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NDA is one of the most sought after defence entrance exams in the country. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam.

Age Limit: Candidates who have born not earlier than July 2, 2001, and not later than July 1, 2004, are eligible to apply for NDA 1 exam. The date of birth is calculated as mentioned on the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation.

Educational qualification: The educational qualification is different for different academies. Candidates can check the educational qualification prescribed for different academies below-

Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent from a recognised board or university.

Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

NDA vacancies 2020

The details regarding the vacancies are released along with the notification. A total of 418 vacancies will be filled through NDA 1 exam.

Academy  Number of vacancies 
NDA 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 48
Total  418 


NDA 2020 Highlights 
Exam name National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
Conducted by UPSC
Exam level National
Exam category After Class 12
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam stages Written Test and SSB Interview
Exam mode Offline
Exam duration 5 hours (Mathematics – 2 ½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT) – 2 ½ hours)
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
Language English and Hindi
Official website upsc.gov.in

NDA Selection Process 2020

The complete process of NDA is explained below:

Filling the application form 

Interested candidates need 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 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 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 mark sheet of candidates are 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 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 candidate’s eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference.

NDA I 2020 Exam Dates
NDA Exam Dates for 2020 session have been released now.
Here we are providing the official dates of NDA I 2020:
NDA I 2020 events NDA 1 (Released) NDA 2 
Notification Issue Date January 06, 2020 June 10, 2020
Application Form Released January 08, 2020 June 10, 2020
Last Date to Submit the Application Form January 28, 2020 June 30, 2020
Admit Card Issue Date Last Week of March 2020 Fourth week of August 2020
Exam Date April 19, 2020 September 6, 2020
Result Declaration Date June 18, 2020 Nov-20



 NDA I 2020 Exam Pattern
NDA I 2020 will be held in offline mode on November 17, 2020. The test has two sections- Mathematics (300 marks) and General Knowledge (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The following table has further information regarding duration, number of sections, and number of questions:
Exam Pattern Highlights
NDA I 2020 Mathematics General ability test
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

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