NDA 2021: Exam Dates (Out), Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

NDA 2021NDA 2021 Exam Dates have been released. NDA is organised by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). It is a national level entrance exam which is held every year. Through NDA exam, the qualified candidates will become eligible for selection into training academies of Indian Navy, Indian Military and Air Force. After clearing the written test, candidates will also go through SSB Interview round. Candidates qualifying the written test, SSB interview & medical test will be considered eligible for entry into NDA. In this article, we have provided complete details regarding NDA 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, etc.

NDA 2021 Notifications – Exam Dates Released

newiconNDA I and II 2021 Exam Dates have been released. The exam will be held on 18th April 2021 (for NDA I) and 5th September 2021 (for NDA II). Check here for other dates.

NDA 2021 Highlights

What is the age limit for NDA 2021 ? – Between 16.5 to 19.5 years

When will be NDA 2021 exam organised ? – 18th April 2021 (NDA I) and 5th September 2021 (NDA II)

Are female candidates eligible to apply for NDA 2021 ? No.

How many attempts can be made for NDA exam  ? No attempt limit prescribed. You can attempt the exam if you satisfy the age criteria

When can I register for NDA 2021 ? – 30th December 2020 (NDA I) & 9th June 2021 (NDA II), Check application form

Can Non- science background students apply for NDA ? Yes, such candidates can only apply for Indian Army wing of NDA

Is the exam pattern of NDA different for the students with Non- Science background ? – No. Check exam pattern

Are there any changes in NDA 2021 Syllabus ? – No, Check syllabus

Can I apply for both NDA I & II exam ? Yes

Are Body tattoos allowed ? Yes, Check eligibility criteria

In what mode will be the NDA exam conducted ? – Offline (PBT)

Exam Dates Application Form Eligibility

Exam Pattern FAQs Syllabus

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

Know about NDA Exam Dates for various events in the below given table:

EventsDates 2021 (Announced)
Release of Notification30th December 20209th June 2021
Availability of Application Form30th December 20209th June 2021
Last date to apply19th January 202129th June 2021
Availability of Admit cardMarch 2021August 2021
NDA 2021 Exam18th April 20215th September 2021
Declaration of ResultMay 2021November 2021

NDA 2021 Application Form

Students can know details about NDA 2021 Application Form in the below given section:

  • For NDA 2021 Registration, students will be required to apply through online mode on the website.
  • The application process through online mode will get started from 30th December 2020 for NDA I and from 9th June 2021 for NDA II.
  • No other mode for submission of application will be allowed.
  • Students should submit only one application form. In case of submission of more than one application, the higher registration id (latest) will be considered and rest of the applications will get cancelled automatically.
  • Candidates will be able to complete the online application form in two stages – Part I and Part II.
  • In the Part I of application process, candidates will have to fill their basic and other details in the application.
  • In the Part II application process, students will be required to upload photograph and signature, make choice of exam center and make payment of application fee.
  • Correction will not be allowed in the details of application after the submission of form.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee payable for all category candidates is Rs.100.
  • Candidates of ST/ SC/ NCOs/ Sons of JCOs/ ORS are exempted to pay the fee.

Payment mode: The fee can be paid through debit/ credit card/ net banking or SBI bank Challan method.

Check Here – How to Fill NDA 2021 Application Form

NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Know details related to NDA Eligibility criteria in the given below section:


  • Applicant 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).
  • Those migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and east African countries of Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam or Ethiopia with an intention of settlement in India are also eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals: Foreign nationals (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce eligibility certificate issued by the Govt. of India.

Age, Gender & Marital Status:

  • Age: Candidate’s age should be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. For NDA I he must be born between July 2, 2002 – July 1, 2005. For NDA II, he must be born between January 2nd, 2003 – January 1st, 2006.
  • Gender: Only male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA.
  • Marital Status: For NDA, the male candidate should be unmarried. The candidates will not be allowed to get married until completing their training period.


  • For Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Passed 10th & 12th level from a recognized board or university.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Passed 10th & 12th level from a recognized board or university with Physics and Mathematics as main subjects.
  • Appearing: Candidates who are appearing in 12th level or waiting for result will be eligible to apply.

Physical Fitness:

  • Those who have resigned or withdrawn from any of the training academies of Armed Forces on disciplinary grounds will not be considered eligible.
  • Candidates must be physically fit according to the physical standards set by the commission for admission into NDA.

What should I Study for NDA ? Check Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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Click here to check more Frequently Asked Questions.

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern

Students can check details of NDA Exam pattern below:

  • Exam Mode: NDA exam will be held on twice through in Pen and Paper (offline) mode.
  • Language of Paper: The language of the paper will be in English or Hindi language.
  • Type of Questions: The objective type of questions will be asked in the paper.
  • Number of Sections: The paper will be divided into two sections – Mathematics & General Ability Test.
  • Total Marks: Paper will be of total 900 marks (Mathematics – 300; General Ability Test – 600). Also the interview round (SSB) will be of 900 marks.
  • Duration of the Exam: 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 each incorrect answer.

Know distribution of marks and time duration for each subject:

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

NDA 2021 Syllabus

NDA Syllabus will have various topics from Mathematics, English and General Knowledge subjects. Students can check the complete syllabus through online mode on the website.

Students can check the important topics coming in English, Mathematics & G.K subjects in the below given section:


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


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

General Knowledge:

The paper of General Knowledge in NDA will cover various topics from the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, and Geography & Current Events.

The answers given by the candidates will show their intelligent understanding and knowledge in the subject.

NDA 2021 Preparation Tips

To secure good marks in the exam and qualify the exam, candidates can take help of the below given NDA preparation tips:

  • Students should start their preparation of exam earlier.
  • Plan a study routine and follow it in disciplined manner.
  • Solve sample papers and previous year questions papers.
  • Study for the exam using good study material which is highly recommended by the experienced professionals.
  • Attempt mock test and analyze your preparation level.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: NDA 2021 Application process will get started from 30th December 2020 for NDA I and from 9th June 2021 for NDA II.

Answer: Yes, you can appear for both NDA I & II or for single session if you fulfill the eligibility norms.

Answer: No, correction is not possible in the details entered in the application.

Answer: No, females are not eligible for NDA.

Answer: Yes, 33% of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Answer: No, only unmarried males are eligible to apply. Candidates cannot marry until completing their training period.

Answer: To get selected in NDA, candidates have to qualify the written test followed by the SSB Interview round and medical test.

NDA 2021 Admit Card

The admit card of NDA 2021 will be available for download from March 2021 for NDA Session I. NDA Admit card for session II will available from August 2021. Students will be able to download the admit card by entering login credentials.

The admit card will have details like student’s exam centre, name, roll number, exam date and timing, exam centre address, etc. In case of discrepancy in the admit card details, contact the officials immediately.

NDA 2021 Answer Key

NDA Answer Key will be released by various coaching institutions. No official answer key will be released by UPSC. It will be available in various sets for various subjects. The key will be available only online and cannot be obtained through any other medium.

Through answer key, candidates will be able to calculate their expected score of NDA.  It will be present for downloading in the PDF format.

NDA 2021 Result

The result of NDA I 2021 will be declared in the month of May 2021 through online mode. it will be made available in the form of PDF. For NDA II, the result will be published in the month of May 2021.

The result which will be available in the form of PDF will have names of the qualified candidates. Students successfully clearing the written test with the qualifying marks will be eligible for further counselling as well as medical test.

NDA 2021 Cut Off

Only the candidates who will qualify the NDA exam by obtaining the cut off marks will be eligible for interview. The board will publish the sectional and overall cut off marks online on the website.

The cut off will vary for various category candidates. For the written test the cut off is 342 and the final cut off is expected to be 708.

NDA 2021 SSB Interview

NDA SSB Interview round will be organized after the written test. Candidates clearing the written test round will be considered eligible for the interview and medical round. SSB will be organized in number of rounds.

It will be held in five days and candidates have to necessarily appear in all the rounds. On the first day, psychological tests will be done. Second day test will be of situation reaction test, word association test, self-description test and thermatic apperception test.

Millitary Planning Exercise, Group Discussion Test, Intergroup Obstacle race, Lecturettes, Snake Race, Progressive Group Task, command task & personal interview, half group task will be done on the third day of interview for candidates by the President.

On the last two days – fourth and fifth tests will be done related to Final Group Task, Individual Obstacles, Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference & announcement of results.

If you have any other query related to NDA 2021, you can ask your query in the comments section below.

Displaying 150 Comments
  1. PRAJWAL says:


  2. Vibhu Bawa says:

    Sir, my date of birth is 28th August 2001, and I do not come under age limit criteria (acc. To DOB) but acc. To age calculater my age is 19 years 13 days till 10th sept… I want you to guide me as age limit is till 19.5 years….

  3. Ajay kumar says:

    Hello sir/mam
    My DOB is 15feb 2002
    Can I apply for nda 2021

  4. Vaishu says:

    Sir can 2001 student can aplly for NDA plzz sir tell me

  5. Yoihenba khaidem says:

    I have miss my exam which was held on sep6th 2020 can I appeared in coming exam 2021

  6. Yoihenba khaidem says:

    I am from Manipur and I want to join NDA and I have miss my exam which was held on sep6th 2020 can I appeared in next coming exam

  7. Md nawasarip says:

    My date of birth is 01/04/2002
    April 1 of 2002, would I be eligible for nda 1-2021 or not?

  8. ARPAN says:


  9. Nikhil Singh Rathore says:

    My birthday is 25th August 2005.Can I attempt NDA 2021(1)

  10. Utkarsh prajapati says:

    I want to appear in nda 2021 examination and my DOB is 03/06/2002 can i appear in exam?

  11. Ashok kajgunde says:

    I am 12th student now running then i can apply for NDA 1 2

  12. Avirash says:

    Sir my birthday is 2nd Feb 2002 can I apply for nda 1 in 2021

  13. Aditi Das says:

    Can a girl join NDA army….

  14. Mahavir says:

    My DOB is 14 January 2002
    Can l apply this exam.

  15. Mahipal says:

    DOB is 01/07/2002
    Can i eligible

  16. kuldeep kumar says:

    sir my dob 01/07/2002 can i reply nda 2021 form

  17. Abner says:

    Is there any relaxation for ST!

  18. Manish says:

    Sir I am now going to +2, my exam was in june, can I apply to the NDA exam at 30 december 30-12-2021

  19. Madhu says:

    I am studying (Polytechnic) Diploma In MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
    Can I eligible for NDA exam.
    If I eligible.., I can start my preparation for NDA exam sir/madam…
    Thank You sir/madam…
    Waiting for your Reply sir/madam…
    Please Reply me…please

  20. Prasanna hegde says:

    My DOB is JAN 2002 can I apply NDA1

  21. Prasanna hegde says:

    Is it compulsory that we have 2 write both the NDA-1 and NDA-2 exams or NDA-1 exam is enough

  22. Madhu says:

    I am studying (Polytechnic) Diploma In MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
    Can I eligible for NDA exam.
    If I eligible.., I can start my preparation for NDA exam sir/madam…
    Thank You sir/madam…
    Waiting for your Reply sir/madam…

  23. Ajay Kumar Shukla says:

    My date of birth is 24 match 2002 am I eligible for the nda1in 2021?

  24. Bojja mahipal says:

    Iam 10+2camplet iam in eligibility NDA . 1998

  25. Amol hire says:

    Sir birth of date 25 Dec 2001 ho mein NDA 2021 apply kr sakta hu kya

  26. Ganesh Patil says:

    Dear ,sir
    How can i get job in eng.IIT in NDA

  27. Ganesh Patil says:

    Sir i am in 11 class tody ` In 2020 ssc 10 th bord i get 86. 60%
    can i try to NDA side for eng. for our INDIA `

  28. ARPIT Rajesh Joshi says:

    My age limit is over can I apply I’m 20 year old now

  29. Ankit Kumar Singh says:

    I want registration number

  30. vinay says:

    sir i will gave the board 2021 in march. can i apply for both NDA and TES.

  31. Raj patil says:

    Sir meri dob 9-12-2003 hai kya me 2021 NDA exam de sakta hu kya

  32. Arunreddy says:

    Sir iam purchuing btch 3rd year , will iam aligbile for nda1 2021

  33. Aditya says:

    when will the final merit list( both written and SSB )out for NDA 1 2021 will out ???? any idea
    My dob is 27 July 2002 and how many attempts are left ? Pls tell

  34. Himanshu says:

    Is NDA1 is only maths part

  35. Himanshu says:

    If I clear NDA1 so did I need to give the NDA2 also

  36. Harsh walia says:

    Sir meri dob 16 6 2002 hai kya mein 2021 k liye eligible hoon

  37. Rohit devkar says:

    Sir my d.o.b. 6/6/2002 hai to main eligible ho kya

  38. vinay says:

    can i aplly for both NDA with TES

  39. vinay says:

    i am in class 12th now can i apply for both jee mains and NDA in january 2021 . my DOB..24/03/2004

  40. Akash Raut says:

    My DOB is 15/04/2002
    Am I eligible for NDA 2021?

  41. Akash Raut says:

    My Date of birth is 15/04/2002
    Can I apply NDA 1 form?

  42. Avi says:

    Sir i am born on 25.7.2003
    Am i eligible for nda 2021

  43. Akhil Arora says:

    I am Akhil Yadav from dhamasang(nalanda) and my day of birth 13_04_2003 am I eligible for NDA 1ST

  44. Lakhinder Tanti says:

    I not have physics & mathematics in class 12th so ‘I apply for Air Force Wing in NDA?

  45. Arjun says:

    Would i am able to apply for NDA 2020 now?

  46. Mukul says:

    Where do I get its course?

  47. ARAVINDRAJ says:

    Can i apply for NDA after graduation??

  48. Rishitha says:

    I am Rishitha from Hyderabad, telangana. I am studying 12th standard .can I apply for NDA xam 2021

  49. gunnjan jadav says:

    sir my dob is 1_9-2002 may i aligable for nda 1 2021

  50. Pavan says:

    My date of birth is 9 September 2002 , am I eligible for second NDA EXAM Or not

  51. Divyansh dixit says:

    Meri age 18.01.2002 hai kya mein aavedan ke paath rahun .

  52. Manas kukreja says:

    1,after we join NDA how is it decided that how will go for air force and how will go for Navy and armed force

    2,what is the difference in joining army after graduation or post graduation, do we get a post of higher level

    3,how many years do we get training in NDA

    Pls answer me quickly,pls

  53. Sibomoy Dey says:

    I want to give the examination in 2021 nda 2 but my DOB is 23-03-2002 . Am I eligible to sit for the examination?

  54. Vishnu Raman says:

    Is Aadhar card no necessary? I don’t have it as I reside in muscat now.

  55. vaibhav says:

    sir what is the critera for eye power?

  56. Abhijith A nair says:

    Sir, myself Abhijith A Nair iam from thiruvananthapuram (kerala) my date of birth is six(6)-may-2002. Am i eligible for NDA-I 2021

  57. Vikash Kumar says:

    My D.o.b is 6/5/2002 i am currently 18.5 years old can I fill 2021 January nda exam form

  58. Sujeet Raj says:

    Sir my DOB is 07-05-2003 I am eligible for NDA-2 2021???

  59. Vivek says:

    sir my DOB is 27/09/2001.Am i eligible for NDA 1 in 2021??

  60. Rameshwar says:

    Sir I am now studying in 12th class with phy,Che,bio can I apply for NDA 2021

  61. P.Sohan says:

    Now I’m going to enter 12th standard, can I appear for the application in the mid of the year? But I m poor in my subjects how can I upgrade myself?

  62. Praneshwar Samrit says:

    I wish to apply for NDA 2021 (AIR FORCE). MY DOB is 16/10/2001. Am I eligible or not for NDA Phase I?

  63. Pushpendra says:

    Where I can coaching for Ssb interview.. Pls help me best academy or online site for Ssb interview

  64. Mantu Sah says:

    How many age Will be required for this examination

  65. Pravin bhattrai says:

    If i have not attempt nda 1st can i apply for nda ii

  66. Pravin bhattrai says:

    Where is the army training camp goes in???

  67. Donal jinu says:

    I am born in May, 5 2002
    Did I eligible for this exam

  68. roy says:

    i was born on 11may 2005 may i eligible for nda 1 2021

  69. Prince Gupta says:

    I am prince from Deoria (u.p) and my date of birth 28_August_2002 am I able to give exam in 2021 for NDA 2

  70. K Gireesh Chand gowd says:

    I was born in 2002 on Nov 15 I’m I eligible for nda 2

  71. Yashpal says:

    I am yashpal. From Rohtak and my daye of birth i 28 January 2003. Am i eligible for NDA 2 2021.

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