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NDA Admit Card Released, NDA Exam scheduled on September 18

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Apr 28, 2017

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The lucrative life of Army attracts number of young enthusiasts from all over the country twice every year as the written test of National Defence Academy is conducted. This year NDA II is scheduled to be conducted on September 18, 2016. All the successfully registered candidates are intimated about their test venue and timings through NDA Admit Card.

Essential to be presented at NDA Test Centre, the Admit Card should be carried along at all times during NDA Exam. Also it is advisable to candidates to verify all the information mentioned on the Admit Card.

NDA Exam is conducted in pen paper mode, divided into two sections of 2.5 hours each: Mathematics (Code No.1) of 300 marks & General Ability Test (Code No. 2) of 600 marks. The level of questions asked in NDA Mathematics is moderate, while the other section of General Ability could be a little difficult to the candidates. General Ability covers a vast syllabus ranging from High-School Science to elementary knowledge of economics & polity.

The NDA II Results will be announced in the month of December 2016. All the successful candidates will be invited for the next round of Selection Process, namely the Service Selection Board, SSB. The SSB consists of two levels, Screening & Conference. The final Merit list is released post the conference round and candidates meeting the cut will be finally admitted to the prestigious National Defence Academy.

NDA Exam on Sep 18

The NDA Exam is scheduled on September 18, 2016. The Exam will be conducted into two sessions of 2.5 hours each at various chosen test centres. With a total of 900 marks, the sole objective of NDA Exam is to test the candidates’ aptitude & logics as required from an officer in Indian Armed Forces.

With coming years, students and parents are looking for an alternative from the mainstream engineering courses. Indian Army has provided that safe & respected alternative candidates craved for.

As per the reports shared by National Defense Academy, NDA in the previous years- More than 600,000 candidates registered for the test and 450,000 appeared for the same out of which only 5000 candidates could make to the interviews. Post Merit List announcement, 300-500 candidates are finally admitted to first year at NDA, Pune.

Essentials at NDA Test Venue

Preparation for any exam is incomplete without proper awareness about the exam. NDA Exam will be conducted at the chosen NDA Test Venues. Candidates need to present mandatory documents to support their identity at the test centres. Mandatory documents required at test Centres include

NDA Exam Preparation

Candidates appearing for NDA should prepare well and should focus on General Science section more as it holds the larger weightage of the NDA question Paper. Apart from the SSB Preparation, practice for NDA written test is equally important and necessary as it is the preliminary stage in a quite lengthy process of Selection in NDA.


Reference books to be referred for NDA Preparation is mentioned below.

Pathfinder for NDA & NA Entrance Examination
Mathematics for NDA & NA Examination
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
Objective GK & Current Affairs (Level 1) by Disha Experts
Objective GK & Current Affairs (Level 2) by Disha Experts
Manorama Yearbook 2017 by Matthew M

Result to be declared in December

The NDA Result will be released at the Indian Army official website in form of merit list. Candidates will be required to check their roll numbers in the circular released by Indian Armed Forces.

The NDA Results are evaluated solely on the basis of performance of candidates in NDA Exam II held on September 18.

Post Result Selection Process, Service Selection Board (SSB)

All the qualified candidates in NDA Exam are intimated about the further Selection Process, SSB through Call Letters sent to the registered Email ID. Also, Circular is released by Indian Armed Forces at their recruitment portal,

Candidates who are unable to access their call letters due to various reason may carry the printout of circular supported by NDA Admit Card.

The selection process is carried out at the Service Selection Boards in two stages mentioned below.

  1. Screening Round
  2. Conference Round

The Selection process at SSBs test candidates’ aptitude on the basis of set of Officer Like Qualities, OLQs required Indian Armed Forces in its Officers.


As discussed earlier,  NDA is one of most sought after exam of the nation. The ace exam proves as a gateway to most lucrative life of an Armed Forces Personnel. Indian Army not just offers adventure the young blood seeks but also assures job security and future growth prospects.

With the introduction of 7th pay commission in the salary of government officials, the candidates must surely be motivated for the exam. To be conducted at September 18, 2016, Collegedunia team wishes you all the best.

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