NDA Application Form 2021 - Apply Online NDA Registration, Steps to Fill
NDA Application Form 2021 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release NDA 2021 application form on December 30, 2020 @upsc.gov.in. Candidates will be able to fill the application form of NDA 2021 till January 19, 2021. Candidates who meet the NDA eligibility can only apply for the NDA exam. As per the eligibility, only male candidates who have passed 12th are eligible to fill the application form of NDA 2021. The NDA application form 2021 will have to be filled in two parts. In part 1 of NDA registration form 2021, aspirants need to enter name and contact details. In part 2 of the NDA 2021 application form, they will have to pay an NDA application fee of Rs 100, choose exam centres of NDA 2021, upload scanned images of photograph and signature. UPSC also allows applicants to withdraw their NDA application form during a specific time period, however the application fee is not returned. Know more about the application form of NDA 2021, like steps to fill, eligibility criteria in this article.
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NDA Application Form 2021 (1 & 2) Dates
From the following table, candidates can check the NDA 2021 application form release dates. NDA Exam Dates 2021 have also been provided for reference.
NDA 2021 Application Form Dates
NDA 2021 Events
NDA 2021 (I)
NDA 2021 Notification Date
December 30, 2020
Release of NDA application form 2021
December 30, 2020
Last date to submit NDA form
January 19, 2021
Last date of fee payment online
NDA application withdraw date
NDA Exam Date 2021
April 18, 2021
NDA 2021 (II) Application Form Dates
NDA 2021 Events
NDA 2021 (II)
NDA 2021 (II) Notification Date
June 09, 2021
Release of NDA application form 2021 (II)
June 09, 2021
Last date to submit NDA form
June 29, 2021
Last date of fee payment online
NDA application withdraw date
NDA Exam Date 2021 (II)
September 05, 2021
UPSC prescribes the eligibility criteria for NDA and mentions it in its official notification. As per the eligibility criteria, only unmarried male candidates can apply for the NDA exam. The eligibility criteria consists of the nationality, age limit, academic qualification and marital status. As per the age limit, candidates willing to apply for NDA must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age and must have qualified/cleared 10+2. Candidates interested to fill the NDA application form 2021 must fulfill the eligibility criteria of the exam. Below are the eligibility norms for NDA.
Nationality - As per the eligibility criteria the applicant must be Indian, a subject of Nepal, a subject of Bhutan, a Tibetan refugee, and a Person of Indian Origin (PIO, under certain conditions). A person who is originally Indian and has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, and East African Countries of Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention to permanently settle in India. Candidates must belong to categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 and shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Indian government. Certificate of eligibility will not be necessary for candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
Academic Qualification - Candidates must have qualified 10+2 or are awaiting the result of 10f+2. They must also have Physics and Mathematics (subjects) in their 10+2 which is mandatory for Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. The age limit as mentioned in the eligibility criteria of NDA is as follows;
NDA Age Limit
NDA 1 2021
NDA 2 2021
16.5 to 19.5 years
16.5 to 19.5 years
Born between July 2, 2002, to July 1, 2005
Born between January 2, 2003, to January 1, 2006
Documents required to fill the NDA application form 2021
While filling the application form of NDA 2021, candidates will also have to upload the scanned documents like photograph, signature and identity proof. In the following table we have shared all the required documents along with the prescribed size in which the document must be scanned and uploaded while filling the NDA application form 2021.
Documents required to fill the NDA Registration Form
Scanned Images/ Documents
File Size and Format
Photograph (to be uploaded)
20 to 300 KB in JPG format
Photograph must be recent with white background
Signature (To be uploaded)
Signature must not be in capitals and must be in blue/black ink
Photo Identity Document (PID) To be uploaded
20 to 300 KB in pdf format
Any one should be uploaded -
Voter Card/ Aadhar Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
Debit/Credit Card/ Net Banking Details
Required during payment of NDA application fee
Class 10 marksheet
Details needed to be entered in NDA Part II registration form
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How to Fill NDA Application Form 2021?
After releasing the NDA application form, candidates first complete Part 1 and then the Part 2. The process of filling the NDA 2021 application form is summarized below in the image.
NDA 2021 Registration (Part I)
Go to the direct official NDA application link - upsconline.nic.in
Click on ‘Part-I Registration’ link
NDA Registration 2021 - Part I
Step 1: In Part 1, fill details like - Name (as recorded in their matriculation/secondary examination certificate), Gender, Date of birth, Parent’s name, Nationality, Marital status, Community, Fee remission (if applicable), Educational qualification, Address and Email ID. Check image for reference.
Step 2: In the step 2 of the NDA 2021 application form, candidates will have to fill their post preferences, like they will have to mark Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy from 1 to 4, in order of their preference. They can also mark it 0 in case of no preference. Candidates from Sainik/ Military School background or the Son of JCO/ NCO/ Other Rank Officer have to enter their relevant details.
Click on the ‘Continue’ button.
Step 3: The third step of the NDA 2021 application form is to verify the details filled by the candidate.
Verify the details that are filled earlier.
To make changes, click on ‘Update’ button and Click on the ‘I Agree’ button.
Step 4: Generation of the registration ID –
Preview the details including name, father’s name, Date of Birth, email ID and registration ID.
An email regarding the registration details will be sent to the registered email ID of the NDA applicant.
Candidates paying application fees offline have to print their pay-in-slip during this stage.
In the next step, print the filled NDA application form. To do this click on the ‘Print Application Part-I’ tab.
NDA Registration 2021 - Part 2
Click on the ‘Part-II Registration’ option on the official direct link of NDA Application form 2021.
Enter registration number and date of birth and click on the ‘Submit’ button to fill Part-2 of NDA 2021 application form.
Step 1: Fee Payment - Pay NDA application fee either via offline or online mode. The fee for general and OBC category candidates is Rs. 100 while candidates belonging to SC/ ST candidates, sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs are exempted from paying.
NDA 2021 Registration Fees
After filling all the details in the NDA 2021 application form as mentioned in the steps above, candidates must pay NDA application fee. Without paying the fee, their NDA application for 2021 will not be accepted and will be rejected. The NDA application fee will have to be paid in online mode as well as offline. The NDA application fee is Rs. 100 and they payment mode is mentioned in the table below:
NDA Application Fee 2021
General & OBC
SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs
Online Payment Mode
Offline Payment Mode
Net banking, Credit/ Debit card
By cash (pay-in-slip) to be downloaded
Candidates paying their NDA 2021 application form fee offline must use the 'Pay by Cash' option and print pay-in-slip generated by the system. Online payment can be done through net banking, credit/debit card. Offline payment is completed through cash by visiting the nearest SBI branch. Candidates must click on the "Pay by Cash" option for offline payment and download the challan to pay the fee.
Step 2: Selection of examination centre –
Candidates must fill the NDA exam centre as per their choice of exam centre city from near to far.
The NDA exam centre allotment is done on a first come first serve basis, candidates will be allotted other cities nearby if their choice of exam centres are full.
Step 3: Uploading scanned images of photograph and signature is the next step in NDA Registration 2020. The preferred file size and format are given in the documents needed for the application form table in this article.
The process to upload photo and signature in NDA Application form 2021 can be checked from the image
Step 4: Declaration - Before final submission of NDA 2021 application form, candidates can use the "Print Preview" option to check their application details. Click on "I have read Declaration and Agree" for the final submission. To edit details, click on "I Do not Agree".
What after the NDA Application Form 2021?
After filling the application form, candidates are advised to take a printout of the NDA 2021 application form and the fee payment proof.
Corrections in NDA 2021 Application Form
UPSC doesn't provide candidates a correction window for NDA application form 2021 after final submission of the form. They can, however, make changes if they have not submitted the application form. To make corrections in the NDA application form 2021, they must go through the following steps.
Use the "Update" button provided before the final submission.
Check details and make corrections
Agree to the declaration and click on the "Final Submit" button.
Reasons for Rejection of NDA Application Form 2021
NDA application can be rejected if the following parameters are not met -
Here is the following reasons of NDA application rejections
1. Poor quality of photograph
2. Poor quality of signature image
3. If candidates have uploaded just one image - either of the photograph or of the signature. (However unless candidates don’t upload the document in the prescribed format they won’t be able to proceed to the next step.
4. If candidates have failed to click on "Final submit" of part-2 NDA registration
5. In case, the applicant has paid the fee but was unable to fill the application form.
6. If candidates' payment details are not received from banks by the UPSC, it would be treated as a fictitious payment case and those applications will be rejected.
What to do if payment details are not received from the bank?
UPSC released the list of candidates whose payment did not reach the Commission. The list is known as a fictitious fee list. These candidates will have to submit a documentary proof of fee payment to the Under Secretary (NDA), UPSC, through post or by hand within 10 days of the release of the list. The list is expected to be released after a few days of the last date of submission of application form. After receiving relevant proof for the failed payment, UPSC will accept the genuine fee payment cases.
NDA Application Form 2021 Withdrawal Facility
Candidates who have filled the application form of NDA 2021 and who do not wish to appear for the exam will be provided with the facility to withdraw their application a few days after January 19, 2021 (NDA 1) and June 29, 2021 (NDA 2) which is the last date to fill NDA 2021 application form. Candidates must note that the application fee paid by them will not be refunded in case they withdraw their application of NDA.
How to withdraw NDA 2021 application form?
Step 1: Visit UPSC official website
Step 2: Click on NDA application to withdraw the application form of NDA (the link will be activated by UPSC later)
Step 3: An OTP will be sent to candidates registered email and mobile
Step 4: Request for NDA 2021 withdrawal will be processed after validating OTP
Step 5: After withdrawal request for NDA online 2021 application is accepted, candidates should print the receipt
Candidates can enter their preferences of exam centres while filling the NDA application form 2021. Some of the major cities where the NDA 2021 written exam will be conducted are listed below.
Exam Centres of NDA 2021
UPSC will issue the admit card of NDA at least 3 weeks before the exam date in online mode. Candidates who successfully fill the NDA application form 2021 can download the admit card. Candidates must log in using their registration number/ roll number and date of birth to download the admit card. NDA admit card contains important information related to candidates like name, roll number, category, etc. and also the exam centre details like date of exam, reporting time, and exam centre address.
1. Candidates who want to ensure their selection in the NDA 2021 exam should know the NDA 2021 exam pattern thoroughly.
2. After knowing the exam pattern aspirants should know about the NDA 2020 syllabus religiously to not miss any important topics before appearing in the NDA exam.
3. Solve Previous year question papers of NDA as many a times questions are repeated in exam.
4. Solve previous year's papers before appearing in the exam.
5. Refer to the best books of NDA.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Application Form 2021 - Apply Online NDA Registration, Steps to Fill
Question: When will the NDA application form release?
The NDA 1 2021 application form will release on December 30, 2020 while the NDA 2 2021 application form will release on June 09, 2021.
Question: How to fill the NDA application form?
To fill the NDA application form candidates need to visit the official website and follow the steps as mentioned in the article.
Question: What is the last date to fill the NDA application form?
The last date to fill the NDA application form of NDA 1 2021 is January 19, 2021 and for NDA 2 it is June 29, 2021.
Question: What is the eligibility criteria to fill an NDA application form?
Candidates must age between 16.5-19.5 years and they must have qualified the 12th exam.
Question: What is the NDA application fee?
The application fee of NDA is Rs. 100.
Question: Can class 11 students give an NDA exam?
No. Students must complete class 12 or are awaiting their results to be eligible to fill the NDA application form.
Question: What is the percentage required to fill the UPSC NDA form?
There is no pass percentage specified for NDA registration. Students need to just have passed the class 12 and must be within the permissible age limits.
Question: Do class 12 marks matter for NDA exam?
No. To apply for the NDA exam, there is no such criteria. You have to just pass class 12.
Question: What is the selection process of NDA?
As per NDA selection process applicants have to first appear for a written test followed by the SSB and Medical round.
Question: How can I change incorrect details in my NDA application form?
Corrections will be allowed only if you have not clicked the final submit for the application form. After finally submitting the NDA application form, candidates will not be able to make any changes.
Question: How would I know that my NDA application form has been rejected?
You will be sent a rejection notice on the registered mobile number and/or email ID.
Question: What happens if my NDA application fee payment fails?
If your fee payment fails, you will have to try again. In case it has been paid multiple times, no refund will be made so contact the branch of your bank or pay from a different medium.
Question: Can girls apply for NDA?
No, girls are not eligible to appear for NDA entrance examination.
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Questions related to NDA
my DOB is 24 April 2003 am i eligible for nda 1 2022
yes. you are mostly eligible. the eligibility is 16.5 yrs of age to 19.5 yrs at the time of joining. every year the UPSC will release the age eligibility . so i recommend you to just verify once more when it is released in 2022.
But as per my calculation, you are eligible by years. but by months there is a little chance of varying. so lets wait for the official notification.
Can I apply for a NDA as a Girl?
You can't apply for NDA , Only Unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Examination after completing Intermediate examination, But Girls cant Join Defence after completing 12th examination. If your aim is to Join Defence, then please complete your Graduate degree course and then you can appear for various Defence examinations. After Graduation you are eligible for all these examination.
Can I give NDA after completing my 10th CBSE?
You cannot appear for NDA just after your 10th standard. There are age criteria and minimum educational background criteria that you will need to fulfill before appearing for the NDA exam.
Your age should be between 16.5 years to 19.5 years which I wont think is possible when you have just passed your 10th class. Moreover, you will need to show either your 12th pass certificate or a certificate signed by your school principle that you are studying in 12th class.
But don’t worry! You can already start preparing for the exam. This way you will have an advantage as compared to other candidates. Also, you will be able to crack the NDA exam in the very first attempt if you study well.
All The Best.
I was born on 25th, nov 2003. Can I apply for NDA 2022 (both the chances April and September)
These are the following main eligibility criteria for the NDA candidates. Note There is no relaxation of age on basis of cast reservation too.
Candidate must be an Indian National
Unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA 2021
Candidates should be between the age group of 16.5 and 19.5 years to apply
Minimum education qualification required for NDA is 10+2 (Army), 10+2 with Physics and Maths (Air Force & Navy)
As you will complete your 19 years on 25th November 2022 and age limit is 19.5 years so yes you will be eligible for both the chances in 2022.
Hope this information was helpful
All the best !!
can I able to join nda academy, if iam 12th class appearing student and i have passed nda exam, so now where i should continue my 12th class
Educational qualification for NDA candidates are they should be 12th class passed. You can check the below mentioned point for better understanding
•Minimum education qualification required for NDA is 10+2 (Army), 10+2 with Physics and Maths (Air Force & Navy)
•Aspirants appearing in Class 12th or equivalent examination are eligible to apply
•Aspirants who are appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.
So suppose that if you are appearing for your 12th class exam in March2021 then you will be eligible be for applying registration form both April 2021 and sept2021.
Hope I may have resolved your query
All the best !!