NDA Selection Process 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defense Academy (NDA) exam and also prescribes the selection process of NDA 2020. NDA is conducted for admission of 12 passed candidates into Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The NDA 2020 Selection Process has two stages - Written exam and SSB Interview. Candidates appearing for NDA 2020 will have to first appear for the written exam of NDA. On the basis of marks secured by the candidates in the written exam, they will be shortlisted for SSB Interview. As per NDA selection Process 2020, the SSB Interview comprises of 2 stages in itself - I and II. Candidates will have qualify both the stages of SSB Interview to be eligible for the recruitment.

NDA Selection Process 2020

Latest: Admit card of NDA 2020 is expected to be released on May 22, for successfully registered candidates!

As per official calendar of UPSC, NDA 2020 exam was scheduled to be conducted on April 19, 2020, in offline mode across various exam centres allotted by the exam commission body, but has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exam is expected to be held on June 14.

NDA 2020 Selection Process Stages

The selection process of NDA 2020 involves the following stages:

  • Written Exam

  • SSB Interview

NDA Selection Process 2020 - Written Exam

The written exam consists of 2 papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). During the written exam of the NDA selection process 2020, candidates will get 2 ½ hours to answer each paper and the total marks allotted will be 900 marks. In mathematics, the questions will be based Algebra, Matrices and determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical geometry of two and three dimensions, differential calculus etc. On the other hand, the GAT paper will comprise of question from English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events. Candidates will have score the minimum cut off marks prescribed by UPSC to qualify and be eligible for the SSB interview. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the marks they score.

NDA 2020 Selection Process - SSB Interview

The SSB interview is elimination is nature and is the toughest part of the whole selection process of NDA 2020. Candidates qualifying the written exam can appear for the SSB. It is designed to analyse the candidate in & out. The selection process of SSB Interview is also divided into 2 stages. In stage I of the selection process NDA 2020 for SSB Interview, candidates have to appear for Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test which is Picture Perception * Description Test (PP&DT). Candidates qualifying stage I will be eligible to appear for stage II of SSB interview. Stage II has Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. Stage II tests will be conducted for 4 days. Candidates who qualify both the stages of NDA 2020 selection process of SSB Interview will be eligible for final recruitment.

Day wise SSB Interview



Day 1

Picture Perception* test and Description Test

Day 2

Psychology Tests

Day 3

Group Testing Officer’s Task

Day 4


Day 5


What are the documents required during the NDA 2020 Selection Process - SSB Interview

Candidates appearing in the SSB interview will have to carry their original certificates along with one photocopy of the following documents:

  • Original 10th pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth

  • Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification

  • Caste certificate if belonging to SC, ST, OBC etc

One photo identity and address proof

Photo Identity

School I-card

Address Proof

Aadhar Card

Voter ID


Nivaas Pramaan Patra (Address Proof)

NDA Selection Process 2020 – Final Merit List

  • To get acquainted in Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force through NDA, candidates need to secure the minimum NDA cut off 2019 marks prescribed UPSC, Candidates to score the cut off separately in written exam as well as the SSB Interview.

  • Candidates will have to separately qualify for Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) if they have been selected for Indian Air Force.

  • Candidate's final selection will be done as per the vacancies subjected to their NDA eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of candidates.

NDA Selection Procedure 2020 – Reasons for candidate’s disqualification

  • Those candidates were previously selected and were then removed due to lack of officer-like qualities or on disciplinary grounds will not be selected.

  • Candidates who were withdrawn previously from NDA/NA on medical grounds or left the training voluntarily will be eligible for admission only if they qualify the medical fitness test.

NDA Updates and Notifications

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Selection Process 2020

Question: How many times a candidate can apply for the SSB interview?


Candidates can appear in the SSB interview up to their permissible age limit.

Question: What if I didn’t receive the call letter of SSB interview?


If you have qualified the written examination of the NDA 2020 selection process you will surely receive the call letter and in case you don’t receive it, you must contact the exam conducting authority at the earliest.

Question: What if I am not able to appear in the SSB interview on the said date due to some problem and want to reschedule my SSB interview date?


Yes, you can reschedule the date of your SSB interview by writing/calling the concerned department and explaining your problem.

Question: Who will bear the boarding and lodging charges during my stay while the SSB interview?


During your SSB interview of the NDA selection process 2020 you will have to stay at the Selection Centre and the charges will be on the NDA exam conducting body. Train charges upto AC 3 tier and government bus charges from your home to the SSB centre will also be given by the conducting authority.

NDA Updates and Articles

Questions related to NDA

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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!!


Nda 1st paper 2019 ka questions and solutions

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hii Mujeeb,

The link where you can download all the previous year question papers and answer keys here - https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-question-papers

You can visit this link for more information and tips for preparing for NDA - https://competition.careers360.com/exams/nda

You can reach out to us for more help regarding any other doubts you have.

Hope it helps,



set 12th class Jyoti Uske Jo percentage aati hai uske upar bhi NDA merit Lagti Hai han ya nahin Mein answer Den Sar Jarur please main bahut

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

No, the merit list of NDA is totally made on the basis of marks score in the entrance exam.
You 12 marks has nothing to do with the merit list.
You just need to pass your 12th, even appearing candidates can also apply.The inly eligibility is that your age should not exceed 19.5 months.

I hope this helps.

I was born on 3rd December 1999. Am I eligible for the NDA examination. Im currently 20 years old.

Vidhita Sachdeva 30th Mar, 2020


UPSC NDA eligibility criteria 2020 specifies that only unmarried male candidates aged between 16.5 to 19.5 years can apply for NDA. Also, candidates must have passed 12th examination can take the NDA exam. Therefore, you have crossed your age limit so you cannot appear in NDA exam.

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now iam apeering 12 class ..my age is 17 years. can i apply nda exam 2020

Shiksha 29th Mar, 2020


Yes, you can apply for NDA exam. As per the upsc guidelines led for nda exam 2020, the candidate must be an unmarried man, falling between the age group of 16.5 to 19.5 years. For army he should have cleared 12th class and for navy/air force he should have cleared 12th clas with maths and physics. So, you fall in the eligibility criteria.

You can apply.

For more information: https://www.google.com/amp/s/competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria/amp

I hope this helps.

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