National Defense Academy Exam is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam is conducted twice a year, in two stages – written exam and SSB interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for the exam every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB interview. Service Selection Board or SSB is the body that schedules, organizes and conducts the interview of the candidates applying for Indian Military Forces. The interview is a five-days-long procedure which includes two stages of testing – stage I & stage II.
Before knowing about the NDA 2020 exam in detail, check out the current updates.
Mar 18, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Air Force cancelled all the SSB interviews planned from March 23rd onwards at Air Force Selection Boards till further orders.
Navy and Air Force are also expected to cancel SSB Interviews.
Feb 28, 2020
NDA Admit Cards were to be released soon
Feb 8, 2020
Withdrawal of any online application until Feb 11th was permitted
Jan 8, 2020
UPSC NDA (1) 2020 Exam Pattern & Syllabus issued – Written Test & SSB Interview
Jan 10, 2020
UPSC NDA 1 2020 Notification came out for 418 Vacancies
NDA aspirants were able to download previous year papers
Jan 24, 2020
UPSC NDA 2020 (1) Online registration closing date (28 Jan) was declared
Jan 28, 2020
UPSC NDA 2020 (1) Online registration had opened
NDA exam is conducted by UPSC and it takes place 2 times a year. The exam comprises a written test and SSB interview. The exam mode is offline and it takes 5 hours to complete the test.
The table below shows the dates and brief details on every part of the NDA 1 exam.
April 19 (Scheduled exam is cancelled)
The written exam of NDA is conducted in two shifts – morning and afternoon, across 41 cities spread throughout the country. Exam has been cancelled due to #coronavirus outbreak and new dates will be notified at a later date.
NDA 1 admit card 2020 was to be released online on the official website. Candidates had to enter their login credentials to download the admit card. This is postponed due to coronavirus.
Declaration of written result
The result of the written exam is declared in June. Roll number of shortlisted candidates are displayed in results.
SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages.
NDA 1 final result is announced in November.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak in India, exams have been cancelled to a further notice.
Written test comprises two sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The total marks for the written exam is 900 marks and applicants who secure the minimum qualifying marks are called for an SSB interview that includes psychological aptitude and intelligence.
The table includes details on the NDA exam pattern like subjects to study, time duration, number of questions and total marks.
Duration of test
GAT – 2 ½ hours
GAT – 10 am to 12.30 pm
Total No. of Questions
GAT – 150 Questions
Question Paper Language Format
GAT – 600
Mathematics – 300
The GAT section carries 600 marks while the Mathematics section carries 300 marks. The GAT section is divided into two parts:
Part A – English
Part B – General Knowledge
The general knowledge part contains questions from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, Current affairs.
Correct answers marking
Incorrect Answer marking
There is no deduction in marks for the unanswered questions.
This interview is divided into 2 stages:
Stage 1 test comprises verbal and non-verbal tests (screening test) and psychological tests.
Psychological test contains the following things:
In the second stage, the applicants who pass the stage 1 test have to pass group discussion (GD) round. This round will test the following:
After you pass both the stages, there will be a personal interview and conference before concluding the test.
Generally, UPSC releases admit cards in March but due to the coronavirus outbreak, the admit card date will be announced at a later date. Applicants can download NDA admit cards until the day of exam. The hard copy is not sent to candidates by post.
Here, we have given general steps to check your admit card and download it.
Downloading the NDA 1 Exam Admit Card
To check the results, follow the steps below:
NDA scorecard gets ready in 15 days from the declaration of the results This contains the following parts:
Once you have passed NDA (1) Stage 1 test, you will be invited for an SSB interview and if you pass that too, a merit list is prepared by UPSC based on total marks secured by candidates in the written exam and SSB Interview. Final admission to posts in Army, Navy and Air Force is based on the number of vacancies subject to candidates eligibility, fitness and merit preference.
Last year, the NDA (Written test and SSB interview) cut off was 704 marks which combined both. The final cut off in the written test is based on total marks of 900. Candidates who achieved a final cut off of 700 out of 1800 got allocated a post in services – Army,Navy, Air Forces, and Naval Academy.
418 vacancies have been announced for NDA recruitment in 2020. Out of the total seats, 370 will be allocated for the National Defence Academy while 48 are for Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme).
Only male candidates (unmarried) are eligible to apply for the NDA admission tests.
Visit the official website, register for an account, download forms, fill up and upload your documents online to submit the application.
It is based on a first apply-first allot basis.
Generally, admit cards are released one week prior to the exam.
Aspirants should have passed class 12 exam and they will have to pay Rs. 100 for the application.
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