NDA Notification 2020 - NDA & NA Recruitment

NDA Notification 2021– UPSC is expected to release NDA 1 2021 notification on December 30, 2020 and NDA 2 2021 notification will be released on June 9, 2021. As per the official exam calendar released by the commission, the written exam of NDA I 2021 will be conducted on April 18, 2021, while that of NDA II 2021 is scheduled from September 5th, 2021.

Candidates can go through the UPSC exam calendar 2021 for further details. 

The commission releases NDA notification to recruit eligible candidates to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. The NDA recruitment is a biannual process to fill vacancies in the Indian Security Forces. To know in detail about the NDA exam check the given link.

NDA Notification 2020 – 

  • The UPSC has released NDA II Notification on June 16th 2020. The Union Public Service Commission conducted a common exam for both NDA/NA I and II (due to delay in the schedule) which is scheduled on September 6th 2020

NDA II Notification 2020 PDF – Download PDF Here

  • The NDA I Notification 2020 was released on January 8th 2020 to conduct the exam in April 2020 (postponed due to Coronavirus).

NDA I Notification PDF 2020 – Download PDF Here

This article will provide detailed information on NDA recruitment. Aspirants will know about the number of vacancies, examination dates, the process of application and other details mentioned in NDA official Notification. 

Aspirants of various Government Exams can know the details of upcoming examinations on the linked page. 

Preparing for the NDA exam? Do a comprehensive exam preparation! Check the links for assistance- 

NDA Notification – NDA/NA Recruitment

The Union Public Service Commission conducted the NDA recruitment twice in a year. The NDA/NA notification is released by the commission to fill up the vacancies in the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force of NDA. 

Important dates related to NDA Notification 2021, 2020 are mentioned below for aspirants reference.

NDA Notification 2021 Dates

Though the official NDA notification 2021 is yet to be released by the UPSC, the exam calendar 2021 released by the commission gives the tentative date for NDA recruitment 2021. The dates is as follows:

NDA Notification 2021 dates 
NDA exam event NDA Dates (Tentative)
NDA I Notification 2021 December 30 2020
NDA I Online Application last date January 19th 2021
NDA I Written exam 2021  April 18th 2021
NDA II Notification 2021 June 9th 2021
NDA II Online Application last date June 29th 2021
NDA II Written exam 2021  September 5th 2021

Aspirants of NDA examination can check the detailed NDA Salary and Allowances in the given link. 

NDA Notification 2020

The details of NDA Notification 2020 is as given below – 

NDA Notification 2020 
NDA exam event NDA Dates (Tentative)
NDA I Notification 2020 January 8th 2020
NDA I Online application last date January 28th 2020
NDA I Written exam 2020 April 19th 2020 (postponed)

September 6th 2020 (new date)

NDA II Notification 2020 June 16th 2020
NDA II Online application last date July 6th 2020
NDA II Written exam 2020  September 6th 2020

Note – UPSC conducted a common exam for NDA I and NDA II 2020 on September 6th due to the postponement of NDA 1 exam because of COVID-19 disease.  

NDA Vacancies 

The commission will announce NDA vacancies for 2021 along with the official notification of NDA recruitment. Meanwhile, candidates can check NDA Vacancy 2020 for overall estimation.

NDA vacancies 2020

The UPSC publishes the NDA vacancies in detail in the official Notification PDF. NDA vacancies for different branches (Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval academy) are mentioned below –

NDA I 2020: Vacancy (Branch wise)

NDA/NA Course NDA Vacancy
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy) 42
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force) 120 (28 for Ground duty)
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Army) 208
107th Indian Naval Academy Course 48
Total NDA Vacancies 418

NDA II 2020: Vacancy (Branch wise)

NDA/NA Course NDA Vacancy
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Army) 208
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy) 42
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force) 120 (28 for ground duties)
108th Indian Naval Academy Course 43
Total NDA Vacancies 413

Candidates can go through PDF given below for the detailed NDA vacancies 2020 as given in the notification-

NDA I Notification 2020 PDF – Download PDF Here

NDA II Notification PDF 2020 – Download PDF Here

NDA Eligibility

The NDA Notification clearly mentions the eligibility criteria for candidates who can appear for the NDA recruitment exam. Aspirants willing to fill the application form of NDA Notification 2021 must fulfil the prescribed eligibility conditions. 

The eligibility for NDA recruitment is as follows:

  1. Candidates must be a citizen of Indian Origin.
  2. Only unmarried male candidates can apply for NDA exams.
  3. Candidates born between January 2, 2002, to January 1, 2005, are eligible to fill an online application for NDA recruitment.
  4. For the Indian Army, candidates possess Class 12th pass certification or equivalent degree.
  5. For the Indian Navy and Air Force, candidates must possess Class 12th certificate from a recognised board or university with Physics and Mathematics as a compulsory subject.

Detailed NDA Eligibility is discussed in the given link. 

NDA Online Application

The application procedure for NDA exam starts with the release of NDA Notification. Aspirants are required to fill the NDA online application form and submit the Application fee to confirm their registration for NDA recruitment.

The steps to fill the application form along with the necessary fee is mentioned in the NDA notification. The application fee is Rs 100, SC/ST/Sons of JCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment. 

Aspirants of next NDA recruitment process have to follow the given below steps to fill the application form – 

  1. Visit the UPSC official website
  2. Go through the NDA Notification carefully and click the registration link
  3. Enter the required details (Name, mail ID, phone number, etc) for registration
  4. Choose the preferred branch
  5. Verify the details given and submit the NDA registration form, Registration ID and password will be generated and sent to the registered mobile number and mail Id.
  6. Complete the application form, select NDA exam centre.
  7. Upload scanned images of photograph and signature
  8. Agree to the terms and conditions and submit the application form
  9. Pay the application fee. 
  10. Save and download the application form for future reference.

Note – The application process and the application fee for NDA I and NDA II is the same.

Aspirants of NDA exam can check the related links given below-

NDA Exam Pattern  

The Union Public Service Commission is the conducting body and reserves the right to set the exam pattern of NDA examination. 

The NDA selection Process is divided into two stages-

  1. The written exam of 900 marks – further divided into two parts – Paper I Mathematics and Paper-II General Ability Test. Each paper is of 2 hours 30 minutes.
  2. SSB Interview – divided into two stages – Stage I – Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT). Stage II – comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. 

There is a negative marking of 1/3rd marks in NDA examination. Detailed examination pattern of the NDA exam is mentioned in the syllabus page linked below in the article.

NDA Syllabus

The syllabus for both NDA I and NDA II exam is the same. NDA syllabus is prescribed by the commission in detail in the NDA notification. 

The syllabus comprises Mathematics and General Ability Test. Candidates need to be thorough with Class 11th and 12th NCERTs for maths. 

The GAT has two papers, one is the English and the other is General Knowledge that includes (History, Geography, General Science, Current Affairs, Chemistry, Physics). 

Candidates can go through the details NDA Syllabus and examination pattern on the given link. 

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

Aspirants of NDA 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 Notification 2020-2021

Q.1. What is an NDA exam?

Ans. NDA exam is a gateway for candidates to get an entry into the Indian Defense Forces i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy.

Q.2. Who conducts NDA recruitment?

Ans. The Union Public Service Commission releases NDA notification and is responsible for the NDA Recruitment.

Q.3. What is the difference between NDA I and NDA II exam?

Ans. UPSC conducts the recruitment of NDA twice in a year, once in April and then in September to recruit candidates in the Indian Defense Forces. There is no such difference in the examination.

Q.4. Can I appear for both NDA I and NDA II exam?

Ans. Yes, since the exam is conducted twice, candidates can appear for both NDA I and NDA II till he is fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the examination.

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