CDS Notification 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the CDS 2020 notification in online mode at upsc.gov.in. 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: UPSC CDS 1 Result 2020 Announced!
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).
Name of the examination
Common Defence Services (CDS) 2020
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Mode of examination
To be notified
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
March 23, 2020
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.
20 to 24 years
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)
Army, Navy and Air Force
OTA - Men
Unmarried and Married
OTA - Women
Unmarried, Divorcee and Widow
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)
Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men)
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.
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.
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.
The exam will be held in the following two stages:
CDS written exam
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.
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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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.
Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.
I hope this clears you doubt.
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
for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.
I hope this information helps you.
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.
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.
PHYSICAL STANDARD FOR UPSC CDS EXAM –
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.
MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS
CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it
EYESIGHT ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS EXAM
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
Vision standard for Female Candidates
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
Limits of Myopia -0.75D
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D
Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions
– CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.
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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