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NDA 2020: Introduction, Eligibility Criteria, Important Dates, Guidelines & Syllabus, Result and Final Cutoff

NDA Exam- Last Date Answer Key Info for Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

What is NDA Exam?

NDA stands for National Defense Academy which is among top defense entrance exam in India. The recruitment in NDA is been conducted for admission in Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of National Defense Academy as well as Indian Naval Academy(INA). This exam is been conduct twice every year in which nearly 5000-6000 are been called for the final SSB Interview.

About NDA Examination
Name of the ExamNational Defense Academy & Naval Academy Exam
Conducting BodyUPSC
Level of the ExamNational Level
EligibilityAfter Class 12th
Exam FrequencyExam is been conducted twice a year
Number of Stages 2
Name of stagesWritten test & SSB interview

Eligibility Criteria for NDA 2020

UPSC has certain eligibility criteria which the candidates need to fulfill in order to appear for the exam:

Age Limit Criteria: Candidates between 16.5 and 19.5 can apply for the exam. The date of birth is been calculated as per mentioned on the Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

Education Qualification: The education qualification completely depends on the type of academy that the student is choosing. Candidates must have passed 12th class for entering into Army Wing of NDA. On other hand, if the student wants to get into Air Force, Navy or the Naval Academy of NDA.

NDA 2020 Important Dates-Exam Pitara

EventsNDA 2020 (1)NDA 2020 (2)
Notifications8 January 202010 June 2020
Application Form Released8 January 202010 June 2020
Application Form Last Date28 January 202030 June 2020
Admit Card Released Before Entrance ExamsBefore Entrance Exams
NDA 2020 Exam19 April 20206 September 2020
NDA ResultsMay 2020November 2020

NDA 2020 Selection Process

The selection process for the NDA 2020 comprises two stage which is written exam and Service Selection Board or SSB interview. The details of the each process is mentioned below:

Written Exam: Candidates who have successfully registered for the NDA exam are required to first appear for the written examination. The exam consists of two different sections: Mathematics test as well as test for General Ability. The test carries for total of 900 Marks and candidates need to qualify by obtaining the cutoff marks in the written exam in order to be called for the SSB Interview.

SSB Interview: After clearing the written exam, the SSB interview is been conducted for Intelligence as well as Personality Test. This process is been done in two stages. All the qualified candidates are first put to stage 1 of the first day of reporting at the selection centers of various boards like Air Force and Naval. Those who qualify for the first round are then proceeded to the next round where it is been required to submit birth certificates as well the passing exam certificates.

Exam Guidelines for NDA 2020

On appearing for written examination, candidates need to follow some guidelines. There are some points which the candidate can follow in order to avoid last time hassle. Some of the points are been mentioned below:

  • Candidates must carry their NDA Admit card before entering into the exam centre
  • Candidates should also carry one photo identity along with the admit card
  • A clipboard for flat surface and a black ball pen are suggested for marking purposes
  • All the candidates are notified that sheet for rough work would be provided by the invigilator
  • Candidates are not allowed to carry: books, notes, electronic gadgets, calculators, instruments, log tables, maps, booklets, and rough sheets.
  • Misconduct during the written exam is not entertained at all and serious actions would be taken on the students who are involved in such activities
  • Also, strict actions would also be taken if the student or students are involved in copying or cheating while giving the written examination.

NDA Syllabus 2020: Important Topics and Questions

Part 1: Mathematics Syllabus

According to the latest NDA examination paper has total of 120 questions. Total marks allotted for Mathematics section are 300. For each correct answer, 2.5 marks are been awarded and for each wrong one, 0.85 would be deducted. Some important topics covering the Mathematics are

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Matrices & Determinants
  • Differential Calculus
  • Vector Algebra
  • Analytical Geometry (Two and Three Dimensions)
  • Statistics and Probability
Topic wise distribution in Mathematics
Mathematics TopicNumber of Questions
Calculus20 to 25 Questions
Quadratic Equations20 to 25 Questions
Matrices & Determinants30 Questions
Probability10 Questions
Trigonometry30 Questions
Complex Number 10-15 Questions
Part 2: Syllabus for GAT (English and General Knowledge)

The GAT syllabus is been divided into two different sections which are English and general knowledge. Total number of Questions asked in GAT section are 150 and total number of marks allotted to this section are 600. Each correct answers gets the candidate 4 marks while 1.33 marks are been deducted for any wrong answer.

Important Topics of Physics
Mass & WeightModes of Heat Transfer
VolumeRectilinear propagation of light
Density & Specific GravityReflection and Refraction of light
Archimedes PrincipleHuman Eye
Pressure & BarometerMagnet & its properties
Newton Laws of Motion Force & Momentum
Power and EnergyX-rays & its use
Measurement of Temperature & HeatElectrical Circuit
Important Topics of Chemistry
Physical and Chemical ChangeMixture and Compounds
Structure of AtomSymbols and formulae of chemical equation
ValencyProperties of Air & Water
Fertilizer- Natural and Artificial Forms of Carbon
Important Topics of General Science
Living and Non Living ThingsBasis of life-cells and tissues
Balanced DietGrowth and Reproduction in plants and animals
Food-structureSolar system
Human Body and important organsCommon Epidemics: Cause & their prevention
Important Topics in History
Forces Shaping the modern worldFreedom Movement in India
Exploration and DiscoveryImpact of Science and Technology
Concept of the worldSurvey of Indian History
War of American IndependenceFrench Revolution, Russian Revolution
Industrial RevolutionCulture and Civilization of India
Important Topics for Geography
Earth: shape and sizeLatitudes & Longitudes
Concept of TimeTypes of Climate
Movements of EarthMajor Natural regions around the world
Origin of RocksImportant sea ports in India
Air Routes in IndiaImports & Exports in India
Regional Geography of IndiaWeathering
Important Topics of Current Affairs
Current & important world eventsImportant events happening in India
Indian events with sports and cultureProminent personalities
English
TopicNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Comprehension520
Spotting Errors6 24
Ordering Words 936
Improvement of Sentences10 40
Selecting Words1040
Antonyms520
Synonyms520
Total50200
Science & General Knowledge
TopicNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Physics2392
Chemistry1664
Science (General)1144
History1664
Geography1768
Current Affairs17 68
Total 100400

NDA 2020 Result & Cutoff

The Result of NDA 2020 would be released after the commencement of written test as well as releasing the answer key. The NDA 1 would be published by May 2020 and the NDA 2 is expected to be published by November 2020. The result is always released in the format of PDF in which the names of the candidates are mentioned. The candidates who are successful in qualifying written would be then called for final SSB Interview round.

Cutoff: The sectional as well as the overall cutoff will be published after declaration of the results. The whole cutoff depends on the difficulty level of the written exam as well as the previous trends. Here are Cutoff marks for previous years which are mentioned in the table below:

YearCutoff for NDA 1Cutoff for NDA 2
2013337313
2014348368
2015306269
2016288315
2017342342