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NDA 2 notification 2021 has been released on June 9, 2021 along with the NDA 2021 application form. The last date to fill the NDA 2 2021 application form is June 29, 2021. Candidates can fill the NDA application form 2021 at the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) official website. NDA 2021 exam will be conducted on September 5, 2021. As per the NDA eligibility criteria 2021 , 12th passed candidates between 16.5 to 19.5 years can fill the application form. Candidates need to fill the application form of NDA in two parts - Registration Part 1 and Part 2. Applicants need to pay the NDA application fee of Rs. 100/-. However, SC/ST and other reserved category candidates are exempted from the fee payment.
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Candidates preparing for NDA 2021 just check the NDA question papers 2021 for their effective preparations. NDA selection process comprises a written exam followed by an SSB interview and medical examination. NDA 2021 written exam comprises 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. Candidates who clear the written exam will be called for an SSB interview.
What is NDA?
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy exam twice every year in April and September. NDA exam is conducted for the admission of the candidates in National Defence Academy and Naval Academy.
|Full Exam Name||National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination|
|Short Exam Name||NDA|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission|
|Frequency of Conduct||2 times a year|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||100 Rs [Online] +1 More|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
|Exam Duration||5 Hours|
|Number of Seats||400 Seats|
Upcoming Dates and Events
09 Jun, 2021 - 29 Jun, 2021
Application | Mode: Online Ongoing
06 Jul, 2021 - 12 Jul, 2021
NDA 2 application form withdrawal date | Mode: Online
05 Sep, 2021
Exam | Mode: Offline
Past Dates and Events
09 Jun, 2021
Advertisement | Mode: Online
The exam conducting authority prescribes the NDA eligibility criteria in the official notification. Candidates must check the NDA eligibility before filling the application form of NDA 2021. NDA eligibility criteria 2021 comprises various factors like Nationality, Age Limit, Educational qualification, marital status and others. Candidates can check more details about NDA eligibility from the table given below.
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021
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.
16.5 to 19.5 years
|For Indian Army - Passed Class 12 from State Education Board or a University |
For Air Force and Naval - Passed 12th class with Physics and Mathematics from State Education Board or a University
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 NDA 2 2021 application form on June 9, 2021, at its official website. Candidates need to fill the NDA application form in two parts - Registration part 1 and Registration part 2. NDA Apply online Part 1 comprises filling basic details like category, father's name, mother’s name, date of birth, and others. After successful registration candidates will receive the application number on their registered mobile number and email id.
After completing registration part 1, candidates need to log in with their application number and date of birth. In NDA registration part 2 candidates need to fill in the education qualification, communication details, and other information. After filling in all the details candidates need to upload the signature and photograph as per the specifications. Candidates also need to upload one valid photo ID proof in the application form. After submitting all the details candidates can submit their application form.
Details and Documents Required To Fill the NDA Application Form 2021
How To Fill NDA Application Form
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 2021 exam. Candidates must note that on withdrawal of the application form, the fee paid by them will not be refunded in any case.
|OBC, General||Online, Offline||Male||₹ 100|
|Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams|
|De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation|
|Representation of real numbers on a line|
|Complex numbers-basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity|
|Binary system of numbers|
|Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa|
|Arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic progressions|
|Quadratic equations with real coefficients|
|Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs|
|Permutation and combination|
|Binomial theorem and its applications|
|Logarithms and their applications|
Matrices and determinants
|Types of matrices, operations on matrices|
|Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants|
|Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, applications-solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by matrix method|
|Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians|
|Trigonometric identities sum and difference formula|
|Multiple and sub-multiple angles|
|Inverse trigonometric functions|
|Applications-height and distance, properties of triangles|
Analytical geometry of two and three dimensions
|Rectangular Cartesian coordinate system|
|Equation of a line in various forms|
|Angle between two lines|
|Distance of a point from a line|
|Equation of a circle in standard and in general form|
|Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola|
|Eccentricity and axis of a conic|
|Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points|
|Direction cosines and direction ratios|
|Equation two points|
|Equation of a plane and a line in various forms|
|Angle between two lines and angle between two planes|
|Equation of a sphere|
|Concept of a real valued function-domain, range, and graph of a function|
|Composite functions, one to one, onto, and inverse functions|
|Notion of limit, standard limits-examples|
|Continuity of functions-examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions|
|Derivative of function at a point, geometrical, and physical interpretation of a derivative-applications|
|Derivatives of sum, product, and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function|
|Second order derivatives|
|Increasing and decreasing functions|
|Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima|
Integral calculus and differential equations
|Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential, and hyperbolic functions|
|Evaluation of definite integrals-determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves-applications|
|Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples|
|General and particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types-examples|
|Application in problems of growth and decay|
|Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector|
|Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors|
|Vector product or cross product of two vectors|
|Applications-work done by a force and moment of a force, and in geometrical problems|
Statistics and probability
|Statistics: Classification of data, frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution-examples. Graphical representation-histogram, pie chart, frequency polygon-examples. Measures of central tendency-mean, median, and mode|
|Statistics: Variance and standard deviation-determination and comparison. Correlation and regression|
|Probability: Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary, and composite events|
|Probability: Definition of probability-classical and statistical-examples. Elementary theorems on probability-simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes' theorem-simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution|
|Probability: Examples of random experiments giving rise to binominal distribution|
Grammar and usage
Comprehension and cohesion
|Physical properties and states of matter, mass, weight, volume, density and specific gravity, principle of Archimedes, pressure barometer|
|Motion of objects, velocity, and acceleration, Newton’s laws of motion, force and momentum, parallelogram of forces, stability and equilibrium of bodies, gravitation, elementary ideas of work, power, and energy|
|Effects of heat, measurement of temperature, and heat, change of state and latent heat, modes of transference of heat|
|Sound waves and their properties, simple musical instruments|
|Rectilinear propagation of light, reflection, and refraction|
|Spherical mirrors and lenses, human eye|
|Natural and artificial magnets, properties of a magnet, earth as a magnet|
|Static and current electricity, conductors and non-conductors, Ohm's law, simple electrical circuits, heating, lighting and magnetic effects of current, measurement of electrical power, primary and secondary cells, use of X-rays|
|General principles in the working of the following: Simple pendulum, simple pulleys, siphon, levers, balloon, pumps, hydrometer, pressure cooker, thermos flask, gramophone, telegraphs, telephone, periscope, telescope, microscope, mariner’s compass|
|General principles in the working of the following: Lightening conductors, safety fuses|
|Physical and chemical changes|
|Elements, mixtures, and compounds, symbols, formulae, and simple chemical equations, law of chemical combination (excluding problems)|
|Properties of air and water|
|Preparation and properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, oxidation and reduction|
|Acids, bases, and salts|
|Fertilizers-natural and artificial|
|Material used in the preparation of substances like soap, glass, ink, paper, cement, paints, safety matches and gun-powder|
|Elementary ideas about the structure of atom, atomic equivalent, and molecular weights, valency|
|Difference between the living and non-living|
|Basis of life-cells, protoplasm's, and tissues|
|Growth and reproduction in plants, and animals|
|Elementary knowledge of human body and its important organs|
|Common epidemics, their causes, and prevention|
|Food-source of energy for man|
|Constituents of food, balanced diet|
|The solar system-meteors and comets, eclipses|
|Achievements of eminent scientists|
History, freedom movements
|A broad survey of Indian history, with emphasis on culture and civilisation|
|Freedom movement in India|
|Elementary study of Indian constitution and administration|
|Elementary knowledge of five year plans of India|
|Panchayati Raj, cooperatives, and community development|
|Bhoodan, sarvodaya, national integration and welfare state, basic teachings of Mahatma Gandhi|
|Forces shaping the modern world; renaissance, exploration, and discovery; war of American independence|
|French revolution, industrial revolution, and Russian revolution|
|Impact of science and technology on society|
|Concept of one world, united nations, panchsheel, democracy, socialism and communism|
|Role of India in the present world|
|The earth, its shape, and size|
|Latitudes and longitudes, concept of time|
|International date line|
|Movements of earth and their effects|
|Origin of earth|
|Rocks and their classification; weathering-mechanical and chemical, earthquakes and volcanoes|
|Ocean currents and tides atmosphere, and its composition; temperature and atmospheric pressure, planetary winds, cyclones, and anti-cyclones; humidity; condensation and precipitation; types of climate, major natural regions of the world|
|Regional geography of India-climate, natural vegetation|
|Mineral and power resources; location and distribution of agricultural, and industrial activities|
|Important sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India|
|Main items of imports and exports of India|
|Knowledge of important events that have happened in India in recent years|
|Current important world events|
|Prominent personalities-both Indian and international including those connected with cultural activities, and sports|
Preparation is the key to success. Thus, one must plan and strategies their preparation to crack NDA exam. The foremost thing that 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 contain some of the tips and tricks that 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. A study from the best books - Candidate must choose NDA books which cover 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 of NDA to boost their confidence and enhance their problem-solving skills. Along with studying for the exam and solving the previous year's 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 2021 exam pattern
NDA Written exam
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview
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
No. of Questions
General Ability Test
Part - A (English)
2 Hours & 30 minutes
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 2 2021 in online mode on its official website. Candidates can download the NDA 2021 admit card by using either their registration number or roll number. NDA admit card contains important 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 2021?
To download the admit card of NDA 2021, candidates must follow the steps mentioned below:
1st Step: Visit the official website of UPSC
2nd Step: Click on ‘e-admit cards section
3rd Step: Select the e-admit card link for NDA 2021 to admit card
4th Step: Read the instructions carefully and tick on the yes checkbox
5th Step: Enter registration number (RID)/roll number of NDA, date of birth, and captcha code
6th Step : Click on download
7th Step: The screen will then display you admit card of NDA
Details mentioned on NDA 2021 admit card
The table below contains the details that must be checked by the candidate on their NDA admit card:
NDA admit card
|Candidates details||Exam details|
Name of candidate
Date of birth
Exam centre and city
Photograph and signature
Photo ID as entered in the 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:
Anyone photo id- proofs like Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card
NOTE: It must be remembered by the candidates that they will not be allowed to take a test without the admit card of NDA.
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
The official answer key of NDA will be 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 is 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 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 the page and click on the answer key
3. GAT and Mathematics subject pdf file is available to download
4. Click on both subject separately to download the answer key of NDA 2021
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 will announce the result of NDA written exam if PDF at its official website The NDA 2021 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 candidate's 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 2021
To check the result of NDA exam, the candidate must follow the steps below:
Scorecard - Within 15 days from the date of the NDA result announcement, the authorities will release the scorecard which will be available on the authority's website for 30 days. The scorecard of NDA will contain details like the candidate’s name, roll number, sectional and overall scores.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases cutoff marks written and final marks. Candidates should note the point that the commission releases official NDA cut off after the declaration of the 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
The Selection process of NDA involves two stages written exam followed by the interview process. On the basis of the marks secured in the written exam, candidates will be called for the next stage of the NDA 2021 selection process takes place for Army, Air force, and Navy.
NDA is an exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year. This exam is conducted to recruit (10+2 qualified) candidates for officer posts in NDA/NA.
NDA stands for National Defence Academy.
There are two stages in the NDA exam, one is the written test while the other is the SSB (Services Selection Board)
The age limit for candidates who are applying for NDA must be 16.5-19.5 years while the academic qualification must be 10+2 qualified/appearing. However, candidates will have to showcase their qualified result if they get selected for NDA.
There are two subjects in the NDA exam - General Ability Test (GAT) and Mathematics.
Both the exam is for officer level however there are some differences between the two. The eligibility criteria for CDS is different than NDA, in CDS graduates can apply. The salary is NDA is a bit higher than that of a CDS and the syllabus, exam pattern and difficulty level of CDS is that of Graduation level while the NDA is on 10+2 level.
NDA has a vast syllabus, for more information click here NDA Syllabus.
Male candidates who are between 16.5-19.5 years can apply for NDA. These candidates must also have cleared their 10+2.
No, girls cannot apply for NDA.
Candidates who will complete the NDA training will get commissioned as Lieutenant and will get a salary from INR 56,100/- to INR 1,77, 500/- Per Month. During the training period, they will get a stipend of Rs. 15600. Know more about the NDA salary here.
Yes, it is a bit tough as the vacancies range between 350-450 and the competition is quite high. However, if candidates prepare for NDA in a strategise way they can qualify it.
After candidates qualify the NDA exam, they get into academics to complete their graduation along with the training. Post completing their training, they are recruited as Lieutenant post.
To prepare for NDA candidates need to cover the complete syllabus, refer to the previous year question papers of NDA and solve them on a regular basis, they must also read daily current affairs through newspapers, magazines and get daily does of general awareness.
You will first have to fill the UPSC NDA application form which is released on the UPSC official website twice every year. Refer to this article for detailed inputs - How to join NDA after passing 12th?
NDA 2 2021 is the upcoming examination and the notification was released on June 9, 2021. The last date to apply for NDA 2 2021 is June 29, 2021. You do not have to worry if you have missed to apply for NDA 1 2021 because NDA is conducted twice in a year. To know the important dates click on the link below
The age limit to appear for NDA is 16.5 years to 19. years. Your date of birth should lie in between January 2, 2003, to January 1, 2006 to be eligible to appear for NDA 2 2021. To join in Indian Airforce Academy and Indian Naval Academy you must have passed 10+2 with Mathematics and Physics from a recognized board. To join in Indian Military Academy you must have passed 10+2 in any stream from a recognized board.
For more insights click on the link below
National Defense Academy which is situated in Pune, Maharashtra, they train you for 3 years in your preferred field (Army, Navy, Airforce), after that you have to go to your respective Academy to complete 1 more year of your training like IMA for Army, INA for Navy, AFA for Airforce. So its a total 4 year long process, after that you will posted to your field.
NDA will provide you a graduation degree in your respective field, B.sc for Army and B.tech for Navy/Airforce. This is only thing you need to appear in IAS exam, all Defense forces provides a educational leave to pursue your dream, in that leave you can prepare for your UPSC, IAS examination, its a very tough job.
After clearing the each and every process of NDA written to the SSB and medical, officials will send you National Defense Academy for the 3 year of training period where they will train you both physically and mentally. Army is something like ground duty so they train you every action of ground, in Airforce their main concentration on flying and for the Navy your major work is at sea. But they will teach you the every basic knowledge of Navy, Army, Airforce. Its a job of honor where mistakes are not allowed.
Best of luck for your journey!!!
If you're enquiring for preparation tips for written test of NDA, then firstly be acquainted with the exam pattern, and syllabus, the entrance test has two papers, one is mathematics carrying 120 questions for 300 marks, and second is general ability test which has two parts, first one is english and second one is general knowledge comprising of history, geography, physics, chemistry, general science etc carrying 150 questions for 600 marks, each paper is conducted for a duration of two hours and thirty minutes, check out the detailed information at https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-syllabus
Next comes the importance of study materials which form the basis of success in any exam, you can refer NCERTs in case you want to build your base strong in mathematics, other than this you can refer RK Agarwal's Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams/Mathematics for NDA and NA, for English refer Wren and Martin for grammar, Word Power Made Easy for vocabulary building, SP Bakshi's Objective General English , for current affairs you can refer Pratiyogita Darpan, for covering portion of physics, chemistry refer NCERT books of class 11th and 12th, for covering general science, history, geography refer Lucent's GK,
Since, you're now well acquainted with the exam pattern, syllabus, study materials make a time table and accordingly schedule number of hours to each sections,
Go through previous year papers at https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-question-papers to evaluate your preparation, know about scope for improvement, and building confidence through regular practice.
Practice yoga, meditation or any other exercise to keep yourself healthy as the entrance test is conducted over three stages hence it's of utmost importance to be fit and healthy.
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