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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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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difference between nda syllabus and cds syllabus

niharika cherry 29th Dec, 2019

Hi Divy!

NDA and CDS have different similitudes however are not one in something very similar. NDA is for the 10+2 level, CDS is for graduation level. NDA test is for national guard institute and CDS is for IMA and OTA. The fundamental contrast is that CDS must be given by graduates. So coming to syllabus NDA has 10+2 level syllabus and CDS has graduation syllabus.

Hope this helps.

All the best!


if i join Indian army after that can i give cds exam? ple... ans in hindi

sudheer kumar 29th Dec, 2019

Hello Divy,

If you start your journey in army after 12 as an soldiers you can't give CDSE. Ek bar army mai enter hone ke baad aap dhusri entry ke apply Nahi Kar shakte. Entries such as ACC no ki serving soldiers ke liye Hoti h after 2 year of job aap de shakte h. Aap ke Pas bhut se muke mille ge army mai Jane ke baad. Jisse aap officer ban shakte h.

Best of luck!

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how to join parachute Regiment after CDS?

Hello Divy Pandey

Parachute Commandos are experts who come under a separate wing of the Indian Army. Those who are part of the Army can become Para commandos through competitive tests and by way of promotions.

They have to undergo 6 months training in the Special Forces regiments and 3 months training for normal parachute regiments. There will be physical, mental and psychological tests carried out as part of the training. Those who successfully complete the hard training program can become Parachute Commandos within the Army.

Hope it helps you.

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