CDS Application Form 2020
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 - 12:17 p.m. IST by Team Careers360

CDS Application Form 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released CDS 2020 application form in online mode on October 30, 2019 at The last date to fill application form of CDS 1 2020 is November 19, 2019 (6 pm). The candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria thoroughly before filling application form of CDS 2020. Candidates must fill CDS 1 application form in two parts - part I and II. In part I of CDS application form 2020, candidates need to enter their personal and contact details after which a registration number and password will be generated. Using the generated credentials, candidate must login again to fill part II of the CDS 2020 application form. While filling part II of CDS application form, candidates have to enter educational details, upload scanned photograph, image of signature and ID card and pay the application fee. CDS 2020 application fee can be paid in both offline and online mode till November 18 and 19 respectively. Candidates can gather more information about UPSC CDS application form 2020 by going through the article below. UPSC conducts the CDS exam twice a year.
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CDS 1 exam will be conducted in offline mode across the country for 418 vacancies. The exam will consist of three papers i.e General Knowledge, Mathematics, and English language. The minimum cut off marks for the CDS examination is 20. CDS 1 2020 exam will be conducted on February 2, 2020.

Documents required to fill UPSC CDS Application Form 2020

The list of documents that the candidates required to fill the CDS 2020 application form are mentioned below.

  • Photo identity proof like Aadhar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving License(Any One).

  • Scanned photograph, scanned signature, and ID card (as per the size prescribed by UPSC)

  • Matriculation and degree certificate.

  • Card/Internet banking details for fee payment.

Specification for uploading photograph and signature

Candidates need to upload the scanned copy of photograph along with the signature and ID card as per the specifications. Given below the size and format of documents to be uploaded in the CDS 2020 application form.

Name of document





20Kb to 300Kb



20Kb to 300Kb

ID cardPDF20kn to 300 kb

How to fill CDS 2020 Application Form

  • Visit the official website of UPSC -

  • Click on apply online and select UPSC CDS 01/2020

  • Click on registration part 1 and fill all the required details

  • Submit the details and fill details in registration part 2

  • Upload photograph and signature as per the specifications

  • Pay the application fee and print the application form.

CDS Application Form 2020 - Dates

Candidates who wish to apply for the CDS Application Form 2020 can check the date of application, examination date and other important dates from the table given below.



Release date of application form

October 30, 2019 (Released)

Last date to apply online

November 19, 2019

Last date of fee payment online

November 19, 2019

Last date for Withdrawal of application form

November 26 to December 3, 2019 (Tentative)

CDS 1 Written Examination

February 02, 2020


First week of April 2020

CDS Application Form 2020 - Highlights

Exam name

Combined Defense Services (CDS)

Exam conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Application fee

General & Others - 200/-

Female/SC/ST candidates - NIL

Mode of application


Mode of payment

Online - Visa/Debit/Mastercard/Credit Card and SBI Net Banking

Offline - Pay by Cash (challan)

Detailed Guidelines to Fill CDS Application Form 2020

CDS 2020 Application Form - Steps to fill the form

The application form of CDS 1 is available in two parts. Steps to fill the CDS application form 2020 are given below.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC and click on apply online. Now, select apply online and click on UPSC CDS 01/2020.


  • Click on the registration part-1 and fill all the details like the candidate’s name, father’s name date of birth and others in the required fields.


  • In the next step select the educational qualification and fill the corresponding address along with other communication details.


  • Submit the details and proceed to dill part 2 of the CDS Application Form 2020.

  • Log in with the registration id and date of birth to fill part 2 of the online application form.


  • Submit the details and upload the photograph and signature as per the size mentioned on the page above.

  • Pay the application fee online through debit card, credit card or net banking.

  • Print the CDS 2020 application form for future reference.

UPSC CDS Application Fee 2020







CDS Examination Center 2020

Candidates who wish to fill CDS Application Form 2020 need to choose one examination center from the drop-down list provided in the application form. A tentative list of all the examination centers of CDS 2020 is given below.




















Port Blair






















CDS Application Correction Window 2020

The application forms of CDS 01/2020 will be released on the official website. UPSC will not provide any correction window after the submission of the CDS 2020 application form. Hence candidate is advised to fill details in the CDS Application Form 2020 carefully.

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

UPSC has determined the eligibility criteria of CDS. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying for online applications of CDS 2020. Eligibility comprise of various components like age limit, educational qualification, and nationality. Candidates can check detailed eligibility criteria for UPSC CDS below.


  • Candidate must be a citizen of India.

  • Candidate from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugee, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfillment of eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India.

Age Limit, Educational Qualification, and Marital Status


Age Limit

Educational Education

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent


Indian Naval Academy (NA)

20 to 24 years

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution


Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering


Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried and Married

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried and Widow

CDS Admit Card 2020

UPSC will release the admit card for the CDS 1 examination on the official website after the completion of the application process. Candidates can download the admit card of CDS 2020 from the official website by providing Registration id/roll number and date of birth. The details mentioned on the admit card are the name of the candidate, examination center, date and time of examination, and others. In case candidates find any mistake in admit card they can contact the facilitation Counter located in the Commission's Office either in person or over phone Nos. 011-23381125/011-23385271/011- 23098543.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Application Form 2020

Question: How can I recover my CDS password or registration ID?


To recover the registration ID or password, you need to refer to the registered email ID as it can help you to recover the password or registration id. You can also check the registration number on the fee receipt.

Question: Do I need to send the printout of CDS application form 2019 to the authorities?


No, you do not require to send the printout of the CDS II application form to the authorities. However, it is advised that you must keep a hard copy of application for your own record and future communication with the commission if any.

Question: What mode of fee payment is accepted for CDS II 2019?


You could pay either online (Debit/Credit Card (Rupay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro) or SBI Internet Banking) or offline (bank challan) for CDS II form 2019.

Question: When could I fill the CDS II application form 2019?


You could fill the application form of CDS 2019 from June 12 in online mode.

Question: How could I apply for CDS Exam 2019?


To apply for CDS II, you need to follow these steps:

  • Go to the official website

  • Click on the online application form for CDS 2019

  • A new page will open on the screen

  • Select part I of the application process and fill the CDS form

  • Then proceed to part I, fill it and read it before final submission

  • After successful submission of CDS II application form, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email id.

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Questions related to CDS

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I m a +1 student, Girl. My dream is to join in air force. How can I Acheive my goal?

Shareef 22nd Jan, 2020


Girl candidates who want to join IAF have 2 possible ways. AFCAT and non AFCAT entry. AFCAT is an entrance exam conducted twice a year. If you clear this exam, then you will be called for SSB Interview and then you can choose your own branches.

There are various kinds branch in IAF(Indian air force) like technical, flying and ground. each  branch has its own Eligibility and qualification criteria... As you haven't mentioned any kind of branch, let me tell you about these core branches

Flying branch: age should be in between 19 to 23.You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted.

Technical branch: There are 2 types of technical services under technical branch. Both of them need the same criteria of 18-28yeats.First one is Aeronautical Engineer which is mechanical service. Second one is Aeronautical Engineer which is electrical service.

Ground duty branch: There are 3 types of services in Ground duty branches.

Administration and Logistics: Age should be between 20-23 years for Graduates. You should be a Graduate or a Post Graduate in any discipline with atleast 60% marks.

Education: Age should be  20-25 years for Post Graduates and you should be a Post Graduate in any stream with 50% marks.

Accounts:  20-27 for M.Ed, Ph. D, CA, ICWA. Bachelors degree or Masters degree in Commerce. If you have Bachelor's degree then you should have 60% marks and if you have PG degree, then you should have 60% marks.

Through Non AFCAT entry, there are CDSE and FTS. For meteorology branch, age should be between 20-25 years and for Phd students, age should be 27 years. Students should have post graduate degree in any science stream.

There is also NCC Special Entry Indian Air Force. Age should be 20-24 years. You should be a graduate in any stream with aggregate of 60% marks and you should have studied Maths and Physics in your 12th and have passed with 60% marks. Or BE or B.Tech with 60% marks is also accepted


Hello Sir , i had been completed my graduation with open degree which is comes to under kakatiya university .Can i eligible to apply for CDS Exam ... Please inform me sir..

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 19th Jan, 2020


see open university student who have completed their graduation in any discipline may appear in cds exam.

you have not mention your graduation course or stream. if you dont belongs to bachelor in electrical engineering or bachelor courses in physics or mathematics you may apply for below mention post,

Indian Military Academy

Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)


I am currently doing my graduation in Economics and also I am a girl. Will there be constraints for me to pass the CDS exam?

thomas joy 19th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam

  • Women candidates can only apply for Officers Training Staff or OTA
  • Final year graduate or gradutes can apply for the exam
  • Minimum age is 19 years and for OTA maximu age is 25
  • Candidate should have good mental and physical health
  • 200 mcq questions in OTA section
  • English and General Knowledge is asked.

Hope this will help you.

All the best, Thank you


Sir, can I give CDS exam?. I am a student of BE(fire engineering) .

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


The educational qualification for eligibility to Central defense service exam that is CDS exam is

The candidate should be graduate or appearing in the final year of the  same is eligible to apply for CDS exam.

So if you are in final year of your graduation you can apply to this exam.


cds ke peper main math kis class ki rahti hai

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 31st Dec, 2019
Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Some best books for CDS Mathematics are Arihant Pathfinder, Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal. You can check the syllabus here-
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