UPSC Combined Defense Service exam I 2020 –Latest Notification

UPSC CDS Exam 2020 -Latest Updates, Exam Dates, Exam patterns, Eligibility criteria

UPSC (an acronym for Union Public Service Commission) organizes the CDS exam 2020(combined defence service) for admission in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force, and Officer Training Academy for men and women twice a year. Aspirants must fulfil the eligibility criteria to sit in this exam that is held every year. For IMA, there are three papers of 100 marks each namely-English, general Knowledge, and Elementary mathematics. However, for officer’s training academy candidates are assessed with English and General Knowledge exam papers. The exam is going to be held on 2nd February 2019. For those who want to make their career in the Defense sector, they must prepare themselves for this examination. The syllabus, exam dates, exam pattern, has already been published by UPSC, who is also the regulating and recruiting body.

Candidates can get Exam notification for UPSC CDS exam 2020 from the official website of UPSC as well.

Recruitment details

  • Recruiting Body: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
  • Post: IMA (Indian Military Academy), INA(Indian Naval Academy), Air Force, OTA(Officer’s Training Academy) and OTA women
  • Total vacancies to be filled: 418


Important dates of CDS Exam 2020

  • Start date of online application: 30th October 2019
  • Last Date of registration: 19th November 2019 till 6 PM
  • Date of fee payment: 19th November 2019 till 6 PM
  • Admit Card Available: January 2020
  • Result Available: March 2020
  • Interview Letter Available: Yet to be known

Age restrictions

Indian Air Force Academy19-23
Indian Military Academy19-24
Officers, Training Academy(Men)19-25


**In order to sit in this examination candidates must be born between July 1994 to July 1999

Application Fees for UPSE CDS Exam 2020

General  or OBCRs.200/-
SC / ST / FemaleExempted

** Candidates can pay the CDS Examination fee through Challan, or Net Banking, Debit card, credit card as well.


Eligibility Criteria for UPSE CDS I Exam 2020

INDIAN NAVAL ACADEMYB.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
AIR FORCE ACADEMYGraduation, B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics &Maths)


** Candidates are requested to visit the UPSC official notification for more details.

Important Links


How to apply for UPSC CDS I Exam 2020

  • Visit the official website of UPSC from the link or
  • Then Click on the UPSC CDSE 1 2020 link
  • Fill the required information from part 1 of form
  • Fill the payment details, choice of exam centre and upload your passport size photograph, signature as per guidelines.
  • Save and submit the filled application form
  • Take a print out for future reference.

The qualified candidates of CDS I Exam 2020 will be issued an interview call letter. The interview is done in 2 stages.

  • Stage1. Consist of officer intelligence rating, picture reception, and description test
  • Stage 2. Involves interview, psychology test, group testing officer task, and conference.


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