CDS 1 2020 Notification [Eligibility, Vacancies & Exam Date]

UPSC will release the notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination 1 2020 (CDS Exam I 2020) on 30 October 2019. UPSC CDS Exam is held for recruiting candidates for course conducted by IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.

CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :

(i) For Indian Military Academy — Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1997 and not later than 1st Jan, 2002 only are eligible.

(ii) For Indian Naval Academy — Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1997 and not later than 1st Jan, 2002 only are eligible.

(iii) For Air Force Academy — 20 to 24 years as on 1st July, 2020 i.e. born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1997 and not later than 1st Jan, 2001. However Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. That is born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1995 and not later than 1st Jan, 2001) only are eligible.

(iv) For Officers’ Training Academy — (SSC Course for men) unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd Jan, 1996 and not later than 1st Jan, 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 Jan, 1996 and not later than 1st Jan, 2002.

EDUCATION QUALIFICATION:

(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.

VACANCIES:

1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 149th (DE) Course commencing in July, 2020 ——– 100 Vacancies

2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course commencing in July, 2020 Executive (General Service)/Hydro ——— 45 Vacancies

3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying) Training Course commencing in July, 2020 i.e. No. 208 F(P) Course ——— 32 Vacancies

4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)— 112th SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in October, 2020 ——— 225 Vacancies

5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—26th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October, 2020. ——— 15 Vacancies

HOW TO APPLY:

(i) Online registration will start from 30th October 2019.

(ii) Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in

(iii) Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications will be available on the above mentioned website.

EXAM FEES:

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) 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.

IMPORTANT DATES:

(i) The Online Applications can be filled from 30th October 2019 to 19th November, 2019 till 6:00 PM.

(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.11.2019 till 6.00 PM.

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EXAM DATE:

CDS Exam is to be conducted on 2nd February 2020. Admit card will be available on the UPSC website 21 days before the exam date.