CDS I 2020: Complete information on CDS I Exam 2020

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Union Public Service Commission means that the UPSC conducts the CDS Examination for graduate candidates twice a year. Candidates who have completed 10 + 2 examination with PCM and completed a bachelor’s degree or are in the final semester of their undergraduate course, they can apply for the CDS 2020 exam or we can say that CDS I 2020. Candidates can fill applications for the CDS 2020 from UPSC’s official website ie the direct link of filling the online application form of CDS I 2020. The online application form has been released and the direct link of filling the online application form has been given below on October 30, 2019. Candidates can check there Eligibility and fill their application between October 30, 2019, to November 19, 2019. The CDS I 2020 Exam will be conducted on February 02, 2020. Please read this article carefully for more information on the CDS exam.

CDS I 2020

  • Candidates should be Indian citizens of Nepal / Bhutan or Tibetan refugees.
  • Candidate should be 18 years of age.
  • The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree.

CDS I Schedule 2020

Date of application form starts30 October 2019
Last date of application19 November 2019
Last date to pay Payment for the application form19 November 2019
Date of examination02 February 2020
Date of resultMarch 2020

CDS I Vacancy details 2020

  • Indian Military Academy, IMA Dehradun – 100 Posts.
  • Indian Naval Academy, INA – 45 Posts
  • Air Force Academy Hyderabad – 32 Posts
  • Officer Training Academy OTA (Male) – 225 Posts
  • Officer Training Academy OTA (Female) – 16 Posts

Salary of CDS 2020

Rank as per rank

RankLevelPe scale
LieutenantLevel 1056,100-1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10 B6,13,00-1,93,900
MajorLevel 116,94,00-2,07,200
Lieutenant colonelLevel 12A1,21,200-2,12400
ColonelLevel 131,30,600-2,15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 141,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 151,82,200-2,24,100
HAG + ScaleLevel 162,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS / Army Cdr / Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 172,25,000 / – (fixed)
COASLevel 182,50,000 / – (fixed)

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CDS I Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates desiring to apply for the CDS Examination 2020 must meet eligibility criteria.

CDS I Nationality 2020

Should be a candidate;

  1. Citizen of India Or
  2. One topic of Nepal Or
  3. One subject of Bhutan. Or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling in India permanently Or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

CDS I Age range 2020

  1. For the Indian Military Academy – Candidates should be unmarried and should be between 19 and 24 years of age.
  2. For Indian Naval Academy – Candidate should be unmarried and should be between 19 to 24 years.
  3. For the Air Force Academy – Candidates should be between 20 to 24 years, which was not before January 2, 1996 and later on January 1, 2000 (DGCA (India) commercial pilot 26 upper age candidates are valid (current And technical). Current licenses were issued, i.e. before January 2, 1994, and born on January 1, 2000) are eligible only.
  4. For Officers’ Training Academy- (SSC Course for Men) Married and unmarried candidates can apply both. Candidate should be between 19 to 25 years.
  5. For Officers’ Training Academy – (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, widows and divorced applicants can apply. Whose age should be between 19 to 25 years

CDS I Educational Qualification 2020

  1. For IMA and Officers’ Training Academy- Candidates must be college or equivalent from a recognized university in India.
  2. For Indian Naval Academy- Engineering degree from a recognized University / Institute of India
  3. For Air Force Academy- Candidates must possess a recognized degree (with physics and mathematics at 10 + 2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering degree.

CDS I Physical Criteria 2020

Height and weight standard for men

Length cm InWeight (kg. In
18 years20 years22 years24 years
15244 *464748

Height and Weight Standard (Female)

Length cm InWeight (kg. In
20 years25 years30 years

CDS I Application Form 2020

Candidates who wish to fill in the CDS I Application Form 2020 can get applications from UPSC official website. The applications for CDS I 2020 has been released from October 30, 2019.

Application fee

  • Candidates who are unreserved and OBC category will have to pay 200 / – application fee.
  • All-female candidates, SC / ST candidates have been exempted from the application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the fee using Net Banking and through Cash / Debit / Credit Card.

Application Form:

How to fill the application form of CDS I 2020?

  1. First of all, you have to go to UPSC’s official website
  2. Click on the application link “Online application for various examinations of UPSC”
  3. Now, you can see the CDS 2020 application link here on this page.
  4. You have to register for CDS 2020.
  5. Fill in the personal details on the application form and generate an application number.
  6. Save this application number for login and other purposes.
  7. Pay application fee, upload documents.
  8. Submit the application and save it for future reference.

CDS I Recruitment Process 2020

Candidates will have to give written examination and a 5-day interview process (SSB). Those candidates, who qualify both rounds, will call them for a medical test.

CDS I Exam Scheme 2020

  • For admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, and Air Force Academy:
Subjecttimemaximum marks
English2 hours100
General knowledge2 hours100
Elementary Mathematics2 hours100
  • For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy
Subjecttimemaximum marks
English2 Hours100
General knowledge2 Hours100

CDS 2020 Syllabus


  • Sentence
  • Improvement Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Para-Jumble
  • Sentence-Jumble
  • Spot the Error
  • Cloze Test

General Knowledge

  • Latest Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian History
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian Geography
  • Indian Politics
  • Indian Navy & Military
  • Religions
  • Books & Authors
  • Sports, Awards, etc

Elementary Mathematics

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

CDS Cut Off of the last few years

CDS Cut Off 2017 For CDS I

AcademyCDS I Cut off
OTA Men82
OTA Women82

CDS Cut Off 2016 For CDS I and CDS II

AcademyCDS I Cut offCDS II Cut Off
OTA Men7268
OTA Women7268

CDS Cut Off 2015 for CDS I and CDS II

AcademyCDS I Cut offCDS II Cut Off
OTA Men8486
OTA Women8486

Candidates can download the official notification here for more information about CDS 2019.