NDA 2021: Exam Date, Online Application Form, Syllabus, Admit Card, Result

Exam Date

Nov 14, 2021

Result Date

Dec 10, 2021

Jul 7, 2021


Do you have a strong urge to serve the country? Have you always imagined yourself as an Indian Army Officer? We have a piece of good news for you and we're very sure that you'll love it. UPSC NDA 2021 gives you a golden opportunity to be a part of the incredible men who are an integral part of the defence system of the country and who serve as the lords of the Land, Air, and Waters of the Indian Subcontinent. National Defence Academy Exam commonly known as NDA 2021 Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. This is a national-level test conducted by the UPSC twice a year normally in the month of April and September.

The notification will be released by the Union Public Service Commission on the official website informing the total no. of vacancies for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Latest Update:

  • Jul 6, 2021: The results for UPSC NDA 2 2020 have been released. Candidates can visit UPSC NDA Results for more information.
  • Jun 30, 2021: UPSC has declared the result of the written part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2021 held on Apr 18, 2021, on its official website.
  • Jun 23, 2021: UPSC has revised the exam date for UPSC NDA 2 2021 exam. The exam which was earlier scheduled for Sep 5, 2021 will now be conducted on Nov 14, 2021. Candidates can opt for a new exam centre from now available 75 centres, if they desire so.


What is the NDA 2021 Exam?

NDA (National Defense Academy) Examination is a National Level Test conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year to fill in the vacancies available in various roles. This Exam acts as a gateway for recruiting candidates in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. This national level exam is conducted twice a year in more than 41 cities across India. The recruitment process consists of two stages. The first stage in the NDA 2021 is the written test which will be conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based). The candidates who qualify in the written test will be eligible to attend the next stage which is the personal interview. Candidates can refer to the notification to get detailed information about the vacancies and the eligibility criteria of the desired post before applying them to the exam.

NDA Exam

NDA is the first tri-service academy in the world where cadets of the three services, Army, Navy, and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training.

NDA 2021 Examination
Particulars Details
Exam Name Union Public Service Commission National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam
Exam Level National
Exam Category Under Graduate
Exam Mode Offline (Pen and Paper-based)
Conducting Body UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
Frequency Twice a year (NDA I & NDA II)
Required Marital Status Unmarried

The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra. Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting commission.

Army cadets go to Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun, Air force cadets to Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigal, Hyderabad, and Naval cadets to Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala, Kerala.

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

The notification was released on Jun 9, 2020, for NDA 2021 Exam. Candidates have to make a note of all the important dates related to the NDA 2021 exam and try to complete all the relevant tasks before the last date to avoid any last-minute hassle.

Candidates can check NDA 2021 exam dates from the table given below:

NDA 2021 Exam Dates
Events Dates
NDA 2021 Notification Dec 30, 2020 Jun 9, 2021
Release of NDA 2021 Application Form Dec 30, 2020 Jun 9, 2021
Last date to submit the NDA 2021 application form Jan 19, 2021 Jun 29, 2021
Last date to pay the NDA 2021 fee Online Jan 19, 2021 Jun 29, 2021
Release of NDA 2021 Admit card Mar 9, 2021 Aug 2021
NDA 2021 Exam Dates Apr 18, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
Announcement of NDA 2021 Results Jun 30, 2021 Dec 10, 2021 (Tentative)

NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure to check the NDA 2021 Eligibility before filling up the application form. NDA 2021 Eligibility consists of Nationality, Age Limit, Gender, Minimum Qualifications, and Physical Standards.


  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement in India.
  • Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement.

Age Limit

The age limit criteria for UPSC NDA is as follows:

  • Only unmarried males with a date of birth not later than July 1, 2004, are eligible for the NDA I exam.
  • Candidates born between January 2, 2002, and January 1, 2005, are eligible for NDA II 2021 exam.
  • Female candidates and married candidates are not eligible to apply for the examination.
Age Limit for NDA

Age Limit

Age (years)

Minimum Age

15.7 years (not later than 1st January 2005)/ 16 years during the commencement of course

Maximum Age

18.7 years (not earlier than 2nd January 2002)/ 19 years during the commencement of course

Minimum Qualification

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Passed class 12 examination conducted by a state education board or university.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: Passed class 12 or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a state education board or university.
  • Candidates who are appearing in class 12 or equivalent examination can also apply for the exam.

Physical Standards

  • Candidates seeking admission to the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy examination must be physically fit as per the physical standards set by the conducting authority.
  • Candidates who have resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces are not eligible to apply for the exam.

NDA 2021 Vacancy

The vacancies have not been released as of yet and will be announced along with the official notification on Jun 9, 2020 tentatively.

Candidates can check previous year vacancies for some idea. The number of vacancies that will be filled through NDA 1 & 2 exam 2020 is given below. Candidates can go through the below number of vacancies for the UPSC NDA & NA I & II 2020 Exam:

UPSC NDA & NA I, II 2020 Vacancy:

UPSC NDA I Vacancies 2020



National Defence Academy

370 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)


NDA 2021 Application Form

Dates have been declared for the NDA 2021 application form and the notification was released on the official website by Jun 9, 2020. NDA 2021 application form was released on Jun 9, 2020 and the last date to submit the application form is Jun 29, 2021.

NDA 2021 Application Form Fee

Candidates must apply for the exam through the online method only. Candidates can pay an application fee either in online mode or through offline mode. An application fee of INR 100 can either be deposited as cash in any branch of the SBI or it can be paid by using the net banking facility of SBI or by using Debit Card/Credit Card. Candidates who select the "Pay by Cash" mode, should take a printout of the system generated pay-in-slip and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from paying the application fee. Candidates are required to upload a recent photograph and signature as per the required format. A page with the candidate's registration number will be generated. Candidates must take a printout of this page.

The table below shows the particulars of the NDA 2021 Application Fee.

NDA Application Form Fee
Category NDA Application Fee
General/OBC INR 100

NDA 2021 Document Upload

While filling the NDA 2021 Application Form, candidates will need to upload certain documents. These documents must follow the standards prescribed by the exam authorities. Candidates have to upload their latest passport size photograph taken against a white background and a signature done in blue or black ink. Other specifications regarding these documents that candidates must follow are tabulated below.

NDA Document Upload Specifications
Document File Size File Format
Photograph 3-40KB JPG
Signature 1KB

NDA 2021 Application Process

The UPSC NDA Application Process involves registration, filling the application form, uploading documents, and paying the application fees. These steps can be carried out online only. Given below is the step by step procedure for applying to the UPSC NDA exam.

How to Apply For NDA 2021?

The step by step procedures on how to apply for NDA 2021 Exam is mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC NDA 2021 i.e. upsconline.gov.in
  • Step 2: Register yourself by Providing all details that have been asked in part-I of the registration form.
  • Step 3: In Part-II, the candidate has to provide his/her personal, basic, and contact details.
  • Step 4: Upload the pre-scanned copies of photograph and signature.
    • Photograph: Candidates must then upload a Scanned photograph should be in JPG format. The digital size of the file must be less than 40 kb and greater than 3 kb and resolution 140-pixel height by 110-pixel width and Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit.
    • Signature: Candidates must then upload their scanned signature in JPG format. The digital size of each file must be less than 40 kb and greater than 1 kb and resolution 110-pixel height by 140-pixel width and Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit.
  • Step 5: At last, make the payment for the successful submission of the NDA 2021 Application form.
    • Candidates can pay the NDA 2021 Application fee through online SBI net banking or by cash via SBI Bank challan or through credit card/debit card.
    • To pay the fee in cash, the candidate should take a printout of the challan generated online after completion of registration. The candidate can go to the nearest SBI branch for a depositing fee after 24 hours of the generation of Challan.

NDA 2021 Admit Card

UPSC NDA 2021 Admit card can only be downloaded from the official website. Admit cards will not be sent by post to any candidate. Candidates must take the admit card to the exam hall on the exam date. Candidates without admit card will not be allowed to write the examination. Candidates should visit the official website to get the latest updates about the examination including important dates.

NDA 2021 Admit Card Download

  • Step 1: Visit the official UPSC website at www.upsc.gov.in and click on the active exam link to downloading the admit card.
  • Step 2: Under the list of active exams click on the UPSC NDA 2021 exam link:
  • Step 3: Candidates will be directed to a page where you can click on the link to access the admit card:
  • Step 4: A new page will open where you should click on the link to download the admit card:
  • Step 5: Once you click on the link, the candidate will be directed to the page to log in. Candidate can select the option given on the screen to log in with Registration Number/Roll Number.
  • Step 6: Once you click on a choice, fill the details and click the 'Submit' button
  • Step 7: UPSC NDA (I) Admit Card will be displayed on the computer screen.
  • Step 8: Download and review the admit card.
  • Step 9: Take a printout for the future.

Details Mentioned on the NDA 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can check with the below information regarding the contents of the NDA 2021 Admit Card:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Roll Number
  • Candidate’s Photograph and Signature
  • Exam Date and Time
  • Exam Centre
  • Exam Centre Address
  • Centre Code

Documents to carry with the NDA Admit Card

Candidates will need to carry certain documents to the exam centre. These documents are:

  • An original photo identity proof
  • Photocopy/xerox copy of the photo identity proof
  • Two passport size photographs

Invigilators at the exam centre will verify these documents and then only applicants will be allowed to enter the exam hall. Candidates can bring any one of the following documents as a photo identity proof.

  • Aadhar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Voter Card
  • Permanent Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Ration Card

NDA 2021 Exam Centres

The following is a list of NDA 2021 Exam Centres. Candidates can select any three from the following list of NDA 2021 exam centres based on their preference during the application process.

NDA 2021 Exam Centres
Exam Centre Exam Centre
Agartala Kochi
Ahmedabad Kohima
Aizawl Kolkata
Allahabad Lucknow
Bengaluru Madurai
Bareilly Mumbai
Bhopal Nagpur
Chandigarh Panaji (Goa)
Chennai Patna
Cuttack Port Blair
Dehradun Raipur
Delhi Ranchi
Dharwad Sambalpur
Dispur Shillong
Gangtok Shimla
Hyderabad Srinagar
Imphal Thiruvananthapuram
Itanagar Tirupati
Jaipur Udaipur
Jammu Vishakhapatnam

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern has been set by the Union Public Service Commission based on which the NDA 2021 exam will be conducted. NDA exam will be conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based test). There will be negative marking for every wrong answer. Candidates who score qualifying marks in the NDA 2021 written exam will be selected for the next phase which is the SSB Interview. In the interview, the candidates will be tested for intelligence and personality test.

NDA Exam Pattern
Paper Number of questions Marks Duration
Paper-I (Mathematics) 120 300 150 min
Paper-II (General Ability) 150 600 150 min

NDA 2021 Written Exam Pattern

The NDA 2021 exam has two parts, Mathematics and General aptitude and they are both conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based). A total of 120 questions multiple choice based objective questions will be asked in the Mathematics section and a total of 150 multiple choice based objective type questions will be asked in the General Ability section. Both exams are being conducted for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Negative marking is practiced in the evaluation scheme.

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern
Topic Mathematics General Ability
Mode Offline Offline
Type of Question MCQ's MCQ's
Medium English and Hindi English and Hindi
Sections Mathematics English and General Knowledge
Marking 2.5 for every correct answer 4 for every correct answer
Negative Marking 0.83 for every wrong answer 1.33 for every wrong answer

NDA 2021 Interview

Candidates qualifying in the NDA 2021 written test will be called for the interview process. It includes two stages- Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. Candidates qualifying the stage one interview process will be considered for the stage 2 process.

NDA 2021 Medical Test

After clearing the SSB interview, candidates are required to undergo a medical test.

NDA 2021 Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) sets the NDA 2021 syllabus. Syllabus for the NDA 2021 exam is divided into two Papers - Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (General Ability).

NDA 2021 Syllabus for Mathematics

NDA 2021 syllabus for Mathematics is given below:

  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability

NDA 2021 Syllabus for General Ability

NDA 2021 syllabus for General Ability is divided into two parts which are given below:

Part 'A' - English: It covers various topics like Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Cohesion to test the candidate's proficiency in English.

Part 'B' - General Knowledge: It covers various subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events.

NDA 2021 Reference Books

To score more in the NDA 2021 exam candidates have to prepare very well. As the competition is very high in this exam, candidates should go for the best NDA 2021 books available. Some of the books are listed below.

NDA Reference Books
Book Author / Publication
UPSC NDA Examination E S Ramasamy
Pathfinder NDA / NA Arihant Publications
5800+ MCQ's NDA / NA Disha Publications
Solved Papers NDA / NA Arihant Publications
Mathematics for NDA / NA R S Aggarwal
10 Practice sets NDA / NA Arihant Publications

NDA 2021 Results

Results for NDA 1  2021 Exam have been declared on the official website. Results will be updated in the form of PDF and candidates can download and view the roll numbers of candidates who are shortlisted to attend the interview process. The shortlisted candidates then have to register on the official website. After the results of the interview are announced the final mark list of the candidates will be released within 15 days and candidates can view it until 30 days.

After the declaration of NDA 2021 results, a merit list will be prepared by UPSC on the basis of which candidates should appear before a services selection board for Intelligence and Personality test where the candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 cadet entry scheme of the Naval Academy will be judged on Officers Potentiality and those for the Air Force in addition to the above will have to qualify Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

How to Check NDA 2021 Results?

  • Step 1: Candidate should visit the official website upsc.gov.in
  • Step 2: Click on the NDA 2021 result link shown on the home screen.
  • Step 3: Exams for which results are announced will be displayed. Click on the pdf link for the UPSC NDA exam.
  • Step 4: The candidate result will be displayed in the pdf file. Hence to find the particular candidate result, click 'Ctrl +F', enter your name or roll number to find your result easily.
  • Step 5: Download and print the result for future reference.

NDA 2021 Cut Off

Minimum qualifying marks for the written examination i.e NDA 2021 Cut Off will be released just after the declaration of the result. Candidates securing the cut off marks will be called up for the two-stage selection procedure.

Cut Off Parameters

UPSC sets NDA 2021 cut off marks based on various parameters. Those are: Total candidates appearing for the NDA 2021 Exam, The Vacancies in the academies (NDA and NA), Previous year's cutoff marks, Performance of candidates, The difficulty level of exam.

NDA 2021 Cut Off (Expected)

NDA 2021 Cut Off
Section Expected Cut Off
General Ability Test 370 - 410 out of 600
Mathematics 185 - 210 out of 300

NDA Cut Off Previous Years

NDA Previous year Cut Off
Year Minimum Qualifying Marks at the Written Stage (Out of 900 marks)
2017 342 (At least 34% in each paper)
2016 288 (At least 25% in each paper)
2015 306 (At least 30% in each paper)

NDA 2021 Recruitment

UPSC NDA 2021 recruitment is conducted to recruit candidates for the posts of Army, Navy Air Force for the NDA and NA. The vacancies for 2021 has not been announced as of yet, it will be announced along with the official notification on Jun 9, 2020.

In 2020, there were a total of 413 vacancies to be filled for NDA II and 418 for NDA & NA I. The exam was conducted on September 6, 2020. Candidates can go through the below-tabulated data for previous year vacancies.

UPSC NDA & NA II 2020 Recruitment

NDA 2020 Vacancies

UPSC NDA & NA II 2020 Recruitment


Army (NDA)


Navy (NDA)


Air (NDA)




Naval Academy




NDA 2021 Selection Process

Selection Process for NDA 2021 is a two-step procedure which consists of a written exam and an interview. The written test is qualifying in nature. Candidates need to score higher than the minimum qualifying marks in order to be eligible to attend the next round which is the interview. The interview has two stages namely Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. Candidates will go through stage one on the first day of reporting at the selection centres. Candidates qualifying the Stage I will go through the Stage II. Final mark list of Candidates qualifying stage II will be released after the successful conduction of the interview. Those candidates need to submit the original class 10 pass certificate and class 12 pass certificate along with one photocopy of the same.

In order to be selected for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force candidates will have to secure the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Conducting Authority and Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by Service Selection Board.

NDA 2021 Salary

During the training in service academies, a fixed stipend or salary will be given to the Cadets which is INR 56,100. Candidates can go through the below-tabulated data based on the rank and pay level :

NDA 2021 Salary


Pay Level

Lieutenant to Major

Lieutenant - Level 10 - INR 56,100 - INR 1,77,500

Captain - Level 10 B - INR 61,200 - INR 1, 93,900

Major - Level 11 - INR 69,400 - INR 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel to Major General

Lieutenant Colonel - Level 12 - INR 1,21,200- INR 2,12,400

Colonel - Level 13 - INR 1,30,600- INR 2,15,900

Brigadier - Level 13 - INR 1,39,600 - INR 2,17,600

Major General - Level 14 - INR 1,44,200 - INR 2,18,200

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

Level 15 INR 1,82,200 - INR 2,24,100

HAG + Scale

Level 16 - INR 2,05,400 - INR 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Cadet/Lieutenant General (NFSG)

Level 17 - INR 2,25,000


Level 18 - INR 2,5,000

NDA 2021 Preparation Tips

  • Candidates must know the syllabus thoroughly.
  • Understand the exam pattern and the topics included.
  • Make a realistic timetable and map out a preparation plan
  • Invest in quality reference material and practice books.
  • Practice until you are perfect using mock tests and previous year papers available.

Contact Details


Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road, New Delhi- 110069

Phone: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Email- [email protected]

Official website: www.upsc.gov.in


What is UPSC NDA?

Full form of UPSC NDA is Union Public Service Commission - National Defense Academy. The entrance exam is conducted twice a year by UPSC for candidates who aspire to become students at the NDA.   National Defence Academy Exam commonly known as NDA Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

When will the official notification of UPSC NDA 2021 be released?

The official notification of NDA 1 and NDA-II will be released on December 30, 2020. The official notification will have detailed information about the vacancies and the relevant eligibility criteria. 

When will the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam be conducted?

UPSC NDA Exam is conducted twice every year. The First exam of the year (NDA 1) will tentatively be held in April 2021 and the second one (NDA 2) is will tentatively be scheduled September 2021.

What is the pattern of the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam?

The exam is divided into 2 papers. Paper 1 is a Mathematics test of 300 marks and Paper 2 is a General Ability Test of 600 marks. Both papers are conducted Offline (pen and paper-based) and contain only Multiple Choice based Objective type Questions.

Will there be an interview round after UPSC NDA 2021 Exam?

Yes. Short-listed candidates from the written examination are put forward for an Intelligence and Personality Test through an interview. The interview carries 900 marks and can run up to a period of 3 to 4 days.

What is the educational qualification specified in UPSC NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The educational qualification specified are as follows For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Passed class 12 examination conducted by a state education board or university. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: Passed class 12 or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a state education board or university. Candidates who are appearing in class 12 or equivalent examination can also apply for the exam.

What are the courses offered upon clearing the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam?

Various courses are available for admission at the NDA. Like B.A, B.Sc, and B.Tech at the Naval Academy.

When is the deadline for submitting the UPSC NDA-I 2021 Application Form?

The tentative deadline for submitting the NDA I Application form is January 19, 2021.

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