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CDS 2020-21 Registration, Application Form: How to Apply Online for CDS 1

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the CDS application form 2021 on October 28, 2020. Interested candidates fill the application form till November 17. The facility to withdraw the CDS application form will be made available after the closure of the application process.

The application fees can be paid both online and offline. The application fees are Rs 200 for General and OBC male candidates while Female, SC, ST candidates are exempted from fee payment. Read below more details on CDS application form 2021.

UPSC had announced CDS registration dates 2021. The table below contains CDS dates 2021 related to the registration process.

CDS 1 2021 Registration EventsCDS 1 2021 Registration Dates
Release of notification28-Oct-2020
Registration begins28-Oct-2020
Last date of registration17-Nov-2020
Withdrawal of application formTo be notified
Exam date07-Feb-2021
CDS 2 2021 registration EventsCDS 2 2021 application Dates
Release of notification04-Aug-2021
Last date to apply24-Aug-2021
Online application form withdrawal facilityTo be notified
Exam date14-Nov-2021

CDS application form can be filled in two stages: Part I & II. In Part I of registration, candidates are required to fill the basic information. In Part 2, candidates need to pay the application fees, select the exam centre, upload photograph, signature, photo identity card document and declaration. The steps to fill both the parts of the application form are explained below: 

  • Visit the official website upsc.gov.in
  • Click the Part-I link to register for the CDS exam
  • Enter personal details, address and educational qualification to apply online for CDS
  • Candidates are also required to choose their preferred branch
  • Verify the details before submitting the registration form
  • On successful registration, the registration ID will be generated

Candidates need to login with the generated registration ID to fill the details in Part-II of CDS application form.

Fee payment: Applicants can pay the examination fee through cash/credit card/debit card or net banking. The fee structure is given below.

CategoryApplication fees (In Rs)
General and OBC male candidates200
Female/SC/ST candidatesNil

Selection of CDS exam centres: Candidates need to choose their preferred CDS exam centres while filling the CDS application 2021. Candidates are provided with the option of choosing one exam centre. The exam centres are allotted on first-apply-first-allot basis.

Image uploading: Candidates need to upload the scanned images of their photograph and signature. The images should not exceed 300 kb and must not be less than 20 kb.

Submit the application form and take its printout

Before filling CDS application form, candidates must keep the following documents ready. 

  • Marksheet of Class 10 and 12
  • Admit card of Class 10 
  • One photo-identity proof (Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government)
  • Bank details to pay the fees online for CDS 2021
  • The scanned photograph should be uploaded first in JPG format.
  • The digital size of the file should not exceed 300 kb and must not be less than 20 kb. The resolution should be 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) minimum, 1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height) maximum. The bit depth of the image should be 24 bit. 
  • The photo identity card document should be in PDF format. The digital size of PDF file should not exceed 300 kb and must not be less than 20 kb. 
  • Candidates are required to pay the application fee online through SBI Net banking or by cash through SBI bank challan or through credit card/debit card.
  • To pay a fee in cash, candidates should take the printout of challan generated online after completion of registration. 
  • Candidates need to go to the nearest SBI branch for depositing fee after 24 hours of generation of challan
  • Pay by cash mode option is deactivated a day before the exam. However, applicants who have generated their Pay-in-slip before it is de-activated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during the working hours on the closing date of application.
  • Candidates must go through the instructions carefully before filling up the request for withdrawal of the application
  • The withdrawal facility is available for candidates who do not want to appear in the exam
  • Candidates are advised to provide the registration ID of the registered application. There is no provision for the withdrawal of incomplete applications
  • Before making requests for withdrawal, candidates must ensure that they have access to the mobile number and email ID which were provided by them at the time of filling the application form
  • Separate OTPs will be sent to the candidate’s registered mobile number and email ID. Requests for withdrawal will only be processed after validating the OTPs
  • Once the request for online withdrawal of the application is accepted, candidates must print the authenticated receipt
  • Once the application has been withdrawn by candidates, it cannot be revived
  • The fees will not be refunded to candidates
  • On successful completion of the withdrawal of the application, an auto-generated email and SMS will be sent on the candidate’s registered email id and mobile number

CDS eligibility criteria are different for different defence academies. The basic educational qualification prescribed for the exam is graduation. The minimum age of candidates should be 19 years. Read More on CDS eligibility criteria 2021.

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