CDS 2020: Admit Card, Exam Date, Test Pattern

CDS 2020 UPSC will be conducting CDS 2020 examination to select the eligible candidates for Indian army, navy, air force and officer’s training academies. The exam will be held twice a year on 2nd February 2020 and 8th November 2020. The application process for CDS I is now over and candidates will get the link to download their admit card shortly. The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode and the qualifying candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Qualifying the interview will make the candidates eligible for selection in Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA).

Avialable Application Form 2020

News:  CDS admit card will be released shortly at official website of UPSC.

CDS 2020 Major Highlights

  • The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions to appear for the examination.
  • All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id in application form as the Commission may contact the candidates through them.
  • In case of any query regarding application, candidature etc. the candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter.
  • Except Indian national candidates, a certificate of eligibility is a must to hold by other candidates.
  • All the documents such as application form, admit card, result, etc should be kept safe till the process of selection is over.
  • All communications to the Commission should contain name & year of the exam, roll number (if received), registration id, candidate’s full name (block letters), postal address as in application & telephone number, if any.
  • In case of multiple applications, the one with the higher RID (Registration ID) will be considered.
  • Once applications are submitted, candidature cannot be withdrawn under any circumstances.

CDS 2020 Important Dates

The official dates for CDS I and II examinations are given below:

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EventsRelated Dates
Online application form release30th October 20195th August 2020
Last date to submit the application19th November 201925th August 2020
Issue of admit cardsJanuary 2020, 3rd weekOctober 2020, last week
Date of exam2nd February 20208th November 2020
Result announcementMay 2020December 2020
Availability of interview call letterAugust 2020, 4th week (for IMA)

November 2020, 4th week (for OTA)

To be announced
Final result declarationTo be announcedTo be announced

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Below- mentioned eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the candidates hoping to appear for CDS 2020 exam:

Age limit, sex, and marital status:

For CDS I:

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  • For IMA and INA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2002 are eligible.
  • For AFA: Candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 (1995 for those with Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA) and not later than 1st January 2001 are eligible.
  • For OTA (Men): unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2002 are eligible.
  • For OTA (Women Non-Technical): Unmarried women, issueless widows and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried & born not earlier than 2nd January 1996 and not later than 1st January 2002.


  • For IMA and INA: Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2002 are eligible.
  • For AFA: Candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 (1995 for those with Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA) and not later than 1st July 2001 are eligible.
  • For OTA (Men): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002 are eligible.
  • For OTA (Women Non-Technical): Unmarried women, issueless widows and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried & born not earlier than 2nd July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002.

Note: Male divorcee/ widower candidates CANNOT be treated as unmarried male.


The candidate should be any of the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Bhutan or Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle here permanently
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated here from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling

Educational qualification:

  • For IMA and OTA: Graduate degree of a recognized university or equivalent is required.
  • For INA: Candidates with degree in engineering from a recognized university/ institution are eligible.
  • For AFA: Those with degree of a recognized university with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering can apply.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year exam of their degree in the year 2020 are also eligible to apply.

Physical standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services examination as per guidelines of the Commission.

CDS Application Form 2020

  • Interested candidates can apply online for CDS 2020 by visiting the official UPSC website
  • In the application, the candidates will be asked to provide their personal details such as name, email id, gender, etc and education details related to your degree exam.
  • Choice for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA should also be given in the application in the order of preference.
  • Candidates can also opt for the examination centers of their choice in the application form.
  • Photograph and signature of the candidates in scanned format will be uploaded.
  • The application form complete in all respect can be submitted along with the prescribed fee.
  • After successful submission of application form, a printout should be taken and kept safe for future reference.

Application fee:

  • The application fee will be Rs. 200/ for CDS exam 2020. SC/ ST/ women candidates will be exempted from payment of application fee.
  • Payment of fee can be done online using net banking/ debit card/ credit card or offline using pay-in-slip.
  • The pay-in-slip can be generated online during registration and fee can be paid in cash at any branch of SBI.

CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

Check here the pattern for the CDS examination:

  • Mode of exam: Offline
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Medium of test: Hindi & English both, except for English section
  • Negative marking: 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer

For IMA, INA and AFA:

SubjectMaximum MarksDuration
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
English1002 hours

For OTA:

SubjectMaximum MarksDuration
General Knowledge1002 hours
English1002 hours

CDS Syllabus 2020

The syllabus for the CDS 2020 exam is given as:

  • English: Questions will be asked to test candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words
  • General Knowledge: Knowledge Of Current Events, Scientific Aspects, History Of India, Geography, etc
  • Elementary Mathematics: Elementary Number Theory, Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Statistics and Geometry

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CDS Admit Card

  • Admit card will be released around three weeks before the commencement of the examination.
  • The candidates will be able to download their admit card from the official website of UPSC using their registration id, date of birth, roll number, father’s name, etc.
  • Any problem in downloading the admit card or any discrepancy should be communicated to the commission one week before the exam.
  • No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds a valid admit card.
  • Candidates should note that name in the admit card may be abbreviated in some cases due to technical reasons.

CDS Result & SSB Test 2020

  • The result of CDS 2020 examination will be declared in online mode.
  • The Commission will prepare a list of the candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the exam.
  • Such candidates will have to register themselves on the website of recruiting directorate.
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be called for intelligence and personality test at SSB.
  • In order to be considered for selection, the candidates will have to qualify in the written exam and SSB test separately.
  • The applicants who are selected for Air Force and Naval Aviation will be given Pilot Aptitude Test.
  • Failing this test even in the past will make the candidates ineligible for selection into Air Force. Those wearing spectacles regularly will also not be considered for Air Force.

CDS 2020 Selection Process

  • The final result will be announced after the candidates clear both written and SSB test.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted for selection will have to undergo medical fitness test.
  • Documents and eligibility of the candidates will also be verified at the same time.
  • Final selection will be done on the basis of merit of the candidates, the options exercised by them and number of vacancies available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: Can I cancel the application form submitted and request for a refund?

Ans: Yes you can withdraw the application but you can’t get refund against the application fee paid.

Ques: Can I submit multiple applications?

Ans: You must not think about the same. You need to be careful enough while filling the application form. You can fill multiple applications under an unavoidable circumstances but you’ll have to pay for each application.

Ques: Can a appearing candidate apply for CDS exam?

Ans: Yes they can apply but they should not have any existing backlogs. Furthermore, they have to submit the required documents before the deadline intimated by UPSC.

Ques: Can I apply for CDS 2020 in offline mode?

Ans: No, it’s not possible. You are allowed to apply online according to the deadline intimated by the concerned authority.

Ques: What is the last date to apply for CDS 2020 (I)?

Ans: Candidates can apply for CDS 2020 upto 19th November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. Hurry-up as only few days are left. You may face technical issues on the last date. Please submit your application today.

Displaying 84 Comments
  1. Manoj Kumar says:

    Sir CDs 1 ki ssb date kb hai

  2. Achala says:

    I am born in april 1996 and completed my btech in 2019 ..can i apply for cds 2 ota 2020?

  3. Achala says:

    I am born in april 1996 i eligible for cds 2 2020?

  4. Pragya says:

    I’m born on 17/03/2003
    Am I eligible for appearing in cds exam in nov. For 2nd phase?

  5. Deepa says:

    NCC special entry is only for NCC cadets from law background or for NCC cadet from any field who have done their C certificate

  6. Parveen khan says:

    My DOB is 6/9/1994 Am I eligible for the cds exam?

  7. Kunal says:

    From can I get the physical standards of cds

  8. Jithu says:

    Is cds exam online or offline??

  9. Ashwini says:

    after 10th i have completed my diploma in computer engineering so am i eligible for cds for afa….

  10. Hari says:

    I have age criteria,can I apply with 10+2 qualification

  11. deepika acharya says:

    sir my dob is 23 jul 1995 am i eligible for the ota, exam

  12. S. Vishwabharathi says:

    Sir my DOB 22.01.1999 I am Ealagabal or IMA or not Ealagabal

  13. Ameer says:

    I am a dental student 4th year can I apply

  14. Silviya says:

    I am pre final year student in engg my dob is 2/2000.i will apply for this exam

  15. DebarghyaRoy says:

    I just passed class 12 in 2019, my dob is 18/03/2001…
    Can i able to apply for this job?

  16. RUKMINI says:

    Sir my doubt is cds 2 exam is a new exam or a continuity of cds 1 exam??

  17. Zahid says:

    Hi my age is 30-12-1994 can i applay the cds

  18. Yogendra says:

    Sir my DOB 5/121/996. h ky mein IMA ke iye elegiable hu

  19. Anita says:

    Sir I have grace in my 3rd sem can I apply for CDS OTA ,in my university no improvement exam

  20. Aditya pawar says:

    Helo sir ,my hieght is 5 feet 3 inches (161.5 cm) am I eligible for CDS OTA exam.

    Thank you

  21. Tanu choudhday says:

    Sir meri height 150 Cm hai kya m CDS ke eligible hu

  22. Arushi says:

    Hello sir..
    With regards
    My birth date is 21/11/2002 currently studying in class 12th with medical stream.
    I am eligible for cds or not.. If not why sir???
    Thank you

  23. Monika says:

    I’m perusing my bachelor degree. Is I’m eligible for OTA?

  24. Abhishek Bhardwaj says:

    Exam hindi or english dono m aata h kya

  25. Ashok says:

    Is there age relaxation for sc/St?

  26. Pradeep Mishra says:

    Sir I’m I eligible for the OTA ?
    DOB : 16/09/1998
    Qualification : B.Com (Hons.) From
    Calcutta University

  27. Aparna says:

    Can we apply in 11 class dob 12-7-

  28. Ms parihar says:

    Am I eligible for ima course I 2020 through cdse if my DOB is 22/11/1996

  29. Ms parihar says:

    My date of birth is 22/11/1996 ,I m eligible for IMA or not and why?

  30. Sanjoli says:

    Are tattoos allowed in OTA for women? Tattoos that are not visible in uniform?

    • Manish says:

      Permanent body tattoos are allowed only on inner face of forearm i.e from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand. Permanent tattoos are not acceptable on any part of the body. . Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis. Commandant Selection Centre will be competent authority for clearing such cases

  31. Karishma says:

    Sir my dob is 12-11-1995
    I m eligible for ota

  32. Pooja says:

    Sir I’m in my fifth year of btech…I have few backlogs can I apply for cds1?

  33. Nagesh says:

    i had completed my graduation 2019 ..but my date of birth 08/06/ i can apply for this CDS..please tell me

  34. Harshada patel says:

    CDS exam kaun kaun se language Mai de sakte hai ?

    • Manish says:

      The question papers (Test Booklets) for Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge will be bilingual in Hindi as well as English.

  35. Sakshi says:

    is there any height required for ota

  36. Kanchan says:

    Sir, my DOB is jan 1994,plz tell me I’m eligible for OTA or not???

  37. Sri koumudi says:

    FOR OTA exam students in final year btech are eligible(2020 passouts)

  38. Ramya Achar says:

    There is no written exam for NCC C certificate holders …they can directly apply for interview …but Minimum B grade must be there in C certificate …if it is A grade then it is well and good

  39. ARVIND says:

    Mention your qualification i will ensure it..Raghavi

  40. Manbir says:

    Candidates appearing in the final year exam of their degree in the year 2020 are also eligible to apply.

  41. Rukum singh says:

    Can i fill the form of cds, because i am perusing my graduation (5th SEMESTER)

    • youbraj Thapa says:

      my nationality is Nepal but i have done my schooling and currently pursuing degree in India.Am i eligible for the CDS exam?

  42. Satyajit says:

    My graduation will complete on 2020 can i apply for cds

  43. Sk. Afnan says:

    Im Ncc c certificate holder. There is any exemption for me in cds exam. Some one has told me there is no written exam for ncc c certificate holder is it correct plzz tell me how to approach directly in ssb interview

    • MAK says:

      There is no written exam for NCC C certificate holders. They can directly apply for interview but Minimum B grade must be there in C certificate. if u have A grade then it is good for u.

  44. Sneha says:

    I use spectaculs regularly am I eligible for OTA.

  45. Vidya says:

    I have a back paper ,but will soon clear it by November 2019 , will i be eligible to fill the form for upcoming cdse exam 2020?

  46. Adithya Sajjan B N says:

    Pursuing my B.Tech, am I eligible for cdse

    • Manish says:

      The official notification says: Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course. Hope your doubt will be cleared now.

  47. darshan says:

    hi manish
    is it diploma in mechanical engg plus Btech in mechanical engg candidates are eligible for OTA Chennai. but not 10+2

    • Manish says:

      Candidates having a Degree of a recognised University or equivalent are eligible for OTA. Do confirm other criteria. I also suggest you to confirm it once with the concerned authority.

  48. Rushal says:

    Im final year bbm/bba student and have completed my 10+12 with physics and maths so am i eligible for INA and plz let me knw soon

  49. Saritha says:

    I use spectaculs every I eligible for AFA as a non technical?

  50. alekhya says:

    is women eligible for INA and AFA?

    • Manish says:

      Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their first and only preference. Hope i cleared your doubt.

  51. Gopal bdr. Newar says:

    When is the date of registrations for 2019

    • Manish says:

      The registration process for 2019 is over. You can check your eligibility for CDS 2020. The registration process is being started from 30th October 2019.

  52. sukhi says:

    i need all details about CDS exam 2019 and 2020

  53. Jenifer says:

    Sir , my date of birth is october 1994 , am i eligible for CDS I exam or no , i wanted to know .

  54. Raghavi says:

    I want to check whether I m eligible or no for 2020 CDs exam?

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