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?
Is the CDS Exam for females?
Can a 20 year old apply for the CDS?
Can a BA student apply for CDS?
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.
|CDS Notification||CDS II 2020 Final Result|
|Current Affairs||Government Schemes|
|CDS Admit Card||CDS Answer Key|
|CDS Eligibility||Government Exams|