NDA (1) 2020 Notification (Out), Exam Date, Application Form & 418 Vacancies

National Defence Academy.

NDA 1 2020 notification has been released by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Total 418 vacancies have been announced for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA for 145th course and 107th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) starting from January 2, 2021. Online NDA application form 2020 is available from January 8 to 28. The online withdrawal facility of application form will be available from February 4 to 11, 2020. Read more on NDA 1 notification 2020 released; Apply online till Jan 28.

What is NDA Exam?

NDA is one of the most sought after defence entrance exams in the country. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages – written exam and SSB Interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview. 

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria inorder to be eligible for the exam. 

Age Limit: Candidates who have born not earlier than July 2, 2001 and not later than July 1, 2004 are eligible to apply for NDA 1 exam. The date of birth is calculated as mentioned on the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation.

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

Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent from a recognised board or university. 

Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC under 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

NDA 2020 Highlights 

Exam name National Defense Academy & Naval Academy Examination 
Conducted by UPSC 
Exam level National 
Exam category After Class 12
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam stages Written Test and SSB Interview 
Exam mode Offline 
Exam duration 5 hours (Mathematics – 2 ½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT) – 2 ½ hours) 
Exam syllabus Mathematics – Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability. GAT – English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events etc. 
Exam pattern GAT – 150 objective type questions  Mathematics – 120 objective type questions 
Language English and Hindi 
Exam purpose For admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) 
Test cities 41
Exam helpdesk011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 
Official websiteupsc.gov.in

NDA Examination Dates 2020 

The dates of NDA I and II exams have been announced through UPSC calendar 2020. Candidates can check below NDA dates 2020. 

NDA I Dates 2020 

NDA 1 EventsNDA 1 Dates 2020Salient Features 
Notification January 8The complete schedule along with other details has been released 
Application form January 8Registrations for the written exam of NDA has started 
Last date to apply January 28 Candidates can submit their application forms online till this date
Application withdrawalFebruary 4-11The facility to withdraw the application form of NDA will be available within this prescribed deadline. 
Written exam April 19The written exam of NDA will be conducted on this date in two shifts – morning and afternoon across 41 cities spread throughout the country. 
Admit card March NDA 1 admit card 2020 will be released online on the official website. Candidates need to enter their login credentials to download the admit card. 
Declaration of written result June The result of written exam is declared in June. The result displays the roll numbers of shortlisted candidates. 
SSB Interview August- September SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages. 
Final result November NDA 1 final result is announced in November. On the basis of final result, candidates are selected for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC. 

NDA 2 Dates 2020 

NDA 2 EventsNDA 2 Dates 2020Salient Features 
Notification June 10NDA 2 notification will be released 
Application form June 10Application forms will be made available along with the notification 
Last date to apply June 30Candidates can apply within this application deadine 
Written exam September 6 The written exam of NDA will be conducted in two shifts and comprises two papers. 
Admit card August NDA 2 admit card 2020 will be released online in August for registered candidates. 
Declaration of written result December The result of written exam is declared in December on the official website. 
SSB Interview February  SSB Interview is conducted in two stages. 
Final result May NDA 2 final result is announced in May.

NDA vacancies 2020

The details regarding the vacancies are released along with the notification. A total of 418 vacancies will be filled through NDA 1 exam. 

Academy Number of vacancies 
NDA 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties) 
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 48
Total 418 

NDA Selection Process 2020

The complete process of NDA is explained below: 

Filling the application form 

Interested candidates need to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs 100 which can be paid both and offline. The commission releases the list of rejected applicants few days after the closure of application process. Besides, the examination authority also activates the link to withdraw NDA application form for a specified period. Candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam can withdraw their application form. 

Release of admit card 

NDA admit card is released three weeks before the exam. The link to download the admit card will be available on the official website. Candidates can download the admit card by logging either with roll number or registration number. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. 

Written Exam

All the candidates who successfully registers for the exam are required to appear for the written exam. The written exam comprises two sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries total 900 marks. Candidates who obtains the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview. Read more on NDA exam pattern. 

Declaration of result

NDA result is declared online in two stages – written and final. First, the result for written exam is declared followed by the declaration of final result. The result is made available in PDF format. It displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The marksheet of candidates are released after declaration of final result. Candidates need to secure NDA cut off 2020 separately in written exam and SSB Interview. 

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. All qualified candidates are put to stage 1 test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who will qualify the second stage are required to submit birth certificate and pass certificate. 

Final Selection 

Candidates are finally selected for admission to admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation will be done as per the number of vacancies subjected to candidates eligibilitgy, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference. 

NDA 2020 Exam Centres

NDA exam centres are the cities where the offline test will be conducted. Candidates need to appear for the exam in the exam centre allotted to them by the examination authority. While filling the application form, candidates need to enter their preferences of exam city. UPSC will allot exam centre to candidates as per the preferences exercised by them in the application form. However, the commission reserves the right to cancel or add exam centres. The exam will be conducted in the following cities. 

CityState/Union Territory
AgartalaTripura
AhmedabadGujarat
AizawlMizoram
AllahabadUttar Pradesh
BangaloreKarnataka
BareillyUttar Pradesh
BhopalMadhya Pradesh

NDA 2020 Exam Day Guidelines 

  • 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 hard board and a black ball pen for marking their responses
  • Sheet for doing rough work are provided by the invigilator 
  • 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
  • Misconduct during exam is not entertained and serious actions will be taken againt the candidates doing the same
  • Strict action is taken against those candidates found copying or cheating 

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