CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards

CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards – The combined defense services examination for men and women has a list of eligibility.These include general eligibility for married/unmarried family person, Physical and medical eligibility as well as height,weight and other factors that need to be fulfilled otherwise the applicant will be rejected.

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CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards

CDSE 2018 Eligibility 

1.Nationality: A candidate must be unmarried and must either be:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) 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.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC.

2. Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :
(i) For IMA—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995
and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than
2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—
20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2019 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 1999 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs.
i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1993 and not later than 1st January, 1999) only are eligible.

Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.

(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2000 only are eligible.

(v) For Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course)Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.
They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2000


Educational Qualifications :

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised 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/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be
required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the:

IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg `A’. CDSE Entry,West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice
candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air
Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates
failing which their candidature will stand cancelled :

(i) For admission to IMA on or before 1st January, 2019, Indian Naval Academy on or
before 1st January, 2019 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th November, 2018.
(ii) For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st April,2019.
Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by government as equivalent to professional and technical degreeswould also be eligible for admission to the examination.

In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he/she possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the
Commission, justifies his/her admission to the examination.


1.The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.

2.There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.

3. The minimum acceptable height for male condidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). For Women candidates minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.

4.(d) In your own interest you are advised to undergo a preliminary medical check up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin etc. before reporting for the SSB interview.


CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards


CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards

5.All candidates who are selected will be undergoing tough military training and will be deployed to perform military duties in any terrain, weather and austere conditions. In such conditions ill health of any member of the team can jeopardize the military operations or endanger life of the entire team, therefore medical examinations are carried to select candidates who are “Medically fit to perform
military duties in any terrain, weather and austere conditions” candidate should be :-

(i) Medically capable of undergoing training and withstand physical
and mental demands of performing Military duties of Armed Forces.
(ii) Medically fit to adapt to the military environment without the
necessity of geographical area limitations and capable of performing
military tasks without access to specialized medical care.
(iii) Free of medical conditions or physical defects that would entail
excessive loss of time from duty for treatment and hospitalization.
(iv) Free of contagious diseases that might endanger the health of
other personnel.

Reasons for rejection:

(i) Sinus, fistulae and hernia, cyst, hyper/hypo pigmented patches,
swelling, naevus, vascular malformations scars anywhere on the body.
(ii) Head and neck : Muscolo-skeletal deformities which can
interfere in using safety gear, cervical rib.
(iii) Chest. Musculoskeletal deformities viz pectus excavatum,
pigeon chest, rickety rosary, pleural effusion, parenchymal lesions of
lungs, active or residual lesions of tuberculosis.
(iv) Abdomen and reproductive system : Hernia, organomegaly,
vascular deformities. Renal deformities, gall stones, renal tones etc.
Deformities of reproductive system.
(v) Upper limbs, lower limbs and spine : Hyper flexible or restricted
movements of joints, Cubitus valgus, Cubitus varus, genu recurvatum,
deformities of hands and feet, kyphosis, scoliosis, congenital
deformities, like spina bifida etc.
(vi) Skin : Vitiligo, scars, vascular malformations chronic skin


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2 Responses to CDSE 2018 Eligibility and medical standards

  1. Jacque Engdahl November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your experience here. I really like it.

  2. dinkar November 15, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    is also reserve vacance for scst candidate

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