NDA 2020

NDA or National Defence Academy is an elite Defence Institution that has been serving undauntedly to train young boys into brave men. UPSC conducts NDA Exam twice every year to select eligible candidates for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy. Let's look into the details for the upcoming NDA Exam 2020.

NDA 2020 Notification

NDA 2020 Notification has been released the short notification by Union Public Service Commission. NDA 1 Notification Link will be active on 8th January 2020. A total of 415 vacancies have been declared for NDA 2020 Exam. NDA 1 2020 written examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 19th April 2020. Candidates can read the Official Link NDA 1 Notification 2020 once as it has been updated by UPSC.

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NDA Apply Online 2020 Started

NDA 2020 Online Application started on 8th January 2020. The Apply Online Link for NDA 1 Exam will be deactivated on 26th January 2020. Candidates are also given the option to withdraw their Application form for NDA 1 2020 Exam if he/she had applied for the exam from 26th January 2020. The last day to withdraw NDA Application Form is 26th January 2020.

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NDA 2020 Application Fee

To successfully submit the Online Application form for NDA 2020 Exam, a candidate must pay the required Application Fee. NDA 2020 Application Fee for candidates belonging to GENERAL/OBC category is Rs. 100/-. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/Female Category are exempted from paying any application fee for the NDA 1 exam.

NDA 1 Vacancy 2020

A total of 415 vacancy has been declared for NDA 1 Exam 2020 for the two academies. Let's have a look at the detailed Vacancy for NDA 1 Exam.

Academy Name Vacancy
National Defence Academy 342 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 92 for Air Force)
Indian Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 50
Total 392

NDA Admit Card 2019

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) will be releasing NDA 1 Admit Card 2019 shorlty. Canddiates will be able to download the Admit card from the link provided below after it has been made available by UPSC.

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NDA Exam Dates 2019

NDA 1 exam dates are yet to be released by UPSC. Let's have a look at the complete schedule for NDA 1 2019 exam.

Event NDA 1 Dates NDA 2 Dates
Notification Date 9th January 2019 7th August 2019
Commencement of Application Form 9th January 2019 7th August 2019
Last Date to Apply Online 4th February 2019 (till 6:00 PM) 3rd September 2019
Commencement of the window to withdraw application form 8th February 2019 September 2019
Last date to withdraw the application form 14th February 2019 (till 6:00 PM) September 2019
Release of Admit Card March 2019 September 2019
Commencement of NDA 1 Exam 21st April 2019 17th November 2019
Declaration of NDA 1 Result July 2019 October 2019

NDA Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NDA 1 Exam 2019, a candidate must be unmarried. There are other criterias that a candidate must fulfill. Let's have a look at the same.


The Unmarried Male Candidate must be:

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 2000 and not later than 1st July, 2003 are eligible. The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Secondary School Examination or an equivalent examination certificates.

Educational Qualifications

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University

Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy

A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply

Non-eligibility of Candidates for NDA 1 Exam 2019

  • Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.
  • Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date (i.e. 24th December, 2019) and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever
  • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
  • Those candidates who have failed CPSS/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

NDA Exam Pattern

To appear for NDA 1 Exam 2019, a candidate must be acquainted with NDA 2019 exam pattern. Let's have a look at the same.

NDA 2019 will be conducted in two stages:

A candidate who successfully clears both these tests and maake it to the merit list generated by UPSC with the cumulative score of Written Exam and the SSB will be considered for final selection.

Exam Pattern for NDA 1 Written exam

Serial Number Subjects Code Maximum Marks Duration
1. Mathematics 01 300 2.5 hours
2. General Ability Test 02 600 2.5 Hours
Total 900 5 hours

An SSB Test of 900 Marks will be conducted for selected candidates through written exam

NDA 1 Syllabus 2019

The Written Exam will comprise of Mathematics & General Ability Test. Let's have a look at the syllabus for the same.


Section Topics
  • Concept of set
  • operations on sets
  • Venn diagrams
  • De Morgan laws
  • Cartesian product
  • Correlation
  • equivalence relation
  • Representation of real numbers on a line
  • Complex numbers—basic properties
  • modulus
  • argument
  • cube roots of unity
  • Binary system of numbers
  • Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versav
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometric and Harmonic progressions
  • Quadratic equations with real coefficients
  • Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Binomial theorem and its applications
  • Logarithms and their applications
  • Matrices & Determinants
  • Types of matrices
  • operations on matrices
  • Determinant of a matrix
  • basic properties of determinants
  • Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix
  • 18 Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.
  • Trigonometry
  • Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians
  • Trigonometrical ratios
  • Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae
  • Multiple and Sub-multiple angles
  • Inverse trigonometric functions
  • Applications-Height and distance
  • properties of triangles
  • Analytical Geometry of Two & Three Dimensions
  • Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system
  • Distance formula
  • Equation of a line in various forms
  • Angle between two lines
  • Distance of a point from a line
  • Equation of a circle in standard and in general form
  • Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbolav
  • Eccentricity and axis of a conic
  • Point in a three dimensional space
  • distance between two points
  • Direction Cosines and direction ratios
  • Equation two points
  • Direction Cosines and direction ratios
  • Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.
  • Differential Calculus
  • Concept of a real valued function–domain range and graph of a function
  • Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions
  • Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples
  • Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions
  • Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications
  • Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function
  • Second order derivatives
  • Increasing and decreasing functions
  • Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.
  • Differential & Integral Equations
  • Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions
  • Evaluation of definite integrals— determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications
  • Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of Application in problems of growth and decay.
  • Vector Algebra
  • Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector.
  • Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors.
  • Vector product or cross product of two vectors.
  • Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.
  • Statistics
  • Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples.
  • Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—examples.
  • Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode.
  • Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison.
  • Correlation and regression.
  • Probability
  • Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events.
  • Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events.
  • Definition of probability—classical and statistical— examples.
  • Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems.
  • Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems.
  • Random variable as function on a sample space.
  • Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.
  • General Ability Test

    Section Topics
  • Grammar and usage
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension
  • cohesion
  • GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Section ‘A’ (Physics)
  • Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer. Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.
  • Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat.
  • Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments.
  • Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.
  • Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet. Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.
  • General Principles in the working of the following: Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.
  • Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)
  • Physical and Chemical changes.
  • Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).
  • Properties of Air and Water.
  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon— different forms.
  • Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial.
  • Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder.
  • Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency
  • Section ‘C’ (General Science)
  • Difference between the living and non-living.
  • Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues.
  • Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.
  • Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs.
  • Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.
  • Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet.
  • The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.
  • Achievements of Eminent Scientists.
  • Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)
  • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.
  • 21 Freedom Movement in India.
  • Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration.
  • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India.
  • Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development.
  • Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence.
  • French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution.
  • Impact of Science and Technology on Society.
  • Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism.
  • Role of India in the present world.
  • Section ‘E’ (Geography)
  • International Date line
  • Movements of Earth and their effects.
  • Origin of Earth.
  • Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World.
  • Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation.
  • Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities.
  • Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India
  • Section ‘F’ (Current Events)
  • Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years.
  • Current important world events.
  • Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.
  • NDA Result 2019

    The Result for NDA 1 will be declared separately for candidates selected for SSB and for the final selection. After the Written Exam has been conducted by UPSC for NDA 1 exam 2019, result will be declared in which the list will be generated for the students selected for the SSB Round. The cumulative score of the Written Exam and the SSB round will be further considered to deduce the final Merit List. Keep visiting the page, to remain updated about the upcoming NDA 1 Result 2019.

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    NDA Cut Off 2019

    To get an idea of the expected cut off for NDA 1 Exam 2019, let's have a look at the previous year cut off for NDA Exam.

    NDA (I) Cut-Offs

    Year NDA I (Out of 900) NDA II (Out of 900)
    2017 342 official )25% sectional cut off Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks)) 708 258 (With at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 624
    2016 288 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 656 229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last candidate in the merit order (out of 1800 marks) 602
    2015 306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800 marks) 674 269 (With at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 637
    2014 334 368
    2013 337 313
    2012 333 322

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