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NDA 2021 Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam centres, Admit Card, & Result

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Jan 12, 2021

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NDA (1) 2021 registration process will be started from 30 December 2020 and it will be ended on 19 January 2021. The aspirants, who are lying in between the age group of 16.5 years and 19.5 years and also qualify the class 12 exam, can apply for the NDA 1 and 2 2020 exam. National Defence Academy Exam 2020 is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in Army, Navy, and Air Force. It is conducted twice every year as NDA (1) and NDA (2). Qualified candidates are sent for training at NDA, Khadakwasla and once they graduate from NDA, they are sent to the respective specialized academies of the three forces, namely, Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy(INA) and the Air Force Academy(AFA).​

Get FREE NDA 2021 Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, Previous Years Papers. Click Here

Important Dates for NDA 2020

NDA 1:

Events Dates
Notification  30-Dec-2020
Application form  30-Dec-2020
Last date to apply  19-Jan-2021 
Application withdrawal To be notified
Written exam 


Admit card  March 2021
Declaration of written result  June 2021
SSB Interview  July to Sept 2021

NDA 2:

Events Dates
Notification  09-Jun-2021
Application form  09-Jun-2021
Last date to apply  29-Jun-2021 
Written exam  05-Sept-.2021 
Admit card  August 2021
Declaration of written result  December 2021
SSB Interview   January 2022 to April 2022

Important Highlight:

  • There will be a common entrance test for both NDA 1 and 2, this year.
  • The result will be released separately even though the NDA 1 and 2 exams will be conducted on the same date. 
  • The common aspirants would need to provide their Registration ID of the NDA 1 exam during the application fill-up process. 

NDA Exam Highlights

Exam Name National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website
Exam Type National Level
Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male candidates can apply
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Duration Mathematics: 2 hours 30 minutes General Ability Test: 2 hours 30 minutes 
Number of cities for exam centres 41
Exam helpdesk 011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 


Eligibility Criteria of NDA 2020

Educational qualification: It is different for different academies. Therefore, the aspirants should check the educational qualification 

Navy, Air Force, and Naval Academy of NDA: The aspirants should qualify their class 12 or HSC exam under 10+2 exam pattern, which should be conducted by State Education Board or University.

Age Limit: For NDA (II), the aspirants should not be born before 2 January 2002, and not after 1 January 2005. On the other hand, if the aspirants have not born after 1 July 2004 and not before 2 July 2001, are also eligible to appear for NDA (I) exam. This birth date is examined according to Matricular or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or should be recognized by the Indian University. 

Army Wing of NDA: The candidates should pass the exam of class 12 or HSC under 10+2 pattern from any school education Board or from equivalent University. 

Nationality: The aspirants should be belonging from India/ or need to subject to Bhutan/ subject to Nepal or Tibetan Refugee (Who have come to India before Jan 1, 1962, and who are living in India permanently). On the other hand, the migrated aspirants from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, and from Eastern African Countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Vietnam, or from Ethiopia, who have come for the settlement to India, can also apply for the entrance test. 

Foreign Nationals: If the foreign nationals (irrespective of Gorkhas’ aspirants) want to apply for the exam, they need to issue an eligibility certificate from Govt. of India. 

Downloading and Purpose of NDA 2020 Admit Card

The application process for NDA I and NDA II will be started online by the second week of January 2020 and by the second week of June 2020 respectively. The aspirants will need to pay Rs. 100 as application fee. On the other hand, the applicants of SC/ST/ORS/NCOs/Sons of JCOs will not need to pay any application fee. To pay the application fee, the candidates should pay it through credit card/debit card/net banking or through SBI bank Challan process. Check more NDA Application Form 2020

The conducting body will release the NDA 2020 Admit Card on the official UPSC website.

  • Visit to download NDA Hall Ticket 2020.

  • Admit card bear the exam related details like student’s name, roll number, exam centre, exam date & timing, etc.

  • Without admit cards, candidates will not be permitted to appear in the examination.

How to Download NDA I 2020 Admit Card

To download follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC.

  • A link for NDA I 2020 Admit Card Download will be provided, click on it.

  • You must enter the registration number/ roll number along with the password and captcha code.

  • Click on submit, the admit card will appear on the screen.

  • Check all the details carefully and download multiple copies of it.

For practicing mock test and sample papers free of cost, check NDA Mock Test 

UPSC NDA Pattern

NDA 2020- Understanding the Exam Pattern

The NDA exam is conducted in the conventional pen and paper form and has multiple-choice questions. Especially in the GAT section, one has to be careful as there is a higher negative marking. The following table precisely gives all the necessary information on the exam pattern. When you have a thorough understanding of the pattern, preparing for it at the last moment becomes easier.

Exam Pattern Highlights
NDA I 2020 Mathematics General ability test
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for the English section. English and Hindi for GK section
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

The mathematics section is highly scoring if you are adept at solving the problems with accuracy in minimum time. Though you are given ample time to solve the entire paper, unless you have a clear conception of math and science, each problem can be time-consuming.

The general knowledge section of the NDA 2020 consists of the following topics:

  • Physics (100 marks)

  • Chemistry (60 marks)

  • General Science (40 marks)

  • History and Freedom Movement (80 marks)

  • Geography (80 marks)

  • Current Events (40 marks)

Do note: The exam is majorly based on CBSE 10+2 syllabus and irrespective of the books you refer, NCERT books for every subject is the best guide. 


NDA- Cut-off Trend

UPSC NDA is a two-tier exam and 900 marks are allotted to each tier. The cadets are selected based on their aggregate cut-off in both tiers. However, to qualify for the second tier, which is the SSB interview, you have to score a minimum of 25% out of 900 in the First Tier. At the same time, you must have a minimum of 25% in each section of the papers. The average cut-off has varied over the years and if you note the trend since 2010, it has increased with time.

Whether the NDA cut-off will be lower than usual this year, depends on many factors like the difficulty level of the paper, number of candidates who appeared, etc. 

When you are preparing for the upcoming test, keeping the cut-off trend in mind helps you to make a study plan.

Year NDA(I) (Max Marks:900) NDA(II) (Max Marks:900)
2010 263 193
2011 290 253
2012 333 322
2013 337 313
2014 348 368
2015 306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800 marks) 674 269 (With at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 637
2016 288 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 656 315
2017 342(With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 708
2018 338 (with at least 25% in each subject) 325 (with at least 25% in each subject)
2019 342 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) -
2020 (expected) 338-342- For Tier-1 700-720- Overall expected cut-off out of 1800 -

NDA Statistics of Previous Years


NDA 1 Qualified

NDA 2 Qualified














UPSC NDA Syllabus

NDA Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for NDA 2020 written test will comprise two sections- Mathematical Ability and General Ability. The questions in NDA 2020 will be asked from topics and concepts of 10+2 level. The following are the topics from Mathematical Ability and General Ability sections covered as a part of the NDA 2020 Syllabus.

NDA Syllabus for Mathematical Ability

NDA Syllabus for 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

NDA Syllabus for General Ability Topics from the English and General Knowledge will be covered in the General Ability section of NDA 2020. General Knowledge will comprise of the following:

NDA Syllabus for General Ability Test
Physics Chemistry
General Science History
Geography Current Affairs

Go through the NDA (2) Mock Test before your exam. 

10 Tips to Cover the Entire NDA 2020 Syllabus in 15 Days

The NDA 2020 exam is just approximately three weeks away and in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many things are uncertain including the surety of the pre-assigned exam dates. However, to date, there is no news of the NDA 2020 exam being postponed and hence, without further ado, it is high time that you start studying. 

A few tricks and having a proper study plan throughout the day every day will help you to ace the test.

  1. For math, science and English, refer NCERT books from class 6-12 in these subjects. Practice the questions here regularly and these are the easiest books to clear your conception on the subjects.

  2. For English grammar and current affairs, dedicate at least an hour every day to thoroughly read through the daily newspaper. A national newspaper like “The Hindu” is the best choice for this purpose.

  3. Dedicate 1-2hours every day to solve previous year questions, especially for the math and science sections.

  4. If you are really determined about cracking this exam and getting into the army, start your preparations as early as in class 9 or 10. The last-minute preparation can help you revise all the necessary chapters, but your determination for years even before you reach the eligible age will help you ace every stage.

  5. Emphasis on practicing the subjects you are good at in the last moment preparation rather than starting with a completely new topic.

  6. Understand the marking scheme of the exam to systematically divide your study time for each subject. Higher the marks for a section, the more time you dedicate to it.

  7. Practice the online as well as offline mock papers you come across. The last 15 days before NDA 2020 is the best time to improve your speed and accuracy through rigorous practice.

  8. Specifically for physics, chemistry, and math- memorize all the formulas and make notes of them on a daily basis in a single notebook so that you can find them all in one place for last-minute revisions.

  9. Questions related to the current political scenario and historical scenario of India should be emphasized, as well as pay more attention to the English grammar and comprehension section.

  10. Lastly, make sure you consistently follow a study time table for the last 15 days before the exam to avoid stressing out a day before which will further affect your performance negatively.


Books for preparing NDA 1 2020 

We have also listed a few good books which you can refer apart from the NCERT books for practicing questions. While NCERT alone suffices, they do not have enough practice questions and are more reliable for improving your basic conception on the subject. However, in the following books you can find ample of problems to improve your speed and accuracy through practice:

Books Author’s Name
English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy R S Aggarwal
Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations R S Aggarwal
Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA Entrance Exam Arihant
NDA Mathematics (Hindi) RPH Editorial Board
History Of Modern India (History) Bipan Chandra
Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology) Kalpana Rajaram: Spectrum
Oxford School Atlas (Geography) Oxford 
Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1) Ram Ahuja
Objective General English for Competitive Exams S.P. Bakshi
Manorama Yearbook 2017 Mammen Mathew

Preparation Tips of NDA 2020

The NDA 2020 aspirants should follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for securing a good score in the exam:

  1. Before you start yourself for the exam, you should have clear and detailed knowledge about the exam pattern, types of questions, and the subjects.
  2. To get a good score in Mathematics, the aspirants should have in-depth knowledge of Algebra, trigonometry, matrices, statistics, calculus, etc. All the questions cover the concepts of class 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 standards, NCERT Books. 
  3. The GAT consists of multiple subjects and these are General Science, Geography, Chemistry, Current Affairs, and History. 
  4. Revise thoroughly the sections you have read. More you revise your study, you will be able to gain your confidence level. 
  5. Create a short but tricky way for revising your lessons, so that you can complete your revision quickly.
  6. Do not forget to solve previous years question papers and take mock tests as much as possible.

To practice Free All India NDA Mock Test before the exam free of cost, go through the link. 

UPSC NDA Vacancy

NDA 2020 Vacancy

There are a total of 418 vacancies for NDA 1 2020 qualifiers in different departments and branches of the Indian Army.

Course Number of Vacancies
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Army) 208
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy) 42
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force) 120
107th Indian Naval Academy Course  48
Total 418

The competition is extremely high with an average of 4,00,000 students applying every year and vacancies being approximately 400-450. Even though in an average 5000-6000 qualify tier-1 exam, eventually only as many as are required according to the vacancies get selected. Besides the last-minute preparation for the Tier-1 test, to qualify you must also start with preparing physically and intellectually for Tier-2.

NDA Salary Scale 2020

During the training period of the National Defence Academy (NDA), the aspirants will get a certain amount of remuneration. The recruited aspirants will get a stipend of 21000 INR during the training period of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) as well as at Officers Training Academy (OTA). For more knowledge, go through the following table:


Rank Pay (in Rupees)

Lieutenant to Major

15,600 - 39,100/-

Lieutenant Colonel to Major General

37,400 - 67,000/-

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

67,000 - 79,000/-

HAG+ Scale

75,500 - 80,000/-

Vice Chief of Army Staff/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)


Chief of Army Staff

90,000/- (fixed)

Along with the basic remuneration, the aspirants will get the below-mentioned allowances:

  • Uniform Allowance
  • According to the designation, highly active field area allowance
  • Compensatory Modified Field area allowances
  • Dearness allowances
  • Transport allowances
  • Compensatory field area. 

The Selection Process of NDA 2020

NDA SSB Interview

The selection process in the National Defense Academy is a two-stage process. Stage-1 is the written examination i.e. NDA 2020 test and the stage-2 is the SSB interview stage

  • The complete recruitment process in the NDAs judged on the basis of marks scored out of 900 collectively in both the stages of recruitment.

  • After the declaration of NDA 2020 Results, qualified candidates will have to register themselves at within two weeks.

  • Allotment of selection centres and dates will then be notified on the registered email ID.

  • SSB Interview comprises two stages- Stage 1 (OIR and PPDT) and Stage 2- (Interview, Group Tasks, Psychology Test, and Conference).

  • After stage-2 is completed, a final merit list is generated by the UPSC which gives the final recruited candidates. 

SSB Interview Stages:

S. No


Activities conducted



  • Screening

  • Verbal and Non-verbal test

  • PPDT


Psychological Test

  • Thematic Appreciation Test [TAT]

  • Word Association Test [WAT]

  • Situation Reaction Test [SRT]

  • Self Description Test [ SD]


Group Testing Officers Test

  • Group Discussion (GD)

  • Group Planning Exercise (GPE)

  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)

  • Half Group Task (HGT)

  • Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)

  • Command Task

  • Snake race/Group Obstacle Race

  • Individual lecture

  • Final Group Task (FGT)


Personal Interview



NDA 2020 Document Verification

After a personal interview round the eligible candidates will have to appear for the verification round. The qualified candidates must bring the required original documents along with 1 set of Photostat of the required documents at Services Selection Centre (SSC).

Below is the set of required original documents to be carried for the NDA 2020 Document Verification:

  • Qualification Certificate

  • Proof of Identity (Pan card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, etc.)

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport Size Photographs

  • Category certificate for the Reserved category candidates

  • Proof of Residence

Medical examination

A medical examination is a final round in the Selection process. The candidates will be referred to the Board of Service Medical officers by the SSB for medical examination. Candidates shall be deemed eligible for recruitment if and only if they are found to be medically fit by the medical officers.

NDA Exam Centres

The aspirants should present to the Exam Centres of the cities, where the offline test will be conducted. The examination authority allocates the exam centre to the aspirants. However, the aspirants need to enter their preferable cities while they fill the application form. On the other hand, the Commission can also cancel or add the exam centres. Read the following content to know about the available NDA Exam centres:


















Jaipur, Udaipur





















Port Blair



Important Guidelines to remember for NDA 2020 Exam day

The following are important guidelines and factors you should remember before the exam to avoid disqualification or being denied entrance in your examination centre:

  • Carry the NDA Admit Card positively along with a valid ID-proof, without which you are liable to be denied admission at the exam centre.

  • The clipboard is allowed and you will also need to carry black ballpoint pens for marking the answer.

  • Sheets for doing any rough work is provided at the exam hall and need not be carried.

  • Any kind of books, notes, gadgets like calculators, mobile, geometrical drawing instruments, stencils, test booklet is not allowed.

  • The vigilance is very strict and if caught for resorting to any unfair means, strict actions are taken which can even include a ban from appearing in the exam in the future.


Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for NDA 2020?

Ans. There are various parameters on the basis of which the candidates’ eligibility is checked so that they can appear for the exam and are eligible for the further procedure.


As per the nationality standards set by UPSC for NDA 2020, Candidates must have:

  • Indian Citizenship or should be
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India prior to January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A PIO (Person of Indian Origin) who has come back from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention to get settled down permanently in India.

Age Limit

  • Only unmarried male candidates, who are not born earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2003, are eligible to appear for NDA I 2020 conducted by UPSC.
  • Candidates should enter their Date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University.
  • In short, for NDA 1 2020 the age limit is between 16.5 years to 19.5 years.

Ques. What is the pay package for NDA recruits?

Ans. During the training period, the cadet gets a stipend of INR 21,000 per month. After the training period is over, the salary can be from INR 15,600- 39,100 in hand in the initial stage.

Ques. Are personal laptops and mobiles allowed during NDA training?

Ans. During your training period at the academy, you are not allowed to take your personal mobile or laptop with you. Regular screening is done to find out if anyone has these accessories with them and strict punishments are implemented. Every cadet is given a Lenovo laptop from the academy on joining but the access and use of these laptops are kept very limited.

Ques. Can women apply for UPSC NDA?

Ans. No, only unmarried male candidates within the age of 16.5 to 19.5 years are eligible for applying for UPSC NDA.

Ques. How to check my result and whether I have qualified the tier-1?


  1. Go to the official website of UPSC-
  2. Navigate to the “What’s New” section.
  3. Click on the link stating NDA I 2020 Written Exam Result or NDA I 2020 Final Result
  4. A pdf will be displayed on the computer screen containing the list of qualified roll numbers.
  5. Download the pdf file for future reference.

Ques. What are the necessary educational qualifications?

Ans. 1. For Army wing

Candidates must have passed class 12 or cleared the equivalent examination of the State Board to be eligible for NDA 2020.

2. For Air Force or Naval wings and for 10+2 Cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy

Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics and Mathematics as subjects or cleared the equivalent examination of the State Board to be eligible for NDA 2020.

Candidates who are appearing in 12th class or equivalent examination of the State board are also eligible for NDA 2020.

Ques. Can I give NDA exam after class 10th?

Ans. You cannot apply for the NDA exam after class 10. You have to be 12th pass which is the minimum qualification criteria to be met. Also, you must be a minimum of 16.5 years and a maximum of 19.5 years to apply.

Ques. What happens in the NDA physical exam?

Ans. There are several physical criteria that the candidate has to fulfill. After qualifying the test, the candidates are taken to several army medical centres for physical and medical checkups. In case a candidate fails the test, they are given TR for 45 days which is temporary rejection. They have to get fit in this time span and the medical tests will be done again. If they fail again, then PR or permanent rejection is done and the candidate loses the chance to get recruited this time. However, they can apply again next year.

Ques. What is the age limit for NDA 2020?

Ans. The age limit for NDA 2020 is between 16.5 years to 19.5 years. The candidate must be born between July 2, 2001, and July 1, 2004, for NDA 1. For NDA 2, the candidate should be born between January 2, 2002, and January 1st, 2005.

Ques. What are the medical requirements for NDA?

Ans. The following spinal conditions render the candidate ineligible- Granulomatous disease of the spine, Arthritis/spondylosis & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis, Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis, Compression fracture of vertebrae, Scoliosis more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s method.

Visual Standards and other health criteria

  • Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism.
  • Candidates must possess good binocular vision. The colour vision staNDArd for the Army is (CP-III).
  • Another noteworthy point is that candidates who have undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve their visual acuity, or Laser Surgery, will be permanently rejected for all Services.
  • Normal hearing capabilities - Candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room.
  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must fall within normal limits.

Ques. What is the height limit of an NDA cadet?

Ans. The height limit is determined based on their age and the caste or class they belong to. The following are important height limit criteria that NDA Cadets must fulfill:

  • Candidates must note that the minimum height measurement specified is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force).
  • For Gorkhas and those belonging to hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum height will be 5 cms less than the usual figure.
  • On the other hand, for candidates belonging to the Lakshadweep islan

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


sheetal chib
what type of questions are asked in nda exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sheetal. NDA will have MCQs questions from two sections including Mathematics and General Ability section. The questions will mainly be asked of 10+2 level. More details related to the exam pattern are mentioned here.

vishal sharma
how many candidates are selected in nda written exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vishal. There are almost 368 vacancies for every single NDA recruitment and more than 2 lakh aspirants from all around the country participate in the written exam. Out of which only 545 (almost) get an SSB interview call.
Detailed selection process is mentioned here.

sadim ansari
how to apply for ssb interview after nda exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. The shortlisted candidates have to register themselves at within 2 weeks of the NDA result declaration. Post registering at the Join Indian Army website, the successful candidates will then be allotted Selection Centers and dates of SSB Interview. Further details are available here.

vijay t p
My DoB is 26/2/2003 can apply for 2022 april nda exam

Hi Vijay

Yes, you can apply for 2022 NDA Exam as the maximum age to apply for NDA is 19 Years.

vijay t p
Hi I'm now studing in +2 in 2021 march it will be finish , can I apply for NDA exam in 2021 januvary

Hi Vijay

Yes you can apply for 2021 NDA exam if you are below 19 years. As the maximum age to apply for NDA is 19.

muhammed sahal kp
im 20 now can i apply for next exam
arvind kumar

Hi Muhammed, sorry you cannot apply for the exam. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

arvind kumar

Hi Pramod, NDA EXAM 2021 is on 18 April 2021. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

aditya jangir
My DoB is 1st July 2002 Am I eligible for NDA 2021 i?
arvind kumar

Hi Aditya, you are eligible for NDA Exam. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

mohammed najamuddin
Will tattoo be a problem for NDA exam?

Hello Mohammed, tattoos are permitted as per the UPSC guidelines only if they are present on inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of both hands. It is however, advised not to sport any kind of tattoos.

adarsh shukla
I am pass out 10th in this year may be i can not join this exam
arvind kumar

Hi Adarsh, Greetings from Collegedunia. You can only apply for NDA when you have completed 10+2. For more details click here.

ammar zaheer ahmed
Is it compulsory to give NDA exam to join Indian navy?
kavita rani

Hi Ammar. Yoes, you can apply in Indian Air force as an officer after 10+2 through TES, Technical entry scheme. In case you are applying through TES then you don’t have to give the NDA exam and can directly be called for the SSB interview.

nafisa khatoon
Is there any reservation in NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. No, there is no reservation in the NDA exam, the authority never give any caste based preferences in the NDA or any other defense service exams.

karan rathod
What will be the salary and career after clearing the NDA exam, and what is the fee for the NDA exam?
kavita rani

Hi Karan. While getting training at NDA, candidates will get stipend or salary worth INR 21,000 per month. In-hand salaries of NDA Officers after training for Lieutenant to major varies from INR 56,100-1,77,500. For more details, refer here.

goutam yadav
Can I join navy if I am arts student

Hello Goutam, greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, you can join Indian Navy with Arts as your main stream.

rashi dasgupta
What are the important topics of NDA exam?
kavita rani

Hi Rashi. Some of the important topics in maths include trigonometry, Determinants and matrices, Analytical Geometry, etc. While preparing for the English section, you must focus on topics like Grammar and usage, Comprehension and cohesion, Spotting of errors, Para Jumbling, etc. Check out detailed eligibility criteria here.

koyena biswas
Will joining the NCC be helpful in the NDA exam?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Joining NCC will not help you in cracking the NDA exam but surely it will assist in joining the Indian army and in SSB interview.  Check out the detailed eligibility here.

divakar sharma
What should be one's score in NDA exam to be eligible to become a fighter pilot?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Well you need to get the maximum possible marks in these kinds of competitive exams to beat the competition. Candidates must score at least 25% marks in each subject to clear the written examination.

sourajit mukherjee
Is the NCC A certificate helpful in the NDA exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. NCC certificate is not helpful while giving the NDA exam. A certificate is prove that a cadet knows basic details about NCC. Deep knowledge is given in NCC B and C certificate where candidates need to get minimum score and that score is useful while giving the NDA exam.

ganta john prakash
What is the fee structure to join NDA as I passed my inter through major defence academy,pendurthi visakhapatnam. Can l join NDAif l did not pass in NDA exam which was held on sep.6,2020
arvind kumar

Hi Ganta, you must pass NDA exam in order to join. The admission fees is 500 and tution fees is 39500 which is one time payment. You will have to pay boarding and lodging fees monthly which is 3000 each. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

divakar sharma
What will be my retirement age if I join the Indian Navy through the NDA exam?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Since the retirement age varies in case you join the Indian Navy through the NDA exam, so you need to refer to the official website for the same.