NDA 2021: NDA 2 Exam To Be Held On 14th November

NDA Exam 2021: Union Public Service Commission has announced the revised exam date for NDA-2 Exam to be held on 14th November 2021 (Sunday). Previously, the exam was scheduled for 05th September 2021 which was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The candidates who have registered for NDA II Exam must prepare accordingly for the exam and those who are interested for upcoming NDA Exams must go through the below article for detailed information for UPSC NDA Exam.

NDA Exam is conducted twice every year for selecting the eligible candidates for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) of the NDA for the 148th Course and for the 110th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 02nd July 2022. National Defence. The selection will be done through Online Examination and SSB Interview.

NDA Exam 2021: NDA II Summary

To have an overview of UPSC NDA Exam, the candidates must refer to the below summary table including all important details for the exam.

UPSC NDA Exam 2021
Exam Name National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA-II)
Organisation Union Public Service Commission
Exam level  National 
Total vacancies 400
Exam Date 14th November 2021
Frequency of exam  Twice a year
Exam stages  Written Test and SSB Interview 
Exam mode  Offline 
Exam duration  Five hours (Mathematics: 2 ½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT): 2 ½ hours) 
Exam pattern 
  1. GAT: 150 Objective type questions 
  2. Mathematics: 120 Objective type questions 
Language of ExamEnglish and Hindi 
Exam Centres  75
Official website www.upsc.gov.in

Latest Update: On 18th August 2021, Supreme Court has passed an interim order declaring that from now onwards, "Female candidates are permitted to appear for the NDA and Naval Academy Examination which has been scheduled for 14th November 2021 and serve in Indian Armed Forces too".

NDA II 2021 Notification

NDA II notification 2021 (Advt No. 10/2021-NDA II) was released on www.upsc.gov.in on 09th June 2021 announcing 400 vacancies to be recruited for FY 2021-22 for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The direct link to download official notification has been provided below.

UPSC NDA II Notification 2021: Download PDF

UPSC NDA II Exam Dates 2021

The UPSC NDA II Online Written Examination has been rescheduled for 14th November 2021 which was earlier postsponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Check the important dates for NDA-I & NDA-II 2021 from the below table and mark on your calendar so you do not miss out the exam dates.

UPSC NDA Exam Date 2021
Events NDA-1 Dates NDA-2 Dates
Notification  30 December 2020 09th June 2021 
Application form  30 December 2020 09th June 2021
Last date to apply  19th January 2021  29th June 2021
Application Withdrawl 27th January to 02nd February 2021  06th to 12th July 2021
Written exam  18th April 2021 14th November 2021
Admit card  26th March 2021 October 2021
Declaration of written result  30th June 2021 December 2021/January 2022
SSB Interview  July to Sept 2021 January 2022 to April 2022

NDA II 2021 Vacancy Details

A total of 400 vacancies has been announced for National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) out of which 370 belongs to NDA and remaining 30 for NA. Check the below table for detailed vacancy distribution for NDA- II 2021.

Academy Vacancies
Naval Defence Academy 300 (Army- 208, Navy- 42, Air Force- 120)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 30
Total 400

UPSC NDA 2021 Selection Process

UPSC NDA is the examination process that is conducted by Union Public Service Commission to provide the oppostunity to the youth of the country who wish to join defence jobs. The selection for defence jobs through NDA 2 Exam 2021 will be conducted in two stages:

  1. Written examination

  2. Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

A candidate who qualify in written examination will be called for personality test which will be conducted to check the intelligence and personality. The candidates have to clear both the stages to get their names in the the merit list. The merit list/final result will be generated by UPSC with the cumulative score of the Written Exam and the SSB will be considered for final selection.

NDA II Exam Pattern 2021

The candidates who are preparing for NDA II Exam 2021, must be familiar with the exam pattern that is followed by UPSC. We have discussed the details for NDA 2021 exam pattern below:

  1. The exam will be conducted in an offline mode

  2. The questions will be in Multiple Choice Questions

  3. The questions will be asked in bilingual language (English & Hindi)

  4. There will be a negative marking of 0.83 marks for Maths, 1.33 for English, and 1.33 marks for GK

Have a look at the detailed exam pattern for NDA II Online Examination

Code Subject Max. Marks Duration
1 Mathematics 300 2.5 hours
2 General Ability Test 600 2.5 hours
Total 900 5 hours

NDA II Syllabus 2021

There would be two subjects Mathematics & General Ability Test for which the candidates have to be well-prepared. The candidates are advised to not skip any topic for NDA Exam and begin their preparation along with the detailed syllabus. There will be questions from English (200 marks) and General Knowledge (400 marks) in the General Ability Test.

Topics covered under Mathematics

Matrices and Determinants
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
Vector Algebra
Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension
Statistics and Probability

Topics covered under General Ability Test

The questions in this paper will be asked from English language and General knowlegde.

Topics covered under English

Spotting Errors
Selecting Words
Ordering of Words in a Sentence
Sentence Improvement

Topics covered under General Knowledge

General Science
History & Freedom Movement
Current Events

NDA SSB Interview 2021

The SSB Interview will be conducted for assessing the Intelligence and Personality Test tentatively in January 2022 to April 2022. The candidates who have qualified in the written exam have to appear in 2 stages interview process conducted by the officials. The candidates who qualify the interview round are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate. The merit list will be prepared on the basis of candidate's performance in the online examination and interview round.

NDA II Online Application 2021

The online application form for NDA II Exam 2021 was active from 09th June to 29th June 2021 on www.upsc.gov.in.

NDA II Online Application Form [Link Inactive]

Application Fee

The Application fee for General Category candidate is Rs 100/-

The fee can be deposited in any Branch of SBI by cash, or can be submitted by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or directly by using Visa/ MasterCard/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card.

Candidates belonging to SC/ ST candidates/ Sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORs are exempted from payment of the fee.

Documents Required to fill NDA Application Form

Before filling the UPSC NDA II application form, the candidates must keep the following documents aside.

  1. Scanned images of photograph and signature

  2. Photo-identity card in PDF format (Aadhar Card / Voter Card/PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID or any other photo ID Card issued by the State / Central Government)

  3. Bank details to make an online transaction

  4. Marksheet and admit card of Class 10 and 12

Steps to Apply for UPSC NDA II 2021

Visit the official website of www.upsc.gov.in and click on "Apply Online". The candidates have to complete their application form in two stages: Part I & Part II which has been detailed below:

NDA Application Form Part I

The part I registration is classified into 4 steps:

Step-I The candidate must begin with the registration process and submit all the details correctly in the application form.

Step-II The next step is to choose the preferred branch you want to join in the Defence Army.

Step-III Enter your email id and phone number and verify the details.

Step-IV The last step to complete the registrtaion process is generation of Registration ID.

NDA Application Form Part II

Step-I Pay the application fee for UPSC NDA II Exam as applicable.

Step-II Select the preferred city where you want your exam centre to be allotted.

Step-III Upload your photograph, signature, and photo-identy proof. The file should not exceed 300 kb and must be less than 20 kb

Step-IV Agree to the declaration and submit your application form for UPSC NDA Exam. Download a copy of application form for future reference.

UPSC NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must hold the minimum qualification to be eligible for Defence Jobs. Below we have mentioned the details for Education Qualification, Age Limit, Nationality, Physical Standards.

Education Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The candidate should be 12th pass/HSC or equivalent examination from a State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: The candidate should have completed their 12th Class/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a recognised University

NOTE: The candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination are too eligible to appear in UPSC NDA examination.

Age Limit

For UPSC NDA 1 Exam 2021, the candidates must have born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005. For UPSC NDA 2 Exam 2021, candidates must have born not earlier than January 2, 2003, and not later than January 1, 2006


The candidates must be unmarried male and should be:

  1. a Citizen of India, or

  2. a Subject of Bhutan, or

  3. a Subject of Nepal, or

  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

  5. 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

Physical Standards

The candidates must be physically fit as per the physical standards for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. They should be able to fulfill the following criteria:

(a) Running: 2.4 km in 15 minutes

(b) Skipping

(c) Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each

(d) Chin-ups: Minimum 08

(e) Rope Climbing: 3.4 meters

Height Requirements

For Ground Duty
Height Requirement Minimum height Maximum height
Except states mentioned below 157.5 cm --
Height for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand 152.5 cm ---
Candidates from Lakshadweep 155.5 cm ---
For Flying Duty
Height Requirement Minimum height Maximum height
Sitting Height 81.5 cm 96 cm
Leg Length 99 cm 120 cm
Thigh Length --- 64 cm

NDA II Admit Card 2021

It is expected that UPSC will release the NDA II Admit Card in the last week of October 2021 for the exam which has been rescheduled for 14th November 2021. The candidates who have registered for the exam can download their UPSC NDA II Admit Card from the official website @upsc.gov.in using their registration number and password generated at the time of UPSC NDA II Application Process.

NDA II Answer Key 2021

The answer key for UPSC NDA II Exam will be released officially after the conduction of written test. The commission will be issuing provisional answer key first to which the candidates can submit their objections. After the assessment of provisional answer key and objections, the final answer key will be released.

NDA II Result 2021

The result of online test will be released tentatively in December 2021/January 2022 with the names of candidates shortlisted for interview round. The commission will be releasing the merit list of candidates selected for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) of the NDA for the 148th Course and for the 110th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) after the SSB Interview process.

UPSC NDA Cut off 2021

The cutoff for the written exam and final selection is released after the declaration of the final result. NDA cutoff marks for the written exam will be calculated out of 900. The final cutoff marks are calculated on the basis of marks scored by the last recommended candidates out of 1800 marks (900 marks of written exam and 900 marks of SSB Interview). The minimum qualifying marks for each subject is 25%. The candidates can check the previous year cut off marks for NDA Exam from below.

NDA (II) 2020 Cutoff

Stage Cut off
Minimum qualifying standard at the written stage (out of 900) 355
Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 719

NDA (I) 2020 Cut Off

Stage Cut off
Minimum qualifying standard at the written stage (out of 900) 723
Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 355

NDA II Exam Centres

The candidates were given choice to choose their preferred cities for the exam centres while filling their application form. Below is the list of cities where UPSC NDA II Exam will be conducted on 14th November 2021.

JorhatGarwhal (Srinagar)
BhopalGautam Budh Nagar
Navi MumbaiShillong
Panaji (Goa)Shimla
Port BlairSrinagar
Prayagraj (Allahabad)Thane

UPSC NDA II Exam 2021- FAQs

Q1. What is the exam date of UPSC NDA II exam?

UPSC has rescheduled the NDA II Exam on 14th November 2021.

Q2. Are girls eligible to apply for NDA Exam?

No, only unmarried males are eligible to appear in NDA Exam.

Q3. What are the stages conducted for NDA II Exam?

The commission will conduct Online examination followed by interview round to select candidates for defence jobs through NDA Exam.

Q4. Is it necessary to secure the minimum qualifying marks in each subject of NDA II exam?

Yes, the candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks in each subject of NDA II Exam 2021.

Q5. Which subjects are included in NDA II Exam?

NDA II Exam comprises of two subjects: Mathematics & General Ability Test (English & General Knowledge).