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 male 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NDA 2020 exam score (Both sectional and overall score)
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.
|SECTION||SCORE CALCULATION FORMULA|
|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)|
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.