National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination-1 2020

Admit card: 24 Jun 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Admit card: 24 Jun 2020

NDA Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 100
  • Number Of Attempts:2
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

NDA(1) 2020(Postponed): Admit card(Delayed), Exam Pattern

Updated On - June 04 2020 by Swagota Nandi

NDA 1 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic situation that has arisen because of COVID 19.  It is expected that UPSC will announce the new dates of the exam at the official website after 05 June 2020. National Defence Academy is an entrance exam organized at the national level for the candidates who wish to be a part of the Indian Navy, Air Force, and Army. NDA is organized twice a year i.e. NDA(1) April session and NDA(2) November session by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The candidates are firstly supposed to clear the written test by scoring the minimum cut off marks. After which they can appear for 5- Days Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview round and hence get admission into National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The candidates after qualifying the interview round of SSB have to go through the medical examination and document verification procedure. Read the article for more information and the latest notifications related to UPSE NDA (1) 2020.

Latest Updates

  • NDA 2 2020 exam has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Indian Army canceled all SSB Interviews due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus. Navy and Air force are expected to do the same.
  • NDA(1) Admit Card will be released three weeks before the examination.

NDA(1) 2020 Important Dates

Candidates must have information about the important dates of the NDA exam. UPSC NDA exam dates are given in the table below:

NDA(1) 2020 Exam Dates

NDA(1) 2020 Events

Important Dates

Application Form availability date

08 January 2020

Application Form last date

28 January 2020(till 6:00 PM)

Application form withdraw starting date

04 February 2020

Application form withdraw ending date

11 February 2020(till 5:30 PM)

Admit Card Release date

Three weeks before the examination

NDA(1) 2020 Exam Date

19 April 2020
New date to be announced

Result Declaration Date

The third week of June 2020(tentatively)

These are the latest updated dates of the National Defence Academy by UPSC.

NDA(1) 2020 Application Form

The detailed information regarding NDA(1) 2020 Application form is given below:

  • NDA(1) 2020 application form was available from 08 January 2020 and the last date to fill the form was 28 January 2020.
  • Application Form was available on the official website.
  • Also, candidates could withdraw their applications from 04 February 2020 to 11 February 2020 till 5:30 PM.
  • Before filling the application form candidates must go through the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants must give their valid and active e-mail id while filling up the online application form as the Commission will be using the email id provided by applicants to contact the candidates.
  • Candidates must submit only one application. If they are submitting another/multiple applications then they need to make sure that the application having higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects such as applicants' details, examination center, signature, photograph, photo identity card document, fee, etc. The fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID
  • Candidate should also have details of anyone photo ID like Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/ any other photo ID card issued by the state or central government.
  • The same photo ID should be uploaded with the online application form.
  • The photo ID will be used as future reference and the candidates need to carry the same while appearing for exam/SSB.
  • While filling the application form, the candidate should carefully choose the Centre for the Examination.

NDA(1) 2020 Application Fee

Details about the UPSC NDA(1) 2020 application fee charged for the candidates belonging to different categories are given in the table below:

NDA(1) 2020 Application Fee



General Category / OBC Candidates


SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officer) /NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) /Ors (Other Ranks of Army) and equivalent ranks in the Indian Navy/Indian Air Force


Mode of Payment: The payment of NDA(1) application fees could be done in both online and offline methods. Candidates must keep in mind that the application fee will not be refunded back.

  • Offline: Applicants who opt for 'Pay by Cash' mode, should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day.

Note: Pay by cash mode option was deactivated at 11:59 PM of 27 January 2020 ( one day before the closing date)

  • Online: Candidates can pay the application fee either by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Credit/Debit Card. 

Note: The banking payment mode was applicable till the closing date i.e. till 6:00 P.M. of 28 January 2020.

NDA(1) 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates need to carefully go through the NDA(1) 2020 Eligibility Criteria given below and thereby check their eligibility before they apply for the exam:

  • Gender: Only male candidates can apply for the exam.
  • Nationality: Citizen of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibetan those came over to India before 01 January 1962 to permanently settle in India or person of Indian those have migrated from Burma, Pakistan,  Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.
  • Candidates belonging to another state must have the certificate of eligibility which has been issued by the Government of India.
  • NDA exam Age Limit: Candidates born between 02 January 2001 to 01 January 2004 are eligible to apply.
  • Marital status: Only unmarried aspirants are eligible.
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:
      • Candidate must have cleared their 10+ 2 level or equivalent examination.
      • Senior secondary school certificate should be from a recognized board/ council. 
    • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: 
      • Candidate must have cleared their 10+ 2 level or equivalent examination.
      • Senior secondary school certificate should be from a recognized board/ council. 
      • Candidate must have Physics and Mathematics in his 10+2 level.
  • Those aspirants who are in class 12th can also apply for the examination. But at the time counseling candidate have to submit their 10+2 certificate.
  • Physical Standards: Candidate should be physically fit. If not candidate will be rejected in the medical round.

NDA(1) 2020 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the NDA(1) 2020 Exam Pattern and hence accordingly prepare for the test:

NDA(1) 2020 Exam Pattern
Exam Mode Offline (PBT)
Question Paper Type Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Medium  English and Hindi
Negative Marking

For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded in Maths

For every correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded in General Ability Test

For every incorrect answer, one Third (0.33) marks will be deducted

Exam Duration

Mathematics - 150 minutes (Two and a half hours)

General Ability Test - 150 minutes (Two and a half hours)

Candidates can check the Subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:




Maximum Marks



2½ Hours


General Ability Test


2½ Hours






SSB Test/Interview




NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus

The NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus includes many topics from the following subjects:

1. Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability 

2. General Ability Test

PART A - English: Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test.

PART B - General Knowledge: 

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Social Studies
  • Geography 
  • Current Events

Candidate can check NDA(1) 2020 Information Bulletin

NDA(1) 2020 - Number of Vacancies

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be as under:

National Defence Academy (NDA) 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air (including 28 for Ground Duties)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)  45

The candidates who are willing to appear in UPSC NDA(1) 2020 exam can go through the complete article to get all the important information related to UPSC 2020 NDA entrance exam.

NDA(1) 2020 Admit Card

The vital information regarding NDA(1) 2020 Admit card is given below:

  • The NDA(1) 2020 Admit Card will be released three weeks before the examination
  • The new exam date of NDA(1) will be announced soon.
  • Candidates will have to enter their login id credentials and other details to download their NDA admit card.
  • Candidates can download e-Admit Card from the UPSC website.
  • In case, there is any mistake in the details printed on the Admit Card, the candidates must immediately contact the official authority.
  • Also, they must immediately contact the Commission in case of any discrepancies while downloading the admit card.

NDA Answer Key 2020

Once the entrance exam of NDA 2020 will be over, UPSC will release the answer key of the examination online at the UPSC website. Candidate has to visit the website, upsc.gov.in to download the NDA 2020 answer key as per the set. One must ensure that they download the correct set of the answer key. The answer keys can be used to calculate the estimated score in the examination as they consist of all the correct answers to the set of questions provided in the exam.

NDA(1) 2020 Result 

The detailed information detailed NDA(1) 2020 result is given below:

  • The result of NDA(1) will be released in the third week of June 2020.
  • The scorecard will be released in the form of a merit list.
  • The list will contain roll numbers of selected candidates.
  • Candidate can download the PDF of the result can check their result.

Two-Stage Selection Process

Candidates qualifying the written test will have to undergo the Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test introduced at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards by the Service Selection Board (SSB).

  • All the aspirants 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 stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests.
  • Those aspirants who qualify stage II will be required to submit the Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of: 
  1. Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth
  2. Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification. 

NDA(1) 2020 Exam Centre

Candidates should check the NDA 1 2020 Exam Centre list which is mentioned below:

  • Agartala
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aizawl
  • Prayagraj (Allahabad)
  • Bengaluru
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Cuttack
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwad
  • Dispur
  • Gangtok
  • Hyderabad
  • Imphal
  • Itanagar
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jorhat
  • Kochi
  • Kohima
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Patna
  • Port Blair
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Sambalpur
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Srinagar
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tirupati
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam

NDA(1) 2020 Entrance Exam Highlights

The vital information regarding NDA(1) 2020 exam is given below:

Name of the exam

National Defence Academy 1 2020 (NDA(1) 2020)

Exam conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


National level entrance exam

NDA Official website


Exam Mode

Written Test (Pen and Paper-based Test)

Exam purpose

To determine the eligibility of the candidates who wish to be a part of the Indian Navy, Air Force, and Army.

Stay connected to National Defence Academy[NDA] connected by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

About UPSC

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is India’s central recruitment agency for government vacancies. It takes care of the appointments and examination to All India Service and Group A and Group B of Central Services. The Commission was formed on 01 October 1926. UPSC headquarters are located at Dholpur House, New Delhi while it functions through its own secretariat. 

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NDA Important Dates

NDA 2019 Form Date08 Jan - 28 Jan 2020
Admit Card Downloading Date24 Jun 2020 (Tentative)
Result Date15 Jul 2020 (Tentative)

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination-1 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:0.33 mark will be deducted for wrong answer

Paper 2
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:


NOTE:1.33 marks will be deducted for wrong answer

1General Mental Ability1504600

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

08 Jan 2020

Form End Date:

28 Jan 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 28 Jan 2020
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