NDA Selection Process 2020
Vikrant.shukla, 19 Nov 2019, #NDA

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.

As per official calendar of UPSC, NDA 2020 exam will be conducted on April 19, 2020 in offline mode across various exam centres alloted 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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Is EWS is valid for NDA at all ?

Abinash Panigrahi 10th Dec, 2019

Atharva ;

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!


In nda what job is given at higherpost for army,navy,airforce

Sanjay Khandelwal 8th Dec, 2019
NDA is a training academy for defence forces. Cadets who get selected after NDA exam and SSB interview, a merit list is prepared for all three departments Army, Navy, Air force. The cadets gets training in the academy for 3 years. After that they are sent for 1 year training to concerned Academy for army in IMA, for Navy in INA, For Air force in AFA. After 1 year training in their concerned academy they get commissioned as officers. So total period is 3 yrs NDA and 1 year at concerned Academy. NDA do not recuit directly to any force, it gives training to the cadets and mould them into officers. Nothing like Higher post and all. The cadets get commissioned after 4 years, they will get promotion as per the procedures and also they have to undergo various steps for promotion. You no higher post as such, till your retirement which post you can achieve is highest. Seniority is also a criteria.

when will nda 2020 exam conduucted????

Aditya Saini 7th Dec, 2019

hi balmukund

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 !


can i join nda by a commerce stream

Avishek Dutta 7th Dec, 2019
Educational Qualifications: (i)  For  Army  Wing of National  Defence Academy  :12th Class  pass  of  the 10+2 pattern  of School  Education  or equivalent examination conducted  by  a State Education Board or a University.
(ii) For  Air  Force  and  Naval  Wings of  National Defence Academy  and  for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the  Indian Naval Academy  :12th Class pass  of the 10+2  pattern  of  School Education  or  equivalent with  Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State  Education Board or  a University.
Hence you are eligible for Army wing only .

next nda exam application form in 2020

Yashu Shrivastava 4th Dec, 2019

Hey Praveen

UPSC conducts NDA exam twice in a year.The application form for 1st exam  will be released in January and form of 2nd exam will be released in September .Candidate interested for the 1st exam can register for the exam from January 8  2020 to January 28 2020.And exam will be conducted on April 19 2020.

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