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|
|NDA 2020 Highlights|
|Exam name||National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination|
|Exam category||After Class 12|
|Frequency of exam||Twice a year|
|Exam stages||Written Test and SSB Interview|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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)|