NDA 2021 Exam - Dates, Application, Admit Card & Result of NDA/NA 1 & 2 Exam

NDA Exam 2021 – The dates for NDA and NA exam 1 and 2 are released! The UPSC through the official calendar has scheduled the NDA I from April 18th and NDA 2 exam date is September 5th 2021. However, the commission is yet to publish the official notification for the confirmed NDA exam dates 2021. 

Aspirants of NDA exams can check the UPSC exam calendar 2021 to kick start their NDA/NA preparation. 

October 9th 2020- NDA/NA 1 & 2 Result 2020 is out. UPSC released NDA Result 2020 for NDA I and NDA II exam 2020 conducted on September 6th. Candidates can check the NDA Result 2020 PDF on the given link.  

The article shall upkeep the aspirants of NDA exams with the latest updates and detailed information on National Defense Academy or Naval Academy Exam 1 and 2. Candidates will get the following information in this article in detail:

  1. What is the NDA & NA Exam?
  2. NDA Exam Dates
  3. NDA Salary & Vacancy
  4. NDA Exam Eligibility
  5. NDA Application Form
  6. NDA Exam Pattern & Syllabus
  7. NDA Preparation
  8. NDA Admit Card
  9. NDA Result
  10. NDA Exam Centers

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What is the NDA and NA Exam?

NDA/NA exam full form is National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination. NDA/NA exam is a Defense entrance exam that is the most sought after examination in the country by young aspirants who want to serve the nation. 

The recruitment for NDA exam and NA examination is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA & Indian Naval Academy Course -INAC. 

The Union Public Service Commission is the conducting body of NDA exams. It holds the recruitment of NDA/NA exams twice a year once in April and thereafter in September.

Further in this article candidates will get detailed information on NDA 2021 and NDA 2020 examination.

NDA Exam Dates

The Union Public Service Commission announces the tentative NDA exam dates by releasing the official exam calendar. UPSC releases NDA Notification to commence the recruitment and announce the examination dates. 

Given below are the NDA exam dates 2021 and 2020 for candidates reference. 

NDA Exam Date 2021 

The commission is expected to commence the recruitment of NDA I 2021 from December 30, 2020. As per the latest UPSC Calendar, NDA Exam date 2021 is given below-

NDA I 2021 Exam Dates
NDA I exam event NDA 2021 Dates (Tentative)
NDA I Notification 2021 December 30 2020
NDA I Online Application start date December 30 2020
NDA I Online Application last date January 19th 2021
NDA I Admit Card 2021 To be announced
NDA I Written exam 2021  April 18th 2021
NDA I Result 2021 To be announced

Similarly, the commission has scheduled to release the NDA II 2021 notification by June 2021. The NDA II 2021 exam date is as mentioned below:

NDA II 2021 Exam Dates
NDA II exam event NDA 2021 Dates (Tentative)
NDA II Notification 2021 June 9th 2021
NDA II Online Application start date June 9th 2021
NDA II Online Application last date June 29th 2021
NDA II Admit Card 2021 To be announced
NDA II Written exam 2021  September 5th 2021
NDA II 2021 Result  To be announced

NDA 2020 Exam Dates

The Commission has successfully conducted the NDA I and NDA II 2020 exams on September 6th. UPSC announced certain changes in the NDA examination for the year 2020 due to coronavirus disease. The changes by the commission were –

  1. Wearing of masks was compulsory while appearing for NDA exam 2020.
  2. This year, a common exam for NDA 1 and 2 was conducted as NDA I was delayed.
  3. Though a common exam is conducted for NDA I and II, the results for these exams will be announced separately.

The NDA 2020 exam dates are highlighted below:

NDA 2020 Exam Date
NDA I and II exam events NDA I and II Exam Dates 
NDA I Notification & commencement of application January 8th 2020
Last date for NDA I Online application January 28th 2020
NDA I 2020 Written exam April 19th 2020 (postponed)

September 6th 2020 (new date)

NDA II 2020 Notification & Application commencement June 16th 2020
Last date for NDA II Online application July 6th 2020
NDA II 2020 Written exam  September 6th 2020 (along with NDA I exam)

NDA Salary

The Indian Defense Force offers an attractive pay scale and allowance to candidates who are able to make it to the final selection of NDA. 

The UPSC clearly mentions in the notification, the detailed salary of the NDA/NA officers from the training sessions to the highest ranks in Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy.

Aspirants of NDA/NA exam should know that the stipend given to candidates during the training session at IMA is Rs 56,100 per month.

The rank-wise NDA Salary, allowances, perks and other monetary benefits accredited to NDA Officers are given in detail in the article linked above.

NDA Vacancy

The vacancy for NDA examination is announced by the commission along with the notification. Hence, aspirants of NDA 2021 exams have to wait for the notification to know the exact NDA vacancy 2021 recruitment. 

Meanwhile, candidates can go through the NDA Vacancy 2020 for both NDA I and NDA II exam.

UPSC announced a total of 413 vacancies for NDA II 2020 exam while that of NDA I exam total number of vacancies released was 418. 

The bifurcation of NDA vacancies 2020 is as mentioned below:

NDA Vacancy 2020
NDA I vacancy 2020  NDA  – 370 

Naval Academy – 48

NDA II Vacancy 2020 NDA  – 370 

Naval Academy – 43

Detailed information on vacancies of NDA exam is available on NDA Notification page linked here.

NDA Exam Eligibility

The eligibility for NDA exam is determined by the conducting body i.e. the UPSC. Aspirants willing to appear for National Defense Academy Exam and Naval Academy Exam must meet the eligibility conditions as prescribed by the commission on the official notification. 

The eligibility criteria for NDA/NA exam is as follows-

  1. Candidates must be a citizen of India.
  2. Only Male candidates are allowed to apply for NDA exams.
  3. Candidates must be of the age group 16.5 years to 19.5 years.
  4. Minimum education qualification is 12th pass under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent for Army Wing of NDA. 
  5. For the Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of NDA, candidates must pass 12th pass under the 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

There are other eligibility conditions like physical standard, medical standard etc. Know the detailed NDA eligibility criteria on the linked page.  

NDA Apply Online – NDA Registrations 

The registrations for NDA exams start with the release of notification by the commission. Candidates are given a month’s time to fill the NDA Application form. 

The online application for NDA I 2021 is expected to start by December 2020. Aspirants who wish to write NDA/NA exam 2021 have to apply online on the UPSC official website for the exam.  

The steps to fill the NDA application form as follows:

  1. Visit the official site of UPSC
  2. Check for NDA I Notification 2021
  3. Go through the detailed notification and then click the registration link provided.
  4. Give the required details for registration like Name, Mail ID, Mobile Number, Date of birth etc. Fill in the captcha and submit.
  5. A Registration ID and Password will be sent to the registered mobile number and mail ID. 
  6. Use the ID and Password and login again to continue filling up the Application form. 
  7. Given all the information asked, upload the necessary documents like, passing certificates, scanned signature and photograph, etc.
  8. Recheck the details provided and Submit. 
  9. Choose the mode of payment and pay the NDA application fee..
  10. Once the fees are paid registration for NDA/NA exam 2021 is completed.
  11. Save and download the Online application form for future reference.

Note – 

  • The NDA application fee is Rs 100 for all the candidates. SC/ST/Sons of JCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment. 
  • Aspirants who are willing to appear for the NDA II 2021 exam also have to follow the same procedure to fill the application form. 

NDA Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The UPSC determines the NDA selection process as well as the syllabus of the examination. Generally, the exam pattern and syllabus of NDA exams remain the same every year. 

The NDA Selection Process goes as under –

  • NDA exam is conducted in two stages – Written Exam and SSB Interview. 
  • UPSC holds the exam recruitment for NDA while SSB conducts the interview round, thus called SSB interview.
  • The written exam is conducted in two parts  – Mathematics and General Ability Test. The total duration of the paper is 5 hours.
  • GAT is further subdivided into two parts – Part A is English paper and part B is General Knowledge paper.
  • The Total of NDA written exam counts to 900 marks i.e. 300 marks for Maths and 600 marks for GAT.
  • The papers in all the subject cob=vered in NDA syllabus consists of objective type questions only. The question paper of Mathematics and Paper B of GAT is set Bilingually i.e. in both English and Hindi language. 
  • The SSB Interview is also conducted in two stages and carries 900 marks. 
  • Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception * Description Test (PP&DT) and Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

That brings the total marks for NDA Exams to 1800.  

Important Note – After having cleared the written exam of NDA 2020 candidates should log on to the following websites for their SSB Centres and Date of Interview.

  • www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • www.joinindiannavy.gov.in
  • www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in 

NDA Syllabus

The syllabus of NDA broadly covers subjects like Maths, English, and General knowledge.

Aspirants have to study maths of 12th standard level.

Under the General knowledge, candidates have to study History, Freedom movement, etc, Geography, General Science, Physics, Chemistry and Current Affairs. 

Aspirants can check the detailed topic-wise NDA syllabus and exam pattern on the link provided. 

NDA Preparation Tips

Since lakhs of candidates apply for the NDA exam, the competition level of the examination is highly intense. Therefore it is necessary for aspirants to have a proper plan and move ahead with the NDA preparation strategically. 

Given below are a few points of assistance for NDA exam preparation. 

  • Have clarity of the exam pattern, subjects covered and the types of questions asked in the exam.
  • Gather good books to start your NDA exam preparation. Avoid referring too many books to prepare for one topic.
  • Devise a study schedule and follow it religiously. Devote equal time of preparation to each topic and subject.
  • For maths, first, clear the basic concepts by referring to the NCERTs books from class 8 to 12th.
  • Watch news channels and read newspapers regularly to upkeep the current affairs part.
  • Refer NCERTs to prepare for various subjects covered in the GAT.
  • Prepare Notes as and when you go through any important topic or subject. 
  • Regular revision to all that is studied is extremely crucial, and regular practice for maths and English is also imperative to gain accuracy and speed.
  • Refer previous year question papers and solve Mock tests to understand the exam pattern, scope of questions and strong and weak areas in your preparation.

With proper plan and strategies, it is not as difficult to outshine the competition of NDA/NA exam.

NDA Admit Card

The UPSC issues the NDA admit card three weeks before the scheduled date of examination. 

The commission clearly mentions in the notification that no admit card will be sent by post. Candidates have to download the e-admit card of NDA/NA 2021 exam from the official website of UPSC (upsc.gov.in). 

To download the NDA Exam Admit Card, candidates have to follow the below-given steps:

  1. Log on to the official website
  2. Click the NDA Admit Card Link provided
  3. Insert the Registration number or roll number and password
  4. NDA exam Admit card will appear on the screen in PDF format.
  5. Check all the details carefully and then download the NDA Admit card. 

The Union Public Service Commission issued the NDA Admit Card 2020 in August. Candidates can check the relevant details given below:

NDA Admit Card 2020
NDA I 2020 Admit Card  August 10 2020
NDA II 2020 Admit Card August 10 2020
NDA I and II 2020 written exam September 6th 2020 (common exam)

Aspirants should know that the NDA admit card is available to download till the day of the exam.

NDA Result

The NDA exam result is declared by the commission. UPSC announces NDA results in two stages, first for the written exam and then for the SSB interview. 

The result for NDA is made available on the official site in a PDF format. It gives the roll number of the candidates qualifying the National Defense Academy Or Naval Academy examination. 

As already mentioned that this year UPSC conducted a common exam on September 6th for NDA I and II 2020, but the result for both the exams shall be announced separately. 

However, the Union Public service Commission has declared NDA 1 and NDA 2 Result 2020 on October 9th.

UPSC has announced the NDA II 2019 result on September 14th. Further details on NDA Result is available on the article linked here. 

NDA Exam Centers

Candidates while filling the application form are required to mention the choice of preference for examination centres to appear for the written exam. 

NDA exam centres once allotted by the commission, no request for change of centre by the candidates will be entertained. 

The list of NDA exam Centres is given below:

NDA Exam Centres
Agartala Chennai Hyderabad Kolkata Raipur
Ahmedabad Cuttack Imphal Lucknow Ranchi
Aizawl Visakhapatnam Itanagar Madurai Sambalpur
Allahabad Dehradun Jaipur, Udaipur Mumbai Shillong
Bangalore Delhi Jammu Nagpur Shimla
Bareilly Dharwad Jorhat Panaji Srinagar
Bhopal Dispur Kochi Patna Thiruvananthapuram
Chandigarh Gangtok Kohima Port Blair Tirupati

Aspirants of other exams conducted by UPSC can go through the given links for assistance-

Aspirants of NDA 2021 exam and other government examination can check the given links for assistance – 

Check details related to Government exams after 12th in the given link. 

For further assistance on preparation, strategy and tips, important books etc. look no further than BYJU’s. 

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Frequently Asked Question – NDA Exam 2020-2021

Q.1. When will the recruitment for NDA 2021 start?

Ans. The Union Public service commission will release the notification for NDA 1 2021 by December 2020.

Q.2. What are the NDA 1 and 2 2020 exam dates?

Ans. The NDA/NA exam I and II 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on September 6th 2020.

Q.3. Is the NDA I 2020 exam postponed?

Ans. Yes, the NDA I 2020 exam got postponed due to COVID-19 diseases. The exam will now be conducted with the NDA II 2020 exam on September 6th 2020.

Q.4. Can married candidates apply for the NDA exam 2021?

Ans. No, only unmarried males are eligible to apply for the NDA exam. Also, they have to undertake that they will not marry until they complete their full training. 

Q 5. What if a candidate gets married after filling the application form?

Ans. Candidates who get married after filling the NDA application form will not be selected for training even though they have qualified the written test and interview rounds.

Q 6. What are the minimum qualifying marks to apply for the NDA exam 2021?

Ans. There are no minimum qualifying marks to apply for the NDA/NA exam 2021.

Q 7. What is the difference between NDA I and NDA II exam?

Ans. NDA exam is biannual recruitment of candidates to the defence forces in (Army, Navy and Air Force) conducted by UPSC. There is no difference in NDA I and NDA II exam.

Q 8. Can girls apply for the NDA/NA exam?

Ans. No, Female candidates are not eligible to apply for NDA examination.

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