NDA Cutoff 2021: Expected & Previous Year Cut off Marks

Updated On -

Jun 14, 2021

NDA Cutoff 2021 will be released on the official website by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) along with the declaration of the NDA result 2021. The cutoff marks will be released separately for the written test and the final selection stage.

Candidates are required to score a minimum of around 25% marks in each subject to qualify for the written examination. On the basis of NDA cutoff 2021, candidates will be selected for admission to the Army/Navy/Air Force Wings of National Defence Academy and Naval Academy.

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NDA Highlights

NDA Cutoff Highlights

Name of Exam UPSC NDA
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam Category Defense
Level of Exam National
Exam Mode Offline
Selection Process
  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview
Mode of Result Online
Official website
NDA Dates

NDA Cutoff 2021: Important Dates

Events NDA I 2021 NDA II 2021
Written Exam April 18, 2021 September 05, 2021
SSB Interview July 2021 to September 2021 January 2021 to April 2022
Release of NDA cutoff 2021 December 2021 May 2022
NDA Cut off 2021

How to check NDA Cut Off 2021?

The NDA 2021 Cutoff marks can be check by following the below-mentioned step:

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC and look for NDA Cutoff

Step 2: A new page will appear where the PDF file of cut off will open

Step 3: Check the UPSC NDA category wise cutoff

Step 4: Download and save the file for future reference

NDA Cutoff 2021: Affecting Factors

There are multiple factors, which affect the NDA Cut off:

  • The total number of vacancies
  • Number of appeared candidates
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Reservation Norms
  • Last Year cut off Trends
  • Level of Difficulty of Questions

Types of UPSC NDA Cutoff 2021

UPSC NDA cutoff is released in two stages - NDA written exam cutoff and final NDA cutoff.

NDA Written Exam Cutoff

To qualify for the NDA written exam, candidates are required to secure the minimum percentage of marks. The minimum prescribed qualifying cutoff is set by UPSC. The official aggregate cutoff is released along with the final NDA result. The minimum qualifying marks are 25% marks in mathematics paper and 25% marks in GAT paper each.

Final NDA 2021 Cutoff

The candidates who qualify the written exam will be able to participate in SSB Interview. After the SSB Interview, the final NDA cutoff is the aggregate score that a candidate secures in the NDA written exam and SSB interview.

NDA Cutoff 2021 - Expected Cutoff

The expected NDA cut off marks is given below as per the previous years’ trends:

Stage Expected cutoff
Written Exam 342 - 345
Final Cutoff 704 - 710
Previous Cutoff

NDA Cutoff 2021 - Previous years’ cutoff

The year-wise- cutoff marks for the written exam and the final cutoff marks is given below:

Year Written Exam Cutoff Final Cutoff
NDA II 2019 346 709
NDA I 2019 342 704
NDA II 2018 325 688
NDA I 2018 338 705
NDA II 2017 258 624
NDA I 2017 342 708
NDA II 2016 229 602
NDA I 2016 288 656
NDA II 2015 269 637
NDA I 2015 306 674
NDA II 2014 283 656
NDA I 2014 360 722
NDA II 2013 360 721
NDA I 2013 333 698
NDA II 2012 335 699
Sectional Cutoff

NDA Sectional Cutoff

There are also variations in the sectional cut off marks in NDA. Usually, it's around 25% to 30% somewhere. Here is the year-wise sectional cutoff of the NDA exam:

Year & Exam Name Sectional Cutoff
NDA II 2019 25%
NDA I 2019 25%
NDA II 2018 25%
NDA I 2018 25%
NDA II 2017 25%
NDA I 2017 25%
NDA II 2016 20%
NDA I 2016 25%
NDA II 2015 25%
NDA I 2015 35%
NDA II 2014 30%
NDA I 2014 30%
NDA II 2013 30%
NDA I 2013 30%
NDA II 2012 30%

There will be no separate cutoff marks released for SC / ST / OBC candidates. There is one cut off and based on it, candidates belonging to all the candidates are selected or rejected.

The selected candidates will be invited to join the respective academy as per their performance in the written exam and SSB interview. The joined candidates will go through three years of the training period.


NDA Cutoff FAQs

Ques. What is the NDA Sectional Cut Off?

Ans. The sectional cut off refers to the minimum qualifying marks that candidates will have to secure to qualify for each section of the exam.

Ques. Is there any Sectional Cut Off in NDA Exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a sectional cutoff in UPSC NDA 2021 Exam.

Ques. When will be the NDA cut off marks released?

Ans. The cutoff marks will be released along with the NDA result 2021. The cut-off is expected to be released tentatively in December 2021 for NDA I and in May 2022 for NDA II 2021 exam.

3 Months Crash Course

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


mohammed najamuddin
Is there any examination fee that I need to deposit?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, the application fee for the examination is INR 100. However, fee exemptions and concessions are available to certain applicants such as those belonging to the reserved categories. For more information, its better to refer to the official website.

lakshay kakkar
Can you tell me the eligibility criterion for the NDA exam?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates who have completed their high school and are unmarried are allowed to appear for the exam. However, the age as mentioned in the previous answer should be kept in mind while applying.

sourajit mukherjee
Is there any limit on the maximum number of times a student can apply for the NDA exam?
jaya garg

Hi. The age between which a person can apply for the NDA exam is between 16.5 to 19 years. There is no maximum limit on the number of attempts. Thus, a student can apply as many times as he wants. Make sure you meet all the NDA exam minimum eligibility criteria mentioned here.

What is the duration program for NDA training period?
jaya garg

Hi. The selected candidates will be asked to join the respective academy as per their performance in the written exam and SSB interview. The joined candidates will undergo three years of the training period.

ibashisha mukhim
Can you tell me NDA Cutoff 2021 Expected Cutoff?
jaya garg

Hi. The expected NDA cut off marks as per the previous years’ trends is: Written Exam 342 – 345; Final Cutoff 704 – 710. These are NDA Cutoff 2021 - Expected Cutoff.

arushi thankur
How much do I need to score?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates are supposed to get at least 25% marks in each subject to qualify for the written examination. On the basis of NDA cutoff 2021, candidates will be selected for admission to the Army/Navy/Air Force Wings of National Defence Academy and Naval Academy.

krishna negi
how could I can clear NDA exam of 2021(April) in first attempt?????????
diya suresh

Hi Krishna, You can prepare wel using few tips as below:

  • Follow the exam pattern and syllabus to know high scoring topics
  • Clear the basic concepts
  • Practise by previous year question papers
  • Time management is important
  • Keep some time in the end for revision

To know more visit NDA preparation tips.

muddisetty dayanandasaraswathi
I am studying diploma final year now, Can i eligible to written the exam
swati srivastava

Hi Muddisetty, you can apply for the exam provided you fulfill the age limit criteria. For more details visit: NDA EXAM ELIGIBILITY

sanju yaduwnshi
2020 ka result kab ayega
swati srivastava

Hi Sanju, the results will be relesed in november. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

tejas dhingra
i am going to be promoted in class 12 next year. So if i appear in nda test to be held in april and i clear it, will i be selected and then will i have to prepare for paper 2 or not?
aditi arun

Hello Tejas,

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for NDA 2021 as the students currently in class 11th are ineligible. You can apply for NDA 2022 when you are in class 12th.

ganeshkumar jain
I have scored 140.85 marks in maths and 205 marks in GAT of NDA 2020. Would I clear the written exam?
swati srivastava

Hi Ganesh, it depends on the cutoff released by UPSC. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

how much tough ssb interview is ?
adesh gangwar
I have got 70 markes in nda 2020 ,mathematics can I clear my mathematics exam?
bunty kohli
What are average marks of selected candidates in NDA?
jaya garg

Hi Bunty. The cut off list in the written exam is prepared out of 900 marks. Sectional NDA cut off in written exam is also decided by UPSC and it is calculated based on the total marks obtained in each section. Average expected cut off in 2020 for Written Exam in NDA is 342 with minimum 25% marks in each subject.

jaya garg

Hi Bunty. The average marks of selected candidates vary from 650–750 out of 1800. The expected NDA (1) Cut Off for 2020 is: • Written Exam 342 • Final Cut off 704

How many students get merit out in NDA each year?
jaya garg

Hi Vidushi. Almost 350 cadets get selected for NDA after every six months. The remaining candidates are being merit-out, or get non-qualified from SSB or fall in the category of non-recommended candidates.

riyaz sen
What should be my rank in the merit list of NDA 138 in order to secure a seat in NDA (Army)? I am medically fit for the army.
jaya garg

Hi Riyaz. There are almost 350 seats in NDA and almost 55 in NAVAL ACADEMY, so the rank will be based accordingly. Since you are medically fit, so getting a rank under 208 ensures selection in NDA.

rajesh shrinandan singh
elegiblity for girls in upsc nda examination 2020-2021
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rajesh, girls are not eligible for NDA exam. Only male candidates can appear for this exam.
ankit kumar
I am in 11th std. can I apply this form
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ankit, no, you cannot apply for NDA as for now. However, after you enter in class 12th, you can apply for the same meeting rest of the eligibility guidelines.
devansh chaudahry
How can I became a Para Commando in INDIAN ARMY ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Devansh, Para Commandos are specially trained soldiers of Indian Army which are still only 1 percent of the total strength. There is no different exam for this, once you join Army, you will have the opportunity to join the special forces and you can do it only if found capable. Good luck!
jasnoor mac
I'm Jasnoor and I'm currently studying in 12th grade.Wanted to know if I could appear in the nda2 test to be held in November?