The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam is a gateway for candidates looking forward to joining Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force.
This is a national level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services. NDA Exam 2020 schedules for NDA I and NDA II exam has already been released by UPSC.
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 2020 will be a two-step process where candidates first need to take the exam and then qualify the SSB interview conducted by the Service Selection Board.
NDA I 2020 will be held on April 19, 2020, while NDA II will be conducted on September 06, 2020. So, candidates planning to take the exam should fill the application form before the last date and start preparation of NDA & NA 2020 exam.
The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.
The Commission has released the NDA & NA (I) 2020 notification on January 8. The online applications will be accepted until January 28, 2020. The notification was released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 143rd Course, and for the 105th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from January 2, 2020. The number of vacancies are given below for NDA & NA (I) 2020.
|NDA & NA (I) 2020||Vacancies|
|National Defence Academy||370 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force)|
Note: Candidates should note that the 120 vacancies under Air Force including 28 for Ground Duties.
The Commission will release the NDA & NA (II) 2020 notification on June 6. The online applications will be accepted until June 30, 2020. The notification will be released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 144th Course, and for the 106th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing in 2020. The approximate number of vacancies are given below for NDA & NA (II) 2020.
|NDA & NA (I) 2020||Vacancies|
|National Defence Academy||308 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 58 for Air Force)|
Every year, the UPSC releases the NDA exam notification to shortlist the candidates for the courses in National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA). Candidates who are aspiring for the Defence Services are advised to download NDA notification pdf. The recruitment NDA exam notification contains all the details such as application process, eligibility, exam pattern and selection process. Explore the NDA notification 2020 pdf below.
|NDA Notification 2020||Date||Download Link|
|NDA Notification (1) 2020||January 8, 2020||Click Here|
|NDA Notification (2) 2020||June 10, 2020||Click Here|
The first step of the selection process will begin with the NDA registration. After checking all the details meticulously in the NDA notification, candidates should start registering for the exam. The NDA exam application form will be available only on the official website of the UPSC. Candidates are advised to explore the complete details about NDA application form steps below.
Candidates must be physically and mentally fit for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination (I) & (II), 2020. Every year, many candidates fail to qualify in the medical test. Hence, candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before applying for the examination.
Aspirants are also advised to rectify a few minor defects/ ailments such as Wax (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, Tonsillitis and Varicocele.
The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force). The minimum height is relaxed by 5 cms for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon. However, the minimum height is reduced by 2 cms for candidates belonging to Lakshadweep.
|Height/ Weight Standards - Army/ Air Force|
|Height in Centimetres (without shoes)||Weight in Kgs|
|16-17 years||17-18 years||18-19 years|
|Height/ Weight Standards - Navy|
|Height in Centimetres (without shoes)||Weight in Kgs|
|16 years||17 years||18 years|
Candidates have to meet the special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height are given below
|Leg Length||99.00 cms||120.00 cms|
|Thigh Length||-||64.00 cms|
|Sitting Height||81.50 cms||96.00 cms|
Candidates who are wearing spectacles habitually are not eligible for Air Force. According to the official sources, the minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max) Maddox Rod Test.
|at 6 meters Exo-6 prism D||at 33 cms Exo-16 prism D|
|Eso-6 prism D||Eso-6 prism D|
|Hyper-1 prism D||Hyper-1 prism D|
|Hypro-1 prism D||Hypo-1 prism D|
The aspiring candidates are advised to be in the good physical condition by following the routine mentioned below.
1. Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
3. Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
4. Chin ups (minimum 08)
5. Rope climbing 3-4 metres.
A candidate must be either:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
1. For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:
The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
2. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:
The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status:
For NDA & NA (I):
Age Limit: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2003, are eligible.
For NDA & NA (II):
Age Limit: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and not later than January 1, 2004, are eligible.
The UPSC has released the NDA (I) 2020 recruitment notification on January 8. Interested candidates who are aspiring to make their careers in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force can start applying for the examination.
The NDA recruitment notification was released for a total of vacancies. It is advised to keep all the details along with scanned photograph and signature ready before kick-starting the application process.
Candidates can apply online until January 28, 2020. The entrance exam will be held on April 19, 2020. The selection of candidates will be based on written exam and SSB Interview.8 January 2020
The UPSC has declared the NDA & NA (II) result 2019. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination can visit the Commission's official website to check their result. The UPSC conducted the written examination on November 17, 2019.
Candidates can access the NDA result 2019 on the UPSC's homepage. One should use the search option to check their roll number in the result pdf. Aspirants are advised to take a printout of the result pdf for future reference.
Candidates who stand out in the written exam will now have to appear for interview by the Services Selection Board (SSB). The final result will be declared in February/March 2020. The recruitment notification was released for a total of 415 posts.13 December 2019
The UPSC has conducted the NDA & NA (II) 2019 examination on November 17. Here, we bring you the NDA & NA exam analysis. It was prepared based on the opinion of candidates and experts. Overall the paper was moderate.
Many candidates who have appeared for the written test observe that the mathematics section was easier compared to the previous year. A few questions from vector algebra were difficult. Candidates observed the tougher questions from the geography section. The English language was a little bit lengthy. The chemistry was easy and the general ability section was moderate.
The expected cut-off for NDA & NA (II) 2019 will be between 320 and 340. Candidates who qualify in the written exam will be eligible for the next phase of the selection process, i.e., SSB interview.22 November 2019
The UPSC has released the answer key of National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) (I) 2019 examination. The answer key is available on the UPSC's website in online mode. The answer key is available for both GAT and mathematics in pdf format.
Candidates can access the NDA answer keys under the ''Examination>Answer Keys'' on UPSC's homepage. The answer key is released for General Aptitude Test (GAT) and Mathematics.
The Commission will release the answer keys only after the end of NDA & NA examination process. Aspirants can check their answer keys and compare their score. The UPSC will take all the necessary precautions before publishing the answer keys. The NDA & NA (I) 2019 final result was declared on November 5.15 November 2019
The UPSC has released the marks of 447 shortlisted candidates in the NDA & NA (I) 2019 examination. The Commission has released the final result for NDA & NA (I) 2019 last week based on the performance in the written exam held in April and interviews by the SSB.
Candidates can find the marks on the UPSC's official site. The written exam and SSB marks are individually displayed. Ripunjay Naithani stands on top with a score of 1015 followed by Deep Yagnesh Dave (986) and Nitin Prabhakar (985).
The shortlisted candidates will join the Army, Navy and Air Force wings respectively. The Commission has also released the cut-off marks. The marks secured by the last recommended candidate in the final stage is 704.12 November 2019