmarried males can apply, however marriage during the training is not permitted

• For Officer Training Academy, unmarried males & females can apply for CDS Exam.

CDS Exam 2022 Selection Procedure

The recruitment of AFA, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy posts will be conducted on the basis of:

1. Written Exam

2. SSB Interview/Personality Test

3. Document Verification

4. Medical Examination

CDS Exam 2022 Exam Pattern

The candidates have to clear CDS Written Examination to get selected for the interview round. Check the exam pattern for each position below.

• There will be Multiple-Choice Questions in each paper

• The question paper for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set in Hindi as well as English

• There will be a penalty of 1/3 marks for a wrong answer

• Duration of each exam is separate i.e. 2 hours.

For Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy
SNo Subject Maximum Marks Duration
1 English 120 2 hours
2 General Knowledge 120 2 hours
3 Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours
For Officers’ Training Academy
SNo Subject Maximum Marks Duration
1 English 100 2 hours
2 General Knowledge 100 2 hours

Note The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.

CDS Exam 2022 Syllabus

The aspirants preparing for CDS Exam must be familiar with the detailed syllabus and must prepare according to that only. The standard of Elementary Mathematics in the CDS Exam will be of Matriculation level. However, for other subjects, the difficulty level will of graduation level. A syllabus is important so that candidates do not miss out on any important topic for the upcoming UPSC CDS Exam. To ace the exam, click on the below link and get the detailed syllabus for Combined Defence Services Examination.

CDS Exam 2022 Admit Card

The admit card for the CDS I exam 2022 Admit Card has been released on 14th March 2022. The candidates must download their call letter much before the exam date to avoid the last-minute rush. It is mandatory to carry the hard copy of admit card to the exam hall.

CDS Exam 2022 Answer Key

Each year UPSC conducts UPSC CDS Exam twice & CDS I 2022 is to be held on 10th April 2022. UPSC releases the CDS answer key each exam on its official website after the announcement of the result. Click on the below link to know more about CDS Answer Key 2022

CDS Exam 2022 Result

After the successful conduction of the written exam, UPSC will be announcing the result for the shortlisted candidates for the interview round. The result for each stage will be released separately.

Steps to check CDS Result 2022

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC
  2. On the homepage, click on the “Written Result” tab
  3. A new page will open on your window with the result pdf
  4. Click “CTRL+F” and check your roll number in the pdf
  5. If the name exists in the pdf, the details for the interview round will be sent to you shortly.

CDS Exam 2022 Cut-Off

UPSC releases cut-off marks for CDS Exam on its official website. The candidates must score the minimum qualifying marks (i.e. 20 marks minimum in each subject) and for selection must score more than the cut-off marks. UPSC releases CDS written exam cut-off and final cut-off separately. Check the previous year’s cut-off marks for your reference.

CDS-I Cut off 2020
Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA 130 250
INA 118 242
AFA 143 274
OTA (Men) 93 173
OTA(Women) 93 177

CDS 2022 Exam Centre

The Combined Defence Services Examination- I will be held at various centres. The candidate has to choose their preferred centre while filling their CDS- 1 application form. Below are the centres that were notified in the previous notification, any addition or subtraction to the centres will be notified here.

CDS 2022 Exam Centre
Agartala Ghaziabad Panaji (Goa)
Agra Gorakhpur Patna
Ajmer Gurgaon Port Blair
Ahmedabad Gwalior Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Aizawl Hyderabad Puducherry
Aligarh Imphal Pune
Almora (Uttarakhand) Indore Raipur
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) Itanagar Rajkot
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi
Bengaluru Jaipur Sambalpur
Bareilly Jammu Shillong
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla
Bilaspur Jorhat Siliguri
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar
Chennai Kohima Srinagar (Uttarakhand)
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane
Cuttack Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Leh Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Lucknow Tirupati
Dharwad Ludhiana Udaipur
Dispur Madurai Varanasi
Faridabad Mumbai Vellore
Gangtok Mysore Vijayawada
Gaya Nagpur Visakhapatnam
Gautam Buddh Nagar Navi Mumbai Warangal

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