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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I want to apply for Air force Academy but they have mentioned that the candidate applying should not be late than 1st January 2000 and my DOB is 8th January 2000 . What should I do ?

Parvathi Ramachandran 10th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

You may apply for this post !! Kindly note that Air force Academy mentioned that the candidate Date of birth should not be prior to 1.1.2000. Since you have born on 08.01.2000, after the specified date, you may proceed for application. If any age issue is there, you won't be able to submit application. If your able to submit the application successfully, you can assure that you are with the age limt. Star preparing for exams. If any doubts, pls feel free to ask.

Wish You Good Luck !!

Thank You !!


can i join cds after lasik laser eye treatment ?

Saishree Shirodkar 10th Dec, 2019


If you have undergone a L.A.S.I.K treatment 1 year before medical examination before the age of 20. You can get a post in a technical field like Aeronautical engineer, Basic air staff, ground duty officers, an officer in medical IAF and also in IAF- pilot flying aircraft and helicopters. Your eye axial length must be less than 25.5 mm and your residual corneal thickness should be more than 450 microns.

All the best

I hope this will help you

Thank you


I had got 53 %in 12 class .can I give paper of CDS

KUNAL LANJEWAR 6th Dec, 2019


The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing the paper of CDS exam 2020 as per the rules of UPSC are that-

1. The person should have age ranging from 19 to 24 years

2. The person must be a citizen of India

3. The person must have completed his graduation.

So, the percentage of 12th doesn't matters. The only thing is that you should satisfy the above minimum requirements.

For more details about CDS exam, you may visit the link given below:

Best wishes for your future.


can diploma holder apply for this !?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019
You can't appear for CDS Examination until you have a graduate degree from a recognized university. Being a diploma holder, you are unable to apply for CDS. You must be a graduate first. However, final year graduation students can apply. Beside this, there are other criteria also like applicants age should be within 20-24 years.
Check the CDS eligibility criteria here-

Is civil engineering graduation eligibe for I. N. A of CDS

Avishek Dutta 4th Dec, 2019
Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Age:19 to 24 years

Qualifications:Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

Age:19 to 24 years

Qualifications:Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Air Force Academy (AFA)

Age:20 to 24 years

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

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