Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam Notification - 2020


Combined Defence Services Exam (CDS) is a national level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of the candidates to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.


Combined Defence Services 2020 Exam Date

The dates of the Combined Defence Services 2020 exam is announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Combined Defence Services 2020 Exam Schedule
Combined Defence Services Exam 2020 Dates
Combined Defence Services Notification Release 02 October 2019
Online Application Starts 02 October 2019
Online Application Ends 19 November 2019 (Till 6 PM)
e-Admit Card Release 09 January 2020
Written Exam date 02 February 2020 (1 day)
Written Exam Result 03 March 2020
Combined Defence Services 2019 Exam Schedule
Combined Defence Services Exam 2019 Dates
Notification Release Date 12 June 2019
Online Application Start 12 June 2019
Online Application End 08 July 2019 (Till 6 PM)
e - Admit Card Release 19 August 2019 (On Official Website)
Written Exam Date 08 September 2019 (1 day)
Written Exam Result 1 November 2019
Combined Defence Services 2018 Exam Schedule
Combined Defence Services Exam 2018 Dates
Notification Release Date 08 August 2018
Online Application Start 08 August 2018
Online Application End 04 September 2018 (Till 6 PM)
e-Admit Card Release 25 October 2018 (Official Website)
Written Exam Date 18 November 2018 (1 day)
Written Exam Result 02 January 2019

The aspirants must apply online through the official website of UPSC: https://www.upsc.gov.in/ The application fees is 200 rupees, although, Women, SC, ST, PwD and Exservicemen are exempted from fee payment.

Combined Defence Services Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications for Combined Defence Services
(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.

Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog upto the last semester / year for which results have been declared upto the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg ‘A’, CDSE Entry, West Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled :

(a) For admission to IMA on or before 1st January, 2021, Indian Naval Academy on or before 1st January, 2021 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th November, 2020.

(b) For admission to Officers' Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st April, 2021.

Combined Defence Services Age Limit

Academy

Age Limit

Gender

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 – 24 Years

Male

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

19- 22 Years

Male

Unmarried

Air Force Academy

19- 23 Years

Male

25 years both married and unmarried

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19- 25 Years

Female

Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)

19- 25 Years

Male

Unmarried

Physical Standards for CDS
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.
Nationality Criteria
The candidate must be the citizen of India.
Or a subject of Nepal.
A subject of Bhutan.
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India..

Combined Defence Services Exam Pattern

The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted in two stages: written exam then the qualified candidates are called for interview.

Combined Defence Services Exam Pattern
Mode of Exam Offline
Number of Questions asked 300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA 200 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks 300 ( Indian Military, Navy and Air Force) and 200 (OTA)
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper
Medium of Exam Hindi or English
Negative marking 1/3 marks deducted for every incorrect answer
Combined Defence Services written Exam Pattern for IMA, INA, AFA
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English  2 hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 hrs 100
Elementary Mathematics 2 hrs 100
Combined Defence Services Main Exam Pattern for OTA
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
English 2 hrs 100
General Knowledge 2 hrs 100
Combined Defence Services Personality Test

The selection of the candidates is on the basis of marks scored in the interviews. Total marks for the interview for Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy is 300 marks, whereas 200 marks are allotted for interview of OTA.

Interview is conducted in two stages

Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests

Stage II: Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests & Conference

Combined Defence Services Exam Syllabus

Written exam Syllabus for CSE
English General Knowledge Elementary Mathematics
Sentence Improvement History Mensuration
Reading Comprehension Science Algebra
Synonyms Geography Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table)
Antonyms Ecology Time speed and Distance
Para-Jumble Polity Number System
Sentence-Jumble Economy/Trade Simple interest/Compound interest
Spot the Error Miscellaneous /Armed Forces Percentage
Cloze Test Profit/Loss
One Word Substitution Time and Work
Mixture
Trigonometry
Set Theory
Clock
Geometry

Combined Defence Services Vacancy

Combined Defence Services 2020 Vacancy

Academy

Approximate Number of Vacancies

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun 151st (DE) Course commencing in July 2021 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C Certificate (Army Wing) hold­ers]

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala — Course commencing in July 2021 Executive (General Service) [including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate holders (Naval Wing)]

26

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad — (Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July 2021 i.e. No. 210 F(P) Course [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]

32

Officers' Training Academy, Chennai — 114th SSC (NT) Course commencing in October 2021

169

Officers Training Academy, Chennai — 28th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2021

17

Combined Defence Services Cut Off

UPSC CDS Cut Off 2020
Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 120 – 130 245 – 255
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 – 120 233 – 245
AFA (Air Force Academy) 145 – 150 268 – 270
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 73 – 85 162 – 170
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 74 – 85 164 – 170
UPSC CDS Cut Off 2019
Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 116 242
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 233
AFA (Air Force Academy) 129 264
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 78 160
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 78 162
UPSC CDS 2018 Cut Off Marks
Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 118 240
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 98 225
AFA (Air Force Academy) 138 279
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 69 154
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 69 150

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