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COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (CDS) Exam Details 

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Date Of Notification CDS-I 2020 : 30th October 2019
Last date of receipt of completed Application Form : 19th November, 2019
Date of CDS I 2020 Exam is : 2nd
February, 2020 (Sunday)

Candidates are required apply only online and detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the below mentioned websie www.upsconline.nic.in   

Combined Defence Service exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice every year for recruitment to office cadre of the Army, Navy and Air force.


Candidates qualifying the written test are interviewed by the Service Selection Board and if finally selected, depending upon the choice given by the candidates and their merit list ranking, are sent to one of the following institutes for orientation training :  

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(a) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
(b) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
(c) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad
(d) Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)
(e) Officers Training Academy, Chennai 27th SSC Women (Non-Technical)

Women candidates are eligible for OTA (Officers Training Academy, Chennai) only  

Those joining the first three institutes get permanent commission. Cadets passing out of Officers Training Academy get short service commission. Applicants are required to mention their preferences while filling up the application forms  

No. of Vacancies : 418

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun—150th (DE) Course commencing in January, 2021 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC C Certificate (Army Wing) holders] - 100

2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in January, 2021 Executive (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC C Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC Special entry ) holders ] - 45



3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January, 2021 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course.[03 vacancies are reserved for NCC C Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl Entry] - 32

4. Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)—113th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April, 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men) (NT) UPSC, (ii) 05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 Non UPSC and  (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry Non UPSC] - 225                 
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai — 27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2021 
- 16

The number of vacancies is tentative and may be changed at any stage by Services H.Q.

A candidate is required to specify clearly in respective column of the Online  Application the Services for which he/she wishes to be considered in the order of his/her preference.
A male candidate is advised to indicate as many preferences as he wishes to.
so that having regard to his rank in the order of merit due consideration can be given to his preferences when making appointment.
Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their first and only preference.

Eligibility 

(a) Nationality :
A candidate must either be  :
   1. a citizen of India, or
   2. a subject of Bhutan, or
   3. a subject of Nepal, or
   4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

   5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal. 

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Educational Qualifications For CDS :

(i) For I.M.A. and Officers Training  Academy, Chennai — Degree of a recognised University or equivalent.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy — Degree in Engineering from a recognised   University/Institution.
(iii) For Air Force Academy — Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of  Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.


Age For CDS :
(i) For IMA — Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January,  1997 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.
(ii) For Indian Naval Academy — Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.

(iii) For Air Force Academy — 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2021 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2001  (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot  Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2001) only are eligible.
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.
(iv) For Officers Training Academy — (SSC Course for men) unmarried male  candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.
(v) For Officers Training Academy — (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)   Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless   divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2002.
NOTE : Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and  accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

The Competitive examination comprises :
(a) Written examination
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

The subjects of the written examination as follows :

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy :—
1. English
2. General Knowledge
3. Elementary Mathematics

For Admission to Officers Training Academy :-
1. English
2. General Knowledge

HOW TO APPLY For CDS :
Candidates are required to apply online only, by using the website
www.upsconline.nic.in

Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website  

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS :

The Online Applications can be filled upto 19th November, 2019 till 6:00 PM.

The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 6.00  PM
Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is available in prospectus.
   

APPLICATION FEE For CDS :
Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using netbanking facility  of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card

Exam Dates and Schedule
Tentative Dates
Notification of Examination         August and March in leading newspapers and employment news
Conduct of Examination             February/March and September/October


Exam Centres For CDS

Agartala  

Gangtok  

Panaji (Goa)

Ahmedabad 

Hyderabad 

Patna

Aizwal 

Imphal 

Port Blair

Allahabad 

Itanagar 

Raipur

Bengaluru

Jaipur 

Ranchi

Bareilly 

Jammu 

Sambalpur

Bhopal 

Jorhat 

Shillong

Chandigarh 

Kochi 

Shimla

Chennai 

Kohima 

Srinagar

Cuttack  

Kolkata 

Thiruvanathapuram

Dehradun 

Lucknow 

Tirupati

Delhi 

Madurai 

Udaipur

Dharwad 

Mumbai 

Vishakhapatnam

Dispur 

Nagpur

 

 

For More Details visit :

https://upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notice-CDSI2020-Engl-Final.pdf

https://upsc.gov.in/examinations/Combined%20Defence%20Services%20Examination%20%28I%29%2C%202020

  

 

 

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