CDS Eligibility for Female Hight and Weight : All about the UPSC CDS Exam & Physical Eligibility for Females

(Last Updated On: February 4, 2022)

CDS Eligibility for Female Hight and Weight : All about the UPSC CDS Exam & Physical Eligibility for Females

CDS Eligibility for Female Hight and Weight : Combined Defense Services (CDS) exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Defense training academies recruit cadets through this exam. The academies are the Indian Military Academy (IMA), the Indian Naval Academy (INA), the Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA), and the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). Out of the above academies, only women are allowed in Officers Training Academy.

In this article, we will discuss about the CDS eligibility for female candidates. Read the article till the end to know the CDS exam eligibility and also know the exact age, weight and etc. related to it.

CDS Exam Eligibility

For a candidate to be eligible for the CDS exam he or she must fulfil the limits of the following criteria:

  • Nationality
  • Age limit, sex, and marital status
  • Educational qualification
  • Physical standards

Let us understand each criterion in detail.

Nationality CDS Eligibility for Female

To be eligible for the CDS exam a candidate must be a citizen of India or the subjects of the following countries are also eligible:

  • Bhutan
  • Nepal

In addition, a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India is also eligible.

Persons immigrating from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India are eligible provided they have a Certificate of eligibility issued.

Age Limit, Gender and Marital Status

Interested candidates must be unmarried and must be equal to or less than 25 years. The age limit for different academies is:

Acadamy Age limit Marital Status
Indian Military Acadamy 19 to 25 Unmarried
Indian Naval Acadamy 19 to 25 Unmarried
Indian Air Force Acadamy 19 to 24 Unmarried
Officers Traning Academy ( For Male) 19 to 25 Unmarried
Officers Traning Academy ( For Female) 19 to 25 Unmarried

The upper limit for IAFA is relaxable up to 26 years if the candidate holds a valid current Commercial Pilot License issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India.

Married candidate above 25 years of age can apply, but no accommodation will be provided to the married couple nor the candidate can live with spouse outside the campus during the training period.

A male divorcee/widower cannot be considered unmarried and is not eligible for the test for IMA/INA/IFA/OTA.

OTA for women who are unmarried widows who have not remarried and divorced divorced women who have divorce documents and are not remarried are eligible.

Also read: What is OTA in CDS?: Know all about UPSC CDS exam for OTA

Educational qualification

A candidate with a valid Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or equivalent is eligible for admission to IMA, INA, IAFA and Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Interested candidates who are in their final year can also apply provided the candidate does not have any backlog in final semester or final year.

Physical standards

As the job profile of CDS exam is to work in Defense. An officer will work in extreme conditions without any mental support. The training will basically prepare the cadets for battle. Thus it is important that the candidate is physically fit to work in such conditions. Body standards are different for women and men.

CDS Physical Qualification for Female

The physical fitness of the candidates is calculated through the Body Mass Index (BMI). The CDS eligibility for female height are:

CDS Eligibility for Female Hight and weight

Height of female without shoes (cm) Weight (Kgs)
18 years 20  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 48 51
165 49 51 53
168 50 52 54

visual standard for female

  • Vision (correct) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12
  • myopia minus 5.5 d. not more than
  • Manifest hypermetropia including astigmatism plus must be less than 3.5 d

Also read: CDS OTA Training Period: All You Need To Know About OTAs

Conclusion of CDS Eligibility for Female Hight and weight

From the above criteria, it is to be noted that women are eligible only for Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai and not for any other Defense Academy. Women who are unmarried divorcees, who have divorce documents in hand and who have not remarried are eligible. Unmarried widow women who have not remarried can also apply. Minimum Bachelor’s degree is mandatory. Interested female candidates in final year of degree can also apply. The age limit for unmarried women is 19 years to 25 years.

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