CDS 2020 - Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts Combined Defense Services (CDS) Examination twice a year for the recruitment of candidates who have the potential to transform into officers in different branches of Indian armed forces. The application forms of CDS 2020 has been released on the official website - upsc.gov.in on October 30, 2019, along with the official notification. CDS examination will be conducted on February 02, 2020 in offline mode at various centers across India. CDS 2020 will be conducted for a total of 418 vacancies.Latest: CDS 2020 Application Form Released. Apply online till November 19, 2019. As per the official notification, candidates should be between 20 to 24 years of age, having educational qualifications equivalent to graduation. Admit cards for CDS will be released in the online mode on the official website of UPSC a few days before the examination. The selection procedure of CDS 2020 includes a written examination followed by the SSB interview process and medical examination. The final merit list will be prepared as per the performance of the candidate in all phases of the selection. The final results of UPSC CDS 2020 will be released in a PDF format containing names and roll numbers of candidates selected for admission to the academy.
The application form of CDS 2020 has been released on the official website of UPSC on October 30, 2019. Candidates can pay the application fee in both online and offline mode. The application form of CDS 2020 is available in two parts. Candidates first need to fill part 1 of the application form followed by part 2. The details that need to be mentioned in part 1 of registration are candidates' name, father’s name, Aadhaar card number, corresponding address and others. A scanned copy of photograph and signature are also needed to be uploaded in the application form as per the size prescribed by UPSC. Steps to fill the application forms of UPSC CDS 2020 are given below.
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC @ www.upsc.gov.in.
Step 2: Click on the “apply online” tab and select CDS 01/2020.
Step 3: Click on registration part 1 and fill all necessary details in the required fields.
Step 4: Check all details and submit the form.
Step 5: Login with the registration id generated and DOB.
Step 6: Pay the application fee through debit card, credit card or internet banking.
Step 7: Upload photograph and signature scanned images.
Step 8: Check all details and submit the application form.
ST/SC and female candidates
Name of Exam
Combined Defense Services
Union Public Service Commission
Date of exam
CDS 01: February 02, 2020
CDS 02: First week of September 2020
Type of exam
Mode of exam
Offline (Pen & Paper-based)
CDS 2020 Notification
October 30, 2019 (Released)
Release of CDS 2020 Application form
Last date of application form
November 19, 2019
Last day to pay the application fee
November 19, 2019(till 6 p.m)
Dates to withdraw of application form
First week of December 2019
CDS 2020 admit card
Second week of January 2020
February 02, 2020
Answer Key 2019 (Unofficial)
CDS 2020 written exam result
First week of April 2020
CDS 2019 Courses
CDS 2020 Vacancies (Tentative)
Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)
Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala)
Air Force Academy (Hyderabad)
Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) SSC Course (for Men)
Officers’ Training Academy (Chennai) SSC Course (for Women)
UPSC has released the eligibility criteria for CDS 2020 examination along with the official notification on the official website. The eligibility criteria of CDS 2020 consists of various components like nationality, educational qualification, age limit, marital status, and others. All candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria clearly before applying for the online applications of UPSC CDS 2020. Detailed eligibility criteria for CDS 2020 is given 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
Indian Military Academy (IMA)
20 to 24 years
Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
Indian Naval Academy (NA)
Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
Air Force Academy (AFA)
Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)
Unmarried and Married
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)
Unmarried and Widow
UPSC has released the examination centers for written examination along with the official notification. Candidates need to mention the examination city in the application form which is easily accessible to them. The list of exam cities is mentioned in the table below where candidates can give the written examination.
UPSC conducts CDS examination in offline mode across various centers. The examination pattern for CDS 2020 consists of various components like the number of questions, duration of the examination, marking scheme and others. Candidates are advised to go through the examination pattern clearly to get an idea about the examination. The subjects included in CDS examination are English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. However, candidates applying for OTA are exempted from mathematics paper. Each paper will be of 2 hours and candidates are not allowed to leave the examination Centre before the completion of the exam. A detailed examination pattern for CDS 2020 is given below.
CDS 2020 Exam Pattern
Number of questions
CDS Exam Pattern 2020 for Admission to Officers Training Academy(OTA)
Candidates who qualify the written examination of CDS 2020 will be called for SSB interview at various centers across India. The first day is called screening day which comprises of OIR test followed by the PPDT process. Candidates who will clear the screening test will be retained at the center for further stages. Recommended candidates will face a medical examination after which the final merit list of selected candidates will be published.
UPSC CDS written examination comprises of three subjects i.e English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. UPSC releases the syllabus for CDS examination along with the official notification. Candidates can check the syllabus for UPSC CDS 2020 from the table given below.
Fill in the blanks, Sentence Correction, Jumbled Sentence, Reading Comprehension & Finding errors and omissions, the right use of English words, tenses, verbs, etc.
Current affairs, economics, history, geography, chemistry, physics, biology, books and authors, Indian politics
Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Menstruation, etc.
CDS admit cards will be released in online mode on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can download the admit card for CDS 2020 before 15 days of examination. The details mentioned on the admit card of CDS 2020 are registration number, roll number, examination timing, examination center, and others, Candidates needs to login into their account with the help of registration id or roll number to download the admit card. A hard copy of the admit card of CDS 2020 along with the valid Id proof issued by the government of India is needed to be carried on the day of examination. Steps to download the admit card of CDS 2020 is given below.
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC.
Step 2: Click on the admit card tab and select CDS 2020.
Step 3: Choose option registration id or roll number.
Step 4: Enter roll number or application number with date of birth and submit the details.
Step 5: Check all details on the admit card and download it for future reference.
UPSC will release the answer key for CDS 2020 after the declaration of final results. However, candidates can download the answers key after a few hours of examination from different institutes websites. Candidates can check the answer key for estimating their CDS 2020 score. The answer key will be released individually for all subjects in PDF format.
UPSC will release the cutoffs for CDS 2020 after the completion of the final stage of the selection process. Candidates who will score marks equal to or more than the cutoff marks will be called for further stages of testing. Candidates who will clear the final cutoff will be issued call letters for training. Cutoffs for CDS 02/2018 are given below.
CDS 2 2018 Cut off for the written exam
Minimum aggregate marks of last qualified candidate
UPSC will release the CDS 2020 results after the successful completion of the examination. The results will be released in PDF format on the official website containing the roll numbers of qualified candidates. However, the final results will be published after the completion of SSB and the medical stage of testing.
UPSC release the pay scale for different ranks along with the official brochure of CDS. The grade pay of all the officers varies according to the rank. All officers are paid a Military Service Pay(MSP) during the entire service. During the time of training, cadets are also paid a stipend of 56,100/- p.m. A detailed salary breakdown for all the ranks is given below.
CDS Grade Pay Rank-wise 2020
It’s very important to prepare for CDS with a proper strategy. Daily newspaper reading plays a very crucial role in preparing current affairs and also vocabulary. Online test series can play a crucial role in preparing for CDS examination some of the important books for CDS preparation are given below.
Pathfinder for CDS - Arihant Experts
Objective General English - S. P. Bakshi
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations - R. S. Aggarwal
Geography & History - NCERT (Std 6th-12th)
It totally depends on an individual and basic knowledge of all the topics covered in the examination. If you will prepare with full dedication then 4-5 months are enough to prepare well for the examination.
The total number of vacancies is not yet released by UPSC. However, candidates can check the tentative vacancies from the table given in the article.
No, UPSC does not allow any candidate to make changes in the application form once submitted. In this case, candidates can fill a fresh application form.
No, the Candidates will be allowed to change the examination center once allotted by UPSC.
UPSC CDS for 2020 is scheduled for February 01, 2020. Candidates can check more details from the article.
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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).
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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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