CDS Admit Card 2020
Updated on Jan 17, 2020 - 12:50 p.m. IST by Vikrant.shukla

CDS Admit Card 2020 is released on January 9 by Union Public Service Commision (UPSC) at The direct link to download the admit card of CDS 2020 is available on this page. Candidates must enter their registration or roll number and date of birth to download and print their admit card. The last date to download CDS (I) 2020 admit card is February 2. Only those candidates who have successfully filled the application form are eligible to download the CDS 2020 admit card after its release. CDS e-admit card 2020 mention details of the candidates, CDS registration number, roll number, exam schedule and address of the exam centre. Read the complete article below to know how to download CDS admit card 2020 and more.

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Highlights of CDS Admit Card

  • After UPSC has released the admit card of CDS (I), candidates must download it, check the details and ensure they are correct.
  • The name of the candidate may in some cases be abbreviated especially if it is too long.
  • They must carry a valid photo Id with them to the exam centre as well as a black ball point pen along with the CDS admit card.
  • Candidates can only print the CDS admit card (I) 2020 till February 2 after which the link will be deactivated.
  • In case the photo in the downloaded admit card is not clear, candidates must carry 3 photographs to be submitted to the invigilator. This will be considered as provisional only.
  • It is advisable to keep the admit card safe till the entire CDS selection process is complete.
  • If candidates are unable to download their e-admit card at least three weeks before the exam, they must intimate UPSC either in person or via phone.

CDS 2020 will be held twice by UPSC. CDS (I) will be held on February 02 and CDS (II) on November 08. CDS (II) 2020 notification will be released on August 05, 2020, in online mode. Combined Defense Services (CDS) exam is for recruitment of candidates as commissioned officers in the Indian Military Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Officers Training Academy. Candidates who qualify CDS 2020 exam will be eligible to appear for SSB Interview.

CDS Admit Card 2020 - Overview



Issuing authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official website

Login credentials to download admit card

Registration/roll number and date of birth

Details mentioned on CDS 2020 e-admit card

Name, father’s name, roll number, application number, date and time of exam, reporting time, name and address of exam centre, exam day guidelines, etc.

Documents to carry to test centre

CDS admit card, 3 passport size photographs, any one valid photo ID proof in original like Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, etc.

Stages of CDS exam

Written examination, SSB interview and medical examination.

CDS Exam Dates

CDS (I): February 2, 2020
CDS (II): November 08, 2020

UPSC contact details

Postal Address - Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069

CDS 2020 Admit Card Dates

Candidates can check the important dates of CDS 2020 in the table below:




CDS Admit card release date

January 9, 2020 (Released)

October 2020

Exam Date

February 2, 2020

November 08, 2020

How to Download CDS Admit Card 2020?

Candidates who have submitted the application form can download admit card of CDS 2020 from the official website. After reading all the instructions candidates need to fill their login id and password/date of birth in the required field. The steps to download CDS 2020 admit card are mentioned below.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC

Step 2: Click on ‘E-admit card for various Examinations of UPSC’

Step 3: Click on direct link for 'E-Admit card link' of CDS 2020 given on the page

Step 4: Read all the instructions carefully and click on ‘Yes’

Step 5: Enter your registration ID or Date of Birth (you can log in using either one) in the login window that appears

Step 6: Fill the captcha and hit on submit

Step 7: Your CDS 2020 admit card will appear on your screen

Step 8: Read all the details carefully

Step 9: Download admit card and check for discrepancies.


Steps to Download CDS Hall Ticket 2020

Candidates can download the CDS 2020 admit card with the help of the steps mentioned underneath with images.
Step 1: Check for "Click here" download link as shown in the image below and click on the direct link given therein.cds-2020

Step 2: After clicking the direct link of CDS admit card 2020, a login page will appear. Select either registration number or roll number to login.cdsStep 3: To Download CDS 2020 admit card, click on the "By Registration ID" enter the registration ID along with the date of birth and the captcha code. OR click on "By Roll Number" enter the roll number, date of birth and enter the captcha code.cds-hall-ticket

Step 4: After the admit card is downloaded, check the details and save it. Remember to take a print out and carry it to the exam hall while appearing for the exam.

Details Mentioned in the UPSC CDS Admit Card 2020

Once candidates have finished downloading the admit card of CDS 2020, they must check all the details printed for any discrepancies. In case of any discrepancies, they must get them corrected by UPSC.

Details mentioned in the CDS Hall Ticket

  • Name, Photograph, Signature of candidate
  • Roll No
  • Photo Identity Card
  • Father's Name
  • Mother's Name
  • Preference
  • Centre
  • Venue
  • Timetable
  • Exam Day Instructions

CDS 2020 admit card will appear like the image given belowIMAGE__4VRYq7E

Documents to carry with CDS 2020 Admit Card

Candidates are required to carry the following documents along with their CDS admit card:

  • Passport size color photograph (same as the one used in CDS 2020 application form)

  • Valid photo ID like Aadhar, Voter ID, Passport, School Identity Card/ PAN Card/ Driving License/ Ration Card - this should be the one uploaded with the application form and in original

  • Black ballpoint pen to mark the answers on the OMR sheet. This is also written in the admit card.

How to rectify discrepancies in CDS Admit Card 2020?

Candidates need to check and verify all the details mentioned in their admit card of CDS 2020. The photograph and signature uploaded by the candidate during the application form should be clearly visible in the admit card.

In case there are any discrepancies in the CDS admit card, candidates must contact UPSC on the address mentioned below by sending an email with screenshot/photo of the discrepancies. Candidates whose photo is not clear in the e-Admit Card are advised to take send the following to the authorities at the address given beneath

  • A written undertaking
  • Two passport size photographs
  • A valid photo identity proof: Aadhaar Card, Driving license, Passport, Voter ID card

Contact: Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069
UPSC Helpline : 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

CDS Admit Card 2020 Guidelines

  • Only use the latest version of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Browser to download the admit card of CDS.

  • Mobile downloaded CDS 2020 admit card is not permissible.

  • If candidates are unable to download their admit card, they should clear the browser history and cookies.

  • In case of candidates being blocked dur to repetitive downloading, they should contact UPSC administrator immediately via email to to get the unblocked.

CDS 2020 Exam Day Instructions

Candidates should follow these instructions while appearing for the CDS 2020 exam:

  • Carry CDS admit card with valid photo ID proof.

  • Reach the exam centre at least an hour before the exam starts.

  • If possible, visit the exam centre before the exam day to have a proper idea of the route and traffic. This will help in planning the conveyance and transport on the exam day and will save time and last-minute rush.

  • Bring all the necessary items needed to be carried to the exam centre.

  • Don’t bring any prohibited items like Electronic gadgets/ devices, calculators, handbags, purses, costly/valuable items, any kind of paper, eatables/ snacks and tea/coffee/ cold drinks/ water (loose or packed), mobile phone/ earphone/ microphone/pager, camera, tape recorder and any metallic item to the exam centre.

  • Don’t indulge in any unfair means during the exam.

  • Keep the CDS 2020 admit card safe till the complete selection process is over.

CDS Exam Centres 2020

The written examination of CDS 2020 will be conducted in exam centres across 41 cities in India. The exact address of the exam centre will be given in the admit card of CDS 2020. The exam will be held in the following cities.

CDS 2020 Exam Centres






Prayagraj (Allahabad)



Port Blair


































Last-minute preparation tips for CDS 2020

  • Revise all the formulas of Mathematics

  • Don’t go for an entirely new topic, just revise the previous ones

  • Make sure you mark the answers on the OMR sheet in the right circle. If wrong marked, it will be understood as a wrong answer and you’ll get a penalty of the negative mark

  • Many people leave the answers to mark in end, avoid doing it.

  • If you get stuck in a question, don't waste your time on it and move ahead to the next question.

  • Read the long questions twice before approaching to answer them to avoid silly mistakes.

  • Just give your best before and don't worry about the result. Believe in yourself and you will surely crack CDS.

What after CDS 2020 Exam?

The next stage after the exam is the CDS Result 2020. The CDS result will be announced in April with the release of a merit list of candidates who have been selected for the next stage which is the SSB interview. The final result of CDS 2020 will be announced in November with the list of candidates who have cleared the written and SSB interview. Candidates will be able to download the result on the official website as soon as it is released.

Related Links:

CDS Application FormCDS Eligibility Criteria
CDS Exam CentresCDS Question Papers
CDS Exam DatesCDS Exam Pattern
CDS SyllabusCDS Cut off
CDS ResultCDS Selection Process
How to prepare for CDSCDS Answer key

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Admit Card 2020

Question: How can I download CDS 2020 Admit Card?


You must either use your roll number of registration ID along with your date of birth to download the admit card.

Question: Will there be any intimation from UPSC when the CDS admit card 2020 will be released?


UPSC will not inform the students individually about the release of the admit card. Candidates must check the official website regularly.

Question: I have misplaced my admit card for CDS. What to do? Can I just show my application form and a photo ID?


If it is before the date of the exam, you can still download it else you may have to write to UPSC and see if they can send a copy to you. No, the application will not be a valid identity document to appear for the exam.

Question: There seems to be a discrepancy in my admit card details. What are the steps I should take to correct it?


If your details in CDS 2020 hall ticket show a discrepancy, please contact UPSC by writing an email or call them at their helpline numbers provided above in the article.

Question: My signature is blurred in the hall ticket of CDS 2020. Is it fine?


Please contact UPSC helpline to find out the correction procedure. It is better to get it corrected as soon as possible.

Question: I have forgotten my CDS RID, how can I download the CDS 2020 hall ticket?


Use the "Forgot RID" link on the candidate portal and enter the required details to get the same.

Question: Will there be separate portals for downloading admit card of CDS 2020 of Paper 1 and Paper 2?


No, there will be a single portal to download the CDS admit card 2020 for both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Question: I have been blocked and so I cannot download my admit card. What steps should i take to get unblocked?


You must have been downloading repetitively. Please contact the UPSC admisintrator to get unblocked and then proceed to download your CDS admit card.

Question: What document do I need to carry along with admit card of CDS 2020 on the exam day?


Two Passport size colour photographs (same as the one used in CDS 2020 application form), Valid photo ID like Aadhar, Voter ID and PwD certificate. Dont forget to carry a black point pen also.

Question: What happens if I forget to carry a photo ID along with admit card of CDS 2020?


You will not be permitted to take the exam if you don’t carry a photo ID along with the hall ticket.

Question: What kind of browser am I supposed to use for downloading CDS 2020 admit card?


The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are best for downloading admit card of CDS 2020.

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after clearing the cds exam what will happen

Shivangini Bhatt 19th Feb, 2020
CDA exam is a gateway to the SSB interview. If a candidate manages to clear the CDS Written Exam then he/she will get a chance to show his prowes in the SSB Interview. It is essential to clear the CDS cutoff in order to appear for SSB Interview. If the candidate manages to clear the SSB interview then he/she will be appearing for the document verification and medical examination. After that, the candidate will be sent to the academy for training to become an officer.

sir, i am pursuing integrated ( MBA - B. tech) in Computer Science and Engineering. so, whether I am eligible for the CDS entrance exam Or not ?

Kalpana Sharma 19th Feb, 2020
Hi Chinmaya,
Hope you are doing great.
Yes, you are eligible for the CDS( Combined Defence Services ) exam as the basic eligibility to appear for this exam is to have graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in it.
However, under this exam , there are academies and it has different qualifications required as Air Force or Navy demands of having mainly engineering branch while in OTA and IMA ,you can go with any desirable course.
Hope it helps.

Best Wishes

i am intrested in CDS OTA 2020 i want to know is OTA sylabus of GK And english same as iMA and navy

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020
The syllabus for CDS will be same for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.For IMA, INA, AFA candidates need to appear in Elementary Mathematics paper too.Here is the syllabus for ENGLISH and GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence correction
  • Jumbled sentence
  • Reading comprehension
  • Finding errors and omissions
  • Tenses & verb
  • Vocabulary

General Knowledge
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Indian polity
  • Current affairs
  • Economics
  • Books and authors

You can click the link below for other detailed information

for cds in graduation is geography subject compelcery

Sunil Kumar singh 18th Feb, 2020

Hi dear,

There is no boundaries in your subjects. If you are graduated from a recognized university then it is enough for CDS. For some fields engineering is compulsory. You can check details here

Hope it helps.


hello, I want to know that can Bsc student (PCM) can also eligible for CDS exam ??plz guide us

Sharon Rose Student Expert 13th Feb, 2020


Yes, you are eligible to appear in CDS. But you are only eligible to join Indian Military Academy(IMA), Airforce Academy(AFA), officer's training academy(OTA) as the eligibility criteria to join in any of these academy is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree.For Indian Naval Academy a candidate must have passed bachelor's in Engineering.

You can click the link below for other detailed information

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