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Best CDS Coaching In Lucknow

Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC CDS Recruitment 2021. All the aspirants who wish to have a career in the reputed Indian Forces (Army, Naval, Air Force, or Officers Training Academy) should not miss this opportunity. The Commission has released the official UPSC CDS Recruitment notification on the official website and there is no change in the UPSC CDS eligibility criteria this year. If you are planning to appear for this examination this year, you must ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria required for the UPSC CDS Examination. The Commission has certain guidelines on various factors like Age, Educational Qualification, Nationality, Marital Status, Physical Standard, etc. for admission in various forces like Military, Naval, and Air Force. Please note that Women candidates applying for these vacancies are only eligible for the Short Service Commission at Officers Training Academy (OTA). Read further to know all the vital details of the UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria before applying for this recruitment.

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UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before applying for the UPSC CDS Recruitment, you must check the detailed UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria that includes Age, Educational Requirements, Nationality, Marital Status, Physical Standards, etc. Candidates studying in the final year/semester degree course can also apply provided some conditions which are mentioned below in this article.

Important Note

  • Candidates should be less than 25 years of age &  must be unmarried.

  • Marriage is not permitted during your training period.

  • Married candidates who are above 25 years of age can also apply but during their training period, they will not be provided with the accommodation of their partner. They are also not allowed to live with their family outside the Academy premises.

  • Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary School Certificate or an equivalent certificate will be accepted by the Commission.

UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Educational Qualification

Another important aspect of UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria is the education qualification necessary for a particular Fore. Check the details given below to know the force-wise educational qualification.

  • Candidates studying in the final semester/year degree courses should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of joining.

  • The Commission reserves the right to treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications as educationally qualified in exceptional cases provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies their admission.

UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Nationality


A candidate applying for UPSC CDS recruitment exam 2021 must be either be:

  • a Citizen of India, or

  • a subject of Nepal, or

  • a subject of Bhutan, or

  • a refugee from Tibet who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or

  • Indian origins who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of settling permanently in India.

UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Physical Standards

There are certain guidelines for the candidates to be physically fit according to physical standards for admission in Indian Forces through CDS Recruitment examination 2021.

  • The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which can interfere with the performance of duties.

  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects, or underweight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.

  • Candidates should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

  • The minimum height required for male candidates is 157.5 cms (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). For women candidates minimum required height is 152 cms. However, the minimum height for all entries is 148 cm after all types of waivers/dispensations.

  • For Male Candidates, the chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.

  • Body Mass Index of the candidates should be below 25.

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