NDA 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern

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NDA 2021NDA 2021 exam will be conducted twice in the month of April 2021 and in September 2021. 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 Exam Dates

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

EventsDates 2021 (Tentative)
Release of Notification2nd week of January 20212nd week of June 2021
Availability of Application Form2nd week of January 20212nd week of June 2021
Last date to apply4th week of January 2021Last week of June 2021
Availability of Admit cardMarch 2021August 2021
NDA 2021 Exam3rd week of April 20211st week of 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 second week of January 2021 for NDA I and from second week of 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.

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.

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 2021 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 NDA exam and qualify the exam, candidates can take help of the below given 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 2nd week of January 2021 for NDA I and from 2nd week of 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

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 4 Comments
  1. 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

  2. K Gireesh Chand gowd says:

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

  3. 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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