NDA Application Form – NDA 2 Application Process, Eligibility, Dates

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the NDA II application form on its website (upsconline.nic.in) on June 16, 2020. The last date for NDA II application form submission is July 6, 2020. The fee for NDA II application submission is Rs. 100. Candidates who belong to the SC/ST category and wards of Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) or Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) are exempted from paying the application fee.      

In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, UPSC has decided to combine both NDA I & NDA II exams. The combined NDA exam will take place on September 6, 2020. Candidates, who filled the NDA I application form, can fill the NDA II application form too, if they come under the defined age bracket. However, any variation in their photograph or date of birth  the cancellation of their candidature. 

It is advised to check NDA eligibility before initiating the NDA II application submission process. UPSC also enabled candidates to withdraw their NDA application forms 2020 from July 13 to 17. Read this article carefully to attain valuable information about NDA application form, its submission procedure, prerequisites, application fee, etc.

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NDA Application Form – Highlights

  1. NDA application form 2020 is divided into two parts – Part 1 & Part 2
  2. NDA II application form submission process started from June 16, 2020 and the last date for its submission is July 6 (till 6 PM)
  3. NDA 2020 application form is available online only on upsconline.nic.in
  4. UPSC will open the NDA application form withdrawal window from July 13 to 17 
  5. UPSC has merged NDA I and NDA II exam and it will take place on September 6, 2020. 
  6. After completing Part 1 of the NDA application form, candidates can logout and proceed with Part 2 later (within the prescribed deadline) to finally submit the application form.   

Who is eligible to fill NDA Application Form 2020?

Aspirants willing to apply for NDA exam must meet the below-given eligibility requirements defined by UPSC:


  1. A candidate must be the citizen of India or
  2. A subject of Nepal/Bhutan or
  3. A Tibetan refugee who migrated to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of settling down in India permanently or
  4. A person originally Indian who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire, Malawi, and Vietnam or Ethiopia with the intention of permanently settling in India

Note – Applicants hailing from the category 2,3 and 4 must obtain a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. However, the Gorkha community belonging to Nepal will be exempted from presenting the certificate of eligibility. 


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  1. Candidates whose date of birth fall in between January 2, 2002 and January 1, 2005 can apply for NDA II 2020
  2. Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA  


Candidates must possess the below-mentioned academic qualification for NDA 2 registration:

(i) For Army Wing of NDA — Candidates must have passed 12th Class (as per 10+2 pattern) or equivalent examination conducted by a central/state education board or a university.

(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy — Candidates must have cleared 12th class (as per 10+2 pattern) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects or an equivalent exam conducted by a central/state education board or a university.

Read the official note mentioned below regarding the candidates who are yet to appear for the 12th examination:


Candidates must be physically and mentally fit and free of any pre-existing medical condition. Let’s look into all the fitness standards that the candidates have to meet to become eligible for NDA. 

1. Medical Standards 

The medical checkup of all the candidates is performed at different zonal military hospitals. Hence, it is advised to get minor medical conditions treated before going for a medical checkup. Some of the minor ailments due to which the candidates may be rejected are:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele/Phimosis
  • Overweight/Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Varicocele 

Note – Permanent body tattoos are only allowed on the inner face of the forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand.

2. Physical Measurements 

A candidate should have a minimum height of 152 centimeters with an athletic physique for army, airforce, and navy. Candidates must note that  the navy has set different physical standards. The weight should also be in proportion to the height and age.

Height & Weight for Indian Army & Airforce    

Height (in centimeters) Weight (in kilograms) ±10% is acceptable
16-17 Years 17-18 Years 18-19 Years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.0
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

Relaxation in minimum height for Indian army & airforce 

  • A relaxation of 5 cms is given to candidates belonging to Garhwal, Kumaon, Gorkha, or North-Eastern states of India.
  • Candidates hailing from Lakshadweep will get the relaxation of 2 cms in height.  

Note – Candidates aspiring to become a pilot in the Indian Air Force must have leg length between 99 cms and 120 cms. Their thigh length should not exceed 64 cms and while sitting, their height should be in a range of  81.5-96.0 cms. 

Height & Weight for Indian Navy

Height (in centimeters) Average Weight (in kilograms) ±10% is acceptable 
16-17 Years 17-18 Years 18-19 Years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

3. Visual Standards 

  • The better eye distance vision of the candidates should be 6/6 and the worse eye distance vision should not be beyond 6/9.
  • The myopia impact should not exceed 2.5 D
  • Hypermetropia should not be beyond 3.5 D including Astigmatism
  • Candidates who wear spectacles cannot apply for the airforce.    

NDA Application Form – Important Dates 

Candidates can know about the important dates of major NDA I and NDA II events through below given table:

NDA I & II Event Calendar 

Events Key Dates 
Release of online notification  January 6, 2020
Availability of NDA I application form  January 8 – January 28, 2020
Availability of NDA II application form  June 16 – July 6, 2020 
Release of admit card 2-3 weeks prior to exam
NDA I & II exam date (Combined)  September 6, 2020

Prerequisites to Fill NDA Application Form 2020

Candidates must keep the essential documents & details handy before beginning the NDA 2020 application form submission process. Some prerequisites to fill the application form are as under:

  1. Photo identity proof in PDF format
  2. Scanned copies of signature and photograph
  3. Debit card/credit card/net banking details (if paying the application fee online)
  4. Hall tickets of class 10 and 12 exam
  5. Mark sheets of class 10th and 12th 

Steps Involved in NDA II Application Submission Process

NDA application form comprises of two parts and each part consists of certain steps as given below:

Part I – Online registration, branch preference, verification of details and registration ID generation

Part II – Application fee payment, preference of test centre and uploading of photograph and signature

NDA Application Form – Part I

The part I of the NDA application form is divided into four steps. Check out the detailed procedure to fill Part I of the NDA Cut off.

Part I of NDA Application Form 2020

NDA application Part I involves the following steps:

1. Online registration: This step requires the applicants to mention their personal, academic and communication details. Candidates must enter correct information while filling their name, father’s name,  date of birth, mother’s name, gender, nationality, Aadhaar number, marital status, community, fee remission allowed, details of educational qualification, email address, mobile number, communication address, etc.

2. Selection of branch as per preferences: Candidates need to provide their preferences of branches (Army, Navy and Air Force) in the preference order. Apart from this, applicants should also mention if they went to Sanik or Military School or if they are the sons of NCO or JCO or Other Rank Officers.

3. Verification of details: It is necessary to review the details in the application form to avoid any error or discrepancy. Since the correction window facility is not available, candidates must ensure to rectify the details before application submission and then agree to the terms and conditions. 

4. Getting registration ID: After entering the personal, educational and communication details and verifying the form, the system will generate a unique registration ID. UPSC shares registration IDs with candidates via email. 

NDA Application Form 2020 – Part I

NDA Application Form – Part II

This part includes application fee submission, test centre selection, and uploading of documents. The details are given below:

Part II of NDA Application Form 2020

1. Application fee payment: Candidates can opt for either online or offline mode of fee payment. The available online modes are debit card/credit card/net banking. Those who choose cash mode will have to download the pay-in-slip and take the print out to deposit the application fee in any of the SBI branches within 24 hours after pay-in-slip generation.

Note – NDA application fee amount for OBC and General category is Rs 100 while other categories of SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, Ors and NCOs need not to pay any fee.

NDA Application Form 2020 - Part II

2. Exam centre preferences: Candidates hold the right to select one NDA test centre as per their convenience from the available list. The authority allots the venue on a first-come-first-serve basis.

NDA test centre as per their convenience from the available list

3. Uploading of scanned documents: While uploading the scanned images of signature and photograph, applicants must pay heed to the format and specifications. In case of any mismatch/error, the application form gets rejected. Key points to remember while uploading the documents are as under:

  • Candidates must ensure the clarity and visibility of the scanned images of signature and photograph
  • Black ink should be preferred for signature 
  • Color photograph must be clicked in while or light background
  • Photograph should be passport size. No selfies or mobile captured photographs are allowed 

Photograph & Signature Specifications 

Document Type File Size Format
Photograph Up to 300 KB JPEG
Signature  Up to 20 KB JPEG

Uploading of scanned documents

Application form submission: Before final submission of NDA 2020 application form, candidates must tick mark the declaration column. Further, applicants can check the application by tapping on the ‘view’ or ‘print’ tab. It is advisable to take the hard copy of the NDA application form and retain the same for future purpose. Not only this, applicants must also keep the fee receipt copy and two to three copies of photographs (same as uploaded) for further use. 

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How to rectify NDA application form 2020?

UPSC provides candidates with the facility to make modifications in NDA application form before submission. Candidates need to tap on the ‘update’ tab to check the details and make corrections, if required. Note that the correction facility after submission is not provided. Hence, candidates must be quite vigilant while furnishing their details in the NDA application form.

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NDA Application Form – How to retrieve login credentials?

After completing Part 1, candidates can logout and proceed with the Part 2 of NDA application form later. In such a case, they might forget their login ID or password or both of their credentials. Retrieving the login credentials requires applicants to follow the below-given steps:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC at upsconline.nic.in  
  2. Click on ‘Forgot Password/Forgot Registration ID’ link
  3. Enter the email ID and verification code 
  4. Click on the submit button
  5. Candidates will receive the new password/registration ID on their registered email ID

NDA Application Form – Process to Withdraw

UPSC facilitates the applicants to withdraw their application if they are not interested to appear in the NDA exam. Withdrawal facility is NOT for those whose application form is incomplete. Candidates must keep the below mentioned points in mind while proceeding to withdraw NDA 2020 application form:

  1. Visit the website of UPSC and tap on ‘Apply Online’ link
  2. Once you get the link for application withdrawal, enter your registration ID and other details like name, date of birth, gender, father’s name, contact number, mother’s name, email ID etc.
  3. Provide your consent in ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and mark the column of terms and conditions   
  4. Authority will send one time password (OTP) to your registered email id and contact number
  5. Validate the OTP for successful placement of withdrawal request
  6. As soon as the authority accepts the withdrawal request online, you will get the confirmation
  7. Take the hard copy of the receipt 
  8. UPSC will send separate confirmation on your registered email or mobile number
  9. After application withdrawal, you cannot review the form

Note – The withdrawal facility for NDA II application form will be available from July 13 to July 17. 

NDA Application Form – Points to Remember

  1. NDA 2020 application form is available in online mode only
  2. UPSC releases separate applications for NDA I and NDA II
  3. Only eligible male candidates can apply for the NDA exam 
  4. Candidates are advised to recheck all the details filled in their NDA application form before online submission
  5. UPSC will not provide correction window facility to the candidates
  6. Facility of application withdrawal is available for those who are reluctant to appear for NDA exam
  7. NDA application form will get rejected if applicants fail to submit the fee
  8. Candidates must fill and submit NDA application form before deadline to avoid rejection
  9. Stick to the prescribed format and specifications while uploading the scanned images of signature and photograph
  10. Candidates can edit the application form before online submission
  11. Retain the printout of NDA 2020 application form, fee receipt and two passport size photographs (copies of uploaded photographs) for further use

NDA Application Form – FAQs

✔️ What is the start and end date to fill the NDA II application form 2020?

As per the official notification of UPSC, candidates can submit NDA II application form online from June 16, 2020 to July 6, 2020 on the official website of UPSC i.e. upsconline.nic.in.

✔️ What are the options to pay NDA application fee?

Candidates can make the payment of NDA application fee of Rs. 100 through online modes like credit/debit card or net banking. For cash payment i.e. offline mode, applicants need to download pay-in-slip and submit the same in any of the SBI branches within 24 hours of pay-in-slip generation.

✔️ Can I edit the NDA application form after hitting the submit button?

No. Modification is not allowed once candidates submit the application form. They can only make changes in the application before submission by clicking on the ‘update’ button.

✔️ Is it mandatory to fill both Part I and Part II of NDA application form?

Yes, candidates cannot skip any of the two as both parts of the NDA application form have mandatory fields. Part I of the NDA application form includes basic details like name, date of birth, gender, parents’ name, educational qualification and communication address while Part II contains the options for application fee payment, uploading of documents, verification of form etc.

✔️ Under what circumstances can the authority reject my NDA application?

UPSC can reject your NDA 2020 application form under various circumstances like incomplete form, non payment of application fee (except the exempted categories), wrong uploading of documents, etc.

✔️ I filled the NDA I application form? Can I again fill the NDA II application form 2020?

Yes, you can fill the application form of NDA II if your age falls under the bracket of defined age criteria (between January 2, 2002 to January 1, 2005). Your registration for NDA I stands cancelled if you re-apply through NDA II application form. Also, UPSC will reject your entire candidature in case of variation in date of birth or photograph in both the forms.

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