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UPSC NDA 1 Notification 2020 Out

The Union Public Service Commission has released an official notification for National Defense Academy (NDA) on January 08, 2020. The candidates who are interested in the recruitment process shall read the UPSC NDA Notification in detail and check their eligibility before they fill the application form.

  • Candidates can directly apply on the official website of UPSC.
  • Candidates shall not fill the UPSC NDA Application Form without reading the instructions and guidelines mentioned in this post.
  • Only unmarried individuals are eligible to apply for this recruitment
  • According to the selection process, candidates shall appear in the Psychological Aptitude Test followed by an Intelligence Test
  • The personal details (Name, Father's Name, etc.) filled by the candidates in the application form must match with those of the original certificates of their Matriculation. In case, anything mismatched is being found, the form will be rejected
  • General candidates are to pay the application form charge of INR 100. Rest, all the other categories are exempted from paying the form fee.

UPSC NDA 2020 Recruitment Highlights

Exam UPSC NDA 1 Recruitment 2020
UPSC  Union Public Service Commission
NDA Full Form National Defense Academy
Application Form Link Active
No. of Vacancies 418
Official Website upsc.gov.in/
Selection Process Maths Test, General Ability Test, Physical Fitness Test & Intelligence Test
Question Type Objective
Application Form Fee INR 100 (only for general category candidates)
Basic Qualification Required 12th pass certificate
Marital Status Required Single (Unmarried)

UPSC NDA 2020 Exam Dates

The students who are interested in UPSC NDA Recruitment 2020 shall check the following table in order to know the important dates regarding the same:

Events  NDA 1 Exam Dates 2020
UPSC NDA 1 Notification Release Date January 8, 2020
Starting Date to Apply January 8, 2020
Last date to apply  January 28, 2020
Application withdrawal February 4-11, 2020
UPSC NDA 1 Written Exam Date April 19, 2020
Admit card Download Date March 2020
Declaration of written result  June 2020
SSB Interview  August- September 2020
Final result  November 2020

UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

It is very important for the students to ensure their eligibility before registering for this exam. The officials will reject/cancel the form/exam of the candidate without any notice if they do not satisfy the eligibility conditions. The eligibility is measured in terms of citizenship, age, sex, marital status & physical fitness state of the candidate and their overall qualification.

Age, Sex & Marital Status

  • Only the male candidates who are unmarried can apply for this recruitment
  • The candidates must be born in between January 02, 2001 - January 01, 2004
  • The date of birth filled in the application form must match with that of mentioned in the Matriculation Certificate of the candidates
  • These certificates are only needed to be provided by the students after the release of the result of the written part of the examination

Educational Qualification

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by 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: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University
  • The students who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination

Physical Fitness Standards

The students should be physically fit in accordance with the physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2020 according to the instructions given in Appendix-IV.

UPSC NDA 2020 Vacancy Details

This year, UPSC has released a total of 418 vacancies which are distributed among two categories as tabulated below.

Post No. of Vacancies
National Defence Academy 370 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties) 
Naval Academy 48
Total 418

How To Fill the UPSC NDA 2020 Application Form?

Candidates are advised to fill the application form carefully. Also, students shall not wait to fill the application form till the last date. Follow the steps given below in order to fill the UPSC NDA 2020 Application Form:

  • Firstly, candidates shall fill the application forms for part 1 & 2
  • Log in to the official website
  • Find Application form and click on it
  • An empty form will be opened
  • Enter the name, phone number & e-mail accurately (without making mistakes)
  • Submit the details to receive a new registration number & password
  • Then move further to the login page
  • Enter the new registration number and password
  • Fill the form carefully
  • Upload the documents which are asked in the form
  • Also, upload the scanned copies of photo & signature in the required dimensions
  • Pay the fee (if applicable)
  • Review the form carefully
  • Submit the form

UPSC NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

The candidates planning to take this exam must check the exam pattern for the written examination of Maths, Intelligence Test & General Ability mentioned elaboratively below:

  • The questions would be objective type only
  • The question paper booklets will be provided to the students in both English & Hindi language
  • The candidates are not allowed to use a calculator or Mathematical or logarithmic table in order to answer the objective type papers
  • They should not, therefore, bring the same (calculators) inside the Examination Hall.
Subject Code Duration Total Marks
Mathematic 01 2.5 Hours 300
General Ability Test 02 2.5 Hours 600
Total 900
SSB Test/Interview  900

UPSC NDA 2020 Syllabus (Maths)

The following given is the detailed syllabus (section-wise) for UPSC NDA Written Exam 2020:


Representation of real numbers on a line
Complex numbers— basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity
Binary system of numbers
Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa
Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions
Quadratic equations with real coefficients
The solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs
Permutation and Combination
Binomial theorem and its applications
Logarithms and their applications

Matrices & Determinants

Types of matrices, operations on matrices
The determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants
Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method


Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians
Trigonometrical ratios
Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae
Multiple and Sub-multiple angles
Inverse trigonometric functions
Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles

Analytical Geometry of two & three dimensions

Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system
Distance formula
Equation of a line in various forms
The angle between two lines
The distance of a point from a line
Equation of a circle in standard and in general form
Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola
Eccentricity and axis of a conic
The point in a three-dimensional space, distance between two points
Direction Cosines and direction ratios
Equation two points
Direction Cosines and direction ratios
Equation of a plane and a line in various forms
The angle between two lines and the angle between two planes
Equation of a sphere

Differential Calculus

Concept of a real-valued function–domain, range, and graph of a function
Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions
The notion of limit, Standard limits—examples
Continuity of functions— examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions
Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications
Derivatives of sum, product, and quotient of functions, a derivative of a function with respect to another function, 20 derivatives of a composite function
Second-order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions
Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima

Integral Calculus & Differential Equations

Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions
Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications
Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples
General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of the first order and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples
Application in problems of growth and decay

Vector Algebra

Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector
Unit and null vectors, the addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors
Vector product or cross product of two vectors
Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems

UPSC NDA General Ability Test

In the general ability test, there will be some subjects that the candidates have to crack. Read the following for the relevant information:

  • English: The English paper is designed to evaluate the student's understanding of English. The syllabus includes different aspects like Grammar and its usage, vocabulary, comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English
  • General Knowledge: The General Knowledge Question Paper will widely include the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events. The syllabus of GK is being formed to display the scope of these subjects consisted of this paper. The answers of the students in the paper are anticipated to display their knowledge and intelligent in regard to the subject

UPSC NDA Intelligence & Personality Test

The SSB process includes two stages of the Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those students who crack the stage I are eligible to write the paper for stage II. The details are:

  • Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception * Description Test (PP&DT). The students will be selected on the basis of the combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT
  • Stage II consists of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These exams are taking place over 4 days. The details of these tests are provided on the website joinindianarmy.nic.in

UPSC NDA 2020 Exam Day Instructions 

Any candidate violating the guidelines set by the officials will get their exam canceled right away. The students who are going to appear in the examination must read the following for exam day guidelines:

  • Any illegal or fake documents must not be submitted in the application form
  • Any kind of impersonating found from the end of any candidate will be troublesome for them
  • Candidates trying to manipulate the examiners/invigilators will not be entertained
  • Irrelevant photos found in the application form shall lead the form cancellation
  • Trying to copy the question paper in any means shall not be entertained
  • Candidates shall not write/mark anything on their OMR sheet or question paper
  • Students must not misbehave in the exam hall

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