CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020
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CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has defined CDS 2020 eligibility criteria for all aspiring candidates. eligibility criteria of CDS 2020 have the set of norms in terms of age, nationality and educational qualification. According to CDS eligibility criteria 2020, 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 Admit Card 2020 on Jan 9.

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 fulfillment 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 an 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.

CDS Admit Card 2020

Exam conducting authorities will release the admit card of CDS 2020 in online mode. After knowing eligibility criteria of CDS 2020 candidates should download the admit card. Applicants can download CDS 2020 admit card by entering the login credentials. After downloading CDS admit card candidates should ascertain the accuracy of all the information printed in it. In case of any issued in candidate's details aspirants should immediately contact to exam conducting authorities.

How to prepare for CDS

Along with knowing the detailed information regarding the eligibility of CDS 2020, candidates should also know the tips to qualify the exam. Because the next step which will add value in their selection process is to know how to prepare for CDS I 2020. Aspirants should focus on those areas which could give weightage in their selection.

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.

Question: What is exam dates of CDS 2020 ?

Answer:

Candidates should note that CDS exam dates for first instance is Feberuary 2

Question: What physical activities should be done to clear the physical round of CDS 2020?

Answer:

Applicants who want to qualify the physical round of CDS exam should religiously follow regular running of 2-3 km and pushups, chinup and climb rope.

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my date of birth is 17/03/1996 can I eligible cds ota 2020

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020

Hello Sonu,

Hope you are doing well.

Age limit for CDS OTA is 19-25. Therefore according to your date of birth, you are eligible for exam.

Good luck

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my date of birth is 17/03/1996 can elegible cds ota 2020

Afrin Hossain 27th Jan, 2020

Hi,

According to CDS eligibility criteria 2020 , 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.

So , Yes,You are Eligible! as your Age  is 23 years old currently .

Best of Luck For the Exam!

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How should a pcm stream girl preparing for Afcat and cds?

Kalpana Sharma 25th Jan, 2020

Hi,

Hope you are doing great.

In CDS exam ,girls can only go for OTA(officers training academy) and the exam pattern is slightly different as per other academies.

It has only two papers that of general knowledge and general English.

For general knowledge you should be well prepared about current affairs and read 6-12 class ncert books thoroughly for history , geography , science etc. You can also go for internet for general knowledge along with also focus on basic GK like first in the world , famous books and authors etc.

For English, practice is the key to success. Have a good book of objective English like Arihant and read newspaper daily and improve you vocabulary.

Solve previous years questions as well.

For AFCAT:

It includes the same GK and English followed by numerical ability and reasoning questions as well.

You should again go for basics in mathematics upto class 12 and try to learn more tricks and shortcuts and for reasoning , follow a good book of reasoning ability and be more focused and concentrated while solving these questions.

Hope it helps.

Thank you




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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

Hello,

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

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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

hi,

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)

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