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Combined Defense Services (CDS) examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. Only candidates who are unmarried and have completed their graduation are eligible to sit for this exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective academies after an interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).
 

Eligibility for CDS 2020:-

Nationality:-  A candidate must either be

a) A citizen of India
b) A subject of Bhutan
c) A subject of  Nepal
d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 01, 1962 with the of permanently settling in India'
e) A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
 
Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status -
 
i) For IMA - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.
 
ii) For Indian Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.
 
iii) For Air Force Academy - 20 to 24 years as on 1st January, 2021 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1997 and not later than 1st January, 2001 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 2nd January, 1995 and not later than 1st January, 2001) only are eligible. 
 
Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live with family out of the premises. 
 
iv) For Officers' Training Academy - (SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2002 only are eligible.
 
v) For Officers' Training Academy -(SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1996 and not later than 1st January, 2002. 
 
Educational Qualifications -
 
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 :
 
(i) 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.
 
(ii) For admission to Officers' Training Academy, Chennai on or before 1st April, 2021. 
 

CDS Registration / Application Form

CDS 2020 Registration/Application Form:-
 
 
 
 Apply online at website - https://upsconline.nic.in from 30-10-2019 to 19-11-2019.
 
Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/-  either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card. 
 
Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature. 
 
 
 

 

CDS Exam Dates

CDS 2020 Exam Dates:-

CDS Exams are conducted twice a year i.e. in the month of February and November and the notification for the exam is usually released in the months of October and June respectively.

 
UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2020 -
 
Apply online at website - https://upsconline.nic.in from 30-10-2019 to 19-11-2019.
 
Exam Date - 2nd February 2020. 
 
 
 
C.D.S. Examination (II) 2020 - 
 
Date of Notification - 05.08.2020 
 
Last Date for receipt of Applications - 25.08.2020  
 
Date of commencement of Exam - 08.11.2020, Sunday
 
Duration of Exam - 1 Day
 
 
 
 
 
 

UPSC Exam 2020 Dates


CDS Syllabus

CDS 2020 Syllabus:- 

The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be of Matriculation level. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University. 
 
ENGLISH (Code No. 01) -
 
The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
 
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Code No. 02) -
 
General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
 
ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS (Code No. 03)
 
ARITHMETIC 
 
Number System - Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers. Fundamental operations, addition, substraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
 
Elementary Number Theory - Division algorithm. Prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm. Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
 
ALGEBRA
 
Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
 
TRIGONOMETRY -
 
Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for ×= 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° 
 
Simple trigonometric identities.
Use of trigonometric tables.
Simple cases of heights and distances.
 
GEOMETRY
 
Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normals, (ix) Loci.
 
MENSURATION
 
Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres. 
 
STATISTICS
 
Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.
 

Paper Pattern

CDS 2020 Exam pattern:- 

 
The Competitive examination comprises:
 
(a) Written examination as shown in para 2 below.
(b) Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres. 
 
For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy -
 
Subject - Duration - Maximum Marks
 
1. English - 2 Hours - 100 marks
 
2. General Knowledge - 2 Hours - 100 marks
 
3. Elementary Mathematics - 2 Hours - 100 marks
 
b) For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy -
 
Subject - Duration - Maximum Marks -
 
1. English - 2 Hours - 100 marks
 
2. General Knowledge - 2 Hours - 100 marks
 
 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
 
INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONALITY TEST -
 
The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-
 
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
 
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
 
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.
 
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB. 

 

CDS Preparation

CDS 2020 Preparation:- 

A real technique to crack CDS 2020 exam is time management. Practice all the sections of the question paper. Make a proper study time table and follow it on a daily basis. Solve past year papers and mock test papers. Read newspapers and magazines for current affairs.

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CDS Notification

CDS 2020 Notification:-

 
UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2020 -
 
Apply online at website - https://upsconline.nic.in from 30-10-2019 to 19-11-2019.
 
Exam Date - 2nd February 2020. 
 
Click here for more details.
 
 
C.D.S. Examination (II) 2020 - 
 
Date of Notification - 05.08.2020 
 
Last Date for receipt of Applications - 25.08.2020  
 
Date of commencement of Exam - 08.11.2020, Sunday
 
Duration of Exam - 1 Day