NDA 2024: NDA 1 Exam Date, Admit Card, Age Limit, Vacancy & News

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam 2024 ( NDA )

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Anangsha Patra

Anangsha PatraDeputy Manager – Editorial

Updated on Feb 19, 2024 18:47 IST

NDA 2024: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is expected to release NDA 1 admit card 2024 in the last week of March 2024. The admit card will be made available on the official website of UPSC for all the registered candidates. To download the admit card, candidates need to enter registration number or roll number. NDA 1 2024 exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 21, 2024. 

Recently, UPSC had revised NDA 1 2024 vacancies for women candidates. The vacancies for the Navy wing of the National Defence Academy were reduced to 8 from 12. NDA vacancies announced for women candidates are 31.

NDA 1 2024 application process closed on January 9, 2024. UPSC activated the window to fill the application form on December 20, 2023. A total of 400 vacancies were announced for the exam. NDA vacancies for women candidates are 27. 

NDA 2 notification 2024 will be released on May 15, 2024. The application form will be available from May 15 to June 4, 2024. NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted on September 1, 2024. Check below to know more about the NDA exam such as eligibility, application form, exam pattern, selection process, and other related information.

Also Read: UPSC Calendar 2024

NDA 1 2023 Result

UPSC released NDA 1 2023 marksheet and cut off marks. Earlier, the final result was announced. A total of 628 candidates were selected in the order of merit as per the final result. NDA 1 final result 2023 was announced on the official website in PDF form and comprises the roll numbers of qualified candidates. 

NDA 2 2023 Result

UPSC released NDA 2 2023 result name-wise. The name-wise result was announced in PDF form and comprises the names of the shortlisted candidates. The final result of NDA 2 2023 will be released soon.

 

 

Q:   When NDA 2024 exam be conducted?

A:

NDA 2024 exam dates have been announced by UPSC. NDA 1 2024 exam will be conducted on April 21, 2024. NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted on September 1, 2024. NDA 1 2024 exam will be conducted to select candidates for January 2025 session and NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted for admission to the courses beginning at NDA & NA in July 2025. NDA exam comprises two papers-Maths and GAT. The total marks allotted to the written exam are 900. The SSB interview carries 900 marks. Candidates qualifying the written exam of NDA are called for SSB interview. Candidates are required to secure 25 per cent in each subject to qualify the exam. The final selection of candidates is done based on the performance in the written exam and SSB interview.

 

Q:   When will NDA 2024 application form be released?

A:

NDA 1 application form 2024 was released on December 20, 2023. The last date to apply for the exam was January 9, 2024. NDA 2 application form 2024 will be released on May 15, 2024. The last date to apply for the exam is June 4, 2024. Both male and female candidates can apply for the exam. Interested candidates need to apply online for the exam. The steps to fill NDA application form are given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Register online by filling the Part I of application
  • Login with the registration number to fill Part II of the application form
  • Fill all the details in Part II application form
  • Submit the fees and take printout of the application form

Q:   What is NDA exam pattern?

A:
The written exam of NDA comprises two papers-Mathematics and General Ability Tests (GAT). The Maths paper carries 120 questions and the GAT carries 150 questions. Total marks allotted to the written exam are 900. Candidates qualifying the written exam are called for SSB interview. SSB Interview is divided into two stages. Candidates qualifying the Stage 1 are called for the Stage 2 exam. Stage 1 of the SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference
 

NDA Admit Card 2024

NDA admit card is released online by UPSC. Candidates can download the NDA admit card by logging either with the roll number or registration number. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. Candidates need to carry the printed copy of their admit cards along with one photo-identity proof to the exam centre. The admit card displays the details related to the exam as well as candidate's personal details.

How to Download NDA Admit Card?

The steps to download NDA admit card are given below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the admit card link on the home page
  • Enter login credentials
  • The admit card appears on the screen
  • Download the admit card and take its printout

NDA Admit Card Details

The following details are printed on NDA admit card:

Personal Details Exam Details Exam Centre Details

Candidate’s Name

Exam Date

Name of exam centre

Date of birth

Exam time

Address of exam centre

Roll number

Reporting time

City

Photograph and signature

-

Centre code (if any)

Documents Required Along With NDA Admit Card

Candidates must carry the below-mentioned documents along with the NDA admit card:

  • Valid Identity Proof-Aadhar Card/ Voter ID/College lD card/ Passport/ PAN card/ Driving license
  •  3 to 4 Passport size photographs

NDA Exam Day Guidelines 

The exam day guidelines for NDA exam are given below:

  • Candidates should carry their NDA admit card to the exam centre 
  • Along with the admit card, candidates should also carry one photo-identity proof 
  • Carry clipboard or hardboard and a black ball pen for marking their responses
  • The invigilator provides a sheet for doing rough work 
  • Books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculators, mathematical and drawing instruments, log tables, stencils of maps, slide rules, test booklets, and rough sheets are not allowed inside the examination centre
  • Strict action is taken against those candidates found copying or cheating

NDA Exam Timings

NDA exam is conducted in two shifts-10.00 am to 12:30 pm and 2.00 pm to 4:30 pm. NDA shift timings are given below.

Shift Timing
Morning  10.00 am to 12:30 pm
Afternoon 2.00 pm to 4:30 pm

Also Read: NDA Exam Timings

Q:   When NDA 1 Admit Card 2024 will be released?

A:

NDA 1 admit card 2024 will be released in the last week of March or first week of April. The link to download the admit card will be made available on the official website. Candidates can access their admit cards by logging with either registration number or roll number. The admit card comprises candidate's name, roll number, date of birth, address of exam centres, scanned photograph, signature, etc. Candidates need to carry the printed copy of their admit cards to the exam centre. Along with the admit card, candidates are required to take one photo-identity proof to the exam centre for verification process. 

 

Q:   How to download NDA admit card?

A:

NDA admit card for the written exam is released online by UPSC. The admit card can be downloaded by entering the required credentials. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. NDA admit card can be downloaded by following the steps given below:

1) Visit the official website of UPSC

 2) Click the NDA admit card download link'

3) Candidates can download their admit cards by either logging with registration number or roll number

4) After submitting the details, NDA admit card appears on the screen

5) Download the admit card and take its printout

After downloading the admit card, candidates should take printout of it. Candidates need to carry the printout of the admit card to the exam centre.

 

Q:   What are the details printed on NDA admit card?

A:

NDA admit card is released online by the Union Public Service Commission. The admit card is released on the official website-upsc.gov.in. To download the admit card, candidates need to enter registration number or roll number, date of birth and captcha code. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. Candidates need to carry the printed copy of the admit card along with one photo-identity proof to the exam centre. The following details are printed on the admit card:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of birth
  • Roll number
  • Photograph and signature
  • Exam Date
  • Exam time
  • Reporting time
  • Name of exam centre
  • Address of exam centre
  • City
  • Centre code (if any)
 

NDA 2024 Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of NDA 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

21 Apr '24

NDA 1 2024 exam

15 May '24

NDA 2 Notification 2024

15 May '24 -

04 Jun '24

NDA 2 Application Form 2024

09 Sep '24

NDA 2 Exam Date 2024

DatesPast Exam Dates

20 Dec '23

NDA 1 Notification 2024

20 Dec '23 -

09 Jan '24

NDA 1 Application Form 2024

26 Sep '23

NDA 2 Result 2023

What is NDA exam?

NDA  is one of the most sought-after defence exams in the country to select candidates for admission to the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy courses. The exam is conducted twice a year to select eligible male and female candidates. The selection process for NDA exam comprises written exam and SSB interview.

What is National Defence Academy?

Location

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra, India. It is the first tri-colour academy that trains male and female cadets together for Army, Navy and Air Force. After passing out from NDA, candidates are trained in the respective service academies-Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy. 

Training Process

NDA provides comprehensive training to the cadets to prepare them to face the challenges of the armed forces. The training includes academic education, physical fitness, and leadership development. The cadets undergo a rigorous curriculum that covers various subjects and undergo physical training to enhance their endurance and strength. 

Latest News:

Dec 27: NDA 1 2024 and KCET 2024 Exam Dates Clashes

Dec 20: NDA 1 Notification 2024 Released; 400 Vacancies Announced

Q:   What is the full form of NDA?

A:

NDA stands for National Defence Academy. NDA is situated at Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra and it is one of the most prestigious military training institutions in the world. NDA trains cadets for Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The cadets are trained to become officers in the Indian Armed Forces upon graduation. Cadets are received a Bachelor's degree in the field of engineering or technology or any other field. NDA exam is conducted for two courses every year, one starting in January and the other starting in July. The courses are of three years duration and cadets are trained in various aspects of military and academic education. NDA exam comprises written exam and SSB interview.

 

Q:   How many students apply for NDA exam and qualify it?

A:
Around two to three Lacs candidates apply for NDA exam. The written exam of NDA is cleared by around 8000 to 10,000 candidates. Such candidates are called for SSB interview. The pass percentage in SSB interview is around 10 to 15 per cent. Many students are rejected on medical ground as well. After the medicals, a merit list is prepared which features around 580 to 650 candidates. First 350 to 380 candidates are invited for admission to NDA and INAC. Some candidates do not join and some are not able to cope up with the tough training process. NDA selection process is bit tough therefore it takes about six months preparation to crack the exam.
 

Q:   When NDA 2024 exam be conducted?

A:

NDA 2024 exam dates have been announced by UPSC. NDA 1 2024 exam will be conducted on April 21, 2024. NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted on September 1, 2024. NDA 1 2024 exam will be conducted to select candidates for January 2025 session and NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted for admission to the courses beginning at NDA & NA in July 2025. NDA exam comprises two papers-Maths and GAT. The total marks allotted to the written exam are 900. The SSB interview carries 900 marks. Candidates qualifying the written exam of NDA are called for SSB interview. Candidates are required to secure 25 per cent in each subject to qualify the exam. The final selection of candidates is done based on the performance in the written exam and SSB interview.

 

NDA 2023 Exam Highlights

The details regarding NDA exam are summarised below.

Exam Particulars Exam Details

Exam Name

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA)

Conducting Body

UPSC 

Exam Level

National 

Exam Frequency

Two times a year (April & September)

Mode of Exam

Offline

Exam Stages

Written exam and SSB Interview

Total Registrations

5.3 lakh (As per 2020 data)

Total Test Takers

2.4 lakh (As per 2020 data)

Exam Purpose

For admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) 

Exam Fees

INR 100 for male candidates belonging to the General and OBC categories. However, SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from paying the fees.

Exam Duration

GAT: 2 ½ hours

Mathematics: 2 ½ hours

No. of Papers and Total Marks

Paper 1: GAT

Paper 2: Maths

Total Questions

GAT: 150

Mathematics: 120

Marking Scheme

GAT: Four marks for correct answers and 1.33 marks for wrong answers

Maths: 2.5 marks for correct answers and 0.83 mark for wrong answers

Total Marks

Written Exam: 900

SSB Interview: 900

Language/Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

No. of Test Cities

More than 70 test cities

Official Website

upsc.gov.in

Contact Details

011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 

Latest News

Dec 19: NDA 1 Notification 2024 Releases Tomorrow

Q:   Will NDA exam be affected by Agneepath Scheme?

A:

Agnipath scheme is conducted for JCO entry whereas NDA exam is conducted for Officer entry. Agnipath scheme is restricted to the recruitment of soldiers. This is just a four-year scheme. NDA exam is conducted for permanent service commission. Therefore, NDA exam is not affected by Agneepath scheme. NDA exam is conducted by UPSC to select eligible candidates for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy courses. Both male and female candidates are eligible to apply for the exam. Through NDA exam, candidates are selected as Commissioned Officers in armed forces. The selection process of NDA comprises written exam and SSB interview. The written exam is conducted for 900 marks and SSB interview carries 900 marks. The final merit list is prepared out of 1800. 

Q:   What is the difference between NDA 1 and 2 exams?

A:

There is no difference between UPSC NDA 1 and 2 exams. NDA 1 exam is conducted for admission to the January batch. Whereas, NDA 2 exam is conducted for admission to July batch.

National Defence Academy or NDA exam is conducted twice a year by Union Public Service Commission for admission to  Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). It is the most sought-after defence entrance exams in the country where both male and female candidates can apply.

The exam is conducted in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview. In 2020, a total of 5.3 Lacs candidates had applied for the exam, out of which 2.4 Lacs candidates appeared for the exam. UPSC prepares a list of candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Such candidates are called for SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test.

Also Read: Know the difference between NDA & NA I and II Exams

 

Q:   What is the difference between NDA and CDS exams?

A:
Though both are defence exams, there are many similarities and differences in the recruitment process, exam pattern, training, salary, perks, promotion, eligibility, etc. NDA is conducted for candidates who wish to join the defence services after Class 12. CDS is the exam conducted for the graduate candidates for training at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Air Force Academy (AFA), Officers Training Academy (OTA) and Indian Naval Academy (INA). NDA exam is conducted for Class 12 pass candidates. Whereas, CDS exam is conducted for graduate-level candidates. NDA exam carries two subjects-GAT and Maths. CDS exam carries three papers-Maths, English and GK. English and GK section is conducted for OTA, IMA, INA and AFA. Maths paper is conducted for IMA, INA and AFA. The total marks allotted to the written exam of NDA is 900 whereas it is 300 for CDS.
 

Q:   What is the criteria to give NDA exam?

A:
Hi, Eligibility Criteria to write NDA exam- (a) Nationality : A candidate must either be : i) a citizen of India, or ii) a subject of Bhutan, or iii) a subject of Nepal, or iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India with the intention of permanently settling in India, or v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favor 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. (b) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status : A candidate must be an unmarried male and have attained the age of 16 1/2 years and must not have attained the age 19 years on the 1st January or 1st of July of the year succeeding the year of examination. Candidates must not marry until they complete their full training. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application, though successful 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. (c) Educational Qualifications : For Army wing of National Defence Academy :- 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 (Executive Branch) Course at the Naval Academy :- 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply.

NDA Online Form 2024

NDA 1 application form 2024 was released on December 20, 2023. The last date to apply for the exam was January 9, 2024. NDA 2 application form 2024 will be released on May 15, 2024. The last date to apply for the exam is June 4, 2024. Interested candidates are required to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is INR 100 for General/OBC candidates while SC/ST/Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs are exempted from fee payment.

How to Apply Online for NDA Exam?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Register online by filling the Part I of application
  • Login with the registration number to fill Part II of the application form
  • Fill all the details in Part II application form
  • Submit the fees and take printout of the application form

Also Read: NDA Application Form 2024

NDA Application Fees

The category-wise fee break-up is given below.

Category Fees (In INR)

General/OBC

100

SC/ST/Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs

Nil

NDA One Time Registration

It is mandatory to complete the one time registration before filling NDA application form. This is a once-in-a-lifetime facility and through the login ID and password candidates can apply for any exam conducted by UPSC. To register with UPSC, candidates need to enter name, gender, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, minority status, valid mobile number, board examination roll number, and security questions. After completing the OTR, candidates can check their personal details, apply for active notification and check application submission status.

NDA Correction Window

The window to make the correction in the NDA application form is made available seven days after the application process is closed. Except the choice of exam centre, candidates can make corrections in all the details in the NDA application form. 

NDA Notification 2024

NDA 1 notification 2024 was released on December 20, 2023. NDA 2 notification 2024 will be released on May 15, 2024. The notification is released for recruitment of male and female candidates to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC. The notification is released in PDF form and comprises details such as the number of vacancies, exam dates, exam pattern, syllabus, course name, salary, exam centres, eligibility criteria, medical standards, the process of filling the application form, etc. 

Also Read:

NDA Notification

NDA Dates

NDA Recruitment 

Q:   Can women candidates apply for NDA exam?

A:

Yes, women candidates can now apply for NDA exam. In 2021, Supreme Court of India has allowed women candidates to appear for NDA exam. The eligibility criteria of women candidates are same as male candidates. Women candidates aged between 16.5 years to 19.5 years can apply for NDA exam. They must have passed Class 12 or equivalent from a recognised board. Candidates who are appearing in Class 12 exam can also apply for NDA. Now women candidates are also eligible for applying to the Indian Naval Academy course. Earlier, they were not allowed to apply for Indian Naval Academy. The eligibility for the women candidates are same as their male counterparts. However, there is a difference in the medical standards of women candidates.

Q:   What should I do if my name is more than 30 characters in the NDA form?

A:

You can abbreviate your name within 30 characters and fill it in the name column of NDA application form. You need to send a signed written request to Joint Secretary (Examination), UPSC Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110069 by speed-post or fax by giving details of the full name and reasons for abbreviation in this regard. Applicants need to fill NDA application form online. Candidates are not required to sent the hard copy of the NDA application form. The application form can be filled in two parts. In Part 1 of NDA application form, candidates need to fill register for the exam, choose the preferred branch, verify the details and generate the registration ID. In Part 2, candidates need to select the exam centre, upload scanned images of photograph and signature. Before filling the application form, candidates need to complete the one time registration.

 

Q:   I am medical student. Can I apply for NDA exam?

A:
Yes, medical students are eligible to apply for the NDA (National Defence Academy) exam, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for the NDA exam are as follows: Age: Candidates must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age on the first day of the month in which the course is scheduled to begin. Educational qualification: Candidates must have passed the 10+2 examination or its equivalent from a recognised board. Medical students who have completed their 10+2 with Science subjects are also eligible to apply. Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens or subject of Bhutan, Nepal or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India. Marital status: Candidates must be unmarried. Physical standards: Candidates must meet the prescribed physical standards. So, if you meet the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, you can apply for the NDA exam. The exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). You can check the UPSC's official website for more details on the exam and its application procedure.
 

NDA Eligibility 2024

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

NDA Age Limit

For NDA 1 exam, both male and female candidates must have been born not earlier than July 2, 2005 and not later than July 1, 2008. For NDA 2 exam, both male and female candidates must have been born not earlier than January 2, 2005, and not later than January 1, 2008. 

NDA Eligibility for Women Candidates

NDA age limit for women candidates is the same as male candidates. Female candidates who are unmarried and born between 2 July 2005 to 1 July 2008 are eligible to apply for the exam. Candidates must be physically fit to carry on their responsibilities.

NDA Eligibility: Sex and Marital Status

Only unmarried male and female candidates can apply for the exam.

Are Girls Allowed in NDA?

In 2021, the Supreme of Court passed its decision that girls could join the National Defence Academy. The first batch of women candidates appeared in NDA 2 exam last year. 

NDA Qualification

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

Academy Educational Qualification
Army Wing of National Defence Academy Passed Class 12/HSC or equivalent from a recognised board or university
Air Force, Navy, and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy Passed Class 12/HSC with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Can I join NDA in Class 12th?

Candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12 can apply for the NDA exam. Candidates who are studying in Class 11 cannot apply.

NDA Physical Standards

The physical standards prescribed for NDA exam in terms of height, visual standards, etc are given below.

Height
Category Minimum Height 

Tribals from Ladakh Region

155 Cm

Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Minicoy Islands

155 Cm

Gorkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Uttarakhand

152 Cm

Bhutan, Sikkim & North East Region

152 Cm

Visual Standards

Parameter 10+2 entries, NDA (Army), TES and equivalent CDSE, IMA, OTA, UES, NCC,TGC & equivalent JAG, AEC , APS, RVC,TA, AMC, ADC, SL & equivalent

Uncorrected vision(max allowed)

6/36 & 6/36

6/60 &6/60

3/60 & 3/60

BCVA

Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6

Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6

Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6

Myopia

 

( including max astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)

 

( including max astigmatism ≤ +/-

2.0 D Cyl)

 

(including max astigmatism ≤ +/-

2.0 D Cyl)

Hypermetropia

 

( including max

 

( including max

 

(including max

 

astigmatism ≤ +/- 2.0

D Cyl)

astigmatism ≤ +/-

2.0 D Cyl)

astigmatism ≤ +/-

2.0 D Cyl)

Lasik/equivalent surgery

Not permitted

Permitted *

Permitted*

Colour perception

CP-II

CP-II

CP-II

Q:   I am medical student. Can I apply for NDA exam?

A:
Yes, medical students are eligible to apply for the NDA (National Defence Academy) exam, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for the NDA exam are as follows: Age: Candidates must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age on the first day of the month in which the course is scheduled to begin. Educational qualification: Candidates must have passed the 10+2 examination or its equivalent from a recognised board. Medical students who have completed their 10+2 with Science subjects are also eligible to apply. Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens or subject of Bhutan, Nepal or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India. Marital status: Candidates must be unmarried. Physical standards: Candidates must meet the prescribed physical standards. So, if you meet the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, you can apply for the NDA exam. The exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). You can check the UPSC's official website for more details on the exam and its application procedure.
 

Q:   Does JEE Main rank matter for the NDA exam?

A:
JEE Main rank is not considered for the NDA exam. The NDA exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission UPSC for selection of candidates for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course. JEE Main is a separate exam which is conducted for admission to BE/B.Tech and B.Arch/Plan courses at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), Institutions/Universities funded/recognised by participating State Governments. Candidates for NDA are selected based on their performance in the written exam and interview. Besides, the physical and medical fitness of candidates are also checked.
 

Q:   Can I apply for NDA exam while studying in class 11?

A:

No, you cannot apply for NDA exam while studying in Class 11. According to the eligibility criteria, candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12 are only eligible to apply NDA exam. The educational qualification prescribed for the Army wing of NDA is that candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12 or equivalent exam from a recognised board can apply for the exam. The educational qualification prescribed for Air Force and Naval wings of NDA and 10+2 Cadet entry scheme at INA is that candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics can apply for the exam.

 

 

Q:   Is Biology necessary for NDA exam?

A:

No, biology is not a compulsory subject for the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam. The NDA exam is a competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for admission to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The exam consists of two parts: a written test and an interview. The written test includes subjects such as mathematics, English and general knowledge. Candidates are not required to have studied biology to be eligible for the NDA exam. 

 

UPSC NDA 2024 Recruitment Process

The complete recruitment process of NDA exam is explained below:

Release of NDA Online form

Candidates need to fill the application form online. The application fee can be paid online and offline. The application is INR 100, however, SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from paying the fees. 

Issue of NDA Hall Ticket

The admit card is released online for all the registered candidates. To download the admit card, candidates need to login with registration number or roll number.

Appearing in the NDA written exam

The written NDA exam is divided into two papers-GAT and Mathematics. The total marks allotted to the written exam are 900 marks.

Declaration of the NDA Result for Written Exam

The result is announced online in PDF. The result displays the roll numbers of the qualified candidates.

Appearing in SSB interview

The SSB interview carries a total of 900 marks. The test is conducted in two stages-I and II. Stage I comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference.

Declaration of final result

The final result is announced on the basis of the marks secured in the written exam and SSB interview.

Refer to the infographic below for NDA recruitment process:

NDA Selection Process

NDA Exam Centres

NDA exam centres are released by UPSC along with the notification. The exam will be conducted at multiple exam centres across more than 70 cities spread throughout the country. Candidates are required to select one exam centre while filling the application form. The list of NDA exam centres is given below.

Agartala

Ghaziabad

Panaji (Goa)

Agra

Gorakhpur

Patna

Ajmer

Gurgaon

Port Blair

Ahmedabad

Gwalior

Prayagraj (Allahabad)

Aizawl

Hyderabad

Puducherry

Aligarh

Imphal

Pune

Almora (Uttarakhand)

Indore

Raipur

Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)

Itanagar

Rajkot

Aurangabad

Jabalpur

Ranchi

Bengaluru

Jaipur

Sambalpur

Bareilly

Jammu

Shillong

Bhopal

Jodhpur

Shimla

Bilaspur

Jorhat

Siligudi

Chandigarh

Kochi

Srinagar

Chennai

Kohima

Srinagar (Uttarakhand)

Coimbatore

Kolkata

Thane

Cuttack

Kozhikode (Calicut)

Thiruvananthapuram

Dehradun

Leh

Tiruchirapalli

Delhi

Lucknow

Tirupati

Dharwad

Ludhiana

Udaipur

Dispur

Madurai

Varanasi

Faridabad

Mumbai

Vellore

Gangtok

Mysore

Vijayawada

Gaya

Nagpur

Vishakhapatnam

Gautam Buddh Nagar

Navi Mumbai

Warangal

Also Read: NDA Exam Centres

Q:   What questions are asked in an NDA SSB interview?

A:
The questions that are asked in an NDA SSB interview are given below: 1) What is the meaning of your name? 2) How did your GTO and Psychology go, how many individual obstacles could you do, were you able to answer all the questions in psychology. 3) Why the IAF over the Army and Navy? 4) Tell me about your education background, the schools you've studied in (8th grade onwards), your marks, your favourite teacher, the teacher you disliked, favourite subject, disliked subject. 5) Tell me about the extracurricular and sport activities you actively took part in, your achievements, reason for taking part in those particular activities, level at which you participated. 6) Name few of your best friends from childhood, what do you like in them, what do you dislike in them, who supported you the most, what do they like in you, what do they dislike in you, who was your role model at school, reason for drop in percentage. 7) What are your weaknesses, how do you deal with them, is there any short coming you recently over came, how did you do so. 8) Tell me about your family background, the members of your family, what is their occupation, what do you like in each one of them, what do you dislike, what do they like in you, what do they dislike in you, which parent are you the closest to, why. 9) What is your routine on a holiday, how much pocket money do you get, how do you spend your money. 10) Tell me any 2 national and international news which you've come across recently. 11) Tell me how does an aircraft fly? What's the mechanism and principle. 12) What are your roles and responsibilities in your family, how do you help your family members and friends.
 

Q:   What is the training process after joining NDA?

A:

The selected candidates for the three services-Army,  Navy and Air Force are given preliminary training both academic and physical for a period of three years at the National Defence Academy which is an Inter-Service Institution. The training during
the first two and half years is common to the cadets of three wings. All the cadets on passing out are awarded degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi as under:
(a) Army Cadets: BSc/ BSc (Computer)/ BA
(b) Naval Cadets: B Tech Degree
(c) Air Force Cadets: B Tech Degree /B Sc/BSc  (Computer)
All the cadets undergoing B.Sc/B.Sc (Computer)/BA Degree programme are awarded the degree on the successful completion of Academics, Physical and Service Training at NDA.
All the cadets undergoing B Tech programme are awarded the B Tech degree on the subsequent Pre Commissioning Training
Academies/ Institutions/ Ships/ Air Craft
The selected candidates of the Naval Academy are given preliminary training both academic and physical, for a period of four years at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. The cadets of 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme are awarded a B Tech Degree on successful completion of training.

 

Q:   What is NDA selection process?

A:

NDA selection process comprises written exam and SSB interview. Candidates need to secure qualifying marks separately in the written exam and SSB interview. Qualified candidates will be placed in a single combined list on the basis of total marks secure in the written exam and SSB interview. Final allocation is done based on the number of vacancies, eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of the candidates. The written exam of NDA is conducted for 900 marks. The sectional cutoff marks for the written exam is 25 per cent. The SSB interview carries 900 marks. The SSB interview is conducted in two stages. Stage 1 comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT) whereas Stage 2 comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference.

 

NDA Exam Pattern 2024

The written exam of NDA comprises two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview. The SSB interview carries 900 marks. The structure of NDA exam pattern is given below.

Code Exam Name Duration No. of Questions Maximum Marks

01

Mathematics

2 ½ hours

120

300

02

General Ability Test

2 ½ hours

50

200

100

400

-

SSB Interview

-

50

900

Total

1800

SSB Interview: Know its Different Stages

SSB Interview comprises two stages. Stage 1 comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 of SSB interview comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference. The SSB interview carries 900 marks.

Also Read: NDA Exam Pattern

NDA Mock Test

NDA mock tests are like the actual tests and solving them gives candidates the right frame of mind for the exam. It also helps candidates to evaluate their performance and improvement. By solving mock tests, candidates can identify their strong and weak areas. Accordingly, candidates can work upon their weak areas. Mock tests also help candidates to manage their time better in the exam.

Q:   In which mode NDA exam is conducted?

A:
NDA exam is conducted offline across various cities spread throughout the country. The exam is conducted in two shifts-morning and afternoon. The Maths paper is held in the morning shift- 10:00 AM-12:30 PM and GAT is held in the afternoon shift from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM. Candidates are required to appear in both the shifts. The total marks allotted to the exam are 900. Candidates need to secure 25 per cent in each paper.

Q:   In how many stages SSB Interview is conducted in NDA?

A:
The SSB Interview of NDA exam is conducted in two stages. Stage 1 of the SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference. The SSB interview is conducted for candidates who qualify the written exam. Candidates need to secure the minimum qualifying marks in SSB interview. The total marks allotted to the SSB interview are 900. SSB interview is also taken into consideration for preparing the final merit list.
 

Q:   What is NDA marking scheme?

A:

NDA marking scheme is prescribed by UPSC. The marking scheme highlights the marks awarded for correct answers and marks deducted for wrong answers. In Maths 2.5 marks are awarded for correct answers and 0.83 marks are deducted for wrong answers. In GAT four marks are awarded for correct answers and 1.33 marks are deducted for the wrong answers. The score of the written exam is calculated out of 900 marks. The examination authority calculates the scores of candidates based on the marking scheme. The structure of NDA marking scheme is given below.

Sections

Marks for correct answer

NDA Negative Marking

GAT

4

1.33

Mathematics

2.5

0.83

 

Q:   What are the passing marks in NDA?

A:
Candidates are required to score a minimum of around 25 per cent marks in each subject to clear the NDA written exam. The total marks allotted to the written exam are 900. Besides the subject-wise cut off marks, the examination authority also decides overall cut off marks for different defence services. Candidates are required to secure both section-wise and overall cut off marks. To be in the final merit list, candidates are required to secure separate qualifying marks in the written exam and SSB interview.
 

NDA Syllabus 2024

NDA syllabus comprises topics from Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The level of syllabus is of Classes 10, 11, and 12 standards. Candidates can check below the topics included in the syllabus:

Mathematics: Algebra, Calculus, Matrices and Determinants, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Trigonometry, Vector Algebra, Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension and Statistics and  Probability

GAT: The GAT syllabus of NDA is divided into two parts. Part A comprises questions from English, while Part B carries questions from General Knowledge. Questions in English part are asked from Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Cohesion. Questions in General Knowledge are asked from Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, Geography, and Current Events.

Q:   What is NDA syllabus?

A:
NDA syllabus outlines the topics and sub-topics which candidates need to cover for the exam. NDA syllabus is divided into Maths and GAT. The level of the syllabus is of Classes 10, 11 and 12 standards. Candidates can check below the topics included in the syllabus: Mathematics: Algebra Calculus, Matrices and Determinants Integral Calculus and Differential Equations Trigonometry Vector Algebra Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension and Statistics and Probability. GAT. The GAT syllabus of NDA is divided into two parts. Part A comprises questions from English while Part B carries questions from General Knowledge. Questions in English part are asked from Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Cohesion. Questions in General Knowledge are asked from Physics Chemistry Social Studies, General Science, Geography, and Current Events.
 

Q:   What is NDA Maths syllabus?

A:

NDA Maths syllabus covers the topics from higher secondary Mathematics on Trigonometry Algebra Differential Calculus, 2D and 3D Geometry, Matrix and Determinants etc. A total of 120 questions are asked in the Maths section and carry 300 marks. Candidates must clear their basics from Class 10, 11 and 12 Maths books. NDA syllabus for Maths is given below:

Algebra: Sets, Venn diagrams, De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. Real numbers, Complex numbers, Modulus, Cube roots, Conversion of a number in Binary system to Decimals and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations, Linear inequations, Permutation and Combination, Binomial theorem and Logarithms.

Calculus: Concept of a real valued function, domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits, Continuity of functions, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative-application. Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima

Matrices and Determinants: Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.

Integral Calculus and Differential Equations: Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves-applications.

Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of first order and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.

Trigonometry: Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians. Trigonometric ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.

Vector Algebra: Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude, and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, the addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product, or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.

Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension: Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Distance formula, Equation of a line in various forms. The angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and in a general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three-dimensional space, the distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.

Statistics and Probability: Probability: Random experiment, outcomes, and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary, and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical—examples. Elementary theorems on probability-simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binomial distribution.

 

Q:   Is the NDA and the CDS syllabus the same?

A:

NDA exam is conducted for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy Course. CDS exam is conducted to select eligible candidates for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). NDA and CDS syllabus are different. The level of NDA syllabus is of Class 10, 11 and 12 levels. Whereas, the standard of CDS syllabus is of graduation level. NDA syllabus is divided into Maths and GAT. CDS syllabus is divided into Elementary Maths, English and General Awareness. The total marks allotted to the NDA written exam are 900. The total marks allotted to the written exam of CDS are 300 for IMA, INA and AFA and 200 for OTA. 

 

NDA Preparation Tips 2024

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 Classes 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 paper 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' NDA question papers and take NDA mock tests
  • Buy good NDA books and question banks

NDA 2 Last Minute Preparation Tips 2024

Given below are some of the last minute preparation tips for NDA exam:

  • Candidates must revise all the important topics thoroughly
  • Time management is important for the exam. Candidates must give more time to sections that they are stronger in. They should ensure to effectively use the time duration of the exam. 
  • Candidates are advised to practice as many mock tests and previous year papers as they can to improve their speed of solving papers
  • Candidates must read the question papers carefully during the exam
  • Do not forget to carry admit card and photo-identity proof to the exam centre
  • Do not take stress and believe on the preparation

Watch this video on how to prepare for NDA after Class 12 by expert

Also Read: NDA Preparation Tips

NDA Books

Referring to good NDA books is an important part of preparation. With so many books available in the market, choosing the best books becomes challenging. We have provided below NDA books for English, Maths and General Knowledge.

Subjects Books
English
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
General Knowledge
  • Objective GK by Sanjay Kumar
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Pratoyogita Darpan
Maths National Defence Academy and Naval Academy by RS Agarwal

Q:   How to prepare for NDA exam at home?

A:

The tips and tricks to prepare for NDA exam at home are given below:

  • While preparing for the NDA exam the first thing candidates need to do is to make themselves acquainted with the NDA syllabus and NDA exam pattern
  • Candidates need to make a study plan and follow that dilligently
  • Divide topics into easy and difficult ones
  • Also, set weekly and monthly goals to keep a track of performance to cover the entire syllabus in time
  • Candidates need to clear their basic concepts
  • Candidates need to make notes of important topics
  • Candidates must solve previous years' question papers and mock tests
  • Candidates must stay consistent and focus
 

Q:   How much time is required for NDA Exam Preparation?

A:

The ideal time required for NDA preparation is one year to six months. During the preparation phase, candidates must focus on all subjects and topics relevant to the exam. Candidates must consider solving the NDA question papers. They should also attempt mock tests to increase speed and accuracy. Candidates must be thorough with the exam pattern and syllabus. The tips and tricks to prepare for NDA exam are given below:

  • To begin with the preparation, candidates need to understand the syllabus and exam pattern
  • Candidates can clear their basic concepts of the topics from the Class 10, 11 and 12 books
  • To improve speed and accuracy, candidates can attempt mock tests
  • After completing the syllabus, candidates must practice previous years' question papers to know the types of questions asked in the exam
  • Candidates must work on improving their weak areas

Q:   How to prepare for NDA exam after 12th?

A:

NDA syllabus mostly comprises the topics/subjects that candidates have studied in Class 12. The preparation for Class 12 and NDA can go hand-in-hand. Some of the preparation tips or NDA exam after 12th are given below:

  • Candidates must go through the complete subject-wise syllabus
  • Create a proper study plan and dedicate time for each subject
  • Be consistent with the study plan Refer to good NDA books
  • Candidates must review the fundamentals of each subject. They should consult the books from Classes 6 to 12
  • Candidates must read the newspaper daily to enhance their English. Additionally, candidates must practice grammar and learn new words
  • Candidates must practice the previous years' question papers to get an idea about the exam structure
 

NDA Question Paper 2024

Candidates must practice through NDA previous years' question papers to know the exam pattern and syllabus. The previous years' question paper will help candidates to analyse the difficulty level of paper, gaining accuracy and proficiency in all the subjects. Practising the previous years' question paper helps candidates to improve their skills of solving questions with efficiency. Solving NDA previous year helps candidates to improve their time management skills. The benefits of solving NDA question papers are given below:

  • Solving NDA question papers helps candidates assess the progress of their preparation
  • Solving the question papers helps candidates boost their question solving speed, time management, and accuracy in the exam
  • NDA question papers help candidates discover their strong and weak areas and prioritize the topics accordingly for adequate preparation
  • Attempting NDA previous year question papers with solutions PDF help candidates know about the topics often asked in the exam, weightage, and difficulty level

How to Raise Objections Against NDA Answer Key?

The steps to raise objections against NDA answer key are given below:

  • Candidates can raise objections through Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep)
  • Objections against the NDA answer key can be raised within seven days
  • Candidates need to enter certain details like roll number, date of birth, and random image while raising the objections

Also Read: NDA previous year question paper

 

Q:   Do past years' question papers help in clearing the NDA?

A:
Past years' question papers can be a valuable resource for preparing for the NDA exam. They can provide candidates with an understanding of the types of questions that may be asked, the format of the exam, and the level of difficulty. However, it is important to note that the NDA exam is constantly evolving, and the questions may change from year to year. Therefore, it is important to use past years' question papers in along with other study materials and resources, such as practice tests, study guides, and tutorials.
 

Q:   Is it useful to solve NDA question papers?

A:
Yes, solving NDA question papers is an important part of preparation. Solving the question papers helps candidates to assess their level of preparation for the exam. Candidates will also be able to find out their strengths and weakness and plan for the exam accordingly. Candidates must solve NDA question papers after completing the syllabus. They should fix a timetable for solving the question papers. Candidates at least one question paper regularly while preparing for NDA exam. Besides solving NDA question papers, you need to attempt mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy. Practising NDA question papers and solving mock tests should go hand in hand.
 

Q:   Are you allowed to take the NDA question paper home?

A:
Yes, UPSC allows candidates to take NDA question paper home. NDA exam is conducted in two shifts-afternoon and forenoon. Candidates can carry their question papers of Maths and GAT to their homes. However, UPSC also released NDA question papers online on its official website. The question papers are released online in PDF form. Aspirants can download the question papers and start preparing for the exam.
 

NDA Answer Key 2024

NDA answer key for Maths and GAT is released after the completion of the exam. The answer key is released in PDF form for all sets of test booklets-A, B, C and D. The answer keys are released unofficially by the coaching institutes. UPSC releases the official NDA answer keys after the exam is over. Candidates can use the official answer keys to check the correct answers to the questions asked in the exam. Based on the correct and incorrect answers, candidates can calculate the probable score. 

How to Download NDA Answer Key?

The steps to download NDA answer key are given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Go to the 'Answer Key' tab from the 'Examination' section
  • The exam-wise answer key appears on the screen
  • Download the answer key and save it

What are the benefits of NDA Answer Key?

The benefits of solving NDA answer key are given below:

  • The answer key carries the correct answers to the questions marked in the exam
  • Candidates can get the probable score by comparing the answers given in the NDA answer key
  • Knowing the probable score candidates can know the chances of their selection in the further rounds

Q:   How to Download NDA answer key?

A:
NDA answer key is released online by UPSC separately for Maths and GAT. Candidates can download the answer keys for all Sets of test booklets such as A, B, C and D. The steps to download NDA answer key are given below: Visit the official website of UPSC From the 'Examination' tab on the home page, candidates need to go to the 'Answer Keys' tab Click the NDA answer key' links Clicking the links, the answer keys for different subjects appears on the screen Download the answer key and save the file.

Q:   What are the benefits of NDA answer key?

A:
NDA answer key is released separately for Maths and GAT within few hours after the exam is conducted. The answer key is released online and candidates can use it to compare the responses marked in the exam. The benefits of NDA answer key are given below: NDA answer keys are used to compare the responses marked in the exam Comparing the answers with the NDA answer key, candidates will be able to calculate the probable score The probable score help candidates to know their chances of selection for the further rounds.
 

Q:   How to challenge NDA question paper?

A:
Candidates can raise objections against the question papers through QPRep portal. The process to raise objections against the question paper is given below: Visit the official website of UPSC Go to the tab 'Representation on Question Papers' Click the link 'National Defence Academy and Naval Academy examination' Enter roll number, date of birth, and verification code to login Submit your representations to UPSC against the question papers.
 

NDA Result 2024

NDA result is announced online by UPSC. NDA result is made available in PDF form and they contain the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The mark sheet of candidates is released after the declaration of the final result.

How to Check NDA Result?

The steps to check NDA result are given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click the 'NDA result' link on the 'What New' section
  • Clicking the link, NDA result PDF opens
  • The result PDF displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates
  • Search your roll number in the result PDF
  • Download the result PDF and save it

NDA Marking Scheme 

NDA marking scheme highlights the marks they score for correct answers and marks deducted for wrong answers. The subject-wise marking scheme for NDA exam is given below:

Sections Marks for correct answer NDA Negative Marking

GAT

4

1.33

Mathematics

2.5

0.83

NDA Toppers

Candidates can click below the links to check the interviews given by NDA toppers to Shiksha on how to prepare for the exam. 

Interviews of NDA Toppers
NDA 2019 Topper Interview, Piyush Thorve, (AIR 16) NDA Exam 2018 Topper, Interview Sparsh Kankane, (AIR 1)

Q:   How to check NDA Result?

A:

NDA result is announced online by UPSC. The link to check the result is made available on the official website in PDF form. The result PDF displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The steps given below will help candidates to check the result:

Candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC

Candidates need to click on the NDA result link on the home page

 Clicking the link, the result PDF opens in a new page

Candidates need to Search their roll numbers in the result PDF

Download the result PDF and save it

UPSC also releases NDA result name-wise. The name-wise result PDF displays the names of candidates qualified for the next round of selection process. NDA marks for the written exam is calculated out of 900. The final merit list is prepared based on the marks secured in the written exam and SSB interview. The marks of the SSB interview is calculated out of 900. Selection of candidates is done based on merit-cum-preference.

Q:   How do I check my NDA marks?

A:

NDA marksheet is made available on the official website within 15 days from the date of publication of NDA final result. NDA scorecard is available to download for a period of 30 days. Candidates can download their marksheet by logging with the required credentials. The marksheet displays the candidate’s name, roll numbers and sectional and overall scores. The steps to download the scorecard are given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click the NDA marksheet link on the home page
  • Enter the login credentials
  • NDA marksheet appears on the screen
  • Download the marksheet and save it
 

Q:   What happens after you clear the NDA written examination?

A:
The NDA written examination is the first stage of the NDA. After you clear stage one, you will be called for the second stage, which is SSB. The SSB consists of intelligence and personality tests and lasts for five days. It goes like this: 1. Day one consists of a screening test. 2. Day two consists of two psychological tests: TAT and What. 3. Days three and four consist of group testing officer (GTO) tasks such as group discussion. 4. The fifth and final day will consist of a conference round. There is an elimination of candidates for each task, and finally, after this, the selected candidates will have to undergo medical testing.
 

NDA Exam Analysis 2023

Candidates can use NDA exam analysis 2023 to know the details such as the difficulty level of each paper, students' review, types of questions, etc. The previous years' NDA exam analysis is given below.

Previous Years' NDA Exam Analysis

Candidates can check below the previous years' NDA 1 and 2 exam analysis. 

NDA 2 Student Reaction 2023 for GAT

NDA 2 Student Reaction 2023 for Maths

NDA 1 Exam Analysis 2023

The Maths paper of NDA was moderate. Maximum questions were asked from Functions and Trigonometry. Questions in this paper were asked from Probability, Trigonometry, Algebra, Arithmetic Progression and Geometric Progression, Matrics, Circle, Calculus, Determinants, etc. The overall difficulty level of the GAT paper was easy to moderate

Watch NDA 1 Exam Analysis 2023 for GAT

Watch NDA 1 Exam Analysis 2023 for Maths

NDA 1 2022 Exam Analysis 

The overall difficulty level of the Maths paper was moderate to difficult. The paper carried questions from NCERT Maths textbook for Class 10th, 11th & 12th. The Maths paper covered all the topics given in the syllabus. Maximum questions in Maths were asked from Integration, Probability and Calculus. The overall difficulty level of the NDA GAT paper was moderate to difficult. The Physics and Chemistry sections were easy. General Studies section was moderate to difficult. Questions were asked from Medieval History and Culture. Current Affairs questions were asked from the events that took place till July. Current Affairs carried questions related to Govt Schemes, Defence Acquisitions and Deals. 

NDA 2 2022 Exam Analysis for GAT

 NDA 2 Exam Analysis 2022 for Maths

NDA 1 Exam Analysis 2022

The overall difficulty level of the NDA 1 2022 GAT paper was moderate to easy. The overall difficulty level of the NDA 1 Maths paper was moderate. Questions in the Maths paper were asked from Probability, Trigonometry, Algebra, Arithmetic Progression and Geometric Progression, Matrics, Circle, Calculus, Determinants, etc. There were no questions on complex numbers. Watch NDA 1 2022 Student Reaction Video.

NDA 1 2022 Student Reaction for Maths

Q:   What is the difficulty level of NDA exam?

A:

The difficulty level of NDA Maths paper is usually moderate while GAT was easy. The English Language paper of NDA is usually easy where questions are asked on grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. The General Awareness section of NDA is moderate. Candidates need to keep themselves updated with the latest events in India and the world. To ace the exam, candidates need to understand the exam pattern and syllabus, practice mock test, solve previous years' question papers, etc. With hard work and dedication, candidates can crack the exam easily. The total marks allotted to the written exam of NDA are 900. Candidates need to secure 25 per cent in each subject to qualify the exam. Candidates qualifying the written exam of NDA are called for SSB Interview. 

 

Q:   Is NDA exam tough to crack?

A:
NDA exam is known to be highly challenging and competitive exam. The exam tests the knowledge and aptitude of candidates in subjects such as Mathematics, General Ability and English . However, with proper preparation and practice, it is possible to crack the exam. It is important to note that success in the NDA exam also depends on factors such as dedication, focus, and time management.
 

Q:   How many questions are asked in NDA exam?

A:
GAT paper of NDA comprises a total of 150 questions. The GAT section is divided into two parts. Part A comprises English while Part B consists of General Knowledge. The number of questions in the Maths section of NDA exam is 120. Questions in the Maths section are asked from Algebra Calculus, Matrices and Determinants Integral Calculus and Differential Equations Trigonometry Vector Algebra Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension and Statistics and Probability. NDA question papers are framed in both English and Hindi by the examination authority.

NDA Cutoff 2024

NDA cutoff for the written exam and final selection is released after the declaration of the final result. The cutoff for the written exam is calculated out of 900. The final cutoff is calculated based on the marks secured by the last recommended candidates out of 1800 marks (900 marks of written exam and 900 marks of SSB Interview). The qualifying NDA cutoff marks prescribed for each subject are 25 per cent. Candidates are required to qualify the exam by securing separate cutoff marks in the written exam and SSB Interview. Candidates can check below the previous years' NDA 1 & NDA 2 cut off marks.

Paper Written Exam Final Exam

2021 (1)

343

709

2020 (2)

355

719

2020 (1)

355

726

2019 (2)

346

709

2019 (1)

342

704

2018 (2)

325

688

2018 (1)

338

705

2017 (2)

258

624

2017 (1)

342

708


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How to Check NDA Cut off 2023? 

The steps to check NDA cut off 2023 are given below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Go to the 'Cut off' page from 'Examination'
  • Click the NDA cut off link
  • The cut off is displayed on the screen
  • Download the cut off and save it

Q:   What is NDA cut off?

A:

NDA cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to secure in the written exam and SSB interview. UPSC prescribes cut off marks for written exam and final selection. Candidates need to secure separate qualifying marks in written exam and SSB interview. Candidates securing the NDA cut off marks are called for subsequent rounds of selection process. NDA exam is conducted to select eligible candidates for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy course. NDA selection process comprises written exa and SSB interview. Candidates qualifying the written exam by securing the required cut off are called for the SSB interview. Candidates need to secure the cut off marks in the SSB interview also. 

 

Q:   How is the NDA cut off determined?

A:

NDA cutoff is determined based on factors such as the number of test takers, total vacancies, and exam difficulty level. NDA cut off for written exam and final selection is released after the completion of the selection process. Separate cutoff marks are announced for written exam and final selection. NDA cut off marks are the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to secure inorder to qualify the exam. The written exam cutoff is calculated out of 900 marks. The last selected candidates’ scores are used to determine the final selection cutoff, which is based on their performance out of 1800 marks (900 for the written exam and 900 for the SSB interview). The prescribed qualifying NDA cutoff marks for each subject were 25 per cent.

 

Q:   Does each armed force have separate NDA cut off marks?

A:

No, NDA cut offs are the same for all armed forces - Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy. The cut off for the written exam is calculated out of 900 marks. Moreover, candidates are also required to secure the sectional cut off marks in the exam. Candidates need to secure separate cut off marks in the written exam and final selection. NDA Cut Off is released after completion of the NDA exam along with the NDA Result. NDA cutoff is will be released separately for the written exam and the final selection. The written exam cutoff is calculated out of 900 marks. The last selected candidates’ scores are used to determine the final selection cutoff, which is based on their performance out of 1800 marks (900 for the written exam and 900 for the SSB interview).

 

NDA Exam Statistics: Registration vs Number of Appeared Candidates

The table below highlights the number of candidates who registered and appeared in NDA 1 and 2 exams over the past three years.
Exam Sessions

Number of Registered Candidates

Number of Appeared Candidates

NDA/NA  (I) & (II) Exam 2020

5,301,85

2,404,45

NDA/NA (I) Exam 2018

4,506,41

2,946,88

NDA/NA (II) Exam 2018

3,487,85

2,405,76

NDA/NA (I) Exam 2017

4,169,61

2,680,12

NDA/NA (II) Exam 2017

3,442,02

2,321,20

NDA Vacancy

NDA vacancies 2024 will be released along with the notification. Candidates can check below NDA 1 vacancy break-up.
Academy Wings No. of Vacancies

NDA

Army 

208 (including 10 for female candidates)

Navy 

42 (including 03 12 6 for female candidates)

Air Force 

Flying- 92 (including 02 for female candidates)

Ground Duties (Tech)-18 (including 02 for female candidates)

Ground Duties (Non Tech)-10 (including 02 for female candidates)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

-

30 (including 09 for female candidates)

Total

 

400

 

 

Q:   How many vacancies were announced for NDA 2 exam in 2023?

A:
A total of 395 vacancies have announced for NDA 2 2023 exam. Out of total vacancies, 208 vacancies have been announced for Army, 42 for Navy, 120 for Air Force and 25 for Indian Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme). A total of 35 vacancies have been announced for women candidates.
 

Q:   How many vacancies were announced for NDA 1 2023?

A:
UPSC has announced 395 vacancies for NDA 1 2023. A total of 208 (including 10 for female candidates) have been announced for Army, 42 (including 03 for female candidates) for Navy and 120 for Air Force (two vacancies each has been earmarked for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical Branches). NDA exam is conducted for admission of candidates to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy courses.
 

Q:   Does NDA select cadet according to academy vacancy or service vacancy?

A:
NDA select cadet based on service vacancy. It is according to the number of officers required at that time. But the academy accommodation also plays a role. The existing infrastructure at the academy can accommodate a certain number of cadets each term. If it is extended or the intake is greater than the capacity, the training standards will drop.
 

What is NDA Salary?

The NDA salary structure is given below.

Rank Level Grade Pay (INR)

Lieutenant

Level 10

56,100-1,77,500

Captain

Level 10 B

6,13,00-1,93,900

Major

Level 11

6,94,00-2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel

Level 12A

1,21,200-2,12400

Colonel

Level 13

1,30,600-2,15,900

Brigadier

Level 13A

1,39,600-2,17,600

Major General

Level 14

1,44,200-2,18,200

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

Level 15

1, 82, 200-2,24,100

HAG+Scale

Level 16

2,05,400-2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)

Level 17

2,25,000 (fixed)

COAS

Level 18

2,50,000 (fixed)

Details of Military Service Pay (MSP): Officers in the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier are entitled to a Military Service Pay(MSP) of INR 15,500 per month (fixed).
Flying Allowance: The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to a flying allowance at INR 25,000 pm.
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Q:   What is the salary of candidates selected through NDA exam?

A:
Aspirants are always interested in knowing NDA salary while preparing for the exam. The salary provides details regarding the compensation that employees get after joining NDA. The stipend given to the Gentlemen Cadets during training is INR 56,100. After the successful training, the NDA salary of the Officer Commissioned will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10.
 

Q:   What is the salary after graduating from NDA?

A:
The salary that candidates will get after completing their course in NDA is given below. Lt to Major: Lt: Level 10 (56100-177500) Capt: Level 10 B (61,300-193900) Maj: Level 11 (69400-207200) Lt Colonel to Major General: Lt Col: Level 12A (121200-212400) Col: Level 13 (130600-215900) Brig: Level 13A (139600-217600) Maj Gen: Level 14 (144200-218200) Lt Gen AG Scale: Level 15 (182200-224100) HAG + Scale: Level 16 (205400 224400) VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG): Level 17 (225000) (fixed) COAS: Level 18 (250000) (fixed). .
 

Q:   Are there any allowances along with the NDA salary?

A:
There are multiple allowances offered to the Officers along with NDA salary such as Uniform Allowance, Dearness and Transport Allowance, Para Reserve Allowance, Technical Allowance, Children Education Allowance, Hostel Subsidy, High Altitude Allowance, etc. The Army Aviators (Pilots) in Lt and above in Level 10 and above serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance of INR 25,000 (R1H1 of Risk and Hardship Matrix).. .
 

NDA 2024 Exam FAQs

Candidates can check below NDA 2023 FAQs related to the recruitment exam.

Q:   What is the process of training in NDA Pune?

A:

NDA is the joint training institute for all three services-Army, Navy and Air Force. After joining the NDA cadet undergo training for three years. After graduating from NDA candidates are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before commissioning. Army cadets are sent to the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), naval cadets to the Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala), and Air Force cadets to the Air Force Academy (Dundigal, Hyderabad).

 

Q:   How many students apply for NDA exam and qualify it?

A:
Around two to three Lacs candidates apply for NDA exam. The written exam of NDA is cleared by around 8000 to 10,000 candidates. Such candidates are called for SSB interview. The pass percentage in SSB interview is around 10 to 15 per cent. Many students are rejected on medical ground as well. After the medicals, a merit list is prepared which features around 580 to 650 candidates. First 350 to 380 candidates are invited for admission to NDA and INAC. Some candidates do not join and some are not able to cope up with the tough training process. NDA selection process is bit tough therefore it takes about six months preparation to crack the exam.
 

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NDA application form is released to select candidates for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy. Both male and female candidates can apply for the NDA exam. The eligibility criteria for the NDA exam is given below:

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NDA 1 admit card 2024 will be released in the last week of March or first week of April. The link to download the admit card will be made available on the official website. Candidates can access their admit cards by logging with either registration number or roll number. The admit card comprises can

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NDA 1 2024 result is expected to be announced in May 2024. The result will be announced on the official website. However, the direct link to check the result will be provided on this page. NDA result is announced name-wise and roll number-wise. The result PDF displays the roll numbers of qualified c

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NDA admit card is released online only. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. The admit card can be downloaded by logging with registration number or roll number. The steps to download the admit card are given below:

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