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What is NDA & NA (I) and (II) Exam?

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam is a gateway for candidates looking forward to joining Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force.

This is a national level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services. NDA Exam 2020 schedules for NDA I and NDA II exam has already been released by UPSC. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 2020 will be a two-step process where candidates first need to take the exam and then qualify the SSB interview conducted by the Service Selection Board. So, candidates planning to take the exam should fill the application form before the last date and start preparation of NDA & NA 2020 exam.

The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

NDA Exam Details

Exam

Combined Defence Service (CDS)

Organising body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Application Mode

Online

Application Fee

General/OBC/EWS –Rs .100/- Female (All Categories)/SC/ST/PH - Exempted

Exam Mode

Offline

Frequency

Twice a Year

Selection Process

Written Test and SSB Interview

Admit Card Mode

Online

Official Website

https://www.upsc.gov.in/

Exam syllabus 

Mathematics - Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

GAT - English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events etc. 

Exam pattern 

GAT - 150 objective type questions 

 

Mathematics - 120 objective type questions 

Subject Maximum

Code

Duration

Marks

Mathematics

01

2½ Hours

300

General Ability Test

02

2½ Hours

600

Written Test Total

900

SSB Test/Interview

900

Training Academy

NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune

Duration of Training

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)/

 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy( for Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)

 

Eligibility Criteria

Physical Criteria

  • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination (I) & (II), 2020. Every year, many candidates fail to qualify in the medical test. Hence, candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before applying for the examination. 
  • Aspirants are also advised to rectify a few minor defects/ ailments such as Wax (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, Tonsillitis and Varicocele.

Nationality:

A candidate must be either:

  1. a Citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note:

  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Educational Qualification:

1. For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:  

 The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

2. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:     

The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Note:

  • Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination. Such candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of SSB interview should forward duly self-attested Photocopies.
  • Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.
  • Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date of UPSC (i.e. for NDA (I) is December 24, 2019, and for NDA (II) is June 24, 2020) and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.
  • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
  • Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status:

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January, 2002 and not later than 1st January, 2005 are eligible.

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Secondary School Examination or an equivalent examination certificates. These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. The expression Matriculation/ Secondary School Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

NOTE 1:

  • Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary School Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

NOTE 2:

  • Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any subsequent examination on any ground whatsoever.

NOTE 3:

  • The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the respective column of the Online Application Form for the Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their Matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

NOTE 4:

  • The candidates should also note that no addition/deletion/any changes are allowed in online application form in the NDA & NA Examination in any circumstances once it is submitted.

NOTE 5:

  • Candidates must undertake not to marry until they complete their full training. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent Examination will not be selected for training. A candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Physical Standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2020 as per guidelines.

Note:

A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

NDA Selection Process

The complete process of NDA is explained below:

Filling the application form

  • Interested candidates are required to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs 100 which can be paid both online and offline. The commission releases the list of rejected applicants a few days after the closure of the application process. Besides, the examination authority also activates the link to withdraw NDA application form for a specified period. Candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam can withdraw their application form.

Release of admit card

  • NDA admit card is released three weeks before the exam. The link to download the admit card will be available on the official website. Candidates can download the admit card by logging either with roll number or registration number. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post.

Written Exam

  • All the candidates who successfully register for the exam are required to appear for the written exam. The written exam comprises two sections - Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview. Read more on NDA exam pattern.

Declaration of result

  • NDA result is declared online in two stages - written and final. First, the result of the written exam is declared followed by the declaration of final result. The result is made available in PDF format. It displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The marksheet of candidates is released after the declaration of the final result. Candidates need to secure NDA cut off 2020 separately in written exam and SSB Interview.

SSB Interview

  • The SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. All qualified candidates are put to stage 1 test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who will qualify the second stage are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate.

Final Selection

  • Candidates are finally selected for admission to admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation will be done as per the number of vacancies subjected to candidates eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference.

NDA I Dates 2020 

 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

08-Jan-2020

The complete schedule along with other details has been released 

Application form 

08-Jan-2020

Registrations for the written exam of NDA has started 

Last date to apply 

28-Jan-2020

Candidates can submit their application forms online till this date

Application withdrawal

04-Feb-2020 to

11-Feb-2020

The facility to withdraw the application form of NDA is available now

Written exam 

06-Sept-2020

NDA 1 exam date has been announced on June 5. Earlier, the written exam was scheduled to be conducted on April 19, however, it was postponed due to COVID-19. The exam will be conducted in two shifts - morning and afternoon across 41 cities spread throughout the country. 

Admit card 

Mid week of

August 2020

NDA 1 admit card 2020 will be issued in August. Candidates need to enter their login credentials to download the admit card. 

Declaration of written result 

November 2020 

The result of the written exam is declared online and displays the roll numbers of shortlisted candidates. 

SSB Interview 

January/February 2021 

SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages. 

Final result 

May 2021

On the basis of the final result, candidates are selected for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC.

 

NDA 2 Dates 2020 

Events

Dates

Salient Features 

Notification 

16-Jun-2020

NDA 2 notification is available in PDF format. 

Application form 

16-Jun-2020

Application forms are made available along with the notification 

Last date to apply 

06-July-2020

Candidates can apply within the application deadline 

Written exam 

06-Sept-2020

The written exam of NDA will be conducted in two shifts and comprises two papers. 

Admit card 

Mid-week of August 2020

NDA 2 admit card 2020 will be released online for registered candidates. 

Declaration of written result 

December 2020

The result of the written exam is declared on the official website in PDF form

SSB Interview 

January/February  2021

SSB Interview is conducted in two stages. 

Final result 

May 2021

NDA 2 final result is announced in May.

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NDA Preparation Tips

Candidates can prepare for NDA exam by following the tips given below:

  • To begin with, candidates must be clear about the subjects, pattern and types of questions.
  • The Mathematics section of NDA comprises questions from Algebra, matrices, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, etc. Candidates must clear their concepts from Class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 NCERT books.
  • The GAT comprises a variety of subjects such as Chemistry, General Science, Geography, History and Current Affairs. This section also comprises a section on English.
  • Candidates must revise the topics they have studied.
  • Make short and simple notes as it will help candidates to revise properly and quickly.
  • Solve previous years' question papers and take a mock test.

NDA Training Salary

  • For Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy: Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training i.e. Stipend given to Gentlemen Cadets during training period at IMA is Rs 56,100/- p.m. (Starting pay in Level 10).

Note:

  • As per 7th Pay Commission, the stipend is Rs 56,100/- p.m. Earlier, the basic pay was Rs. 21,000/- p.m.

NDA Starting Salary

  • NDA Officer Starting Salary is according to the pay band of Rs.56,100 – 1,77,500/-.

Highest Salary of NDA Officer

  • After completion of training, officers will be assigned to different posts and salary for the commissioned officer is about Rs. 80,000- Rs. 1,20,000/-.

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