CDS Admit Card 2020 is released on January 9 by Union Public Service Commission (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.

CDS Admit Card 2020

Latest: CDS Result 2020 declared for the exam which was conducted on February 02, 2020.

CDS Admit Card 2020 released - Download Here
Check unofficial CDS answer key 2020 on February 2

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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Questions related to CDS

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Is spectacles allow a candidates can select with spectacles

Rehan Alam Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

yes you can apply for CDS exam even if you have spectacles however you will not be able to get into the air force and flying department because of your spectacles.

you could however go for logistics and administration even if you have your spectacles.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


if I have 50% in mathematics and physics in 10+2 class, can I appear for OTA and AFA?

Shiksha 25th Mar, 2020


Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.

  • The eligibility criteria for CDS OTA says: the person should be between 19-25 years age & should have a bachelor's degree from a recognised University/institue (men & women both). The men can be married or unmarried & women can be married or unmarried or widow.
  • The eligibility criteria for AFA says that: the person should be between 20-24 years unmarried. Should have a degree  (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) from a recognised University/institue or bachelor's in engineering.

I hope this clears you doubt.


i have completed my ba.llb degree and my dob is 04/03/1995 .can i apply for CDS .if not then is there any other option for me in defence.

Hrisheekesh Singh 24th Mar, 2020

Hi Dawood,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

You may refer to this article for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!


I heard about temporary and permanent rejections in medical test examination. Can you explain about different checkups in brief and how to overcome them within alloted time if we are temporarily rejected?

Saisrinandan Ch 27th Mar, 2020


You are talking about types of rejections in Services Selection Board (SSB).

Temporary rejections are those which can be cured/treated. Example: Extra Weight.

Permanent rejections are faced due to problems that cannot be cured. Example: Extra Leg Length for Fighter Pilots.

There are several tests inside the medicals. Some basic temporary rejections include: Knocked Knee, Over Weight, Wax in Ears, Kidney Stones, Appendix.

Some of these require surgery or doctor consultation. While problems like over weight can be set right with healthy diet and exercise. Knocked Knee can be cured by putting a pillow between your knees and standing for 20-30 secs daily.

Hope this helps.



A person with disability can apply for CDS exams?

Mohit Sinha 24th Mar, 2020

Aspirants submit their CDS online application form before the last date. but before fill form you should need to check your eligibility for CDS Entrance exam. here we are talking about CDS physical standards and CDS medical fitness both. Check all information regarding “CDS Physical eligibility” below.


General physical and mental standards are very important points to consider before apply for UPSC CDS Exam. here you find physical requirements for CDS and what type of physical fitness required for CDS check below.

  • First of all participant must aware about this that you are physically & mentally fit and fine and free from any type of disease / disability.
  • Participant not have any type of mental breakdown record in past.
  • Aspirant must undergo a preliminary medical check-up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • Candidate must be under a standard weight
  • Chest should be in fine condition . X Ray will taken for figure out any disease in chest.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • You should be no disease of bones and joints of the body. these are some of the CDS Physical criteria for interested candidates. here is more things which are also consider as CDS Physical eligibility.


CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it

  • A Participant selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination process by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
  • Female participants will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male / female doctors / specialists / Gynecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board.
  • Whole Generate reports by Medical board are confidential and not disclose to anyone.
  • The final decision of Candidate fitness will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board.
  • The candidate will also be intimated about the procedure for Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.
  • Candidates must be Physically and Mentally fit according to the given standards. for more details such as vision standards , Height & weight criteria , eye sight criteria , Ear , Nose , throat , teeth condition etc.


Most of the students ask this question that What is eyesight criteria for CDS ? CDSphysical test also covers your eyesight conditions. and vision standard for naval and Air force different from this which also mention below. Eyesight for CDS Exam –
Vision standard for Male Candidates

  • Candidate must able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses (For navy and Air Force without glasses only).
  • Myopia should not be more than 3.5D
  • Hypermetropia should not be more than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Vision standard for Female Candidates

  • Aspirant must able to read 6/6 (better eye) and 6/8 (worse eye) in a distant vision chart with or without glasses
  • Myopia should not be 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.
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours.

Vision standard for Naval

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Vision standard for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -0.75D

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions – CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.

  • The applicants ought to have adequate number of normal and sound teeth.
  • At least 14 dental focuses will be satisfactory.
  • A hopeful ought not be experiencing serious pyorrhea.
  • The listening must be ordinary.
  • A hopeful ought to have the capacity to hear a constrained whisper with every ear at a separation of 610 cms in a very room.
  • There ought to be no confirmation of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • Sound metric test will be ruined AF. Sound metric misfortune ought not exceed+20 db in frequencies somewhere around 250Hz and 4000 Hz.

Height and weight standards
CDS Exam physical eligibility test also includes one major point is aspirant height. Here is a table for height required for CDS Exam for male and female candidates with weight parameters check it.

*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.

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

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