UPSC Recruitment 2020 - Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2021

Last Updated: 29-Oct, 2020

UPSC Recruitment 2020

Union Public Service Commission - UPSC Recruitment 2021 notification has been issued for filling 345 vacancies of the Combined Defence Service Examination (I) 2021 including SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course. Eligibility conditions, Academy-wise UPSC CDS Vacancy details, Method of application, Selection Procedure and all other details of this UPSC Exam 2021 have been explained below in detail.

Interested candidates may apply for this UPSC CDS 2021 through online mode from 28 Oct 2020 to 17 Nov 2020.

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Important Dates

Start Date

28-Oct, 2020

Last Date

17-Nov, 2020

Last Date for Payment of Fee by Challan

16-Nov, 2020

Date of Written Exam

07-Feb, 2021

Details of UPSC CDS-I Exam 2021





Selection Process

Written Exam
SSB Interview

UPSC CDS-I Exam 2021


  • For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai: Degree of a recognised University
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognised University
  • For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering


  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun— 100
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—26
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—32
  • Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) (Men)—170
  • Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) (Women)—17


  • For I.M.A. and for Indian Naval Academy: Born between 02-01-1998 and 01-01-2003
  • For Air Force Academy: 20 - 24 Years of age (Born between 02-01-1998 and 01-01-2002)
  • For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Course for men): unmarried male candidates born between 02-01-1997 and 01-01-2003
  • For Officers' Training Academy—(SSC Women Non-Technical Course): unmarried female candidates / issue less widows born between 02-01-1997 and 01-01-2003


  • After training candidates will be placed in the rank of Lieutenant and the pay scale will be ₹ 56,100 - 1,77,500/-

UPSC CDS 2021 Selection procedure

    Selection for this posts will be made on the basis of Written exam and SSB Interview.
Application fee for UPSC CDS 2021
Female / SC / ST - No Fee
All other candidates - ₹ 200/-
How To Pay Application Fee

Application fee for this UPSC CDS 2021 can be paid 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.

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How to apply for UPSC CDS 2021?
  • Step 1: Access UPSC Official website - www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Step 3: After that click "Click Here for PART I" given for "Combined Defence Services Examination (I)"
  • Step 4: Follow the guidelines given in the official UPSC Recruitment 2020 notification and fill the online application form
  • NOTE: Read the official UPSC CDS 2021 Exam notification carefully before you fill the online application form

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