Combined Defence Services Examination 2020

Combined Defence Services Examination commonly known as CDS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Selected candidates undergo training at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). The exam is held twice a year usually in February and September. Lakhs of candidates appear for the national level defence entrance examination. 

CDS 2020 Highlights

Name of examCombined Defence Services Examination
Conducted  byUnion Public Service Commission
Exam levelNational
Exam frequencyTwice a year
Exam modeOnline
Exam modeTwo hours
Language of question paperEnglish and Hindi
Exam FeesRs 200
Exam purposeTo select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force
CDS 1 vacancies CDS 1: 418 CDS 2: 344
No of test cities41
Official websiteupsc.gov.in

UPSC will prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ.

UPSC CDS 2 2020 Important Dates:

  • UPSC CDS 2 Notification Release Date and Registration date – 05 August 2020
  • Last Date ofUPSC CDS 2 2020 Registration – 25 August 2020
  • UPSC CDS Online Applications can be withdrawn  from – 01 September to 07 September 2020
  • CDS 2 Exam Date – 08 November 2020
  • CDS 2 Exam Result Date – to be announced later

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020

To be eligible for CDS 2020 exam, candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

  • For Indian Military Academy (IMA), unmarried candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1997, and not later than July 1, 2002. 
  • For Indian Naval Academy (IMA), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1997, and not later than July 1, 2002.
  • Candidates applying for Air Force Academy should be between 20 to 24 years as on July 1, 2021 (born not earlier than July 2, 1997, and not later than July 1, 2001).  
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for men), unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 1, 1996, and not later than July 1, 2002, are eligible for the exam.
  • For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), candidates should be unmarried and born not earlier than July 1, 1996, and not later than July 1, 2002.

Educational Qualification

For IMA and Officers’ Training Academy, candidates must be a graduate 

For Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have a degree in Engineering from a recognised university

For Air Force Academy, a degree or Bachelor of Engineering is necessary. Students must have studied Physics and Mathematics in Class 12

UPSC CDS 2020 Other Eligibility:

  • The candidates should be citizens of India.  Subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibetan refugee who came to India before the 1 January 1962
  • A person of India origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • The candidates will be required to produce Certificate issued by Indian authorities certifying their claim.

Physical Fitness

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to CDS exam.

CDS Exam Analysis 2020

The overall difficulty level of CDS (1) 2020 conducted on February 2 was moderate to difficult. English and General Knowledge sections were easy to moderate. The Elementary Mathematics section was difficult. Check below CDS exam analysis by students. 

CDS Exam Centres 2020

The written exam of CDS will be conducted across 41 cities. The details about the CDS exam centre are mentioned on the admit card. Candidates are required to select the exam centres while filling the application form. CDS exam centres are allotted to candidates on the first-apply-first-allot basis. Once a particular exam centre is filled, the same is frozen. Candidates are required to choose from the remaining ones.

AgartalaAhmedabad
AizawlAllahabad
BengaluruBareilly
BhopalChandigarh

UPSC CDS 2 2020 Vacancy Details:

  • Indian Military Academy (INA),Dehradun, 149th (DE) Course commencing in July, 2020 — 100 Posts
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala—Course commencing in July, 2020 Executive – 26 Posts
  • Air Force Academy (AFA) —(Pre-Flying), Training Course commencing in July, 2020 – 32 Posts
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai (Madras) 114th SSC (Men) (NT) (UPSC) Course commencing in October, 2021 — 169 Posts
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai (Madras) 28th SSC Women (NT) (UPSC) Course  commencing in October, 2021— 17 Posts

UPSC CDS 2 2020 Educational Qualification:

  • Indian Military Academy (INA) – UNMARRIED : Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA) – UNMARRIED : B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent.
  • Air Force Academy (AFA) – UNMARRIED: B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university OR degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics as subjects.
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA) –  UNMARRIED : Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent.
  • Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical course) – UNMARRIED, ISSUELESS WIDOWS and ISSUELESS DIVORCEES who have not remarried: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized 

UPSC CDS 2 Exam Pattern:

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 Hours100

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
English2 Hours100
General Knowledge2 Hours100

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English

UPSC CDS  Cut off Marks

Candidates must score the Cutoff marks to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. The UPSC CDS Cut off marks are generally declared after the announcement of Results. Check here the Cutoff of previous year examination:

Academy CoursesWritten ExamFinal Score
Indian Military Academy102225
Indian Naval Academy109225
Air Force Academy129264
Officers Training Academy (Male)86168
Officers Training Academy (Female)86172

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2020

EnglishGeneral KnowledgeElementary Mathematics
Questions will test candidates’ understanding of English and vocabularyCurrent events History GeographyArithmetic Algebra Trigonometry Geometry Mensuration Statistics

UPSC CDS 2 Interview

UPSC will prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ. CANDIDATES WHO QUALIFY IN THE WRITTEN EXAM AND GIVEN THEIR FIRST CHOICE AS ARMY (IMA/OTA) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER THEMSELVES ON THE RECRUITING DIRECTORATE WEBSITE joinindianarmy.nic.in. IN ORDER TO ENABLE THEM TO RECEIVE CALL UP INFORMATION FOR SSB INTERVIEW. THOSE CANDIDATES WhO HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED ON THE RECRUITING DIRECTORATE WEBSITE ARE ADVISED NOT TO REGISTER AGAIN.

The email ID registered with DG Recruiting website i.e. www.joinindianarmy,nic.in and that given to UPSC must be same and unique to the applicant. Results of the test conducted by Service Selection Board will hold good for all the courses [i.e. Indian Military Academy (DE) Course, Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Course, Air Force Academy (Pre-Flying) Course, Hyderabad and SSC (NT) Course at OTA, Chennai] for which the candidate has 16  qualified in the written exam, irrespective of the service HQ conducting it.

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will  be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian  Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.

CDS SSB Interview 2020

Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for the UPSC CDS II 2019 Interview. The CDS SSB Interview 2019 involves 2 stages of intelligence and personality test:

  • Stage 1 consists of Officer Intelligence Rating, Picture Perception and Description Test.
  • Stage 2 involves Interview, Group Testing Officer Task, Psychology Test and Conference.

CDS SSB Interview 2019 is a 4-day long process. Candidates are judged physically, mentally and psychologically in the Interview round.

How to Apply for UPSC CDS 2 Recruitment  2020 ?

Candidates can apply online through official website www.upsconline.nic.in from 05 August to 25 August 2020 by following steps:

  1. Go to the official website of UPSC – upsc.gov.in
  2. Click on the link “Exam Notification – Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2020” in What’s New section
  3. Now,go to “Click Here”
  4. A new window will open where you need click on “Click Here for PART I” followed by “Click Here for Part 2: for registration
  5. Enter personal details and detail of any Photo ID Proof – Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
  6. Upload a scanned copy of the same Photo ID, Photograph & Signature
  7. Select your examination centre
  8. Add Payment details and accept Declaration
  9. Print a copy of the application form for future use

UPSC CDS 2 2020 Application Fee:

General/ OBC – Rs 200 (No Fee for female/ SC/ ST candidates)

What to carry to the Exam Centre?What to avoid?
Admit CardMobile Phones
Photo ID ProofCalculators
Black Ball PenAny electronic gadget
Clip boardBooks & sheets

UPSC CDS 2 Notification PDF – For More Info Click here

UPSC CDS 2 Online Application Link – For More Info Click here

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