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CDS (I) 2021 Notification (out), Application Form, Registration, Fees and Procedure

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Jan 19, 2021

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The Application form for Combined Defence Services Examination i.e. CDS II  has already begun from August 5, 2020 and the registration window will remain open till August 26, 2020. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria thoroughly before filling the application form. Check CDS Eligibility Criteria

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The online application process of CDS I was closed on November 19, 2019 and the exam was conducted on Feb 2, 2020. The authorities have released the result of CDS I written examination in a PDF format on March 23, 2020, that contains the roll no. of all the qualified candidates. Check  CDS I Result 2020

CDS application form 2020 has to be filled in two parts:

  • In part 1: Candidates need to enter their personal details. After that, registration no. and password will be generated. Using these login credentials candidates can fill part 2 of the application form.
  • In part 2: Candidates need to enter the educational qualification, scanned photograph and signature, etc.

CDS Application form 2020 can be filled online only. However, CDS Application fee can be paid through both offline and online mode. The registration fee for General candidates is INR 200/-, whereas there is no registration fee for the reserved category and female candidates.

CDS II Registration Dates

Latest Update:

  • CDS 1 2021 application notification is out. Read more 

CDS II Registration Dates 2020

UPSC has announced official CDS II Registration and Exam dates :

Events Dates 
Release of UPSC CDS II Notification August 5, 2020
UPSC CDS 2020 Registration Begins on  August 5, 2020
Last day to fill CDS II Application Form 2020 August 25, 2020
Issue of CDS Admit Card 2020 3 weeks before exam
CDS II 2020 Exam Date November 8, 2020
CDS 1 2021 application date October 28- November 17, 2020

Check Complete UPSC CDS 2020 Exam Dates

How to Fill CDS II Form

How to fill CDS Application Form 2020?

UPSC CDS Application form can be filled in online mode only at the official website. The application process involves two parts – Part 1 is basic registration and Part 2 includes fee payment, filing up form and uploading scanned documents. Candidates are advised to go through Official UPSC CDS 2020 Notification before proceeding to fill the form.

Steps to fill CDS 2020 Application Form

There are 4 simple steps involved in CDS Application Process:

Step 1: CDS Registration

  • Visit UPSC CDS 2020 official website –
  • Click on Part 1 registration to open the registration form.
CDS Registration
  • Enter your name, date of birth, parents’ name, address, category, mobile number, email ID and other basic details. 
  • Your registration number will be sent to you as SMS and email. 
CDS Application Form

Step 2: Pay CDS Application Fee 

  • Candidates have to pay application fees for CDS 2020 that is INR 200.
  • Female, SC, ST and Physically handicapped candidates are exempted from fee payment.
  • Application Fees can be paid in online mode via Debit/ Credit Card or SBI Netbanking and in offline mode by paying cash at any SBI Bank branch.
  • To pay the fees by cash, candidates will have to generate bank challan during the registration process and submit the same along with the fees at any SBI bank branch.

UPSC CDS 2020 Application Fees 

Category CDS Application Fees 2020
General/ OBC/ EWS INR 200
Female (All Categories) Exempted
SC/ ST Exempted
PH Exempted

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Step 3: Fill CDS Application Form

  • Candidates have to complete their form by mentioning personal and educational details.
  • Indicate your preferred position amongst IAF, IMA, INA and OTA.
  • Also, select CDS Exam Center as per your preference.
  • Fill the form very carefully as no correction will be allowed after closing of application process.

CDS Part 2 registration

Step 4: Upload CDS Photo, Signature and Photo ID Proof

Candidates have to upload their scanned passport size photograph, signature and photo ID proof in prescribed specifications:

Documents Size Pixels Bit Format
Photograph 20 – 300 Kbs 350x350 – 1000x1000 24 .jpg
Signature 20 – 300 Kbs 350x350 – 1000x1000 24 .jpg
Photo Identity Card 20 – 300 Kbs - - .pdf

Now, agree to the declaration and submit the form and download the filled-in application form and fee payment receipt for further reference. 

Also, practice previous years sample papers, before CDS 2020 exam, free of cost. 

Download UPSC CDS Sample Papers

Documents Required

Documents Required For CDS Registration 2020

Candidates should keep the below mentioned documents ready before proceeding to fill the application form :

Marticulation and Degree Certificates Scanned copy of Photograph
Scanned copy of Signature Any Valid ID proof ( Adhaar card/ Voter ID/ PAN card/Driving license/ Passport)
Card or Net Banking details for online payment

Frequenlty Asked Questions

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UPSC CDS 2020 Application Form FAQs

Q. After the submission of the requisite application fee, can the application be cancelled and a request for a refund be generated?

A. Yes, the application can be withdrawn. After the completion of online registration, the authorities will release the dates for application withdrawal. In that specific time, candidates can withdraw their candidature from the examination.  However, the application fees will not be refunded.

Q. I am an applicant belonging to the general category. However, I selected the reserved category by mistake while applying for CDS 2020. I wish to make changes to my category. Please help.

A. You can fill a fresh form and make the changes in that form till the application deadline. Application fees will have to be paid again.

Q. Can multiple forms be submitted and the fees for one form be adjusted to the other?

A. Multiple forms can be submitted only under an unavoidable situation. However, candidates will have to pay the fees again as the fees of another form will not be adjusted for the accurate form.

Q. Are candidates who have just appeared for the qualifying examination eligible for CDS 2020?

A. YES. Aspirants who have just appeared for the qualifying exam are also eligible provided they have no backlog up to the last semester and are able to produce the required documents at the time of admission.

Q.How can I recover my Registration ID and password?

A. To recover the registration ID or password, you need to refer to the registered email ID to recover the password or registration id. You can also see the registration number on the fee receipt.

Q.Do I need to send the hardcopy of CDS application form 2020 to the authorities?

A. No, you do not need to send the printout of the CDS application form2020 to the authorities. However, it is advised that you must keep a hard copy of the application for your own record and future reference.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


koyena biswas
what is eligibility for cds exam?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. For IMA, Graduation from a Recognized University while for AFA candidates must have an Engineering Degree (Physics & Maths at 10+2) or B. Tech from Recognized University. Further details are mentioned here.

koyena biswas
how many times i can give cds exam?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. In the CDS Exam, there is no limit on the number of attempts for this exam. In case you meet the minimum eligibility, you can apply every time the exam is conducted. More deatils are here.

avinash sahu
how many times cds exam held in a year?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. CDS exam is taken two times in every year. Each year almost 5 lakh+ candidates apply for CDS exam, so in one year around 10 lakh+ candidates apply for the CDS exam.

soram melory
Hi can i still register for the exam.i know im late.i just found out the deadline

Hello Soram,

Unfortunately, you can not apply for UPSC CDS anymore as the application deadline was 17th of November, 2020.

vishal goswami
Can i apply today?
common admission test

Hii Vishal. CDS 1 notification 2021 has been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The application form is made available along with the notification and last date to fill the CDS application form was November 17, 2020

birendra kandari
My dob is 18-05-1996 and I am appyling it is showing you are not eligible
common admission test

Hii Birendra. According to your birth date as of now your age is 24 year and 6 months and As per the declaration of UPSC, the candidates need to be between 19 to 24 year. Still you can apply for CDS OTA as candidate can apply for CDS OTA till age of 25 years. For more details Click Here

sonia holkar
Hello sir I am studying in msc 1st year can i apply for this exam
arvind kumar

Hi Sonia, you can apply for this exam provided you fulfill all the eligibility criteria. For details visit: CDS EXAM

sonika nehra
I am studying in bsc 2nd year and my son is 15/7/2001 can I apply for this exam.....or graduation is necessary for this
abdul nazir

Hi Sonika, No you cannot apply as for CDS only unmarried candidates are allowed. Also, you need to be in at least final year of graduation to be eligible. For CDS eligibility click here.

sonika nehra
Is graduation necessary for CDS OTA exam
common admission test

Hii Sonika. Yes, it is necessary for CDS OTA that candidates should have a degree of a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by Central/State Government.

rishika yepuru
iam currently pursuing my btech 4th year ,am i eligible for any of the exams
common admission test

Hii Rishika. Yes, you are eligible for CDS OTA which requires Graduate degree in any stream from Recognized University. For more details about eligibility criteria Click Here

mayank chaturvedi
I am in final year 7th sem can I apply for this
abdul nazir

Hi Mayank, Yes you are eligible to apply. For more eligibility details of CDS click here.

kavali lakshmi
I am completed my degree last semester , yet results are not daclared . Right now can i apply for CDS?
abdul nazir

Hi Lakshmi, You can apply but you need to produce degree certificate on the date specified by UPSC. For more details click here.

aditya prajapati
I am in B-tech 3rd Year . Can I apply for CDS Exam ?

Hello Aditya,

No, you can apply for CDS right now. You can apply for it in the last semester of your graduation.

sonali panda
I had completed my diploma and im in 2nd year of mt btech am I eligible for CDS though i had not done my 12th

Hello Sonali,

You will not be eligible to give the CDS Examination right now. You can give it either when you have completed your graduation or when you’re in the last semester of your graduation.

hello world
CDS 1 2021 application form isnt getting submitted at the last stage. Is everyone facing this issue? Kindly let me know. I have also mailed upsc but havent gotten any response yet
abdul nazir

Hi, It might be a technical glitch. you can try submitting once more since last date for application is November 17, 2020. If issue is not resolved, contact UPSC concerned authority. For details click here.

Hello sir I have tried for applying cds 1 2021 where as while trying to upload photo identity card it's showing "file format is not allowed.please upload pdf format only only I have applied pdf only don't know why this error is occurring
abdul nazir

Hi Bhatrinarayanan, The photo id file format is pdf and it’s size must be between 20-300 kb. Check the dimensions and try uploading again. Check more details here.

azam shaikh
I am completed My Graduation in Commerce Stream BAF ( Account & Finance) My birth date is 06/06/1997 can I apply for cds exam
common admission test

Hii Azam. Yes, you can apply For I.M.A. and OTA through CDS. The eligibility criteria is a degree of a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by Central/State Government. For more details Click Here

mohd ammar arif shah
I am studying in 12th std. My birth date is 25-07-2003.when should I apply for cds exam

Hi Ammar. You can apply for CDS exam after you will turn 19 years old, i.e. in 2022. To get more information about the same, you can click here – CDS eligibility.

deepika kumari
Hello Sir/Ma'am I have completed my graduation (B.Sc. Foodtech) in 2019, but I have not received my degree yet although I have a mark sheet for all the semesters. How can I apply for CDS 2021? Should I upload my 6th-semester mark sheet only or mentioned pursuing last semester? Please guide. Thanks & Regards

Hello Deepika,

yes, You can upload your final mark sheet instead for your degree.

bhagyashri kene
Should I go for a logistics course in AFCAT which I am only eligible or fill a form in my desired flying branch in the CDS exam?
kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. In case you want to join the Indian Army, then then you can take any course but in case you want to go for Airforce or Navy, then must have studied maths and science in calss 12th and in graduation.