How Many Aspirants Clear CDS Exam and SSB Interview

The UPSC has published the CDSE 1 2023 notification. The notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2023 has been published on 21st December 2022 according to the Union Public Service Commission calendar. The exam is a national-level examination for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, the Officers’ Training Academy, the Indian Naval Academy, and the Indian Air Force Academy. According to the notification, the exam will be conducted on 16th April 2023. In this article we shall learn about how many students clear the CDS Exam and how many get successfully recommended in the SSB Interview.

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Many aspirants who are preparing for the upcoming CDS exam want to know how many candidates clear the CDS written exam and how many of them go ahead and clear the SSB interview including the merit list. In this article, we are going to cover such details as it is very important for aspirants to understand the competition level in the CDS exam.

How many candidates apply for the CDS exam?

So, starting with the number of candidates who apply for the UPSC CDS exam. CDS exam is conducted two times every year by the UPSC for the defence aspirants who want to join the Army, Airforce and Navy as an officer. Every time around 5 lakh+ candidates apply for the CDS exam, so in one year around 10 lakh+ candidates apply for the CDS exam.

How many candidates clear the CDS exam?

Now coming to the curricula part, how many candidates actually clear the CDS exam? Looking at the previous CDS results, around 7000 to 9000 candidates only clear the CDS written exam. You can find the details on a number of candidates who cleared the CDS exam from previous years.

ExamNo. of candidates clear the CDS written exam
CDS 1 2023Exam date: 16 April 2023 (SUNDAY)
CDS 2 20226658 
CDS 1 20226622
CDS 2 20216845
CDS 1 20216552 
CDS 2 2020 6727
CDS 1 2020 7081
CDS 2 20198120
CDS 1 20197953
CDS 2 20187650
CDS 1 20188261
CDS 2 20178692
CDS 1 20178548

How many candidates clear the CDS SSB Interview?

Clearing the SSB interview is very challenging, not because of the tests conducted at the SSB but because of the low success rate. Out of 100 candidates only 5 – 6 candidates clear the SSB interview, not to forget the SSB Screening test i.e. OIR Test and PPDT, Stage-1 testing where 60% of candidates fail. Now coming to how many candidates clear the CDS SSB interview, you may find the details below:

UPSC CDS ExamNo. of candidates clear CDS SSB interview
CDS 2 2022To Be Updated Soon after the written exam & SSB interviews
CDS 1 2022164 (IMA+AFA+INA+OTA) & 198 (*135 + ^63)  OTA Men and Women
CDS 2 2021 142 (81 + 47 + 14) (IMA INA AFA) & 214 (*139 + ^75 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 1 2021154 (85 +58 +11) (IMA INA AFA)   & 169 (*113 + ^56 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 2 2020129 (71 + 49 + 09) (IMA INA AFA) & 192 (*141 + ^51 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 1 2020 95 (50+39+6) (IMA INA AFA) & 147 (*96 + ^51 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 2 2019196 (106+76+14) (IMA INA AFA) & 241 (*174 + ^67 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 1 2019129(IMA AFA INA) + 267 OTA
CDS 2 2018295
CDS 1 2018272
CDS 2 2017419
CDS 1 2017441

How many candidates clear CDS Merit List?

As we are observing for a few years, no one gets merit out through UPSC entry, if you clear the SSB interview and medical examination, there are 100% chances of you getting the joining instructions for the respective training academy.

Hope this analysis will help the CDS aspirants to understand the competition level and they can prepare better for their upcoming examination.

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13 Comments

  1. Raigengbo Zeliang

    Tough competition indeed , i have got math problem .
  2. Nirmal singh

    I have syndactyly in my foot toes. Will I get rejection in medicals for army?
  3. Neeraj Singh koranga

    Will date selection option be provided for non Direct entries i.e. those through exams?? Nda ssb dates are about to get released.so whether as previous years date selection option will be provided or not??
    1. Shree Shrihari Surwase

      I am in first year of btech computer science. I wanted to that when is the right time to start preparing for the cds ima exam.
  4. Shreya

    Female candidates do get merit out !
  5. SAIVIGNESH M

    Is that true? Till now candidates by upsc entry not listed in final merit list for join in concern academy? Not even a single one cleared medical and merit out for joining?
  6. Shubam

    Can I join NDA with -3 spectacles
    1. Manan

      No bro ig around 2.5 it is acceptable
  7. Aakash Rana

    Sir I've cleared CDSE 2 2019 OTA and still haven't received any info. Regarding SSB. I'm already registered on the join Indian army site.......... I'm a bit worried now
    1. Ajul bansal

      Don't t worry bro...almost all of us didn't get any info..
  8. Deepak Patel

    What is the time gap between ssb and medical examination? Can one apply for medical examination after temporary rejection,if yes then after how many day and what is the procedure?
    1. Hemanth Kasturi

      Generally, it depends on the SSB whether you will be sent to the Medical Board after the day of the Conference or you might be given tentative dates or you might also just be sent back expecting a mail from the respective defence establishment. In such cases, the time between the medicals and the conference would vary between 24 hours to a month. If you get temporarily rejected at Board, then you can apply for a Review Medical Examination. If that too rejects you, then you can challenge yourself to apply for Appeal Medical Board. But at any instance of time, if you are permanently rejected, then you cannot join any sort of military establishment ever. Refer to official data and websites for more detailed information.

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