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UPSC CDS I & II 2020 Exam Pattern Answer Key Result Exam Date Syllabus: UPSC conduct the CDS (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES) Exam Two times in every year CDS I in the month of December/January and CDS II in the month of Augest/September. CDS 2020 is best opportunity to candidate after completing his graduation.

UPSC CDS I & II requirement done in Three Stages :

1. Written Examination

2. Intelligence and Personality Test

3. Physical & Medical Efficiency Test

CDS Examination Pattern

  For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:

Sr. No. Subject Max Marks No. Of Questions Time Duration
I English 100 120 2 Hours
II General Knowledge 100 120 2 Hours
III Elementary Mathematics 100 100 2 Hours

  For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :

Sr. No. Subject Max Marks No. Of Questions Time Duration
I English 100 120 2 Hours
II General Knowledge 100 120 2 Hours

CDS 2020 Intelligence and Personality Test

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are :

(a) Stage I comprises 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&DT.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website   joinindianarmy.nic.in .

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.


Sr. No. Army Navy AirForce Minimum Reckonable Commissioned Service required for Substantive Promotion
1. Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Flying Officer On Commission
2. Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant 02 Years
3. Major Lt. Commander Squadron Leader 06 years
4. Lieutenant Colonel Commander Wing Commander 13 Years
5. Colonel(Selection) Captain (Selection) Group Captain (Selection) On Selection
6. Colonel (Time Scale) Captain (Time Scale) Group Captain (Time Scale) 26 Years
7. Brigadier Commodore Air Commodore On Selection
8. Major General Rear Admiral Air Vice Marshal On Selection
9. Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Air Marshal On Selection
10. General Admiral Air Chief Marshal On Selection

Retirement Benefits

Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

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