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UPSC CDS 2 2020: Notification (Out), Application, Exam Date, Eligibility, Vacancy, Syllabus, Pattern, Selection

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UPSC CDS 2 2020: Notification (Out), Application, Exam Date, Eligibility, Vacancy, Syllabus, Pattern, Selection

16 Aug 2020 15:09:28 PM

UPSC CDS (2) 2020: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released UPSC CDS 2 Notification 2020 on its official website. The UPSC CDS 2 Application Process has begin @upsc.gov.in. Candidates who want to get recruited in defence services through courses carried out by IMA, INA, AFA and OTA can apply online now for the CDS 2 2020 Exam. The exam date of Combined Defence Services (CDS) 2 2020 is 8th November 2020. We have shared here the detailed information about the UPSC CDS Exam including the Exam Date, Admit Card, Exam Schedule & Pattern, Syllabus, Result Date, Cut off & Salary. Have a look at the information and start preparations now. 

UPSC conducts the CDS exam biannually in February and September (This Year in November) for recruitment of officer cadre in Army, Air Force and Military. UPSC aims to recruit 418 officers for the courses carried out by the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through the UPSC CDS Recruitment 2020. Candidates who qualify the CDS Recruitment process will be posted for the 150th (DE) course of Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, Air Force Academy (AFA) Hyderabad, Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala, Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai (113th SSC Men NT & 27th SSC Women NT). 

In the CDS Exam, candidates will be asked questions from three sections - General Knowledge, Elementary Maths and English Language. Here are the complete details of the UPSC CDS 2020 Exam:

UPSC CDS 2 2020: Important Dates

UPSC CDS (2) 2020

Release of Notification & Start of Online Registration

5 August 2020

Last date of online application

25 August 2020

Date of examination

8 November 2020

Release of Admit Card

October 2020

Result Date

December 2020

UPSC CDS 2 2020 Vacancies

The UPSC has notified a total of 344 vacancies under CDS 1 Examination 2020. Have a look at course-wise vacancy details:



Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, 151 (DE) Course commencing in July 2021


Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala—commencing in July 2021 Executive (General Service)/Hydro


Air Force Academy (AFA) —(Pre-Flying), Training Course commencing in July 2021


Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai (Madras)

113th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October 2021 


Officers Training Academy Non-Technical (Female)

27th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October 2021


Note: The number of vacancies is tentative and can be changed at any stage by Services H.Q.

UPSC CDS 2020 Online Application Process

 - Visit upsc.gov.in
 - Click on the link “Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2019” in What’s New section
 - Enter Registration ID & Date of Birth and Submit
 - Enter personal details and detail of any Photo ID Proof - Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
 - Upload a scanned copy of the same Photo ID
 - Upload Photograph & Signature
 - Select examination centre
 - Fill Payment details and accept Declaration
 - Submit
 - Download a copy of the application form for future use

Note: On successful completion of the application process, an auto-generated email message will be sent on registered email-ids of the candidates. Moreover, the candidates need to carry the same Photo ID proof uploaded by them on the application form to the exam centre.

Application Form Fee

  • General & OBC Candidates : Rs 200
  • SC & ST Candidates: Nil
  • Female Candidates: Nil

UPSC CDS 2020: Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit, Relaxation


Age Limit


Marital Status

Indian Military Academy

19 to 24 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university


Air Force Academy

19 to 23 years

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university OR Degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics as subjects


Indian Naval Academy

19 to 22 years

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent


Officers Training Academy

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent


Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized

Unmarried, issueless widows and issueless divorcees who have not remarried

Note: Candidates must be physically fit as per the UPSC physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination II 2019.


  • Candidates must be citizens of India.
  • Subjects of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibetan refugee who came to India before the 1 January 1962
  • A person of India origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Candidates will have to produce Certificate issued by Indian authorities certifying their claim.

UPSC CDS Admit Card 2020

Download the UPSC CDS Admit Card by following the given steps:

Step 1: Visit upsc.gov.in

Step 2: Click on ‘Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2019 Admit Card’

Step 3: Enter credentials like Roll Number & Date of Birth

Step 4: Click on Submit Button

Step 5: Download and take a printout of UPSC CDS 2 Admit Card 2019

UPSC CDS 2020 Selection process

The UPSC CDS II selection process comprises two stages:

  • Stage I: Written Examination
  • Stage II: Interview

The candidates who qualify Stage I will be allowed to appear for Stage-II examination. Candidates who qualify both the stages need to undergo Medical Examination before being recruited in the UPSC.

UPSC CDS 2020 Exam Pattern

The CDS II 2019 will be conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam will be conducted in two sessions - Morning and Forenoon. The Stage I of the UPSC CDS II 2019, that is, the Written Examination will be conducted in the following pattern:


No. of questions (MCQs)

Maximum Marks


General Knowledge



120 minutes

English Language



120 minutes

Elementary Mathematics



120 minutes

Note: Candidates who have applied for IMA, AFA and NA have to attend all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates have to appear for the first 2 paper only - General Knowledge & English.

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2020


General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

Questions will test candidates’ understanding of English and vocabulary

Current events









UPSC CDS  Cut off Marks

Candidates must score the Cutoff marks to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. The UPSC CDS Cut off marks are generally declared after the announcement of Results. Check here the Cutoff of previous year examination:

Academy Courses

Written Exam

Final Score

Indian Military Academy



Indian Naval Academy



Air Force Academy



Officers Training Academy (Male)



Officers Training Academy (Female)



UPSC CDS Result 2020

Candidates who would score the minimum cut off marks or the minimum qualifying marks will be declared as Pass in the UPSC CDS 2 Exam 2019. UPSC will declare the UPSC CDS Result of September examination by December 2019. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check their result online in PDF File Format. 

CDS SSB Interview 2020

Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for the UPSC CDS II 2019 Interview. The CDS SSB Interview 2019 involves 2 stages of intelligence and personality test:

  • Stage 1 consists of Officer Intelligence Rating, Picture Perception and Description Test.
  • Stage 2 involves Interview, Group Testing Officer Task, Psychology Test and Conference.

CDS SSB Interview 2019 is a 4-day long process. Candidates are judged physically, mentally and psychologically in the Interview round.

Salary of Officers from CDS

Candidates who qualify the CDS exam will get stipend during the training days. They will be entitled to fixed Stipend of Rs 21000. However, their respective pay scale will be as follows:

Salary of Officers from CDS


Pay (Rs)

Captain (Level 10 B)

6,13,00 -1,93,900

Lieutenant (Level 10)

56,100 - 1,77,500

Lieutenant Colonel (Level 12A )

1,21,200 - 2,12400

Major (Level 11)

6,94,00 - 2,07,200

Brigadier (Level 13A )

1,39,600 - 2,17,600

Colonel Level 13

1,30,600 - 2, 15, 900

Lieutenant General HAG Scale (Level 15)

1, 82, 200 - 2,24,100

Major General (Level 14)

1,44,200 - 2,18,200

VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General (NFSG) (Level 17)

2,25,000 (fixed)

HAG+Scale (Level 16) - 2,05,400


COAS (Level 18)

2,50,000 (fixed)

Military Service Pay (MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier

Rs 15.500 p.m. fixed

Privileges enjoyed by Officers from CDS

The officers and their families are entitled to free medical aid, accommodation on concessional rent, group insurance scheme, group housing scheme, family assistance scheme, canteen facilities, etc.


1. Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

Answer: There will be Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers marked by a candidate.

2. What to carry and what not to carry to exam centres:


What to carry to the Exam Centre?

What to avoid?

Admit Card

Mobile Phones

Photo ID Proof


Black Ball Pen

Any electronic gadget

Clip board

Books & sheets

3. When will the UPSC release CDS II 2019 Result of written examination?

Answer: The UPSC CDS II 2019 Result is expected to be released in December 2019.


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