UPSC National Defense Academy Entrance Exam – 2019 (NDA 2019)

UPSC National Defense Academy Entrance Exam – 2019 (NDA 2019)

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Entrance of National Defense Academy


UPSC NDA 2019 (National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination) is a national level recruitment examination conducted by the UPSC. The prestigious exam is conducted twice a year for recruitment of candidates in the 03 wings of Indian armed forces. Admission to NDA is a 2-stage process comprising of Written exam and SSB Interviews. The official notification for the NDA 01 2019 exam shall be released on 9th January 2019 while the notification for NDA 2019 (II) shall be available from 7th August 2019.

What is National Defense Academy?

National Defence Academy (NDA) is a Joint Services Academy of the Indian Armed Forces located near Pune at Khadakwasla, Maharashtra. It is a military training institute where the cadets of the Army, Navy and Air Force train together before their pre-commissioning training. The National Defence Academy was commissioned in 1954 while it was inaugurated on 16th January 1955. Since the Academy was established, the alumni of NDA have fought and led in every major war and battle of the country. The alumni of NDA have amongst them many ParamVir Chakra and Ashoka Chakra recipients.

List of Contents

NDA Important Dates (Announced)

The schedule for NDA 2019 has been tabulated below.

NDA 01 2019

Availability of NDA 2019 (I) notification9th January 2019
Closure of registrations4th February 2019
NDA Admit Card 20194th week of March 2019
NDA Exam Date 2019 21st April 2019
NDA Result 20194th week of May 2019

NDA 2019 (II)

Availability of NDA 2019 (II) notification7th August 2019
Closing of application process3rd September 2019
NDA Admit Card 20192nd week of October 2019
NDA Exam 2019 Date 17th November 2019
NDA Result 20194th week November 2019

NDA 2019 Exam Date

According to recently released UPSC Calendar, NDA 01 2019 shall be conducted on 21st April 2019.

As for NDA 02 2019, the entrance examination shall be conducted on 17th November 2019.

NDA 2019 (I)21st April 2019
NDA 2019 (II)17th November 2019.

Mode of Answering

Much like before, NDA exam shall be conducted in OFFLINE mode i.e. OMR Response sheets.

Medium of Examination

ENGLISH and HINDI are the prescribed languages for NDA 2019.

NDA 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The general eligibility criteria for taking National Defense Academy entrance test has been stated below.


Candidate must either be:

  • a citizen of India;
  • Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan;
  • A refugee from Tibet who came to India before 1st January 1962, and intended to permanently settle here;
  • Migrants from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Zaire or Vietnam who came to India with the intention of permanent settlement.
  • Certificate of eligibility must be present with candidates who are not citizens of India.

NDA Age limit

NDA 01 

The candidates must not be born before 2nd July 2001 and later than 1st July 2004.

NDA 02 

Candidates must not be born before 2nd July 2002 and later than 1st July 2005.

Additionally, only unmarried male candidates can apply for the exam.

Educational Qualification

Army Wing of NDA

The candidate must have completed 10+2 pattern of School Education or an equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Air Force and Naval Wings of the NDA/10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the INA

The candidate must have completed 10+2 pattern of School Education or an equivalent conducted by a recognized education board. Additionally, the candidate must have studied Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level.

Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam can also apply for this examination.

NDA Application Form 2019

The application portal for NDA form 2019 is currently closed.

The candidates can apply to the exam only through online applications.

The tentative release date for the NDA form 2019 (I) is 9th January 2019. The last date to apply for the exam is 4th February 2019. 

To apply online for UPSC NDA 2019 (II), candidates can visit the application portal between 7th August 2019 and 3rd September 2019.

Application Fee

The candidates can pay the fees for NDA 2019 either online through Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card, or by using the net banking facility of State Bank of India.

Alternatively, they can also pay offline by depositing the money in any SBI branch by using the Pay-in-slip.

Category Fee (in INR)
General category100
OBC category100
SC/ST candidatesFree
Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORsFree

Documents to be Uploaded

  • Scanned Coloured Photograph – 3 – 40 kb – JPG Format only.
  • Scanned Signature –1 – 40 kb – JPG Format only.

Application Process

Application forms for NDA 2019 (I) shall be available from 9th January 2019 till 4th February 2019.

Every UPSC conducted examination has two parts of the application form:

  • Part I
  • Part II.
Part I

Visit the official UPSC applications portal to start your NDA 2019 registration. Choose NDA 2019 entrance exam.

Complete the Part I registration by providing the personal details, such as your name, nationality, and so on.

Further applicants need to enter their preferences among army, navy and air force.

Once you finish Part 1, a registration ID will be generated. Download the slip and save it for future references.

Part II

Under the Part II of UPSC NDA 2019 registration, following steps shall be completed.

  • Uploading documents.
  • Selection of exam centre.
  • Payment of application fee.

NDA Admit Card 2019

The admit cards are expected to be available from the 4th week of March 2019 for NDA 01 2019.

In case of NDA 02, the admit cards will be available from the 2nd week of October 2019.

Candidates must carry a valid photo ID along with the NDA admit cards to the examination hall.

Examination Pattern

A successful selection to the National Defense Academy takes place post following stages:

  1. Stage I – Written Test conducted by UPSC.
  2. Stage II – SSB Interviews.

Written Exam 

NDA 2019 exam pattern can be described as an OFFLINE OMR sheet based examination consisting of Objective type questions.

There will be negative marking of 0.33 marks for each incorrect answer.

The exam will consist of two parts –

  1. Mathematics.
  2. General Ability.
Mathematics Paper

The duration of the mathematics paper is 2 ½ hours.

The Mathematics paper will carry a total of 300 marks, with question booklets in both ENGLISH and HINDI language.

General Ability Test

The General Ability Test will be 600 marks question paper comprising of following 2 sections:

  • Part I: English Language Paper – 200 Marks.
  • Part II: General Knowledge Paper – 400 Marks.

The duration of General ability test will be another 2.5 hours.

Max Marks
Mathematics012.5 hours300
General abilityEnglish022.5 hours200
General Knowledge400

SSB Interviews

After clearing the written test, the candidates need to appear for the SSB interview.This round consists of scientifically designed tests to assess the personality of the candidate. They are a major deciding factor for recruitment of Officers to the Indian Armed Forces.

The SSB interviews for NDA 2018 shall be conducted in 2 stages. Candidates need to clear stage 1 to proceed to stage 2. The various tests/tasks in each stage are as follows: 

Stage I
  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR).
  • Picture Perception Test (PP).
  • Description Test (DT).
Stage II
  • Group Testing Officers Task.
  • Psychology tests.
  • Interviews.
  • Conferences.

SSB Interviews will hold 900 marks.

NDA Answer Key 2019

The answer key will be available on the official website as PDF file.

NDA 2019 answer key will be published within a week after the examination.

The answer key will not be published officially. It will be released by various coaching institutions. Through answer key, candidates will be able to calculate their rough marks.

NDA Result 2019

NDA result 2019 (I) are expected to be published around the 4th week of May 2019 while NDA result 2019 (II) are expected to be published around the 4th week of November 2019.

The qualified candidates must register themselves further for the SSB interview process.

Application of link Link
Official Website of the Conducting Body
Official website of the Exam Portal
NDA 2019 Application Portal(To be updated)
NDA 2019 Official Brochure(To be updated)


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