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NDA 2020

NDA or National Defence Academy Exam is a national level exam conducted for the recruitment of candidates in the Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit aspirants. The examination for NDA is an offline mode (pen and paper) exam. It is a two-tier examination followed by the SSB interview round for candidates who qualify the written exam. NDA- 1 examination will be conducted in April 2020 and NDA-2 examination will be conducted in August 2020.

Aspirants who qualify the written examination will be called for SSB interview round. The final declaration of the result will be after the written examination and SSB interview round.


NDA 2020 Highlights



Exam Name

National Defence Academy

Commonly Known As

NDA exam

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Examination Level

National Level


Vacancy Based


English and Hindi

Exam Mode


Mode of Application



NDA 2020 Important Dates


NDA 1 Dates

NDA 2 Dates

Online Registration/Application Form

January 2020

August 2020

Last Date Submission of the Application Form

February 2020

September 2020

NDA 2020 Admit Card Issue Date

March- April 2020

September 2020

NDA 2020 Exam Date

April 2020

Last week of September 2020 (Tentatively)

NDA 2020 Final Result Declaration

June 2020

November 2020


NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Conditions


Indian Citizens

The subject of Bhutan or Nepal

Tibetan refugee who came to India prior to January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.

A PIO (Person of Indian Origin), who has come back from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and  Vietnam with the motive to settle down permanently in India.


Academic Qualification

For Army Wing- Class 12th passed or cleared equivalent examination from the State Board.

For Air Force Wing, Naval Wings and 10+2 cadet entry at the Indian Naval Academy- Class 12th passed with Physics and Mathematics as subjects from the State Board.

Age Limit

Only unmarried male candidates can apply for the exam i.e. born before 2nd January 2000 and not after 1st January 2003

For NDA-I 2020, aspirants date of birth should be between 2nd January 2000 to 1st July 2003.

For NDA-II 2020, aspirants date of birth should be between 2nd January 2001 to 1st July 2004.

The entry of date of birth as recorded in the matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University.



NDA 2020 Application Form

The NDA exam is conducted twice a year. The online application form for NDA 2020 will be available in January 2020 for NDA 1 exam and then in August 2020 for NDA 2 exam. The procedure for registration for the exam is mentioned below :

·         Aspirants can access the application form of NDA 2020 by visiting the official website of UPSC. They can apply online and register for the exam.

·         Fill in the information such as basic details, mobile number and valid email id is given in the form carefully, as no changes will be allowed thereafter for the aspirants.

·         Upload all the necessary asked documents such as scanned copies of the aspirant's photograph, thumb impression, and signature which should be accessible, while registering for the test.

·         Aspirants can complete the registration process by initiating the fee payment which can be done via online mode (VISA/Master/Debit Card and Net banking) or via offline mode (through e-challan of SBI Bank).

·         On successful completion of the process, aspirants must take the print out of the application form along with generated e-receipt.

The application fee is Rs. 100/- for General and OBC category while for SC/ST candidates and wards of NCOs/ JCOs/ORs are not required to pay any application fee.


NDA 2020 Admit Card

·         The official notification release of NDA 2020 admit cards will be available for the aspirants online.

·         Aspirants have to visit the official website to download the NDA Hall Ticket 2020. Aspirants will additionally be notified via Email or SMS.

·         To download the admit card, aspirants have to enter their login credentials and fill up details such as date of birth, roll number, etc.

·         The admit card will consist of details such as aspirants name, roll number, exam center, exam date, timing, etc.

·         Without the admit card and valid id proof, aspirants will not be permitted to appear for the examination.


NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

NDA 2020 exam will be conducted offline. NDA has two exams each year: Mathematics and General Knowledge.

NDA exam consists of objective type questions with the total time duration for each paper are 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Section-wise distribution of questions in NDA exam:



General Knowledge

No. Of Questions


2 (English and G.K.)

Total no. Of Questions



Total Marks



Exam Duration


                                          2 hours and 30 minutes

Marking Scheme

2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect

4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect


NDA 2020 Recommended Books

·         Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA Entrance Exam- Arihant

·         NDA Mathematics (Hindi)- RPH Editorial Board

·         History Of Modern India (History)- Bipan Chandra

·         Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)- Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum

·         Oxford School Atlas (Geography)- Oxford

·         Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1)- Ram Ahuja

·         Objective General English for Competitive Exams- S.P. Bakshi

·         Manorama Yearbook 2017- Mammen Mathew

·         Chapterwise-Sectionwise Solved Papers NDA & NA- Arihant

·         Study Package for NDA/NA Entrance Exam- Tata McGraw-Hill Education India

·         NDA Entrance Exam- E. S. Ramasamy

·         Science and Technology in India- Kalpana Rajaram: Spectrum


NDA 2020 Result

NDA 2020 result will be declared online on the official website.

The result of the NDA written examination is released one or two months subsequent to the exam. The result of shortlisted aspirants for SSB Interview will be displayed on the website in a PDF format.

Qualified aspirants need to appear for the SSB Interview round conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence. After clearing the SSB interview, the final result will be declared.

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