NDA 2021: Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus


NDA 2021: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) being a concerned recruitment authority conducts entrance test for selection of eligible candidates for admission in National Defence Academy (NDA). The NDA exam is a national level recruitment exam through which aspirants can achieve their dream of becoming part of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy. The students who are passionate about joining the Indian defence services, can apply for NDA exam after completing intermediate.  The NDA exam is conducted twice in a year and aspirants can apply for any of the NDA exams whether it is NDA-I or NDA-II. The aspirants are recommended to collect significant information such as NDA eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, and its syllabus etc. before submitting the NDA application form.

Notification for NDA exam is generally available in the month of January and June each year for NDA-I and NDA-II respectively. Those who are looking for appearing in NDA 2021 exam, can find below crucial information regarding the NDA exam including registration process and preparation tips etc.

NDA 2021 Exam Overview

Aspirants can check here a quick summary of the NDA 2021 exam here in the table below:

Exam Name National Defence Academy (NDA) 2021
Regulating  authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Date of NDA-I 2021 Exam April 2021
Registration Mode Online
Eligibility Criteria 12th Standard or Equivalent Exam Passed
Commence of the registration process January 2021
Last date for applying online February 2021
Registration Fee

Rs.100/-(SC/ST and Sons of JCOs, NCOs & Ors. are exempted hence, they need not pay the application fee)

Mode of Payment Net Banking/ Debit Card/Credit Card of E-Challan
Release of Hall Ticket At least two or three weeks before the date of exam
Nature of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Mode of Exam Offline i.e. Pen and Paper Based Exam
Duration of Test 2.30 Hours
Negative Marking Applicable

Do not forget to carry

Admit Card along with ID Proof, Blue/Black Ball Point Pen, Passport Size Photograph etc.

Never Carry

Bluetooth Device, Mobile Phone, Calculator, Pagers or any other electronic device inside the exam hall.

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

Candidates can check NDA 2021 examination dates for both January and June exam in the table below. However, these dates are tentative in nature, but it will help candidates for better planning of the exam:

Events Name NDA-I NDA-II
Notification release date January 2021 August 2021
Online registration will start from January 2021 August 2021
Registration will close on February 2021 September 2021
Admit card release date 2nd week of January 1st week of September
Entrance exam date April 2021 November 2021
Result announcement May 2021 November 2021

Eligibility Criteria 

The candidates must fulfil the basic eligibility requirements for appearing in NDA 2021 exam. You can obtain official notification from the UPSC’s website for detailed information on NDA 2021 eligibility requirements. However, candidates can also check the following information with regard to NDA eligibility criteria:


  • An Indian national/a subject of Nepal or Bhutan/ a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with an intention to settle down here permanently is eligible to apply.
  • An Indian origin person who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, the United Republic of Tanzania and Ethiopia or Vietnam with an intention to settle down here permanently will also be eligible.

Age Limit Criteria

  • Applicants should be born within 2nd July 2002 and 1st July 2005 for NDA-I exam.
  • Those who born within 2nd January 2003 and 1st January 2006 are eligible for NDA-II.

Gender & Marital Status

  • Male unmarried candidates are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must not for marriage until the completion of the training programme.

Academic Qualification

  • Army Wing: Candidate must have passed 12th class or equivalent exam from the recognized board for Army Wing. However, those who are appearing in the 12th class are eligible to apply.
  • Air Force & Naval Wing of NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at Indian Naval Academy: Candidate should have passed 12thclass or equivalent exam with Physics and Mathematics subjects from a recognized board/university. Candidates appearing in qualifying exam can also apply.

Physical Standards

  • Physical and mental strength are also the essential eligibility criteria which will also be examined.
  • It is also important to mention here that those who have withdrawn/resigned on disciplinary grounds from any institutions, training academies of Armed Forces will not be considered eligible.

NDA Application Form 2021: How to apply?

The candidates preparing for appearing in NDA 2021 exam, must verify their eligibility before making application form. Thereafter, candidates have to follow certain steps in order to submit the application form. You can check the following information in respect of NDA Application Form 2021:

  • Candidates can apply online at official website of the concerned authority which is UPSC.
  • First, collect all the necessary documents and information then go for registration.
  • NDA-I 2021 registration process will commence from 2nd week of January 2021 and NDA-II 2021 from 1st week of August 2021.
  • The registration includes filling up personal details including correspondence address, uploading of photograph and signature, details of educational qualification and payment of application fee.
  • Candidate should remember one thing that you can submit online one application and also ensure all information provided in the application form are correct.
  • Everyone should apply well in advance before the prescribed due date to avoid last hour rush or technical problem.
  • Must check all the entries before submitting the application form.
  • At the end after submitting the form, take printout out of the confirmation page or submitted application form for future reference.
  • There is no need to send hard copy of the confirmation page/application form to the UPSC.

Application fee

The application fee is Rs. 100/- for General and OBC category candidates. There is an exemption for SC/ST candidates and sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs. The Payment of application fee is an essential part to complete the registration process. Applicants can pay the fee through net banking, credit/debit card and bank challan. 

NDA Exam Pattern

Candidates should start preparation for NDA 2021 exam as per the prescribed examination scheme. It is a national level entrance exam where a large number of applicants participates in this exam. Therefore, candidates need to put all possible efforts to qualify the exam. Go through the following information in respect of NDA exam pattern:

  • The entrance test consists of two paper i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Paper-I is a test of candidate’s mathematical ability and Paper-II is a General Ability test.
  • The entrance test will be held through offline mode i.e. pen and paper-based mode.
  • Paper will consist of multiple choice questions where candidates have to pick right answer among given choices.
  • Questions will be available in both Hindi and English language.
  • Paper-I i.e. Mathematics will be of 300 marks and Paper-II i.e. General Ability will be of 600 marks.
  • The exam duration will be of 2.30 hours.
  • Negative marking is applicable in NDA exam for attempting wrong answer. For every wrong attempt, 1/3rd marks will be deducted.
Subjects Max Marks Duration
Mathematics 300 2.30 Hours
GAT (Section 1- English) 200 2.30 Hours
GAT (Section 2- General Knowledge) 400
Total Marks 900
SSB Interview Marks 900
Grand Total 1800

NDA Syllabus 2021

The aspirants must go through the NDA syllabus for better preparation of the exam. The syllabus of the NDA exam will consist of General Knowledge, English and Mathematics subjects. Check the following information with regard to the NDA 2021 syllabus:


Concept of set, operations on sets, operations on matrices, types of matrices, Venn Diagrams, Determinant of a Matrix, Trigonometric Identities Sum and Difference Formulae, Trigonometrical Ratios, Distance Formula, Equation of a Line in Various Forms, Distance of a Point From a Line, Angle between Two Lines, Composite Functions, Equation of a Circle in Standard and in General Form, Onto and Inverse Functions, One to One, Notion of Limit, Standard Limits, Statistics and Probability, etc.

General Aptitude Test (GAT):

English: Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension and Cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. This section is designed to check the candidate’s ability to understand the English language and use of words.

General Knowledge: This section covers the subjects like Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, History, Current Events, Freedom Movement, etc.

How to Prepare for NDA 2021 Exam?

The time you spend in preparation will play a crucial role in your performance during the exam. Hence, candidates must be serious enough to crack the exam. It will require a proper strategy to start preparation. Here are some of the preparation tips suggested below which you can implement:

  • Firstly, you are required to make a suitable study plan keeping in mind all the factors such as syllabus, important topics, weak subject, daily routine etc.
  • Collect all the information regarding prescribed NDA syllabus and examination scheme.
  • Prepare a good study timetable for preparation of the exam and follow the same passionately.
  • Collection of right and meaningful study material is also important for preparation. Hence, collect some good reference books and notes with regard to the NDA exam.
  • Solving previous year questions papers are also helpful as the practice helps in understanding the exam pattern including difficulty level of the questions.
  • Preparing short notes are also good for revision at the end.
  • Recommended to take care of your health and don’t take the unnecessary stress.

NDA Admit Card 2021

The NDA admit card will be available online at official website two or three weeks prior to the NDA exam. Candidates can download the NDA 2021 admit card from the website directly. The UPSC i.e. exam conducting authority will not send the hard copy of the admit card to any individual through any other mean.

After downloading the admit card, check particulars mentioned in the admit card. If you find any error or discrepancy in the admit card, report the same to the competent authority. Take print out of the admit card and carry the same on the day of the entrance test.

NDA Answer Keys 2021

The NDA answer keys will be available online. Candidates can check answer key for NDA 2021 exam through online mode. It is expected that the answer key will be available within a week after the date of the exam.

There will be different answer keys for different sets of papers. The candidates can calculate the expected score in the exam with the help of answer keys.

NDA 2021 Result

  • The UPSC will publish NDA result 2021 on its official website in due course of time after completion of the exam.
  • Candidates with the help of roll number/registration number and date of birth can avail their result from the website.
  • After getting the result, take a printout of the same for reference.
  • As per the merit list, those who qualify the written test will have to appear in SSB interview.
  • Final selection will depend on the candidate’s written exam performance, SSB Interview result, document verification etc.

NDA Selection Procedure (SSB Interview)

The candidates have to through certain steps in order to complete the selection process for NDA exam. Here is the crucial information below, check carefully:

  • First of all, the candidates have to appear in the written exam.
  • Thereafter, shortlisting will be done on the basis of candidates’ written exam performance.
  • Further, shortlisted candidates will have to go through SSB interview round.
  • There will be two stages i.e. State 1 and Stage 2 in NDA SSB interview.
  • During the Stage 1, candidates have to face OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating) and PP & DT (Picture Perception & Description Test).
  • On the basis of the Stage 1 performance, candidates will be selected for Stage 2 i.e Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.
  • The entire SSB Interview process will take four to five days to complete.
  • Shortlisted candidates after Stage 2, will be recommended for medical examination before final selections.
  • Candidates have to put 100% efforts to clear all the stages of the selections process.

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