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CDS 2020

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) biannually i.e. two times each year for the enrollment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The examination for CDS is conducted in offline mode, followed by SSB interview round.

CDA I exam will be conducted around February 2020 while CDS II exam will be conducted around September 2020. The online registration will be initiated from October 2019 for CDS I exam and in June 2020 for the CDS II exam.


CDS 2020 Highlights



Exam Name

Combined Defence Services Exam

Commonly Known As

CDS Exam

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Examination Level

National Level


Vacancy Based


English and Hindi

Exam Mode


Mode of Application



CDS 2020 Important Dates

Exam Events



Online Registration/Application Form filling

October 2019

June 2020

Last Date for Registration

November 2019

July 2020

CDS Admit Card Issuance

January 2020

3 weeks before the exam

Date of CDS Written Examination

February 2020

September 2020

Declaration of CDS Result

March 2020

October 2020


CDS 2020 Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Conditions


Indian Citizens

Subject of Bhutan/Nepal

Tibetan refugee who is for all time settled in India preceding to January 1, 1962

Individual of Indian origin who has moved from either Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, or Zambia with the aim of living permanently in India.

Academic Qualification

Indian Military Academy (IMA) &Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Bachelor’s degree from any recognized University.

Air Force Academy (AFA)- Any Bachelor's degree (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering (B.Tech.)

Indian Naval Academy (INA) - Engineering degree from a recognized University

Age Limit

Female candidates are eligible for OTA only.

Married applicants can apply only for Air Force Academy (AFA) and OTA.

For Indian Military Academy (IMA): 19- 24 years

For Indian Naval Academy (INA): 19- 22 Years

For Air Force Academy: 19- 23 Years

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): 19- 25 years

For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): 19- 25 Years 


CDS 2020 Physical Criteria

Candidates to be applying for the Defence services, the vital and the most important criteria are to be physically and mentally fit. It is a category on which the aspirants can look forward to serve its country in a committed way.

It is a necessary eligibility criterion for a CDS 2020 aspirants. Aspirants should have good mental along with physical health. It is advisable for the candidates to get oneself medically examined and checked before filling the registration form. On off all the chance that at all the candidates who might be unfit may apply for Appeal Medical Board (AMB) to be finished inside 42 days of SMB.


CDS 2020 Application Form

1.       Aspirants can access the application form of CDS 2020 by visiting the official website of

is non-refundable.

1.       UPSC. They can apply online and not through any other mode.

2.       Aspirants will see two parts of the registration process. They have required too complete both the steps. Part I- Fill in the information such as basic details, mobile number and valid email id given in the form carefully, as no changes will be allowed thereafter once submitted. After completion of the first step, aspirants will receive a valid registration id.

3.       The second part of the registration includes uploading all the necessary documents such as scanned copies of the aspirant's photograph, thumb impression, and signature which should be accessible while registering for the test.

4.       Re-check all the information before making the final submission.

5.       Aspirants can complete the registration process by initiating the fee payment which can be done via online mode (VISA/Master/Debit Card and Net banking) or via offline mode (through e-challan at any branch of SBI Bank).

6.       On successful completion of the process, aspirants must take the print out of the application form along with generated e-receipt.

The application fee is Rs. 200 only for all the candidates. SC/ST candidates and all the female candidates are not required to pay any application fee. Application fee for the CDS exam

CDS 2020 Admit Card

The official notification release of CDA 2020 admit cards will be available and issued for the candidates online 3 weeks prior to the exam.

·         Candidates have to visit the official UPSC website and click on the link to download the CDS 2020 hall ticket. Candidates will furthermore be notified via registered Email or SMS.

·         To download the hall ticket, candidates have to enter their registration number and password for the same.

·         The call letter will consist of details such as aspirants name, roll number, exam center, exam date, timing etc.

·         Without the admit card and valid id proof, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the examination.


CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

The CDS 2020 exam will be conducted in pen and paper (offline) mode. CDA exam will be conducted both in the morning and forenoon.

The exam comprises of objective type questions which candidates need to be attempted in 2 hours with the total marks allotment of 300 along with the provision of negative marking for wrong answers. Medium of the exam is English and Hindi.


Section-Wise distribution of questions:


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


General Knowledge




120 minutes

English Language



Elementary Mathematics




CDS 2020 Recommended Books

·         Objective General - S. P. Bakshi.

·         Word Power Made Easy - Normen Lewis.

·         Grammar basics - Wren and Martin's.

·         Quantitative Aptitude - R. S. Aggarwal.

·         Geography & History - NCERT (Std 6th-12th)

·         Magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review (CSR), and Yojana

·         General Awareness - Manohar Panday

·         Pathfinder for CDS - Arihant


CDS 2020 Result

Declaration of the CDS 2020 result will be on the official UPSC website. The result of the written examination will be a month later after the examination. Aspirants qualifying the written examination will then be called for the SSB interview and the final selection will be declared thereafter. 

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