What is NDA 2021 Exam?
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. Around four lakh, aspirants appear for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6,000 are called for SSB Interview. 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 (I) 2021 Admit Card
NDA (I) 2021 admit card has been released on March 26 by the UPSC. The admit card has been made available on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can download their admit cards by entering either the registration number or roll number. The written exam of NDA (I) 2021 will be conducted on April 18.
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NDA 2021 Highlights
|Exam name||National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA)|
|Exam category||After Class 12|
|Frequency of exam||Twice a year|
|Exam stages||Written Test and SSB Interview|
|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)|
|Exam helpdesk||011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543|
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021
Candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam.
Age Limit: For NDA 1 exam, candidates must have born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005. For NDA 2 exam, candidates must have born not earlier than January 2, 2002, 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 Academy||Passed Class 12/HSC or equivalent from a recognized board or university.|
|Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy||Passed Class 12/HSC with Physics and Mathematics|
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NDA Dates 2021
The dates of NDA I and II exams have been announced. Candidates can check below NDA dates 2021.
NDA I Dates 2021
|Notification||30-Dec-2020||The complete schedule along with other details were 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|
|Written exam||18-Apr-2021||The exam will be conducted in two shifts: morning and afternoon across 41 cities spread throughout the country|
|Admit card||26-Mar-2021||All registered candidates have been issued admit cards for the exam|
|Declaration of written result||June 2021||The result of the written exam is declared online and displays 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 2 Dates 2021
|Notification||09-Jun-2021||NDA 2 notification will be released in PDF format|
|Application form||09-Jun-2021||Application forms will be made available along with the notification|
|Last date to apply||29-Jun-2021||Candidates can apply within the application deadline|
|Written exam||05-Sept-.2021||The written exam of NDA was conducted in two shifts and comprised two papers|
|Admit card||August 2021||The admit card will be released online for registered candidates|
|Declaration of written result||December 2021||The result of the written exam is declared on the official website in PDF form|
|SSB Interview||January 2022 to April 2022||SSB Interview is conducted in two stages|
UPSC Calendar 2021
NDA vacancies 2021
The details regarding NDA 1 vacancy was announced along with the notification. A total of 400 vacancies will be filled through the exam. The number of vacancies announced for different defence academies is given below.
NDA 1 vacancies 2021
|Academy||Number of vacancies|
|NDA||370 Army: 208 Navy: 42 Air Force: 120|
(including 28 for ground Duties)
|Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)||30|
Also Read: NDA Salary
NDA Selection Process 2021
The complete process of NDA 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 will be 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.
All the candidates who successfully register for the exam are required to appear for the written exam. The written exam comprises two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview. Read more on NDA exam pattern.
Declaration of result
NDA result is declared online in two stages: written and final. First, the result of the written exam is declared followed by the declaration of the final result. The result is 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 written exam and SSB Interview.
The SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. All qualified candidates are put to stage 1 test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centers /Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who will qualify the second stage are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate.
Candidates are finally selected for admission to admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation will be done as per the number of vacancies subjected to 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 sets of test booklets.
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NDA 2021 Exam Centers
NDA exam centers are the cities where the offline test will be 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 of exam city. UPSC allots exam centre to candidates as per the preferences exercised by them in the application form. However, the Commission reserves the right to cancel or add exam centers. complete NDA exam centers.
NDA 2021 Exam Day Guidelines
- 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
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NDA Exam Analysis 2021
NDA exam analysis 2021 will be provided separately for the Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT) after the exam gets over. The exam will help candidates to know the overall and section-wise difficulty levels, students’ reactions regarding the papers, topic-wise distribution of questions, etc. For reference, candidates can check below NDA exam analysis 2020.
NDA 1 and 2 Student Reaction & Review for GAT
NDA 1 and 2 Student Reaction & Review for Maths
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NDA Preparation Tips by Toppers
Candidates can check below the interviews given by toppers to Warriors NDA Academy on how to prepare for NDA.
|NDA 2019 Topper Piyush Thorve (AIR 16)||Candidates must have a strong determinationPrepare questions from Mathematics, English and Science through NCERT books of class 6 to 12Read newspapers, magazines and also focus on basic grammar rules for EnglishDo not overstress yourself before the examDo not learn new topics before the exam rather revise the topics you have learned|
|NDA Exam 2018 Topper, Sparsh Kankan (AIR 1)||Focus on understanding the NDA syllabus and exam pattern of the examCandidates must solve previous years’ question papersStart preparing for the exam at Class 9 and 10 and do not wait for Class 11 an 12Read NCERT textbooks of class 6 to 10 because questions are directly asked from the sameTrust in their own preparationPeace of mind is very important|
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 section 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 a NDA mock test
- Buy good NDA books and question banks
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NDA 2021 FAQs
Q. When will I get NDA (I) 2021 admit card for the written exam?
A. Candidates who have applied successfully for NDA (I) 2021 written exam can download their admit cards now. The link to download the admit card has been made available on the official website.
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. Can a married candidate apply for NDA exam?
A. No, only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA exam.
Q. Can girls apply for NDA exam?
A. No, girls are not eligible to apply for NDA 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, candidates should be between 16 to 19 years. They must have passed Class 12 or equivalent exam from a recognized board.
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. Is NDA exam easy?
A. The level of both papers: Maths and GAT in NDA remain moderate in terms of difficulty level.
Q. Is NCERT enough for NDA?
A. Mostly the questions in NDA are based on the syllabus of CBSE, therefore, it is advisable to prepare from 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.