19 January is the last date for NDA Application

NDA Exam Dates

19 January 2021 is the last date to apply for NDA Exam 2021.

The candidate who could not apply for the same, they must register themselves.

The application was released on 30 December 2020. The candidate waiting for the application form can apply by visiting the official website www.upsconline.in

Last Date of Application: 19 January 2021

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Date of Notification: 30 December 2020

Date of Exam: 18 April 2021- One Day Exam

NDA Exam Dates – NDA exam is organised by the UPSC commission for the enrollment in Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. It is the path that leads to gaining a reputable job in the defence forces of India, and serve your country. This exam is held each year and provides chances to numerous applicants a chance to prove themselves. 


The notification for the NDA Exam Dates has already been released on 17th August 2020 and the Online Registration will start on 30th December 2020.

NDA 2021 is going to be held two times, during April and September next year. NDA-I exam form would be released on 30th Dec 2021 and the NDA-II exam form, it would be released on 9th June 2021.

After clearing the entrance exam, you would be invited for the SSB interview Round. Only after you qualify the Entrance Test, Medical Test, and the SSC Interview, you can be eligible to enter the NDA.

Details to know about NDA Exam Dates

The exam is conducted in two tiers 1. written test followed by the SSB interview round. The written test is of 2 hours 20 minutes for each paper i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II where paper-I denotes mathematics and paper-II denotes general ability test.

Every student appearing for the exam will be handed over a question booklet and OMR answer sheet to mark the answers.

Eligibility Required for NDA Exam

Nationality: Indian citizens, the Subject of Nepal/the Subject of Bhutan or any Refugee of Tibetan (Entered/ Came in India before 1st January 1962) who are thinking about getting settled permanently in India are eligible for the NDA Entrance Test.

Foreign Nationals: Foreign Nationals (Except Gurkhas) may show the eligibility certificate the Indian Government issues.

Migrants: The candidates who are migrants from Burma/ East African countries of Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, Vietnam, Ethiopia, OR Sri Lanka with the intention to get settled in India are eligible for the NDA Entrance test.

Age limit:  Only males can apply for the NDA exam. For NDA-I, unmarried males not born earlier than 1st July 2002 and not later than 1st July 2004, can apply. For NDA-II, unmarried males not born earlier than 2nd January 2003 and not later than 1st January 2006 are eligible for the exam. The candidate needs to be unmarried at the time of giving the exam.

Educational Qualification: Candidates must have qualified for their class 12 or HSC exam under the 10+2 exam pattern, State Education Board or University. 

Physical Requirements

Students must qualify for the physical fitness round according to the standards set by the NDA.

These are the height and weight requirements:

Requirements while filling out the application for NDA Exam Dates:

  • ID proof- Aadhar card, PAN card, photo ID card, driving license, or any other photo ID card issued by the central/ state government.
  • Qualification details & Educational Certifications.

How to fill the form?

To fill out the form correctly, you need to follow the instructions mentioned below:

Part 1 of the form:

Register yourself on the website with complete details: name, contact number, email address, personal information, education details, marital status, gender, preference of branch etc.. Always keep your documents ready to be uploaded.

Part 2 comprises details like exam centre choice, images & signature uploading and application fee payment. Your photograph & signatures should be in JPG format with size between 20 KB to 300 KB. Confirm all your details, click ‘Agree’ and take a printout with you for the exam day.

Always recheck the details you enter, so as to avoid any corrections. If the information is incorrect, you might get disqualified.

Application Fee

  • The fees can be paid through online mode only. 
  • The payment of Rs. 100 via credit card/ debit card/ net banking and SBI E-Challan is required.
  • SC/ST candidates, Sons of JCOs, NCOs & Ors are exempted from the payment of the application fee.

Exam Pattern and details

You should always refer to the website for the latest updates and notifications for the UPSC NDA exam.

  • Exam mode: Pen and paper-based mode
  • Medium of instructions: Hindi and English
  • Duration: The exam total time would be of 5 Hours (2 hours 30 Minutes for Each Section).
  • Type of questions: Multiple choice-based.
  • Total Marks: 900 Marks. (General ability: 600 Marks and Mathematics: 300 Marks). The SSB Interview Round will be of 900 Marks.
  • Negative marking: 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
Mathematics012.5 hrs300
General ability022.5  hrs600
Total 900

Difference between CDS and NDA

Exam 2021 Syllabus

The NDA 2021 Syllabus matches the 12th level of the Science Stream syllabus. The candidates must prepare from subjects like Mathematics, General Knowledge and English Subjects.

  • Mathematics: Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Matrices & Determinants, Algebra, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, etc.
  • English: The question paper of English is designed for testing the student’s understanding of English and use of words.
  • The syllabus covers topics such as Comprehension and usage and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English, Vocabulary, and Grammar.
  • General Knowledge: The paper of General Knowledge in NDA will cover various topics from the subjects – Physics, Geography & Current Events, Social Studies, Chemistry, and General Science.

Preparation Tips & How to Crack it?

The most important step is to focus on the subjects you need to work on in advance and prepare a plan for it.

  • Distributing the topics accordingly and working on it with a timetable would gain your confidence and get you a hold on the subjects.
  • Make quick notes for each subject you prepare(formulas and short tips), tips prepared in your own words would be easy to remember, recollect and handy for revision. 
  • Only after completing the subjects before time, start revising and solving previous years’ papers, mock tests etc. to strengthen basics.
  • Keep yourself dedicated to the latest news by referring to news, articles daily.
  • Take care of your health and be confident on the day of the written exam and interview.

Scope of NDA

A very bright opportunity to serve one’s country and gain pride is an advantage of NDA selection. The salary is very handsome along with the allowances incurred such as Dearness Allowance and Kit maintenance allowance. You can get promoted to various higher levels and explore opportunities. You also get Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary awards for your service.

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