UPSC NDA & NA 2020 - Notification, Exam Dates, Application Form, Syllabus and Vacancies

NDA Exam

The National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice a year – NDA I and NDA II. NDA & NA 2020 is a national-level entrance administered to recruit the best personnel for the defence forces of India. UPSC conducts the exam in two stages –

  • First) Written Test
  • Second) Personal Interview

The candidates who qualify in the written test will be called for the second round, i.e. SSB interview round. Those who qualify all the stages will be called for training under the National Defence Academy.

Located at Khadakwasla, Maharashtra, National Defence Academy is the first tri-service academy in the world. It is the Joint Services Academy of Indian Armed Forces where cadets of Army, Navy and Air Force learn, study and train together before parting ways to the respective service schools.

NDA & NA 2020 Latest Notification – UPSC has released the NDA & NA I 2020 notification on the official website. The online registration process for the exam has also started from 8th January 2020. The applications can be submitted till 28th January 2020 (1800 hrs). The NDA & NA I exam is scheduled to be conducted on 19th April 2020.

The Commission had released the NDA & NA Examination (I) 2020 notification on 8th January.

UPSC NDA/NA 2020 Notification Released - Click here

UPSC NDA & NA 2020 Overview

Exam Name

NDA & NA Exam


National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam




Twice a Year


Recruitment for National Defence Academy

Exam Level


Exam Mode


Official Website

Exam Date

19th April 2020

NDA Exam 2020 Important Dates

Important Events



Notification release date



Available of application form



Last date to submit the form



Withdrawal of online applications

4th to 11th February 2019

First week of July 2020 (Tentative)

Release of admit card

10 days before the commencement of exam

10 days before the commencement of exam

Commencement of exam

19-April-2020 (Sunday)

06-September-2020 (Sunday)

Result announcement

Second week of May 2020 (Tentative)

October 2020 (Tentative)

NDA Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

NDA Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam-takers are advised to use a black ballpoint pen to mark answers. There will be negative marking for the wrong answers. The medium of the exam is bilingual – English and Hindi.

NDA & Na 2020 Exam Pattern


Mode of Exam

Offline mode (Pen and Paper Based Test)

Number of Sections

2 sections - Mathematics and General Ability

Type of questions

Objective Type questions

Subjects in Code-1

Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability (600 marks)

Duration of exam

2.30 hours (each code – Mathematics and General Ability Test)

Scheme for Negative marking

Yes (0.33% marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer)

Language for the exam

Hindi and English

Distribution of Marks and Question for NDA 2020 Exam








2 and ½ hour.


General Ability


2 and ½ hour.


SSB Interview


4-5 days.





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SSB Interview Process

After getting through the written test, the candidates will further be called for the SSB Interview. It lasts for 4 to 5 days and carries 900 marks. The SSB Interview is divided into two stages. In the first stage of the interview, the candidates will face two rounds of the test. In the first round, they will be tested for Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR), and the Picture Perception and Description Test will be carried in the second round.

In the second stage, the candidates will undergo the Officer Group Task Test, Psychological Test and the Conference.

SSB Interview




Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)

Picture Perception and Description Test




Officer Group Task Testing

Psychological Test


NDA and NA Exam 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of NDA 2020 exam consists of Paper I (Mathematics) and Paper II (General Ability Test).

Paper I (Mathematics) – It has 8 units. They are Algebra, Matrices & Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of Two & Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus & Differential Equations, Vector Algebra and Statistics & Probability.

Paper II (GAT) – Paper II has two parts. Part A is English (200 marks) and Part B (400 marks) is General Knowledge. Part A, i.e. English assesses the ‘candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English’.

Part B, i.e. General Knowledge broadly covers the following subjects – Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, Current Events, Geography and General Science.

NDA Exam 2020 Eligibility

Nationality – The candidates should be an unmarried male and must be

  • Indian nationals
  • Or, subjects of Nepal and Bhutan and Tibetan refugees ‘who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Or, PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) who have migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan and East African Countries

The above-mentioned candidates except Indian citizens need to issue a certificate from the Government of India. For Gorkha subjects of Nepal, the eligibility certificate will not be necessary.

Educational Qualifications -

  • For Naval and Air Force – The candidates should have passed the 10+2 exam or the equivalent with the subjects of Physics and Mathematics. Those candidates who are appearing in their 10+2 are also eligible to appear for the exam.
  • For Armed Force – The candidates should have passed the 10+2 exams or the equivalent. Those candidates who are appearing for the 10+2 exams are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Physical Standard Criteria –

Candidate must meet the physical standards set by NDA. The applicants must be hundred per cent physically fit. If anyone has resigned or is withdrawn from any training academy on disciplinary grounds, he cannot apply.

Age Limit, Marital Status and Gender –

  • The candidates must be 18 years old. For NDA-1 2020, they should have been born between 2nd July 2001 and 1st July 2004. For NDA-2 2020, the applicants should have been born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st July 2005.
  • Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates meeting the above eligibility requirements are eligible to apply for the exam.
  • Gender – Only male candidates are eligible to appear for the NDA exams. Female candidates are not eligible to take this exam. If they wish to join the forces, they can do so through the CDS exams.

NDA Exam 2020 Application Process

The application process for NDA & NA I exam 2020 has started at the official website. The registration procedure comprises two parts – Part I and Part II. Part I requires general details of the candidates, whereas Part II will need documents and application fee. The applications need to be filled with correct details, followed by the application fee payment. Check the filled form before the final submission. Remember, applicants will not be given the opportunity to make any corrections at the later stages. The last date to submit the application form is 28th January 2020. Application forms for the NDA & NA (I) exam 2020 were released on 8th January.

The Union Public Service Commission will begin the NDA & NA (II) application process 2020 on 10th June. The last date to submit the form will be 30th June 2020

Step-by-Step Guide to Fill NDA & NA (II) Application Form

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click on the ‘Application Form’ link
  • Fill the first part of the registration form by entering necessary details like the name of the candidate, address, valid email id and mobile number
  • Upon registration, the applicants will be given a login id and a password for completing the further process of registration, i.e. Part II
  • Details of educational qualifications, etc. need to be given at this stage
  • Upload the scanned copies of photograph and signature and release the application fee through the credit card, debit card and net banking
  • Check for the last time before submitting the form (no correction facility will be provided after the form submission)

Application Fee -

Applicants need to pay an amount of ₹ 100/- through online by using the debit card, credit card, net banking and cash in SBI branch. Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ NCOs/ JCOs/ Ors are exempted.

Documents –

  • Photograph: 140 x 110 pixels with the size up to 40 kb
  • Signature: 140 x 110 pixels with the size up to 40 kb

Other Details

Admit Card for NDA and NA Exam 2020

The hall tickets for the exam will be issued by the Commission 10 days prior to the exam. The NDA admit card 2020 will be released online.

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the link that says ‘NDA & NA 2020 Admit Card’
  • Provide application details like application number, date of birth and security PIN
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen
  • Check the details on the call letter
  • In case of discrepancy, contact the officials
  • Download the admit card and take a printout for future reference

 NDA & NA Result 2020

The Authority will release the NDA result 2020 within a month after the test completion. The result will be available in PDF format. Those who qualify the written test will be called for the SSB Interview round. The final result will be released after the SSB round.

NDA & NA 2020 Cut-off

The NDA & NA cut-off 2019 is the minimum mark for qualifying the exam. The cut-off marks will be available on the official website within a week after the result is announced. Candidates must keep a check on the official website.

NDA & NA SSB Interview

Candidates will be intimated about the NDA & NA SSB Interview 2020 after qualifying the written test. It comes two states – Stage I and II. In Stage I, applicants need to clear Officer Intelligence Rating and Picture Perception & Description Test. Selection for Stage II, which will conduct Psychology Test, Group Testing Officer Task, Conference and Interview, depends upon the score in OIR and PP & DT. The entire SSB Interview process will occur for 4 to 5 days. Lastly, there will be a medical round to be conducted for the final selection of the candidates.

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