CDS Full form- Must know things about CDS

CDS Full Form
CDS Full Form

If you are here to know the CDS Full form, it means that you are having interest to join armed forces. And you have landed over a website which guides Defence aspirants free of cost along with free CDS Mock test so that no needy aspirant is left out.

First of all, Let me tell you CDS full form:

CDS= “Combined Defence Services”

You might be wondering, why word ‘Combined’ is used?

because all other names like NDA= National Defence Academy, IAS= Indian Administrative service, etc are derived either by the name of academy or service.

Full form of CDS, that is, Combined Defence Services exam contains ‘Combined’ word because this is a single exam which provides you the opportunity to join Army, Navy and Air force (4 difference academies of Defence entries- IMA, INA, AFA, OTA) after graduation.

That too, Short Service Commission (SSC) as well as Permanent Commission (PC)

Moreover, Men, as well as women, are eligible to join forces via the Combined Defence Services Exam.

CDS exam full form have been explained in detail that too in very simple language.

Who can apply for CDS exam? (CDS Eligibility)

CDS exam can be given by aspirant who has done his graduation in any field (Arts, Commerce, Science, BE/Btech) irrespective of minimum percentage requirement for CDS exam.

Even if you have just passed your degree with 40%, you can be officer via CDS exam.

There are various CDS Eligibility Criteria which you must know. I have made a separate article on CDS eligibility which can guide you thoroughly.

CDS Age Limit (To the Point)

CDS exam age limit depends on Academy you are aiming via CDS exam. CDS Age limit varies for IMA, INA, AFA, OTA.


If you want to know the exact date (birthdate) applicable for each academy, follow our CDS 1 2020 exam article where you will get the exact age limit for CDS 1 2020 Exam.

CDS exam form Online

Yes, CDS exam form 2020 or CDS exam form filling takes place in Online Format only.

You need to fill the CDS exam form on

Many aspirants have this question: “How to fill CDS exam form?”

CDS exam form filling takes place in 2 stages. ‘Part 1 Registration’ and ‘Part 2 Registration’. CDS exam form fill up may seem too complex if you are filling the form for the first time. I have filled CDS exam form 2020 which can help you with step by step procedure to fill cds exam form online.

Check out this CDS exam form filling online (Step by step process)

CDS Full form filling process

CDS exam form Filling has been simplified in this video.

(You must make sure that you are aware about last date to fill cds exam form)

CDS Syllabus :

I have written a detailed article on CDS syllabus in which I have done a detailed analysis of previous year papers and even current exam trends to shortlist important topics to study.

If you will check CDS exam Syllabus as given in notification, it is very generalized and will not help you much in your CDS exam preparation.

Check detailed article here: CDS Syllabus

In this article, I have also provided Topic-wise weightage of each article Lets have a look at topic-wise weightage of CDS GK paper.

CDS GK paper

CDS Eligibility

I will talk about that CDS Eligibility which no one likes to discuss online.

You need to make yourself:

  • Eligible to clear CDS GK, Maths and English paper
  • Eligible to clear Cutoff
  • Eligible to clear SSB interview

And above 3 things will need rigours efforts and strategic planning. You all are aware of CDS eligibility like age limit, number of attempts, etc, and do not focus on above 3 actual CDS eligibility criteria’s.

Check this detailed article on: CDS eligibility

CDS Cut off

There are basically 2 types of CDS Cut off’s.

CDS cut off
CDS exam cut off

Cut off for CDS varies for different academies and also varies every year depending on various parameters.

  • CDS cut off for IMA : 120-125 Marks
  • CDS cut off for INA : 110-115 Marks
  • CDS cut off for AFA : 135-140 Marks
  • CDS cut off for OTA (men): 85-90 Marks
  • CDS cut off for OTA (women) : 85-90 Marks

If you are really serious for CDS exam preparation watch this article on CDS Cut off where I have analysed last 3 year (6 attempts) cutoff’s for IMA, INA, OTA, AFA.

CDS preparation

Many aspirants still believe that CDS preparation can be done in one or 2 months. But its practically impossible considering the difficulty of paper and increasing competition for CDS exam.

So, it’s necessary that you follow a detailed strategy for each paper in CDS preparation.

Need not worry, because we have made detailed strategy for each paper of CDS exam and it has benefitted thousands of CDS aspirants and still counting. Check the below articles:

  1. CDS GK preparation (Score 50+ Marks)
  2. CDS Maths preparation (Score 60+ Marks)
  3. CDS English preparation (Score 60+ Marks)
  4. CDS OTA preparation (Score 90+ Marks)

You will definitely get success if you are ready to follow these strategies as specified by our expert and experienced team.

CDS exam pattern

CDS Syllabus and CDS eligibility are constant for every CDS attempt. But drastic changes can be seen in types of questions asked each year and even CDS pattern.

Check the latest CDS exam pattern here so that you are there in the competition.

CDS exam Center

CDS exam is conducted all over India in different cities. You need to select your prefered location for CDS exam at the time of form filling.

Here is the list of cities where CDS exam will be conducted:


You need to select the city nearest to your location.

CDS exam details (Much more than just CDS full form)

If you are reading this article till now, then you are a serious CDS aspirant. Because you came to just see full form and was too engaged in reading CDS exam details.

Just message me on Instagram, I will guide you personally for upcoming CDS exam (free of cost). We need serious CDS aspirants as vacancies are just 417 from all over India for all academies.

CDS Mock test (Free)

Yes, you read it correctly. Free CDS mock test is conducted on Sarkaari Service so that no needy aspirant is left out of the main streamline.

Check out Test series here: CDS mock test (GK paper)

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Hopefully, your major doubts regarding CDS exam are cleared (Especially CDS full form) And if you still have any doubt, do let me know in the comment section below.

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