Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2018 Instructions

Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2018 Instructions

For Candidates Joining the Air Force Academy 

There are three modes of entry in F(P) Course viz. CDSE / NCC / Airmen. Candidates who apply for Air Force through more than one source will be tested / interviewed at Air Force Selection Boards only once for Air Force as well as other arms of services. Common candidate who fail in Computer Pilot Selection System ( CPSS ) and / or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test as an NCC or Airmen candidate will be called again for OLQ testing for Army / Navy / OTA only, if it is found that he has applied through CDS Exam., also.

Detailing for Training 

Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and found medically fit by appropriate medical establishment are detailed for training strictly on the basis of merit and availability of vacancies. Separate merit list are prepared for Direct Entry candidates through UPSC and for NCC candidates. The merit list for Direct Entry Flying ( Pilot ) candidates is based on the combined marks secured by the candidates in the tests conducted by the UPSC and at the Air Force Selection Boards. The merit list for NCC candidates is prepared on the basis of marks secured by them at AFSBs.

UPSC CDS 1 Training 2018 : The approximate duration of training for Flying Branch ( Pilots ) at the Air Force Academy will be 74 weeks.

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Insurance cover during Flying Training – ( Rates are under revision )

Air Force Group Insurance Society would pay 1,00,000/- for a monthly contribution of 800/- pm as ex-gratia award to the next-of-kin of a flight cadet drawn from Civil life and undergoing flying training in an unfortunate eventuality. In case, flight cadet undergoing flying training is medically invalidated boarded out, he would be paid 20,000/- as ex-gratia award for 100% disability and this reduces proportionately upto 20%.

Cadets are authorised fixed stipend amounting to 21,000/- per month ( 15,600/- pay in the pay band and 5,400/-as grade pay ) during training. “On successful completion of training the stipend admitted will be converted as pay for all purposes. However, the period of training shall not be treated as commissioned service.”

Once flight cadets are granted pay and allowances by government, the death cover would be 50,000/- and the disability cover would be 25,000/- for 100% disability. This cover would be provided by AFGIS on payment of monthly nonrefundable contribution of 76/- by each flight cadet undergoing flying training for which membership would be compulsory.

Conditions Governing Financial Assistance 

While the cost of training including accommodations, books, uniforms, boarding and medical treatment will be borne by Government, candidates will be expected to meet their pocket expenses themselves. The minimum expenses at the Air Force Academy are not likely to exceed 14,000/- ( under revision ) per mensem. If a cadet’s parent or guardian is unable to meet wholly / partly even this expenditure, financial assistance may be granted by the Government. No cadet whose parent or guardian has an income of 750/- or above per month would be eligible for the grant of the financial assistance. The immovable property and other assets and income from all sources are also taken into account for determining the eligibility for financial assistance. The parent / guardian of a candidate desirous of having any financial assistance, should immediately, after his son / ward has been finally selected for training at the Air Force Academy, submit an application through the District Magistrate of his district who will, with his recommendations, forward the application to the Commandant, Pre Flying Training Courses, Begumpet.

Candidates finally selected for training at the Air Force Academy will be required to deposit the following amount ( under revision ) with the Commandant on arrival :

TotalRupee 2340/
a) Pocket allowance for six months @ Rupee 140/- per monthRupee840/-
b) For item of clothing and equipmentRupee1500/-

Out of the amount mentioned above the following amount is refundable to the cadets in the event of financial assistance being sanctioned

Pocket allowance for the six months @ Rupee140/- per month – Rupee840/-.

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Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2018 Instructions


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3 Responses to “Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2018 Instructions”

  1. vikas g.shah November 11, 2012 at 10:49 am # Reply

    i have just pass 12th, so i can apply for cds exam.

  2. pratiyush December 17, 2012 at 1:30 am # Reply

    can a pass student opt for air force as a career option

    • UpscExam December 17, 2012 at 9:55 am # Reply


      Please see the qualification for CDS Exam details given below :

      CDS Educational Qualifications :

      1. For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy : Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.

      2. For Indian Naval Academy : Degree in Engineering for CDSE and Degree in Engineering or B.Sc. ( with Physics or Mathematics ) for NCC entry.

      3. For Air Force Academy : Degree of recognized University ( with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level ) or Bachelor of Engineering.

      Graduates with first choice as Army / Navy / Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.

      Candidates who are studying in the final year Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army HQ / Rtg.


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