NDA 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the application form along with the detailed notification of NDA 2020 on January 8. The last date to fill NDA 2020 application form is January 28. Candidates between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age who have passed class 12 (with Maths and Science for Air Force and Naval Academy) can apply for the National Defense Academy exam. Candidates successfully filling the application form will be issued the NDA 2020 admit card by March 30 tentatively. Candidates qualifying in the NDA written exam will have to appear for the SSB Interview after which the final merit list will be released.
NDA exam is conducted in two stages - written test and SSB Interview. The SSB Interview is conducted for 5 days which includes 2 stages. Stage I of 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 qualify the SSB interview are eligible for final recruitment.
NDA is conducted twice a year for the admission of candidates to Army, Navy and Air Force.
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 the exam for National Defence Academy 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.
Name of Exam
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
Commonly known as
NDA & NA
Union Public Service Commission
Frequency of conduct
Twice a year
Written exam and SSB Interview
The number of appeared and qualified candidates of the last five years in NDA exam is given below.
The table below contains the important date related to the NDA 2020 examination like application date, admit card date, exam date, answer key, and result date etc.
NDA I 2020 Dates
NDA II 2020 Dates
January 8, 2020
June 10, 2020
NDA application form
Last date to submit NDA application form
January 28, 2020
June 30, 2020
Last date of fee payment online
Last date of offline fee payment
To be announced
March 30, 2020 (Tentatively)
April 19, 2020
September 6, 2020
NDA result for written test
Second week of June 2020
SSB Interview dates
Fourth week of November 2020
UPSC has determined the eligibility criteria of NDA. Candidates applying for the exam must fulfill NDA II eligibility criteria 2020 in terms of age, academic qualification and physical measurement. The eligibility criteria of the NDA is given below.
The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and not later than January 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
The minimum height of candidates for Army, Navy and Naval Academy is 157 cm while it is 162.5 cm for Air Force
UPSC will release the application form of NDA on January 8, 2020. The last date to fill the application form is January 28, 2020. Candidates will be able 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.
The application form of NDA 2020 has to be filled 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)
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.
General and OBC
SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs
Exempted from fee payment
While filling out the application form, candidates can select the exam centre of NDA 2020 of their choice. The exam centre of NDA 2020 is the venue where the NDA 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 will be given to the candidates through the admit card. The table below contains the list of cities where NDA 2020 exam will be held:
The exam authority is expected to release the admit card of NDA 2020 for written exam. The admit card will be issued online to candidates who will successfully fill the application form. Candidates will be able to download their NDA admit card by entering either registration number or roll number. NDA 2020 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.
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC (upsconline.nic.in)
Step 2: Click on ‘e-admit cards section
Step 3: Select the e-admit card link for NDA 2019 admit card
Step 3: Read the instructions carefully and tick on the yes check box
Step 4: Enter registration number (RID)/roll number of NDA, date of birth, and captcha code
Step 5: Click on download
Step 6: The screen will then display you admit card of NDA
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 Written exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview
General Ability Test (GAT)
Group Testing Officers Test
5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each section)
Maths - 120 questions
GAT - 150 questions
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.
Algebra, Matrices and Determinant, 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
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.
General Ability Test
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 Cavalier
NDA Answer key by Baalnoi
NDA Answer Key by Aim & Achieve
NDA Maths Answer key
NDA GAT Answer key
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.
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.
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 which examine their further competencies. Candidates who pass in 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
Verbal and Non-verbal test
Thematic appreciation test [TAT]
Word Association Test [WAT]
Situation Reaction Test [SRT]
Self Description Test [ SD]
Group Discussion (GD)
Group Planning Exercise (GPE)
Progressive Group Task (PGT)
Half Group Task (HGT)
Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)
Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
Final Group Task (FGT)
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’ NDA cut off.
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)
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)
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 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.
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
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 displays the following details –
Sectional and overall scores
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
Books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculators, 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.
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.
All those candidates who get admitted in 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 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
Along with the basic pay, the Officers, also get the following allowances
Highly Active Field Area Allowance (As per the post)
Compensatory Field Area (As per post)
Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (As per post)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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No, there is no such reservation in NDA. There
never was any caste based reservation in NDA or any defense service exams. Now that the government has added 10% reservation for EWS category students ; that will not be applicable in case of NDA exam. Officially by UPSC it was cited as "10% reservation, no impact on armed forces".
Now speaking of reservation, only students whose parents are/were in the field of defense. Only for them there's is a specific reservation in NDA.
All the best!
NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year for admission into training academies of Indian Military, Navy and Air Force.
In 2020,19th April 2020 and 6th September 2020 are the official dates released by government authorities. If you want to know about your eligibility in any exam , please ask without hesitation.
all the best !
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