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NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

Warriors Defence Academy | NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff
Warriors Defence Academy | NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released NDA (II) question papers. Te exam was conducted successfully on November 14 across 75 exam cities in two shifts. For the first time, women candidates had appeared for the NDA written exam. The overall difficulty level of Maths was moderate, while General Ability Test (GAT) was easy. NDA (II) 2021 answer key is available now.

Table of Contents | NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

  1. What is NDA 2021 Exam?
  2. NDA 2021 Exam Highlights 
  3. NDA II Question Papers 2021
  4. NDA II Exam Analysis 2021
  5. NDA II Answer Key 2021
  6. NDA (I) & (II) 2022 Exam Dates Announced
  7. NDA Exam: New Changes
  8. NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021
  9. NDA (I) & (II) Dates 2021
  10. NDA Exam Dates 2022
  11. NDA Selection Process 2021
  12. NDA Preparation Tips by Toppers
  13. NDA Exam Statistics: Registration vs Number of Appeared Candidates
  14. NDA 2021 FAQs 

What is NDA 2021 Exam?

National Defence Academy or NDA 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.

NDA Latest Update | NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

Nov 16: NDA II 2021 question papers released by UPSC

NDA 2021 Exam Highlights

NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

The details regarding NDA exam are summarised below.

Exam name National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA)
Conducted by UPSC 
Exam level National 
Total vacancies400
Exam category After Class 12
Exam FrequencyTwice a year
Exam stages Written Test and SSB Interview 
Exam mode Offline 
Exam duration Five hours (Mathematics: 2 ½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT): 2 ½ hours) 
Exam syllabus 

Mathematics: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability

GAT: English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events, etc. 

Exam pattern 

GAT: 150 objective-type questions 

Mathematics: 120 objective-type questions 

Language English and Hindi 
Exam purpose For admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) 
Test cities 

NDA I: 41

NDA II: 75

Exam helpdesk011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 
Official websiteupsc.gov.in

NDA II Question Papers 2021 – NDA 2021 Question Papers (OUT), Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Result & Cutoff

NDA II question papers 2021 have been released by UPSC on November 16 for Maths and GAT. The question papers have been made available in PDF form. Candidates can raise objections against the question papers till November 21.

NDA II Exam Analysis 2021 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

The overall paper of NDA (II) 2021 Mathematics was moderate. Questions were asked from Probability, Trigonometry, Algebra, Arithmetic Progression, and Geometric Progression, Matrics, Circle, Calculus, Determinants, etc. The overall difficulty level of the NDA GAT paper was easy.

Also Read: NDA 2021 Question Papers

NDA exam analysis – NDA 2021 Question Papers

NDA II Answer Key 2021

NDA II answer key 2021 is available now for Maths and GAT. The answer keys have been made available unofficially by the coaching institutes. Candidates can use NDA answer keys for Maths and GAT to calculate the probable score of the exam.

NDA (I) & (II) 2022 Exam Dates Announced

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.  

NDA Exam: New Changes

NDA application form opens for women candidates for the first time

The first batch of women candidates will appear for NDA (II) 2021 exam on November 14. Following the Supreme Court’s interim order, UPSC had opened the online application form portal for women candidates on September 24. Candidates could apply for the exam till October 8. This is for the first time that women candidates had applied for the exam. Also Read: NDA Application Form

SC asks Centre to allow women to appear on Nov 14 exam

The Supreme Court on September 22 told the Centre to include women candidates on November 14 exam. The apex court had said that it would not vacate its interim order, allowing women candidates to participate in NDA 2021 exam.

Centre informs SC that Women Candidates Can Join NDA & NA Courses

The Union government on September 8 had informed Supreme Court that it had decided to enroll women candidates in National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) courses. The Centre had sought time to frame the guidelines for admission of women candidates in NDA and NA. The Centre had also sought an exemption from allowing women candidates for this year’s paper.

SC Allows Women Candidates to Appear for NDA 2021 Exam

Supreme Court on August 18 (Wednesday) had 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 would be subject to the final orders of the court. The court had also directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to take out the corrigendum and advertise it widely. 

NDA (II) 2021 Notification – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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. 

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021

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.

Army Wing of National Defence AcademyPassed Class 12/HSC or equivalent from a recognised board or university. 
Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence AcademyPassed Class 12/HSC with Physics and Mathematics 

Also Read: NDA eligibility criteria

NDA (I) & (II) Dates 2021 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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

NDA (I) 2021 EventsNDA (I) DatesSalient Features 
Notification 30-Dec-2020The complete schedule along with other details was released
Application form 30-Dec-2020Registrations for the recruitment exam had started on this date
Last date to apply 19-Jan-2021 Candidates could submit their application forms online 
Application withdrawal27-Jan-2021 to 02-Feb-2021The 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- 2021The result of the written exam was declared online and displayed the roll numbers of shortlisted candidates
SSB interview July to Sept 2021SSB Interview is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of written exam in two stages
NDA (II) 2021 EventsNDA (II) 2021 DatesSalient Features 
Notification 09-Jun-2021NDA 2 notification was released in PDF format
Application form 09-Jun-2021Application forms were made available along with the notification 
Last date to apply 29-Jun-2021 Candidates could apply within the application deadline 
NDA application form for women candidates24-Sep-2021 to 08-Oct-2021For the first ever time, UPSC had released the application form for women candidates. Eligible women candidates could apply for the exam within the prescribed deadline
Written exam 

05-Sept-.2021

14-Nov-2021

The written exam of NDA II was conducted successfully by UPSC. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be conducted on September 5, however, UPSC had postponed the exam
Admit card 22-Oct-2021The admit card was 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

Also Read: UPSC Calendar 2021 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

NDA Exam Dates 2022 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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

EventsNDA (I) & (II) Dates 2022
NDA (I) exam10-Apr-2022
NDA (I) application form22-Dec-2021 to 11-Jan-2022 
NDA (II) exam04-Sept-2022
NDA (II) application form18-May-2022 to 14-Jun-2022

Also Read: UPSC Calendar 2022

NDA Vacancies 2021 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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. NDA 2021 Question Papers

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 2021 Question Papers

NDA exam selection process is explained below:

Filling the application form NDA 2021 Question Papers

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 2021 Question Papers

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 the 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 exam pattern – NDA 2021 Question Papers

Declaration of result

NDA 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 result – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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 – NDA 2021 Question Papers

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 2021 Question Papers

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 allot 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 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
  • The invigilator provides sheet for doing rough work 
  • 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 exam day guidelines

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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 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: What was the difficulty level of NDA II 2021 exam?

A: The difficulty level of NDA II Maths paper was moderate while the GAT was easy.

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

A. UPSC NDA (II) 2021 exam was conducted on 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 exam?

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

Q. Can girls apply for NDA exam?

A. Yes, girls can now appear for NDA 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.

Q. What are the subjects for NDA 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 exam?

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

Q. What is the eligibility for NDA 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 exam in the first attempt?

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

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

A. During the training period, candidates selected through NDA 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.  

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