NDA 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has postponed the NDA 01/2020 exam due to COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier UPSC has released NDA 2020 application form on January 8 in online mode at upsc.gov.in. NDA aspirants who are between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age and have passed class 12 (with Maths and Science for Air Force and Naval Academy) can fill the application form. NDA (I) 2020 exam which was scheduled to be held on April 19 in pen and paper mode will now be conducted on June 14 (tentatively) across 41 different cities in India. UPSC is to shortlist as many as 418 candidates through NDA 2020 exam wherein 370 is for NDA and 48 is for NA. NDA exam is conducted in two stages - written test and SSB Interview. Candidates who will qualify in the written exam of NDA 2020 will have to take SSB interview, after qualifying which would get them shortlisted to the final merit list.

NDA 2020

Latest: NDA-1 2020 exam has been postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak. NDA Admit Card 2020 to be released on May 22 (tentatively)

NDA is conducted twice a year - April and September, for the admission of candidates to Army, Navy and Air Force. NDA 2 exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 6, 2020. Candidates will be able to apply for the NDA 2 exam from June 10 to 30, 2020.

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 in NDA, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts NDA exam twice a year. This exam is usually conducted in April (NDA/NA I), and in September (NDA/NA II). Candidates who have passed or are appearing in 12th have only been given the eligibility to 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 NDA/NA/NA exam. The most important stage in the selection process of SSB NDA/NA is the 5 days rigorous test that is conducted in order to choose the best candidate. During these 5 days, the candidates are tested on various grounds including their speed, intelligence, presence of mind, psychological and physical fitness.

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NDA Recruitment


NDA Application Form 2020

UPSC has released the application form of NDA on January 8, 2020. The last date to fill the application form was January 28, 2020. Candidates have to fill the NDA application form in two parts – I and II. In part I, candidates have to register for the exam by filling the basic information. In part II, applicants have to pay the examination fees, select examination centre, upload photograph and signature. Candidates can edit the details in NDA application form 2020 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.

How to fill NDA 2020 Application Form

In order to fill the application form of NDA 2020 candidates have to fill it in the following two parts:

Part I of NDA application form

  • Registration (filling basic details)

Part II of NDA 2020 application form

  • Payment of application fee

  • Selection of examination centres

  • Uploading signature and photograph (20 kb to 300 kb)

NDA Application Fee

Along with the filling of the NDA application form, candidates must also pay the requisite application fee as per their category. The table below contains the category wise application fee that must be paid by the candidates.

NDA Application Fee



General and OBC

Rs 100

SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs

Exempted from fee payment

Withdrawal of NDA 2020 Application Form

All those candidates who fill the application form and later change their mind to not take the NDA 2020 exam can withdraw their application form. UPSC will provide a facility to withdraw their respective application form between February 4 to 11, 2020. Candidates must note that on withdrawal of the application form, the fee paid by them will not be refunded in any case.

NDA 2020 Overview



Name of Exam

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

Date of NDA 2020

  • NDA 1 - April 19, 2020 (Postponed) (New Tentative dates - June 14)

  • NDA 2 - September 6, 2020

Commonly known as


Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission

Exam category


Exam level


Exam mode


Frequency of conduct

Twice a year


Written exam and SSB Interview

Exam cities


Scope of NDA

Admission to:

  1. Army

  2. Air force

  3. Air Force


Total - 418

  • Army - 208

  • Navy - 42

  • Air Force - 120 (Including 28 for Ground Duties)

  • Naval Academy 48

NDA Important Dates 2020

The table below contains the important date related to the NDA 2020 examination.

NDA Important dates for NDA I & II


NDA I 2020 Dates

NDA II 2020 Dates

NDA 2020 notification

January 8, 2020 (Released)

June 10, 2020

Start date of application form

January 8, 2020 (Released)

June 10, 2020

Last date to submit the application form

January 28, 2020

June 30, 2020

Last date of fee payment online

January 28, 2020

June 30, 2020

Last date of offline fee payment

To be announced

To be announced

Admit Card

May 22, 2020 (Tentatively)

To be announced

Exam date

April 19, 2020 (Postponed)
New tentative dates June 14

September 6, 2020

NDA result for written test

Second week of June 2020

To be announced

SSB Interview dates

To be announced

To be announced

Final result

Fourth week of November 2020

To be announced

NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the NDA 2020, candidate must meet the eligibility criteria determined by UPSC. NDA eligibility criteria must be met on the grounds of the following factors:

  • NDA age limit

  • Education qualification

  • Physical measurement

The detailed eligibility criteria of the NDA has been mentioned in the table below.

Detailed NDA Eligibility 2020



Age Limit

The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and no later than January 1, 2005)

Educational Qualification

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

Physical Measurement

For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)

For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)

Statistical Overview of NDA Exam

The table below contains the number of candidates recommended for NDA from 2017 to 2019


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NDA 2020 Exam Centres

While filling the application form, candidates can select the exam centre of NDA 2020 of their choice. NDA exam centre 2020 is the venue where the exam will be conducted. NDA 2020 exam is expected to be held at various centres at 41 cities across the country. The intimation about the allotment of NDA exam centres is given to the candidates through the admit card. The table below contains the list of cities where NDA 2020 exam will be held.

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Port Blair


NDA Admit Card 2020

UPSC is expected to release the admit card of NDA 2020 on May 22

tentatively. Candidates will be able to download NDA 2020 admit card by entering either registration number or roll number. NDA admit card carries details like candidate’s name, the address of allotted exam centre, date, time of the exam, roll number, category, photograph, signature etc. Candidates must carry their admit card to the examination centre on the day of the exam along with one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport.

How to download NDA 2020 admit card?

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC

Step 2: Click on ‘e-admit cards section

Step 3: Select the e-admit card link for NDA 2019 admit card

Step 4: Read the instructions carefully and tick on the yes checkbox

Step 5: Enter registration number (RID)/roll number of NDA, date of birth, and captcha code

Step 6: Click on download

Step 7: The screen will then display you admit card of NDA

NDA 2020 Exam Day Instructions

  • Candidates must carry NDA admit card along with one photo-identity proof to the exam centre.

  • Carry clipboard or hardboard and a black ball pen for marking their responses

  • Sheet for doing rough work will be provided by the invigilator

  • Candidates must use black pen only while filling their OMR sheet

  • Do not fold or damage or put any extraneous marking in the answer sheet.

Items that must not be brought for NDA 2020 Exam

  • Books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculator, mathematical and drawing instruments, log tables, stencils of maps, slide rules, test booklets and rough sheets relating to earlier sessions must not be brought the exam hall.

  • Mobiles, phones, Bluetooth, pagers or any other communication devices must not be brought.

How to prepare for NDA 2020?

Great preparation is the key to crack NDA 2020 examination. In order to start off with the preparation, candidates must know the syllabus and exam pattern of the exam so that they know exactly what they have to study. Here are some points, by going through which, you will be able to ace with your exam preparation.

  • Acquaint yourself with NDA exam pattern - Candidates must have a clarity about the NDA exam pattern so that they know the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc asked in the exam. By getting the idea about exam pattern, candidates can optimise the plan about how to prepare for NDA 2019.

  • Pic best books - Candidate must choose the best books to prepare for NDA which covers the syllabus. By referring to these books candidates can be able to get a detailed explanation of each topic in an effective manner.

  • Prepare a study plan and follow it - It is important for the candidates to make a study plan and follow it. By following the study plan, candidates will be able to pay equal time and attention to both the papers, their topics and sub-topics.

  • Solve previous years question papers - Candidates must regularly practice from previous years question papers in order to boost their confidence and enhance their problem-solving skills. BY solving previous years question papers, the candidate will be able to know the level of questions asked in the exam.

  • Take as many mock tests as possible - Along with studying for the exam, candidates must take mock test regularly. The mock test can help candidates measure their preparation and help them identify their weaker points, question-solving speed etc.

NDA 2020 Syllabus

UPSC has prescribed the syllabus of NDA 2020 for all aspirants. NDA 2020 syllabus contains the topics and sub-topics under Mathematics and General Ability Test. The standard of questions in the exam was of matriculation and 10+2 level. Candidates can check below NDA syllabus.

Topics and Sub-Topics in NDA 2020 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

NDA Exam Pattern 2020

According to NDA exam pattern, the test is conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam carries two papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The duration of each test will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Mathematics paper will carry a total of 120 questions while GAT paper will have 150 questions. Maximum marks allotted to the written exam is 900. As per the marking scheme, candidates for the correct answer 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 the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. The SSB Interview will be conducted for 900 marks.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern


NDA Written exam

SSB Interview


Offline (Pen and Paper)

Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview


  • Mathematics

  • General Ability Test (GAT)

  1. Testing

  2. Psychological Test

  3. Group Testing Officers Test

  4. Personal Interview

  5. Conference


5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each section)

5 days

Total marks

900 marks

900 marks

Total questions

Maths - 120 questions

GAT - 150 questions


NDA Question Papers 2020

It is important that the candidates have NDA question papers handy while analysing the answer key of NDA 2020. Aspirants of NDA can also use NDA question papers and answer keys to prepare better for the exam. Practice solving NDA question papers is beneficial for aspiring candidates since it helps them understand the difficulty level of the exam, topics from which questions appear in the exam and their weightage. Candidates can also time themselves while solving NDA question papers to increase speed and accuracy.

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NDA 2020 Answer Key

The official NDA 2020 answer key will be released after the declaration of the final result. However, some of the coaching institutes will release NDA answer key 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 the answer key, candidates will able to check the correct answers to questions asked in the exam.

Candidates can check NDA I answer key for the test conducted in 2019 which was released by coaching institutes.

NDA Answer Key by Coaching Institutes - 2019

Coaching Institutes

Answer Key

NDA Answer key by Cavalier

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NDA Answer key by Baalnoi

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NDA Answer Key by Aim & Achieve

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NDA Answer Key - Paper Wise (2019)


Answer Key

NDA Maths Answer key

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NDA GAT Answer key

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NDA Cut off 2020

The cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates will have to secure to qualify the exam. NDA cut off is applied for written exam and SSB Interview but UPSC releases the cut off for written exam and final selection. NDA cut off 2020 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. The commission 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 based on 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)



Previous years’ NDA Cut off for Written Exam out of 900


NDA 1 cut off

NDA 2 cut off


342 (With 25 % in each subject)

258 (With 25 % in each subject)


288 (With 25 % in each subject)

229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject)


306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject)

269 (With 25 % in each subject)

Previous Years’ NDA Cut off for SSB Interview out of 1800


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NDA 2020 Result

UPSC will announce the result of NDA 2020 written exam at upsc.gov.in. The result will be available online in PDF format which will display the roll numbers and names of qualified candidates. On the basis of the NDA 2020 result of written exam, candidates will be selected for SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test. After the SSB Interview, the examination authority will prepare the final merit list. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of written exam and SSB Interview. Final admission will be offered to candidates based on their rank in the merit list.

How to check NDA Result?

To download the result of NDA exam, candidate can follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC

  • Click the result link on the home page

  • NDA result opens in a new page in PDF form

  • Candidates can search their roll numbers and names in the result PDF by using Ctrl+F

  • Download the result PDF

NDA Scorecard 2020

The authorities will also release the scorecard of NDA 2020 exam on its official website within 15 days from the date of announcement of the final NDA result. The scorecard will be available to download for a period of 30 days. The scorecard of NDA will display the following details –

  • Candidate’s name

  • Roll numbers

  • Sectional and overall scores

NDA 2020 Selection Process

In the selection process of NDA, there are two stages - written exam and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. All those who qualify in the NDA written exam will only be able to appear for the SSB interview.

NDA Written Exam 2020

Candidates who will successfully register for the exam can only appear for the written exam. The written exam will be held for two papers -Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who secure marks equal to or more than the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam will be called for SSB Interview.

NDA 2020 - 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 go through various tests that examine their further competencies. These five days includes 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 (PP&DT) whereas stage II includes Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. Candidates who pass 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

S. No


Activities conducted



  • Screening

  • Verbal and Non-verbal test

  • PPDT


Psychological Test

  • Thematic Appreciation Test [TAT]

  • Word Association Test [WAT]

  • Situation Reaction Test [SRT]

  • Self Description Test [ SD]


Group Testing Officers Test

  • Group Discussion (GD)

  • Group Planning Exercise (GPE)

  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)

  • Half Group Task (HGT)

  • Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)

  • Command Task

  • Snake race/Group Obstacle Race

  • Individual lecture

  • Final Group Task (FGT)


Personal Interview



NDA Vacancies 2020

NDA is being conducted to recruit 418 candidates where 370 is for NDA and 48 for NA.

National Defence Academy: 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air (including 28 for Ground Duties) Naval Academy: 45 (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) Total: 415

Previous Year NDA Vacancies - 2019



National Defence Academy


  • Army - 208

  • Navy - 42

  • Air Force - 120 (Including 28 for Ground Duties)

Naval Academy




NDA Salary Scale

All those candidates who get admitted to the National Defence Academy (NDA) are paid a remuneration while training period too. 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 payment of the determined stipend, cadets are also entitled to various allowances. The table below contains the pay scale and allowances of Army Officers, Officers in Air Force, and Navy.

NDA Salary 2020


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/-

HAG+ Scale

75,500 - 80,000/-

Vice Chief of Army Staff/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)


Chief of Army Staff

90,000/- (fixed)

Along with the basic pay, the Officers, also get the following allowances

  • Dearness Allowances

  • Uniform allowance

  • Transport allowance

  • Highly Active Field Area Allowance (As per the post)

  • Compensatory Field Area (As per post)

  • Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (As per post)

Union Public Service Commission

Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069

Facilitation Counter: 011-23098543/23385271/23381125/23098591

Email: feedback-upsc@gov.in

NDA Updates and Notifications

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA 2020

Question: Can female candidates apply for NDA?


No, female candidates cannot apply for NDA exam. The exam is held only for unmarried male candidates between the age of 16.5 to 19 years.

Question: Can I join NDA immediately after completing 10th?


No, you are not eligible to join NDA after your 10th standard. You should have passed 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized board.

Question: Can I appear for NDA exam if I am not a Science students?


Yes, you can definitely appear for NDA exam even if you are not from Science background. However, you can apply for 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.

Question: What application fee will I have to pay if I belong to a reserved category?


In case you belong to SC/ST category or a wards of NCOs/JCOs/Ors you will not have to pay any application fee. However, candidate belonging to general category have to pay Rs. 100 as the application fee of NDA.

Question: What salary will I get if I qualify NDA?


If you pass in NDA, then 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: Will it be tough to crack the NDA 2020 exam ?


If your preparation is good and you have a strong hold of the syllabsu the, cracking the written part of NDA exam will not be a tough job. However, what is difficult to crack is the SSB interview and the medical round.

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meri janm dinank 2 june 2005 hi kya main NDA exam main aavedan kar sakta hun

Soham sengupta 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello student,

sorry to say you, but you can't apply for NDA 2020. You can apply for NDA 2021 in next year. As per the age criteria in NDA applying candidates age must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years. To know more about NDA criterias click on the link below



how negative marking apply behind each questions of NDA

Manisha 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello aspirant

NDA exam paper 2020 contains type of question, exam mode, duration etc. Union Public Service Commission ,UPSC is the main conducting authority  organized a national level NDA exam  to join any of wings which include Indian Army, Navy or Air Force.

Along with written test, the selection will be followed by intelligence and physical tests.

Details if exam paper pattern NDA

• Exam mode - offline

•Answer mode - Black ball point must be used

•Exam duration - 2. Hrs 30 min

•Type of question - Objective type

•Paper - written test will be of 900 marks, in which maths paper will be of 300 marks , general ability test holds600 marks.

• NEGATIVE MARKS -  For every incorrect response , there will be negative marking in the examination . Out of total 1/3 marks will be deducted. . for  Mathematics  120 questions are there  and each question consist of 2.5 marks so negative marks per question is 0.833 marks and in general studies there are 150 questions and each question consist of 4 marks so negative marks for each question will be 1.33

. But there is no negative marks for leaving the question

• Language  The question paper of maths and general ability test part B will be available in both English and Hindi language.


give the details of nda negative marking and how much penalty will apply behind every question

Soham sengupta 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello student,

NDA stands for National Defence Academy.the test consists of two part -one IS examination part and another is SSB interview test. both are of 900 marks. In writing examination part For every incorrect response the negative marking in examination is is - 0.33 marks. That means if if your 3 questions are incorrect you will be deducted one mark


After joining as a NDA officer ,can i give ias exam

Deepshikha Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020
Well,Yes you can go for UPSC examination after getting into NDA. The basic eligibility criterua is that the candidate must hold a graduation degree in any discipline recognized by the government of India. The candidate must be a citizen of India and must be atleast 21 years of age and the maximum age must be 32 years. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe,a relaxation of five years is given.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

is a sinustis patient eligible for NDA?

anurag khanna 1st Apr, 2020

Hello Abhigyaan,

No, candidate suffering from sinusitis are not acceptable in NDA medical exam. A candidate who is physically and mentally fit is eligible for joining defense services through NDA. Some other eligibility requirements for NDA are given as below :-

  • Only unmarried males are eligible to apply for NDA 2020 .
  • Candidates under the age group of 16.5 to 19.5 years are only eligible.
  • Minimum education qualification required to apply for NDA is 10+2(Army), 10+2(Physics and Mathematics for Air Force and Navy) .

For more details you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!

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