About NDA 2020

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.

NDA 2020 Highlights

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
Languages English, Hindi
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 100 Rs [Online] +1 More
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Offline
Exam Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Number of Seats 415 Seats

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NDA 2020 Important Dates

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NDA (Session Apr 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

02 May, 2020 (Tentative)

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20 May, 2020 (Tentative)

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Past Dates and Events

08 Jan, 2020 - 28 Jan, 2020

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08 Jan, 2020

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NDA (Session Sep 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

10 Jun, 2020

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10 Jun, 2020 - 30 Jun, 2020

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06 Sep, 2020

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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:

  •  Nationality

  • Age limit

  • Education qualification

  • Physical measurement

  • Marital status

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.

  • Pakistan

  • Burma

  • Sri Lanka

  • East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia

  • Vietnam

Age limit

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)

Educational qualification

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

Physical measurement

For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)

For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)

Marital statusOnly unmarried male candidates

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.

Prerequisites of filling NDA Application Form

  • Scanned image of photograph

  • Scanned image of photograph

  • Class 10th marksheet

  • Aadhar Card

  • Credit/Debit Card details

  • Valid email ID

  • Active mobile number

How to Fill NDA 2020 Application Form

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

  • Verify details

  • 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)

NDA Application Fee

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

Rs 100

SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs

Exempted from fee payment

Withdrawal of NDA 2020 Application Form

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.

Application Fees

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

NDA Paper 1 Syllabus


Mathematics: Unit 01
Concept of set
Operations on sets
Venn diagrams
De Morgan's 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
Mathematics: Unit 02
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
Mathematics: Unit 03
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 (principal value only)
Applications - height and distance
Properties of triangles
Mathematics: Unit 04
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
Two dimensions: Cartesian coordinates, distance between two points, section formulae, shift of origin
Three dimensions: Direction cosines and direction ratios, equation of a straight line in space, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane
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
Mathematics: Unit 05
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
Mathematics: Unit 06
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
Mathematics: Unit 07
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
Mathematics: Unit 08
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
Mathematics: Unit 09
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+

General ability test: Unit 01
General ability test: Unit 02
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
General principles in the working of - lightening conductors, safety fuses
General ability test: Unit 03
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
Bhoodan, sarvodaya, national integration and welfare state, basic teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
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
General ability test: Unit 04
General knowledge (history, freedom movements etc.)
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, co-operatives and community development
Forces shaping the modern world
Renaissance, exploration and discovery
General ability test: Unit 05
General knowledge (geography)
The Earth, its shape and size
Latitudes and longitudes,Lattitudes 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 ability test: Unit 06
General knowledge (current affairs)
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, 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.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

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

SSB Interview


Offline (Pen and Paper)

Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview


  • Mathematics

  • General Ability Test (GAT)

  1. Testing

  2. Psychological Test

  3. Group Testing Officers Test

  4. Personal Interview

  5. Conference


5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each section)

5 days

Total marks

900 marks

900 marks

Total questions

Maths - 120 questions

GAT - 150 questions


NDA Paper 1 Exam Pattern

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

Maximum Marks


2 Hours & 30 minutes



NDA Paper 2 Exam Pattern

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:

  •  Physics
  •  Chemistry
  • General Science
  • History
  •  Freedom Movement etc,
  •  Geography and Current Events.

NDA Exam Pattern - 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) 

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 

Candidates detailsExam details

Name of candidate

Reporting time

Date of birth

Examination time

Roll number

Exam centre and city

Photograph and signature

Centre code

Exam date

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 usna-upsc@nic.in 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:

  •    2 passport size photographs
  •    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.

NDA 2020 Exam Centers

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

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.  

Documents Required at Counselling

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

General Information

NDA Updates and Notifications

Questions related to NDA

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can girl apply for NDA exam???

Megha 7th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

You cannot apply for NDA entrance exam as per the eligibility criteria.

As , only unmarried males are allowed to give the exam .

You can also visit the official site for more information :


Hope it helps !


NDA 2020 ke form kb fill honge??

Smrity 7th Apr, 2020


The application for NDA 1 opened on 8th January,2020 and were closed on 28th January,2020.

The form for NDA 2 2020 will probably begin from 10th of June,2020.

keep visiting the official site to stay updated on the dates and examination schedule, link has been provided below:


I hope this helps.

All the best!


next time table of NDA examination

Saisrinandan Ch 6th Apr, 2020


The notification of NDA/NA (II) 2020 exam will be released by UPSC on their official website, mostly on 10th June,2020.

The submission of applications can be done upto 30th June,2020 and the final exam is scheduled to be conducted on 6th September,2020.

Shall the need arise to change the dates due to COVID-19, the same will be reflected in the notice.

Stay tuned to the UPSC website for notification:


For further guidance, you can post questions on Careers360.

Hope this helps.



can a student apply NDA with subjects maths, economics and commerce in class 11 and 12 ?

Shubham Dhane 5th Apr, 2020


The academic qualifications required for the Air wing and Air force is different

  • 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

Please click the below link to know more for NDA eligibility criteria



if i take commerce with maths in 11th and 12th can i am eligible for NDA exam and further

Awanya Dabas 5th Apr, 2020


According to the NDA Eligibility criteria for NDA Examinations:

For Army wing- The candidate must have passed 10+2 from any recognized board or university.

For Air force and Naval wings- The candidate must have passed 10+2 from any recognized board or university with physics and mathematics as main subjects.

Please visit the below mentioned link for further details about the eligibility criteria:


Hope this answer helps!

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