Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 - Notification UPSC Notes | EduRev

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EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.3/2020.CDS-I                                           DATED 30.10.2019 
 
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.11.2019) 
COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), 2020 
[INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] 
(Commission’s Website  http://upsc.gov.in) 
 
IMPORTANT 
 
 
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 
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. 
 
2. HOW TO APPLY 
 
2.1 Candidates are required to apply online by using the website http://upsconline.nic.in 
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the 
Appendix-II (A).  Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website. 
2.2 The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those 
candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions 
are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice. 
2.3 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter 
Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the 
State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by 
the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to 
upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online 
application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and 
the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for 
Examination/Personality Test/SSB. 
 
3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 
 
(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19
th
 November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. 
 
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 
6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is 
available at Appendix-II (B). 
 
 
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EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.3/2020.CDS-I                                           DATED 30.10.2019 
 
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.11.2019) 
COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), 2020 
[INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] 
(Commission’s Website  http://upsc.gov.in) 
 
IMPORTANT 
 
 
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 
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. 
 
2. HOW TO APPLY 
 
2.1 Candidates are required to apply online by using the website http://upsconline.nic.in 
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the 
Appendix-II (A).  Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website. 
2.2 The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those 
candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions 
are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice. 
2.3 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter 
Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the 
State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by 
the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to 
upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online 
application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and 
the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for 
Examination/Personality Test/SSB. 
 
3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 
 
(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19
th
 November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. 
 
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 
6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is 
available at Appendix-II (B). 
 
 
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4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the 
commencement of the examination.  The e-Admit Card will be made available on 
the UPSC website ( http://upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates.  No e-Admit 
Card will be sent by post.  All the applicants are required to provide valid & active 
e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use 
electronic mode for contacting them. 
 
5. PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS: 
 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers 
marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. 
 
6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates 
must use black ball pen only.  Pens with any other colour are prohibited.  Do not use 
Pencil or Ink pen.  Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in 
encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll 
Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.  
Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” 
contained in Appendix-III of the Notice. 
 
7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES: 
 
In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, 
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of 
its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 
on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. 
 
8. MOBILE PHONES BANNED: 
 
 (a)The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any 
electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, 
smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or 
related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used 
as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any 
infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban 
from future examinations. 
 (b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned 
item including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the 
examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission 
will not be responsible for any loss in this regard. 
 
CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE AT http://upsconline.nic.in ONLY. 
              NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. 
GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO HAVE A WORKFORCE WHICH REFLECTS GENDER
BALANCE AND WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 
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EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.3/2020.CDS-I                                           DATED 30.10.2019 
 
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.11.2019) 
COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), 2020 
[INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] 
(Commission’s Website  http://upsc.gov.in) 
 
IMPORTANT 
 
 
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 
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. 
 
2. HOW TO APPLY 
 
2.1 Candidates are required to apply online by using the website http://upsconline.nic.in 
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the 
Appendix-II (A).  Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website. 
2.2 The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those 
candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions 
are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice. 
2.3 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter 
Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the 
State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by 
the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to 
upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online 
application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and 
the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for 
Examination/Personality Test/SSB. 
 
3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 
 
(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19
th
 November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. 
 
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 
6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is 
available at Appendix-II (B). 
 
 
2 
 
 
4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the 
commencement of the examination.  The e-Admit Card will be made available on 
the UPSC website ( http://upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates.  No e-Admit 
Card will be sent by post.  All the applicants are required to provide valid & active 
e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use 
electronic mode for contacting them. 
 
5. PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS: 
 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers 
marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. 
 
6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates 
must use black ball pen only.  Pens with any other colour are prohibited.  Do not use 
Pencil or Ink pen.  Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in 
encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll 
Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.  
Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” 
contained in Appendix-III of the Notice. 
 
7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES: 
 
In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, 
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of 
its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 
on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. 
 
8. MOBILE PHONES BANNED: 
 
 (a)The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any 
electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, 
smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or 
related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used 
as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any 
infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban 
from future examinations. 
 (b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned 
item including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the 
examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission 
will not be responsible for any loss in this regard. 
 
CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE AT http://upsconline.nic.in ONLY. 
              NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. 
GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO HAVE A WORKFORCE WHICH REFLECTS GENDER
BALANCE AND WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 
3 
 
 
 
No.F.8/2/2019.E.I(B)—A Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 will be 
conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 2
nd
 February, 2020 for 
admission to the under mentioned courses :— 
 
Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies: 
 
1.    Indian Military Academy, Dehradun—               100  
       150
th
 (DE) Course commencing in January, 2021                         
[including 13 vacancies  reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                
Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 
 
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course                45 
 commencing in January, 2021 Executive   
 (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies  
  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC  
       Special entry ) holders ].  
 
3.  Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying)                   32  
 Training Course commencing in January, 2021                         
 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course. 
      [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                                
Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] 
 
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)—
113
th
     SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in 
April, 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men)       (NT) 
UPSC, (ii)  05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 
Non UPSC and  (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry 
Non UPSC]. 
 
                   225 
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—27
th
                                          16 
 SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course      _______ 
 commencing in April, 2021.                                                            
                                                                                                                           418 
      _______ 
                                                                                                                            
 NOTE (i) : The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be 
changed at the discretion of the Commission. 
 
NOTE (ii) : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed 
at any stage by Services H. Q. 
 
N.B. (I) (a) : A candidate is required to specify clearly in respective column of the 
Online Application the Services for which he/she wishes to be considered in the 
order of his/her preference. A male candidate is advised to indicate as many 
preferences as he wishes to, subject to the condition given at paras (b) and (c) below, 
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EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.3/2020.CDS-I                                           DATED 30.10.2019 
 
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.11.2019) 
COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), 2020 
[INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] 
(Commission’s Website  http://upsc.gov.in) 
 
IMPORTANT 
 
 
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 
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. 
 
2. HOW TO APPLY 
 
2.1 Candidates are required to apply online by using the website http://upsconline.nic.in 
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the 
Appendix-II (A).  Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website. 
2.2 The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those 
candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions 
are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice. 
2.3 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter 
Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the 
State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by 
the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to 
upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online 
application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and 
the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for 
Examination/Personality Test/SSB. 
 
3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 
 
(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19
th
 November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. 
 
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 
6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is 
available at Appendix-II (B). 
 
 
2 
 
 
4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the 
commencement of the examination.  The e-Admit Card will be made available on 
the UPSC website ( http://upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates.  No e-Admit 
Card will be sent by post.  All the applicants are required to provide valid & active 
e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use 
electronic mode for contacting them. 
 
5. PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS: 
 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers 
marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. 
 
6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates 
must use black ball pen only.  Pens with any other colour are prohibited.  Do not use 
Pencil or Ink pen.  Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in 
encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll 
Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.  
Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” 
contained in Appendix-III of the Notice. 
 
7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES: 
 
In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, 
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of 
its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 
on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. 
 
8. MOBILE PHONES BANNED: 
 
 (a)The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any 
electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, 
smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or 
related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used 
as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any 
infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban 
from future examinations. 
 (b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned 
item including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the 
examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission 
will not be responsible for any loss in this regard. 
 
CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE AT http://upsconline.nic.in ONLY. 
              NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. 
GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO HAVE A WORKFORCE WHICH REFLECTS GENDER
BALANCE AND WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 
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No.F.8/2/2019.E.I(B)—A Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 will be 
conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 2
nd
 February, 2020 for 
admission to the under mentioned courses :— 
 
Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies: 
 
1.    Indian Military Academy, Dehradun—               100  
       150
th
 (DE) Course commencing in January, 2021                         
[including 13 vacancies  reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                
Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 
 
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course                45 
 commencing in January, 2021 Executive   
 (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies  
  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC  
       Special entry ) holders ].  
 
3.  Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying)                   32  
 Training Course commencing in January, 2021                         
 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course. 
      [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                                
Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] 
 
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)—
113
th
     SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in 
April, 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men)       (NT) 
UPSC, (ii)  05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 
Non UPSC and  (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry 
Non UPSC]. 
 
                   225 
5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—27
th
                                          16 
 SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course      _______ 
 commencing in April, 2021.                                                            
                                                                                                                           418 
      _______ 
                                                                                                                            
 NOTE (i) : The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be 
changed at the discretion of the Commission. 
 
NOTE (ii) : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed 
at any stage by Services H. Q. 
 
N.B. (I) (a) : A candidate is required to specify clearly in respective column of the 
Online Application the Services for which he/she wishes to be considered in the 
order of his/her preference. A male candidate is advised to indicate as many 
preferences as he wishes to, subject to the condition given at paras (b) and (c) below, 
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so that having regard to his rank in the order of merit due consideration can be given 
to his preferences when making appointment. 
 
Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their 
first and only preference. 
 
(b) (i) : If a male candidate is competing for Short Service Commission (Army) only, 
he should indicate OTA as the one and only choice. However, a male candidate 
competing for Short Service Commission Course at OTA as well as Permanent 
Commission course at IMA, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy should 
indicate OTA as his last preference; otherwise OTA will be deemed to be the last 
choice even if it is given a higher preference by the candidate. 
 
(b) (ii) : Women candidates are being considered only for Short Service Commission 
at OTA. They should indicate OTA as the only choice.  
 
(c) Candidates who desire to join Air Force Academy must indicate AFA as first 
choice, as they have to be administered Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) 
and/or and AF Medicals at Central Establishment/Institute of Aviation Medicines. 
Choice exercised for AFA as second/third etc. will be treated as invalid. 
 (d) Candidates should note that, except as provided in N.B. (II) below, they will be 
considered for appointment to those courses only for which they exercise their 
preference and for no other course(s).  
(e) No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a 
candidate in his/her application will be entertained by the Commission. No change 
of choice once exercised will be allowed. Second choice will come for consideration 
only when the first choice is not offered to the candidate by Services HQ. When first 
choice is offered and a candidate declines the same, his/her candidature will be 
cancelled for all other choices for regular Commission. 
 
N.B. (II) The left-over candidates of IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force 
Academy courses viz., those who have been recommended by the Union Public 
Service Commission for grant of Permanent Commission on the basis of the final 
results of this Examination, but who could not be inducted on these courses for any 
reason whatsoever may be considered for grant of SSC even if they have not 
indicated their choice for this course in their applications, if they are subsequently 
willing to be considered for this course subject to the following conditions : 
 
(i) There is a shortfall after detailing all the candidates who competed for the SSC 
Course; and 
 
(ii) The candidates who are detailed for training even though they have not 
expressed their preference for SSC will be placed in the order of Merit List after the 
last candidate who had opted for this Course, as these candidates will be getting 
admission to the Course to which they are not entitled according to the preference 
expressed by them.  
 
 
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EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.3/2020.CDS-I                                           DATED 30.10.2019 
 
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.11.2019) 
COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (I), 2020 
[INCLUDING SSC WOMEN (NON-TECHNICAL) COURSE] 
(Commission’s Website  http://upsc.gov.in) 
 
IMPORTANT 
 
 
1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: 
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. 
 
2. HOW TO APPLY 
 
2.1 Candidates are required to apply online by using the website http://upsconline.nic.in 
Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the 
Appendix-II (A).  Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website. 
2.2 The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those 
candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions 
are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice. 
2.3 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter 
Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the 
State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by 
the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to 
upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online 
application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and 
the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for 
Examination/Personality Test/SSB. 
 
3. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 
 
(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19
th
 November, 2019 till 6:00 PM. 
 
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 26.11.2019 to 03.12.2019 till 
6.00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is 
available at Appendix-II (B). 
 
 
2 
 
 
4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the 
commencement of the examination.  The e-Admit Card will be made available on 
the UPSC website ( http://upsc.gov.in) for downloading by candidates.  No e-Admit 
Card will be sent by post.  All the applicants are required to provide valid & active 
e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use 
electronic mode for contacting them. 
 
5. PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS: 
 
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers 
marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. 
 
6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates 
must use black ball pen only.  Pens with any other colour are prohibited.  Do not use 
Pencil or Ink pen.  Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in 
encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll 
Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.  
Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” 
contained in Appendix-III of the Notice. 
 
7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES: 
 
In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their application, 
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of 
its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 
on working days between 10:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. 
 
8. MOBILE PHONES BANNED: 
 
 (a)The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any 
electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, 
smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or 
related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used 
as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any 
infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban 
from future examinations. 
 (b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned 
item including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the 
examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission 
will not be responsible for any loss in this regard. 
 
CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE AT http://upsconline.nic.in ONLY. 
              NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. 
GOVERNMENT STRIVES TO HAVE A WORKFORCE WHICH REFLECTS GENDER
BALANCE AND WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 
3 
 
 
 
No.F.8/2/2019.E.I(B)—A Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 will be 
conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 2
nd
 February, 2020 for 
admission to the under mentioned courses :— 
 
Name of the Course and Approximate No. of Vacancies: 
 
1.    Indian Military Academy, Dehradun—               100  
       150
th
 (DE) Course commencing in January, 2021                         
[including 13 vacancies  reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                
Certificate (Army Wing) holders] 
 
2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala—Course                45 
 commencing in January, 2021 Executive   
 (General Service)/Hydro [including 06 vacancies  
  for NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Naval Wing through NCC  
       Special entry ) holders ].  
 
3.  Air Force Academy, Hyderabad—(Pre-Flying)                   32  
 Training Course commencing in January, 2021                         
 i.e. No. 209 F(P) Course. 
      [03 vacancies are reserved for NCC `C’                                                                                                
Certificate (Air Wing) holders through NCC Spl. Entry] 
 
4. Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras)—
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     SSC (Men) Course (NT) commencing in 
April, 2021 [(i) 170 vacs for SSC (Men)       (NT) 
UPSC, (ii)  05 vacs for JAG (Men) (NT) April, 2021 
Non UPSC and  (iii) 50 vacs for NCC Special entry 
Non UPSC]. 
 
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5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai—27
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                                          16 
 SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course      _______ 
 commencing in April, 2021.                                                            
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      _______ 
                                                                                                                            
 NOTE (i) : The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be 
changed at the discretion of the Commission. 
 
NOTE (ii) : The number of vacancies given above is tentative and may be changed 
at any stage by Services H. Q. 
 
N.B. (I) (a) : A candidate is required to specify clearly in respective column of the 
Online Application the Services for which he/she wishes to be considered in the 
order of his/her preference. A male candidate is advised to indicate as many 
preferences as he wishes to, subject to the condition given at paras (b) and (c) below, 
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so that having regard to his rank in the order of merit due consideration can be given 
to his preferences when making appointment. 
 
Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their 
first and only preference. 
 
(b) (i) : If a male candidate is competing for Short Service Commission (Army) only, 
he should indicate OTA as the one and only choice. However, a male candidate 
competing for Short Service Commission Course at OTA as well as Permanent 
Commission course at IMA, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy should 
indicate OTA as his last preference; otherwise OTA will be deemed to be the last 
choice even if it is given a higher preference by the candidate. 
 
(b) (ii) : Women candidates are being considered only for Short Service Commission 
at OTA. They should indicate OTA as the only choice.  
 
(c) Candidates who desire to join Air Force Academy must indicate AFA as first 
choice, as they have to be administered Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) 
and/or and AF Medicals at Central Establishment/Institute of Aviation Medicines. 
Choice exercised for AFA as second/third etc. will be treated as invalid. 
 (d) Candidates should note that, except as provided in N.B. (II) below, they will be 
considered for appointment to those courses only for which they exercise their 
preference and for no other course(s).  
(e) No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a 
candidate in his/her application will be entertained by the Commission. No change 
of choice once exercised will be allowed. Second choice will come for consideration 
only when the first choice is not offered to the candidate by Services HQ. When first 
choice is offered and a candidate declines the same, his/her candidature will be 
cancelled for all other choices for regular Commission. 
 
N.B. (II) The left-over candidates of IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force 
Academy courses viz., those who have been recommended by the Union Public 
Service Commission for grant of Permanent Commission on the basis of the final 
results of this Examination, but who could not be inducted on these courses for any 
reason whatsoever may be considered for grant of SSC even if they have not 
indicated their choice for this course in their applications, if they are subsequently 
willing to be considered for this course subject to the following conditions : 
 
(i) There is a shortfall after detailing all the candidates who competed for the SSC 
Course; and 
 
(ii) The candidates who are detailed for training even though they have not 
expressed their preference for SSC will be placed in the order of Merit List after the 
last candidate who had opted for this Course, as these candidates will be getting 
admission to the Course to which they are not entitled according to the preference 
expressed by them.  
 
 
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(iii) Candidates with Air Force as first and only choice cannot be considered as 
left-over for grant of SSC (OTA) if they fail in Computer Pilot Selection System 
(CPSS) and/or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. Such candidates, if they desire to be 
considered for SSC (OTA) should exercise their option for OTA also. 
 
NOTE 1: NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) 
holders may also compete for the vacancies in the Short Service Commission Course 
but since there is no reservation of vacancies for them in this course, they will be 
treated as general candidates for the purpose of filling up vacancies in this course. 
Candidates who have yet to pass NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division 
Air Wing/Naval Wing) examination, but are otherwise eligible to compete for the 
reserved vacancies, may also apply but they will be required to submit the proof of 
passing the NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval 
Wing) examination to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army) / Dte Gen of Rtg (Rtg A) CDSE 
Entry for SSC male candidates and SSC women entry for female candidates West 
Block III, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates 
and IHQ of MOD (Navy) DMPR, (OI&R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena 
Bhawan, New Delhi-110 011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO 3 
(A)/Air Headquarters ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru 
Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by 13
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November, 2020. To be eligible to compete for reserved vacancies the candidates 
should have served for not less than 2 academic years in the Senior Division Army 
Wing and 3 academic years in the Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing of National 
Cadet Corps and should not have been discharged from the NCC for more than 24 
months for IMA/Indian Naval Academy/Air Force Academy courses on the last 
date of receipt of Application in the Commission’s Office. 
 
NOTE 2 : In the event of sufficient number of qualified NCC ‘C’ Certificate (Army 
Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) holders not becoming available on 
the results of the examination to fill all the vacancies reserved for them in the Indian 
Military Academy Course/Air Force Academy Course/Indian Naval Academy 
Course, the unfilled reserved vacancies shall be treated as unreserved and filled by 
general candidates.  Admission to the above courses will be made on the results of 
the written examination to be conducted by the Commission followed by 
intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board of candidates who 
qualify in the written examination. The details regarding the (a) scheme, standard, 
syllabus of the examination, (b) Instructions to candidates for filling up the Online 
Application Form (c) Special instructions to candidates to objective type tests (d) 
Guidelines with regard to physical standards for admission to the Academy and (e) 
Brief particulars of services etc. for candidates joining the Indian Military Academy, 
Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy are 
given in Appendices I, II, III, IV and V respectively. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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