NDA 2021: Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus

NDA 2021

NDA 2021 exam will be conducted twice a year in the month of April and September. NDA or National Defence Academy exam is organised by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). It is a national level exam conducted every year for the selection of eligible candidates into training academies of the Indian navy, Indian Military and Air force. Candidates have to clear the written test, SSB Interview round and medical test to be eligible for the selection in NDA. Candidates willing to get admission in NDA may read the whole article for complete information regarding the NDA exam such as NDA 2021 Application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, etc.

NDA 2021 Notification

The details regarding the NDA notification are:

  • NDA 2021 Notification PDF will release in the month of January 2021.
  • The notification will include all the details regarding the NDA exam.

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

The important NDA exam dates for various events are given in the table:

EventsNDA 1 datesNDA 2 Dates
Notification release dateSecond week of January 2021Second week of June 2021
Application form release dateSecond week of January 2021Second week of June 2021
Application form last dateFourth week of January 2021Last week of June 2021
Admit card relase dateMarch 2021August 2021
NDA 2021 ExamThird week of April 2021First week of September 2021
Result DeclarationMay 2021November 2021

NDA 2021 Application form

Candidate must have to fill the application form in order to apply for the NDA exam. The details regarding the NDA Application form are:

  • NDA 2021 Application form will start in online mode.
  • Candidates can proceed to NDA 2021 registration process from the official website.
  • The application process will start from the second week of January 2021 for NDA I and the second week of June 2021 for NDA II.
  • Candidates will have to fill the application form from the official website as no other mode will be provided by the authority.
  • Also, Candidates can submit a single application form and submission of multiple application forms will lead to rejection of the candidate.
  • Candidates will be able to complete the online application process in two parts i.e Part I and Part II.
  • In Part-I, candidates will have to fill the basic and other details in the application form.
  • In Part-II, candidates will be required to upload a photograph and signature, choice of exam center and payment of application fee.
  • Moreover, candidates may keep a copy of the filled application form for further use.

Application Fee

The details regarding the application fee are:

  • The application fee for NDA exam is Rs. 100/- only.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ NCOs/ Sons of JCOs/ ORS are exempted from paying the application fee.

Mode of payment: Candidates can pay the application fee through online mode only via:

  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Net Banking

Note: Candidates may note that the application fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

How to Apply for NDA 2021 Exam?

Candidates can follow the procedure of filling the NDA application form given below.

  • Visit the NDA official website.
  • Click on “Apply Now”.
  • Then follow the Part-I and Part-II registration.
  • In Part-I, candidates will have to fill personal as well as qualification details such as candidate’s name, gender, preference of branch, etc.
  • In Part-II, candidates have to select their choice of exam centre, upload the recent photograph and signature, and payment of application fee.
  • After filling both the parts, candidates may verify the details.
  • Then go through the declaration and tick “I agree” option.
  • At last, a confirmation page will appear on the computer screen.

NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The details regarding the NDA eligibility criteria are:


  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen/ subject of Bhutan/ subject of Nepal or Refugee of Tibetan (came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India).
  • Candidates migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire and Vietnam or Ethiopia with an intention of settling in India can also apply for the exam.
  • Foreign nationals: Foreign candidates (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce an eligibility certificate issued by the Govt. of India.

General Details

  • Age: Candidates age must fall in between 16.5 – 19.5 years.
    • NDA 1 2021 Age limit: Candidates must be born between 02 July 2002 – 01 July 2005.
    • NDA 2 2021 Age limit: Candidate must be born between 02 January 2003 – 01 January 2006.
  • Gender: Only Male candidates can apply for the NDA exam.
  • Marital Status: Candidates should not be married. Candidates will not be allowed to marry till completion of their training period.

Qualification Details

  • For Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Candidate must have passed class 10th & class 12th from a recognized board or university.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Candidate must have passed class 10th & class 12th from a recognized board or university with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in class 12 or waiting for the result are also eligible to apply.

Physical Fitness

  • Candidates will have to qualify the physical fitness test according to the physical standard that is declared by the NDA.
  • Candidates who have ever withdrawn or resigned from any training academies of Armed Forces on disciplinary grounds cannot apply for the exam.

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern

The details regaridng the NDA Exam Pattern are:

  • Mode of Exam: The NDA exam will be conducted twice through offline mode.
  • Medium of Exam: The exam paper will be in English and Hindi language.
  • Type of Questions: The paper will contain Objective Type Questions.
  • Sections: The exam paper will be divided into two sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  • Total Marks: The exam paper will be of 900 marks.
    • Mathematics: 300 marks.
    • General Ability Test: 600 marks.
  • Exam Duration: The duration of the exam will be 05 hours.
  • Marking Scheme: 0.33 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

The details regarding the distribution of marks and duaration of each section are:

SubjectCodeDurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics0102 hours and minutes300
General Ability Test0202 hours and 30 minutes600
SSB Interview900
Grand Total1800

NDA 2021 Syllabus

The details regarding the NDA Syllabus are:

  • NDA 2021 Syllabus will include different topics mathematics, english and general knowledge.
  • Candidates can check the syllabus of NDA in online mode.
  • Candidates can download the NDA Syllabus 2021 PDF from the official website.
  • NDA Syllabus 2021 PDF will be available to download very soon.

The important topics of syllabus for NDA 2021 are:

  • English:
    • The exam paper for English section will be designed for testing the students understanding of English and the use of English words.
    • Vocabulary, Grammar, Comprehension, usage and cohesion for testing the candidate’s proficiency in English.
  • Mathematics:
    • Matrices & Determinants, Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Statistics and Probability, Differential, Vector Algebra, Calculus etc.
  • General Knowledge:
    • Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, and Geography & Current Events.
    • The questions will be asked for checking the candidate’s intelligent understanding and knowledge of the subject.

NDA 2021 Preparation Tips

The tips to prepare for the NDA exam are:

  • Candidates must start their exam preparation earlier.
  • Evaluate the exam pattern and syllabus completely.
  • Make a exam schedule to prepare accordingly.
  • Gather complete study material for the preparation of exam.
  • Make short notes and keep revising them.
  • Solve previous year papers to evaluate the exam.
  • Give Mock tests to understand the exam completely.
  • At last, keep your mind fresh and clam for the preparation.

Important Books

The important books to refer for the NDA exam are:

Paper I – Mathematical Ability

  1. Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations — R S Aggarwal.
  2. NDA Mathematics (Hindi) — RPH Editorial Board.
  3. Study Package Mathematics NDA & NA Entrance Exam – Arihant.
  4. Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy published — RS Aggarwal.

Paper II – General Ability

  • Oxford School Atlas (Geography) – Oxford.
  • Objective General English for Competitive Exams — S.P. Bakshi.
  • History of Modern India (History) published — Bipan Chandra.
  • Mammen Mathew and Manorama Yearbook
  • Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology) — Kalpana Rajaram- Spectrum
  • Social Problems in India (Indian Society – GS1) – Ram Ahuja.

NDA 2021 Admit Card

The details regarding the NDA admit card are:

  • NDA 2021 Admit card will release in March 2021 for NDA session I.
  • The authority will be made available in online mode.
  • The candidate will be able to download the admit card from the official website.
  • Also, The admit card for NDA session II will release in August 2021.
  • The candidate will need to login using the login credentials to download the admit card.
  • NDA admit card will contain details like candidates name, exam center, roll number, exam date and timing, etc.
  • Candidates have to bring a valid ID proof along with the admit card on the day of the exam.
  • In case of any mistakes in the admit card, the candidate may call the authorities immediately.
  • Moreover, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the exam without the admit card.

NDA 2021 Answer Key

The details regaridng the NDA Answer key are:

  • NDA 2021 Answer key will release after the commencement of the exam.
  • The answer key will be released by various coaching institutes.
  • No official answer key will be released by the UPSC.
  • The institutes will release the answer key in online mode.
  • The answer key will contain all the correct answers of the NDA exam paper.
  • Through answer key, candidates will be able to evaluate their performance in the exam.
  • Candidates will be able to download the answer key in PDF format.

NDA 2021 Result

The details regarding the NDA result are:

  • NDA 2021 result will be declared in the month of May 2021 for session I.
  • The authority will release the result in online mode.
  • Candidates will be able to check the result from the official website.
  • For NDA II, the result will release in the month of May 2021.
  • Candidates will be able to download the result in the form of PDF.
  • NDA 2021 scorecard will contain the candidates marks in the written exam.
  • On the basis of result, candidates will be invited for the counselling process.

NDA 2021 Cut Off

The details regarding the NDA Cut off are:

  • NDA 2021 Cut off will release after declaration of the result.
  • The cutoff will release in online mode by the authority.
  • Candidates can download the cutoff list from the official website.
  • The authority will release the sectional as well overall cutoff marks.
  • The Cut off marks are the minimum marks to get admission.
  • Also, the cut off will be different for different categories.
  • The cut off for written test is 342 and the final cut off is 708.

NDA 2021 SSB Interview

The details regarding the NDA SSB Interview are:

  • NDA 2021 SSB Interview will be organised after NDA result.
  • Candidates after qualifying the exam will be eligible for the interview and medical round.
  • SSB Interview will be organised in a number of rounds.
  • The interview will be organised for five days and candidates have to appear for all the rounds.

The details regaridng the various rounds of interview are:

  • First round: on the first day, candidates will have to go through the psychological test.
  • Second round: On the second day, candidates will have to go through the situation reaction test, self-description test word association test, and thermatic apperception test.
  • Third round: On the third day, the president will conduct few tasks such as Lecturettes, Snake Race, Progressive Group Task, Military Planning Exercise, Intergroup Obstacle race, command task & personal interview, Group Discussion Test, half group tasks.
  • Fourth and Fifth round: On the fourth and fifth day, candidates will be tested with tests such as Individual Obstacles, Final Group Task, Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference and announcement of results.

NDA 2021 Selection Process

The details regarding the selection process are:

  • Candidates must be eligibile to apply for the NDA exam.
  • Candidates have to apply for the exam afte checking the eligibility.
  • Then, candidates have to pass the written exam with good marks.
  • After passing the written test, candidates will have to go through the interview rounds.
  • The NDA SSB inteview will be conducted in five rounds.
  • After SSB interview, candidates will have to pass the medical test.
  • At last, the authority will verify the documents of the candidate.

NDA 2021 Exam Highlights

The details regaridng the NDA 2021 exam overview are:

Exam NameNDA 2021
Full formNational Defence Academy
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Exam ModeOnline mode
Exam Duration2:30 hours
Level of ExamNational level
Helpline number011-23098543 / 23385271

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Official website of NDA: www.upsc.gov.in

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