New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam on February 3. Candidates are advised not to take any costly items to the exam centre as the Commission has banned communication devices inside the premises where the exam will be held.

“Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/ pagers/ Bluetooth or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the examination as arrangements for safekeeping cannot be assured,” it said. “Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard,” it added later.

Candidates must note that they are only allowed to use black ball pens for marking the answers in the answer sheet. This year, the Commission had introduced the facility where candidates can withdraw their applications. The initiative had started with the Engineering Services Exam. For the CDS exam, the application withdrawal window was open from December 3 to December 10, 2018.

CDS exam is being conducted for filling up 417 seats in Indian Military Academy Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, Air Force Academy Hyderabad-(Pre-Flying) 32 Training Course, Officers’ Training Academy Chennai (Madras)- 111th SSC (Men) Course (NT) and Officers Training Academy Chennai-25th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course.

The examination for CDS (II) will be notified in June and the exam will be held on September 8.