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NDA II 2020 Selection Process- Written and Final Round

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Oct 21, 2020

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NDA Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for Army, Navy, and Air Force in NDA (National Defence Academy) and Naval Academy. The Selection Procedure for NDA is divided into 2 stages - Written Examination and Interview. 

Candidates successfully qualifying the written test would be shortlisted for NDA Selection Process. The list of shortlisted candidates would be only released post declaration of Result 2020 for NDA. Those who clear the cut off for NDA would be only selected to participate in the interview rounds.

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Latest Update: On 16 June 2020, UPSC NDA (2) 2020 application form has been released. On the other hand, it can be expected that the NDA Admit Card 2020 will be issued at the end of August. 

The qualifying candidates will appear for the Intelligence and Personality Test. The SSB conducts an interview for these candidates. After the completion of the selection rounds, the Commission would publish a combined list of selected candidates on the basis of their marks in the written test and interviews.

Selection Process for NDA

The NDA Selection Process 2020 is primarily divided into two stages, the first is a written examination and the second is SSB Interview. The candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test are required to participate in the Selection Process of NDA 2020.

The candidates meeting the NDA Cut Off for their respective categories are required to appear for the interview before the selection boards of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Written Examination

The written examination is the first stage of the selection of candidates. The successful candidates from the first stage would be only invited to participate in the next round.

  • NDA 2020 is a 900 marks test- further divided into two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  • The duration of the exam is 180 minutes comprising objective type questions.
  • Minimum qualifying marks are decided by the commission for participating in the selection process.
  • Qualifying candidates have to sit for the interview consisting of Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence or Personality test.

SSB Interview (Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test)

The SSB Interview is the second and final round of the NDA Selection Process. The SSB Interview round comprises two separate tests – Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

The two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test has been introduced at Selection Centres. The qualifying candidates have to be put to the stage for tests on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres. 

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 2020 as set by the Commission.
  2. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by SSB at their discretion.

Day wise SSB Interview



Day 1

Picture Perception* test and Description Test

Day 2

Psychology Tests

Day 3

Group Testing Officer’s Task

Day 4


Day 5


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.

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Documents Required for NDA Selection Process

The candidates selected for the interview are required to carry and later on submit the following documents to the academy for verification. Candidates claiming admission under reserved categories should carry the relevant documents.

All the documents should be carried in original as well as photostat copies. Failure to carry any of the necessary documents could lead to the disqualification of the candidate.

  • Original 10+2 or Class 12th passing certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for a certain category of students.
  • Category or Cast certificate applicable to SC, ST, OBC etc.
  • Identity and Address Proof

One Photo Identity and Address Proof

Photo Identity

School I-card

Address Proof

Aadhar Card

Voter ID


Nivaas Pramaan Patra (Address Proof)

Final Merit List: NDA Selection Process 2020

  1. To get into the Navy/Naval Academy/Army and Air Force via NDA, the aspirants should get a minimum NDA cut off score. The candidates should achieve the cutoff score separately in both written tests and in the SSB interview.  
  1. The aspirants also need to qualify the Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) separately to complete the selection process for the Indian Air Force.
  2. According to NDA Eligibility 2020, medical and physical fitness and merit and preferences of the candidates, the final selection process will be completed. 

Reasons of Disqualification From NDA Training 

The candidates can also be disqualified from the admission process of the training course and the academy if any of the following appears to be the case:

  1. If the Candidates who were admitted to an earlier course at the NDA, or to the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy but were removed or turned out of the Academy due to any lack of inappropriateness, will not be admitted to the Academy.
  2. If the Candidates applying this year were previously removed or turned out of them due to medical reasons the National Defence Academy or Indian Naval Academy on medical grounds or left the above Academy voluntarily are however or were previously withdrawn from the Academy, can be taken in again provided they satisfy the medical and other prescribed conditions.

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


abhishek giri
I am in first month of 12th science (pcm)can I apply for pilot in indian air force .if I am qualify nda written exam in ssb interview can i allow or not because I have not 12th mark sheet and certificate
What happens after getting selected in NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. The selected candidates for NDA will be provided preliminary training, both academic and physical, for 4 years at Indian Naval Academy. The candidates of 10+2 Cadet Entry will be provided a B. Tech Degree post completing the training successfully.

How much marks are required to be shortlisted in NDA merit list?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. Candidates can refer to the previous year cut-offs, but they can't predict what will happen in the future. So to be on the safer side, candidates must try to attempt at least 60 or more than 60 questions asked in maths to get more than 150 marks and in the GAT section, they must attempt 85 or 85 plus questions correctly to get 340 or more than score. Each year, almost 350–380 students get their names mentioned in NDA Final merit list.

ananya pandey
Where do the last rankers in the merit list of the NDA go if they are only fit for the army?
kavita rani

Hi Ananya. Candidates who have cleared the SSB Interview would be invited to join the Indian Army. However, sometimes due to a shortage of vacancy, last rankers are not able to join an Academy. Based on the option and availability of the vacancy, the regiment is allotted to the candidates.

rahit bhar
What are average marks of selected candidates in NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Rahit. The average marks needed to select candidates for NDA varies from 650–750 out of 1800; however, the average marks are based on so many factors like total candidates, number of vacancies, etc.

henna mitra
Should I go to NDA SSB when I know my marks in written are low and I have just cleared the cut off? Even if I get recommended can I get into merit list with such low marks in written?
kavita rani

Hi Henna. I think you must not miss any chance to give SSB interview even in case your score in the written exam is less. You must give your best and always remember that written score play only half role in making total score as the remaining half scores will be granted based on SSB interview. So even in case you have scored less in the written exam, you must appear for the interview.

kavita rani

Hi Henna. I think you must not miss any chance to give SSB interview even in case your score in the written exam is less. You must give your best and always remember that written score play only half role in making total score as the remaining half scores will be granted based on SSB interview. So even in case you have scored less in the written exam, you must appear for the interview.

rashmi gupta
What are the chances of making it to a merit list after getting a temporary rejection but clearing it later in NDA?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Candidates will be able to get a joining date only in case they cleared a temporary rejection. Candidates will get their name in the merit list only in case they have done well previously.