CDS Exam Notification 2020 – 2021

CDS Exam Notification

CDS Exam Recruitment | CDS Exam Notification 2020-21: Exam Dates, Eligibility, Vacancies, Application, Exam Pattern

Post Name: UPSC CDS I Recruitment 2021 Online Form | CDS Exam Notification
Post Date: 28 October 2020
Post update date: 28 October 2020
Brief information: Union Public Service Commission is invited for the online application form for the recruitment of UPSC Joint Defense Services CDS Exam Notification 2021. Candidates who are willing and eligible for CDS I 2021 recruitment can read the complete details before applying online.

CDS Exam Recruitment Notification 2020-21: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release UPSC CDS Exam Notification (I) 2021 on the official website. Interested candidates should go through the eligibility criteria to apply online.

The Joint Defense Services Examination is held twice a year to recruit candidates as commissioned officers in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. In addition to the CDS I 2021 notification, the CDS II 2020 exam will be held on November 8, 2020.

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CDS Exam Notification 2020-21

Before getting into the details, let’s have an overview of CDS Exam:

Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Name Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam
Exam Level National Level
Frequency of Exam Twice in a year, February and November
Mode of Exam Offline
Qualification Graduate
Selection Process Written, SSB Interview
After Selection Training at IMA/ OTA/ INA/ AFA
Exam Duration One day
Official Website
  • – The Joint Defense Services Examination is conducted to recruit candidates from reputed defense organizations in India.
  • – Candidates who have passed the CDS examination will be called for SSB interview at the Service Selection Board (SSB)
  • centers.
  • – After submission of medical test and documents, the selected candidates will be given 18 months training:
  • – Indian Military Academy (IMA),
  • – Officers Training Academy (OTA),
  • – Indian Naval Academy (INA), and
  • – Air Force Academy (AFA).

CDS Exam Notification 2021: Important Dates

Below are the CDS important dates that will help you plan your study and keep track of the upcoming events:

CDS (II) 2021 Exam Dates

Events Important Dates of CDS Exam Notification
Release of CDS (1) 2021 Notification October 28, 2020
CDS 2021 Online Application October 28, 2020
Last Date to Apply Online November 17, 2020
Release of CDS (1) 2021 Admit Card January 2nd Week, 2021
CDS (1) 2021 Exam February 07, 2021

CDS (I) 2020 Exam Dates

Vacancies Details | Eligibility | Age Limit

Post Name

Total Post

Age Between


Indian Military Academy( IMA)


02/01/1998 to 01/01/2003

Passed / Appearing Bachelor Degree in Any Stream at Any Recognized University.

Indian Naval Academy (INA)


02/01/1998 to 01/01/2003

Passed / Appearing Bachelor Degree in Engineering at Any Recognized University.

Air Force


02/01/1998 to 01/01/2003

Bachelor Degree in Any Stream with Physics, Mathematics in 10+2 Level OR Bachelor Degree in Engineering

Officers Training Academy (OTA)


02/01/1997 to 01/01/2003

Passed / Appearing Bachelor Degree in Any Stream at Any Recognized University.


Age Limit according to CDS Exam Notification: Check the age limit criteria from the table below.

Academy Age Limit
Indian Military Academy (IMA) Born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2002
Indian Naval Academy (INA) Born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2002
Indian Air Force Academy Born not earlier than 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2001
Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) Born not earlier than 2nd July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002
Officers’ Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Born not earlier than 2nd July 1996 and not later than 1st July 2002

Educational Qualification: Degree from a recognized University or equivalent or degree in Engineering from a recognized University / Degree from a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10 + 2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

CDS Exam Notification 2021: CDS Eligibility Criteria

To appear in the CDS examination, the candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria:

Nationality: A candidate must be an unmarried Indian citizen or one of the following categories

  • – a subject of Nepal, or
  • – A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, East African countries Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently residing in India.

Provided that the candidates have been given a certificate of eligibility in the above categories (except Indians), issued by the Government of India.

How to apply for CDS exam?

Candidates can follow the following steps to apply for the CDS exam Notification:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC ie
  • Click on the “Online application for various UPSC exams” notification.
  • Against CDS exam, click on Part I registration
  • Fill the personal, communication and educational qualification details.
  • After finishing Part-I, a registration ID will be generated.
  • Now go to Part-II and enter your registration ID to pay the application fee.
  • Fill the application form with personal, educational, contact and other necessary details.
  • Upload a scanned copy of photo, signature, photo ID and marksheet.
  • After finishing Part-II, click on “I agree with the declaration” and submit the application form.
  • Take some printouts of the application form for future reference.
  • CDS Application Fee: Candidates are required to pay an application fee of Rs. 200 / – excluding women / SC / ST candidates.
  • The application fee can be paid through online or offline mode.

CDS Exam Notification 2021: CDS Exam Pattern

The pattern of CDS written examination is different for Officers Training Academy (OTA) and IMA, INA & AFA. The CDS paper pattern for written examination is as follows:

CDS Exam Pattern For IMA, INA & AFA

Subjects Number of Questions / Maximum Marks Time Duration
English 120 / 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 / 100 2 hours
General Knowledge (GK) 120 / 100 2 hours
Total 340 / 300 6 hours

For candidates who want admission into OTA, only English and GK will be asked. Check the exam pattern below:

CDS Exam Pattern For OTA

Subjects Number of Questions / Maximum Marks Time Duration
English 120 / 100 2 hours
General Knowledge (GK) 120 / 100 2 hours
Total 240 / 200 4 hours

Note that there will be negative marking for every wrong attempt. One-third marks i.e. 0.33 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

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CDS Exam Notification 2021: SSB Interview

After the examination, the candidates whose names are in the merit list will receive SSB call letter where the reporting date and time for SSB interview will be mentioned. Then candidates are required to report at SSB center and pass all tests. The duration of SSB interview will usually be 5 days. This will include psychological and intelligence tests.

Once the candidate has approved the SSB interview, they will be called for medical examination and after successful, the candidates will be referred to the respective academy. Candidates are also required to submit their original documents before joining the respective academy.


CDS Exam Notification 2021: CDS Admit Card

Candidates can download the CDS 2020 Admit Card from the official website of UPSC. The CDS e-Admit Card will be issued three weeks before the exam. Once available, the candidates will be informed about the availability of the admit card. It should be noted that no CDS hall ticket will be sent to the candidates by post.

We have now provided you all the relevant information of CDS Exam Notification 2020-21. As the exam is approaching, candidates should focus on preparing for their CDS exam. In this process, you can take the CDS mock test on Embibe’s OnlineTyari platform. Taking these tests will help you to move in the right direction with your exam preparation. Online Tyri also has mock tests for other government exams. So, go ahead and take the exam to get well prepared.

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