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.

CDS Exam Dates 2020

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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

March 23, 2020 (Released)

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 2020

The exam authorities has released the result of CDS 2020 on March 23. CDS result 2020 has list of candidates who have cleared the written examination. CDS result PDF files includes names and roll numbers of the candidates shortlisted for SSB Interview. It is expected that the final result 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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Questions related to CDS

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Is spectacles allow a candidates can select with spectacles

Rehan Alam Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

yes you can apply for CDS exam even if you have spectacles however you will not be able to get into the air force and flying department because of your spectacles.

you could however go for logistics and administration even if you have your spectacles.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


if I have 50% in mathematics and physics in 10+2 class, can I appear for OTA and AFA?

Shiksha 25th Mar, 2020


Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.

  • The eligibility criteria for CDS OTA says: the person should be between 19-25 years age & should have a bachelor's degree from a recognised University/institue (men & women both). The men can be married or unmarried & women can be married or unmarried or widow.
  • The eligibility criteria for AFA says that: the person should be between 20-24 years unmarried. Should have a degree  (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) from a recognised University/institue or bachelor's in engineering.

I hope this clears you doubt.


i have completed my ba.llb degree and my dob is 04/03/1995 .can i apply for CDS .if not then is there any other option for me in defence.

Hrisheekesh Singh 24th Mar, 2020

Hi Dawood,

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

You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.

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!


I heard about temporary and permanent rejections in medical test examination. Can you explain about different checkups in brief and how to overcome them within alloted time if we are temporarily rejected?

Saisrinandan Ch 27th Mar, 2020


You are talking about types of rejections in Services Selection Board (SSB).

Temporary rejections are those which can be cured/treated. Example: Extra Weight.

Permanent rejections are faced due to problems that cannot be cured. Example: Extra Leg Length for Fighter Pilots.

There are several tests inside the medicals. Some basic temporary rejections include: Knocked Knee, Over Weight, Wax in Ears, Kidney Stones, Appendix.

Some of these require surgery or doctor consultation. While problems like over weight can be set right with healthy diet and exercise. Knocked Knee can be cured by putting a pillow between your knees and standing for 20-30 secs daily.

Hope this helps.



A person with disability can apply for CDS exams?

Mohit Sinha 24th Mar, 2020

Aspirants submit their CDS online application form before the last date. but before fill form you should need to check your eligibility for CDS Entrance exam. here we are talking about CDS physical standards and CDS medical fitness both. Check all information regarding “CDS Physical eligibility” below.


General physical and mental standards are very important points to consider before apply for UPSC CDS Exam. here you find physical requirements for CDS and what type of physical fitness required for CDS check below.

  • First of all participant must aware about this that you are physically & mentally fit and fine and free from any type of disease / disability.
  • Participant not have any type of mental breakdown record in past.
  • Aspirant must undergo a preliminary medical check-up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • Candidate must be under a standard weight
  • Chest should be in fine condition . X Ray will taken for figure out any disease in chest.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • You should be no disease of bones and joints of the body. these are some of the CDS Physical criteria for interested candidates. here is more things which are also consider as CDS Physical eligibility.


CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it

  • A Participant selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination process by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
  • Female participants will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male / female doctors / specialists / Gynecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board.
  • Whole Generate reports by Medical board are confidential and not disclose to anyone.
  • The final decision of Candidate fitness will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board.
  • The candidate will also be intimated about the procedure for Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.
  • Candidates must be Physically and Mentally fit according to the given standards. for more details such as vision standards , Height & weight criteria , eye sight criteria , Ear , Nose , throat , teeth condition etc.


Most of the students ask this question that What is eyesight criteria for CDS ? CDSphysical test also covers your eyesight conditions. and vision standard for naval and Air force different from this which also mention below. Eyesight for CDS Exam –
Vision standard for Male Candidates

  • Candidate must able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses (For navy and Air Force without glasses only).
  • Myopia should not be more than 3.5D
  • Hypermetropia should not be more than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Vision standard for Female Candidates

  • Aspirant must able to read 6/6 (better eye) and 6/8 (worse eye) in a distant vision chart with or without glasses
  • Myopia should not be more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.
  • A candidate must have good binocular vision.
  • The colour vision standard will be CP-III.
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours.

Vision standard for Naval

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Vision standard for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -0.75D

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions – CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.

  • The applicants ought to have adequate number of normal and sound teeth.
  • At least 14 dental focuses will be satisfactory.
  • A hopeful ought not be experiencing serious pyorrhea.
  • The listening must be ordinary.
  • A hopeful ought to have the capacity to hear a constrained whisper with every ear at a separation of 610 cms in a very room.
  • There ought to be no confirmation of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • Sound metric test will be ruined AF. Sound metric misfortune ought not exceed+20 db in frequencies somewhere around 250Hz and 4000 Hz.

Height and weight standards
CDS Exam physical eligibility test also includes one major point is aspirant height. Here is a table for height required for CDS Exam for male and female candidates with weight parameters check it.

*45 for Navy @ 47 for Navy A ± 10% ( for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.

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