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What is NDA?

NDA or National Defence Academy Exam 2020 is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in Army, Navy and Air Force. It's a gateway for aspirants who look forward to join the defence forces and serve the nation. 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 SSB interview, qualified candidates will have to go through medical tests and document verification process. They'll be admitted to NDA, Khadakwasla for rigorous training over the course of three years.

Around 4 lakh candidates apply for NDA Exam every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview. Upon the completion of the NDA course, the aspirants are sent to the respective specializeacademics of the three forces - Indian Military Academy(IMA), Indian Naval Academy(INA) and the Air Force Academy(AFA).

NDA Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the NDA 2020, candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria determined by UPSC:


A Citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently, A Person of Indian origin who has migrated from the below-specified countries, with the intention of permanently settling in India - Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam

Age limit

The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and no later than January 1, 2005)

Educational qualification

For Army wing, candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC

For Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have passed Class 12 with Physics and Mathematics

Physical measurement

For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)

For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)

Marital status

Only unmarried male candidates

NDA Exam Pattern 2020

NDA Exam consists of two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT)

  • The total duration of the exam is 5 hours combined for both sections
  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e pen and paper-based
  • NDA Exam 2020 Syllabus is based on CBSE 10+2 standards
  • Candidates successfully qualifying the written test would be shortlisted for NDA Selection Process
  • Candidates qualifying the written test are called for NDA SSB Interview. The final selection is done on the basis of the overall performance of the candidate.












Analytical Geometry Differentiation

Integral Calculus & Equations








General Ability Test


General Science



Life Science & Space Science

History, Polity, Economy



Service Selection Board (SSB)



Steps to apply for NDA Exam 2020

NDA application form 2020 is filled in two parts – Part I & II. Here is a step-by-step guide to fill both the parts of NDA 2020 application form:

NDA Application Form 2020 - Part I

Candidate's Registration


Candidates need to enter their personal details, address and educational qualifications. In the personal details part, candidates need to fill up their name, date of birth, father's name, mother's name, Aadhaar number, nationality, fee remission allowed, community, marital status, etc. Candidates need to enter their complete address, email ID and contact number.

Choosing The Branch Preferences


Applicants need to choose their branches - Indian Army, Air Force and Navy. Mark your preference in the order 1 to 4 and enter whether he or she is student of Sanik/Military School or Son of JCO/NCO/Other Rank Officer? Click 'Continue' to move to the next page

Verify The Details


Candidates should verify the details entered by them in the application form. No correction will be allowed after the submission of NDA form. After verifying the details, agree to the terms and conditions by clicking the required checkbox.

Registration ID


The system will display the registration ID. The page also shows other details like name, father's name, DOB, email id, etc. The Registration ID is also sent to candidate's registered email ID.

With this, the Part I registration was completed. The registration ID is also sent to candidate's registered email ID.

NDA Application Form 2020 - Part II

Under Part - II, candidates has to pay the application fees, select the exam centre, and upload scanned images of photograph and signature.

Fee Payment


Applicants can pay their fee through cash/credit card/debit card or net banking. Those who opt for 'Pay by Cash' mode should take the print out of the system generated Pay-in-slip during the Part-II registration. They should deposit the fee at the counter of SBI on the next working day. Fees is non-refundable.

Select Exam Centre


Candidates should choose NDA exam centre as per their suitability. Allotment of centres will be on the first-apply-first-allot basis

Upload Photograph And Signature


Candidates should upload the scanned images of photograph and signature. The file should not exceed 300 kb and must be less than 20 kb.

Candidates will have sign the declaration and submit the form. Candidates can view the application form by clicking View/Print button.

NDA 2020 SSB Interview Process

SSB Interview will be scheduled for the qualified candidates followed by National Defence Academy Exam. It is necessary for all qualified candidates to appear in the SSB Interview round for final selection. The final selection will be made on the basis of the marks secured by the candidates in the examination & SSB Interview. Candidates have to report for SSB rounds on the date intimated to the candidates in the call letter for interview.

SSB Interview is five days long procedure which includes two stages of testing as stage I & stage II.

Day 1

i) Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR)

ii) Picture Perception & Description Test (PPDT)

Day 2

i) Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT)

ii) Word Association Test (WAT)

iii) Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

iv) Self-Description Test (SDT)

Day 3 & 4

i) Group Discussion (GD)

ii) Lecturette

iii) Group/ Individual obstacles

iv) Group Planning Exercise (GPE)

v) Outdoor Task

   a) Full Group Task

   b) Half Group Task

   c) Command Task

   d) Final Group Task

Day 5


Important Dates NDA 2020

The important dates of NDA 2020 are as follows:




Notification Issue Date 

January 06, 2020

June 16, 2020

Application Form Released

January 08, 2020

June 16, 2020

Last date to submit the Application form

January 28, 2020

July 06, 2020

Admission Card Issue Date

Last Week March, 2020

To be announced

Exam Date

April 19, 2020    

September 6, 2020

Result Date

June 18, 2020

November 2020

Note: These are tentative dates. The examination date will be finalized after the approval from the concerned department.

Course Information

Course Information

Course Location

:  Lower Parel, Mumbai

Course Duration

:  2 Years During Class 11th & 12th

Admission Procedure

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The minimum qualification required to join the NDA is 10+2 education or any other equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

i) Age criteria : 16 ½ to 19½ yrs as on the first day of the month in which course is due to begin.
ii) Education qualification : Minimum qualification required is 10+2 in any stream for the Army. Candidates must have Mathematics and     Physics as their compulsory subjects in 10+2 for Air Force or Navy.
iii) Candidate must be unmarried.

No, women are not eligible to give the NDA Examination. However, women can join the IAF wing of the NDA after graduation through various Defence Exams.

Yes, you can (only males). Male aspirants can join the NDA through the entrance exam conducted by UPSC.

The list of physical standards may vary depending on the wing the aspirant wants to join (Army, Navy or Air Force). Some of the common physical standards are as follows:
i) One must be in good physical and mental health.
ii) The applicants chest should be well developed.
iii) There should be no illness related to bones or joints.
iv) There are definitive standards for men and women with different height and weight.
v) There should not be any past history of illness related to eyes, ear, throat or nose.
vi) Any sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels should not be present.
vii) A urine test will be taken and any abnormality in the result will lead to rejection.
viii) No skin related disease should be present.

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