About NDA 2019

National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the admission to Navy, Air Force and Army. NDA/NA is conducted twice a year in April and November. NDA I is conducted in April while NDA 2 is held in November. The notification of NDA is released along with the application form. The Commission will also release the facility to withdraw application form for the candidates who will register successfully. Candidates who are between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age can apply for NDA exam. The selection process of NDA exam comprises two stages – written and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. 

Frequency: 2 times a year
Languages English, Hindi
Conducting Body: Union Public Service Commission
Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes

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NDA 2019 Important Dates

12 Jun, 2019 - 30 Jun, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Result | Mode: Online
07 Aug, 2019 (Target Nov 2019) - Advertisement | Mode: Online
07 Aug, 2019 - 03 Sep, 2019 (Target Nov 2019) - Application | Mode: Online
17 Nov, 2019 (Target Nov 2019) - Exam | Mode: Online
29 Mar, 2019 - 21 Apr, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Admit Card | Mode: Online
21 Apr, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Exam | Mode: Offline
08 Feb, 2019 - 14 Feb, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Others - Withdrawal of application form | Mode: Online
09 Jan, 2019 - 04 Feb, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Application | Mode: Online
09 Jan, 2019 (Target Apr 2019) - Advertisement | Mode: Online

To be eligible for NDA exam, candidates must check the eligibility criteria which include educational qualification, physical standards, marital status, nationality and age limit. 

 Educational Qualification for NDA/NA:








Candidates applying for Army Wing of National Defence Academy should be 12th pass or 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination             


Air Force, Navy and Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy


Candidates applying Air Force and Naval Wings  of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at  the Indian Naval Academy must be 12th or equivalent examination   with Physics and Mathematics


Candidate applying for NDA 2 exam must be
i. an Indian, or
ii. a subject of Nepal, or
iii. a subject of Bhutan, or
iv. Indian origin migrants who have permanently settled in India from East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia or Vietnam, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania, Pakistan, Malawi, Zaire, Sri Lanka, Zambia, or
v. a Tibetan refugee who came to settle permanently in India before January 1, 1962.
Age limit
Candidates must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age.

Marital status

Only unmarried male candidates can apply NDA 2 exam.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

NDA application form is available online. The application can be filled in two parts. Part 1 of registration includes filling up of candidate’s basic details, choosing the branch, verification of details and registration id generation. Part 2 of the application form includes fee payment, exam centre selection and uploading of signature and photograph.

NDA Part 1– Registration    

Part 2 of NDA registration is divided into four stages. In stage 1 candidates have to fill the basic details including name, gender, father’s and mother’s name, community, nationality, fee remission, marital status, address etc. In Stage 2, candidates have to choose the branch as per their preference like Navy, Army and Air force. Candidates from Military/Sainik School or Son of NCO/JCO/Other Rank Officer have to enter details asked in the application form. In stage 3, candidates must verify the details filled and if required they can make changes by clicking on ‘Update’ button. After filling all the credentials candidates are able to see the registration id, other details and print the pay-in-slip to pay the application fees offline.

NDA Part 2 – Registration 

In Part 2 of registration, candidates have to select the mode of payment through online or offline mode. The application fee will be Rs. 100 for General category and OBC candidates while SC, ST and Sons of NCOs, JCOs ORs are exempted from fee payment. Candidates also have to select exam centres from the prescribed list of centres by UPSC and Upload the scanned signature and photograph. The final stage candidates are asked to read the declaration and click on “I have read Declaration & Agree” to finally submit NDA application form and its print out.

 Mode and methods of fee payment


Mode of payment


Methods of payment




Net banking, Visa/MasterCard/Rupay             Credit/Debit Card




Bank challan            


Specifications for uploading of photograph and signature




File size




3 kb to 40 kb




1 kb to 40 kb


Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Online, Offline Male ₹ 100

NDA Paper 1 Syllabus

Algebra Concept of set
Operations on sets
Venn diagrams
De Morgan laws
Cartesian product
Equivalence relation
Representation of real numbers on a line
Complex numbers—basic properties
Cube roots of unity
Binary system of numbers
Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa
Geometric and harmonic progressions
Quadratic equations with real coefficients
Solution of linear in equations 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
Trigonometry Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians
Trigonometrical ratios
Trigonometric identities
Sum and difference formulae
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
Distance formula
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
Differential calculus 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
Vector algebra 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 with examples
Measures of central tendency—mean, median and mode
Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison
Correlation and regression
Statistics and probability - 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
Definition of probability—classical and statistical with examples
Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems
Conditional probability
Bayes' theorem—simple problems
Random variable as function on a sample space
Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to binominal distribution

NDA Paper 2 Syllabus

General ability test
English Grammar and usage
General knowledge (physics) 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
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 - simple pendulum, simple pulleys, siphon, levers, balloon, pumps, hydrometer
Pressure cooker, thermos flask, gramophone, telegraphs, telephone, periscope, telescope
Microscope, mariner's compass; lightening conductors, safety fuses
General knowledge (chemistry) Physical and chemical changes
Elements, mixtures and compounds
Formulae and simple chemical equations
Law of chemical combination
Properties of air and water
Preparation and properties of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide
Oxidation and reduction
Acids, bases and salts
Carbon— different forms
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
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
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
Panchayat raj
Co-operatives and community development
National integration and welfare state
Basic teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
Forces shaping the modern world
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
Socialism and communism
Role of India in the present world
General knowledge (geography) 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
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
General knowledge (current affairs) Important events that have happened in India in recent years
Current important world event
Prominent personalities—both Indian and international including those connected with cultural activities and sports

NDA  Preparation Tips 

To start the preparation of NDA exam candidates must know the exam pattern, syllabus and tips to prepare. Candidates must know the strategies to crack NDA exam, benefits of solving previous years’ question papers and day to day practice of written exam. To score good marks candidates must focus on the weak areas and practice it on daily basis. It is important for the candidates appearing in NDA exam that they have clear ideas about the basic concepts of Mathematics. 

NDA 2019 Exam Pattern

NDA Paper 1 Exam Pattern

As per NDA exam pattern, there are two papers for NDA written exam -  Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT).  The Mathematics paper carries 300 marks where questions will be asked from various topics. For each wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.  The exam will be conducted for 2 hours 30 minutes.

Subjects & Code


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


2 Hours & 30 minutes



NDA Paper 2 Exam Pattern

The paper of NDA written exam comprises General Ability Test (GAT). This paper will be held separately for 600 marks. Candidates will be given 2 and 1/2 hours to complete the exam. As per the marking scheme, 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. There are two parts in GAT - Part A (English) and Part B (General Knowledge). Further, Part B is divided into 5 sections - Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Freedom Movement etc, Geography and Current Events.

NDA Exam Pattern of Paper 2



No. of Questions


Maximum Marks

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) 

NDA Admit card

The admit card of NDA written exam is released online. Candidates can download the admit card till the day of examination. In order to download NDA admit card, candidates have to enter either their registration id or roll number. Candidates will have to carry admit card and photo-identity proof on the day of examination. 

Documents Required along with NDA  Admit Card

  •    2 passport size photographs

  •    Any one photo id- proofs like    Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card

State City
Tripura Agartala
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Odisha Cuttack
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Sikkim Gangtok
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Assam Jorhat
Kerala Kochi
Nagaland Kohima
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Goa Panaji
Bihar Patna
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Andhra Pradesh Tirupati
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhar card
  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Voter ID card

NDA  Answer Key

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the official answer key of NDA. Candidates can check number of correct and incorrect answers through the official answer key which can help them calculate their probable score. Some coaching institutes also release the answer key within few hours of NDA written exam where candidates can download and check their answers. 

NDA Result 

Candidates who secure the minimum qualifying marks as prescribed by UPSC eligible to appear for SSB interview.

Final Result

The final result of NDA exam is calculated out of 1800 marking including the total marks of written and SSB interview. The final result of NDA have combined marks scored by the candidate in written and SSB interview after which all India merit list is prepared. Based on the all India merit list released by UPSC final allocation is done to Naval Academy and  National Defence Academy. 

NDA Cutoff 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases cutoff marks written and final marks. 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    


Documents Required at Counselling

  • Matriculation certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth
  • 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent
  • Call letter

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