CDS 2 2024 Notification Out | Check How to Apply

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the official notification for the CDS 2 2024 exam on 15th May 2024. Candidates who wish to join the Indian Armed Forces can apply online for the Combined Defence Services – CDS examination from 15th May 2024 – 4th June 2024. Interested candidates who meet all the required eligibility criteria to appear for the CDS exam can fill the online application form through In this article, we will cover every important aspect related to the CDS 2 2024 exam. Read on to know more about the CDS exam eligibility criteria, important dates, and how to apply online for the CDS exam.

CDS 2 2024 Educational Qualification



For IMA Dehradun and OTA Chennai

For Indian Naval Academy (INA)

For Air Force Academy (AFA)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Bachelor of Engineering or Degree from a recognized University (with Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 level)

For more details related to age limit and other criteria, please read the notification thoroughly.

Download CDS 2 2024 Notification

Note: Applicants who are in their final year/semester of a degree program and have yet to pass the final year degree examination are also eligible to apply. Such candidates should ensure that they do not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of the application. 

CDS 2 2024 Important Dates



CDS 2 2024 notification issue date 

15th May 2024

Application form date CDS 2 2024

15th May 2024

CDS 2 2024 application form last date

4th June 2024

Admit card release date CDS 2 2024

7 days before the exam 

CDS 2 2024 exam date

1st September 2024 (Sunday)

How to Apply Online for the CDS 2 2024 Exam

Interested candidates should read the CDS 2 2024 official notification thoroughly to check the required eligibility criteria. Following are the stepwise instructions to fill out the CDS 2 application form 2024.

Step 1: Visit the official website of the UPSC 


Step 3: Now, select the CDS 2 2024 Exam and click on “Part I Registration” 

Step 4: You will need to complete the OTR process first, if not done earlier.

Step 5: Now, you will receive a registration ID through your registered mail.

Step 6: Complete both Part I and Part II of your online application form. 

Step 7: Make a payment of the exam fee, i.e., INR 200/- through any of the digital modes.

Step 8: Now, select the exam center as per your preference for the CDS written examination.

Step 9: Upload your photo, signature, and a valid ID proof within the size of 20 KB – 300 KB

Step 10: Now, click on “Agreeing to Declaration” and submit the online application form.

All candidates should take a printout of their online application forms for further reference. Further, all female / SC / ST candidates are exempted from payment of the CDS application fee.


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All graduate male and female candidates are eligible to apply for the CDS 2 2024 exam. For more details related to eligibility criteria, please refer to the official notification.

As per the CDS notification, 4th June 2024 is the last date to apply for the CDS 2 2024 exam. Candidates should ensure to apply before the last date to avoid last-minute chaos.

As per the notification, the CDS 2 2024 exam will take place on 1st September 2024 (Sunday).

Yes, girls meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for the CDS 2 2024 exam. They are eligible to apply but only for the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai.

All general and OBC candidates will have to pay INR 200 as the CDS 2 2024 application fee. However, Female/SC/ST candidates need not pay any amount towards fees.

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