Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2015 Physical Standards

Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2015 Physical Standards

Guidelines with regard to Physical Standards for Candidates for UPSC Combined Defence Services I Examination.

Note I : Candidates must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards. The standards of medical Fitness and the Guidelines for the same are given below.

A number of qualified candidates are rejected subsequently on medical grounds. Candidates are therefore advised in their own interest to get themselves medically examined before submitting their UPSC Combined Defence Services I applications to avoid disappointment at the final stage.

Note II : Permanent body tattoos are only Permitted on inner face of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm / back ( dorsal ) side of hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.

1. A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Women candidates will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising Male / Female Doctors / Specialists / Gynaecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board. Only those candidates will be admitted to the Academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board ( AMB ) will also be intimated to the candidate.

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Candidates who are unfit may apply for Appeal Medical Board ( AMB ) to be completed within 42 days of SMB and may request for Review Medical Board ( RMB ) within one day of completion of Appeal Medical Board.

Candidates declared unfit by AMB will be intimated by the President AMB about procedure of challenging the findings of AMB. The candidates will also be intimated that holding Review Medical Board ( RMB ) will be granted at the discretion of DGAFMS based on the merit of the case and that RMB is not a matter of right.

The candidate should address the request for RMB if he / she so desires to ADG Rtg. ( CDSE ) Army Hq., West Block – III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi – 110 066 and DMS ( MB ) / DGMS ( Air ), Air HQ, R.K Puram in case of AF candidates and a copy of the same is handed over to the President of AMB. The O/o the DGAFMS will inform the date and place ( Delhi and Pune only ) where the candidate will appear for RMB.CDS Exam Question Bank CD

The candidate must be physically fit according to the prescribed physical standards which are summarized below :

a. 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.

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

c. The minimum acceptable height for Male candidate 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.

These concessions are not applicable for Navy and Air Force. Height and weight standards are given below for Army and Navy only.

Interpolation for weights against height not mentioned may be done.

Height and Weight Standards ( Males )
Height in Centimetres ( Without shoes )
Weight in Kgs.
18 Years20 Years22 Years

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*45 for Navy @ 47 for Navy A ± 10% ( for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

Height and Weight Standards ( Females )
Height in Centimetres ( Without shoes )
Weight in Kgs.
20 Years25 Years30 Years

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.
(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.

(e) Chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

(f) There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

(g) A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

(h) The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.

(i) There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal and candidates be free from AIDS.

(j) The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.

(k) Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. If operated, this should have been done at least Six Months prior to the present examination and healing is completed.

(l) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

(m) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.

(n) Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

(o) A male candidate should be able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses ( For Air Force without glasses only ). Myopia should not be more than 3.5D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5D including Astigmatism. For women candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are Distant Vision ( corrected ) better eye 6/6, worse 6/18, Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 including Astogination. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be CP-III for Army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours.

(p) Visual Standards for Navy

(a)Uncorrected without glass6/12
(b)Corrected with glass6/6
(c)Limits of Myopia-1.5
(d)Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5
(e)Binocular visionIII
(f)Limits of Colour PerceptionI

(q) For women candidates if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at SSB or during training will debar the candidates from grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining OTA till the date of debar on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities.

Radial keratotomy and Laser Surgery : Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected for all the three services.

In orer to detect PRK / LASIK all the candidates at SMB will be subjected to the measurement of Axial length by A-Scan biometer.

Candidates who have undergone LASER Surgery for correction of refractive error will be considered for commission in Army if they fulfill following criteria :

i. Age more than 20 years.

ii. Uncomplicated stable LASIK / Excimer ( PRK ) laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia, with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.

iii. A healthy retina.

iv. Corrected vision should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye, with maximum residual refraction of ± 1.50 in any meridian for myopia or hypermetropia.

v. Axial length within permissible limits.

Notes : The candidates will be asked to declare at the time of medical examination that he / she has undergone LASER procedure as above. He / she will be subjected to a thorough corneal and retinal evaluation by the ophthalmologist. However, he / she will be declared unfit at the SMB and those found to be within the acceptable limits for approval as above will be advised to undergo an Appeal Medical Board. During AMB he / she will be subjected to a thorough corneal and retinal evaluation as also scrutiny of the records by a Senior Adviser in Ophthalmology.

(r) The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

(s) X-Ray examination of the chest will include the lower part of cervical spine for presence of cervical ribs. X-Ray examination of other parts of spine will be taken if the SMB considers it necessary.

(t) Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.

2. In addition to the above, the following medical standards will be applicable in respect of Air Force candidates only :

a) Anthropometric measurements acceptable for Air Force are as follows :

Height162.5 cms
Leg LengthMin. 99 cms. & Max. 120 cms
Thigh LengthMax. 64 cms
Sitting HeightMin. 81.5 cms. & Max 96 cms

b) X-Ray of Chest is compulsory.

(c) Visual Standards for Air Force

Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force. Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. Colour vision CP-1
Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Sph
Manifest Myopia : Nil
Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any meridian permitted
Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl ( with +2.0 D-Max )

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(i) at 6 meters – Exo -6 prism D Eso -6 prism D Hyper -1 prism D Hypo -1 prism D

(ii) at 33 cms – Exo -16 prism D Eso -6 prism D Hyper -1 prism D Hypo -1 prism D

Hand held Stereoscope – All of BSV grades Convergence – Up to 10 cm. Cover test for distant and near – Lateral divergence / convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy ( RK ) and Photo Refractive Keratotomy ( PRK ) surgery for correction of refractive errors are not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit. Binocular vission – must possess good binocular vision ( fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth. )
Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.

(d) Hearing Standards

i. Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms. each ear.

ii. Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed + 20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.

(e) Routine ECG should be within normal limits.

3. The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Armed and Navy.

  1. Granulomatous disease of Spine.
  2. Arthritis / spondylosis.
  3. Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method ( 10 degree for Army )
  4. More than mild Kyphosis / Lordosis
  5. Spondylolisthesis / Spondylosis.
  6. Herniated Nucleus Pulposus.
  7. Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  8. Sacaralisation Disease
  9. Cervical Ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  10. Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
  11. Atlanto-occipital, and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  12. Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
  13. Spinabifida other than SV1 and LV5
  14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.

Spinal Conditions for Air Force

Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacro iliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a case for rejection for commissioning in IAF.
History of spinal fracture / prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service.

  1. Granulomatous disease of spine
  2. Arthritidies / spondylosis
    1. Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders.
    2. Ankylosing spondylitis.
    3. Osteoarthrosis spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases.
    4. Non articular rheumatism. ( e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc )
    5. Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis
  3. Spondylolisthesis / spondylolysis / spondylosis
  4. Compression fracture of vertrabrae
  5. Scheurman’s disease ( Adolescent kyphosis )
  6. Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
  7. Unilateral / bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  8. Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method
  9. Degenerative disc diseases.
  10. Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level
  11. Atlanto – occipital and atlanto- axial anomalies
  12. Hemi vertebrae and / or incomplete block ( fused ) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block ( fused ) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
  13. Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation ( Complete or incomplete ) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
  14. Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

4. The Medical standards for candidates of Naval Aviation Branch will be the same as for flying duties of Air Force. Except limit of myopia is -0.75D and limits of hypermetropia is +1.5D.

5. Detection of any disability in the course of a special test carried out prescribed for one service, may render the candidate unfit for any other service(s), if so considered as disqualifying by Medical Board.

6. Physical Conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine :

a) Running2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
b) Skipping
c) Pushups & Sit-upsMinimum 20 each
d) Chin upsMinimum 08
e) Rope Climbing3 to 4 meters

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16 Responses to “Combined Defence Services Examination I – UPSC CDS Exam I 2015 Physical Standards”

  1. Ankur Sharma February 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm # Reply

    Sir I have a query regarding medical fitness. i am 19 years old and i had my gall bladder removed 1 year ago by operation and i have stitch marks on my abdomen. so can you please tell me wether i am fit for CDS or not?
    thank you

  2. Prasanth March 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm # Reply

    Sir, i have breathing trouble if i have cold(during that time only). Am i physically eligible to apply for CDS?

  3. paresh maheshwari March 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm # Reply

    what are the different entries to apply for officer in air force

  4. manali May 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm # Reply

    best coaching institute 4r preparing cds exam in delhi?

  5. BHANU CHANDRA May 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm # Reply

    Is the candidate appearing physical test for CDS must comprise any prescribed weight according to his height

  6. ramesh June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm # Reply

    sir i having one extra finger sir i physically fit or not . thank u sir

  7. Tomster July 14, 2012 at 8:55 am # Reply

    Can flat foot be considered as a disability during the course of medical tests?

  8. kavishnagpal July 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm # Reply

    which would be the best option to take up coching for cds(ima) in delhi… and i wanted sujjestions on the fact that how do we exactly prepare our body that by the time we are there..we dnt face any probs..

    thankyu so much :)

  9. shubham September 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm # Reply

    my eye no is -4.2.can i join cds after laser operation?

  10. vikki September 25, 2012 at 5:45 am # Reply

    Friends , i’m perfectly in all basis but i’m wearing spects ,now i dont know what to do next , pls help me out…….
    thanks a lot

  11. vikki September 25, 2012 at 5:46 am # Reply

    Friends , i’m perfectly alright in all basis but i’m wearing spects ,now i dont know what to do next , pls help me out…….
    thanks a lot

  12. Deekshith Reddy D M October 5, 2012 at 1:32 am # Reply

    Best coaching institute for preparing CDS exam in chennai?

  13. mayank November 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm # Reply

    hello sir/ ma’am,
    in the year 2001 i was operated because of my left renal, now every thing is fine and i am a basket ball player. i wanted to join army. am i eligible for IMA/ OTA?

  14. hemant November 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm # Reply

    Sir, my left eye is weak and i am going for surgery. am i eligible for CDS after it? there is some muscler problem in my eye.

  15. hemant November 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm # Reply

    Sir, my left eye is weak and i am going for surgery. am i eligible for CDS after it? there is some muscles problem in my eye.

  16. Alok Mishra November 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm # Reply

    sir actually I want to ask that according to height the weight should be littlebit approximate more or less.can that person would be eligible?

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