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NDA 2021 Notification - National Defence Academy/ Naval Academy 2021

NDA Exam 2021 (I) Notification - UPSC National Defence Academy has released notification for NDA & NA Exam (I) 2021 scheduled to be held in the month of April 2021. The NDA Exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on April 18, 2021 for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA, and for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). 
UPSC exam for admission to National Defence Academy NDA and Indian Naval Academy NA is conducted twice every year by UPSC.


Also see :UPSC NDA 2021 Exam (I) Admit Card released, download now!


NDA Notification 2021 Highlights

Conducted by

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy (NDA & NA) Written Exam

For Joining

Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) as an officer

Level of Exam

National Level

NDA Exam Dates 2021



UPSC NDA 1 2020 Application process starts on

30th December  2020

Last Date for Submission of Applications

19th January 2021

Download of NDA (I) 2021 Admit Cars

March 2021

UPSC NDA I Exam Date 2021

18th April  2021

Declaration of Result

May 2021

Eligibility Criteria for NDA (I)  2020


A candidate must be unmarried male and must be :

  • a citizen of India
  •  a subject of Bhutan,
  •  a subject of Nepal
  •  a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  •  a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits

  • Only unmarried male candidates born between July 2, 2002 – July 1, 2005

Physical Standards

  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2021 as per guidelines

Educational Qualifications

Also see : UPSC NDA, NA (I) 2020 Final result declared


For Army Wing of NDA

12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

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 University.

  • For Air Force & Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian.
  • 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

How to Apply for NDA (I) 2021 - Application Process

  • Candidates are required to apply online through the website
  • Candidates should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form.
  • The same photo ID card will also have to be uploaded with the Online Application Form. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/SSB.
  • Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the official website:

Application Fee


Rs.100/- (Rupees one hundred only)

Mode of Payment

Any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card

NDA (I) 2021 Selection Process

Also see : NDA, NA (I) 2021 Application Process begins, last date January 19


  • The Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission at their discretion.
  • Such candidates shall appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test where candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officers Potentiality and those for the Air Force in addition to the above will have to qualify Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS).
  • Candidates with Air Force as one of the choices would also undergo CPSS if they qualify SSB and are willing.

Scheme of NDA Entrance Exam



Maximum Marks


2½ Hours


General Ability Test

2½ Hours


Total marks


SSB Test/Interview

  • The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only
  • The question papers (test booklets) of mathematics and part “b” of general ability test will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
  • In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.
  • The Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects at the examination. The candidates are not permitted to use a calculator or Mathematical or logarithmic table for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Two-Stage Selection Procedure

  • Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test has been introduced at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards.
  • All the candidates will be put to stage-one test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests.
  • Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of: (i) Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, (ii) Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

NDA Exam Centres




Prayagraj (Allahabad)

























Panaji (Goa)


Port Blair











UPSC NDA (I) Syllabus

  • UPSC NDA I Syllabus will consist of subjects like Mathematics and General Ability. General Ability covers English, Chemistry, General Science and General Knowledge. Check syllabus topics in the table below:


Matrices and Determinations; Algebra; Trigonometry; Differential Calculus; Integral Calculus and Differential Equations; Statics and Probability; Vector Algebra; Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimension

General Ability Test

English; Chemistry; General Science; History Freedom, Movement; Current Events; Geography

NDA (I) Admit Card 2021


NDA admit cards will be made available one month before the exam i.e. in the first week of August according to the official notification. Candidates are required to enter their Registration ID and Date of Birth in order to download the NDA admit card 2021.


Details like name of the candidate, roll number, exam centre, date and time of the examination, venue of the exam will be mentioned on the admit card


Candidates are also required to carry valid ID proofs and two passport-sized photographs to the exam centre.

UPSC NDA 1 2021 Result

  • The Result of NDA 1 2021 will be released after the written exam and release of answer key on the website.


For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website

Also see : NDA, NA (I) 2021 Application Process to begin from December 30