UPSC CDS 2020 Exam

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 28 Jul, 2020 23:29

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UPSC CDS entrance exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice every year for the recruitment of suitable candidates who will serve the nation through the Defense services. UPSC CDS Part I and Part II is conducted every year for those aspirants who are seeking a career in the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. Every year in the month of February and November, UPSC conducts the CDS examination which begins with a written exam followed by a Personal Interview and concludes with the medical examination.

UPSC CDS II notification will be released on August 5, 2020. The last date to apply for CDS II is August 25, 2020. To apply for the UPSC CDS examination, the aspirants must have completed their Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian University. The aspirants have to visit the official UPSC website in order to apply for the same.

Once selected, the candidates will be inducted in the Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, Indian Military Academy Dehradun, Officer’s Training Academy Chennai and Air Force Academy Hyderabad based on their rank and choices opted by them during the filling up of the online application form. Such candidates will also be eligible to receive a monthly stipend of INR 21,000. All the important details have been provided to help the aspirants who want to don the prestigious uniform.

UPSC CDS 2020 Eligibility Criteria


  • Be an Indian citizen or
  • A subject of Nepal

UPSC CDS Result 2019

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UPSC CDS 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus for 2020 UPSC CDS paper 1 is available


UPSC CDS 2020 Application Form

Before applying for the UPSC CDS 2020 part II


UPSC CDS 2020 (I) Admit Card - Released on January 9, 2020

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UPSC CDS 2020 Part I Answer Key

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UPSC CDS Conducting Body

The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination. UPSC is India's central recruiting agency that takes care of appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. The Commission conducts various examinations including the popular Civil Services Exam, NDA & NA Exam, etc.

UPSC CDS 2020 Important Dates



Online Registration Starting Date for UPSC CDS - (II) 2020 Examination

August 5, 2020

UPSC CDS - (II) 2020 Last Date to Apply Online

August 25, 2020

Availability of UPSC CDS - (II) Admit Card/Hall Ticket

To be announced

UPSC CDS - (II) 2020 Examination Date

November 8, 2020

UPSC 2020 Exam Centers

The exam centres for UPSC CDS-(II) 2020 examination are mentioned below.
















Panaji (Goa)




Port Blair























Advantages of Appearing in UPSC CDS Entrance Examination

Listed below are some of the advantages that the candidates will have if they appear in the UPSC CDS entrance examination:

  1. A career in the Defence Services which is adventurous and equally exciting

  2. Opportunity to travel throughout the country and across the globe (United Nations Peacekeeping Forces {UNPKF})

  3. Job satisfaction and job security

Advantages for NCC Certificate Holders in UPSC CDS Exam

Those candidates who were a part of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) during their college days and hold a “C” certificate in the same will be in an advantageous position in the UPSC CDS entrance exam in the following ways:

  1. Can apply for the Special Entry Scheme (SES), i.e getting selected for the SSB (Interview) round without appearing in the written exam

  2. Can get into IMA as a certain percentage of seats are reserved for NCC certificate holders (“C”)

  3. Benefit in marks for those NCC “C” certificate holders who appears in the UPSC CDS written examination

Stages Involved in UPSC CDS Entrance Examination

The UPSC CDS entrance examination is divided into the following stages:

  1. Registration Process

  2. Application withdrawal process

  3. Release of Admit Card

  4. UPSC CDS exam conduct stage

  5. Declaration of UPSC CDS result

  6. Selection Process (Interview {SSB} and Medical)

  7. Release of Merit List

  8. Course Commencement

UPSC CDS Exam Highlights

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Frequency of Conducting Exam

Twice Every Year 

Mode of Exam

Offline (Pen and Paper-Based)

Level of Exam 


Institutions Accepting CDS Scores

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun

  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala

  • Officer’s Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

  • Air-Force Academy (AFA), Hyderabad

Maximum Marks

  • 300 (for IMA, AFA and INA aspirants)

  • 200 (for OTA aspirants)

Maximum Duration of Exam 

120 Minutes (for each Paper)

Question Format

Objective (MCQs)

Total Number of Questions

100 (in each Paper)

Selection Process

(i) Written Exam

(ii) Personal Interview (SSB)

(iii) Medical

Important Dates

UPSC CDS 2020 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 05 Aug to 25 Aug, 2020
Exam Date 08 Nov, 2020

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