CDS Exam Dates 2020
Updated on Jan 2, 2020 - 4:34 p.m. IST by Aayushi madavi

CDS Important Dates 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the important dates of CDS 2020 exam in their annual calendar. The Commission released CDS 2020 application form and notification on October 30, 2019. As per CDS 2020 important dates, candidates were able to fill the application form till November 19, 2019. CDS important dates 2020 provide all the dates relevant to the exam, for instance admit card release date, result declaration date, answer key release date, etc. Candidates must check CDS 2020 dates to keep up with all the events of the exam. CDS examination is scheduled to be conducted on February 2, 2020. Know more about CDS important dates 2020 in the article below.

Latest: CDS Admit Card 2020 to be released on January 10

CDS 2020 will be conducted for the admission of candidates to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai. The exam authorities have announced 418 vacancies in CDS 2020 notification.

CDS 2020 Important Dates

Provided below are CDS exam dates 2020 along with dates for all the events -

CDS Exam Dates 2020


CDS-I Dates

CDS-II Dates

CDS 2020 notification

October 30, 2019

August 5, 2020

Registration for CDS Exam 2020 begins from

October 30, 2019

August 5, 2020

Last date to fill the application form

November 19, 2019 (Over)

August 25, 2020

CDS 2020 Admit card

January 10, 2020 (Tentative)

October 19, 2020 (tentative)

CDS Exam Dates

February 2, 2020

November 8, 2020

CDS Exam result date

April 2020

December 2020

SSB Interview call letter

To be announced

To be announced

SSB Interview date

To be announced

To be announced

CDS Answer key 2020

To be announced

To be announced

CDS Admit Card Dates 2020

Candidates who have successfully filled and submitted the application form will be issued CDS 2020 admit card before the exam. As per CDS exam dates, it is expected that the admit cards will be available for candidates to download in the second week of January, 2020. CDS-II admit card will likely be released in the second last week of October, 2020 since the exam is to be conducted on November 8. In order to download CDS admit card, candidates will have to log in using their registration ID and date of birth. Candidates must carry their CDS 2020 admit card to the exam centres or else they will not be allowed to take the exam. Candidates must also carry a valid photo identity along like Aadhaar Card with the admit card. Important information like the address of the exam centre, reporting time, CDS exam dates 2020 and schedule etc. will be mentioned on the admit card.

CDS Application Dates 2020

UPSC released CDS application form 2020 on October 30, 2019. The last date to fill CDS application form was November 19, 2019. The application form of CDS-II will be released on August 5, 2020. The last date to fill CDS-II application form will be August 25, 2020. OBC and general category male candidates have to pay a requisite fee of Rs. 200 while filling CDS application form. Female candidates and SC/ ST are exempted from paying any fee. Filling the application form of CDS is a two-part process. In part-I, candidates have to register themselves and then they can proceed to fill the details of CDS application form in part-II.

CDS Result Date 2020

The exam authorities will release the result of CDS 2020 tentatively in the month of April. CDS result 2020 will include the list of candidates who have cleared the written examination. CDS result PDF files will include names and roll numbers of the candidates shortlisted for SSB Interview. It is expected that the result of CDS-II will be released by the end of December.
The CDS final result will be declared after the SSB interview is conducted. The result of the medical examination will be taken into account at a later stage. The CDS (I) date for the final result 2020 is expected to be November while CDS (II) final result is likely to be declared in May tentatively.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Exam Dates 2020

Question: When will I get the admit card of CDS 2020 exam?


According to CDS 2020 dates, it is expected that the candidates will be issued admit cards for CDS-I in the month of January. CDS admit card will only be available for candidates to download on the official website of UPSC.

Question: When will the answer key of CDS 2020 be released?


CDS answer key will be released after the declaration of the result.

Question: How do I download previous years’ CDS question papers for preparation?


Candidates can download previous year question papers from the ‘Archives’ section on the official website -

Question: How many marks do I need to qualify CDS written examination?


Candidates will have to score CDS cutoff marks in order to qualify the exam. CDS 2020 cutoff will be released separately for each academy after the exam has been conducted.

Question: When will CDS 2020 be conducted?


 CDS is conducted twice a year. CDS 2020 (I) will be conducted on February 2 while CDS 2020 (II) will be conducted on November 8. Applications will open for CDS-II on August 5, 2020.

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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


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


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


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)


I am currently doing my graduation in Economics and also I am a girl. Will there be constraints for me to pass the CDS exam?

thomas joy 19th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

Here are the eligibility criteria for CDS exam

  • Women candidates can only apply for Officers Training Staff or OTA
  • Final year graduate or gradutes can apply for the exam
  • Minimum age is 19 years and for OTA maximu age is 25
  • Candidate should have good mental and physical health
  • 200 mcq questions in OTA section
  • English and General Knowledge is asked.

Hope this will help you.

All the best, Thank you


Sir, can I give CDS exam?. I am a student of BE(fire engineering) .

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


The educational qualification for eligibility to Central defense service exam that is CDS exam is

The candidate should be graduate or appearing in the final year of the  same is eligible to apply for CDS exam.

So if you are in final year of your graduation you can apply to this exam.


cds ke peper main math kis class ki rahti hai

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 31st Dec, 2019
Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Some best books for CDS Mathematics are Arihant Pathfinder, Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma, Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal. You can check the syllabus here-
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