NDA 2021 - Dates, Exam (Nov 14), Answer key, Result, Cut off, Selection Process

NDA 2021 - Dates, Exam (Nov 14), Answer key, Result, Cut off, Selection Process

NDA 2021: The UPSC NDA 2 2021 exam has been held by UPSC on November 14. The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC NDA 2 answer key 2021 soon on the official website. Candidates will be provided a chance to raise objections against the UPSC NDA 2 2021 answer key till a certain time period. The final answer key will be released before to along with the declaration with the UPSC NDA 2 result 2021.

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    Check NDA 2 2021 exam analysis for Mathematics

  • 22 Oct 2021:

    NDA 2 admit card 2021 released.

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The UPSC has released the admit card 2021 in online mode on October 22. Earlier, the authorities opened the NDA application form filling window for the female candidates in online mode. The last date to register for the NDA 2 2021 exam was October 8th, 2021. Meanwhile, UPSC has released the UPSC calendar 2022 in online mode.

According to the UPSC calendar 2022, the NDA (1) 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on April 10, 2022 whereas NDA (2) exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 4, 2022. Indian Army has activated the NDA I 2021 SSB date selection link. The NDA -147 and NA -109 SSB date selection link will close on July 28, at 12:30 PM.

The NDA II 2021 exam was scheduled to be held on September 05, 2021 but it was held on November 14, 2021. UPSC released the NDA 02/2021 notification along with the NDA application form 2021 for 400 vacancies on June 9, 2021. The last date to apply for NDA 2 2021 is June 29. Candidates aged between 16.5 and 19.5 years and those who have passed 12th could apply for NDA exam 2021.

UPSC has also increased the number of exam centres for the NDA 2 2021 exam. The exam centres are now 75. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the NDA Exam written test followed by an SSB Interview. Check all details related to the NDA 2021 like how to apply, eligibility criteria, salary, syllabus, best books and more here.

What is the NDA full form?

The full form of NDA is National Defence Academy. It is commonly known as NDA by many. NDA exam is conducted conducted by UPSC to recruit class 12th passed students to defence services.

NDA Exam 2021 Overview



Exam Name


NDA Full Form

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

NDA 1 - April 18, 2021

NDA 2 - November 14, 2021

Commonly known as


Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam category


Exam level


Exam mode


Frequency of conduct

Twice a year


Written exam and SSB Interview

Exam cities


Scope of NDA

Admission to:

  1. Army

  2. Air force

  3. Air Force


NDA 1/2021 vacancies - 400

  • Army - 208

  • Navy - 42

  • Air Force - 120 (Including 28 for Ground Duties)

  • Naval Academy 30

NDA 2/2021 vacancies - 400

  • Army - 208

  • Navy - 42

  • Air Force - 120 (Including 28 for Ground Duties)

  • Naval Academy 30

What is NDA?

National Defence Academy (NDA) is an institute of global excellence in the field of military education. To get the most capable candidate admitted to NDA, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA exam twice a year. This exam is usually conducted in April (NDA/NA I), and in September (NDA/NA II). Male candidates who have qualified 12th can only apply for this exam.

Through NDA/NA I and NDA/NA II, UPSC seeks to fill up officer level vacancies in Army, Navy and Air Force. Naval Academy vacancies are also filled up through the NDA/NA/NA exam. The most important stage in the selection process of SSB NDA/NA is the 5-day rigorous test which is conducted in order to choose the best candidate. During these 5 days, candidates are tested on various grounds including their speed, intelligence, presence of mind, psychological and physical fitness.

NDA Important Dates 2021

Candidates must be aware of the NDA 2021 exam dates to track all events on time.

NDA Exam Dates 2021


NDA I 2021 Dates

NDA II 2021 DatesNDA I 2022 DatesNDA II Dates 2022

NDA exam 2021 notification

December 30, 2020

June 9, 2021

December 22, 2021

May 18, 2022

Start date of application form

December 30, 2020

June 9, 2021December 22, 2021May 18, 2022

Last date to submit the application form

January 19, 2021

June 29, 2021 (Closed)January 11, 2022June 24, 2022

Last date of fee payment online

January 19, 2021

June 29, 2021 (Closed)

To be announced

To be announced

Last date of offline fee payment

January 18, 2021

June 28, 2021 (Closed)

To be announced

To be announced

Start and end date to Fill NDA 2 application form for female candidates-September 24, 2021 toOctober 8, 2021

NDA application form withdrawal window

January 27, 2021 to February 02, 2021

July 6 to 12, 2021 (Window Active)

To be announced

To be announced

Admit Card

March 26, 2021

October 22, 2021

To be announced

To be announced

NDA 2021 Exam date

April 18, 2021

September 5, 2021(Postponed)November 14, 2021 (New date)April 10, 2022 (Sunday)September 4, 2022 (Sunday)

NDA result for written test

June 30, 2021 (Released)

To be announced

To be announced

To be announced

Final result

To be announced

To be announced

To be announcedTo be announced

NDA Vacancies 2021

UPSC has released 400 vacancies to be filled under the NDA 2 recruitment 2021. 400 vacancies were released under NDA 1/2021 recruitment too. Previous year in 2020, NDA 1 exam was held to recruit 418 candidates while in NDA 2 there were 413 vacancies released.

NDA Admit Card 2021

UPSC has released the NDA & NA 2 2021 admit card online on the official website on October 22. The NDA 1 2021 admit card was released on March 26 at upsc.gov.in. Candidates who have successfully submitted the application form will be issued the admit card. To download the NDA 2021 admit card aspirants will have to either use their registration number or roll number on the official website.

The NDA admit card 2021 will carry information such as candidate’s name, exam centre details, date, time of exam, roll number, category, photograph, signature and exam day guidelines etc. Candidates must carry their admit card to the examination centre along with the one of the prescribed photo ID proofs - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport.

NDA 2021 Exam Day Instructions

  • Candidates must carry the NDA admit card 2021 along with one photo-identity proof in original form to the exam centre.

  • Carry a clipboard or hardboard and a black ball pen for marking the responses.

  • Sheets for doing rough work will be provided by the invigilator in the exam hall.

  • Do not fold or damage the answer sheet.

  • Candidates must not carry any kind of books, notes, electronic gadgets, loose sheets, or calculator, mathematical and drawing instruments, stencils of maps, log tables, slide rules, test booklets or rough sheets in the exam hall.

  • Mobile phones, Bluetooth devices or smartwatches are strictly prohibited inside the exam hall.

  • Reach the exam centre at least one hour before the reporting time.

NDA Syllabus 2021

UPSC prescribes the syllabus of NDA 2021 for all aspirants and mentions it into the official notification. NDA exam syllabus contains topics and sub-topics on which the question paper will be based. The syllabus consists of questions from Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The standard of questions in the exam are of matriculation and 10+2 level. Candidates can check the NDA syllabus here.

NDA Exam Syllabus




Algebra, Matrices And Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry Of Two And Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus And Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics And Probability etc


English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, General Science, History, Freedom Movement etc., Current Events

NDA Exam Pattern 2021

Along with knowing the syllabus it is also advised to know about the NDA exam pattern as well. The exam pattern consists of the stages of the exam, time duration and marking scheme etc. NDA is conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam carries two papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The duration of each test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Mathematics paper carries a total of 120 questions while the GAT paper has 150 questions.

Maximum marks allotted to the written exam is 900. As per marking scheme, candidates with correct answers in mathematics will score 2.5 marks. For the correct answer in GAT, candidates will score 4 marks. For the wrong answer, 1/3 of marks assigned to that particular question will be deducted as penalty. The SSB Interview will be conducted for 900 marks.

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern


NDA Written exam

SSB Interview


Offline (Pen and Paper)

Offline (Group activities and Face to face interview


MathematicsGeneral Ability Test (GAT)

TestingPsychological TestGroup Testing Officers TestPersonal InterviewConference


5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each paper)

5 days

Total marks

900 marks

900 marks

Total questions

Maths - 120 questionsGAT - 150 questions


NDA Question Papers 2021

UPSC releases the set-wise official question paper of NDA on its official website a few days after the exam is conducted. The question paper helps in many ways, it helps in practicing, to know the difficulty level of the exam as well as to analyse the answer key of NDA 2021. Candidates are advised to use a timer while solving NDA question papers to increase the speed and accuracy.

NDA Previous Year Question Papers



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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021

To apply for UPSC NDA 2021, candidate's must meet the minimum eligibility criteria. These criteria are determined by the UPSC. NDA exam eligibility must be met on the grounds of the following factors:

NDA Exam Eligibility 2021



Age Limit

The age of candidates applying for NDA must be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and no later than July 1, 2005)

Educational Qualification

For Army wing, candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC

For Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have passed Class 12 with Physics and Mathematics

Physical Measurement

For Army, Navy and Naval Academy - 157 cm (minimum)

For Air Force - 162.5 cm (minimum)

NDA Application Form 2021

UPSC has started the registration process for NDA 2 2021 exam for the female candidates from September 24 and the last date to fill the NDA 2 2021 application form is October 8, 2021. Earlier UPSC released the NDA 2 application form 2021 on June 9. The last date to fill the application form was June 29. Eligible candidates were able to fill the NDA application form in two parts. In part I, they had to register for the NDA exam 2021 by filling in the basic information.

In part II, they had to pay examination fees, select examination centre, upload photograph and signature. Candidates can edit details in NDA application form 2021 within the prescribed date of application. The application fee for general category candidates is Rs. 100 while SC/ ST candidates, Sons of JCOs, NCOs and ORs are exempted from paying the fee for NDA application form.

How to fill NDA Application Form 2021?

In order to fill the application form of NDA exam 2021, candidates have to fill in following two parts:

  • Part I of NDA application form

  • Registration (filling basic details)

  • Part II of NDA 2021 application form

  • Payment of application fee

  • Selection of examination centres

  • Uploading signature and photograph (20 kb to 300 kb)

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NDA 2021 Application Fee



General and OBC

Rs. 100

SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs

Exempted from fee payment

Withdrawal of NDA Application Form 2021

The NDA 2/2021 form withdrawal window opened on July 6 and last date withdraw application form was July 12. Candidates who change their mind to not take the NDA 2021 exam can withdraw their application form within the prescribed time. UPSC releases the facility to withdraw application form on the official website. Candidates must note that on withdrawal of the application form, the application fee paid by them will not be refunded.

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NDA Result 2021

UPSC released the NDA 1 2021 exam result on June 30. UPSC declares the result of NDA 2021 written exam at upsc.gov.in. The result of NDA is declared in online mode in PDF format and comprises the roll numbers and names of all the qualified candidates. On the basis of the result of the written exam, candidates are selected for the SSB Interview. After which, UPSC will prepare the final merit list.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the written exam as well as the SSB Interview. Final admission will be offered to candidates on the basis of their rank as per the merit list. UPSC also releases the scorecard of NDA 2021 exam on its official website within 15 days from the date of announcement of final NDA result. The scorecard will be available to download for a period of 30 days. The NDA scorecard displays the following details –

  • Candidate’s name

  • Roll numbers

  • Sectional and overall scores

NDA Answer Key 2021

UPSC releases the official NDA 2021 answer key after the declaration of the final result. However, major coaching institutes release unofficial NDA answer keys within a few hours from the conclusion of the exam. Candidates will be able to download the answer key for all sets of subjects, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Using answer keys, they will be able to check correct answers to each question asked in the exam, and calculate their marks as well as spectate their chances of qualification.

NDA Cut off 2021

The NDA cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to score in order to qualify the exam. NDA cut off is applied for written exam and SSB Interview. UPSC releases the cut off for written exam and final selection. NDA cut off 2021 for written examination will be calculated out of 900 marks.

Based on NDA cut off of written examination, candidates will be selected for SSB Interview. UPSC will decide the final cut off out of 1800 marks (900 for written exam and 900 for SSB Interview). The final merit list of NDA will be prepared on the basis of the final cutoff. Candidates can check previous years’ cut off.

NDA I Cut off - 2019


Written exam (out of 900)

SSB Interview (out of 900)

Final Cut off (Out off 1800)


342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)



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How to prepare for NDA 2021?

It is one of the toughest and most competitive exams in India. In order to start the preparation, candidates must know the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus of the exam. Here are some points, which can help candidates ace the exam preparations.

  • Go through the NDA exam pattern to know about the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc. asked in the exam. By getting the idea of the exam pattern, candidates will be able to optimise the plan about how to prepare for the NDA exam.

  • Refer to the best books to prepare for NDA. The best books cover the whole syllabus. By referring to these books candidates will be able to get a detailed explanation of each topic in an effective manner.

  • It is important for candidates to make an effective study plan and follow it. By following the study plan, they will be able to devote equal time and attention to both the papers, topics and sub-topics.

  • Candidates must regularly practice from previous years question papers of NDA 2021. Solving previous years question papers will boost the confidence as well and enhance problem-solving skills. Candidate's will also be able to know the difficulty level of questions asked in the exam, paper pattern and trend of questions.

  • Along with studying for the exam, candidates must take as many mock tests as possible. The mock test can help candidates measure their preparation level and help them identify their weaker points, question-solving speed, accuracy etc.

NDA Selection Process 2021

As per the selection process of NDA, there are two stages in the exam - written exam and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. All those who qualify in the NDA written exam will only be able to appear for SSB interview, the SSB will be conducted over a course of 5-6 or 7 days.

Written Exam- Candidates who successfully submit their application and are issued the admit card will be able to appear for the written exam. The written exam will be held for two papers -Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who score marks equal to or more than the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam will be called for the SSB Interview.

NDA 2021 SSB Interview - The SSB Interview is conducted to test the intelligence and personality of the candidates. The process is broadly scheduled for 5 days. During these days, the selected candidates are subject to various tests to examine their further competencies. These five days include Testing, Psychological Test, Group Testing Officers Test, Personal Interview and the Conference round.

SSB interview includes Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test which is Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) whereas stage II includes Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. Candidates who qualify all these stages will be finally recommended for the academy. There are 5 stages in the interview and group discussion of SSB NDA/NA. Candidates can check the stages below.

SSB Interview Stages

S. No


Activities conducted



  • Screening

  • Verbal and Non-verbal test

  • PPDT


Psychological Test

  • Thematic Apperception Test [TAT]

  • Word Association Test [WAT]

  • Situation Reaction Test [SRT]

  • Self Description Test [ SD]


Group Testing Officers Test

  • Group Discussion (GD)

  • Group Planning Exercise (GPE)

  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)

  • Half Group Task (HGT)

  • Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)

  • Command Task

  • Snake race/Group Obstacle Race

  • Individual lecture

  • Final Group Task (FGT)


Personal Interview



NDA Salary 2021

Candidates who get admitted to the National Defence Academy (NDA) are entitled to a remuneration during the training period as well. Cadets are entitled to a stipend of Rs. 21,000/- p.m. during the training period at Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA). Along with the stipend, cadets also get various allowances. The table below contains the pay scale and allowances of Army Officers, Officers in the Air Force, and Navy.

NDA Salary 2021


Rank Pay (in Rupees)

Lieutenant to Major

15,600 - 39,100/-

Lieutenant Colonel to Major General

37,400 - 67,000/-

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

67,000 - 79,000/-

HAG+ Scale

75,500 - 80,000/-

Vice Chief of Army Staff/Army Cdr/ Lieutenant General (NFSG)


Chief of Army Staff

90,000/- (fixed)

Along with the basic pay, the Officers get the following allowances:

  • Dearness Allowances (DA)

  • Uniform allowance

  • Transport allowance (TA)

  • Highly Active Field Area Allowance (As per the post)

  • Compensatory Field Area (As per post)

  • Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance (As per post)

Previous Year's NDA Stats

The table below contains the number of candidates recommended for NDA from 2017 to 2019


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