CDS 2020: Application Form Closed, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Date

CDS 2020 February exam registration has been closed now. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts CDS (Combined Defence Services) examination twice in a year. It is a national level entrance exam for selecting the eligible candidates in Defence Services. The candidates who want to join the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy, can apply online for CDS exam. Candidates have to practice hard to qualify for this exam because it is a tough exam to crack. A large number of applicants aspiring to join Indian Defence Services appear in this exam each year.

Interested applicants can apply for the CDS exam through online mode at the official website of the UPSC. The relevant information in respect of the CDS 2020 exam date, application form, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and syllabus are provided below in this article.

Update: CDS I 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on 2nd February 2020. Registration process has been closed now. Candidates are recommended to prepare yourself as per the prescribed syllabus and examination scheme.

CDS 2020 Notification: Application Closed

  • The competent authority i.e. UPSC has published the notification for CDS 2020 exam on its official website. 
  • The registration process for the CDS (1) 2020 exam has been commenced from 30th October 2019 and registration will close on 19th November 2019. Click here to check the application form details.
  • Go through the eligibility criteria details before submitting the application form.
  • Everyone should submit the application form before the last date. 

CDS 2020 Exam Dates

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification of the CDS (1) 2020 exam. The registration process has already been started on 30th October 2019. Candidates can check official dates with regard to the CDS 2020 exam in the table below:

CDS-I 2020 Schedule

EventsRespective dates 
The official notification released date30th October 2019
Submission of online application form started from30th October 2019
Last date for submission of application form19th November 2019
Admit card will be issued11th January 2020
Entrance exam date2nd February 2020
Result AnnouncementMay 2020

CDS-II 2020 Schedule

EventsRespective dates 
Official notification will be released on5th August 2020
Submission of online application form will commence from5th August 2020
Last date for receipt of application form25th August 2020
Admit card will be issuedOctober 2020
Entrance exam date8th November 2020
Result AnnouncementDecember 2020

Quick Overview of the CDS 2020 Exam

Here you can check a complete overview of the CDS 2020 exam in one frame:

Name of the exam

Combined Defence Service (CDS) Examination

Exam conducting authorityUnion Public Service Commission
Date of CDS (I) 2020 Exam2nd February 2020
Mode of application formOnline
Registration for online application will commence from30th October 2019
Last date for submission of application form19th November 2019
Application fee

Rs.200 for each candidate (However, SC/ST/female candidates are exempted to pay the application fee)

Fee Payment  Mode

Net Banking/ Visa/Master/ Rupay Credit /Debit Card or through cash deposit at SBI  branch

Availability of admit cardOne or two weeks prior to the exam
Type of questionMultiple choices in nature
Negative MarkingApplicable
Carry items like

Clip Board or Hard Board, Black ballpoint pen for marking answers, admit card, identity card, passport size  photograph and wrist watch

Do not use

Mobile Phone, Bluetooth, Pagers or any other communication device inside the exam hall

CDS Eligibility Criteria

We recommend all the candidates, before applying online must check the eligibility conditions carefully. The prescribed eligibility criteria for CDS 2020 exam are:


  • Candidate must be a citizen of India or
  • A subject of Bhutan or Nepal or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came here to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle down here permanently or
  • An Indian origin person migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries viz. Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania and Vietnam with the intention to settle down here permanently.
  • Candidates must submit the certificate of eligibility in case of point No. (ii) to (iv).

Age Limit and Marital Status

  • For IMA (Indian Military Academy): Unmarried male candidates who are born between 2nd January 1997 to 1st January 2002 are eligible to apply.
  • For INA (Indian Naval Academy): Unmarried male candidates who are born between 2nd January 1997 to 1st January 2002 are eligible.
  • Air Force Academy: Candidate’s age must be 20 to 24 years as on 1st January 2020. It means candidate should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2001. Candidates having valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) are relaxed up to 26 years (i.e. born between 2nd January 1995 to 1st January 2001) are eligible to apply. Candidates below 25 years must be unmarried and marriage is not allowed during the training period.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Unmarried male candidates born between 2nd January 1996 to 1st January 2002 are eligible.  
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-technical Course): Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (having possession of divorce document) who have not remarried are eligible to apply. They should have born between 2nd January 1996 and 1st January 2002.

Educational qualification

  • For Indian Military Academy and Officers’ Training Academy– A degree holder from a recognized university or equivalent will be eligible.
  • For Indian Naval Academy– A degree holder in Engineering from a recognized university/Institution will be eligible.
  • Air Force Academy– Bachelor of Engineering or a degree holder from any recognized university with Physics and Mathematics at intermediate (10+2) level.
  • Candidates who are in final semester/year of degree course can also apply provided that they should submit the provisional certificate of the graduation at the time of interview or at the time of commencement of course.

Physical and Mental Standard

Applicant must be physically and mentally sound in respect of the criteria prescribed for the Combined Defence Service Examination.

CDS Application Form 2020

All the applicants should ensure their eligibility as per the criteria mentioned above. The application form will consist of two parts i.e. Part-I and Part-II. Candidates need to go through both parts in order to submit the application form. Check the following information with regard to the CDS application form:

  • The notification for submission of online application form for both CDS-I and CDS-II 2020 exam will be published on the official website of the UPSC on 30th October 2019 and 5th August 2020 respectively.
  • CDS 2020 application form can be submitted via online mode only at the official website.
  • The registration process has been commenced from 30th October 2019 for the CDS-I 2020.
  • Submit only one application, the Commission will not entertain more than one application.
  • Candidates have to visit the official website of the UPSC for registration.
  • The registration process will consist of two parts i.e. Part-I and Part-II.
  • Fill all the details carefully and submit the application form.

Application Fee

To complete the registration process for the CDS 2020 exam, one need to pay the application fee of Rs. 200/-. However, all female candidates and candidate belonging to SC/ST category are exempted from paying the application fee. One can make payment of fee using Net Banking, Debit Card/Credit Card or by cash at SBI Bank.

Exam Pattern

Candidates must be aware of the scheme of examination because it will help during the entrance test. Preparation in the right way is always helpful. It is very important to stay fit whether it is physically or mentally. The candidate should know the selection process. Check CDS exam pattern below:

Exam Pattern for admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:  
SubjectExam durationMax Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100
Exam Pattern for admission to Officers’ Training Academy:  
SubjectExam durationMax Marks
English2 hours100
General Knowledge2 hours100

Highlights of the CDS Exam Pattern

  • CDS exam will be held in offline mode.
  • All the questions will objection type in nature.
  • The language of the question paper will be English and Hindi.
  • Negative marking is applicable hence, do not attempt questions blindly.
  • Answer sheet should be clean and wrinkle-free.
  • Answers should be circled properly, improper marking of the circle will not be considered.

CDS Syllabus 2020

The Union Public Service Commission will set the syllabus of CDS 2020 exam. The syllabus will include English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. Candidates can check official notification for syllabus in detail. Go through the complete syllabus and prepare accordingly:

  • General Knowledge: Current Events, History of India, Scientific Aspects, Geography, Sports etc.
  • English: This section will contain questions of English language including paragraph, error spotting, jumbled sentences, antonyms, synonyms, active voice passive voice etc.
  • Elementary Mathematics: Number Theory, Series, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics and Geometry etc.

CDS Admit Card 2020

  • The Commission will issue the admit card of CDS 2020 examination to the eligible candidates.
  • The admit card will be available at the official website of the UPSC.
  • Candidates have to download the admit card well in time before the commencement of written exam.
  • Check particulars of the admit card carefully and if there is any error then report it to the competent authority as per the schedule.
  • No hard copy of admit card will be available in any medium.
  • It is mandatory to bring admit card along at the time of examination.

CDS 2020 Answer Key

The answer key of the written exam will be available after completion of the CDS 2020 exam. Candidates can get the answer key from the official website of the UPSC. Applicants can check their answer once they get the answer keys. The answer key is very helpful to presume the result. Accordingly, the applicant can prepare for further stages.

CDS 2020 Result

  • The result of the CDS 2020 exam will be announced according to schedule.
  • The commission will declare the result of the written exam first. Those who will qualify the written exam will further need to appear in the SSB/Interview.
  • The recruitment authority will prepare the final result on the basis of score secured in written exam and performance in SSB/Interview.
  • Accordingly, candidates will receive their result on the official website.
  • However, those who have opted for Indian Air Force and Indian Navy will have to appear in the Pilot Aptitude Test.

CDS Selection Process

Candidates need to qualify the written test of the CDS 2020 exam and must score good marks. Then, the candidates have to face SSB/Interview followed by medical examination. The final selection will depend on candidates’ overall performance throughout the exam.

Candidates will also go through the physical and medical test before final selection. At the end of the Interview, the competent authority will also verify the documents of the candidates.

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