Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released Combined Defence Services (CDS) has released the application and notification of CDS 2020 on October 30. The last date to fill the application form if November 19, 2019. CDS is conducted 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. CDS exam is conducted twice a year in February and November. CDS 1 2020 written exam will be conducted on February 2, 2020. Candidates who are between 20 to 24 years to be eligible for CDS. There are two stages in CDS exam written exam followed by SSB interview. Candidates who qualify written exam are eligible for Services Selection Board (SSB) Interview which includes Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence interview. The selected candidates will undergo training programmes as per their merit and preference for Army, Navy and Air Force jobs. The training of selected candidates are done at their respective centres like Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai).
Upcoming Dates and Events
30 Oct, 2019 - 19 Nov, 2019
Application | Mode: Online Ongoing
11 Jan, 2020 - 02 Feb, 2020 (Tentative)
Admit Card | Mode: Online
02 Feb, 2020
Exam | Mode: Offline
Past Dates and Events
30 Oct, 2019
Advertisement | Mode: Online
23 Nov, 2019 (Tentative)
Result | Mode: Online
Candidates must check the eligibility criteria like age limit, educational qualification, marital status to be eligible for CDS exam.
Candidates applying for CDS must be
Candidates must be 20 to 24 years.
Educational Qualification martial status as per courses
Officers Training Academy (OTA - women, Non-Technical)
Unmarried and widow
Degree of a recognised university or equivalent
Officers Training Academy (OTA - men)
Unmarried and married
Indian Naval Academy (NA)
Degree in Engineering from a recognised university/institution
Indian Military Academy (IMA)
Air Force Academy (AFA)
Degree of a recognised university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
CDS Application Form
UPSC has released the application form of UPSC CDS exam on October 30, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form in online mode till November 19 along with the payment of the prescribed application fees as per the category. The application fee for General and OBC candidate is Rs. 200 while SC/ST and females are exempted from fee payment. The online application form of CDS is filled in two parts.
Part 1 Registration
Part 2 Registration
CDS Preparation Tips
To score well in written exam of CDS, candidates must know the preparation tips and strategies. Candidates must know the importance of solving the previous years’ question papers, timely revision, time management etc. which are the key elements of preparation.
CDS Exam Pattern
UPSC has prescribed exam pattern of CDS 1, 2020. There are two stages in CDS exam- written and SSB Interview. The written exam of CDS is conducted in pen and paper mode. As per the exam pattern of CDS, candidates who apply for Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy courses have to appear for three subjects - English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics while candidates have to appear for two subjects – English and General Knowledge who apply for Officers’ Training Academy course.
CDS Exam Pattern – Written Exam
Structure of exam pattern for admission to Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Indian Military Academy
Structure of exam pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy
CDS Admit card
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the admit card for written exam of Combined Defence Services (CDS) on January 11, 2020. Candidates could download the admit card till the date of examination. In order to download the admit card, candidates had to either login through roll number or registration number. The admit card of CDS exam is available for candidates who have successfully filled the application form.
Details on CDS Admit Card
CDS Answer Key
UPSC will release the official answer key of CDS written exam. CDS answer key will be available subject wise for all test booklets. Candidates can check the number of correct and incorrect answers marked by them with the help of answer key. There are some coaching institutes who release the answer key after the completion of exam on the same day.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the result of Combined Defence Services (CDS) for written and final separately. The result of written exam of CDS will be declared in March 2020. Candidates have to secure qualifying marks as prescribed by UPSC to qualify the written exam. Candidates who qualify written exam will be eligible to appear for SSB interview. Final result of CDS is calculated adding the marks secured by candidates in written as well as SSB Interview. The final result of CDS I 2020 is likely to be declared in December 2020 (tentatively).
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the cut off of CDS exam separately for written exam and final. Candidates who score equal or more than cutoff released by UPSC for written exam are eligible SSB Interview. The CDS cut off marks of written test for is calculated out of the total score of 300 for INA, IFA and IMA, and 200 for OTA (Men & Women). The final cut off will be released in December 2020 by UPSC.
CDS Selection Process
The Selection Process of CDS exam is of two stages - written exam and SSB interview. In the first stage - CDS exam written exam, candidates are required to appear in three papers for admission in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force and two papers for admission in Officers’ Training Academy.
Shilpa, Final year Graduation Candidates who are between 20-24 years can appear for CDS entrance examination. You should just complete all your back logs and your course at the time of counselling and admission. For more information on Physical, Visual standards for the exam, please visit our page at:
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yes you may apply in cds if you become eligible in education and age criteria.
age limit is 24 or 25 years old according to post wise. you may apply in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (NA), Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men), Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical).
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cds exam happens twice a year. the following age criteria is applicable to appear in cds exam:
For Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried candidates born not before than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 can only apply.
For Indian Naval Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible.
for Air Force Academy candidate should be between 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2021 (born not earlier than January 2, 1997 and not later than January 1, 2001).
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), unmarried male candidates born not before than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002 are eligible for the exam.
For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), candidates should be unmarried and born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 1, 2002.
so you are not eligible for any of the post as per age criteria.
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