The "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The UPSC will conduct the CDS exam twice a year in the month of February and September.
Candidates who aim to serve the nation by joining the defence forces can start applying for the CDS examination. In order to apply online for the CDS examination, candidates should meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission. The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination followed by an interview for intelligence and personality test. The shortlisted candidates will be placed at the respective academies based on the preference and merit. Explore more details regarding the CDS (I) & (II) examination below.
|S No||Name of the Academy||City|
|1||Indian Military Academy||Dehradun|
|2||Indian Naval Academy||Ezhimala|
|3||Air Force Academy||Hyderabad|
|4||Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Men)||Chennai|
|5||Officers Training Academy (SSC Women)||Chennai|
|Exam||Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Number of vacancies||400 (approximately)|
|Application fee||INR 200|
|Frequency||Twice a year|
|Selection process||Written test and SSB interview|
|Admit card mode||Online|
|Phone number (facilitation counter)||011-23098543/ 23385271/ 23381125/ 23098591|
The UPSC will release the CDS notification twice a year in the months of October and August. The recruitment notification of CDS will be released for around 400 vacancies each time. Aspirants should note that the number of vacancies in the notification is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services.
Click here for CDS (I) 2020 notification (released on October 30, 2019)
Click here for CDS (II) 2020 notification (released on August 5, 2020)
|CDS (I) 2020 Dates|
|CDS (I) notification 2020||October 30, 2019|
|CDS (I) 2020 last date to apply||November 19, 2019|
|CDS (I) 2020 exam date||February 2, 2020|
|CDS (I) 2020 result date||March 2020|
|CDS (II) 2020 Dates|
|CDS (II) notification 2020||August 5, 2020|
|CDS (II) 2020 last date to apply||August 25, 2019|
|CDS (II) 2020 exam date||November 8, 2020|
|CDS (II) 2020 result date||December 2020|
The UPSC will release the official notification of CDS (I) 2020 examination on October 30. The online applications can be filled up to November 19, 2019, till 6:00 pm.
An applicant can withdraw the application form December 3 to 10, 2019, till 6:00 pm. Aspirants are required to apply online using the official link www.upsconline.nic.in
The candidates applying for the examination must fulfil all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. The CDS (I) 2020 examination will be held on February 2, 2020, for admissions to the below-mentioned courses in the notification.
|CDS (I) 2020 Vacancies|
|Academy||Course||Reserved for NCC - Vacancies||Total Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||150th (DE) course commencing in January 2021||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in January 2021 Executive (General Service)/Hydro||06||45|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2021||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||113th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2021||50||225|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2021||Nil||16|
The UPSC has released the CDS (II) 2020 exam recruitment notification on August 5. The name of the notification is ''Combined Defence Service Examination (II), 2020 (Including SSC Women (Non-Technical Course).'' The online applications will be accepted until August 25, 2020. A Combined Defence Services Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on November 8, 2020.
|CDS (II) 2020 Vacancies|
|Academy||Course||Reserved for NCC - Vacancies||Vacancies|
|Indian Military Academy, Dehradun||151st (DE) course commencing in July 2021||13||100|
|Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala||Course commencing in July 2021 Executive (General Service)/ Hydro||06||26|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2021||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||114th SSC (Men) Course (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2021||Nil||169|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) (UPSC) Course commencing in October 2021||Nil||17|
Interested candidates are advised to check whether they meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Commission prior to CDS registration. For CDS exam registration, candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC (http://upsconline.nic.in).
Candidates should have details of one photo identity card such as Aadhaar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence/ any other ID card issued by the State/Central Government. The details in the ID card are required to filling up the CDS online application form.
Aspirants are also advised to keep the scanned copy of the photo ID ready for uploading. The same photo ID card is required until the final selection. Explore the step by step CDS registration form 2020 here.
A candidate must be either:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises.
The UPSC has released the final result of the Combined Defence Services (II) 2019 exam. Candidates who have appeared for all the rounds of the selection process including SSB interview can visit the official website to check the CDS result.
Candidates can check their CDS result with their roll number and name. It is advised to download the CDS result 2020 and keep it for future reference. A total of 196 candidates have been shortlisted for the posts in the 149th (DE) Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course.1 September 2020
The UPSC has released the Combined Defence Service (CDS) (II) 2020 notification. Candidates can visit the official website of UPSC's CDS to apply online for the examination. The last date to apply online is August 25, 2020.
The CDS 2 notification 2020 was released for a total of 344 vacancies. One should pay Rs 200 as a processing fee to successfully submit the CDS application. The Commission has also provided an option to withdraw the application.
The CDS 2 exam will be conducted on November 8, 2020. The admit cards will be released at least 10 days before the exam date.5 August 2020
The UPSC has released the CDS (I) 2020 result declared. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam can visit the official website to check the result. Aspirants can check the result through roll number and name. A total of 7081 candidates have been qualified for the Service Selection Board (SSB) interview. The qualified candidates should register on the official website for SSB interview.
The mark sheet of unsuccessful candidates will be put on the Commission's website within 15 days.23 March 2020
The UPSC has released the CDS (I) 2019 final scores of recommended candidates. Candidates can check their scores on the official site of the Commission.
The scores are released for Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. The OTA scores are available for both Men and Women candidates.
The Commission has also released the cut-off scores. The aggregate marks of the last qualified candidate are 116 (IMA), 105 (INA), 129 (AFA), 78 (OTA Men) and 78 (OTA Women).7 February 2020
The UPSC has declared the CDS I final result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for the examination for Officers Training Academy (OTA) can check their result through the official site. One can check their final result through roll number and name.
The official result notice displays that a total of 267 candidates have stood out in the examination and the interview conducted by the UPSC. The Short Service Commission Course will commence in April 2020.
The marks of the candidates will be available within 15 days from the date of declaration of final results on Commission’s website for 30 days. Candidates are advised to contact the UPSC's Facilitation Centre in case of discrepancy.3 February 2020