National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national level exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year. Get the NDA Latest news here.
This year, the official notification for NDA I exam was released on December 30, 2021. On the other hand, the official notification of NDA II 2021 is expected to be released on June 09, 2021. Check NDA exam dates.
NDA I Admit Card 2021 has been issued on the official website of the UPSC in PDF Format. Candidates can download the NDA 2021 Admit Card enter either registration number or roll number.
The NDA written exam has been scheduled for April 18, 2021. Candidates must reach the allocated exam centres to appear in the exam.
The upcoming important dates of the NDA 2021 exam is mentioned below:
|Events||NDA I 2021||NDA II 2021|
|Notification||December 30, 2020||June 09, 2021|
|Application form||December 30, 2020||June 09, 2021|
|Last date to apply||January 19, 2021||June 29, 2021|
|Starting of application withdrawal||January 27, 2021||To be notified|
|Last date of application withdrawal||February 02, 2021 (5 p.m.)||to be notified|
|Admit card||March 31, 2021||August 2021|
|Written exam||April 18, 2021||September 05, 2021|
|Declaration of written result||June 2021||December 2021|
|SSB Interview||July to Sept 2021||January 2022 to April 2022|
|Exam Name||National Defence Academy|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Exam Type||National Level|
|Eligibility Criteria||Unmarried Male candidates can apply|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Number of cities for exam centers||41|
|Exam helpdesk||011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543|
For NDA 2021, the aspirants have to meet certain educational as well as physical eligibility criteria. Here are the eligibility criteria for NDA 2021 exam:
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 the 10+2 exam pattern, which should be conducted by State Education Board or 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 an equivalent University.
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
The UPSC conducts the NDA exam twice a year and the notification of the application process will be released twice as well. The application form for NDA II 2021 will tentatively be released from June 09, 2021, to June 29, 2021, on the official website.
On the other hand, the online application link of NDA I 2021 has been closed on January 19, 2021. However, the application withdrawal window has been opened till February 02, 2021(5 p.m.). The application fees of the exam are INR e INR 100 for the general and OBC category while SC, ST candidates are exempted from fee payment. Check the NDA Application Form 2021
Step 1: Visit the official website and click on “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC“.
Step 2: Click on “Click Here for PART I” and read the instructions carefully and click on “Yes”.
Step 3: On page 1 fill in the details such as name, gender, date of birth, parents’ name, nationality, etc., and click on “continue”.
Step 4: On page 2, select the numbers from 1 to 4 or mark ‘0’ if you do not want to give any preference. If Those who are from Sanik/Military School or Son of JCO/NCO/Other Rank Officer must fill the pages 3 & page 4.
Step 5: Pay the application fees as per your choice.
Step 6: Select the examination center and upload Photograph and Signature
Step 7: Download the application form and take a printed copy for future reference.
The conducting body has released the NDA I 2021 Admit Card on the official UPSC website on March 31, 2021. The 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.
To download follow the steps given below:
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:
|List of NDA Exam Centres|
|Exam Pattern Highlights|
|NDA I 2021||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 the GK section|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
The syllabus for NDA 2021 written test will comprise two sections - Mathematical Ability and General Ability. The questions in NDA 2021 will be asked from topics and concepts of the 10+2 level. The following are the topics from the Mathematical Ability and General Ability sections covered as a part of the NDA 2021 Syllabus.
|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 2021. General Knowledge will comprise of the following:
|NDA Syllabus for General Ability Test|
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 stage-2 is the SSB interview stage. The complete recruitment process in the NDAs judged based on marks scored out of 900 collectively in both stages of recruitment.
After the declaration of NDA 2021 Results, qualified candidates will have to register themselves at joinindianarmy. nic. within two weeks. Allotment of selection centers 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.
|S. No||Stages||Activities conducted|
|3.||Group Testing Officers Test||
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 the Services Selection Centre (SSC).
Below is the set of required original documents to be carried for the NDA 2020 Document Verification:
Proof of Identity (Pan card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, etc.)
Passport Size Photographs
Category certificate for the Reserved category candidates
Proof of Residence
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.
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, the 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)|
|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 1 Qualified
NDA 2 Qualified
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 problems to improve your speed and accuracy through practice:
|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|
The NDA 2021 aspirants should follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for securing a good score in the exam:
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||20|
The competition is extremely high with an average of 4,00,000 students applying every year and vacancies being approximately 400-450. Even though on 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.
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||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)||80,000/-|
|Chief of Army Staff||90,000/- (fixed)|
Along with NDA Salary, 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, etc.
Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for NDA 2020?
Ans. There are various parameters based on 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:
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?
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 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 the 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 for the test, the candidates are taken to several army medical centers 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
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:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.