NDA 2021: Eligibility (Women Eligible Now), Exam Dates, Application, Syllabus & Result

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NDA (II) 2021 written exam will be conducted on November 14 across 75 exam centres spread throughout the country to fill up a total of 400 vacant posts. For the first time, women candidates will also appear for the written exam, earlier only male candidates could appear. NDA (II) 2021 admit card for the written exam will be released in October. Earlier, UPSC had postponed NDA (II) 2021 exam scheduled to be conducted on September 5 after reviewing the prevailing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NDA II application form 2021 was available from June 9 to 29.

Supreme Court on August 18 (Wednesday) has passed an interim order allowing women candidates to appear for the NDA 2021 exam. This is for the first time that women candidates are allowed to appear for the NDA exam to take admission in the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). SC also said that the admissions will be subject to the final orders of the court. The matter will be heard again on September 8, 2021. The court has also directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to take out the corrigendum and advertise it widely. 

UPSC has announced NDA (I) & (II) 2022 exam dates. According to UPSC Calendar 2022, NDA (I) 2022 exam will be conducted on April 10, 2022. While NDA (II) 2022 exam will be conducted on September 4, 2022.  

National Defence Academy or NDA 2021 is one of the most sought-after defence entrance exams in the country. The exam is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview. In 2020, a total of 5.3 lakh candidates had applied for the exam, out of which 2.4 lakh candidates appeared for the exam. UPSC prepares a list of candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Such candidates are called for SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test.

UPSC had released NDA (II) 2021 notification on June 9. The notification was released in PDF form and contains exam-related information such as the exam date, number of vacancies, eligibility criteria, selection process, etc. NDA (2) 2021 notification was released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 148th Course and for the 110th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from July 2, 2022. 

Candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam.

Age limit: For NDA 1 exam, both male and female candidates must have born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005. For NDA 2 exam, both male and female candidates must have born not earlier than January 2, 2003, and not later than January 1, 2006. 

Educational qualification: The educational qualification is different for different academies. Candidates can check the educational qualification prescribed for different academies below:

NDA (I) & (II) Dates 2021

The dates of NDA I and II exams have been announced. Candidates can check below NDA (I) & (II) dates 2021

NDA (I) 2021 Events NDA (I) Dates Salient Features 
Notification  30-Dec-2020 The complete schedule along with other details was released
Application form  30-Dec-2020 Registrations for the recruitment exam had started on this date
Last date to apply  19-Jan-2021  Candidates could submit their application forms online 
Application withdrawal 27-Jan-2021 to 02-Feb-2021 The facility to withdraw the application form of NDA was made available online
Admit card 

26-Mar-2021

All registered candidates were issued admit cards for the exam

Written exam 

18-Apr-2021

The exam was conducted in two shifts: morning and afternoon across 41 cities spread throughout the country

Declaration of written result  30-Jun- 2021 The result of the written exam was declared online and displayed the roll numbers of shortlisted candidates
SSB interview  July to Sept 2021 SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages
NDA (II) 2021 Events NDA (II) 2021 Dates Salient Features 
Notification  09-Jun-2021 NDA 2 notification was released in PDF format
Application form  09-Jun-2021 Application forms were made available along with the notification 
Last date to apply  29-Jun-2021  Candidates could apply within the application deadline 
Written exam 

05-Sept-.2021

14-Nov-2021

The written exam of NDA II has been postponed. Earlier, it was scheduled to be conducted on September 5.
Admit card  October 2021 The admit card will be released online for registered candidates
Declaration of written result  December 2021/January 2022 (Tentative) The result of the written exam is declared on the official website in PDF form
SSB interview  January 2022 to April 2022 (Tentative) SSB Interview is conducted in two stages

NDA Exam Dates 2022

NDA (I) and (II) 2022 exam dates are given in the table below.

Events NDA (I) & (II) Dates 2022
NDA (I) exam 10-Apr-2022
NDA (I) application form 22-Dec-2021 to 11-Jan-2022 
NDA (II) exam 04-Sept-2022
NDA (II) application form 18-May-2022 to 14-Jun-2022

NDA Vacancies 2021

The details regarding NDA 2 vacancies were announced along with the notification. A total of 400 vacancies were announced for NDA (II) exam. For NDA (I) 2021 exam, a total of 400 vacancies were announced. The vacancies announced for NDA (I) and (II) are the same. The vacancy break-up of NDA (I) and NDA (II) 2021 exams are given below.

Academy  NDA (I) & (II) Vacancies 2021
NDA 

370

Army: 208

Navy: 42

Air Force: 120
(including 28 for ground Duties) 

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)  30
Total  400

Also Read: NDA Salary

NDA Selection Process 2021

NDA exam selection process is explained below.

Filling the application form 

Interested candidates are required to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs 100 which can be paid both online and offline. The commission releases the list of rejected applicants a few days after the closure of the application process. Besides, the examination authority also activates the link to withdraw NDA application form for a specified period. Candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam can withdraw their application form. 

Release of admit card 

NDA admit card is released three weeks before the exam. The link to download the admit card is made available on the official website. Candidates can download the admit card by logging either with roll number or registration number. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post. 

Written Exam

The written exam of NDA comprises two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview.

Also Read: NDA 2021 exam pattern

Declaration of result

NDA 2021 result is declared online in two stages: written and final. The results for both the stages are made available in PDF format. It displays the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The marksheet of candidates is released after the declaration of the final result. Candidates need to secure NDA cut off separately in the written exam and SSB Interview.

Also Read: NDA 2021 result

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. On the first day of reporting, all candidates are required to undergo stage 1 test at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who qualify for the second stage are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate. 

Final Selection 

Candidates are finally selected for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in the written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation is done as per the number of vacancies subject to the candidate’s eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference. 

Release of Answer Key 

NDA Answer Key for both Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT) is released after completion of the recruitment process. The answer keys are made available for different sets of test booklets. 

NDA 2021 Exam Centres

NDA exam centres are the cities where the offline test is conducted. Candidates need to appear for the exam in the exam centre allotted to them by the examination authority. While filling the application form, candidates need to enter their preferences for NDA exam cities. UPSC allots exam centres to candidates as per their preferences given in the application form. However, the Commission reserves the right to cancel or add exam centres.

Also Read: NDA 2021 exam centres

NDA 2021 Exam Day Guidelines 

The exam day guidelines for NDA exam are given below:

  • Candidates should carry their NDA admit card to the exam centre 
  • Along with the admit card, candidates should also carry one photo-identity proof 
  • Carry clipboard or hardboard and a black ball pen for marking their responses
  • Sheet for doing rough work is provided by the invigilator 
  • Books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculators, mathematical and drawing instruments, log tables, stencils of maps, slide rules, test booklets and rough sheets are not allowed inside the examination centre
  • Strict action is taken against those candidates found copying or cheating 

Also Read: NDA 2021 exam day guidelines

NDA Preparation Tips by Toppers

Candidates can click below the links to check the interviews given by NDA toppers to Shiksha on how to prepare for the exam. 

NDA Preparation Tips 2021

Candidates can prepare for NDA exam by following the tips given below

  • To begin with, candidates must be clear about the subjects, pattern and types of questions
  • The Mathematics section of NDA comprises questions from Algebra, Matrices, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, etc. Candidates must clear their concepts from Class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 NCERT books
  • The GAT comprises a variety of subjects, such as Chemistry, General Science, Geography, History, and Current Affairs. This paper also comprises a section on English
  • Candidates must revise the topics they have studied
  • Make short and simple notes as it will help candidates to revise properly and quickly
  • Solve previous years’ NDA question papers and take NDA mock tests
  • Buy good NDA books and question banks

Also Read: NDA Preparation Tips 2021

NDA 2021 Exam Analysis

According to NDA (I) 2021 Exam Analysis, the overall difficulty level of the Mathematics paper was easy compared to last year. Maximum questions were asked from Trigonometry, Algebra, Arithmetic Progression and Geometric Progression, Matrices, Circle, Determinants, etc. The difficulty level of GAT paper was easy. Questions in this paper were asked from English, Current affairs, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc. Watch the video below on NDA (I) 2021 exam analysis by students.

NDA Exam Statistics: Registration vs Number of Appeared Candidates

The table below highlights the number of candidates who registered and appeared in NDA (I) and (II) exams over the past three years.

Exam Sessions

Number of Registered Candidates

Number of Appeared Candidates

NDA/NA  (I) & (II) Exam 2020

5,301,85

2,404,45

NDA/NA (I) Exam 2018

4,506,41

2,946,88

NDA/NA (II) Exam 2018

3,487,85

2,405,76

NDA/NA (I) Exam 2017

4,169,61

2,680,12

NDA/NA (II) Exam 2017

3,442,02

2,321,20

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NDA 2021 FAQs 

Q. When UPSC NDA (II) 2021 exam will be conducted?

A. UPSC NDA (II) 2021 exam was postponed to November 14. Earlier, it was scheduled to be conducted on September 5.

Q. When NDA (I) 2021 exam was conducted? What was the difficulty level of NDA (I) 2021 exam?

A. NDA (I) 2021 was conducted on April 18. The difficulty level of NDA (I) 2021 Mathematics paper was easy while GAT was moderate.

Q. Can a married candidate apply for NDA 2021 exam?

A. No, only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA 2021 exam.

Q. Can girls apply for NDA 2021 exam?

A. Yes, girls can now appear for NDA 2021 exam after Supreme Court’s interim order. Earlier, they were not allowed to appear for the exam.

Q. What is the difference between NDA and CDS exams?

A. Though both are defence exams, there are many similarities and differences in the recruitment process, exam pattern, training, salary, perks, promotion, eligibility, etc. Also Read: NDA vs CDS

Q. What are the subjects for NDA 2021 exam?

A. NDA exam comprises questions from two subjects: Mathematics and GAT (English and General Knowledge). 

Q. What are the minimum qualifying marks in Class 12 for applying to NDA 2021 exam?

A. There are no minimum qualifying marks in Class 12 for applying to NDA 2021 exam. 

Q. What is the eligibility for NDA 2021 exam?

A. For NDA, the age of candidates should be between 16 to 19 years. Candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12 from a recognised board can apply for the exam.

Q. Is Mathematics necessary for NDA exam?

A. Yes, Mathematics in Class 12 is necessary for candidates who apply for NDA Air Force and Navy courses.

Q. Are NCERT books enough for NDA exam preparation?

A. Mostly the questions in NDA exam are based on the syllabus of CBSE, therefore, it is advisable to prepare from the NCERT books of Class 10, 11 and 12.

Q. Can I clear NDA exam by preparing for six months?

A. Yes, you can crack the exam with six months of preparation. But, you need to prepare well with utmost dedication.

Q. Can I clear NDA 2021 exam in the first attempt?

A. Yes, you can clear NDA 2021 exam in the first attempt with a good preparation strategy.

Q. What is the salary during training after selection through NDA 2021?

A. During the training period, candidates selected through NDA 2021 exam are offered Rs 56,100. 

Q: When NDA (I) 2022 notification will be released?

A: NDA (I) 2022 notification will be released on December 22, 2021. The exam will be conducted on April 10, 2022.

Q: When NDA (II) 2022 notification will be released?

A: NDA (II) 2022 notification will be released on May 18, 2022. The exam will be conducted on September 4, 2022.