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Eligibility Criteria For CDS – 1 2020 & CDS – 2 2020 Exams

  • The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.
  • Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.
  • Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents will be taken up only after the candidate has qualified for interview/Personality Test.

However, if on verification at any time before or after the written examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.


  • Candidates applying for UPSC CDS exam 2020 must be the citizen of India, or
  • Candidates from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugee, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfilment eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India.
Educational Qualification, Age Limit, Sex and Mariatal Status is mentioned below:


Age Limit


Marital Status

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

19 to 24 years

Degree from recognized university or equivalent


Indian Naval Academy (NA)

19 to 24 years

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution


Air Force Academy (AFA)

20 to 24 years

Degree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering


Officers' Training Academy (OTA - Men)

19 to 25 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried and Married

Officers Training Academy (OTA - Women, Non-Technical)

19 to 25 years

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent

Unmarried, Widow and Divorcee


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Ragini Joshi


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