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.

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).

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

March 23, 2020

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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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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