NDA 2018
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NDA 2018 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of NDA 2 written exam on November 30. The Commission had conducted the written examination on September 9, 2018. The admit card of written exam was issued on August 20, 2018. Candidates were able to download NDA 2 admit card till the day of examination. Total 383 vacancies are announced by UPSC for NDA 2. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy, commonly known as NDA/NA, is a national level defence entrance exam conducted for candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Army, Navy, Air Force and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice in a year – April and September. Candidates who have completed 10+2/HSC and are between 16.5 to 19.5 years are eligible to appear for NDA examination.

NDA is conducted in two stages – written exam and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. Candidates qualifying the written exam are called for SSB Interview. UPSC prepares final merit list based on the total marks secured in written exam and SSC Interview. Candidates are selected for Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) based on their ranks in merit list subjected to the number of vacancies, eligibility, medical fitness and preferences. Over 3 lakh candidates appear every year for the exam. NDA 1 was conducted on April 22, 2018. NDA 1 result announced on June 15, 2018. SSB Interview for NDA 1 will be held in September/ October 2018. Read below for more details on NDA 2018 eligibility, application, seats, admit card, results, cut off and important dates.

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NDA 2018 Overview

Name of Exam 

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 

Commonly known as


Conducted by

Union Public Service Commission

Exam category


Exam level


Exam mode



Twice a year


Written exam and SSB Interview

NDA Vacancy 2018

Candidates can check the details of NDA 2018 vacancies below.

NDA(2) 2018 Vacancy

NDA 2018 Courses

NDA(2) 2018 Vacancies

National Defence Academy

339 (208 for Army, 39 for Navy and 92 for Air Force)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)




NDA 1 2018 Vacancy

NDA 2018 Courses

NDA(1) 2018 Vacancies

National Defence Academy

360 (208 for Army, 60 for Navy and 92 for Air Force)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)




Stipend and Pay

Candidates can check below fixed stipend for cadet training and pay scale

Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training

Stipend during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy.

Rs 56,100/- p.m

Pay Scale


Pay Level (in Rs.) 

Lt to Maj

Lt - Level 10 (56,100 – 1,77,500)

Capt - Level 10 B (61,300-1,93,900)

Maj - Level 11 (69,400 – 2,07,200)

Lt Col to Maj Gen

Lt Col - Level 12A (1,21,200 – 2,12,400) Col - Level 13 (1,30,600-2,15,900)

Brig - Level 13A (1,39,600-2,17,600)

Maj Gen - Level 14 (1,44,200-2,18,200)

Lt Gen HAG Scale

Level 15 (1, 82, 200-2,24,100)


Level 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)

VCOAS/Ar my Cdr/ Lt Gen(NFSG)

Level 17 (2,25,000/-) (fixed)


Level 18 (2,50,000/-) (fixed)

NDA Exam Dates 2018

The examination schedule of NDA 2018 has been announced by UPSC. NDA 2 has been conducted on September 9, 2018. NDA 1 was held on April 22, 2018. Candidates can check below NDA exam dates 2018.

NDA 2018 Dates

Exam Events

NDA 1 dates 

NDA 2 dates 

NDA Application Form

January 15, 2018

June 6, 2018

Last date to apply

February 5, 2018 (6:00 P.M)

July 2, 2018 (6:00 P.M)

Editing of NDA application form

February 5, 2018

July 2, 2018

Payment of Application Fees (Online)

February 5, 2018 (6:00 P.M)

July 2, 2018 (6:00 P.M)

Generation of pay-in-slip for offline payment

February 4, 2018 (11:59 P.M)

July 1, 2018

NDA admit card

March 27, 2018

August 20, 2018

NDA Written Examination

April 22, 2018

September 9, 2018

NDA result for Written Examination

June 15, 2018

November 30, 2018

NDA SSB Interview Call Letter

July 2018

December 2018

Conduct of SSB Interview

September/ October

January to April 2019

NDA final result

November 26, 2018

May 2019

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates applying for NDA 2 2018 must fulfill the eligibility criteria prescribed by UPSC in terms of age, educational qualification, marital status and physical standard. Check below NDA eligibility criteria for appearing in the exam.

  • Age Limit: The age of candidates applying for NDA 2 must be between 16.5 and 19.5

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates applying for Army Wing of National Defence Academy must have passed Class 12 under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University

  • Candidates to be eligible for Air Force and Navy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy must have passed class 12 under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics by a State Education Board or a University

  • Candidates who are appearing in 10+2/HSC or equivalent examination can also apply

  • Candidates appearing for Class 11 examination are not eligible

Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA 2 2018

Physical Measurement:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards prescribed for admission to NDA 2 2018 examination. The minimum height of candidates for Army, Navy and Naval Academy is 157 cm while it is 162.5 cm for Air Force.

NDA Application Form 2018

UPSC had released NDA 2 application form on June 6, 2018. Candidates had to fill NDA application form online. Last date to apply for NDA 2 was July 2. NDA application form 2018 could be filled in two parts. In Part I NDA registration candidates had to fill basic information. In Part II of NDA application form 2018, candidates had to pay the application fees, select examination centre, upload photograph and signature. NDA application fees could be paid both online and offline. Candidates could pay application fees online till July 2, 2018. Candidates paying fees by cash had to deposit it in any branch of SBI. Last date to generate pay-in-slip for offline payment was July 1, 2018 till 11.59 pm. The examination fee for NDA 2 was Rs. 100 for candidates belonging from General and OBC while SC and ST category candidates were exempted from paying the fee. Editing of details in NDA application form could be done till July 2, 2018. Candidates were required to fill their preferences of courses while filling the application form.

How to fill NDA 2 Application Form 2018?

  • Registration by filling details like name, gender, date of birth, father’s and mother’s name, nationality, martial status, community, educational qualification, address and email id etc.

  • Paying the requisite fee through net banking, Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card

  • Selection of NDA exam centres

  • Uploading of scanned images of photograph and signature

  • Agreeing to the terms and condition and submission of application form

NDA Exam Centres 2018

NDA 2 2018 was conducted offline across 41 exam cities across India. Candidates were required to enter their preferences of NDA exam centres while filling the application form. NDA exam centres are allotted on first-apply-first-allot basis. Candidates had to fill their applications early to get their preferred exam centres. The details of NDA exam centres like name, address, code and city will be mentioned in the admit card. The list of few NDA exam centres are given below.

NDA Exam Centres 2018


State/Union Territory








Uttar Pradesh




Uttar Pradesh


Madhya Pradesh




Tamil Nadu






National Capital Territory of Delhi

NDA Admit Card 2018

The admit card of NDA (2) 2018 written exam was available from August 20, 2018. NDA 2 admit card 2018 was available online for candidates who had applied successfully for the exam. Candidates had to download NDA 2018 admit card either by registration number or roll number. The admit card contains details like candidate’s name, address of allotted exam centre, date, time of exam, roll number, category, photograph, signature etc. Candidates had to carry one photo identity proof along with admit card to the examination centres. Without NDA admit card and photo identity proof candidates were not allowed to take the exam. Candidates were not allowed to carry Mobile phones, calculators, notebooks or any other electronic gadgets inside the examination hall.

NDA Exam Pattern 2018

NDA 2 has been conducted in pen and paper mode in two sessions – morning and afternoon. The exam comprises two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT) as per NDA exam pattern 2018. Each paper of NDA 2 will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes. There will be total 120 multiple choice questions in Mathematics. The question booklet of GAT will carry total 150 multiple choice questions. The total marks of written exam is 900. As per marking scheme, candidates for correct answer in mathematics will score 2.5 marks. For correct answer in GAT, candidates will score 4 marks. For 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.

Detailed exam pattern of NDA 2




No. of Questions

Maximum Marks



2 Hours & 30 minutes



General Ability Test


2 Hours & 30 minutes






NDA Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of NDA has been prescribed by UPSC. NDA 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 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

NDA Question Papers 2018 / Sample Paper

UPSC does not releases NDA sample papers. However, there are coaching institutes that releases the sample papers of NDA for candidates appearing in the exam. NDA sample papers are prepared by experts based on the exam pattern. Careers 360 has provided NDA sample papers for General Ability Test and Mathematics. The sample papers are available online and candidates can download it for free.

NDA Previous Question Papers

The question papers of NDA are released by UPSC. Careers 360 has provided NDA question papers. Candidates can check these question papers to get an idea on type of questions asked in the exam. NDA question papers are available for all sets of test booklets.

NDA Preparation Tips 2018

To prepare for NDA 2 examination, candidates must follow the tips given below:

  • Candidates should be thorough with the syllabus as this helps to prepare for exam in an organised manner.

  • Gain familiarity with the exam pattern

  • Clear all concepts of subjects and mathematics formulas for class 6th, 7th, and 8th.

  • Read newspapers, magazines, books on general knowledge for current affairs and English.

  • Practice previous years’ question papers

NDA Answer Key 2018

NDA 2 answer key has been released on September 9, 2018 within few hours after completion of exam. NDA answer key is released for all sets of Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). NDA answer key 2018 has been released by institutes like Cavalier, Baalnoi etc. Candidates can use these answer keys to check correct answers and calculate probable score of exam. UPSC will release UPSC NDA answer key after declaration of final result.

NDA Result 2018

UPSC announces NDA result is declared in two stages – written and final. First, the result for written exam is announced. Candidates who qualify the written exam securing the qualifying marks are called for SSB Interview. A merit list to select candidates for SSB Interview is prepared based on the marks of written exam. Candidates declared qualified as per NDA result appears for SSB Interview. The final NDA result is declared based on the marks secured by candidates in written exam and SSB Interview. Candidates are required to secure qualifying marks separately at each stage. NDA 2 result for written exam has been declared on November 30, 2018. The final result of NDA 2 is expected to be declared in May 2019. The result of NDA 1 2018 written exam was announced on June 15 while the final result has been declared on November 26.

NDA Cutoff 2018

Candidates have to secure cutoff to qualify the NDA 2018. UPSC announces NDA cutoff for written exam and final. The commission decides the cutoff to select deserving candidates for Army/Navy/Air Force wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy. NDA cutoff for written exam is calculated out of 900 marks. Candidates have to secure qualifying marks in SSB Interview out of 900. The final NDA cutoff is calculated out of 1800 marks that 900 marks of written exam and 900 marks of SSB Interview. NDA 1 cutoff will be declared in November. NDA 2 cutoff will be declared in May 2019. Candidates can check previous years’ NDA cut off.

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


NDA 1 cut off

NDA 2 cut off










NDA Selection Procedure 2018

The selection procedure of NDA comprises two stages – written test and SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test. Candidates clearing the written exam are called for SSB Interview. SSB is a two-stage selection procedure. All the candidates are put to stage-one test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Only those candidates who qualify stage 1 are admitted to the second stage/remaining tests. Stage 2 of SSB continues for 4 to 5 days followed by medical test of 3 to 4 days. SSB board evaluates intelligence, personality, compatibility and potential of prospective candidates for Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy.

What after Selection in NDA?

  • The selected candidates for the three services viz, Army, Navy and Air Force are given preliminary training both academic and physical for a period of 3 years at the National Defence Academy.

  • The training during the first two and half years is common to the cadets of three wings. All the cadets on passing out will be awarded degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi as under:-

  • (a) Army Cadets - B.Sc/ B.Sc (Computer)/ B.A

  • (b) Naval Cadets - B. Tech Degree

  • (c) Air Force Cadets - B. Tech Degree

  • The selected candidates of the Naval Academy will be given preliminary training both academic and physical, for a period of 4 years at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

  • The cadets of 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme will be awarded a B. Tech Degree on successful completion of training.

  • On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army Cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and Air Force cadets to AFA, Hyderabad.

Statistical Overview of NDA Exam

The number of appeared and qualified candidates of last five years in NDA exam are given below.














20, 000



















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to get notifications what to do

Yash Dev Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019

Hello student NDA 2020 exam will be held by UPSC to select candidates for admission into training academies of Indian Military, Navy and Air Force. The exam is conducted twice a year- 19th April 2020 and 6th September 2020.

I request you to please in touch with upsc website for notification

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


how many times NDA exam held in a year?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019
Hello there!


NDA is conducted twice a year , generally NDA 1 is conducted in the month of April and NDA 2 in the month of September. NDA is conducted by UPSC . You need to between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age in order to be eligible for applying to NDA exam. You will be selected in NDA on the basis of written test followed by extensive interviews, team skills, psychological testing and medical testing.


what is the NDA exam date of 2020?

Piyush Dixit 21st Nov, 2019

UPSC has released the official calendar for 2020 events.

Candidates can fill NDA application form 2020 from January 8, 2020 and last date to fill form is January 28, 2020. Officials will conduct NDA-I 2020 written exam on April 19, 2020 in offline mode across various centres in India.


me 12th me hu kya me nda 2020 ko apply kr sakta hu

Arya 20th Nov, 2019

Hi Aspirant,

NDA 2020 will be conducted by UPSC. According to the eligibilty criteria:

  • Those who wish to join the Navy or the Air Force wings must pass 10th or 12th standard examination from a recognized board. Physics and Mathematics are compulsory subjects.
  • If a candidate wants to join the Army wing, the candidate must have passed 10th or 12th standard examination from a recognized board.

However, it is also mentioned that you are eligible if you are currently in the final year of the qualifying examination. Since you are in 12th right now, you are eligible to answer the examination.


can I solve nda 2019 math for Jee main 2020?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

The Mathematic syllabus for NDA includes topics like Algebra, Trigonometry, Differential Calculus and Vector Algebra. Now but for JEE Mains, it is beyond these topics. You can check the complete syllabus at our page: https://engineering.careers360.com/articles/jee-main-mathematics-syllabus . So you can solve nda 2019 paper but if you want to secure a seat through JEE Mains, you should go beyond NDA syllabus because the topics and syllabus are vast and need extensive coverage of NCERT books and other books available in the market.

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