UPSC CDS Exam 2020 (I) – 418 Officers Vacancies Out

UPSC CDS Recruitment 2020 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released an official notification inviting all the interested, eligible candidates for 418 Officers posts. The application process for UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam (I) is open and the last date to apply is November 19, 2019 (06:00 PM). The UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice in a year. UPSC CDS Exam 2020 (I) is held for recruiting candidates for the course conducted by IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.

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UPSC CDS Exam I 2020 – Apply Before:  19th November 2019
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Combined Defence Services Examination

UPSC CDS Exam DetailsBeing India’s premier central recruiting agency, the Union Public Service Commission conducts examinations for All India Services and Group A and Group B of Central Services. UPSC CDS Exam is one of the most awaited exam conducted by the commission twice a year – in February and September. The interested candidates can check the below details for UPSC CDS Exam-I.

UPSC CDS Exam Dates

It is important for all the interested and eligible candidates to check the eligibility criteria for the concerned posts and submit the online applications before the last date. The important dates of the exams are given below:-

UPSC CDS (I) 2020 Important Dates
EventsImportant Dates
Starting Date for Application Submission30th October 2019
Last Date of Application Submission19th November 2019 (Till 6:00 PM)
Online applications can be withdrawn from26th November to 03rd December 2019 (Till 6:00 PM)
Date for Downloading e-Admit CardThree weeks before the commencement of the exam
Exam Date02nd February 2020

Online Application Link [Apply Online]

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Combined Defence Services (CDS 2) Examination (I), 2020 on 02nd February 2020 for admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy for the Courses commencing in January and April 2021. Read further to know about the number of vacancies, eligibility, application procedure, selection criteria and other details.

UPSC CDS I Vacancies
Course NameVacancies
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun – 150th (DE) Course commencing in January 2021100
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – Course commencing in January 2021 Executive45
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad – (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2021 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course32
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) – 113th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in April 2021225
Officers Training Academy, Chennai – 27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 202116
Total418

Candidates must meet the UPSC CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam. It is necessary to meet all eligibility conditions i.e. nationality, age limit, and educational qualification. Check detailed eligibility conditions here.

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CDS Exam-I
NationalityCandidate must be a citizen of India
Age LimitView table below for age limit
QualificationDegree of a recognised University or equivalent

View table below for more details

UPSC CDS Age Limit

CategoryAge Limit
For Indian Military AcademyUnmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2002 only are eligible.
For Indian Naval AcademyUnmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1997 and not later than 1st January 2002 only are eligible.
For Air Force Academy20 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.
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.
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.

UPSC CDS Educational Qualification

Essential educational qualification required for the UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam is as follows:

CategoryEducational Qualification
For IMA and Officers’ Training AcademyCandidates must have obtained Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.
For Indian Naval AcademyCandidates must have obtained a Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/ Institution.
For Air Force AcademyCandidates must have obtained Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

UPSC CDS I Online Application

Candidates who wish to appear for UPSC CDS Exam can click the below link and check the detail for online application submission. The applicants must submit only a single application. Candidates are not required to submit along with their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding age, educational qualifications, SC/ ST/ OBC and fee remission etc. Applicants are advised to enter the valid details in the UPSC CDS Apply Online Form.Click Here to—>>Apply Online for UPSC CDS I Exam 2020

UPSC CDS I Exam Pattern

Before you start preparing for an exam, you must know its exam pattern. The candidates will be provided admission to the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air force Academy (AFA), Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) through Written Examination, Personality Test and Interview. Here, we have provided details about the UPSC CDS Exam Pattern that provides you with the complete format in which the exam will be asked. This given information on the pattern of UPSC Combined Defence Services Exam will help you a lot to understand the proper structure and relevant topics of UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2020

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UPSC CDS I Exam Syllabus

The Union Public Service Commission has prescribed the syllabus for CDS exam in the official notification. The written exam comprises of questions from English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics topics. The SSB stage comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Tests (PP&DT). Psychology tests, group tasks, conference and interview are also included in the SSB round.Check:  UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus 2019


UPSC CDS I Admit Card 2019

The candidates whose applications will be provisionally accepted by the commission will be issued Admit Cards for appearing in the Written Exam.

  • Admit Cards for the exam will be uploaded on the UPSC website.
  • UPSC will not issue admit cards by post for any stage of the exam.
  • The admit card will consist of the information about the time table and city/ centre of the exam for the candidate.
  • Candidates can download the admit card about one week before the exam.
  • The candidates must bring the printout of the Admit Card to the Examination Venue along with at least 02 passport size photographs and original valid Photo ID proof.

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UPSC CDS Exam-I Result 2020

The Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission. A final merit/cut-off list is prepared on the basis of the candidate’s score in all the stages of the exam including medical fitness. Candidates who qualify written exam will be called for intelligence and personality test at the Service
Selection Board. To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) written examination and (ii) SSB test as fixed by the Commission and Service Selection Board. Check:  UPSC CDS Exam II 2019 Result
It is a well-accepted reality that practice is the key to success. Therefore boost your preparation after checking detailed exam pattern and syllabus.