CDS Selection Process 2020 - Written Exam, Interview, Pay Scale
CDS Selection Process 2020 - UPSC mentions the selection process of CDS 2020 in the official notification. CDS 2020 Selection Process comprises two stages - written exam and SSB interview. Only candidates who qualify the stage 1 or written test with UPSC CDS cut off 2020 will be called for stage 2, SSB interview.
In the written exam, candidates have to take three papers. In the second stage of the CDS Selection Process 2020, candidates will have to appear in SSB interview which will test their intelligence, personality and psychological aptitude. Candidates have to qualify both stages of CDS 2020 selection process in order to pass CDS 2020. UPSC conducts Combine Defence Service Exam for admission, training and recruitment of candidates as commissioned officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. Finally selected candidates will be called for training at IMA Dehradun, INA Ezhimala, AFA Hyderabad, and OTA Chennai. Read the article below to know more about CDS selection process 2020.
Latest: UPSC CDS 2020 application form and notification is released on August 5, the last date to apply is August 25. Check the UPSC CDS syllabus for better preparation
CDS Selection Process 2020 - Overview
Name of exam
Combined Defence Services
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Mode of exam
Stages of exam
418 CDS (1)
344 (CDS 2)
CDS Selection Process 2020 Stages
The exam conducting authority prescribes the selection process in CDS notification 2020. Two stages of the selection process of CDS 2020 are explained below in detail.
CDS 2020 Selection Process 2020 Stage 1- Written Examination
The first stage of the CDS selection process is written examination. According to the CDS exam pattern 2020, the written exam comprises three papers - English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics for admission in Military, Naval and Air Force Academy. Candidates who submitted the application form successfully can download CDS admit card 2020 for the written exam. For admission in Officers’ Training Academy, candidates have to appear for just two papers English and General Knowledge. All the questions asked in the CDS written exam are objective in nature. Candidates will be given 2 hours time to take each paper. As per CDS selection process 2020, candidates will be called for SSB Interview on qualifying the written examination. UPSC CDS result 2020 has been declared containing roll numbers and names of qualified candidates who have secured the minimum qualifying marks as per the Commission.
CDS 2020 Selection Process Stage 2- SSB Interview
The second stage of CDS selection process is the SSB interview. SSB Interview for CDS selection process 2020 will be conducted for 5 days to test the candidate's intelligence, personality and more. These tests will be conducted in two stages. Candidates can only appear for Stage II tests if they qualify in Stage I tests. The qualifying candidates of SSB interview will be eligible for admission to the forces and OTA. Day-wise test schedule is given in the table below.
Stages of SSB Interview
Psychological Aptitude Test - Includes Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests such as Picture Perception and Description Test (PP & DT).
Intelligence Test - Includes Psych Test, Group Testing Officer tasks & Conference.
CDS Selection Process 2020- Interview Schedule
Reporting, Filling of forms, Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT)
Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Self Description Test (SD), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Word Association Test (WAT)
Group Testing Officers’ Tasks (GTO) that include Group Discussion (GD), Group Planning Exercise (GPE), Half Group Task (HGT), Progressive Group Task (PGT) & Individual Obstacle Task (IOT).
Individual Obstacle Task (IOT), Command Task, Final Group Task (FGT), Personal Interview and Individual Lecturette
Conference and Document Verification
CDS Selection Process 2020 (Medical Exam & Document Verification)
After clearing the SSB interview, candidates will have to go through a medical examination conducted by a Special Medical Board (SMB). A medical examination may last up to 4 to 6 days. While appearing for the medical exam, candidates are advised to keep their document ready. In case any qualified candidates fail to produce the required document will be disqualified.
CDS Selection Process 2020 - Important Points
Candidates will have to secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in Written Examination and SSB Interview as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board respectively.
Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the written examination and SSB interview.
Candidates who qualify the SSB Interview have to submit photocopies of Matriculation certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth and Bachelor's Degree/ Provisional Degree along with mark sheets of all the years/ semesters in support of educational qualification.
Selected candidates will get a stipend of Rs. 56,100 during the entire duration of training in Service academies
Pay Scale of Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy
56,100 – 1,77,500
Level 10 B
6,94,00 – 2,07,200
1,21,200 – 2,12400
Lieutenant General HAG Scale
1, 82, 200-2,24,100
2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)
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Questions related to CDS
cds exam for indian military academy
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts CDS for candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Navy, Air Force and Army after graduation or candidates appearing in their final year.
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can I become apply for CDS exam for Air Force academy if I got 55% in class 12 this 55 % came because of covid our NIOS board exams got cancelled and every one got between 50 to 60% of marks though I have 84 % in class 10.. now I will apply for graduation my target is CDS after graduation dats y
Eligibility of CDS Air Force Academy is based on the graduation, candidates can either complete BE/BTech from any recognized university, or they can complete Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university with Maths and Physics at 10+2 level, now coming to your question there's no specific aggregate mentioned regarding Maths and Physics at 10+2, so no need to worry regarding this, you should focus on your higher studies ahead and prepare accordingly for the exam during this phase, if you start your preparation in gradual manner, it'll definitely help you succeed, you can visit our page at https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria/amp to know more details regarding this.
can I apply for CDS exam for Air Force academy if I got 55% in class 12 th ??
Actually only e after you complete your ten plus two level u can not go for CDS examination you have to complete your graduation. And actually in reality your 10 plus two level marks does not matter to be eligible for this examination. But you should have a solid reason to get this marks, because you may have to you tell about that in SSB interview.
Best of luck hope this will help.
Can 2nd year student apply for cds (OTA) Exam?
As per the eligibility criteria of Officer's Training Academy for CDS, candidates need to have passed Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university, there's no specific aggregate required in this matter. Those who are in the final year too are eligible to apply, so as per the norms whatever course you're pursuing whether it's three or four year degree program, you can apply in the final year.
Im a 5 March 1997 born can i apply for CDS Air Force or AFCAT?
As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.
You are 23 now and you are going to be of 24 years on 5 March 2021, so you are eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.
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