All About NDA

National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy Examination

NDA is one of the most sought after defense entrance exams in the country. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages:  written exam and SSB Interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview. 

 

Official Website:https://upsc.gov.in/

 

NDA 2020 Highlights 

Exam name 

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 

Conducted by 

UPSC 

Exam level 

National 

Exam category 

After Class 12

Frequency of exam 

Twice a year

Exam stages 

Written Test and SSB Interview 

Exam mode 

Offline 

Exam duration 

5 hours (Mathematics - 2 ½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT) - 2 ½ hours) 

Exam syllabus 

Mathematics - Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

GAT - English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events etc. 

Exam pattern 

GAT - 150 objective type questions 

Mathematics - 120 objective type questions 

Language 

English and Hindi 

Exam purpose 

For admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) 

Official website

https://upsc.gov.in/

NDA 2020 exam: New Changes

  • Wearing of masks is compulsory while appearing for the exam
  • This year, there will be a common exam for NDA 1 and 2
  • Though a common exam will be conducted for NDA 1 and 2, the results will be announced separately

 

NDA Admit Card 2020 

NDA 1 and 2 admit cards 2020 are available now. The admit cards are available on the official website. Candidates can download the admit cards by logging with either registration number or roll number.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam. 

Age Limit: For NDA 2 exam, candidates must have born notearlier than January 2, 2002, and not later than January 1, 2005.  Candidates who have born notearlier than July 2, 2001, and not later than July 1, 2004, are eligible to apply for NDA 1 exam. The date of birth is calculated as mentioned on the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation.

 

Educational qualification: The educational qualification is different for different academies. Candidates can check the educational qualification prescribed for different academies below:

Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent from a recognised board or university. 

Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

 

NDA Dates 2020 

The dates of NDA I and II exams had been announced through UPSC calendar 2020.

NDA I Dates 2020 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

08-Jan-2020

The complete schedule along with other details was released 

Application form 

08-Jan-2020

Registrations for the written exam of NDA closed

Last date to apply 

28-Jan-2020

Candidates could submit their application forms online till this date

Application withdrawal

04-Feb-2020 to 11-Feb-2020

The facility to withdraw the application form of NDA was available with the prescribed dates

Written exam 

06-Sept-2020

NDA 1 exam date has been announced on June 5. Earlier, the written exam was scheduled to be conducted on April 19, however, it was postponed due to COVID-19. The exam will be conducted in two shifts - morning and afternoon across 41 cities spread throughout the country

Admit card 

10-Aug-2020

NDA 1 admit card 2020 is available now. Candidates need to enter their login credentials to download the admit card

Declaration of written result 

December 2020

The result of the written exam is declared online and displays the roll numbers of shortlisted candidates

SSB Interview 

January to April 2021

SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages. 

Final result 

May 2021

On the basis of the final result, candidates are selected for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC. 

NDA 2 Dates 2020 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

16-Jun-2020

NDA 2 notification was released in PDF format. 

Application form 

16-Jun-2020

Application forms were made available along with the notification 

Last date to apply 

06-July-2020

Candidates could apply within the application deadline 

Written exam 

06-Sept-2020

The written exam of NDA will be conducted in two shifts and comprises two papers

Admit card 

10-Aug-2020

NDA 2 admit card 2020 has been released online for registered candidates

Declaration of written result 

December 2020

The result of the written exam is declared on the official website in PDF form

SSB Interview 

January to April 2020

SSB Interview is conducted in two stages

Final result 

May 2021

NDA 2 final result is announced online

 

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

The table below highlights NDA 2021 exam dates.

NDA I

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

30-Dec-2020 

The notification will be available on official website

Application form 

30-Dec-2020 to 19-Jan-2021 

Application forms will be made available along with the notification. The application fees can be paid both online and offline

Written exam 

18-Apr-2021

The written exam of NDA comprises two papers

NDA II

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

09-Jun-2021 

The notification will be available in PDF form

Application form 

09-Jun-2021 to 29-Jun-2021 

Application forms should be filled online only. The application fees can be paid both online and offline

Written exam 

05-Sept-.2021 

The written exam of NDA will be conducted across various cities in two shifts

 

NDA vacancies 2020

The details regarding NDA vacancies are released along with the notification. NDA 2 vacancies have been announced by UPSC. A total of 413 seats will be filled through NDA 2 exam. The exam is conducted for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 146th Course, and for the 108th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from July 2, 2021. A total of 418 vacancies were announced for NDA 1 exam. 

 

NDA 2 vacancies 2020 

Academy 

Number of vacancies 

NDA 

370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 

43

NDA 1 vacancies 2020

Academy 

Number of vacancies 

NDA 

370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties) 

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 

48

Total 

418 

NDA Selection Process 2020

The complete process of NDA is explained below.

Filling the application form 

Interested candidates are required to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs100 which can be paid both online and offline. The commission releases the list of rejected applicants a few days after the closure of the application process. Besides, the examination authority also activates the link to withdraw NDA application form for a specified period. Candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam can withdraw their application form. 

 

Written Exam

All the candidates who successfully register for the exam are required to appear for the written exam. The written exam comprises two sections - Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview.

 

Declaration of result

NDA result is declared online in two stages - written and final. First, the result of the written exam is declared followed by the declaration of final result. The result is made available in PDF format. It displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The marksheet of candidates is released after the declaration of the final result. Candidates need to secure NDA cut off 2020 separately in written exam and SSB Interview. 

 

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. All qualified candidates are put to stage 1 test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who will qualify the second stage are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate. 

Final Selection 

Candidates are finally selected for admission to admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation will be done as per the number of vacancies subjected to candidates eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference. 

 

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