NDA 2021: Admit Card, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation Tips

NDA 2021 Admit Card is releasing in February/ March 2021Exam Dates have been released. NDA is organised by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). It is a national level entrance exam that is held every year. Through the NDA exam, the qualified candidates will become eligible for selection into the Indian Navy, Indian Military, and Air Force training academies. After clearing the written test, candidates will also go through the SSB Interview round. Candidates qualifying for the written test, SSB interview & medical test will be considered eligible for entry into NDA. In this article, we have provided complete details regarding NDA 2021 admit card, dates. Exam pattern, syllabus, etc.

NDA 2021 Notifications – Admit Card in Feb/ March 

  • NDA I 2021 Admit Card is releasing in February/ March 2021.
  • NDA I and II 2021 Exam Dates have been released. The exam will be held on 18th April 2021 (for NDA I) and 5th September 2021 (for NDA II).

NDA 2021 Highlights

What is the age limit for NDA 2021? – Between 16.5 to 19.5 years

When will be NDA 2021 exam organised? – 18th April 2021 (NDA I) and 5th September 2021 (NDA II)

Are female candidates eligible to apply for NDA 2021? No.

How many attempts can be made for the NDA exam? No attempt limit prescribed. You can attempt the exam if you satisfy the age criteria.

When can I register for NDA 2021? – 30th December 2020 (NDA I) & 9th June 2021 (NDA II)

Can Non- science background students apply for NDA? Yes, such candidates can only apply for the Indian Army wing of the NDA.

Is the exam pattern of NDA different for the students with Non- Science background? – No.

Are there any changes in NDA 2021 Syllabus? – No.

Can I apply for both the NDA I & II exam? Yes

Are Body tattoos allowed? Yes

In what mode will be the NDA exam conducted? – Offline (PBT)

NDA 2021 Exam Dates

Know about NDA Exam Dates for various events in the below-given table:

Events Dates 2021 (Announced)
Release of Notification 30th December 2020 9th June 2021
Availability of Application Form 30th December 2020 9th June 2021
Last date to apply 19th January 2021 29th June 2021
Last date to pay the fee by cash 18th January 2021  –
Withdraw of application 27th January to 2nd February 2021
Availability of Admit card March 2021 August 2021
NDA 2021 Exam 18th April 2021 5th September 2021
Declaration of Result May 2021 November 2021
SSB interview July to September 2021

NDA 2021 Admit Card

The admit card of NDA 2021 will be available for download from February/ March 2021 for NDA Session I. NDA Admit card for session II will be available from August 2021. Candidates can get admit card 3 weeks before the examination. Students will be able to download the admit card by entering login credentials.

The admit card will have details like the student’s exam centre, name, roll number, exam date and timing, exam centre address, etc. In case of a discrepancy in the admit card details, contact the officials immediately.

NDA 2021 Exam Pattern

Students can check the details of the NDA Exam pattern below:

  • Exam Mode: NDA exam will be held on twice through Pen and Paper (offline) mode.
  • Language of Paper: The language of the paper will be in English or Hindi language.
  • Type of Questions: The objective type of questions will be asked in the paper.
  • Number of Sections: The paper will be divided into two sections – Mathematics & General Ability Test.
  • Total Marks: Paper will be of a total of 900 marks (Mathematics – 300; General Ability Test – 600). Also, the interview round (SSB) will be 900 marks.
  • Duration of the Exam: The time duration to complete the paper will be 5 hours (2½ hours each).
  • Marking Scheme: 33% of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Know the distribution of marks and time duration for each subject:

Subject Code Time Duration Maximum Marks
Mathematics 01 2 hrs and 30 min 300
General Ability test 02 2 hrs and 30 min 600
Total 900

NDA 2021 Syllabus

NDA Syllabus will have various topics from Mathematics, English and General Knowledge subjects. Students can check the complete syllabus through online mode on the website.

Students can check the important topics coming in English, Mathematics & G.K subjects in the below-given section:


The question paper of English will be designed for testing the students understanding of English and skilful use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension and usage and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.


Matrices & Determinants, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, etc.

General Knowledge:

The paper on General Knowledge in NDA will cover various topics from the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, and Geography & Current Events.

The answers given by the candidates will show their intelligent understanding and knowledge of the subject.

NDA 2021 Preparation Tips

To secure good marks in the exam and qualify for the exam, candidates can take help of the below given NDA preparation tips:

  • Students should start their preparation for an exam earlier.
  • Plan a study routine and follow it in a disciplined manner.
  • Solve sample papers and previous year questions papers.
  • Study for the exam using good study material, which experienced professionals highly recommend.
  • Attempt mock test and analyze your preparation level.

NDA 2021 Answer Key

Various coaching institutions will release the NDA Answer Key. UPSC will release no official answer key. It will be available in various sets for various subjects. The key will be available only online and cannot be obtained through any other medium.

Through the answer key, candidates will be able to calculate their expected score of NDA.  It will be present for downloading in PDF format.

NDA 2021 Result

The result of NDA I 2021 will be declared in May 2021 through online mode. It will be made available in the form of a PDF. For NDA II, the result will be published in May 2021.

The result, which will be available in the form of a PDF, will have the names of the qualified candidates. Students successfully clearing the written test with the qualifying marks will be eligible for further counselling as well as a medical test.

NDA 2021 Cut Off

Only the candidates who will qualify for the NDA exam by obtaining the cut off marks will be eligible for an interview. The board will publish the sectional and overall cut off marks online on the website.

The cut off will vary for various category candidates. For the written test, the cut off is 342, and the final cut off is expected to be 708.

NDA 2021 SSB Interview

NDA SSB Interview round will be organized after the written test. Candidates clearing the written test round will be considered eligible for the interview and medical round. SSB will be organized in several rounds.

It will be held in five days, and candidates have to appear in all the rounds necessarily. On the first day, psychological tests will be done. The second-day test will be of situation reaction test, word association test, self-description test and thematic apperception test.

Military Planning Exercise, Group Discussion Test, Intergroup Obstacle race, Lecturettes, Snake Race, Progressive Group Task, command task & personal interview, half group task will be done on the third day of interview for candidates by the President.

The fourth and fifth tests will be done on the last two days related to Final Group Task, Individual Obstacles, Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference & announcement of results.

NDA 2021 Application Form

Students can know details about NDA 2021 Application Form in the below-given section:

  • For NDA 2021 Registration, students are required to apply online mode on the website.
  • The application process through online mode has been started from 30th December 2020 for NDA I and 9th June 2021 for NDA II.
  • No other mode for submission of application is allowed.
  • Students should submit only one application form. In case of submission of more than one application, the higher registration id (latest) will be considered, and the rest of the applications will get cancelled automatically.
  • Candidates must have a photo ID, i.e. Aadhaar Card/ voter ID/ PAN card/ Passport/ Driving licence etc., at the time of filling the application form.
  • Candidates can complete the online application form in two stages – Part I and Part II.
  • In Part I of the application process, candidates have to fill in their basic and other details in the application.
  • In the Part II application process, students are required to upload photograph and signature, choose the exam centre and make payment of the application fee.
  • The correction will not be allowed in the details of the application after the submission of the form.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee payable for all category candidates is Rs.100/-.
  • Candidates of ST/ SC/ NCOs/ Sons of JCOs/ ORS are exempted from paying the fee.

Payment mode: The fee can be paid through debit/ credit card/ net banking or SBI bank Challan method.

NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Know details related to NDA Eligibility criteria in the given below section:


  • Applicant must be an Indian citizen/ subject of Bhutan/ subject of Nepal or Refugee of Tibetan (came to India before 1st January 1962 to settle permanently in India).
  • Those who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam or Ethiopia to settle in India are also eligible to apply.
  • Foreign nationals: Foreign nationals (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce an eligibility certificate issued by the Govt. of India.

Age, Gender & Marital Status:

  • Age: The candidate’s age should be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. For NDA I, he must be born between July 2, 2002 – July 1, 2005. For NDA II, he must be born between January 2nd, 2003 – January 1st, 2006.
  • Gender: Only male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA.
  • Marital Status: For NDA, the male candidate should be unmarried. The candidates will not be allowed to get married until completing their training period.


  • For Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Passed 10th & 12th level from a recognized board or university.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Passed 10th & 12th level from a recognized board or university with Physics and Mathematics as main subjects.
  • Appearing: Candidates appearing in the 12th level or waiting for the result will be eligible to apply.

Physical Fitness:

  • Those who have resigned or withdrawn from any of the training academies of Armed Forces on disciplinary grounds will not be considered eligible.
  • Candidates must be physically fit according to the physical standards set by the commission for admission into NDA.

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