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NDA 2021 Result, Answer Key, Merit List and Cut Off

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Jan 8, 2021

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Every year the NDA exam is conducted twice a year by UPSC to recruit new cadets for the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. Organized at a 10+2 level, only those between 16.5 to 19.5 years unmarried males are eligible to appear for it. Despite the school-level syllabus, this is one of the toughest exams to crack when you consider both the tiers and the medical tests together.

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Latest Highlights:

  • NDA I and II 2020 result has been released. Check the details here
  • NDA 2 2019 result date: It was released on 14 September 2020.
  • The marks of qualified candidates in NDA-II 2019 has been released. 662 candidates have qualified the exam. Download the marks list here.
  • NDA 1 2020 is scheduled to be held on September 6, 2020. Earlier it was scheduled for April 19, 2020, but had been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Check NDA 2020 Exam Date
  • NDA admit card is usually issued three weeks before the exam but has also been delayed as the exam is postponed.
  • For NDA 1 2020, there are a total of 419 vacancies in all the departments.

NDA Result Dates

NDA 2020 Result Dates

Since the dates for the exam have been postponed, all the other relevant dates are likely to be delayed than the estimated tentative dates. Here are some of the important NDA 2020 dates that you must watch out for on the UPSC website for notification.

Events NDA 1 date NDA 2 Date
Written test September 6, 2020 To be notified
Declaration of the results To be notified December (Tentative)
SSB Interview To be notified January-April 2021
Declaration of the final merit list To be notified May 2021

Even though the change in schedule means, you will be getting more time to prepare for the written test, the time you get for preparing for the SSB interview and its several rounds get shortened. Hence, instead of waiting for your NDA 1 written test results to be published, it is better to start taking the basic preparation for the NDA SSB interview as early as possible. 

Check Here NDA 2020 Selection Process

Stages of NDA Results

Stages of NDA 1 2020 Results

  • Publication of the NDA 1 written test results- The list of candidates who have qualified in the NDA 1 written test by obtaining the minimum qualifying marks is prepared by UPSC. The roll numbers of these candidates are mentioned in the result sheets.

  • Services Selection Board or SSB Interview- The qualifying candidates will have to undergo a 5-days long interview procedure. The candidate will be mailed a call letter containing their interview time, date and venue.

  • Medical Screening- Those candidates qualifying the SSB interview will be sent for complete medical checkup at the command hospitals.

  • Final merit list- UPSC will publish a final merit list of the selected candidates based on their overall score in NDA 1 written test, SSB Interview and medical test.

Tie-breaker policy

When two or more candidates have equal aggregate marks as per their NDA 2020 result, the tie is broken based on their age. The candidate who is older in age is given preference.

How to Check Results?

How to Check the NDA 1 Result Online?

Once the exam is conducted and it’s near about time for the results, make sure you occasionally visit the UPSC website to keep track of the latest news. To check your NDA 2020 result, you have to follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website of the UPSC exam.

  • Click the results tab

  • Look for the link “NDA exam 2020 result/Cut-off public merit list”

  • On clicking the link, a PDF file will open

  • The file contains only the roll numbers of all those who have qualified. To find if your roll number is there quickly, click “ctrl+F” and enter the roll number.

  • All candidates whose roll number is listed in the result file is provisionally considered selected but candidature can get cancelled at any stage of the recruitment process if they are found to be violating any rules.

  • The provisionally selected candidates will have to attend the SSB interview where the original certificates of age, category reservation, and educational qualification have to be submitted.

  • The detailed marks will be available post 15 days from the declaration of the final results after the SSB interviews.

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Details Mentioned in NDA Result PDF 2020

  • Name of the qualified aspirants
  • Roll number of the qualified candidates

NDA Scorecard 2020

Once the SSB interview will be completed, the examination authority will release the NDA Scorecard. When the scorecard will be released, then within 30 days, the aspirants can download it. On the official website and in online mode, the scorecard will be available. To download the scorecard, the candidates should provide the login id credentials. 

Contents of the NDA 1 2020 Scorecard

The NDA scorecard has to be obtained through the UPSC website. It is not sent by post. The downloaded scorecard will have the following details and make sure that there is no error in the details on your rank card.

  • Candidate’s Name

  • Roll number

  • NDA 2020 exam score (Both sectional and overall score)

NDA Answer Key

NDA 1 2020 Answer Key

The answer key is published by UPSC after the declaration of the final results. The candidates can check the correct answers and also calculate the score of their written test.

You can download the NDA 2020 answer key in the following method:

  • Check for the links for the answer key on the UPSC website and once published, you can easily download the pdf by clicking on it.

  • Calculate the marks for each paper according to the marking scheme to determine the marks you are likely to obtain.

    • The aspirants will get 4 marks for every correct answer in the GAT (General Ability Test)

    • In Mathematics, the aspirants will achieve 2.5 marks for each right answer.

    • For incorrect answers, you will be negatively marked.

    • For instance, for every incorrect answer, you will be deducted by 0.33 marks. 

GAT Number of correct answer(x 4)- Number of wrong answer(x0.33)
Mathematics  Number of correct answer(x 2.5)- number of wrong answer (x0.33)

What after the declaration of NDA 1 2020 written test results?

The candidates whose roll number is there in the provisional list will have to appear for the SSB interview. 

  • The exam is a two-stage process and comprises a psychological aptitude test and intelligence test.

  • Those who qualify the stage-1 interview are only eligible for appearing in the stage-2.

NDA Final Merit List

Final Merit List for NDA 2020 

The final merit list is created based on the aggregate marks scored by the candidate in the written exam as well as the SSB Interview. Three separate lists are published for the Army and Navy, Air Force and the Executive Course in the Naval Academy.

A few points to keep in mind:

  • Initially, a single merit list is prepared based on the total marks secured by the candidates in the written test as well as SSB interview.

  • Then final allocation for admission to Army, Navy, Air Force, and 10+2 cadet entry scheme of Indian Naval Academy is done based on the available vacancies, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference.

  • If a candidate is allocated for one service or course, they will no longer be considered for other remaining services.

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NDA Cut Off

NDA 1 2020 Cut-off

Each year, there is a slight variation in the NDA cut-off marks. It is declared by UPSC after the final results are published. The NDA Cut-off is applicable in the following ways:

  • The approved minimum qualifying marks in the written test, out of 900

  • Total marks secured by the final list of candidates out of 1800

The following factors play a vital role in affecting the cut-off trends every year:

  • The number of vacancies

  • Total number of candidates appearing for the exam

  • The level of competition 

  • The level of difficulty of the questions

FAQ on NDA Results

Previous Year NDA Cut off: NDA 2019


Written exam (out of 900)

Final Cut off (Out off 1800)

NDA (I) 2019

342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)



to be released

To be released

FAQ on NDA 2020 Results

Question: What are the qualifying marks for each subject?

Ans. You have to score at least 25% of the marks secured for each subject to qualify the written test.

Question: Will I qualify the written test if I score 340 marks?

Ans. Yes, you will be eligible for the SSB interview. Considering the NDA Cut-off trends from previous years, 340 is good enough for qualifying the test.

Question: When will the results for NDA 1 2020 be published?

Ans. The tentative result publication for NDA 1 2020 was in May 2020 but due to the postponing of the exam for COVID-19 pandemic, it has become uncertain and hence yet to be notified.

Question: What about the SSB Interview dates for NDA 2 2019?

Ans. The SSB interview dates have also been postponed due to the present situation of national lockdown. The candidates will have to keep a tab on the UPSC website for further notification regarding the same.

Question: What topics do you need to prepare for an SSB interview?

Ans. The first stage of SSB interview comprises Picture Perception and Description test as well as Officer Intelligence Test. If you qualify this round, you will be eligible for the second stage. It comprises Group testing Officers Tasks, Psychology Tests, Interview and Conference round. All these rounds together consist of 900 marks.

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


saurabh kumar
All subjects 25%marks compalsary

HI Saurabh

Visit on our official website of NDA Eligibility to know the whole details about the qualification required to apply for the exam.

vishal sharma
how many marks required to qualify nda written exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vishal. Candidates are supposed to score at least 25% marks in each subject to qualify for the written examination. Further details are available here.

After getting the NDA 1 2020 written exam result, what should I do next, and how and what should I register on
kavita rani

Hi Muheshraaj. The qualifying candidates who cleared the written exam will have to undergo a 5-days long interview procedure. Eligible candidates will be mailed a call letter that includes all the details related to their interview time, date and venue. For more details, refer here.

shruti verma
How will I be notified when the written exam results in the NDA (National Defense Academy) will be out?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti. For the same, you need to refer to the official website as all the latest notifications are uploaded on the site.

shubham sharma
Can I take the NDA exam at 11th class starting, and what do I do if they ask about the 12th results?
kavita rani

Hi Shubham. No, the students who are in 12th or have passed out 12th are eligible to give the exam. You can check detailed NDA exam eligibility here.

When will the UPSC NDA II 2020 written exam result be declared?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. The results for NDA 1 and 2 have already being declared on 9th October 2020. The shortlisted candidates are supposed to appear for Service Selection Board (SSB) interview round for final selection. The final UPSC NDA I 2020 result will be announced in November 2020 post the completion of SSB interview.

ambar ahirawar
After how many days of the declaration of the NDA written exam results will we receive an SSB call letter?
kavita rani

Hi ambar. The marks of candidates will be declared post 15 days from the date of declaration of final results and it takes a few days to get call letter.

shruti verma
When are the NDA 2 written exam results declared? After how many days are candidates called for an SSB after declaration of the written results?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti. NDA 2 results were announced on October 9th, 2020. Selected candidates are supposed to appear for Service Selection Board (SSB) interview round for final selection. It takes at least a month to be called for an SSB interview.

When will the NDA 1 exam results be released?
kavita rani

Hi Naman. The final UPSC NDA I 2020 result will be declared in November 2020 post the completion of SSB interview.

anuj singh chauhan
Can the students who were not able to qualify for the NDA exam see their results?
kavita rani

Hi anuj. Yes, candidates can check the result for both the exams by visiting the official website. NDA result is made available in PDF format and candidates can download their scores from the official site.

How many students apply for NDA exam and how many passed?
kavita rani

Hi pradeepraj. Almost 2.5 lakh candidates across the country give the NDA written exam, out of which only 550 (almost) get an SSB interview call.

sourajit mukherjee
How many days does it take to publish the NDA exam results after conducting the exam?
kavita rani

Hi sourajit. Mostly it takes almost a month to get the results post the exams get over but sometimes there can be slightly delay as well.  You can refer here to know more about the same.

ibashisha mukhim
After how many days are the NDA exam results declared?

Hello Ibashisha, greetings from Collegedunia. The exam results are declared after an approximate two months from the date of conduction of the examination.

rupendra kumar
2020 nda 1 ka merit kitna h gaYA
common admission test

Hii Rupendra. To know more details about NDA Exam 2020 cutoff follow this link:- NDA EXAM CUTOFF 2020

Will the score card , marks and rank card of each and every candidate be available in upsc website??
arvind kumar

Hi Jayanath, once the results are declared, all the necessary information will be available on UPSC website. For more details visit: NDA EXAM

If I take 280 marks? Can I qualify in written exam

Hello Balasubramaniyam, greetings from Collegedunia. The minimum marks or say the cut-off marks for NDA is different for each session depending upon various factors such as number of vacancies, cnadidates, difficulty level of the exam, etc. Hence, 280 may or may not be sufficient, wait for the minimum marks to be released by the UPSC.

subham ghosh
If I get 477 in nda 2020 written exam will I get ssb calling
arvind kumar

Hi Shubham, Greetings from Collegedunia. There are chances for you to get admitted. For details click here.

soham roy
How likely is it to get a merit out after the medicals and the SSB for NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Soham. See it depends upon a lot of factors like total candidates, etc. In case more candidates applied for the post, then more will be the merit. Total number of candidates recommended for different courses of NDA in the past few years include:

soham roy
After the NDA written result is shown does a merit list is formed even of the selected candidates to be called in SSB?
kavita rani

Hi Soham. Yes you need to clear the overall cut off too to be called for SSB Interview. It is important for the candidates to clear the sectional and total cutoff in all the defense exams, whether it’s about NDA, CDS, CS, or AFCA.

ranu kanwar
What is the airforce cut off in NDA written and SSB?