• CDS Eligibility Criteria 2023: Age, Qualification, Physical Standards, Height for Male, Female

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03 Sep 2023
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CDS eligibility 2023 is defined by the UPSC along with the notification. The UPSC CDS eligibility criteria consist of nationality, age, educational qualification & physical standards. Candidates willing to fill out the CDS 2 form 2023 should be well known with the CDS 2 eligibility criteria that have been given here in great detail. 

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2023

CDS Eligibility 2023: Graduate candidates who are willing to fill out the UPSC CDS application form should go through the details about CDS eligibility before filling out the forms. The CDS exam is held twice a year for the recruitment of candidates into the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Indian Air Force Academy (AFA). 

Candidates must go through the details of the UPSC CDS eligibility the consists of fulfilling the following basic parameters: 

  • CDS age limit
  • CDS marital status, gender and marital status
  • CDS educational qualification
  • CDS Nationality
  • CDS physical standards

We have discussed each of the eligibility criteria for CDS exam 2023 in this post. Read on to get more information on it. 

CDS Educational Qualification 2023

The UPSC prescribed the CDS educational qualification for IMA, OTA, INA and AFA. Candidates who have graduated in any discipline can apply for IMA and OTA, however, there are exceptionals to apply for INA and AFA. Check the details about it in he table below.

The educational qualification prescribed by UPSC for admission to various defence academies is given below.

NDA Academy

CDS Educational Qualification

Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Graduation from a recognised university

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

An engineering degree from a recognised university/institute

Air Force Academy (AFA)

Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics in Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering

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CDS Salary

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CDS Age Limit 2023 

The CDS age limit plays a crucial role to examine whether a candidate can apply for the CDS 2 exam or not. The CDS age limit 2023 as per the CDS course is given below.

CDS Courses

CDS Age Limit

Indian Military Academy

19 to 24 years

Indian Naval Academy

19 to 24 years

Air Force Academy

20 to 24 years

Officers' Training Academy (Men)

19 to 25 years

Officers Training Academy (Women, Non-Technical)

19 to 25 years

What is the Marital Status for CDS Exam 2023?

Only unmarried male and female candidates are eligible to apply for CDS exam 2023. However, there is aa relaxation for the candidates who are issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees in the Officers' Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course). Check the CDS 2 marital status in the table below. 


Marital Status for CDS exam

Indian Military Academy

Unmarried men

Indian Naval Academy

Unmarried men

Indian Air Force Academy

<25 years unmarried or >25 years both married and unmarried men.

Officers' Training Academy

Unmarried men

Officers' Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried, and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

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CDS 2 Nationality

Candidates who apply for the CDS 2 exam 2023 should make sure that are an Indian citizen or any one of the following: 

- Citizen of India

- Subject of Bhutan

- Subject of Nepal

- Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1962, with the intention to permanently settle in India

- Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka & East African Countries with the intention to permanently settle in India.

CDS Eligibility 2023: Physical Standards For Male & Female Candidates

Candidates who apply for CDS 2023 exam must ensure that they are mentally and physically fit as per the physical guidelines that are issued by the UPSC. Check the CDS physical fitness for UPSC CDS 2 exam below.  

- Candidates must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical standard of UPSC and the relevant defence department.

- Candidates must be in good physical and sound mental health. They must be free from any disease/ disability that can interfere with the performance of their duties.

- No evidence of bodily defects or overweight should be there.

- Dental points will be given to the candidates. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable for CDS recruitment. If all 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.

CDS Eligibility: Height and Weight for CDS Exam

Every candidate should make sure that he/she fulfils the height and weight for the CDS exam 2023. Given below are the height and weight requirements for the CDS exam. 

- The minimum height requirement for male candidates is 157.5 cm for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cm for Air Force.

- The minimum height of female candidates should be 152 cm for OTA (non-technical).

- For the candidates belonging to Gorkhas and hills of the North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, 5 cm height relaxation is provided in the minimum acceptable height. In the case of applicants from Lakshadweep, 2 cm relaxation is provided.

CDS Visual Standard for Air Force

UPSC has prescribed the visual standards for the CDS exam for Air Force. Candidates should have the following vision for to be able to join the CDS Air Force wing. 

CDS Visual Standard for Air Force Wing

Male Candidates

Female Candidates

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12

Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D

Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.

CDS Visual Standard for Navy

UPSC has prescribed the visual standards for the Indian Navy wing. Check the visual standards for Indian Navy in the table below. 

CDS Visual Standard for Indian Navy

Uncorrected without glass - 6/12

Corrected with glass - 6/6

Limits of Myopia - 1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

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