NDA 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates & Other Information


NDA means National Defence Academy. UPSC organizes the NDA (Union Public Service Commission). It is a national entrance exam that takes place once a year.

Skilled candidates will be able to join the Indian Navy, Indian Military, and Indian Air Force training academies after passing the NDA test. Candidates would also have to go through the SSB Interview round after passing the written exam.

National Defence Academy all applications submitted for the only online mode and Exam Mode is Offline. Candidates who pass the written exam, SSB interview, and medical exam will be considered for admission into the NDA.

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Application Form

Candidates must read the following information about the NDA Application Form:

  • Students must apply for NDA 2021 registration via the website’s online mode.
  • No other method of application submission is permitted.
  • Just one application form should be submitted by students. If more than one application is submitted, the application with the highest registration id (the most recent) will be considered, and the remaining applications will be automatically canceled.
  • At the time of application, candidates must have a photo ID, such as an Aadhaar card, voter ID, PAN card, passport, or driving license.
  • Part I and Part II of the online application form are available for candidates to complete.
  • Candidates must fill out their essential and other information in Part I of the application process.
  • Students must upload a photograph and signature, choose an exam center, and pay the application fee as part of the Part II application process.
  • After the form has been submitted, no changes to the application information will be permitted.

Application Fee

  • General Category Candidates: Rs.100/-
  • SC/ST category and wards of NCOs/ JCOs/Ors: No charged

Payment Option

  • Debit Card
  • Net banking
  • e-challan of SBI Bank

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must read the NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria before filling out the application form:

  • The applicant must be an Indian resident, a Bhutanese subject, a Nepalese subject, or a Tibetan refugee. (came to India before January 1, 1962, with the goal of settling there permanently)
  • Those who have migrated to India from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire, Vietnam, or Ethiopia with the intention of settling in India are also qualifying.
  • Foreign nationals (except for the Gorkhas) will be allowed to display a government of India eligibility certificate.

Gender, Age, and Marital Status:

  • The age of the candidate should be between 16.5 and 19.5 years old. He must have been born between July 2, 2002, and July 1, 2005, to be eligible for NDA I. He must have been born between January 2nd, 2003 and January 1st, 2006 to be eligible for NDA II.
  • For the NDA, only men are qualified to apply.
  • The male nominee for NDA must be single. Candidates would not be permitted to marry until they have completed their training time.


  • Passed 10th and 12th grades from a recognized board or university for the Army Wing of the National Defense Academy.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Passed 10th and 12th grade with Physics and Mathematics as key subjects from a recognized board or university.
  • Candidates who are already enrolled in 12th grade or who are awaiting their results are eligible to apply.

Physical stamina:

  • Those that have resigned or withdrawn from either of the Armed Forces’ training academies due to disciplinary reasons will not be considered.
  • For admission to the NDA, candidates must be physically fit according to the commission’s requirements.

Exam Pattern

Candidates must read the following information about the NDA Exam Pattern:

  • Exam Mode: The NDA exam will be administered twice in Pen and Paper format.
  • Language of the Paper: The paper will be written in either English or Hindi.
  • The type of questions posed in the paper will be objective in nature.
  • The test will be divided into two sections: mathematics and general ability.
  • The paper will be worth 900 points (300 for math and 600 for general ability). The interview round (SSB) will also be worth 900 points.
  • The paper will take 5 hours to complete (212 hours per section).
  • For each incorrect answer, 33 percent of the mark given to the question will be deducted.

Tips for Preparation

Candidates can use the following tips and tricks to help them prepare for the NDA exam:

  • Students should begin their exam preparation earlier.
  • Make a research schedule for yourself and stick to it.
  • Solve previous year’s questions and sample articles.
  • Prepare for the exam by using suitable study material that has been highly recommended by experts.
  • Take a practice test to assess your level of readiness.

Admit Card

NDA 2021 Admit Card releasing in online mode. Candidates will receive their admit cards three weeks prior to the test. By entering their login credentials, students can download their admit cards.

The admit card contains information such as the student’s exam center, name, roll number, exam date and time, exam center address, and other pertinent information. If there is a difference in the information on the admit card, contact the officials right away.

Admit Card (2021)

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Answer Key

Various coaching institutions have published the NDA Response Key. UPSC does not publish an official response key.

It comes in a variety of sets for different subjects. The key will only be accessible online and will not be available in any other form.

Candidates can measure their expected NDA score using the response key. It will be available in PDF format for download.


The outcome of NDA I 2021 will be announced online in the month of May 2021. It will be made available as a PDF document.

In the case of NDA II, the results will be released in May 2021. The names of the eligible candidates will be included in the PDF version of the result.

Students who pass the written exam with the required score will be eligible for further counseling and a medical examination.

Result (2021)

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