NDA 2021 - Dates, Exam (Nov 14), Answer key, Result, Cut off, Selection Process
NDA 2021: The UPSC NDA 2 2021 exam has been held by UPSC on November 14. The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC NDA 2 answer key 2021 soon on the official website. Candidates will be provided a chance to raise objections against the UPSC NDA 2 2021 answer key till a certain time period. The final answer key will be released before to along with the declaration with the UPSC NDA 2 result 2021.
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The UPSC has released the admit card 2021 in online mode on October 22. Earlier, the authorities opened the NDA application form filling window for the female candidates in online mode. The last date to register for the NDA 2 2021 exam was October 8th, 2021. Meanwhile, UPSC has released the UPSC calendar 2022 in online mode.
According to the UPSC calendar 2022, the NDA (1) 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on April 10, 2022 whereas NDA (2) exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 4, 2022. Indian Army has activated the NDA I 2021 SSB date selection link. The NDA -147 and NA -109 SSB date selection link will close on July 28, at 12:30 PM.
The NDA II 2021 exam was scheduled to be held on September 05, 2021 but it was held on November 14, 2021. UPSC released the NDA 02/2021 notification along with the NDA application form 2021 for 400 vacancies on June 9, 2021. The last date to apply for NDA 2 2021 is June 29. Candidates aged between 16.5 and 19.5 years and those who have passed 12th could apply for NDA exam 2021.
UPSC has also increased the number of exam centres for the NDA 2 2021 exam. The exam centres are now 75. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the NDA Exam written test followed by an SSB Interview. Check all details related to the NDA 2021 like how to apply, eligibility criteria, salary, syllabus, best books and more here.
The full form of NDA is National Defence Academy. It is commonly known as NDA by many. NDA exam is conducted conducted by UPSC to recruit class 12th passed students to defence services.
NDA Exam 2021 Overview
NDA Full Form
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
NDA 2021 Exam Dates
NDA 1 - April 18, 2021
NDA 2 - November 14, 2021
Commonly known as
NDA & NA
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Frequency of conduct
Twice a year
Written exam and SSB Interview
Scope of NDA
NDA 1/2021 vacancies - 400
NDA 2/2021 vacancies - 400
What is NDA?
National Defence Academy (NDA) is an institute of global excellence in the field of military education. To get the most capable candidate admitted to NDA, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA exam twice a year. This exam is usually conducted in April (NDA/NA I), and in September (NDA/NA II). Male candidates who have qualified 12th can only apply for this exam.
Through NDA/NA I and NDA/NA II, UPSC seeks to fill up officer level vacancies in Army, Navy and Air Force. Naval Academy vacancies are also filled up through the NDA/NA/NA exam. The most important stage in the selection process of SSB NDA/NA is the 5-day rigorous test which is conducted in order to choose the best candidate. During these 5 days, candidates are tested on various grounds including their speed, intelligence, presence of mind, psychological and physical fitness.
Candidates must be aware of the NDA 2021 exam dates to track all events on time.
NDA Exam Dates 2021
NDA I 2021 Dates
|NDA II 2021 Dates||NDA I 2022 Dates||NDA II Dates 2022|
NDA exam 2021 notification
December 30, 2020
|June 9, 2021|
December 22, 2021
|May 18, 2022|
Start date of application form
December 30, 2020
|June 9, 2021||December 22, 2021||May 18, 2022|
Last date to submit the application form
January 19, 2021
|June 29, 2021 (Closed)||January 11, 2022||June 24, 2022|
Last date of fee payment online
January 19, 2021
|June 29, 2021 (Closed)|
To be announced
To be announced
Last date of offline fee payment
January 18, 2021
|June 28, 2021 (Closed)|
To be announced
To be announced
|Start and end date to Fill NDA 2 application form for female candidates||-||September 24, 2021 to|
October 8, 2021
NDA application form withdrawal window
January 27, 2021 to February 02, 2021
|July 6 to 12, 2021 (Window Active)|
To be announced
To be announced
March 26, 2021
|October 22, 2021|
To be announced
To be announced
NDA 2021 Exam date
April 18, 2021
November 14, 2021 (New date)
|April 10, 2022 (Sunday)||September 4, 2022 (Sunday)|
NDA result for written test
June 30, 2021 (Released)
|To be announced|
To be announced
|To be announced|
To be announced
To be announced
|To be announced||To be announced|
NDA Vacancies 2021
UPSC has released 400 vacancies to be filled under the NDA 2 recruitment 2021. 400 vacancies were released under NDA 1/2021 recruitment too. Previous year in 2020, NDA 1 exam was held to recruit 418 candidates while in NDA 2 there were 413 vacancies released.
UPSC has released the NDA & NA 2 2021 admit card online on the official website on October 22. The NDA 1 2021 admit card was released on March 26 at upsc.gov.in. Candidates who have successfully submitted the application form will be issued the admit card. To download the NDA 2021 admit card aspirants will have to either use their registration number or roll number on the official website.
The NDA admit card 2021 will carry information such as candidate’s name, exam centre details, date, time of exam, roll number, category, photograph, signature and exam day guidelines etc. Candidates must carry their admit card to the examination centre along with the one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport.
NDA 2021 Exam Day Instructions
Candidates must carry the NDA admit card 2021 along with one photo-identity proof in original form to the exam centre.
Carry a clipboard or hardboard and a black ball pen for marking the responses.
Sheets for doing rough work will be provided by the invigilator in the exam hall.
Do not fold or damage the answer sheet.
Candidates must not carry any kind of books, notes, electronic gadgets, loose sheets, or calculator, mathematical and drawing instruments, stencils of maps, log tables, slide rules, test booklets or rough sheets in the exam hall.
Mobile phones, Bluetooth devices or smartwatches are strictly prohibited inside the exam hall.
Reach the exam centre at least one hour before the reporting time.
UPSC prescribes the syllabus of NDA 2021 for all aspirants and mentions it into the official notification. NDA exam syllabus contains topics and sub-topics on which the question paper will be based. The syllabus consists of questions from Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The standard of questions in the exam are of matriculation and 10+2 level. Candidates can check the NDA syllabus here.
NDA Exam 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 etc
English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, General Science, History, Freedom Movement etc., Current Events
Along with knowing the syllabus it is also advised to know about the NDA exam pattern as well. The exam pattern consists of the stages of the exam, time duration and marking scheme etc. NDA is conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam carries two papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The duration of each test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Mathematics paper carries a total of 120 questions while the GAT paper has 150 questions.
Maximum marks allotted to the written exam is 900. As per marking scheme, candidates with correct answers in mathematics will score 2.5 marks. For the correct answer in GAT, candidates will score 4 marks. For the wrong answer, 1/3 of marks assigned to that particular question will be deducted as penalty. The SSB Interview will be conducted for 900 marks.
NDA 2021 Exam Pattern
NDA Written exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview
5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each paper)
Maths - 120 questions
UPSC releases the set-wise official question paper of NDA on its official website a few days after the exam is conducted. The question paper helps in many ways, it helps in practicing, to know the difficulty level of the exam as well as to analyse the answer key of NDA 2021. Candidates are advised to use a timer while solving NDA question papers to increase the speed and accuracy.
NDA Previous Year Question Papers
To apply for UPSC NDA 2021, candidate's must meet the minimum eligibility criteria. These criteria are determined by the UPSC. NDA exam eligibility must be met on the grounds of the following factors:
NDA Exam Eligibility 2021
The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and no later than July 1, 2005)
For Army wing, candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC
For Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have passed Class 12 with Physics and Mathematics
For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)
For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)
UPSC has started the registration process for NDA 2 2021 exam for the female candidates from September 24 and the last date to fill the NDA 2 2021 application form is October 8, 2021. Earlier UPSC released the NDA 2 application form 2021 on June 9. The last date to fill the application form was June 29. Eligible candidates were able to fill the NDA application form in two parts. In part I, they had to register for the NDA exam 2021 by filling in the basic information.
In part II, they had to pay examination fees, select examination centre, upload photograph and signature. Candidates can edit details in NDA application form 2021 within the prescribed date of application. The application fee for general category candidates is Rs. 100 while SC/ ST candidates, Sons of JCOs, NCOs and ORs are exempted from paying the fee for NDA application form.
How to fill NDA Application Form 2021?
In order to fill the application form of NDA exam 2021, candidates have to fill in following two parts:
Part I of NDA application form
Registration (filling basic details)
Part II of NDA 2021 application form
Payment of application fee
Selection of examination centres
Uploading signature and photograph (20 kb to 300 kb)
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NDA 2021 Application Fee
General and OBC
SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs
Exempted from fee payment
Withdrawal of NDA Application Form 2021
The NDA 2/2021 form withdrawal window opened on July 6 and last date withdraw application form was July 12. Candidates who change their mind to not take the NDA 2021 exam can withdraw their application form within the prescribed time. UPSC releases the facility to withdraw application form on the official website. Candidates must note that on withdrawal of the application form, the application fee paid by them will not be refunded.
UPSC released the NDA 1 2021 exam result on June 30. UPSC declares the result of NDA 2021 written exam at upsc.gov.in. The result of NDA is declared in online mode in PDF format and comprises the roll numbers and names of all the qualified candidates. On the basis of the result of the written exam, candidates are selected for the SSB Interview. After which, UPSC will prepare the final merit list.
The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the written exam as well as the SSB Interview. Final admission will be offered to candidates on the basis of their rank as per the merit list. UPSC also releases the scorecard of NDA 2021 exam on its official website within 15 days from the date of announcement of final NDA result. The scorecard will be available to download for a period of 30 days. The NDA scorecard displays the following details –
Sectional and overall scores
UPSC releases the official NDA 2021 answer key after the declaration of the final result. However, major coaching institutes release unofficial NDA answer keys within a few hours from the conclusion of the exam. Candidates will be able to download the answer key for all sets of subjects, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Using answer keys, they will be able to check correct answers to each question asked in the exam, and calculate their marks as well as spectate their chances of qualification.
The NDA cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to score in order to qualify the exam. NDA cut off is applied for written exam and SSB Interview. UPSC releases the cut off for written exam and final selection. NDA cut off 2021 for written examination will be calculated out of 900 marks.
Based on NDA cut off of written examination, candidates will be selected for SSB Interview. UPSC will decide the final cut off out of 1800 marks (900 for written exam and 900 for SSB Interview). The final merit list of NDA will be prepared on the basis of the final cutoff. Candidates can check previous years’ cut off.
NDA I Cut off - 2019
Written exam (out of 900)
SSB Interview (out of 900)
Final Cut off (Out off 1800)
342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)
Quick Links: NDA Question Paper with Solution 2021
It is one of the toughest and most competitive exams in India. In order to start the preparation, candidates must know the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus of the exam. Here are some points, which can help candidates ace the exam preparations.
Go through the NDA exam pattern to know about the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc. asked in the exam. By getting the idea of the exam pattern, candidates will be able to optimise the plan about how to prepare for the NDA exam.
Refer to the best books to prepare for NDA. The best books cover the whole syllabus. By referring to these books candidates will be able to get a detailed explanation of each topic in an effective manner.
It is important for candidates to make an effective study plan and follow it. By following the study plan, they will be able to devote equal time and attention to both the papers, topics and sub-topics.
Candidates must regularly practice from previous years question papers of NDA 2021. Solving previous years question papers will boost the confidence as well and enhance problem-solving skills. Candidate's will also be able to know the difficulty level of questions asked in the exam, paper pattern and trend of questions.
Along with studying for the exam, candidates must take as many mock tests as possible. The mock test can help candidates measure their preparation level and help them identify their weaker points, question-solving speed, accuracy etc.
As per the selection process of NDA, there are two stages in the exam - written exam and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. All those who qualify in the NDA written exam will only be able to appear for SSB interview, the SSB will be conducted over a course of 5-6 or 7 days.
Written Exam- Candidates who successfully submit their application and are issued the admit card will be able to appear for the written exam. The written exam will be held for two papers -Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who score marks equal to or more than the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam will be called for the SSB Interview.
NDA 2021 SSB Interview - The SSB Interview is conducted to test the intelligence and personality of the candidates. The process is broadly scheduled for 5 days. During these days, the selected candidates are subject to various tests to examine their further competencies. These five days include Testing, Psychological Test, Group Testing Officers Test, Personal Interview and the Conference round.
SSB interview includes Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test which is Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) whereas stage II includes Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. Candidates who qualify all these stages will be finally recommended for the academy. There are 5 stages in the interview and group discussion of SSB NDA/NA. Candidates can check the stages below.
SSB Interview Stages
Group Testing Officers Test
Candidates who get admitted to the National Defence Academy (NDA) are entitled to a remuneration during the training period as well. Cadets are entitled to a stipend of Rs. 21,000/- p.m. during the training period at Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). Along with the stipend, cadets also get various allowances. The table below contains the pay scale and allowances of Army Officers, Officers in the Air Force, and Navy.
NDA Salary 2021
Rank Pay (in Rupees)
Lieutenant to Major
15,600 - 39,100/-
Lieutenant Colonel to Major General
37,400 - 67,000/-
Lieutenant General HAG Scale
67,000 - 79,000/-
75,500 - 80,000/-
Vice Chief of Army Staff/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)
Chief of Army Staff
Along with the basic pay, the Officers get the following allowances:
Dearness Allowances (DA)
Transport allowance (TA)
Highly Active Field Area Allowance (As per the post)
Compensatory Field Area (As per post)
Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (As per post)
Previous Year's NDA Stats
The table below contains the number of candidates recommended for NDA from 2017 to 2019
NDA 1 Qualified
NDA 2 Qualified
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA 2021 - Dates, Exam (Nov 14), Answer key, Result, Cut off, Selection Process
Question: Can female candidates apply for NDA?
Female candidates are eligible to apply for the NDA exam.
Question: Can I join NDA immediately after completing 10th?
No, to join NDA, You should have passed the 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized board.
Question: Can I appear for the NDA exam if I am not a Science student?
Yes, you can definitely appear however, you can apply for the Army Wing of NDA only.
Question: I have a Tattoo on my left hand. Will I be allowed entry in NDA?
There are conditions applied with respect to Tattoos. Permanent body tattoos are permitted only on the inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of both hands. Though, there are no restrictions on size or type of tattoo has been specified. However, it is advised to not have a tattoo till you clear the exam, unless you are from a tribe or follow a custom that mandatorily required to have a tattoo.
Question: What is the application fee to pay if I belong to a reserved category?
In case you belong to the SC/ST category or a ward of NCOs/JCOs/Ors you will not have to pay any application fee. However, candidates belonging to general category will have to pay Rs. 100 as NDA application fee.
Question: What is the salary of NDA?
If you qualify NDA, you will get a stipend of Rs. 21,000 per month during your training period. However, the salaries of NDA Officers after training (Lieutenant) will be Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 p.m (basic), grade pay of Rs. 500 p. m. and military fund of Rs. 6000 p.m.
Question: Is it tough to crack the NDA 2021 exam?
Question: When is the NDA 1 2021 exam going to be conducted?
NDA 1 2021 was held on April 18, 2021, across the country amid the COVID-19 second wave.
Question: What is the eligibility for NDA exam?
Male candidates between the age group of 16 to 19 years can apply for NDA exam. They must have passed Class 10+2 as well.
Question: Is Mathematics necessary for NDA exam?
Yes, Mathematics is necessary for NDA exam and the difficulty level of maths will be 10+2 level. Maths is mandatory for candidates who apply for NDA Air Force and Navy courses.
Question: Is NCERT enough for NDA?
The question paper is mostly based on CBSE board and NCERT is more than sufficient for NDA. However they must also read supplementary books, question banks etc for NDA preparations.
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Questions related to NDA
i am born 27 sep 2005 and i am studying 10 can i join 2024 nda
Following is the eligibility criteria that is to be fulfilled for students who wish to appear for NDA examination for the year 2022.
• Candidate's age must be between 16.5 years to 19.5 years.
• Also his/her date of birth should lie between July 2, 2005, to July 1, 2002.
• The criteria regarding education is - Educational Qualification - Passed 12th standard with maths and physics
Now if the eligibility criteria remains same for the next few years which is likely then you will complete you class XII education in the year 2024.
And if we apply the eligibility criteria to the year 2024 NDA aspirants it would be his/her date of birth should lie between July 2, 2007, to July 1, 2004.
So yes you will be eligible for NDA 2024.
I hope you find the answer helpful
Anyone here know about NDA?I want to prepare for NDA exam...can anyone tell me something about NDA?
NDA exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission as NDA I and NDA II. NDA is conducted twice a year.
- The age limit for NDA is 16.5 years to 19.5 years.
- The candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam with Mathematics and Physics subjects, from a recognised Board.
- There is no limit on number of attempts.
- The male candidates must be unmarried.
To get more information about NDA go through below mentioned link.
May this information was useful to you.
All The Best!!
what is the meaning of "items to be dropped" in nda answer key will i get the marks?
If a question is marked as item to be dropped in NDA it means every student will get the marks for that question regardless whether they are answered or not answered . Congrats , you will get mark for that question.
Hope this information helps you.
I have taken sp,bk,eco,hin,ocm,Eng so I can apply for nda
The educational requirement for NDA states that any candidate irrespective of their stream can appear for Army wing of NDA however for other two Physics and Maths are compulsory. Also the applicants need to meet the age requirement between 16.5 to 19.5 years .
Qualifying Exam details
Passed 12th standard from State Education Board or a University
Indian Air Force and Naval
Passed 12th standard with Physics and Mathematics from State Education Board or a University
To know more you can visit, NDA Eligibility Criteria 2022 - Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality, Attempt Limit (careers360.com)
Hope it helps!!
can somebody please share the percentage of how many students did take admission in NDA after pursuing 12th in Sainik school ???
Any student who have passed his 12th exam from a recognized board with any stream can give the NDA entrance exam, and the age limit is between 16.5 - 19.5 years.
There is not a mandatory thing that only Sainik school students are allowed to give the entrance exam, if you are enrolled in any school and had completed your 12th then you are also eligible to give the entrance exam.
After every six month NDA post the notification with the vacancy around 400 - 450, and it vary according to the availability of seat.
Good luck :)