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 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
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the list of CDS (I) 2020 candidates whose applications have been rejected. The Commission has rejected the applications due to non-payment of examination fee, i.e., Rs 200. A total of 16 applications rejected.
The official notice reads, “Confirmation has not been received from the Bank Authorities regarding receipt of Fee of Rs. 200/- in respect of the following candidates for CDS Examination (I), 2020.”
It also reads, “Appeal against rejection, if any, may be made along with the documentary evidence sent to the Commission by Speed Post OR by hand only to Smt. Pushpa Minz Under Secretary (CDS), Union Public Service Commission, Room No, 427, Ayoug Sachivalaya Building, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069. Appeal against such rejection should be received in the Commission’s Office within 10 days of receiving email in this regard.”
Candidates who have paid the application fee and found their name in the rejected list should submit the documentary proof.26 November 2019
The UPSC is all set to close the registration window of CDS I 2019 today, i.e., November 19, 2019. Candidates who have not yet applied for the examination can apply online through the official website till 6 pm. The application window was started on October 30, 2019.
The CDS (I) 2020 recruitment notification was released for a total of 418 posts. Aspirants should satisfy all the eligibility conditions set by the UPSC to register online. One should pay the application fee amount of Rs 200 to complete the registration process.
The Commission will conduct the written examination on February 2, 2020. The admit cards will be released at least three weeks before the exam date.19 November 2019
The UPSC has declared the CDS (II) 2019 result. The Commission has released the list of candidates who have qualified in the Combined Defence Services (II) 2019 exam. Candidates who have appeared for the written test on September 8 can check their result on the official website.
The CDS 2 result 2019 is available in both name and roll number. Aspirants are advised to download the result for future reference. The shortlisted candidates should now appear for the Service Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence.
A total of 8120 candidates have been shortlisted for SSB interview. The marks-sheet of candidates who have not qualified in written exam will be available on the website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result of OTA (after conducting SSB Interview).2 November 2019