NDA II 2020 Cut Off - Expected & Previous Year Cut off Marks

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Oct 12, 2020

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UPSC will release final cutoff marks after the declaration of result. It is the minimum qualifying marks the aspirants need to achieve, so that they become eligible to appear for the next round of selection process. Hence, the aspirants should secure the NDA Cut off 2020, both in written tests and in SSB interviews. The aspirants will be qualified as per the final cut off to the Navy/Army or in Air Force Wings of Naval Academy and National Defence Academy. Due to the Corona outbreak, the NDA 1 2020 has been postponed and has been rescheduled on 6 September 2020. On the other hand, NDA 2 final cut off for 2019, was expected to be released in May 2020. 

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Latest: NDA Exam 2020 has been postponed by UPSC. Consequently, downloading of NDA Admit card 2020 will be delayed. 

Previous Years NDA Cut Off

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% scores in every subject) 325 (With at least 25% scores in every subject)
  • Cut marks will be given out of total marks i.e. 900 marks for the written test.
  • There will be a sectional cut off, which means one needs to secure minimum sectional cut off marks, which will be near 25-30 % each paper.
  • SSB interview will be of total 900 marks, the final marks would be the combination of written and SSB interview marks ie total 1800 marks.
  • Final NDA II 2019 cut off marks will be published after the SSB interview, candidates will get the joining instructions based on their order in the merit list. 
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NDA Cut Off 2020 Dates

The following table highlights the releasing dates of NDA Cut off 2020: 

NDA Cut off 2020 Events NDA 1 2020  NDA 2 2020 

Written Exam

To be announced soon


Release of NDA cut off marks

To be announced soon

May 2021

Factors Affecting the NDA Cut Off in Calculation

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

  1. Total vacancies such as the availability of seats for the exam. 
  2. Number of test-takers
  3. The difficulty level of the exam

Expected NDA (1) Cut Off 2020

Exam  NDA expected cut off 
Written Exam  342
Final Cut off 704

Official NDA (1) Cut off 2019


NDA 1 cut off 2019 for the written exam (out of 900)

NDA 1 Final Cut off 2019 (out of 1800)

Army  342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)  704
Air Force 
Naval Academy

NDA 2019 Expected Cut Off

Based on the previous years cut off score, which has mentioned above, the NDA (2) 2019 cut off score can be assumed. The expected cut off score has been highlighted in the following table:

NDA 2 exam  Written Exam  Final Selection 
330-348 -

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Candidates must note that the sectional cut off of minimum 35% marks to qualify for final cutoff marks which means a candidate has to score a minimum of 105 marks in the mathematics section & 210 marks in the General Ability Section to be able to qualify for overall cut off. NDA 1 2019 Cut off And Recommendation Details has been Released for 447 Candidates – Check Here

SSB Interview in NDA Selection Process

SSB Interview is a five-day process carried out by the Selection Services Board. Three different assessors namely the Interviewing officer, Group Testing Officer and the Psychologist test each candidate from three different perspectives and arrive at their respective decisions. 

Only those candidates who qualify at stage 1 will be called for the remaining tests. Qualifying candidates have to submit the following Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of:

  • Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth,
  • Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:

  1. Written examination of NDA 2019 as set by the Commission.
  2. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by SSB at their discretion.

NOTE: Besides, candidates with the first choice for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates with one choice as Air Force, should separately qualify the PABT (Pilot Aptitude Test) and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS), if fulfill the eligibility for Air Force.

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


bunty kohli
What are average marks of selected candidates in NDA?
kavita rani

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.

kavita rani

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?
kavita rani

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.
kavita rani

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?
bipin purohit
when declared NDA examination result?
akansha expert

Hi Bipin, To Get the detail about NDA Exam please check this link :- NDA RESULT.