CDS 2020 Exam Dates: Check Important Dates by UPSC

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Oct 12, 2020

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UPSC has released the registration and exam dates for CDS 2020. The exam is scheduled twice in a year, the details of both the exams are listed in this article.

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  • CDS Exam (session 1) is scheduled for February 2, 2020.
  • The Registration window for CDS II 2020 will be open from August 5, 2020 to August 25, 2020. Check CDS Form Correction
  • CDS II exam is scheduled for November 8, 2020.
  • The admit card for CDS I 2020 can be downloaded from the official website of UPSC, no hardcopies will be provided.
  • Result for CDS I will be declared in the month of May 2020.
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Check the following article for a detailed schedule of CDS (I) and CDS (II) Exam Dates

CDS I Dates

CDS I Exam Dates 2020

UPSC has released the official notification for CDS 2020. But, the schedule for the examination will be published shortly at 

Events CDS I 2020
Release of UPSC CDS Notification October 30, 2019
Availability of CDS Application Form October 30 – November 19, 2019
Issue of CDS Admit Card January 2020
CDS 2020 Exam Date February 2, 2020
Declaration of CDS 2020 Results  May 2020
CDS II Dates

CDS II Exam Dates 2020

Events CDS II 2020
Release of UPSC CDS Notification August 5, 2020
Availability of CDS Application Form August 5 – August 25, 2020
Issue of CDS Admit Card October 2020
CDS 2020 Exam Date November 8, 2020
Declaration of CDS 2020 Results  December 2020

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Exam Pattern

About CDS Exam Pattern 2020

Given below are highlights for the paper pattern of the competitive examination.

Mode of Exam Offline only
Number of Questions asked 300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA 200 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks 300 and 200 (OTA)
Duration of Exam 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper
Medium Hindi or English
Negative marking 1/3rd mark deducted for each incorrect response

Check detailed CDS Syllabus

CDS Exam Dates FAQs

Ques.When can I submit online application for a particular examination? Can I apply any time during the year for a particular examination?

Ans. Candidate can apply for the examination only whithin the time frame notified by the conducting body. The complete and detailed information is available on Commission's website

Ques. When is the CDS exam result declared?​

Ans. CDS result is declared within 2 months of examination is held. Result for CDS I 2020 is expected to be declared in May 2020.

Ques.How many times CDS exam is conducted in a year?

Ans. CDS examination is conducted twice a year i.e. CDS I in the month of February and CDS II in the month of November.

Ques.I got Blank / Zero Registration No. after submission of my online application form. What should I do?

Ans. If you donot receive the registration number, this may mean that the application has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply afresh.​

Ques.How long is the Registration window open for CDS?

Ans. The Registration window is generally open for 20-25 days. Applicants should not wait for last minute rush, instead apply in the initial days of application release.

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


monika bagoria
Hello sir I am final year student of bsc biology can i applyfor this exam
arvind kumar

Hi Monika, you can apply for CDS exam once you complete your graduation. For more details visit: CDS eligibilty

Hello sir, I am doing my graduation in Bsc agriculture . I am in final semester now .can I apply for CDS exam ....?
arvind kumar

Hi Pavan, you can apply for CDS exam after your graduation. For details visit: CDS eligibilty

rigzin angmo
Hlo. I am in final year only 1 semester left to complete my graduation... Will you please guide. Me what to do after graduation for OTA...
arvind kumar

Hi Rigzin, you can give the exam after graduation. For more details click here.

shalini bisht
Hi, I'm female, February 1995 born. Can I apply for cds ota exam??
arvind kumar

Hi Shalini, yes you can apply if you fulfill the eligibilty criteria. For more details visit: CDS exam eligibility

deepak deshwal
hi , i am in final year of .my last 3 exam remaning , can i apply CDS exam , when will next date of cds exam ?
arvind kumar

Hi Deepak, You can apply for CDS Exam after graduation. For more details visit: CDS eligibility.

I have clear Msc biotechnology. My DOB -17-12-96. Can I am apply CDS exam.? Please reply
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Kusumlata, yes, you are eligible to apply for this exam.
shivali gaur
hello sir,My D.O.B is 12-december-1996 and i want to apply want to ssc non tech entry ota chennai,and i m persuing mba am i eligible sir..pls guide me....
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Hello sir. My DOB is 25 Dec, 1995 and i am looking forward to apply for SSC Non Tech Entry OTA Chennai. I have completed B.Tech in mechanical with 58.41 percentile. Am I Eligible Sir?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hello, yes, you are eligible to apply for this exam as per your age. However, you may check other eligibility criteria of this exam from here: CDS Eligibility Criteria

khushboo gauttam
Hi sir i am 2 yr student of bsc maths can i apply for this exam
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Khushboo, sorry but you are not eligible for this exam as only those candidates who are either in final year of their graduation or have completed it are eligible only.
sir i,m 3rd yrs. student in BE cin i apply for this now becoz i want to try for this once before i completing my degree...
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Kanu, no, you cannot apply for this exam in third year. Candidates who are in last year of their graduation degree are eligible for this exam. You can check other Eligibility Criteria for CDS from here.