UPSC CDS-I Recruitment 2024: 457 Vacancies – Check Exam Date, Vacancy, Eligibility

Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC CDS-I Recruitment 2024 notification on 20/12/2023. Notification is out to fill 457 Vacancies in Combined Defence Services. Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2024 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission soon. Interested and eligible candidates can apply online from 20/12/2023 to 09/01/2024. Candidates can check the detailed instructions and eligibility criteria in the below content. Candidates can also check the course-wise vacancies on this page. Candidates should be aware that incorrect responses will result in penalties (Negative Marking).

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Name of the Post: Combined Defence Services Examination – I

Post Date: 20/12/2023

No of Vacancies: 457

Place: Across India

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Important Dates for UPSC CDS-I 2024 Recruitment:

Aspirants can apply online by using the UPSC website or by using the direct apply link given below. Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given at the bottom of the page. kindly follow the given instructions and apply online.

Start Date to Apply Online20/12/2023
Last Date to Apply Online09/01/2024 (6:00 PM)

Vacancy Details of UPSC CDS-I 2024 Recruitment:

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled under Combined Defence Services is given in the tabular column. The below table contains the name of the course and the number of vacancies. Check vacancies here.

S. NoName of the CourseNo. of Posts
1Indian Military Academy, Dehradun -158th (DE) Course commencing in January 2025 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]100
2Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2025 Executive Branch (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing) holders]32
3Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2025 i.e. No. 217 F(P) Course [including 03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]32
4Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)121st SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 2025275
5Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) 35th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in April 202518

Pay Scale:

The pay scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in the Air Force and Navy are given below.

S. NoRankPay Scale
1Lieutenant56,100 -1,77,500
2Captain61,300- 1,93,900
3Major69,400 – 2,07,200
4Lieutenant Colonel1,21,200 – 2,12,400
5Colonel1,30,600-2, 15,900
7Major General1,44,200-2,18,200
8Lieutenant General HAG Scale182200 – 224100
9HAG+Scale2,05,400 – 2,24,400
10VCOAS / Army Cdr / Lieutenant General (NFSG)2,25,000
12Military Service Pay (MSP) to the officers from the rank of
Lieutenant to Brigadier
13Stipend to Gentlemen or Lady Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at IMA and OTA.56,100

Age limit:

Candidates who have attained the following age limit are only eligible to apply for the post.

  • IMA & Indian Naval Academy: Candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 2001 and not later than 1st January, 2006.
  • Air Force Academy: 20 to 24 Years as on 1st January 2025 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January 2001 and not later than 1st January 2005.

Age Relaxation:

  • Age relaxation is applicable as per the rules.

Educational Qualification:

  • I.M.A. and Officers Training Academy, Chennai: Candidates should have completed any Graduate Degree or equivalent.
  • Indian Naval Academy: Candidates should have completed B.E/B.Tech (Degree in Engineering) / M.E/M.Tech.
  • Air Force Academy: Candidates should hold any Degree (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or B.E/B.Tech (Bachelor of Engineering).

Selection Process:

The selection will be based on

  1. Written Exam
  2. Interview

Application Fee:

Candidates should pay the application fee by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash or by using the net banking facility of the State Bank of India or by using Visa / Master / Rupay Credit / Debit Card. Female / SC / ST candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

S. NoCategoryApplication Fees
1UR / OBC / Other 200/-
2SC / ST / FemaleNil

How to Apply for UPSC CDS-I Recruitment 2024:

Candidates can apply online by visiting the UPSC official website by using the simple steps given below.

  • Candidates should apply online by visiting the official website of UPSC
  • Use a valid email id and mobile number for registration.
  • Complete the part-I and Part-II registration.
  • Verify the same before submission.
  • Candidates must upload all the required documents.
  • The Online Applications can be filled up from 20/12/2023 to 09/01/2024 till 6:00 PM.
  • Pay the application fees (instructions given above).
  • Submit the Online Application.
  • Take out a printout of the finally submitted application.

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