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UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2020 (I) (latest) – Written Exam, Personality Test


UPSC CDS Exam 2020 (I) Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2020 (I) has been announced.  According to the official notification released by the UPSC-Union Public Service Commission the UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2020 will be held on 02nd February 2020. The registration for the same has started on upsc.gov.in.

The last date to apply for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 is 19th November 2019 till 06:00 PM

UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2020 will be conducted as:

  1. Written examination
  2. Interview for intelligence and personality test (vide Part ‘B’ of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called for interview at one of the Services Selection Centres.

The Written Exam Pattern UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2020

  • For examination to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy –


English –     2 hour exam for 100 marks

General Knowledge – 2 hour exam for 100 marks

Elementary Mathematics – 2 hour exam for 100 marks

  • For Admission to Officers Training Academy


English – 2 hours exam for 100 marks  

General Knowledge 2 hours exam for 100 marks

The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively

All subject papers will have objective type questions

Also See : UPSC CDS Exam Syllabus 2020

The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English

Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them

Only questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures will be set in the question papers, wherever necessary

Also See: Indian Army Entrance Exams – Latest Notifications

The UPSC has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination

The candidates are not permitted to use calculator for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). Calculators will not be allowed in the examination hall.

Intelligence and Personality Test: UPSC CDS Exam (I) 2020

There are two stages for the SSB procedure

Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.

Stage I

    • This consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT).
  • The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP and DT.

Stage II

    • Interview
    • Group Testing Officer Tasks
    • Psychology Tests
  • Conference

These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

Exam centres:

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur And Visakhapatnam.

Also  see: UPSC Exam Eligibility Conditions 2020 


13 Responses to “UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2020 (I) (latest) – Written Exam, Personality Test”

  1. Dr.Anand Bandi says:

    It will be good for the candidates, if be uploaded the sample question papers.

  2. amit sangwan says:

    i want total guidnce for all exam related to defance . . Thx

  3. Manu Choudhary says:

    i want to know about CDS exam.

  4. Manu Choudhary says:


  5. Kamble parashram siddapa says:

    I want total guidence for all exam to defance

  6. tukaram chavan says:

    i want to join the IMA

  7. tukaram chavan says:

    i wann join IMA

  8. Avinash Kolte says:


  9. poja rao says:

    i am fencing player.i wants to join ota. Is there any special place for sports

  10. k rajesh Kumar says:

    Would know about 2015 CDS exam paper which more beneficial for us to distinguished of 2016 and 2016.. Because I had yester made exam which is as I rate my efforts good but element mathmatric gone worse fro me so could anyone help me to bring a 2015 paper of CDS 2

  11. Jatinder says:

    Hello sir my name is jatinder I am graduate in b.com and want to join army as officer rank so plz give me any advice

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