CDS Syllabus - Eligibility


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  • Following are the important criteria that define the eligibility −

Nationality

  • a citizen of India, or

  • a subject of Bhutan, or

  • a subject of Nepal, or

  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962

  • with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

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

Age Limit

For IMA

  • The minimum age is - 19 years

  • The maximum age is - 24 years

For Indian Naval Academy

  • The minimum age is - 19 years

  • The maximum age is - 24 years

For Indian Air Force

  • The minimum age is - 20 years

  • The maximum age is - 24 years

Sex

  • Male/Female candidates

Note − Relaxation of two years is given to the candidates who hold the valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India).

Marital Status

  • Only Unmarried candidate

  • Candidates must undertake not to marry until they complete their full training.

  • A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent Examination will not be selected for training.

  • Candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Educational Qualifications

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Physical Standards

Height

  • For IMA − The minimum acceptable height of Male candidate is 157.5cm.

  • For Indian Air Force − The minimum acceptable height of Male Candidate is 162.5 cm.

  • For Indian Navy Academy − The minimum acceptable height of Male Candidate is 157 cm.

  • The minimum acceptable height of Female candidate is 152 cm.

  • 5 cms is given relaxation is given to Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon.

  • 2 cms is given relaxation to the candidates from Lakshadweep.

Weight

  • Weight varies according to height, see the given table I and table II for details.

  • The following table illustrates the weight in respect of the age only for the male candidates appearing for Army and Navy −

Table I

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR ARMY/NAVY
Weight in KG
Height (in CM) 18 years 20 years 22 years
152 44 46 47
155 46 48 49
157 47 49 50
160 48 50 51
162 50 52 53
165 52 53 55
168 53 55 57
170 55 57 58
173 57 59 60
175 59 61 62
178 61 62 63
180 63 64 65
183 65 67 67
185 67 69 70
188 70 71 72
190 72 73 74
193 74 76 77
195 77 78 79

Table II

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR FEMALE
Weight in KG
Height (in CM) 20 years 25 years 30 years
148 39 41 43
150 40 42 43.5
153 42 43.5 45
155 43 44 46
158 45 46 48
160 46 47 49
163 47 49 51
165 49 51 53
168 50 52 54

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