NDA Selection Process 2020
Updated on Nov 19, 2019 - 5:02 p.m. IST by Vikrant.shukla

NDA Selection Process 2020 - 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.

Latest: NDA Application Form 2020 to be released on Jan 8, 2020

As per official calendar of UPSC, NDA 2020 exam will be conducted on April 19, 2020 in offline mode across various exam centres allotted by the exam commission body.

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

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.

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.

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10th pass not allowed for nda exam why

AYAN MULLA 23rd Jan, 2020


UPSC(UNION PUBLIC SERVICE EXAMINATION) conducts THE NDA(NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY ) exams.  THis exam can get you into Navy,Air force,etc

UPSC has constructed set of rules for the eligibility criteria to give the exam.

1. the candidates should be unmarried.

2. The age limit starts from 16.5 years to 19.5 years.

3. Minimum qualification to apply for NDA is 10+2(physics and maths for air force and navy),10+2(army)

As you can see you clearly fit into the first two but you should be passes or appearing for 12th examination can apply for NDA and write the exam.

That is the reason you are not allowed to write the exam. For detailed information of the eligibility criteria you should visit the link given




Hey My birth date is 20/05/2001 so Is there any chance that I can appear for NDA 2020 or NDA 2021

saad ali 22nd Jan, 2020

Hello Aryan,

As per the Eligibility criteria Candidate's age must be strictly between 16.5-19.5 i.e, He must be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA 2020 and He must be born between July 2, 2002 and July 1, 2005 for NDA 2021.


How is NDA exam ? Is it hard ?Is NDA exam hard physical test?

Ameya Narendra Parkar 22nd Jan, 2020
Dear Aspirant,
I would like to tell you that NDA National Defence Academy Exam is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in Army, Navy and Air Force.
They have certain eligibility criteria. You need to clear written test as well as SSB interview round.
Under physical eligibility they have mentioned that Candidate must not be suffering from Wax (Ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele / Phimosis, Condition of Overweight / Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, Tonsillitis, Gynaecomastia, Varicocele.

For more details you can refer to the following link

I hope this information helps you

All the best

in filling of nda exam my signature was upload downword and form was fill. what can i do?

Sanjay Khandelwal 21st Jan, 2020
I think you are telling that your signature which you uploaded was uploaded in reverse rotation. If that is so then you have to reapply because there is no other option to change that. You will have to reapply and the form is still available. If you don't your form can be cancelled as well in future if not it will create a problem. So better adviced is reapply.

I m born in 10th July 2001 can I eligible for nda 1 2020

Vikas gehlot 21st Jan, 2020

Yes you are eligible for NDA 1 2020.

As per the official notification a candidate born on or after 2nd July 2001 and on or before 1st July 2004 is eligible to appear for NDA 1 2020.

For more details refer to the official notification at the link given below


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