All About NDA

What is NDA Exam?

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. 

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

Age Limit: Candidates who have born not earlier 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 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) 

Test cities 

41

Exam helpdesk

011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 

Official website

upsc.gov.in

 

NDA I Tentative Dates 2020 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

08-Jan-2020

The complete schedule along with other details has been released 

Application form 

08-Jan-2020

Registrations for the written exam of NDA has started 

Last date to apply 

28-Jan-2020

Candidates can 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 is available now

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 

Mid week of August 2020

NDA 1 admit card 2020 will be issued in August. Candidates need to enter their login credentials to download the admit card. 

Declaration of written result 

November 2020 

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

SSB Interview 

January/February 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 Tentative Dates 2020 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

16-Jun-2020

NDA 2 notification is available 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 

Mid-week of August 2020

NDA 2 admit card 2020 will be 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/February  2021

SSB Interview is conducted in two stages. 

Final result 

May 2021

NDA 2 final result is announced in May.

 

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 Exam Pattern 2019 for Written Exam

Code

Papers

Subject

Maximum marks

Duration

1

Paper 1

Mathematics

300

2 ½

2

Paper 2

GAT

600

2 ½

Total

900

5 hours

 

 

 

 

Marking Scheme for NDA written exam

Sections

Marks for correct answer

Marks for incorrect answer

GAT

4

1.33

Mathematics

2.5

0.83

Syllabus : Mathematics

Algebra

Matrices and Determinants

Trigonometry

Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions 

Differential Calculus

Integral Calculus and Differential Equations

Vector Algebra

Statistics and Probability

 

Topic-wise distribution of questions in Maths

Topic

Questions

Calculus

20-25

Quadratic equation

20-15

Matrices & Determinants 

30

Probability

10

Trigonometry

30

Complex number 

10-15

 

English

Topic

No. of Questions

No. of Marks

Spotting Errors

5

20

Comprehension

6

24

Selecting Words

10

40

Ordering of Words in a Sentence

9

36

Sentence Improvement

10

40

Antonyms

5

20

Synonyms

5

20

Total

50

200

General Knowledge

Topic

No. of Questions

No. of Marks

Physics

23

92

Chemistry

16

64

General Science

11

44

History & Freedom Movement

16

64

Geography

17

68

Current Events

17

68

Total

100

400

 

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