CDS 2020 Exam Centers- Check Complete List

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Oct 12, 2020

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CDS I 2020 Exam Centers: UPSC, the conducting body of the Combined Defence Services Examination (abbreviated as CDS Exam) has released a list of exam centers for CDS 2020 in its notification. There are 41 different locations where CDS will be conducted every year.

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Here are a few important highlights related to CDS Exam Centers :

  • Candidates have to enter one choice of the exam center in the CDS Application Form.
  • CDS Exam Center is allocated on first-cum-first-serve basis. There are a fixed number of candidates for each center. Once the center is filled, the center is frozen and cannot be selected in the choice.
  • This fixed number crietria is invalid for Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur.
  • The allocated exam center and its details are mentioned on the CDS Admit Card.
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CDS I 2020 will be conducted on February 2, 2020 at allocated exam centers. No request for change of CDS Exam Center 2020 will be entertained by UPSC. Candidates have to carry the following documents to the exam center on the exam day:

  • CDS Admit Card
  • Clipboard or Hardboard
  • Black Ball point pen

Allotment of CDS 2020 Exam Center

Candidates have to choose a center from the mentioned list of CDS 2020 exam centers according to their convenience. The candidates must note that the CDS 2020 test center allocation process is a first-apply-first-allot process. Every CDS 2020 Test Center will be allotted to a fixed number of candidates i.e. there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each CDS 2020 Exam Center. Once the capacity of maximum number of candidates is attained, the CDS 2020 Test City is frozen.

Candidates who don’t get a desired CDS 2020 Exam Center due to the fixed allocation, will have to choose a CDS 2020 Test City from the remaining choice of CDS 2020 Test Centers. The candidates are advised to apply early to get a CDS 2020 Exam Center of their choice. The fixed number of candidate system is not applicable on Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur.

The Union Public Service Commission reserves the rights to change the CDS Exam Centers to its discretion depending upon the situation.

Exam Center List

CDS Exam Centers List 2020

CDS 2020 is conducted in various cities across India as it is a national level examination conducted by UPSC. The candidates are required to choose one center (available at that time) according to their convenience and preference. The candidates have to mention their choice during the CDS 2020 Application Process. The table below gives the list of 41 CDS 2020 Exam Centers across India arranged alphabetically:

CDS 2020 Exam Center State CDS 2020 Exam Center State
Agartala Tripura Kohima Nagaland
Ahmedabad Gujarat Kolkata West Bengal
Aizawl Mizoram Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad Uttar Pradesh Madurai Tamil Nadu
Bengaluru Karnataka Mumbai Maharashtra
Bareilly Uttar Pradesh Nagpur Maharashtra
Bhopal Madhya Pradesh Panaji Goa
Chandigarh Chandigarh Patna Bihar
Chennai Tamil Nadu Port Blair Andaman and Nicobar Island
Cuttack Odisha Raipur Chhattisgarh
Dehradun Uttrakhand Ranchi Jharkhand
Delhi Delhi Sambalpur Odisha
Dharwad Karnataka Shillong Meghalaya
Dispur Assam Shimla Himachal Pradesh
Gangtok Sikkim Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
Imphal Manipur Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
Jaipur Rajasthan Udaipur Rajasthan
Jammu Jammu and Kashmir Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
Jorhat Assam

Cahnge in Exam Center

Change of CDS Exam Center 2020

The candidates have to choose the CDS 2020 Exam Center during the CDS 2020 Registration. Once the Application form for CDS exam is submitted or the CDS 2020 Exam Center chosen is frozen by the authority, the candidates cannot change the CDS 2020 Exam Center. However, the candidate can send a duly signed written request to the J.S. (Exam), UPSC for change of CDS 2020 Exam Center towards its consideration based on its merit. The candidates will be notified about the location of the allotted CDS 2020 Test Center in the CDS 2020 Admit Card.

The candidates must carefully make the choice of the CDS 2020 Exam Center while filling the CDS 2020 Application Form. No candidate must report to any other Test Center except the CDS 2020 Test center mentioned in the CDS 2020 Admit Card. If any candidate fails to reach the allotted CDS Test center on time or reaches a different test center for CDS exam then his/her candidature will be cancelled.

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Instructions to follow

Instructions to be followed at CDS 2020 Exam Center

The candidates are required to follow the below mentioned instructions at the allotted CDS 2020 Test center and inside the examination hall. The violation of any of the instructions given below can lead to detention from the CDS exam or cancellation of candidature.

  • The candidates are advised to reach the CDS 2020 exam center half hour before the commencement of the examination with all the required documents.
  • The candidates have to check the allotted seat/room no mentioned against their roll number from the board outside the exam center for CDS exam.
  • The candidates must not carry any unwanted and undesirable material inside the CDS 2020 exam center.
  • The candidates are not allowed to copy from any candidate’s paper or shall not allow any other candidate to copy from their papers during the examination.
  • The candidates who is found attempting any kind of unfair practice inside the examination hall will not be allowed to continue the CDS exam.
  • No candidate should misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the Examination Hall or harass the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of the examination. Any such misconduct will be severely penalized.
  • The candidates who don’t follow any of the instructions will be debarred from all future CDS exam.
  • Nothing must be written on the clipboard, brought to the CDS 2020 exam center.

Things to be carried to the CDS 2020 Exam Center

The candidates are required to carry the following documents to the CDS 2020 Exam Center:

  • CDS 2020 Admit Card
  • Clip Board/Hard Board
  • Good quality Black Ball point pen

No other paper must be carried to the CDS 2020 Exam Center. The Answer sheet and sheet for rough work will be provided by the invigilator during the CDS exam.

Things not permitted inside CDS 2020 Exam Center

The candidates must not carry any of the following things to the CDS 2020 Exam Center:

  • Books, notes, log tables, mathematical and drawing instruments, loose sheets or any kind of unwanted paper is not permitted inside the center.
  • Any electronic device such as electronic calculators, mobile phones, Bluetooth, pagers or any other communication are strictly prohibited inside the CDS 2020 Exam Center.
  • Rough sheets, Test Booklets, slide rules or stencils of maps are also not permitted inside the examination hall.
  • The candidates are advised not to carry any communication device at the exam venue for CDS 2020 of their interest (mobile phones, Bluetooth etc.) as there are no arrangements for safekeeping of such devices at the CDS 2020 test center.
  • No costly item should be carried as the safety of the items will not be ensured by the center authorities or UPSC. They won’t be responsible for loss of any item.

Breaching of Examination Rules for CDS 2020

The candidates who are declared guilty by the commission of the following, will be strictly penalized by the Commission:

  • The candidates who are found impersonating or procure impersonation by any person will be punished severely.
  • The candidates must not submit any false/tampered documents.
  • The candidates must not obtain any support for his/her candidature by any means.
  • Using any kind of unfair means during the examination are prohibited.
  • The candidates can be penalized on account of writing irrelevant matter (obscene language or pornographic matter)
  • Misbehavior with anyone inside the examination is punishable
  • Harassment or any bodily harm to the staff employed by the commission at the CDS 2020 exam center
  • Possessing or using mobile phones, pager or any electronic/communication device inside the examination hall.

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CDS Exam Center FAQs

Ques. Can I change my centre after submission of my application form?

Ans. Change of Exam center is discouraged by UPSC. However, written request duly signed addressing to J.S. (Exam), UPSC may be sent for change of centre request towards its consideration based on its merit.

Ques. What do I need to carry at the CDS Exam Center 2020?

Ans. Things to be carried at the exam center are : CDS Admit card, black ball point pen, Identity proof.

Ques. How many choices can I enter for Exam center and will my exam be conducted at same center that I choose?

Ans. Only one choice of CDS Exam Center has to be entered in the application form. It is not compulsory that same center to be allocated as it depends upon the total choices made by the candidates and UPSC reserves all rights to change the exam center if needed.

Ques. Can I carry calculator in the examination?​

Ans. No Calculators are strictly prohibited in the CDS exam center 2020. Any kind of electronic device like mobile phones, pager, calculator are not allowed to be carried.

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


omkar shivaji yelave
Can a bachelor in account and finance student can apply for IMA ?
arvind kumar

Hi Omkar, you can apply for IMA once you fulfill the elibility criteria. For details visit: CDS eligibility

sakshi singh
are we eligible for cds if we are doing graduation in foreign county?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sakshi, no, students doing graduation from any of the foreign countries is not eligible to apply for CDS.
nonil athokpam
Can I change my exam location
sakshi garg expert
Hi Nonil, No, you can not change the exam location.