CDS 2020 Eligibility, Educational Qualification, Age Limit, Height Requirements

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Jul 2, 2020

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UPSC conducts CDS Exam twice every year: CDS(I) and (II). Candidates have to at least graduate to apply. Both men and women can apply for 418 vacancies. Candidates who are preparing and also willing to apply for CDS(II) 2020, should check out the CDS eligibility 2020 which includes nationality, educational qualification, age, marital status, and physical conditions. 

Latest Updates:

  •  CDS (I) 2020 result has been released on March 23, 2020. 

  • The SSB Interview has been canceled for the deadly outbreak of COVID-19. 

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CDS 2020 Highlights

  • Indian and candidates who have settled in India permanently also can apply CDS.

  • Candidates must be graduate or at least appearing in the final year/semester. 

  • The minimum age limit is 19 to apply for CDS 2020.

  • Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA.

  • Unmarried candidates should not be divorced. 

  • B.tech candidates can apply for IMA, INA AFA also. 

  • Candidates both male and female must meet the physical standard specified by UPSC. 

Check out CDS 2020 Application Form and Registration


CDS Eligibility Criteria

CDS (I) and (II) 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

CDS Eligibility 2020 Criteria are divided into 4 categories such as Nationality, Age and Marital Status, Educational qualification, and Physical standards. The fourth category is mentioned by the conducting body to ensure the physical fitness and standards of the aspirants.

CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020: Nationality:

Candidate must be unmarried and must be any of the followings:

  1.  a Citizen of India,

  2. A subject of Bhutan,

  3. A subject of Nepal,

  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,

  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 

Note: 

  • Candidates under 2, 3, 4 and 5 must have certificated or proof issued by Indian Government in favour of their statement.

  • Candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal are not required to show any kind of certificate of CDS eligibility. 

  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of CDS eligibility 2020  is necessary may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before the declaration of result by UPSC. 

CDS 2020: Age Limit, Sex, and Marital Status:

As per the announcement of UPSC, the candidates need to be unmarried and should not be a widower or should not be a divorcee. The following tabular includes required Age Limit, gender, and Marital status that candidates look for: 

Academy

Age Limit

Gender

Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 – 24 Years

Male

Unmarried

Indian Naval Academy (INA)

19- 22 Years

Male

Unmarried

Air Force Academy

19- 23 Years

Male

<25 years unmarried or >25 years both married and unmarried

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19- 25 Years

Female

Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible.

Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men)

19- 25 Years

Male

Unmarried

Caution :

  1. Male divorcee/ widower candidates will not be treated as unmarried. So, they will not be considered eligible for CDS Exam and Chennai courses.

  2. The date of birth that is entered in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or any equivalent examination certificate will be accepted by UPSC. 

  3.  No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records, etc. will be accepted. 

  4. The date of birth candidates are providing will be recorded in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission. So, no change will be allowed subsequently or at a subsequent examination on any ground. 

  5. During the verification process or in any stage of Exam, if it found that the date of birth which the candidate has entered, does not match with the Valid Proof or Matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules. 

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CDS 2020: Educational Qualification: 

Every candidate who is willing to apply for CDS 2020, must have completed their Graduation or at least is appearing for the final exam of the degree. For further details read below: 

  • For I.M.A. and OTA, candidates should have a degree of a university or equivalent degree from institutions that have been recognized by Central/State Government. 

  • For INA( Indian Naval Academy), candidates will need to have a Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/institution. 

  • To apply Air Force Academy, applicants need a degree of a recognized university( with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2) or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. 

Note: 

  1. Candidates who are in their final year/ semester Degree course and have not completed the course yet can apply for CDS Exam. They need to submit proof of passing the Degree by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be considered on any other ground whatsoever. 

  1. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester degree course are required to submit the authentic certificate of passing the degree issued by University/College at the time of SSB interview. The certificate of the Degree should contain the date of issue and the date of issue must be before the specified date declared by UPSC. Otherwise, their candidature will be canceled.

  1.  Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination.

CDS 2020: Physical Standards for Male and Female: 

Candidates must be physically and mentally fit as per the guidelines of UPCS. A good number of qualified candidates get disqualified on the medical grounds. Therefore candidates are strongly advised to get themselves medically tested before applying for CDS Exam. the most commonly found defects are :

  1. Wax (ears) 

  2. Deviated Nasal Septum

  3. Hydrocele/Varicocele/Phimosis

  4. Overweight/Underweight 

  5. Piles 

  6. Gynaecomastia 

Note: 

Permanent body tattoos are strictly prohibited whether it is on their body parts except the inner face of the forearm i.e. inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand. Candidates with tattoos from specific Tribes on their face or body as per their existing customs and traditions will be permitted to a case basis. 

Heights and Weights Standards :

The minimum acceptable height for male candidates is 157.5 cms. (157 cms for Navy and 162.5 cms for Air Force). Women candidates’ minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.

General standards for Body :

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25.

  • Waist Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females. 

  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females. 

  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits. 

Height and Weight as per Age for Army and Navy Males: 

(these standards are not applicable for air Forces)

Height in Centimetres ( without shoes)

Weight (kgs)

-

18 years

20 years

22 years

24 years

152

44*

46

47

48

155

46

48**

49

50

157

47

49

50

51

160

48

50

51

52

162

50

52

51

54

165

52

53

55

56

168

53

55

57

58

170

55

57

58

59

173

57

59

60

61

175

59

61

62

62

178

61

62

63

64

180

63

64

65

66

183

65

67

67

68

185

67

69

70

71

188

70

71

72

74

190

72

73

74

76

193

74

76

77

78

195

77

78

79

81

*45 for Navy ** 47 for Navy 

  • A ± 10% (for Navy) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broadly built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy, this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

Heights and Weights as per Age for Air Force Male Candidates:

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average

weight given below:—

(For FAT % (<20) of Normal Individuals)

Height (mm) 

Weight( Kgs) according to Age

-

15- 17 years

18-22 years

23-27 years

28-32 years

33-37 years

38-42 years

43-47 years

>48 years

1520

46

47

50

54

54

54

55

54

1530

47

47

51

55

55

54

56

54

1540

47

48

51

56

55

55

57

55

1550

48

49

52

56

56

56

57

56

1560

48

49

53

57

57

56

58

56

1570

49

50

54

58

58

57

58

57

1580

49

50

54

58

58

58

59

58

1590

50

51

55

59

59

59

60

58

1600

51

52

56

59

60

59

60

59

1610

51

52

56

60

60

60

61

60

1620

52

53

57

61

61

61

62

60

1630

52

54

58

61

62

61

62

61

1640

53

54

59

62

63

62

63

62

1650

53

55

59

63

63

63

64

62

1660

54

56

60

63

64

64

64

63

1670

54

56

61

64

65

64

65

64

1680

55

57

61

65

65

65

65

65

1690

55

57

62

65

66

66

66

65

1700

56

58

63

66

67

67

67

66

1710

56

59

64

66

68

67

67

67

1720

57

59

64

67

68

66

68

67

1730

58

60

65

68

69

69

69

68

1740

58

61

66

68

70

69

69

69

1750

59

61

66

69

71

70

70

69

1760

59

62

67

70

71

71

71

70

1770

60

62

68

70

72

72

71

71

1780

60

63

69

71

73

72

72

71

1790

61

64

69

72

73

73

73

72

1800

61

64

70

72

74

74

73

73

1810

62

65

71

73

75

75

74

73

1820

62

66

72

74

76

75

74

74

1830

63

66

72

74

76

76

75

75

1840

64

67

73

75

77

77

76

75

1850

64

68

74

75

78

77

76

76

1860

65

68

74

76

78

78

77

77

1870

65

69

75

77

79

79

78

77

1880

66

69

76

77

80

80

78

78

1890

66

70

77

78

81

80

79

79

1900

67

71

77

79

81

81

80

79

1910

67

71

78

79

82

82

80

80

1920

68

72

79

80

83

82

81

81

1930

68

73

79

81

83

83

81

82

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.

Height and Weight Standards for Females:

Height in Centimetres ( without shoes)

Weights (Kgs)

-

18 years

20 years

30 years

148

39

41

43

150

40

42

43.5

153

42

43.5

45

155

43

44

46

158

45

46

48

160

46

47

49

163

47

48

51

165

49

51

53

168

50

52

54


CDS Other Physical Standards

Other Physical Standards for Army, Navy, and Air Force: 

Other than heights and weight ratio, there are several physical criteria which candidates should meet to prove their physical fitness:

Visual Standards: 

UPSC has specified three types of visual standards for all academies: 

For IMA and OTA: 

  • Uncorrected vision(max allowed) - 6/60 &6/60 

  • BCVA - Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6

  • Myopia - < -3.50 D Sph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl) 

  • Hypermetropia - <+3.50 DSph ( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl) 

  • Lasik/equivalent surgery - Permitted

  • Colour perception: CP II 

Male

Female

Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/12

Vision(corrected) better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/12

Myopia of not more than minus 3.5 D

Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D

Manifest hypermetropia should be less than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Manifest hypermetropia should be less than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism.

 For Naval Candidates:

  • Uncorrected without glasses: 6/12, 6/12 

  • Corrected with glasses: 6/6, 6/6 

  • Limits of Myopia: -1.5D

  • Limits of Hypermetropia : +1.5D 

  • Binocular Vision: III 

  • Limits of Colour Perception: I

For Air Force : 

Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force.

Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other correctable to 6/6 only.

Hypermetropia Colour vision CP-1 :

  • Hypermetropia: +2.0 d Sph 

  • Manifest Myopia : Nil 

  • Retinoscopic Myopia : –0.5 in any meridian 

  • Astigmatism : +0.75 D Cyl (with + 2.0 D- Max)

Maddox Rod Test:

  •  at 6 meters :

  1. Exo-6 prism D

  2. Eso-6 prism D

  3.  Hyper-1 prism D

  4. Hypo-1prism D 

  •  at 33 cms :

  1. Exo-16 prism D 

  2. Eso-6 prism D 

  3. Hyper-1 prism D

  4. Hypo-1 prism D

* Lasik/equivalent surgery: 

Candidates who have undergone any kerato-refractive procedures are required to show certificate/ operative notes from medical centre specified the date, type of surgery and procedure.) The candidates also keep the additional criteria to be made FIT: 

  • Age more than 20 yrs at the time of surgery.

  • Minimum 12 months post LASIK

  • Central corneal thickness equal to or more than 450 µ 

  • Axial length by IOL Master equal to or less than 26 mm 

  • Residual refraction of less than or equal to +/- 1.0 D incl cylinder, (provided acceptable in the category applied for). 

  • Normal healthy retina. 

  • Corneal topography and ectasia markers can also be included as additional criteria. 


Hearing Standards for Air Force:

Hearing Standards for Air Force:

Conditions related to ear and hearing standards are: 

  1.  Speech test: Free Field hearing loss is a cause for rejection. Any reduction of less than 600 cm in CV/FW is not acceptable. 

  2. Audiometric Test: Audiometric loss should not be greater than 20 dB, in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. On the recommendation of an ENT Specialist, an isolated unilateral hearing loss up to 30 db may be condoned provided ENT examination is otherwise normal. 

  3. A radical/modified radical mastoidectomy entails rejection even if completely epithelialized and good hearing is preserved. Cases of cortical mastoidectomy in the past with the tympanic membrane intact, normal hearing and presenting no evidence of disease may be accepted. 

  4. Cases of chronic otitis externa accompanied by exostoses or unduly narrow meatii will be rejected. Exaggerated tortuosity of the canal, obliterating the anterior view of the tympanic membrane will be a cause for rejection.

  5. Tympanoplasty Type I is acceptable twelve weeks after surgery, provided ear clearance test in altitude chamber is normal. The following middle ear conditions will entail rejection:- 

  1. Attic, central or marginal perforation. 

  2. Tympanic membrane scar with marked retraction.

  3. Tympanoplasty Type II onward but not type I. 

  4. Calcareous plaques (tympanosclerosis) if occupying more than 1/3 of pars tensa. 

  5. Middle ear infection. 

  6. Granulation or polyp in the external auditory canal. 

  7. Stapedectomy operation. 

  8. Otosclerosis 

  9. Meniere’s disease

  10. Vestibular dysfunction including nystagmus of vestibular origin.

  11. Bell’s palsy following ear infection. 


Spinal Conditions for Air Force

Spinal Conditions for Air Force :

Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected during the medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service. 

  1. Granulomatous disease of the spine

  2. Arthritis/Spondylosis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint diseases

  • Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.)

  • Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis.

  1.  Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis/spondylosis

  2.  Compression fracture of vertebrae

  3. Scheuermann’s disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)

  4. Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.

  5.  Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with a demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.

Physical Conditioning:

Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine:

  • Running: 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes

  • Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each

  • Chin-ups: Min. 8

  • Rope Climbing: 3 to 4 meters

  • Skipping

Dental conditions:- 

Conditions related to Dental standards and problems for CDS candidates are: 

  1. Incipient pathological conditions of the jaws, which are known to be

progressive or recurrent. 

  1. Significant jaw discrepancies between upper and lower jaw which may

hamper efficient mastication and/or speech will be a cause for rejection.

  1. Symptomatic Temporo-Mandibular Joint has clicking and tenderness is subject to rejection. 

  1. A mouth opening of less than 30 mm measured at the incisal edges, Dislocation

of the TMJ on wide opening.

  1.  All potentially cancerous conditions.

  1.  Clinical diagnosis for submucous fibrosis with or without restriction

of mouth opening.

  1. Poor oral health status in the form of gross visible calculus, periodontal

pockets and/or bleeding from gums.

  1.  Loose teeth: More than two mobile teeth will render the candidate unfit.

  1. Cosmetic or post-traumatic maxillofacial surgery/trauma will be

UNFIT for at least 24 weeks from the date of surgery/injury whichever is later.

  1. If malocclusion of teeth is hampering efficient mastications maintenance of oral hygiene or general nutrition or performance of duties efficiently. 

Chest Conditions:-

Tuberculosis, or evidence of tuberculosis, lesions of lungs, heart, musculoskeletal lesions of the chest wall are subject to reject.

Abdomen and Genitor-urinary System: Problems like Hernia, undescended testis, varicocele, organomegaly, solitary kidney, horseshoe kidney & cysts in the kidney/liver, Gall bladder stones, renal and ureteric stones, lesions/deformities of urogenital organs, piles, sinuses and lymphadenitis/pathy can make a candidate rejected on medical grounds. 

Nervous system:- 

Tremors, and speech impediments, as well as imbalance, are not allowed.

Skin Problems: Vitiligo, haemangiomas, warts, corns, dermatitis, skin infections

growths and hyperhidrosis are not allowed. 

Other Important Facts: 

The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Army and Navy:

  1.  Granulomatous disease of spine.

  2. Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis & allied disorders and ankylosing spondylitis

  3. Scoliosis more than 100 degree as measured by Cobb's method.

  4. More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.

  5. Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis.

  6. Herniated nucleus pulposus.

  7. Compression fracture of Vertebra.

  8. Sacralisation Disease.

  9. Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.

  10. Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level.

  11.  Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.

  12. Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.

  13. Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5.

  14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist


General Guidelines of Medical standards

General Guidelines of Medical standards:

 To be “Medically fit” person, candidates have to be in good physical and mental health. They also need to free from any kind of disease or syndrome. In the following paragraphs, the detail guidelines of Medical standards for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA: 

  1. The candidate also should be free of any medical conditions which leads them to visit medical facilities or use of any aid/drugs.

  2.  There should be no proof of a weak constitution, imperfect development of any system, any congenital deformities/ diseases/syndrome, or malformation. 

  3. No swelling/s including tumours/cyst/swollen lymph node/s anywhere on the body will be allowed. 

  4.  No sinus/es or fistula/es anywhere on the body will be considered as good health.

  5.  No hyper or hypopigmentation or any other disease/syndrome/disability of the skin. 

  6. No hernia anywhere on the body. 

  7. No scars which can impair the functioning and cause significant disfigurement.

  8. No arterio-venous malformation anywhere in/on the body.

  9. No malformation of the head and face including asymmetry, deformity from fracture or depression of the bones of the skull; or scars indicating old operative interference and malformation like sinuses and fistulae etc. 

  10. No impairment of vision including colour perception and field of vision. 

  11. No hearing impairment, deformities/disabilities in-ears vestibule-cochlear system

  12. No impediment of speech due to any aetiology. 

  13. No disease/disability/ congenital anomaly/syndrome of the bones or cartilages of the nose, or palate, nasal polyps, or disease of the nasopharynx, uvula, and accessory sinuses. There should be no nasal deformity and no features of chronic tonsillitis. 

  14.  No disease /syndrome/disability of the throat, palate tonsils or gums, or any disease or injury affecting the normal function of either mandibular joint. 

  15. No disease /syndrome/disability of the heart and blood vessels including congenital, genetic, organic incl hypertension, and conduction disorders. 

  16. No evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis or previous history of this disease or any other disease /syndrome/disability chronic disease of the lungs and chest including allergies /immunological conditions, connective tissue disorders, musculoskeletal deformities of chest.

  17. No disease of the digestive system including any abnormality of the liver, pancreas including endocrine, congenital, hereditary or genetic diseases /syndromes and disabilities. 

  18. No diseases/syndrome/disability of any endocrine system, reticuloendothelial system. 

  19. No diseases/syndrome/disability of genito-urinary system including malformations, atrophy/hypertrophy of any organ or gland. 

  20. No active, latent or congenital venereal disease. 

  21. No history or evidence of mental disease, epilepsy, incontinence of urine or enuresis. 

  22. No disease/deformity/syndrome of the musculoskeletal system and joints incl skull, spine and limbs. 

  23. There is no congenital or hereditary disease/ syndrome/disability. 

The following ocular diseases will make a candidate unfit :

  • Ptosis.

  • Corneal Opacity.

  • Pterygium.

  • Lenticular opacity.

  • Uveitis.

  • Nystagmus.

  • Entropion/Ectropion.

  • Squint.

  • Night blindness.

  • Retinal lesions.

  • Naso-Lacrimal occlusion. 

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CDS 2020 Number of Vacancies:

CDS 2020: Number of Vacancies:

The total amount of vacancies that UPSC is offering through CDS 2020 Exam is 418. the vacancies are divided as per the academies and there are reservations for the NCC certificate holders. 

Name of Course

Number of Vacancies (tentative)

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 150th (DE) Course commencing in January 2021 [including 13 vacancies reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Army Wing) holders]

100

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala — Course commencing in January 2021 Executive (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC

 Special entry ) holders ].

45

Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in January 2021 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course. [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’ Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry]

32

Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 113th SSC (Men) Course NT) commencing in April 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men) (NT) UPSC, (ii) 05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 Non-UPSC and (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry Non-UPSC].

225

Officers Training Academy, Chennai—27th 16 SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April 2021. 

16

Total

418

Caution related to preference:

  1. Since female aspirants are only eligible for OTA, they should give OTA as their only preference. 

  2.  Candidates whose first choice AFA(Air Force Academy), should indicate it as the first choice because they have to be administered Computer Pilot Selection System(CPSS) or AF Medicals at Central Establishment/Institute of Aviation Medicine. Preference for AFA as second or third will be treated as invalid. 

  3.  No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a candidate in his/her application will be entertained by the Commission. 


Caution related to Reservation: 

  1.  NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) holders may also compete for the vacancies in the Short Service Commission Course but since there is no reservation of vacancies for them in this course, they will be treated as general candidates.

  2. Candidates who are yet to pass NCC ‘C’ Certificate examination, are also eligible to compete for them reserved vacancies. But they will be required to submit the proof of passing the NCC ‘C’ Certificate. 

  3. Candidates should not have been discharged from the NCC for more than 24 months for IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force Academy.

Candidates are firmly advised to go through a medical checkup that includes the above-mentioned conditions. Information related to CDS eligibility 2020 will be needed to be entered on the CDS 2020 Application Form. proofs entered in the CDS Application form will be verified during the SSB interview or personality test. Anything falsified or incorrect documents will be taken under legal actions. 


CDS Eligibility FAQs

CDS 2020 Eligibility FAQs:

Question: Can 12th pass apply for CDS?

Ans. You are not eligible to join CDS after 12th as the minimum academic qualification for CDS is Graduation. 

Question: Can women apply for CDS? 

Ans. Yes, women can apply for CDS Exam, but they are eligible to join OTA only. They are then allotted SSC(Short Service Commission) in the non-technical cadre.

Question: What is the age limit of CDS?

Ans. The minimum age required is 19 years. The maximum age allowed is 24 for IMA and INA, 23 for AFA, and 25 for OTA. 

Question: How many attempts are there for the CDS exam?

Ans. Though the age limit and marital conditions have been specified by the conducting body, there is no limit for the number of attempts. A candidate can apply for this exam till the age limit exceeds. 

Ques. I am 22-year-old male and I am married. Can I apply for the Indian Naval Academy?

Ans. No, you cannot apply for the Indian Naval Academy. Though age-wise you are eligible but to appear for INA you have to be unmarried.

Ques. I have done graduation in Computer Science. Am I eligible to appear for the Indian Naval Academy?

Ans. No, you are not eligible to appear for INA. Candidate must hold a degree in engineering to be eligible for the INA exam.

Ques. I am 20 years female candidate. I have remarried after my divorce. Can I apply for OTA?

Ans. You are not eligible for OTA. To be eligible for OTA, the divorcee should not be remarried after the divorce. 

Ques. What if a candidate wears spectacles on a regular basis. Will they be considered for CDS 2020?

Ans. Candidates who wear spectacles are eligible for other CDS category except for Air Force. For Air Force, you must not be wearing spectacles habitually.

Ques. What physical activities can be done, so as to clear the CDS physical round?

Ans. In order to be physically fit for CDS 2020, follow the below-mentioned routine: 

  • Run 2 to 4 km in 15 minutes
  • Do Pushups & Sit-ups, minimum of 20 each
  • Do Chin ups, minimum 8
  • Climb rope (3 to 4 meters)

Ques. What conditions will be disqualified in the X Ray exam of Army and Navy?

Ans. List of conditions that will be disqualified is: Granulomatous,  Arthritis, Scoliosis, More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis, Spondylolisthesis,  Herniated nucleus pulposes, Compression fracture of Vertebra, Sacralisation Disease, Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit, Presence of Schmorl's node at more than one level, Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies, Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral, Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5, Any other abnormality, if so considered by the specialist.

Ques. Is there a 60% criteria for CDS?

Ans. There is no marks criteria for applying for the CDS exam. The only educational qualification required is a graduation degree from any discipline. You can check the educational CDS eligibility criteria in detail here.

Ques. What are the physical requirements for CDS?

Ans. There are very specific BMI, height, weight, waist-hip proportion, eyesight, hearing standards, and list of undesirable medical conditions for both female and male candidates in CDS. Based on age, the relevant height and weight requirements are determined.

A few criteria include less than 20% body fat percentage, BMI below 25, waist circumference should be below 90cm for male and 80 cm for females and so on. You can check the entire physical requirement for CDS here.

Ques. What is the age required for CDS OTA for females?

Ans. The female candidates should be between 19-25 years for OTA. For more details related to age limit and relaxation for CDS, you can check here.

Ques. Can a final year student apply for CDS?

Ans. Yes, a final year student can also apply for CDS provided you are graduating before the exam application procedure begins. Also, a proof of qualifying the degree has to be submitted to be considered for the position.

Ques. Can I take the CDS exam after class 12?

Ans. CDS is a graduation level exam and hence cannot be applied for after class 12.

Ques. What is the medical fitness required for CDS?

Ans. Common medical issues that a candidate must get tested for before appearing for the SSB interview include ear wax, deviated nasal septum, gynaecomastia, phimosis, overweight/underweight etc. there are many other medical fitness related issues too which you should get test for and you can find the details here.

Ques. What is the age limit of girls for the CDS exam?

Ans. For women, the age limit is between 19-25 years for the CDS Exam.

Ques. Is it necessary to qualify for CDS 1 before CDS 2?

Ans. No- CDS 1 and CDS 2 are the same exam which are conducted every year. CDS exam is conducted twice every year and the candidate has to qualify it once to be considered for recruitment.

Ques. Can a graduate soldier apply for CDS?

Ans. Yes, if you meet all the CDS eligibility criteria, you can apply for the exam and will be treated like any other candidate.

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

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dandapani tripathy
Hii i am a graduate and i have math and physics in 10+2. i am 24 yrs old am i eligible for Indian Airforce academy.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Dandapani, yes, you are eligible for this exam.
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marshaline
Hi mam iam completed bsc physics can i apply for cds exam
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Marshaline, yes, you can apply for CDS if you satisfy percentage criterion and ither eligibility criteria as well.
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lal mohammad khan
Is OBC certificate allowe?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Lal, no reservation is provided on the basis of caste in CDS.
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rohit
hii Mam. now i am in bsc first year so when i can apply for this exam.??
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rohit, you can apply for this exam when you are in final semester of B.Sc or after completing it.
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manjot kaur
Hlo mam, I hv done my 12 in biology.now i m in final year of chemistry ( honours) ...am i eligible for IMA or OTA ?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Manjot, yes, you can apply for IMA/OTA provided you satisfy other eligibility criteria as well as mentioned above in the article.
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rajesh kumar prajapati
Next exam kb hoga sir
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rajesh, next exam will be conducted in August or September, this year.
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jennifer pawar
Hi, I am a graduate in English (hons). Am I eligible to apply for CDS exam?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Jennifer, yes, you are eligible to appear in this exam.
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virendra verma
I am persuing my BA from IGNOU but I had done my 10 2 in science stream so can I eligible for airforce
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Virendra, yes, you are eligible to apply for this exam.
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nishu dixit
Hlw mam I have done Inter Biology. Do I have any guidelines for applying the CDS form? Will there ever be any purpose in life that I can join CDS ?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Nishu, yes, students from Biology background can also apply for this exam. But they will be able to apply only for IMA and OTA (provided they fulfill other eligibility criteria also).
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shamita
Good morning. Can I join OTA after my 12th? If eligible how can I join in OTA?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shamita, sorry but you cannot apply for CDS after 12th class. Candidates applying for this exam must have done graduation from a recognized university.