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.

Latest: UPSC has released CDS result 2020 in online mode - Check Here

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.

CDS Application Form 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


March 23, 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.

CDS Updates and Articles

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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