UPSC CDS 2020 Exam

Diksha Sharma Updated On: 10 Jan, 2020 09:22 IST

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About UPSC CDS (I)

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.

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.

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UPSC CDS 2020 Eligibility Criteria


  • Be an Indian citizen or
  • A subject of Nepal, or Bhutan, or he/she has a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 01 January, 1962 for the purpose of permanent settling in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan,  Srilanka, Malawi, Zaire, East African, Burma ...

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How to Prepare for UPSC CDS (I) 2020

In order to score good marks in the UPSC CDS 2020 part I examination, it is indeed very important to find a solid answer to the question- How to prepare for UPSC CDS 2020? Gone are those days when the aspirants could crack an All India level entrance examination like ...

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UPSC CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

It is important for the candidates appearing for the UPSC CDS 2020 examination to have a fair bit of knowledge regarding the UPSC CDS 2020 exam pattern and marking scheme of UPSC CDS 2020 examination. If a candidate is familiar with the exam pattern of UPSC CDS 2020 of part I ...

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UPSC CDS 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus for 2020 UPSC CDS paper 1 is available for the aspirants in the official Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) website. The UPSC CDS 2020 paper I will be conducted to recruit eligible candidates for the Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. The ...

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UPSC CDS 2020 Application Form

Before applying for the UPSC CDS 2020 part I, the applicants have to make sure that they fulfil all the eligibility criteria laid down by the conducting authority. Only those candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria prescribed by the governing body will be considered for admission into the subsequent stages ...

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

The UPSC CDS (I) 2020 admit card has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website on Thursday, 9 January 2020. CDS admit card is issued to the candidates whose application form will be accepted by the UPSC. Candidates can download the UPSC CDS 2020 admit card ...

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UPSC CDS 2020 Part I Answer Key

The UPSC CDS 2020 Part I Answer Key will be released by conducting authority for candidates who will take the entrance exam. Candidates who will appear for the UPSC CDS 2020 examination would be able to download the UPSC CDS Part I Answer Key from here. Those who would've taken ...

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UPSC CDS (II) 2019 Result (Released)

UPSC CDS (II) 2019 result has been declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 01st November 2019 on its official website. The UPSC CDS (II) 2019 scorecard comprises of the names of those candidates who have passed the UPSC CDS 2019 part II examination with minimum qualifying marks ...

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UPSC CDS Selection Process 2020

The candidates who clear CDS written exam are called for interview by Service Selection Board (SSB) and the successful candidates are appointed by respective training academies.

  • Candidates' selection will be based on these steps:
    • Written Test

    • Interview (Intelligence and Personality Test)

  • CDS 2020 written test Part I is the very ...

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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 (I) 2020 Important Dates



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

30 October 2019

Late Date to Submit Applications for UPSC CDS - (I) 2020 Examination (Offline)

18 November 2019

UPSC CDS - (I) 2020 Last Date to Apply Online 19 November 2019
Availability of UPSC CDS - (I) Admit Card/Hall Ticket 9 January 2020

UPSC CDS - (I) 2020 Examination Date

02 February 2020

UPSC CDS - (I) 2019 Exam Result Declaration Date

April 2020

UPSC 2020 Exam Centers

The exam centres for UPSC CDS-(I) 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

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UPSC CDS 2020 Important Events Dates
Registration Date 30 Oct to 19 Nov, 2019
Exam Date 02 Feb, 2020
Admit Card Date 01 Jan, 2020

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