CDS Notification 2020
Updated on Oct 29, 2019 - 10:45 a.m. IST by Aayushi madavi

CDS Notification 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the CDS 2020 notification in online mode at As per official CDS notification 2020 there are 418 vacancies for which the recruitment process will be conducted. Candidates can fill application form for CDS I 2020 from October 30, 2019. It is to be noted that last date to fill application form is November 19. Candidates can check important details of CDS 2020 notification like important dates, eligibility criteria, application process, admit card, vacancies, result, pay scale, etc. on this page. Candidates who successfully apply for the exam will be issued CDS admit cards a few days before the exam date. CDS examination is scheduled to be conducted on February 2, 2020. Read the article below to know more about CDS notification 2020.

Latest: CDS 2020 Admit Card to be released from Jan 10

CDS 2020 is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Navy, Army and Air Force. Selected candidates will be trained at their chosen centres out of Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai).

CDS Notification 2020 - Highlights

Name of the examination

Common Defence Services (CDS) 2020

Exam body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Mode of examination



To be notified

CDS 2020 Notification - Important Dates


CDS I 2020

CDS II 2020

CDS application form

October 30, 2019

August 5, 2020

Last date to apply for CDS

November 19, 2019

August 25, 2020

Withdrawal of CDS application form

November 26 to December 3, 2019

To be announced

CDS 2020 exam

February 2, 2020

November 8, 2020

CDS result 2020

To be announced

To be announced

CDS Notification 2020 - Eligibility Criteria

UPSC has mentioned CDS eligibility criteria 2020 in the notification of CDS. Eligibility criteria of CDS examination is based on age limit, educational qualification, sex, marital status and physical standards of the candidate.

CDS Age Limit

Age Limit

20 to 24 years

Eligibility based on Nationality


Indian 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 (the above candidates must have the certificate of eligibility issued by the government of India)

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020 on the basis of Marital Status

Army, Navy and Air Force


OTA - Men

Unmarried and Married

OTA - Women

Unmarried, Divorcee and Widow

CDS Eligibility Criteria on the basis of Educational Qualification

Required educational qualification for admission in different academies is given in the table below.

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

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

CDS Notification 2020 - Application Form

UPSC will release CDS application form 2020 on October 30, 2019. The last date to fill the application form will be November 19, 2019. Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria of CDS will be able to fill the application form. Filling CDS application form is a two-part process. Candidates are required to fill basic details like name, email ID and phone number in Part I while part II involves payment of the requisite application fee, uploading of signature, photograph, selection of exam centre, etc. OBC and General category candidates are required to pay the application fee of Rs. 200 while SC, ST and female candidates were exempted from paying any application fee.

CDS 2020 Notification - Admit Card

The exam body will issue CDS admit card 2020 to candidates who have successfully applied for the examination. Candidates will be able to download the admit card of CDS until the day of the examination. CDS admit card is issued for two stages - written exam and SSB Interview. In order to download the admit card, candidates have to login using their registration ID and date of birth. Details mentioned on the admit card of CDS include name of the candidate, category date of birth, date and time of exam, venue, etc. Candidates must carry a copy of the admit card to the exam centre on the day of examination along with one valid photo ID proof like Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, or Passport.

CDS Notification 2020 – Exam Pattern

The exam body prescribes CDS exam pattern in CDS notification. CDS exam pattern is given separately for admission in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy and for admission in Officers’ Training Academy. The written exam of CDS for the candidates who have applied for admission in Army, Navy, and Air Force have to take 3 sections – English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics whereas for those appearing for admission in OTA have to take only two sections – English and General Knowledge. Each paper carries 200 marks. Candidates will be given a total of 2 hours to complete the exam. 120 questions will be asked in English and General Knowledge sections while 100 questions will be asked in Elementary Mathematics. 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

CDS Notification 2020 – Selection Process

The exam will be held in the following two stages:

  • CDS written exam

  • SSB interview



CDS selection process includes 2 stages- written exam and SSB Interview. The first stage of CDS selection process is a written exam. On qualifying CDS written exam, candidates have to appear for SSB Interview. The SSB Interview round is conducted for 5 days during which candidates have to appear for Intelligence & Personality Test and Psychological Aptitude Test. All those candidates who qualify the SSB interview will be able to take admission to Indian Army, Navy, Airforce and Officers' Training Academy.

Post-wise Pay Scale in CDS 2020 Notification

Candidates go through a training period after clearing the exam. During this training period, cadets are given a fixed stipend. After final recruitment, post-wise remuneration will be given. Pay band for different posts or ranks is given below in the table.


Pay Band (Rs.)

Captain (Level 10 B)

6,13,00 - 1,93,900

Lieutenant (Level 10)

56,100 – 1,77,500

Lieutenant Colonel (Level 12A )

1,21,200 – 2,12400

Major (Level 11)

6,94,00 – 2,07,200

Brigadier (Level 13A )

1,39,600 - 2,17,600

Colonel Level 13

1,30,600 - 2, 15, 900

Lieutenant General HAG Scale (Level 15)

1, 82, 200-2,24,100

Major General (Level 14)


VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General (NFSG) (Level 17)


HAG+Scale (Level 16 )

2,05,400 – 2,24,400

COAS (Level 18)


Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier

Rs 15.500 p.m. fixed

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Questions related to CDS

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when i can apply for cds exam? upcoming registration month??

Smrity 25th Feb, 2020


The dates to register for CDS 1 are closed but as CDS exams are taken twice a year you can take the second paper. The registration for the second CDS paper will be in the Month of August and will probably begin from 5th August,2020. Please stay updated on any notifications released on the official sites for test dates and other related information. The notification related to CDS 2 is released in the month of June probably, so, keep yourself updated on any information.

Here is the link to the official site :

Hope this helps.

All the best!


i am done 12 with pcmb with 40% individual and now in bsc computer science am i eligible for cds exam to join Indian air force and i am 20 years girl

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020


after completing your graduation course or if you are in final year you are eligible to apply. age limit for woman candidate is ,  should have been born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 2, 2002. woman's are only eligible to apply in Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), the eligibility criteria is bachelors degree in any discipline.

hope it would help.


after clearing the cds exam what will happen

Shivangini Bhatt 19th Feb, 2020
CDA exam is a gateway to the SSB interview. If a candidate manages to clear the CDS Written Exam then he/she will get a chance to show his prowes in the SSB Interview. It is essential to clear the CDS cutoff in order to appear for SSB Interview. If the candidate manages to clear the SSB interview then he/she will be appearing for the document verification and medical examination. After that, the candidate will be sent to the academy for training to become an officer.

sir, i am pursuing integrated ( MBA - B. tech) in Computer Science and Engineering. so, whether I am eligible for the CDS entrance exam Or not ?

Kalpana Sharma 19th Feb, 2020
Hi Chinmaya,
Hope you are doing great.
Yes, you are eligible for the CDS( Combined Defence Services ) exam as the basic eligibility to appear for this exam is to have graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in it.
However, under this exam , there are academies and it has different qualifications required as Air Force or Navy demands of having mainly engineering branch while in OTA and IMA ,you can go with any desirable course.
Hope it helps.

Best Wishes

i am intrested in CDS OTA 2020 i want to know is OTA sylabus of GK And english same as iMA and navy

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020
The syllabus for CDS will be same for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.For IMA, INA, AFA candidates need to appear in Elementary Mathematics paper too.Here is the syllabus for ENGLISH and GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence correction
  • Jumbled sentence
  • Reading comprehension
  • Finding errors and omissions
  • Tenses & verb
  • Vocabulary

General Knowledge
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Indian polity
  • Current affairs
  • Economics
  • Books and authors

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