CDS Application Form 2020
Team Careers360, 30 Oct 2019, #CDS

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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Does IIT Delhi is better option for aerospace engineering than other IITs ,if wanted to join IAF through CDS ?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019
Hello Rohit,
IIT D is one of the best Institute of India and among IITs. So there study and faculties are very good. You may have a great career there. You should take admission and start your journey to go into Airforce.
Good luck

which books are best for cds and afcat?

Apoorva Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

I would suggest you to buy a general knowledge book which is that will help you with the GK questions. And then you should buy a book of reasoning and aptitude pictures that will help you to improve your aptitude questions. Why you asking for a book then I would like to recommend you pathfinder CDS it is one of the best books you can and have for the preparation. While for afcat you can buy Aarihant's afcat book for preparation. I hope this was helpful to you.

Best wishes


sir , i am semesters student ,can i apply for cds

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019


yes you may apply in cds if you become eligible in education and age criteria.

age limit is 24 or 25 years old according to post wise. you may apply in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (NA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men), Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical).

follow the below link to know in details:


Dear sir I was born in 1995. Can I apply for CDS exam?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019


cds exam happens twice a year. the following age criteria is applicable to appear in cds exam:

For Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried candidates born not  before than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 can only apply.

For Indian Naval Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible.

for Air Force Academy candidate should be between 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021 (born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2001).

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), unmarried male candidates born not before than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible for the exam.

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), candidates should be unmarried and born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002.

so you are not eligible for any of the post as per age criteria.


sir my name is shubham singh. sir me 10 +2 biology se hu aur mera 12th me percentage 65 % hai . sir me office banna chahta hun army mein. so please sir tell me how to join cds and for which post .

Sharon Rose Student Expert 4th Nov, 2019

Hello Shubham,

I regret to inform you that with Biology in 10+2 you are not eligible for an officer  which is a technical post.However, you can become a doctor in Armed force, for this you need to appear for NEET and get good rank.The admission done under AFMC.You can also pursue Nursing in military as you have studied Biology in 10+2.You can only become an officer(technical post) if you have studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 10+2.

I hope this is helpful to you.

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