CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has defined CDS 2020 eligibility criteria for all aspiring candidates. The eligibility criteria of CDS 2020 consists of age limit, nationality and educational qualification. According to CDS eligibility criteria 2020, candidates' age must be between 20 to 24 years. Candidates who have passed graduation or appearing for their final year are eligible to apply for CDS exam. Candidates do note that only eligible candidates will be able to fill the CDS application form. The detailed UPSC CDS 2020 eligibility criteria is provided on this page. CDS II 2020 is scheduled to be held on November 8, 2020. CDS 1 2020 exam was held on February 2, 2019 for a total of 418 vacancies. Candidates can check UPSC CDS eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Read this article for more details on UPSC CDS eligibility criteria 2020.
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CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 Highlights


  • 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.

UPSC CDS Age Limit 2020


Age Limit


Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent


Indian Naval Academy (NA)

19 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)

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

Applicants can also check detailed UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria here

UPSC CDS Eligibility 2020 for Physical Efficiency Test

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



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, 2002 only 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.

  • 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.

How to Prepare for CDS 2020?

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.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

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


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?


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?


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 ?


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?


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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Questions related to CDS

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can i do cds after graduation in biotech?

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
In CDS, for IMA and INA a degree of a recognized university or equivalent is required. Also your age should be within 24 years. Thus makes you eligible.
For Air Force Academy, degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering is required.
For Officer's Training Academy-Men, a degree of a recognized University or equivalent is required. Also age must be within 25 years.
You can check the detailed criteria here-

sir im in final year .. i scored 52% with maths stream.. im sc caregioury female candidiate can i apply for CDS exam for air force in flying branch . plz reply.. n im 22 yr old..

Sharon Rose Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


Through CDS female are eligible to eligible for Officer's Training Academy (OTA) only.Women candidates are not eligible for AFA, INA and IMA through CDS.However, if you wish you join in Indian Air Force in Flying Branch the you must appear in AFCAT.The eligibility criteria is that a candidate must have passed three years graduation in any discipline with atleast 60% aggregate or 4 year B.E/ with atleast 60% aggregate from a recognized board or university.Must have passed 10+2 with Mathematics and Physics with atleast 60% aggregate.Age limit is 20-24 years.Candidates in final year are also eligible to apply but they must fulfill the eligibility criteria.


I am currently in 2nd semester of btech in 2020 and my date of birth is 10th July 1999.How many attempts do I have for cds? When can I apply?

Hrisheekesh Singh 4th Apr, 2020

Hi Aayush,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 21 now and you are going to be of 24 years on 11 July 2023 so you are eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You have total 4 attempts remaining.

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!


Im an indian army soldier wife,can I join army as a officer through CDS exam??

Sharon Rose Student Expert 4th Apr, 2020


Women are recruited through CDS in Officer's Training Academy only.Female candidates who are unmarried, widow and divorcee are only eligible to join Indian army through CDS. So as you have not fulfilled the eligibility criteria you are not eligible to join Indian Army through CDS.


Hello everyone As Im going to start my preparation for Cds so, can you please suggest me something regarding the study criteria or the books which I should prefer as I have enough time to prepare

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

For CDS EXAMINATION, you can start with going through the previous few years question papers and try solving them that will help you find where do you stand. you need to work on your written English language and skills as well as be upto date on the day to day general knowledge while having a elementary knowledge about mathematics.  You can start reading newspaper which will help you in general knowledge as well improve your English. You can also go for arihant publication books for CDS that can help as well.

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