NDA 2020: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Result

NDA 2020 stands for National Defence Academy. NDA 2020 are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC NDA Entrance Exam is a gateway for the aspirants who want to make their career in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The candidates who have an interest in getting the admissions within the Defence Forces like Army, Navy and Air Force should appear and clear the NDA exams. These exams are conducted double in a year (NDA1 & NDA 2) by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) in multiple cities across the country.

The NDA 1 helps the candidates to join the armed forces and is the first chance to urge the admissions. This national level test is held double (NDA I and NDA II) every year in April and Nov. The candidates are able to access the application form for the NDA (1) from January Tentatively. After clearing the SSB round, qualified candidates can bear the medical examination and document verification process. From this article, one can get complete details regarding NDA Exam 2020.


NDA 2020 Important Dates:

Events                                            Tentative Dates
NDA 2020 Notification 1st week of Jan 2020 1st week of Aug 2020
Starting of Application Form 2nd week of Jan 2020 1st week of Aug 2020
Final date to submit form 1st week of Feb 2020 1st week of Sept 2020
Availability of Admit card Few days before entrance exam Few days before exam
NDA 2020 Examination 3rd week of April 2020 3rd week of Nov 2020
Declaration of Results In the month of May 2020 In month of Nov 2020

NDA 1 2020 Application Form:

Go through the entire details of Application Form of NDA 2020 below:
The Application Form for NDA I will be released within the second week of Jan 2020 and for NDA II within the first week of August 2020.
The Application form are going to be filled in 2 parts – part I and part II.
In the part I of application process, candidates got to fill their basic and different necessary details within the form.
In the part II of application process, candidates are needed to select their exam center, upload their photograph and signature, pay the applying fee and confirm the declaration.
After the final submission of the application form, candidates should preserve the printout of the application form, fee payment and identical photograph as uploaded within the application.
Candidates should fill the application form rigorously as no modification or correction within the application will be made after the final submission of the form.

NDA 1 Application Fee:

The application fee for all the Applicants is INR.100.
However, ST/SC/NCOs/Ors/Sons of JCOs candidates are exempted to pay the application fee.
Mode of Payment: the application fee will be paid by the candidates through SBI Bank Challan method or debit or credit card/net banking method.

UPSC NDA 1 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

Before applying for NDA One 2020, go through the entire eligibility criterion given below:


Applying candidates should be citizen of India/ subject of Bhutan/subject of Nepal or refugee of Tibetan (came to India before first January 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India).
Applicants of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma,  Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Tanzania or Vietnam with an intention of settling in India also can apply.
All the applying foreign nationals ought to produce certificate of eligibility issued by the govt. of India. Gorkhas (subjects of Nepal) needn’t required to provide this certificate.

Gender, Age and Marital Status:

Gender: Solely males are eligible to apply.
Age: Applying candidate’s age should be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. He should be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA I. For NDA II, he should be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005.
Marital Status: Applying candidate should be unmarried . Candidates cannot marry till completing their coaching.

Educational Qualification:

For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Applying candidates should have passed their tenth and twelfth level exams from a recognized board or university with the most subjects of Physics and Mathematics.
For Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Candidates should have passed their tenth and twelfth level exams from a recognized board or university.
Appearing Candidates: Those who are in their last year of qualifying year also are eligible to apply.

Physical Eligibility:

As per the physical standards set by the commission for admission into Naval Academy Examination and National Defence Academy, applying candidates should be physically fit.
Candidate resigning or withdrawing from any of the training academies of armed forces on disciplinary grounds won’t be considered eligible to apply.

NDA 1 2020 Exam Pattern:

Check the whole exam pattern of NDA 2020, before preparing for the written test:
Exam Mode and Date: NDA I exam are held within the third week of April 2020 and NDA II within the fourth week of Nov 2020. exam are conducted in Pen and Paper (offline) mode.
Type of Questions: The queries asked within the test are of objective type.
Total Marks: The written test are of total 900 marks (Mathematics – 300; General Ability test – 600). SSB Interview are of 900 marks.
Sections: The written test are divided into 2 sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test.
Language Medium: The question paper are accessible in English as well as Hindi language.
Time Duration: The time period to complete the paper are of five hours (2½ hours each).
Marking Scheme: 33% of the mark assigned to the question are subtracted for each incorrect answer.

Subject Code Time Period Maximum Marks
General Ability Test 02 2:30 600
Mathematics 01 2:30 300

NDA 1 2020 Syllabus:

NDA 1 Syllabus 2020 can contain varied topics from the subjects of Mathematics, English and General Knowledge. Complete syllabus is checked by the students by online mode. Below we’ve provided varied topics included numerous subjects coming within the written test:


  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Algebra
  • Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions
  • Trigonometry
  • Integral calculus and Differential Equations
  • Differential Calculus
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Vector Algebra.


  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar.

General Knowledge:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Social Studies
  • Geography and Current Events.

NDA 1 2020 Preparation Tips:

Candidates will follow the below provided preparation tips to enhance their preparation of NDA 2020:
Review the syllabus, pattern of exam, marking scheme of the examination.
Prepare short notes while finding out varied topics. Note all the important points at one place.
Solve previous year’s exam papers and sample papers. This will help the candidates to understand the exam trends and type of queries.
Attempt on-line or offline mock tests to increase your speed and accuracy level.

NDA 1 2020 Admit Card:

UPSC NDA 2020 Admit Card for session I and II are published few days before the commencement of entrance exams. To download the admit card by on-line mode, students need to enter their date of birth/roll number, registration id and other asked details.

The Admit card can contain necessary information of the candidate and the exam. It’ll contain the student’s name, exam centre, roll number, exam date and timing, exam centre address etc. Just in case any mistake arises within the details of the admit card, candidates should contact the officials immediately.

NDA 1 2020 Answer Key:

After the results declaration of NDA 2020, the answer key are released by varied coaching institutions. Candidates are able to access the answer key through on-line mode. It’ll be given in different sets for various subjects.

Using the marking scheme and the answer key, candidates are able to calculate their probable score of the written test. It’ll give a rough plan to the candidates regarding their qualifying chances.

NDA 1 2020 Result:

The result of NDA I 2020 are released on the web site after the commencement of written test and release of answer key. The results of NDA I will be published on-line within the month of May 2020 and NDA II within the month of Nov 2020.

The result are released within the form of PDF consisting names of the candidates qualifying the written test. Candidates who are successful in qualifying the written test with the minimum qualifying marks are considered eligible for SSB Interview round.

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NDA 2020 Cut Off:

The overall and sectional cut off marks are published by the board after the declaration of results. Candidates should qualify the written test so as to become eligible for any admission method. According to the previous trends, it’s expected that the cut off for written test are 342 and the final overall cut off are 708.

The previous year’s cut off marks of NDA for various years are given below:

Years NDA (I) NDA II
2013 337 313
2014 348 368
2015 306 269
2016 288 315
2017 342

NDA 1 2020 Selection Procedure (SSB Interview):

After the written test of NDA 2020, candidates qualifying the test successfully as per the prescribed qualifying marks are called for the SSB Interview Round. The SSB interview are conducted in varied rounds in 5 days and all the selected candidates need to appear in all the rounds.

Candidates on the first day of SSB Interview can undergo psychological tests which will include – Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT), Intelligence Test and filling of Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) forms.

Second day of SSB interview can include the tests related to – Word Association Test, Situation Reaction Test, Thermatic Apperception Test and Self-description Test.

Third day of interview are related to group discussion test, Millitary planning Exercise, Lecturettes, Intergroup obstacle race or Snake race, Progressive Group Task, half group task, command task and personal interview for some candidates by the President. The fourth and fifth day can include tests related to Individual Obstacles, Final Group Task , Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference and announcement of results.

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