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 will be released for around 400 vacancies. 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)
|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 will release the CDS (II) 2020 exam recruitment notification on August 05. 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 (Tentative)|
|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||45|
|Air Force Academy, Hyderabad||(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2021||03||32|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||114th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October 2021||50||225|
|Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai||28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2021||Nil||15|
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.
Annually, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam twice a year for recruitment into the defence forces. The CDS (I) exam was conducted on February 2, 2019.
The CDS examination consists of three sections, namely English Language, General Knowledge and Mathematics. The duration of each subject is two hours. The overall CDS (I) 2019 exam was rated between moderate and tough. Let's look at each section.
A total of 120 questions were asked for a total of 100 marks. Around 20 synonym and antonym questions were asked which are believed to be a bit tough. 10 questions each from the phrase rearrangement, fill in the blanks and sentence rearrangement. Around 20 questions from the reading comprehension, which were rated as moderate. Aspirants also found 20 questions on error detection which were difficult. After analysing the paper, more than 60 attempts in English will make chances bright.
This is a scoring section and many test takers find it easy to answer. The questions were from history, geography, economy and polity. Aspirants also found that questions from current affairs are easy. However, 27 questions from general science are moderate. One who has attempted more than 84 questions can be considered as a good attempt.
It consists of 100 questions with one mark each. Around 20 questions came from the number system. The geometry and area & perimeter questions were easy. Test takers also got questions from trigonometry, statistics, time and work, simple and compound interest, average, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, percentage and data interpretation. Candidates who have attempted more than 55 questions can be said to have made a good attempt.
The examination will be held at the following centres
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
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the CDS admit card 2020 for the first session. Candidates who have registered for the CDS I in November 2019 can download the admit card.
Candidates should enter the login details such as registration id and roll number to download the UPSC CDS admit card 2020. One should take a printout of the CDS admit card 2020 and carry the same to the examination centre.
The Commission will conduct the CDS (I) exam on February 2, 2020. The result will be available in April 2020.9 January 2020
The UPSC has activated the link to withdraw the CDS (I) 2020 application form. The application withdrawal facility will be available on the Commission's official website till 5:30 pm of December 3, 2019.
The Commission has introduced the facility to withdraw the application form to those candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam. One should use their registered mobile number and email-id to withdraw the application because to confirm the OTP. Candidates should also note that the UPSC will nor refund any fee amount.
CDS (I) exam will be held on February 2, 2020. The admit cards will be released three weeks before the exam date.27 November 2019
The UPSC has declared the CDS (I) final result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for all phases of the selection process can check their result on the official site of UPSC at upsc.gov.in. According to the official sources, a total of 129 candidates have qualified the written exam and SSB interview conducted by the UPSC.
The Commission has conducted the written examination on February 3, 2019. A total of 7953 candidates were qualified for the SSB interview. Candidates should note that the results of the medical examination have not been taken into consideration to announce the CDS final result.26 November 2019