Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct NDA 2020 exam to select candidates for admission at NDA/NA (Nation Defence Academy/Naval Academy. NDA exam is usually conducted twice a year, in April (NDA/NA I), and in September (NDA/NA II). Class 12th passed candidates or appearing candidates between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age can apply for NDA exam. Through NDA/NA I and NDA/NA II, the authorities seeks to fill up officer level vacancies in Army, Navy and Air Force. Naval Academy vacancies are also filled up through NDA/NA exam. The selection process of NDA exam comprises two stages – written and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview.
The written exam of NDA 2020 will be conducted for two papers - Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The duration of each test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Maximum marks allotted to the written exam is 900.
After the written exam of NDA/NA, a 5 days rigorous test/SSB interview is conducted in order to choose the best candidate. During these 5 days, the candidates are tested on various grounds including their speed, intelligence, presence of mind, psychological and physical fitness.
Upcoming Dates and Events
03 Mar, 2020 (Tentative)
Admit Card | Mode: Online
19 Apr, 2020
Exam | Mode: Offline
Past Dates and Events
08 Jan, 2020 - 28 Jan, 2020
Application | Mode: Online
08 Jan, 2020
Advertisement | Mode: Online
10 Jun, 2020
10 Jun, 2020 - 30 Jun, 2020
06 Sep, 2020
The eligibility criteria of NDA has been determined by the examination authorities on the grounds of age, educational qualification, physical measurements, To apply for the NDA 2020, candidate must meet the eligibility criteria determined by UPSC. NDA eligibility criteria must be met on the grounds of the following factors:
The detailed eligibility criteria of the NDA has been mentioned in the table below.
NDA eligibility criteria 2020
1. A Citizen of India
2. A subject of Nepal
3. A subject of Bhutan
4. A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently
5. A Person of Indian origin who has migrated from the below-specified countries, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia
The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and no later than January 1, 2005)
For Army wing, candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC
For Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have passed Class 12 with Physics and Mathematics
For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)
For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
UPSC has released the application form of NDA on January 8, 2020, in online mode at its official website. The last date to fill the application form is January 28, 2020. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the NDA application form in two parts – I and II. In part I, candidates have to register for the exam by filling the basic information, selecting the preferred branches, and verifying the details. In part II, applicants have to pay the examination fees, select examination centre, and upload photograph and signature. Candidates can withdraw their NDA application form 2020 from February 04 to 11, 2020. Along with filling the application form, candidates must also pay the application fee in online mode. The application fee for general category candidates is Rs. 100 while SC/ST candidates, sons of JCOs, NCOs and ORs are exempted from paying the application fee.
Scanned image of photograph
Class 10th marksheet
Credit/Debit Card details
Valid email ID
Active mobile number
In order to fill the application form of NDA 2020 candidates have to fill it in the following two parts:
Part I of NDA application form (Registration)
Fill personal details
Select preferred branches
Generation of registration ID and password
Part II of NDA 2020 application form
Payment of application fee
Selection of examination centres
Uploading signature and photograph (20 kb to 300 kb)
Along with the filling of the NDA application form, candidates must also pay the requisite application fee as per their category. The table below contains the category wise application fee that must be paid by the candidates.
NDA Application Fee
General and OBC
SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs
Exempted from fee payment
The exam authorities also provide the facility to withdraw the application form for those who fill the application form and later change their mind to not take the NDA 2020 exam. Candidates must note that on withdrawal of the application form, the fee paid by them will not be refunded in any case.
Preparation is the key to success. Thus, on must plan and strategies their preparation to crack NDA exam. The foremost thing that a candidates are concerned about while NDA exam preparation is what they must study. For this, they must get acquainted with the syllabus and the exam pattern. The points below contains some of the tips and tricks that a candidates can follow to prepare for their exam well.
1. Know the exam pattern and syllabus - Candidates must know exactly what they need to study and what will be the pattern. This will help candidates know the number of papers they have to appear for, marking scheme etc.
2. Study from the best books - Candidate must choose those books which covers all the syllabus of the exam
3. Prepare and maintain a study schedule - By preparing and maintaining a study plan, candidates will be able to pay an equal time and attention to both the papers, their topics and sub-topics, provided they have allotted sufficient time slot for studying each topic.
4. Solve previous years question papers and mock tests - Candidates can refer to the previous years question papers to boost their confidence and enhance their problem-solving skills. Along with studying for the exam and solving the previous years question papers, candidates must also take mock test regularly to experience the exam like environment where there will be a time constrains.
The exam pattern contains the stages of exam, sections, mode of exam, duration, marking scheme etc. Candidates must go through the exam pattern of NDA before they start off with their preparations. As per NDA exam pattern, the test is conducted in the online mode. The test is held for two papers - paper I (Mathematics) and paper II [General Ability Test (GAT)]. The time given for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
In Mathematics, there will be a total of 120 questions while in GAT, there will be a total of 150 questions. The written exam of NDA (Maths and GAT) will be conducted for a total of 900 marks. Candidates qualifying in the written exam will have to appear for the SSB interview round. The SSB Interview will be conducted for a total of 900 marks and will be conducted in a five days process.
NDA 2020 exam pattern
NDA Written exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview
General Ability Test (GAT)
Group Testing Officers Test
5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each section)
Maths - 120 questions
GAT - 150 questions
As per NDA exam pattern, the paper I is for Mathematics. In this section, a total of 120 questions are asked. The total marks for which Mathematics is conducted is 300. For each wrong answer given by the candidates, 1/3 marks are deducted. Candidate are given 2 hours 30 minutes to complete paper I of NDA exam.
NDA exam pattern - paper I
No. of Questions
2 Hours & 30 minutes
The paper 2 of NDA written exam is General Ability Test (GAT). Candidates are asked a total of 150 questions of 600 marks. Candidates are given 2.5 hours to complete the exam. As per the marking scheme, 1/3 marks are deducted for each wrong response given by the candidates. There are two parts in GAT - Part A (English) and Part B (General Knowledge). Further, Part B is divided into the following 5 sections:
NDA Exam Pattern - Paper 2
General Ability Test
Part - A (English)
Part - B (General Knowledge)
Section - A (Physics)
Section - B (Chemistry)
Section - C (General Science)
Section - D (History, Freedom Movement etc)
Section - E (Geography)
Section - F (Current Events)
UPSC will release the admit card of NDA 2020 in online mode on its official website 3 weeks prior to the date of examination. Candidates will be able to download NDA 2020 admit card by using either their registration number or roll number. NDA admit card will contain details like candidate’s name, the address of allotted exam centre, date, time of the exam, roll number, category, photograph, signature etc. Candidates must carry their admit card to their respective exam centres on the day of the exam along with 2 passport size photographs, and one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport.
How to download NDA admit card 2020?
To download the admit card of NDA 2020, candidates must follow the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC
Step 2: Click on ‘e-admit cards section
Step 3: Select the e-admit card link for NDA 2019 admit card
Step 4: Read the instructions carefully and tick on the yes checkbox
Step 5: Enter registration number (RID)/roll number of NDA, date of birth, and captcha code
Step 6: Click on download
Step 7: The screen will then display you admit card of NDA
Details mentioned on NDA 2020 admit card
The table below contains the details that must be checked by the candidate on their NDA admit card:
NDA admit card
Name of candidate
Date of birth
Exam centre and city
Photograph and signature
Photo ID as entered in application form of NDA
Candidates must ensure that all the details mentioned on the admit card are correct. In case of discrepancy in the admit card, candidates must imminently contact the examination authorities and get it rectified. To contact the authorities, candidates can send an email at email@example.com and a copy of their NDA admit card along with application form or can even go in person to the facilitation centre or call up at 011-23385271/ 23381125/ 23098543 (on working days between 10 am to 5 pm).
Documents to carry with NDA admit card
Along with the NDA admit card, candidates must carry the following items to the exam centre on the exam day:
Any one photo id- proofs like Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card
It must be remembered by the candidates that they will not be allowed to take test without the admit card of NDA.
The official answer key of NDA is released only after the recruitment process is over. The NDA answer key contains the correct answer options for all sets of question papers sets (A, B, C, D) of GAT and Mathematics papers. However, the unofficial answer key of NDA are released by the leading coaching institutes within few hours from the conclusion of the examination. By going through the answer key of NDA, candidates can know the number of correct and incorrect answers given and them and thus calculate their expected scores.
How to download NDA answer key
1- Visit the official website- upsc.gov.in
2. Check the Examination tab mentioned on page and click on answer key
3. GAT and Mathematics subject pdf file is available to download
4. Click on both subject separately to download answer key of NDA 2020
5. Save the file to use it for future reference
NDA Exam Analysis: Exam analysis of NDA includes section wise difficulty of the exam and paper 1 & paper 2 and over all difficulty level of the exam. Along with this what could be the expected cut off of the exam should also need to be include in this section.
The examination authorities announce the result of NDA written exam if PDF at its official website The NDA 2020 result PDF will contain the roll numbers and names of qualified candidates. All those candidates who will be considered qualified in the NDA written exam will have to appear for the SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test. After the SSB Interview, the examination authority will prepare the final merit list. NDA final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks secured by the candidates written exam and SSB Interview. Final admission will be offered to candidates based on their rank in the merit list.
Steps to check NDA result 2020
To check the result of NDA exam, candidate must follow the steps below:
Visit the official website of UPSC
Click the result link on the home page
NDA result opens in a new page in PDF form
Candidates can search their roll numbers and names in the result PDF by using Ctrl+F
Download the result PDF
Scorecard - Within 15 days from the date of NDA result announcement, the authorities will release the score card which will be available on the authorities website for 30 days. The scorecard of NDA will contains details like candidate’s name, roll number, sectional and overall scores.
NDA Cut off
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases cutoff marks written and final marks. Candidates should noted the point that commission releases official NDA cut off after the declration of result. The cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks obtained by the candidates. Candidates have to score the overall as well as the sectional cutoff to be eligible for the next stage of the exam which will be fixed by UPSC.
Factors determining NDA Cutoff
Total number of vacancies
Number of candidates appeared for the exam
Difficulty level of exam
NDA Selection Process: The Selection process of NDA involves two stages written exam followed by the interview process. On the basis of the marks secured in written exam candidates will be called for the next stage of selection process NDA selection process takes place for Army, Air force and Navy.
You require minimum 60% aggregate in Physics, chemistry and Maths as a eligibility criteria in order to appear in the NDA exam. THERE IS NO MINIMUM MARKS REQUIRED FOR NDA. U JUST NEED TO PASS IN CLASS 12TH.
The documents required while filling the online application form are enlisted below
Here is the link for NDA 2020.You can find the important information
Yes you can apply for NDA while appearing in class 12th.
And your age must be in between 16.5 to 19.5.
Best of luck.
The cutoff varies over the years and each subject a candidate needs to score minimum 25% marks in the exam, the cutoff for the previous years is as follows
338 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)
325 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)
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)
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