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Our Faculty gives the most successful and promising Batches every year. This coming Year we are preparing for a major success in CDS 2020 Exam at Avision Institute, India (Kolkata).

Avision Institute plans to provide the best result under the circumstances of CDS 2020 exams with most experienced and qualified faculty members from all over India. We provide the most modernized classrooms with the latest learning technology. We cover the entire Courses of CDS with our best and latest study materials and best tricks techniques.

Dear Aspirants UPSC has announced the most awaited CDS recruitment on October 2019. The Notification are published on UPSC official website. The Online Application process started from 30th October 2019 and will end 19th November 2019. Get ready for your success because Avision Institute the Best coaching institute in India will start a New fresh batch for targeting to crack CDS exams. This batch is special for those aspirants who are willing to go for CDS 2020 exams with their skills and Qualification.

Let’s do the details analyses of CDS 2020 below.


CDS is an exam that has been organized by UPSC. It is a national level entrance exam conducted twice a year. First in the month of February and Second in the month of November. Therefore, the aspirants has biggest opportunity to start their career into the CDS Government exams. There are 4 Academy under the CDS Exam. Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy (For Male and Female). A candidate should verify from the notified rules whether he/she is eligible for admission to the examination. The conditions prescribed cannot be relaxed.

Here are the complete recruitment notification details for UPSC CDS Exam 2020 along with exam dates, application form, eligibility, selection procedure, examination centres, syllabus, exam pattern and more.

Exam Date

Sr. No. Events Dates
1 CDS Exam Notification Date 30th October 2019
2 Last Date of Application Form 19th November 2019
3 Admit Card Download December 2019
4 CDS 1 Exam Date 2nd February 2020

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates applying for the CDS I exam should ascertain their eligibility based on the parameters shared below. The candidates are required to fulfil the eligibility criteria of UPSC CDS (1) 2020 exam at the following levels:

  1. Nationality
  2. Age Limit
  3. Educational Qualification

1. Nationality

A candidate should be:

  1. The Citizenship of India, or
  2. Subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or
  3. Tibetan refugee who had been migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention of Permanent Settle, or
  4. An individual of Indian Origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam for permanent settle purpose in India.

2. Age Limit

The aspirants can check the age limit of the CDS 2020 Exam (I) for various posts in Combined Defence Services from the table below:

CDS Department Age
Indian Military Academy 19-24 Years
Indian Naval Academy 19-22 Years
Indian Air Force Academy 20-23 Years
Officer Training Academy 19-25 Years

Gender Requirement for CDS 2018

CDS Department Gender Status
Indian Military Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy Male Unmarried
Indian Air Force Academy Male Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Male Married/Unmarried
Officer Training Academy Female Unmarried

What Physical Standards are required for CDS 2018?

The aspirants who have applied for different posts of CDS 2018 should be mentally and physically fit in order to meet the physical standard guidelines, as mentioned in the official notification.

3. Educational Qualification

Check the educational qualification requirement of the CDS 2018 exam for different job posts from the table below.

Post Educational Eligibility Criteria
IMA Graduate from Recognized University
INA Engineering Degree from Recognized University
AFA Engineering Degree (Physics & Math at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University
OTA Graduate from Recognized University

Application Form

The submission of the application form of UPSC CDS 1 Exam will start on October 30th, 2020. The candidates are required to fill the correct details and submit it before the last date, once the registration process starts online on the official website.

How to apply for CDS Exam 2020 (I)?

Follow the steps below to apply online for the CDS Exam (I):

  1. Eligible candidates can visit the official website: to apply for CDS I exam.
  2. Applicants should submit only a single application.
  3. Under the heading “Part I” of the application form, fill in personal contact information.
  4. Select the preference for the academies as per age & qualification.
  5. The Registration ID would be generated after this. The candidates should then head to “Part I” of the application form.
  6. Next step is to deposit the fee of Rs. 200/-.
  7. Once fee payment is done, select the desired examination centre.
  8. Upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature as per the file size & dimensions specified in the official notification.
  9. Click to “Submit”.
  10. Print/ Download the application form for future use.

Application Fee

Category Fees
General Rs.200/-
SC/ST/Female NIL

The payment can be done via Net Banking, Mastercard/Debit Card or cash deposit in any branch of SBI Bank.

Admit Card

  • The CDS 1 2020 Admit Cards will be issued 2-3 weeks before the exam for those applicants who have successfully submitted the application form.
  • The link to download the admit card will be activated on the official website.
  • Applicants can download their CDS admit cards by logging in with their registration ID & password.
  • Make sure that all the information mentioned on the admit card is correct. If there is any discrepancy, you might not be allowed to appear for the exam.
  • All applicants are required to bring their Admit Card to the examination center.
  • None of the candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without their admit cards.

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The aspirants who are preparing for UPSC CDS 2020 exam should be aware of the latest exam pattern and Syllabus of this exam. Analysis of the pattern and proper understanding of the important topics of the syllabus will help students score better in this exam.

CDS (1) 2020 exam pattern

The exam pattern of CDS (1) 2020 is divided into two sections:

  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Test Interview

The exam pattern of CDS I 2020 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours
Elementary Mathematics 100 2 hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with total 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

Subjects Marks Duration
English 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 100 2 hours


Candidates should be aware of the subjects of CDS (1) 2020 syllabus along with important topics. Candidates are required to check the entire syllabus of CDS I Exam for its thorough preparation.

I) General Knowledge:

  1. Current affairs of last 4-5 months from the examination date.
  2. History
  3. Physics
  4. Biology
  5. Geography
  6. Political Science

II) English

  1. Basic Grammar
  2. Synonyms
  3. Antonyms
  4. Comprehension Solving
  5. Error Spotting
  6. Para Jumbles

III) Elementary Math

  1. Natural numbers
  2. Integers
  3. Percentages
  4. Rational and Real numbers
  5. Time & work
  6. Time & distance
  7. Profit & loss
  8. Ratio & proportion
  9. Prime and composite numbers
  10. Simple and compound interest
  11. HCF and LCM
  12. Euclidean algorithm
  13. Geometry
  14. Logarithms
  15. Trigonometry
  16. Statistics
  17. Mensuration

Selection Procedure

The UPSC CDS (1) 2020 Selection procedure comprises of the following stages:

  • The Recruitment process is done through written exam, Interview & personality test for the post of Air Force, IMA, INA & Officers Training Academy.
  • A Merit list is prepared for those students who obtain good marks in the written examination and SSB test.
  • The final round of selection is based on the medical fitness for all available posts.

Previous Questions Papers

For hassle-free preparation, proper practice of the UPSC CDS previous year question papers is a must. Applicants who are aware of the syllabus and exam pattern of CDS I will easily understand the type of questions that are asked in the exam.

The level of questions and the topics covered in previous exams also helps one understand the approach to solve the question paper of the upcoming CDS exam. Candidates should keep attempting the previous year papers along with the regular preparation of CDS exam. This practice will come in handy while solving the question paper of CDS I exam.

Answer key

Candidates can check the UPSC CDS 1 2020 answer key from the official website ( The detailed analysis of the CDS I examination can be done through the questions asked in paper and CDS answer keys. With the answer key of CDS, you will get an idea of how many marks you might expect to score in the respective exam.

How to Check the Answer Keys on Official Website?

Follow the under-mentioned steps to check the answer key of CDS I Exam:

  • Follow the official link:
  • Here, you will find a list of the year-wise Answer Keys of CDS for the different exams.
  • Corresponding to the ‘Name of Exam” column, you can check the Answer Key PDF.
  • Click on the PDF link to open