NDA 2020: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

NDA 2020NDA 2020 Exam Dates has been released. It will be conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC NDA entrance exam is a gateway for the aspirants who want to make their career in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. This national level test is held twice (NDA I and NDA II) every year in the months of April and November. Candidates have to first qualify the written test with the minimum qualifying marks and then appear for the SSB Interview round to get entry into NDA. After clearing the SSB round, qualified candidates will go through the medical examination and document verification process. Through this article, we have provided complete details regarding NDA 2020.

NDA 2020 Notifications – Exam Dates Released

newiconNDA 2020 Exam Dates for NDA I & II examinations has been released. The exam will be held on 19th April (NDA I) and 6th September 2020 (NDA II). Check here for application details.

NDA 2020 Important Dates

Check below all the official dates for various events of NDA I 2020 & NDA II 2020:

NDA 2020 Notification8th January 202010th June 2020
Release of Application Form8th January 202010th June 2020
Last date to submit the application form28th January 202030th June 2020
Release of Admit cardFew days before the entrance examFew days before the entrance exam
NDA 2020 Exam19th April 20206th September 2020
Announcement of ResultsIn the month of May 2020In the month of November 2020

NDA 2020 Application Form

Go through the complete details of application form of NDA 2020 below:

  • The Application form for NDA I will be released on 8th January 2020 and for NDA II in 10th June 2020.
  • The Application form will be filled in two parts – Part I and Part II.
  • In the Part I of application process, candidates have to fill their basic and other important details in the form.
  • In the Part II of application process, candidates are required to select their exam center, upload their photograph and signature, pay the application fee and confirm the declaration.
  • After the final submission of the application form, candidates must preserve the printout of the application form, fee payment and identical photograph as uploaded in the application.
  • Candidates must fill the application form carefully as no modification or correction in the application can be made after the final submission of the form.

Application Fee:

The application fee for all the candidates is Rs.100.

However, ST/SC/NCOs/Ors/Sons of JCOs candidates are exempted to pay the application fee.

Mode of Payment: The application fee can be paid by the applicants through SBI Bank Challan method or debit or credit card/net banking method.

NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for NDA 2020, go through the complete eligibility criterion given below:


  • Applying candidates must be citizen of India/ 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).
  • Candidate of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and east African countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with an intention of settling in India can also apply.
  • All the applying foreign nationals have to produce certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India. Gorkhas (subjects of Nepal) need not required to produce this certificate.

Gender, Age and Marital Status:

  • Gender: Only males are eligible to apply.
  • Age: Applying candidate’s age must be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. He must be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA I. For NDA II, he must be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005.
  • Marital Status: Applying candidate must be unmarried. Candidates cannot marry until completing their training.

Educational Qualification:

  • For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Applying candidates must have passed their 10th and 12th level exams from a recognized board or university with the main subjects of Physics and Mathematics.
  • For Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Candidates must have passed their 10th and 12th level exams from a recognized board or university.
  • Appearing Candidates: Those who are in their last year of qualifying year are also eligible to apply.

Physical Eligibility:

  • As per the physical standards set by the commission for admission into Naval Academy Examination and National Defence Academy, applying candidates must be physically fit.
  • Candidate resigning or withdrawing from any of the training academies of Armed Forces on disciplinary grounds will not be considered eligible to apply.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

Check the complete exam pattern of NDA 2020, before preparing for the written test:

  • Exam Mode and Date: NDA I exam will be held on 19th April 2020 and NDA II in 6th September 2020. Exam will be conducted in Pen and Paper (offline) mode.
  • Type of Questions: The questions asked in the exam paper will be of objective type.
  • Total Marks: The written test will be of total 900 marks (Mathematics – 300; General Ability test – 600). SSB Interview will be of 900 marks.
  • Sections: The written test will be divided into two sections – Mathematics and General Ability test.
  • Language Medium: The question paper will be available in English as well as Hindi language.
  • Time Duration: The time duration to complete the paper will be of 5 hours (2½ hours each).
  • Marking Scheme: 33% of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Below in the table we have distributed the marks for each subject:

SubjectCodeTime DurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics012 hrs and 30 min300
General Ability test022 hrs and 30 min600

NDA 2020 Syllabus

NDA 2020 Syllabus will contain various topics from the subjects of Mathematics, English and General Knowledge. Complete syllabus can be checked by the students by online mode.

Below we have provided various topics included various subjects coming in the written test:


Matrices and Determinants, Algebra, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Trigonometry, Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Differential Calculus, Statistics and Probability, Vector Algebra


The question paper of English will be designed for testing the candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like: Vocabulary, comprehension, Grammar and usage and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English

General Knowledge:

The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover topics from the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Candidate’s answers will show their intelligent understanding and knowledge of the subject.

NDA 2020 Preparation Tips

Candidates can follow the below provided preparation tips to enhance their preparation of NDA 2020:

  • Review the syllabus, pattern of exam, marking scheme of the exam.
  • Prepare short notes while studying various topics. Note all the important points at one place.
  • Solve previous year’s exam papers and sample papers. This will help the candidates to know the exam trends and type of questions.
  • Prepare for the exams from a good study sources like books, online tutorials, online apps etc.
  • Attempt online or offline mock tests to increase your speed and accuracy level.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: The Registration process of NDA I 2020 will start from 8th January 2020 and NDA II 2020 from 10th June 2020.
Answer: Candidates have to appear and qualify the written test and SSB Interview rounds to get admission into NDA.
Answer: The Application fee of NDA 2020 is Rs.100. ST/SC/NCOs/Ors/Sons of JCOs candidates are exempted to pay the application fee.
Answer: Yes, the applying candidate’s age must be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. He must have been born between July 2, 2001 – July 1, 2004 for NDA I and for NDA II between 2nd January 2002 – 1st January 2004.
Answer: The entrance exam of NDA I 2020 will be conducted on 19th April 2020 and NDA II 2020 on 9th September 2020.
Answer: The result of NDA I 2020 will be released in the month of May 2020 and for NDA II in the month of November 2020.

NDA 2020 Admit Card

NDA 2020 Admit Card for session I and II will be published few days before the commencement of entrance exams. To download the admit card by online mode, students have to enter their date of birth/roll number, registration id and other asked details.

The Admit card will contain necessary information of the candidate and the exam. It will contain the student’s name, exam centre, roll number, exam date and timing, exam centre address etc. In case any mistake arises in the details of the admit card, candidates must contact the officials immediately.

NDA 2020 Answer Key

After the results declaration of NDA 2020, the answer key will be released by various coaching institutions. Candidates will be able to access the answer key through online mode. It will be given in different sets for various subjects.

Using the marking scheme and the answer key, candidates will be able to calculate their probable score of the written test. It will give a rough idea to the candidates about their qualifying chances.

NDA 2020 Result

The Result of NDA 2020 will be released on the website after the commencement of written test and release of answer key. The result of NDA I will be published online in the month of May 2020 and NDA II in the month of November 2020.

The result will be released in the form of PDF consisting names of the candidates qualifying the written test. Candidates who are successful in qualifying the written test with the minimum qualifying marks will be considered eligible for SSB Interview round.

NDA 2020 Cut Off

The overall and sectional cut off marks will be published by the board after the declaration of results. Candidates must qualify the written test in order to become eligible for further admission process.

According to the previous trends, it is expected that the cut off for written test will be 342 and the final overall cut off will be 708.

The previous year’s cut off marks of NDA for various years are given below:


NDA 2020 Selection Procedure (SSB Interview)

After the written test of NDA 2020, candidates qualifying the exam successfully as per the prescribed qualifying marks will be called for the SSB interview round. The SSB interview will be conducted in various rounds in five days and all the selected candidates have to appear in all the rounds.

Candidates on the first day of SSB Interview will go through psychological tests which will include – Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT), Intelligence test and filling up of Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) forms.

Second day of SSB interview will include the tests related to – Word Association test, situation reaction test, thermatic apperception test and self-description test.

Third day of interview will be related to Group Discussion Test, Millitary Planning Exercise, Lecturettes, Intergroup Obstacle race or Snake race, Progressive Group Task, half group task, command task and personal interview for some candidates by the President.

The fourth and fifth day will include tests related to Individual Obstacles, Final Group Task , Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference and announcement of results.

If you have any query regarding NDA 2020, you can ask your query in the comments section below.

Displaying 364 Comments
  1. Anjali says:

    Girls can give the NDA exam(
    (2020-21) or not?

  2. Radhika says:

    Can girls apply for NDA 2019

  3. deepak thakur says:

    sir my DOB is 2/12/2000 i am eligible for Nda 2020 exam

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      For age limit, candidates age must be between 16.5 – 19.5 years.Candidates must be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA I.
      For NDA II, he must be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005.

  4. Rajesh says:

    Sir,, is 7 months is enough to prepare for nda .

  5. Ujwal roop says:

    My DOB is 13/10/2003 to which year I can apply for nda

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      For age limit, candidates age must be between 16.5 – 19.5 years.Candidates must be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA I.
      For NDA II, he must be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005.

  6. sunil says:

    My d.o.b 6/8/2002 am i elgible sir for nda1$2 2020

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      For age limit, candidates age must be between 16.5 – 19.5 years.Candidates must be born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004 for NDA I.
      For NDA II, he must be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005.

  7. Shivam says:

    My dob is 28/02/2001. I am 18 yrs 5 months. Am I eligible

  8. Harsh says:

    Sir I am in class 11th so can I apply for nda 2020

  9. Jashandeep Singh says:

    Hlo sir, My date of birth is 28/10/2000.
    Can i eligible to apply in 2020 Nda(I)?

  10. Mohd uvesh says:

    I want some to join Airforce

  11. Rupchand Ponala says:

    Respected sir my eye sight is -3 am’i eligible

  12. Sanam says:

    Can girls also give Nda exam?
    And if not kindly tell which exams we can give after 10th related to this field.

  13. Dinesh Kumar Yadav says:


    Dear Big Brother Good Night..!
    I am in big trouble.
    I failed [I didn’t appeared in 12th examination]in 12th examination this year in 2019 and appearing once again for 12th, have not passed 12th class still now. My age will 19 years old month of October in 2019.

    ● My question is that:- Am I eligible for 2020 this [NDA] examination…??
    Please Reply Bhaiyya.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      You can apply for NDA I 2020 if you are born between July 2, 2001 and July 1, 2004. For NDA II, you must be born between 2nd January 2002 and 1st January 2005. Also check other eligibility clauses given in the article.

  14. rαviτєjα says:

    Can you suggest some books which I used for NDA for 2020 exam

  15. Subh choudhary says:

    Sir mai april me 19 year9 month ho jaunga to kya mai apply kar sakoonga.

  16. Neeraj says:

    Sir, I am studying 12th commerce with statistics can I apply for nda. I don’t have maths subject

  17. Rohit rajpoot says:

    Me12 Fina yet mere date of birth 15_8_2002 hi Kay me nda tayrey kar sakta hu sir ji

  18. Rohit lodhi says:

    Kay me nda ka test de sakta hu me 12me hu sir ji

  19. Rohit says:

    Sir my dob is 11/01/2001 can I give January and July exam in 2020

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      No, you are not eligible for NDA 2020 session as per your DOB. However, you are eligible for NDA II 2019 session. Registration has been started for NDA II 2019.

  20. Aditya says:

    Sir how many nda tests can we appear

  21. Narender singh says:

    Sir im studying in class 12th can i apply for nda 2019??or should i write nda 2020 only?

  22. KUNDAN GUND says:

    Respected sir, such a nda 1 and nda 2 both are compulsory exams ?
    Please reply
    Thank you

  23. Ved jaiswal says:

    My DOB is 22dec 2003 .so i an eligible for give ing thi s exam.

  24. keshav sharma says:

    sir, how many marks have score in 12th for genral catagry

  25. Ekam says:

    I am 25 feb 2004 born and in 10 class .. how many times can I apply for this test

  26. Aman raghuwanshi says:

    My date of birth is 4dec. 2004 iam eligible to the nda 2 exam

  27. Jayant says:

    Sir, my birth date is 18th Feb,2001.So am I eligible for giving this exam?

  28. Pari verma says:

    Female condidan are allow in nda..??

  29. Aakash Garg says:

    I am 20 years old, Can I apply for NDA.

  30. k choudhufy says:

    Respected sir. What percentage will required for N D A to apply…ThanQ


    Appearing qualification 10th or 12th?Any one passed Madhyamik is elligble or not?

  32. R Gokul Krishna says:


    My DOB is 08.10.2003. Now I am in Cl XI this year and next year (Academic year 2020-21) I will be in Cl XII. Kindly advice me, am I eligible for NDA 2020 and How many chances I can avail ?

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Candidates who will have passed their 12th level or waiting for their result in 2020 will be eligible for NDA 2020.

  33. Vaibhav says:

    Sir, i am in 12th std can i apply to nda exam?
    & how marks we obtain in 12th std?
    Plss reply

  34. NAWAZ Chaudhari says:

    Sir if I don’t take maths subject in hsc then I can give maths exam

  35. Bikiran says:

    Sir what is the books I can read for the NDA exam????

  36. Dinesh says:

    In SSB interview not qualified then what next if any other chance.
    Please reply Sir

  37. Amman says:

    I complete my 12 exam in march 2020. Can I apply for nda

  38. Sidharth.S says:

    Sir I am currently studying in class 12th std….Can I apply for NDA1 2020??

  39. Nilesh says:

    Is it necessary to score more than 50 % in Physics n Maths

  40. Mandeep says:

    My dob is 4feb 2002 can i give NDA exam 1 of 2021

  41. manmohan says:

    Sir i complted my 19 years on 10Aug 2020 so can i eligible for NDA 2 which will held on 9th sep. 2020

  42. Shubham Keshari says:

    In the year 2020 I will be in class 12 , can I appear for the NDA Exam 2020

  43. Sachin says:

    If i dont qualify in the nda both the tests then what next?

  44. Rizwan says:

    I was born in 13/11/2001 and I studying 12th then I was apply for nda2 exam

  45. Aayush says:

    Which Book is best for learning & to crack NDA exam

  46. Naresh says:

    Hi sir,just clearing +2 is
    Enough for NDA exam.
    Please reply me

  47. Ephrin robert says:

    Sir my birthday month is 04/05/2001.can i apply for NDA this year

  48. Samarth sharma says:

    Sir’what is the minimum hight , breadth of chest and size of biceps is necessary

  49. Karma Tshering says:

    Respected sir,
    I am karma a bhutanese student currently studying in class 11. My DoB is 20/04/2002. I am planning to apply for NDA 2021 after the completion of 12th grade. I am physically fit and 185cm in height. But I have vision problem(-2.00) so am I eligible to apply ?

  50. Gajendra singh says:

    My date of birth 11/08/2000
    can i fill NDA form
    please sir tell me

  51. Gajendra singh says:

    sir i have got the more information about NDA

  52. Tharuneshwar says:

    Now I am studying 12th (2019-2020)

    Could I attend 2020 NDA I & NDA II

  53. Jasmin parween says:

    Sir my brother’s date of birth is 19.02.2001 is he eligible for NDA 1 2020

  54. kanika moulekhi says:

    sir what if i fill NDA form,since NDA is not applicable for girls.

  55. Samyak says:

    Sir I completed my 10 in 2019 and I will taking admmition in 11 in 2019 only.so can I apply for NDA 2 in starting of my 12

  56. Vijay Meena says:

    Sir, i m in class 12
    So can I get nda 2 exam in November 2019

  57. Your Name...shreeshaganiga says:

    Respected Sir,
    my uncle is an ex-armysoldier. He says that if we complete training in NDA ,there is short term working for us like 5to7 years. After u will remove us from job. Is he is saying right or wrong?

  58. Arko Choudhury says:

    Sir i am in class 10 now if I give NDA exam and i m not selected then can i again give it after 12?
    And if i m selected after 10 then?

  59. N Devaraj says:

    Just pass marks in nda exam

  60. Adarsh says:

    Sir if tattoo is drawn…. On body can we apply or no for NDA examination….??
    Sir plz reply me..!!

  61. Saptrishi Sharma says:

    If someone clears NDA 1 as soon as he clears class 11th and promoted to class 12th, He will not be having 12th pass certificate at the time of SSB, The result of 12th CBSE usually declared in the month of may so the 12th pass marks sheet can be submitted and the course for NDA 1 2020 will start by june/july 2021, What will be the last date to submit this certificate.

  62. prathamesh jadhav says:

    If a candidate have to take naval training, so if after exam he id not able to swim ,will the academy will teach swimming?

  63. Manmathan saravanan says:

    Sir.If I crack NDA examination and ssb interviews if I’m able to become a pilot.

  64. Shailesh says:

    In this year, I joined 12th class but, my DOB is 26 July 2003. So I am eligible for 2020 nda exam??

  65. Your Name...sawai mehla says:

    Sir meri dob 18feb2001 he kya me nda 2020 ka exam de skta hu

  66. Nikhil kotabagi says:

    I have got the information about the NDA.

  67. subrahmanya says:

    whether there will be checking of body tatoos before entering the exam hall

  68. Sunny Jha says:

    Sir which is the best institute for preparation of NDA in India

  69. Nk says:

    In this year, I have joined 12 class. Can I give NDA exam next year(2020)

  70. Anubhab Bhattacharya says:

    Sir I have a surgery in my left knee but I am physically fit so can I eligible for nda medical tests

  71. vivekreddy says:

    How to apply nda examination

    Through which website

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