Exam Date : 21st April 2019
Result Date : 9th May 2019

UPSC NDA Exam 2019 Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern

UPSC NDA Entrance Examination

About: UPSC NDA stands for Union Public Service Commission - National Defence Academy. UPSC NDA is an entrance exam conducted twice a year for aspirants to study at the prestigious National Defence Academy. Over 450000 students take up the test each year but only about 6000 candidates are shortlisted for the interview.

Authority: UPSC is the conducting body of the examination. The final selection procedure is decided by the NDA.

Expected Dates: UPSC NDA 2019 (I) Official notification will be released on 9th January 2019, with the exam to be conducted on 24th April 2019.

UPSC NDA 2019 (II) Official notification will be released on 7th August 2019, with the exam to be conducted on 17th November 2019.

Frequency: The Written Ability Test for the NDA entrance exam is conducted twice in a year.

Exam Pattern: UPSC NDA 2019 has multiple stages as given below:

  • Paper 1 - Mathematics test (300 marks) 

  • Paper 2 - General Ability test (600 marks)

    • Note: Both paper 1 and 2 have only objective type questions and are conducted offline.

  • Interview - Candidates who have cleared the written exam will be qualified for the interview. The interview includes Intelligence and Personality Test and is for 900 marks and is conducted for a period of 4 to 5 days.

Expected Vacancy: The total vacancies for UPSC NDA 2019 is expected to be 415 with 360 for the NDA and 55 for the Naval Academy. Posts in NDA include Army, Navy and Air Force.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Important Details

Important Exam Details

Exam Name

Union Public Service Commission National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam

Exam Level


Exam Category

Under Graduate

Exam Mode

Offline (Pen and Paper based)

Conducting Body

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)


Twice a year (NDA I & NDA II)

Required Marital Status


Vacancies at NDA

       NDA has 335 posts:

  • 208 Army posts,

  • 55 Navy posts,

  • 72 Air Force posts

Vacancies at Naval Academy


UPSC NDA 2019 Courses Offered


Course Available





Naval Academy


UPSC NDA 2019 Important Dates

  • Application Form: UPSC will release the Application Form for the UPSC NDA (I) 2019 Exam on 9th January 2019. The deadline to complete the Application form is 4th February 2019.  

  • Admit card: The NDA Exam Admit Card 2019 or the NDA Exam hall ticket #yearwill be issued 3 weeks before the examination.

  • Results: The results of UPSC NDA will be declared within a month after the completion of the examination.

  • Know more about the schedule in UPSC NDA 2019 Important Dates section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility

  • Age:

    • For UPSC NDA ICandidates not born earlier than 02nd July 2000 and not later than 1st July 2003 will be eligible.

    • For UPSC NDA IICandidates not born earlier than 02nd January 2000 and not later than 1st July 2003 will be eligible.

  • Gender: Only unmarried male candidates can apply.

  • Minimum Qualification: 

    • Army aspirants must have passed the 10+2 qualifying examination or any equivalent exam and

    • Air Force and Navy aspirants must have passed the 10+2 exam with Physics and Mathematics as subjects from a recognised State Education Board or a University.

  • 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.

  • Know more about the eligibility, go to the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Eligibility section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Syllabus

  • Subjects: The subjects for the exam are Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and General Knowledge.
  • Assessment: The personality of a candidate is assessed by an Interviewing Officer (IO), a Group Testing Officer (GTO) and a Psychologist.
  • Know more about the UPSC NDA 2019 Syllabus section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Application Form

  • Registration: The candidates are required to apply for the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam on the official UPSC website at

  • Stages: 

    • NDA I application form will be released on 9th January 2019

    • NDA II application form will be released on 7th August 2019

  • Application Fee: Application Form fee for UPSC NDA 2019 is Rs 100/- for general and OBC candidates. Other reserved category candidates are exempted from the payment of application fee.

  • Payment Method: Candidates can pay the application form fee by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash/net banking facility, or by using visa/master credit/debit card.

  • Photograph and Signature: Candidates are required to upload recent photograph and signature as per the required format.

  • Registration Confirmation: A page with the candidate's registration number will be generated. Candidates must take a printout of this page.

  • Print Out: Candidates are advised to take the print out of the application form for future reference. Only on a successful filling of all mandatory fields and completion of application form filling process, the candidate is eligible for generating his NDA Exam admit card.

  • Know more about the application form, go to the UPSC NDA 2019 Application Form section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Application Process

  • Visit the official website of UPSC NDA i.e.

  • Register yourself by entering your E-mail and Phone number and other necessary details.

  • To fill the application form, log in with your User ID and Password.

  • Enter the details (personal and education) in the application form. 

  • Upload a recent passport size photograph and signature.

  • Make the payment of your application fee to complete the application process.

  • Download and print the application form for future reference. Only on successful filling of all mandatory fields and completion of application form filling process, the candidate is eligible for generating his UPSC Exam admit card.

Know more about application process, UPSC NDA 2019 Application Process section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Pattern

  • Mode: The exam will be conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based test).

  • No. of papers: The entrance exam will be divided into 2 papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test.

  • Duration: The duration of each paper is two and a half hours.

The table below shows written exam pattern:







180 Minutes


General Ability Test


180 Minutes


  • SSB Interview: Candidates qualifying in the 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 stage II process.

  • Medical Test: After clearing the SSB interview, candidates are required to undergo a medical test.

Know the detailed exam pattern in UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Pattern section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Admit Card

  • Availability: The Admit Card for the UPSC NDA (I) Exam will be released in the month of March and for UPSC NDA (II) Exam it will be released in October.

  • Mode: Admit card will be available on the official website.

  • Download: Only those who've filled the Application form and are eligible can download the Admit Card. 

Steps to Download UPSC NDA admit card:

  • Go to the official website and click on the admit card link.

  • Enter the required details (Registration Number and DOB)

  • Click submit button

  • Review all the details on the admit card.

  • Download and print the admit card or iii exam hall ticket.

  • Know more about the hall ticket in the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Admit Card section.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Centres

  • Location: UPSC NDA examination is conducted at multiple locations.

  • Allotment Basis: Centres are provided on a first come first serve basis and there are no reservations.

  • Limited Seats: The applicants should note that there are a limited number of seats that each centre can accommodate.

  • Know more about the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Centres.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Results

  • Website: Candidate should visit the official website of UPSC at to avail the result.

  • Format: Result will be published in the form of PDF file.

  • Availability: UPSC NDA 2019 Result will be declared within one month after completion of the examination.

  • Scorecard: It will contain registration number, name, roll number and marks of the qualified candidates.

Steps to check UPSC NDA 2019 Results:

  • Visit the official website 
  • Click on the result link.
  • Enter registration number and date of birth to view the result.
  • Fill in all details and Click on 'submit' button.
  • Download and save the result/scorecard for future use.

Know more about the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Results.

UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Recruitment

  • Written Test: Candidates should clear the written test on Mathematics and General Ability.

  • SSB Interview: Candidates should undergo the following two stages conducted at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards

    •  Psychological Aptitude Test

    • Intelligence Test
  • Air Force aspirants: Candidates willing to join Air Force should separately qualify the PABT.

  • Merit List: It will be prepared on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written Examination and the SSB Tests and it is subjected to conditions.

  • Final Allocation: The final selection for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy will be based on the number of vacancy available subject to eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.

  • Preference: The candidates who are eligible to be admitted to multiple Services/Courses will be considered for selection with reference to their order or preferences and they will not be considered for admission to the other remaining Services/Courses.

Know more about UPSC NDA 2019 Recruitment.

upsc nda eligibility


UPSC NDA 2019 Exam FAQs:

Q: What is UPSC NDA?

Full form of UPSC NDA is Union Public Service Commission - National Defense Academy. The entrance exam is conducted bi-annually by UPSC for candidates who aspire to become students at the NDA.

Q: When will the official notification of UPSC NDA 2019 be released?

The official notification of NDA I is expected to be available on the official website on 9th January 2019 and that of NDA II on 7th August 2019.

Q: When will the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam be conducted?

UPSC NDA Exam is conducted twice every year. The First exam of the year (NDA I) is scheduled to be held on 24th April 2019 and the second one (NDA II) is on 17th November 2019.

Q: What is the pattern of UPSC NDA 2019 Exam?

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

Q: Will there be an interview round after UPSC NDA 2019 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.

Q: What does the UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility Criteria say about the candidate's marital status?

For a candidate to be eligible for admission into NDA, he/she requires to be unmarried.

Q: What are the courses offered upon clearing the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam?

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

Q: When is the deadline for submitting the UPSC NDA 2019 Application Form?

The application form is supposed to be submitted on or before 4th February 2019.

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