CDS (Combined Defence Services) Age Limit

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.

As they will represent the Officer Corps from India’s militaries, there are strict eligibility criteria, such as physical weight, educational qualifications, marital status and age limits that CDS candidates must meet. This article will focus on the age limit criteria for the CDS Exam.

Age Limit for CDS Exam (Academy-wise)

The table below gives details about Age Limit and Marital Status:

CDS Age Limit and Marital Status

Academy Age Limit Marital Status
Indian Military Academy 19-24 years Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy 19-22 years Unmarried
Air Force Academy 19-23 years <25 years unmarried or >25 years, both married and unmarried.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) 19-25 years Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) 19 – 25 Years Unmarried

Salient points to remember about CDS Age Limit criteria:

  • Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply, but during the training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
  • Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses, and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.


Frequently asked Questions about Combined Defence Service (CDS) Age Limit


What is the maximum age limit for the CDS exam?

The maximum age limit for th CDS exam is 25 years of age which is applicable for SSC Women in Non-Technical Course when applying for the Officers Training Academy.

Is the CDS Exam for females?

According to CDS guidelines, female candidates can apply only for OTA while male candidates can apply for any post of CDS Examination, as long as they fulfill other eligibility criteria

Can a 20 year old apply for the CDS?

Candidates appearing for the CDS 2022 exam must have completed their graduation or at least be appearing for the final exam of the degree. Also, the minimum and maximum age to give the IMA exam varies from 19-24 years.

Can a BA student apply for CDS?

Yes BA Students can apply for CDS. As per the eligibility criteria. Candidate should be a graduate from a recognised university in any discipline

To know more about the CDS Exam, candidates can refer to the following links. To know more in detail about other Defence exams, visit the linked article.

Related Links

CDS Notification CDS Final Result
Current Affairs Government Schemes
CDS Admit Card CDS Answer Key
CDS Eligibility Government Exams



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