NDA 2021 will be held in April 2021 and in September 2021 (tentatively). NDA (1) 2021 registration process will be started from 30 December 2020 and it will be ended on 19 January 2021. National Defence Academy Exam 2021 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).
|Last date to apply||19-Jan-2021|
|Application withdrawal||To be notified|
|Admit card||March 2021|
|Declaration of written result||June 2021|
|SSB Interview||July to Sept 2021|
|Last date to apply||29-Jun-2021|
|Admit card||August 2021|
|Declaration of written result||December 2021|
|SSB Interview||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|
|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|
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 the 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 200, are also eligible to appear for NDA (I) exam. This birth date is examined according to the 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 be 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.
The application process for NDA I and NDA II will be started online by the second week of January 2021 and by the second week of June 2021 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 2021.
The conducting body will release the NDA 2021 Admit Card on the official UPSC website.
To download follow the steps given below:
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.
|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 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 2021 consists of the following topics:
Practice Sectional Tests as much as possible before you appear for the NDA 2020 Exam
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)|
|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||-|
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 10+2 level. The following are the topics from Mathematical Ability and General Ability sections covered as a part of the NDA 2021 Syllabus.
|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:
For practicing mock test and sample papers free of cost, check NDA Mock Test
The NDA 2021 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 2021 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.
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:
|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:
Check Mathematics Practice Sets (Topic wise) for free before appearing NDA (2) 2020 Exam
|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|
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.
The selection process in the National Defense Academy is a two-stage process. Stage-1 is the written examination i.e. NDA 2021 test and the stage-2 is the SSB interview stage
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 2021 Document Verification:
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.
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:
Solve Previous Years Papers to know more about the Question pattern
The following are important guidelines and factors you should remember before the exam to avoid disqualification or being denied entrance in your examination centre:
Ques. What are the eligibility criteria for NDA 2021?
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 2021, 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. For Army wing: Candidates must have passed class 12 or cleared the equivalent examination of the State Board to be eligible for NDA 2021.
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 2021.
Candidates who are appearing in 12th class or equivalent examination of the State board are also eligible for NDA 2021.
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 2021?
Ans. The age limit for NDA 2021 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:
Ques. What is TES in NDA?
Ans. TES is Technical Entry Scheme which is another way to get recruited into the army as an Officer in NDA.
Ques. Can arts students join NDA?
Ans. Yes, art students can also join NDA. However, this is applicable only if you are looking forward to joining the army wing of NDA.
Ques. How to join Indian Army after 12th PCB?
Ans. You can join the Indian Army right after 12th through the NDA I and NDA II exams. The NDA exams are conducted twice a year. However, only unmarried male candidates within the age of 19.5 years can apply.
Ques. How much percentage do I require to go to NDA?
Ans. There is no minimum percentage required to apply for NDA as long as you pass the 10+2 exam.
Ques. What are the physical fitness staNDArds for NDA?
Ans. There are several specifications related to the height, weight, eyesight capacity, body tattoos, undesirable physical conditions, chest, shoulder, arms and leg measurements, spinal health, history of surgeries are certain important physical criteria that are all taken into consideration to set a detailed physical fitness staNDArd for NDA.
Ques. What is the post given after clearing NDA?
Ans. After clearing NDA, the cadets undergo 3 years of training at the Academy and when they graduate they have the post of Lieutenant.
Ques. Which is better, the Air Force or NDA?
Ans. For NDA as well as Air Force, you have to appear for the NDA exam and based on your choice and aptitude, you will be selected for NDA, INF and IAF. The decision of which is better depends on the candidate’s preference.
Ques. Is any fees required in order to join the NDA?
Ans. You do not have to pay any fees to join NDA. Once you are selected, the expenses are borne by the GOI. However, if you voluntarily quit or rusticated on disciplinary grounds, you have to pay back the expenses incurred till that point in multiples.
Ques. What is NDA army eyesight criteria?
Ans. The following is the detailed eyesight criteria for NDA-
Ques. Do NDA and NA conduct exams together all the time?
Ans. While the NDA and NA are two different places but the recruitment is done through a single exam. Irrespective of where you want to join, you have to apply for NDA and later select your preference.
Ques. How does one apply for SSB after NDA?
Ans. You do not have to apply for an SSB interview. Only after getting selected through the NDA exam, a candidate gets the call for an SSB interview. You cannot apply only for SSB.
Ques. Can I apply for the NDA 2 exams if I am 18 years old?
Ans. Yes, you can apply for the NDA 2 exam if you are 18 years old. The upper age limit is 19.5 years.
Ques. Is it possible for an NRI to join the Indian army?
Ans. If you have foreign citizenship, you cannot join the Indian army. However, an NRI with Indian passport and documents supporting his claim of Indian citizenship can apply for NDA.
Ques. Which GK books are best for the NDA?
Ans. The following are the best GK books for NDA-
Ques. How good is Lucent's GK book for NDA?
Ans. Lucent’s GK book is highly recommended for the preparation of the NDA exam.
Ques. Is there negative marking in the NDA exam?
Ans. Yes, for every wrong answer there is a 0.33 marks deduction. There will be no negative marking for unattempted questions.
Ques. Which is easier to crack, the NDA or the CDS?
Ans. The exam pattern is rather similar for NDA and CDS. But for NDA, the syllabus is at a school level and many people consider it much easier to crack than CDS whose syllabus is more advanced.
Ques. What are the best online sites to prepare for CDS?
Ans. Some of the best online sources to prepare for CDS include SSB crack videos, unacademy, prepp.in, and different free online tests.
Ques. Is the NDA and the CDS syllabus the same?
Ans. No, the NDA exam is at 10+2 level while the CDS exam is at graduation level and hence the syllabus also differs accordingly.
Ques. What is the best book for the NDA history exam?
Ans. For the NDA history exam, the NCERT history books from class VIII-XII are the best books to study.
Ques. How to correct my name on an NDA admit card?
Ans. In case there is any mistake in the spelling of your name, you have to contact NDA at the earliest with a copy of the application form where you had entered the correct spelling and get it rectified.
Ques. When will the NDA 1 2021 hall ticket be released?
Ans. Usually, the NDA admit card is released three weeks before the exam. Since the NDA I 2021 exam has been indefinitely postponed, the admit card is not yet released.
Ques. Are bags allowed in the NDA exam hall?
Ans. No, any belongings other than a pen, admit card and photo ID proof will not be allowed inside the exam hall.
Ques. Is a character certificate required for the NDA?
Ans. A character certificate form will be sent along with your call letter for the SSB interview and it has to be duly filled and submitted during document verification.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.