NDA Exam 2020

NDA Entrance Exam - Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Dates & Admit Card

National Defence Academy (NDA) examination is one of the most prestigious recruitment drives conducted twice a year to facilitate admission to the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA exam 2020 will also be held to recruit candidates for this respectable job positions. The examination has two stages- written and SSB interview. Based on the results of these two stages, the admission procedure is executed. Nearly 4 lakh aspirants apply every year for this examination. This page has all the details- the eligibility criteria, important dates, exam pattern, etc that you would want to know of NDA Exam 2020.  

Who all are eligible for the NDA Exam? 

Candidates who want to apply for NDA examination must fulfil some criteria. First thing first- their citizenship must be one from the following types: 

  • A citizen of India. 

  • A resident of Nepal.

  • A resident of Bhutan.

  • A Tibetian refugee who came to India before 1 June 1962.

  • Any person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and East African countries like Ethiopia, Malawi, Zaire, Vietnam, or Zambia and have the intention to settle in India permanently. They have to provide a certificate in favour of their migration.

Candidates born between 2nd July 2001 to 1st July 2004 are eligible for NDA examination 2020. Their date of birth should be calculated as per their secondary school leaving certificate or a certificate of any Indian university equivalent to the secondary examination.

Educational qualification is not equal for all NDA academic streams; it is different for different courses.

To apply for Army, a candidate has to pass 12th standard or HSC examination of school education in 10+2 format or any other examination which is equivalent to HSC examination from a recognized Board or a University.

To apply for Air Force, Navy or Naval academy of NDA, a student has to pass 12th standard or HSC examination with 10+2 format from a recognized State Education Board with Physics and Mathematics.

Only unmarried male candidates can apply for NDA exam.

Important Dates of NDA Exam 2020

It is the UPSC that declares the important dates of the NDA exam. Students can get updated information both on the official website of the UPSC as well as here, on this page. 

Important Dates of NDA 1 Examination, 2020 are:




Notification for NDA 1  exam 

8 January 2020

The schedule for NDA 1, 2020 was published. Students must go through it. 

Application form opens

8 January 2020

Registration started for the written examination of NDA 1 examination. 

Last date for application

28 January 2020

Online application forms should be submitted by 28 January 2020.

Withdrawal of application 

4 February 2020-11 February 2020

Candidates who don’t want to apply can withdraw their application.

Written examination

6 September, 2020

Due to COVID-19 crisis, NDA 1 exam was postponed. 

The examination will now take place on 6th September 2020. In two-shift (morning, and afternoon shifts), the examination will be conducted in 41 cities.

Admit card

Midweek of August

Candidates will get their admit cards before 3 weeks of the NDA examination 1, i.e, by the midweek of August, on UPSC’s website. Aspirants will have to log in and download the admit card from the site.

Declaration of written result


The results will be published online. Roll numbers of the shortlisted candidates will be given in a PDF format.

SSB Interview

January/February 2021

Shortlisted candidates will have to attend the SSB interview in 2 stages.

Final result

May 2021

The final result of NDA1 examination 2020 will most probably be published in May 2021. Based on this result, admission will be taken to Navy, Army, Air Force of NDA, and INAC.


Important Dates for NDA 2 Examination 2020




Notification for NDA 2 examination 2020

10th June 2020

Notification for NDA2 examination 2020 will be published.

Application form 

10 June 2020

Application form for NDA 2 examination will be made available online along with the notification.

Last date for submission of application form

30 June 2020

Application forms should be submitted within 30th June 2020.

Written examination

6 September

The examination will be conducted in two shifts. 

Admit card

Midweek of August

Registered candidates can get their admit cards online from UPSC’s website.

Result for written exam


Result for NDA2 examination 2020 will be published online.

SSB Interview

January/February 2021

SSB interview will be conducted in 2 stages.

Final result

May 2021

NDA 2 final result will be announced in May 2021.


Selection Procedures of NDA Exam 

1. Application form fill-up: Candidates have to fill online application form with a fee of Rs 100. They can pay this amount either online or via offline mode. The rejected applications will be notified after the submission of the application form gets closed. The candidates who don’t want to go ahead with the admission can withdraw their application.

 2. Release of the admit card: By the midweek of August i.e, 3 weeks before the examination candidates can get their admit card on the website. No hard copy of the admit card is sent to their mailing address. Candidates have to log in and download the admit cards from the website by providing their roll or registration number.

3. Written examination: The written examination of NDA 1 will be conducted on 6th September 2020. The total marks will be 900 marks. There will be two subjects- mathematics and General Ability Test or GAT.  

The mathematics syllabus comprises of Algebra, Matrices, Trigonometry, Determinants, Statistics, Probability, Vector Algebra, Differential Calculus and Analytical Geometry with two and three dimensions.

The General Ability Test or GAT syllabus for NDA exam comprises of subjects like English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events, etc.

There will be 150 objective type questions in GAT and 120 objective type questions in Mathematics paper. The languages in which candidates can give the NDA written examination are English and Hindi. The total duration of the exam will be 5 hours- 2.5 hours for Mathematics and 2.5 for GAT examination.

The candidates have to score a cut-off mark to be able to sit for the SSB interview.

4. Result of the written examination: The result of the written examination will be published online in the month of November 2020. Roll numbers of the qualified candidates will be given in the result. 

5. SSB Interview: SSB Interview for NDA 1, 2020  examination will be conducted in the month of January/February 2021. This interview is an intelligence and personality test for the aspirants. It is conducted in two stages. In the first stage, candidates have to report at the selection centre or Air force selection boards or Naval selection boards.

The candidates who qualify this round can take part in Round 2. In this round, the candidates have to provide their birth certificate and pass certificate. 

6. Final selection: After going through all the above-mentioned procedures, the selected candidates will get a chance to admission to Army, Navy, Air force of NDA, and INAC. The final result for the NDA 1 examination 2020 will be published on the month of May 2021. The allocation will be done on the basis of the vacancy and the eligibility, fitness, and merit cum preferences of the selected candidates.

Examination Centres for the NDA exam 2020

NDA written examination is an offline test. Candidates will have to go to their allotted test centres to write the papers. They can choose the cities according to their preference. NDA Examination 2020 will be conducted in 41 cities across India.

How many seats are there in the NDA 2020?

In this year, 2020 418 seats will be filled through NDA Exam. 

In National Defence Academy, there are 370 vacant seats, among which 208 are in Army, 120 in Airforce (28 ground duties) and 42 in Navy. 48 seats are vacant in Naval Academy.


Name: National Defence Academy Exam and Naval Academy Examination.

Exam level: National level

Frequency: Twice a year.

Stages: The exam is conducted in two-stage, written and SSB interview.

Mode: Offline

Conducting board: The NDA examination is conducted by UPSC.

Written examination duration: The total time allotted for written examination is 5 hours, 2.5 hours for mathematics, and 2.5 hours for GAT. 

Language: English and Hindi

 Guidelines for the NDA Examination 2020

Candidates have to follow some guidelines for the NDA Examination 2020. These are discussed below.

  •  Candidates have to carry their admit card and a photo id proof along with them.

  • Candidates can carry a clipboard with them.

  • Candidates will have to bring a black ball pen for the written examination.

  • Any kind of books, notes, loose sheets, instruments, electronic gadgets, calculators, log tables, slide rules will be not allowed.

  • Any kind of misconduct of a candidate can cancel his candidature.

  • No cheating will be allowed during the examination.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Who can apply for the NDA exam 2020?

Any unmarried male can apply to the NDA examination 2020 who have born between 2 July 2001 to 1 July 2004. The candidates must pass the 10+2 exam from a recognized board or university.

2. Will the admit card be delivered to the address of the candidates?

No. The admit card will not be delivered to the address of the candidates. They will have to log in with their login credentials and download the admit card from the site. On the day of the written exam, the candidates will have to carry this admit card along with a photo id proof.

3. How many seats are there at the National Defence Academy?

There are 418 seats vacant in the Academy, which will be filled by the NDA examination 2020. 208 seats are vacant in Army, 42 seats in Navy, and 120 seats in Airforce among which 28 seats are for ground duties. Other than this, 48 seats are vacant in Naval Academy.

4. How the exam centres are allotted to the candidates?

The examination centres are allotted to the candidates on the ‘first-apply-first-serve’ basis. However, the candidates can choose exam centres as per their preference as well.

5. What is the application fees for this examination?

The application fees for the NDA exam is Rs 100.