UPSC NDA Registration | Know How To Register For UPSC NDA Online

National Defence Academy(NDA) Entrance exam is conducted by UPSC twice every year for recruitment into defense services namely Army, Navy, and Airforce. UPSC NDA Exam is held twice every year in the month of April and September. An unmarried male candidate qualifying the eligibility criteria prescribed by the National Defense Academy is allowed to register for UPSC NDA Online.

The registration process of UPSC NDA is completely online. However, candidates can submit the application fee in the bank with the e-challan that is generated during UPSC NDA registration.

Let us look at the timeline and other details related to UPSC NDA Exam below:

UPSC NDA Timeline

Here is the timeline followed by the NDA exam:

Event Date
Release of the notification 8th January 2020
Application Deadline 28th January 2020
UPSC NDA Exam Date 19th April 2020
Commencement of 145th course of NDA January 2021

Vacancies of UPSC NDA Exam 2020

A total of 418 vacancies across the Army, Navy and Air Force have been announced by the NDA and Naval Academy. The details of the same are below:

National Defence Academy(Posts) No of Posts Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry)
Army 208 48
Navy 42
Airforce 120
Ground Duty 28
Total 370 48

Exam Pattern of UPSC NDA Exam

The UPSC NDA Exam consists of a written examination and SSB interview process. The exam pattern for the UPSC NDA exam is given below:

Subject Marks Time Allotted
Mathematics 300 Marks 2 hours 30 minutes
General Ability Test (English and General Knowledge) 600 Marks  2 hours 30 minutes
SSB Interview 900 Marks -

Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer is applicable. Hence, candidates are advised to make only educated guesses.

Syllabus & Marking Scheme of UPSC NDA Exam

The syllabus of the Written Examination of UPSC NDA is mentioned below:

Mathematics- Questions from the following topics are asked in Maths:

  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry (2D and 3D)
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus & Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics & Probability

General Ability Test- Questions from the following areas are asked in General Ability Test:

  • English- Grammar, Vocabulary, and Comprehension [200 Marks]
  • Physics [100 Marks]
  • Chemistry [60 Marks]
  • Biology [40 marks]
  • History & Polity [80 Marks]
  • Geography [80 Marks]
  • Current Affairs [40 Marks]

UPSC NDA SSB Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Written Examination phase appear for SSB Interview Process. This is an intelligence and personality test conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). The candidates who qualify the Interview Process are finally shortlisted for the training course of NDA after which they are recruited into the defense services.

Note: The admission at all the stages of the examination is completely provisional and subject to cancellation if the proofs are not submitted by the candidate. Further, the date of the examination may be revised due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. Any update in this regard shall be posted here. Candidates are requested to follow us on our social media platforms for such updates

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