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What is the NDA Exam? Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card

The NDA exam is conducted under the presence of UPSC for the admission to Air Force, Army, and Navy. The exam is a gateway for those candidates who are looking to join Defence Forces such as the Navy, Air Force, and Army. It is a national-level exam and conducted two times in a year. Both NDA I and NDA II exams help those candidates who want to make their career in Defence Services. National Defence Academy examination is a two-step process where a candidate needs to take their exam and then they need to qualify for the personal interview. The personal interview or personal testing was conducted by the SSB ( Service Selection Board).

Notification of NDA 2021 Exam

The UPSC releases the notification for the NDA exam, every year. On June 6, 2020, the UPSC commission was released the notification for the exam NDA I and NDA II exam. The online application form was released on 6 July 2020. The UPSE has also released 413 vacancies in National Defence Academy where 208 vacancies for Army, 120 vacancies for Air Force, 43 vacancies for Naval Academy, and 42 vacancies for the Navy.

Application Form for NDA 2020

NDA registration process begins with the first step of the selection process. After checking all the important information in the NDA notification status then candidates can start their registration for the exam. The NDA application form available on the official website of the UPSC. To fill the application form, a candidate needs to follow some steps:

Step One

Candidates first need to visit the UPSC official website.

Step Two

On the official website, candidates need to click on the “Apply Online” tab.

Step Three

After clicking on the tab, applicants need to select the “Online Application Form For Various Examination” option of UPSC.

Step Four

In step four, applicants can start the NDA registration process of Part- I.

Step Five

 A form will open and candidate needs to fill their correct details like name, father’s name, Email address, Contact number, address, etc.

Step Six

After filling in all the information candidates need to pay the application fee for the NDA exam.

Step Seven

In the part- II application form process, a candidate needs to upload their signature and photograph.

Step Eight

Before to click on submitting the exam, the candidate to click on Agree to the declaration.

Step Nine

Aspirants need to click on the Submit the application.

Step Ten

Make sure, the candidate needs to download or print out the NDA application form for their future reference.

Eligibility Criteria For NDA Exam 2020

 Nationality Criteria

A candidate must be either under the Citizen of India/ Nepal/Bhutan.

For the Tibetan refugee candidates who came from the other countries in India before the date of 1 January 1962 then they with the intention of permanently settling down in India.

A candidate of Indian origin who migrated from  the other countries like Burma, Pakistan, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, East African, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling down in India.

Physical Criteria

If a candidate wants to apply for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy then they must be physically and mentally fit. A huge range of candidates failed to qualify in NDA

 test. So it is advised for the candidates that they must be medically examined before applying for the exam.

Aspirants are suggested to rectify some minor defects/ ailments like Wax (ears), Deviated septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, beneath Sized Chest, Piles, rubor, and distention.

Height And Weight customary Standard

The minimum height will required to qualify the exam is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force). The minimum height is relaxed by five cms for Gorkhas and people happy to the hills of North-Eastern regions of Bharat, Garhwal, and Kumaon. However, the minimum height is reduced by a pair of cms for the candidate's happiness to Lakshadweep. The height and weight criteria will be different for every age candidate in both the Air force as well as in Navy.

For candidates who are pilots in the Air Force then there are special height and weight criteria.

Physical Condition

Aspirants who wish to apply for the NDA exam then need to be advised that they should be in good physical condition. Some important points for the physical condition are as follows:

The candidate must have daily skipping practice.

Daily Pushups and sit-ups i.e. they at least need 20 pushups and sit-ups.

Need Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes.

Aspirants need rope climbing three to four meters.

They also have Chin-ups, at least 08 chin-ups.

Educational Qualifications for NDA 2020

For Army candidates

Aspirants must have intermediate or 10+2 degree education from a recognized university or Board for the Army NDA exam.

Candidates also must have a 12th education degree or equivalent degree in Mathematics and Physics. The exam also must be conducted by a state education university or a board.

Aspirants who are appearing for class 12th under an equivalent examination then they can apply for this exam. These candidates also qualify for the SSB interview but due to some reasons, they could not produce their 10+2 certificate at the time of the SSB interview they should forward their certificate with self-attested photocopies.

Aspirants who are appearing in class 11th exam then they are not eligible for the exam.

Applicants who have still qualify in the intermediate class then they are also allowed to appear for this exam they should note that it is a special concession given to those candidates. To appear for the exam candidate needs to submit their passing proof of the 12th class by the prescribed date of the UPSC from the last date.

Aspirants are debarred by the ministry of defense and those who are holding any type of commission in any defence services then they shall not be eligible for admission, because their application form will be canceled from the UPSC.

Age Limit 

For unmarried male candidates who are born not earlier than the date 2 July 2000 and not later than the date 1 July 2003 are eligible for the exam.

Candidates required a minimum age of 15.7 years to apply for the exam and 16 years required for the course.

The maximum age is required 18.7 years for the exam.

Roles and Responsibilities For NDA Exam 2021

The roles and responsibilities of the Indian Air Force and Indian navy are as follows:

NDA  applicant preserves the national interests and territorial safeguard integrity, sovereignty, & unity of the India against external threats by deterrence war.

They help to assist government agencies to cope with the proxy war and helps to provide aid to the civil authority when requisitioned.

They help to corporate with the Indian Coast Guard and ensure stability in India’s maritime zones of responsibility.

Helps to provide the disaster relief in the neighbourhood India’s maritime.

Candidates help to play an important role as a part of a pluralistic security order.

Result and Answer Key of NDA Exam 2020

Aspirants who have appeared for the written exam on 6 September then they can check their NDA exam result from the official website. Applicants should download their results for future reference. The UPSC has released the answer key on the official website as well as for NDA and NA II 2019. In the answer, the key candidate can check their answer key with question paper. On 14 September 2020, the commission has released the final results for NDA II. There were 662candidates shortlisted for the final round.

Written Exam for UPSC NDA and NA I 2020

The UPSC conducts NDA & NA exam every year. According to the latest notification of UPSC comission, both the exams conducted on 6 the date of 6 September 2020. The selection process will consist of two stages one is a written exam second is SSB Interview. In the exam, there are 120 questions for Mathematics, and the duration of the exam will 2 hours & 30 minutes. 300 marsk are required for the question paper. Another is the General Ability test and the questions are in this paper 120. The time duration is 2 hours and 30 minutes for this exam. 600 is the total marks of the question paper.

Aspirants should make sure about the negative marking because there is one-third of marks will be cut for the wrong answer.

Registration and Exam Date for NDA 2021

The registration for NDA I will start from 30th December 2020 and for the NDA II exam from 9th June 2021. The UPSC commission released NDA I exam will release on the date of 18th April 2021, and For exam NDA II 5th September 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Can female candidates apply for the NDA exam?

No, the exam is not available for female candidates.

Is the exam pattern is different for Non- Science background students?

No, there is no different exam pattern for the non- science background candidates, as there is the same exam pattern for all background students.

What is the age limit for the NDA 2021 exam?

The minimum age required limit is 16.5 years and the candidates who have more than age 19.5 years will not be required for the NDA exam.

Is the NDA exam is tougher than the IIT exam?

Both NDA and IIT exams are considered the toughest exams. Many students sat for both these exams but craking the NDA written exam is much easier than the IIT exam.

What is the salary of a NDA?

During the period of training, aspirants get a stipend rs. 21,000per month. And, when the training will be completed the basic salary of a candidate’s from 15,600 to 39,100 per month.

Which field is best for NDA?

The air force is the best and first priority, after that Navy and then Army is the last option. NDA exam is conducted two times in every year.

Can an average student crack the NDA exam?

Yes, an average student can easily crack the NDA exam.

Is RD Sharma book is enough for NDA?

The syllabus of NDA is very wide and the RD Sharma book does not have all the topics. For better practice candidates should do preparation from NCERT books from class 9th to 12th and solve them. These books are sufficient for the preparation of the  NDA exam.


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