Combined Defence Services Examination II – CDS Exam II 2017 Physical Standards

CDS Physical Standards

UPSC CDS Examination II – CDS Exam 2017 Physical Standards

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

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.

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 a RMB.

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

  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 candidates 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 years 20 years 22 years
    15244* 46 47
    15546 48@ 49
    16048 5051
    16250 5253
    16552 5355
    16853 55 57
    17357 59 60
    17559 6162
    1786162 63
    18063 64 65
    1836567 67
    1856769 70
    18870 71 72
    19072 7374
    19374 76 77
    19577 7878
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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 years 25 years 30 years
    14839 4143
    1534243.5 45
    1554344 46
    15845 46 48
    1604647 49
    16549 5153
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    The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given below : Male ideal weights in KG for different age groups and heights for fat% ( <20 ) of normal individuals for Air Force.

    Ht in mmAge Range
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  7. A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
  13. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
  14. Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
  15. For a male candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are distant vision ( corrected ) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/18. ( For Air force without glasses only ) Myopia of not more than minus 3.5D and Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 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 D including astigmatism. Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5D including astigmatism. 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-II for army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and
    green colours.
  16. Visual Standards for Navy
    1. Uncorrected without glass 6/12
    2. Corrected with glass 6/6
    3. Limits of Myopia -1.5
    4. Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
    5. Binocular vision III
    6. Limits of Colour Perception I
  17. 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 order 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 fulfil following criteria :
    1. Age more than 20 years
    2. Uncomplicated stable LASIK / Excimer ( PRK ) laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia, with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.
    3. A healthy retina.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Carrying angle of elbow should not be more than 15° and 18° among males and females respectively.


CDS Medical Standards

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

  1. Anthropometric measurements acceptable for Air Force are as follows :

    Height : 162.5 cms.
    Leg Length : Min. 99 cms. & Max. 120 cms.
    Thigh Length : Max. 64 cms.
    Sitting Height : Min. 81.5 cms. & Max 96 cms.

  2. X-Ray of Chest is compulsory.
  3. 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
    1. Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Sph
    2. Manifest Myopia : Nil
    3. Retinoscopic Myopia : -0.5 in any meridian permitted
    4. Astigmatism : +0.75 Cyl ( with +2.0 D- Max ) Maddox Rod Test.
      1. at 6 metres : Exophoria 6 prism dioptres, Esophoria 6 prism dioptres, Hypo-phoria / Hyperphoria 1 Prism Dioptres.
      2. at 33 cm : Exophoria 16 prism dioptres, Esophoria 6 prism dioptres; Hypophoria / Hyperphoria 1 prism Dioptres / Hyperphoria 1 prism Dioptres.

    Hand held stereoscope – All of BSV grades

    Convergence – upto 10 cm.

    Cover test for distant and near – Lateral / divergence / convergence recovery rapid and complete Redial Keratotmy ( 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 vision – Must possess good binocular vision ( fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and deapth. )
    Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.

  • Hearing Standards
    1. Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms. each ear.
    2. Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed +20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.
  • Routine ECG should be within normal limits.

The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Armed Forces :

  1. Granulomatous disease of Spine.
  2. Arthritis / spondylosis.
  3. Scoliosis more than 10° degree as measured by Cobb’s Method.
  4. More than mild Kyphosis / Lordosis.
  5. Spondylolisthesis / Spondylosis.
  6. Herniated nucleus pulposes.
  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 atlanto-axial anomalies.
  12. Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
  13. Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5.
  14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.

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.

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.

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

  1. Running : 2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes.
  2. Skipping.
  3. Pushups & Sit-ups : Minimum 20 each.
  4. Chin ups : Minimum 08.
  5. Rope Climbing : 3 to 4 meters.


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60 Responses to “Combined Defence Services Examination II – CDS Exam II 2017 Physical Standards”

  1. Sahil January 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm # Reply

    I had a tattoo and i want to know if i can apply for air force.

  2. praveen kumar January 15, 2012 at 12:07 am # Reply

    sir my knee is joint in standing position so pls give me suggestion about this for cdse exam

  3. santosh sharma January 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm # Reply

    i am student be 3rd year student mere liye ye exam kesa rahega

  4. sunil January 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm # Reply

    i m having glass with no. -3.5 and -4.0 and while standing in attention situation my knee touches each other can i give cdse n goin IMA …

  5. uday sibgh thakur February 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm # Reply

    after the cdse exam how to process jion the army what is the methed of cds?

  6. Bikram February 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm # Reply

    Can a person who has done appendix operation can apply for CDS exam?

  7. Prashant February 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm # Reply

    I have a fracture in my left arm(Plate still persist),will i be considered medical fit,if i clear all the physical tests?

  8. Lakshmi February 17, 2012 at 4:00 am # Reply

    Hello Sir/Ma’am,

    What are the Physical standards for OTA candidates? Are they same as NAVY and AIR FORCE?

  9. Honey February 22, 2012 at 12:50 am # Reply

    Is there any Physical Standards for OTA candidates? Are they equal to other academies?

  10. chinmoy March 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm # Reply

    i got my galbladder operated.wil this pose a problem for my selection??

  11. Pooja March 9, 2012 at 9:31 am # Reply

    hii..m doing b.pharm n ryt nw m in 3rd yr-6th sem..i want to knw that after completing my graduation in pharmacy hw can i apply to defence services..

  12. shiv kumar March 13, 2012 at 2:50 am # Reply

    i want to join indian airforce give me suggestion.i doing b.e 2nd year i m a sports person n national player

  13. shaikshavali March 18, 2012 at 9:53 am # Reply

    Sir i have sight with these specifications

    i.e for left eye -0.75 and -0.5 right eye

    can i eligible for CDS EXAM

    My height is 168cm and weight is 77 can i eligible with these ?

    please try to help me out from this questions?

    • UpscExam March 19, 2012 at 9:57 am # Reply


      Limits of Myopia is – 3.5. So you can apply for the CDS Exam II 2012.

  14. Vinay March 19, 2012 at 11:55 am # Reply

    My teeth are slightly unalined and 27 and one teeth filled. Is this acceptable.

  15. Animesh April 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm # Reply

    m in the third year of my engi. cource ..can i appear in cds examination !!!!!asking for only appearing

  16. MANAS PALAI May 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm # Reply

    I have a problem that, my uvula is just bifurcate,but I never feel oppose to speak. Sir pl z tell me can I select for CDS .

  17. Devender singh May 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm # Reply

    Sir i have tatoo on my arm and i have filled teeth.whether m fit for cds.

  18. Bhagirathi Behera May 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm # Reply

    sir, graduate 70 percent and want to know what are upsc exam. for me…… please

  19. shraddha June 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm # Reply

    i got the problem of my teeth it does matter please reply me . and also give the information regarding upsc medical test.

  20. yogesh June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am # Reply

    sir, i have a bend in my middle two left side rib, does this bend cause disqualify me in CDS medical test, i have no problem from this bend, plz tell n help me.
    this is just a small projection in left side then right rib.

  21. Apoorva June 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm # Reply

    I am an international gymnast. will i get preference in Combined Defence Services examination as a sports women?

  22. Suneel Kumar June 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm # Reply

    i want to know any relaxation in age i was born in feb 1986 can i aplly

  23. vivek singh June 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm # Reply

    respected sir ,
    my query is that i have got eye power of =2.5, so may i knw do i have any chance of getting selected in the medical of cds or technical entry??

  24. S.Vishnu June 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm # Reply

    1.I have flat foot and knock knees,but i have no problem in running or walking.Am I fit for the armed forces?
    2.Are aspirants who have undergone Laser surgery for correcting myopia eligible? The article mentioned above does not give a clear picture about it.
    Hoping to hear a reply from you soon.

  25. abbas July 2, 2012 at 10:57 am # Reply

    i had an accident about 3 and a half years ago, in which i got hairline fracture in my 3-4 ribs, which have never ever caused me any problem after healing, i do a lot of walking and running, push ups etc n never ever faced any sort of problem. Can i apply for Indian ARMY OR NOT??? Please clear my doubt as i am immensely confused with this question right now..

  26. akshaya July 2, 2012 at 11:25 am # Reply

    i have distance vision problem.. its -4 in both eye .. am i eligible or ll i be rejected under physical qualification grounds?

  27. vijitha July 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm # Reply

    i have vision problem,its -5,i’ve applied for cds 2 2012, am i eligible for this regarding medical standards, pls infrm us

  28. abishek July 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm # Reply

    whether syllabus of NDA and CDS are same ?

  29. Amit kumar July 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm # Reply

    Is hepetitis b positive and filled teeth candidate is eligible

  30. Joseph July 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm # Reply

    Is protruded tooth is a physical disability for the CDS (II) for OTA ?

  31. varun July 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm # Reply

    i have -3.5 D astigmatism in left eye. right eye is 6/6. i am going for the ssb for technical course. please tell me what is the eye standard for astigmatism?

    • UpscExam July 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm # Reply


      Yes you can apply for CDS Exam.

  32. Varun July 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm # Reply

    my i am suffering from astigmatism in the left eye with -3.5 D and right eye is 6/6. i am going for the ssb for technical course, will there be any problem in the medical?

  33. JIJO K VARGHESE August 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm # Reply

    Bikram :Can a person who has done appendix operation can apply for CDS exam?

    how big a problem is knock knees?

  34. Prashant kumar August 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm # Reply

    Sir, my right arm and right leg are fractured one time in accident but i am fit now so am i eligible for the CDSE.

  35. amritesh August 14, 2012 at 12:10 am # Reply

    my height 5 foot 6 inches. am i be a part of indian army??

  36. pradeep August 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm # Reply

    What happens if the knee bones of both legs touch eachother while standing in attention position altough they don’t give any problem while running or walking

    Hope my question would be well understood and answered.

  37. nirmal kumar August 20, 2012 at 12:17 am # Reply

    i have 31 teeth . is it a problem while facing medical test for cds or cpf

  38. lalit choudhury August 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm # Reply

    sir,i have problem with my teeth….will it be problematic during selection….

  39. parvez khan September 17, 2012 at 10:54 am # Reply

    how can we examine our medical standard and from where we can examine and how much it costs

  40. ashwani shukla September 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm # Reply

    i have rt eye 6/60 without correctable and lt eye is 6/6 so can i join the indian services plese tell me in which way

  41. Ravi yadav October 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm # Reply

    i m having glass with no. -3.5 and -4.0 and while standing in attention situation my knee touches each other can i give cdse n goin IMA ……..

  42. Ravi Yadav October 20, 2012 at 11:15 am # Reply

    i have glasses of power of -3.5 and -4.0 and my knee touch each other while standing in attention position……
    m i eligible for cds or not

  43. Pratik November 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm # Reply

    My eye power is -2.0 so can selected for IMA/OTA.

  44. srinad December 7, 2012 at 2:12 am # Reply

    sir, my height is 172 cms nd weight is 75 ,,but my age is 18 i born in 1994 may 26 th can i eligible for army

  45. anurag December 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm # Reply

    my left eye uncorrected is 6/18 plz do let me know whether i m eligible to appear for commission in the army as an officer

  46. ANIKET December 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm # Reply

    i have glasses of power of -3.0 and -3.0 and my knee touch each other while standing in attention position……
    m i eligible for cds or not

  47. Shryangi November 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm # Reply

    My height is 145cm. Can i apply for cds exam.plz reply

  48. Aravindh December 18, 2014 at 11:11 am # Reply

    Am having an eyesight of -3.25 in both eyes.
    Will i be eligible for cds 2015 ??

  49. Amit Kumar Chaudhary June 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm # Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I am having a hole in my ear drum,but I can listen properly.. Can I apply for cdse exam for naval academy.

  50. SWATI August 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm # Reply

    i have only one ear… but my hearing is normal. Am i eligible or not???

    • banu August 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm # Reply

      Hi Swati,

      Hearing Standards for CDS Exam 2016 :

      The hearing should be normal.

      Speech test : Whispered hearing 610 cms. each ear.
      Audiometric Test : Audiometric loss should not exceed +20 db in frequencies between 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.

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