CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020
Supriya Kumari, 01 Oct 2019, #CDS

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has defined eligibility criteria of CDS for all aspiring candidates. CDS eligibility criteria 2020 have the set of norms in terms of age, nationality and educational qualification. According to CDS eligibility criteria, candidates applying for the exam must be 20 to 24 years. Candidates who have passed graduation or appearing for their final year are eligible to apply for CDS exam provided they submit a relevant certificate of passing the examination at the time of commencement of course. The detailed CDS 2020 eligibility criteria is provided on this page. Candidates can check CDS eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Read this article for more details on CDS eligibility criteria 2020.

Latest: UPSC has released CDS Application Form 2020 in online mode on October 30, 2019

CDS 2020 exam is slated to be conducted on February 2, 2019 for the total of 418 vacancies.

Highlights of CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Nationality:

  • Candidates applying for UPSC CDS I exam 2020 must be the citizen of India, or

  • Candidates 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 and Ethiopia or Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfilment eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India.

Age Limit, educational qualification, sex, and marital status

Courses

Age Limit

Qualification

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

19 to 24 years

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution

Unmarried

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

Unmarried

Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men)

19 to 25 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried and Married

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

19 to 25 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried, Widow and Divorcee

Physical standard required for UPSC CDS 2020

Candidates can check below the physical standard in order to be eligible for CDS 2020 exam.

  • Candidates must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical standard by UPSC.

  • Candidate must be in good physical and sound mental health and free from any disease/disability that can interfere with the efficient performance of duties.

  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.

  • The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cm. for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force.

  • The minimum height of women candidates’ should be 152 cm.

  • For candidates belonging to Gorkhas and hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.

  • For women candidates, if pregnancy is detected at any stage after selection at SSB or during training will debar the candidates from the grant of commission and cost recovered from the date of joining OTA till the date of debarring on confirmation of pregnancy from Military Hospital Authorities.

  • Candidates should have a sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.

  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmologist to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be CP-II for Army. A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors.

Visual Standards for Air Force

Male

Female

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12

Vision(corrected) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12

Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D

Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.

Visual Standards for Navy

  • Uncorrected without glass - 6/12

  • Corrected with glass - 6/6

  • Limits of Myopia - 1.5

  • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Important Points

  • For IMA, candidates born earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 are only eligible.

  • Candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002only are eligible for Indian Naval Academy.

  • For Air Force Academy, candidates must born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2001.

  • To be eligible for For Officers' Training Academy courses, candidates must be born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002.

  • The age of candidates should be as recorded in matriculation/secondary school examination.

  • Candidates who are studying in the final year or are yet to pass the final year examination can apply provided they do not have any back up to the last semester at the time of submission of application. They are required to submit proof of passing the examination at the time of commencement of course.

CDS Application Form 2020

The exam conducting body has released the CDS 1 2020 application form on October 30, 2019, in online mode. All the eligible candidates can fill the CDS application form 2020 till November 19. They need to fill the application form in two parts. Part 1 includes filling up of basic details like name, qualification, parents’ name etc whereas in part 2 candidates have to upload their photographs, signature, pay the requisite application fees, selection of exam centres and signing of the declaration form.


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What is the minimum standard height required for the male candidates

Answer:

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cm for Army, 157 cm for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force.

Question: I have aquaired 25 years of age. Am I eligble for appearing in CDS exam.

Answer:

Since you are of 25 years of age, you can appear for the CDS exam for Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men) only.

Question: I am in my final year of graduation. Can I appear for the CDS exam?

Answer:

Yes candidates who have completed the graduation or in final year are eligble to appear in the CDS exam. Candidates should check steps how to fill CDS application form.

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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.

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sir , i am b.com semesters student ,can i apply for cds

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019

hi,

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:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria

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

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019

hi,

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.

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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 B.sc 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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