NDA 2017 – National Defence Academy


NDA 2017NDA 2017: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA & NA exam for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of National Defence Academy (NDA) courses and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The exam is held twice in a year – April and September. NDA (I) is conducted in April while NDA (II) is held in September every year. UPSC has conducted the written exam of NDA 2017 on April 23, 2017 at 41 exam cities for total 390 vacancies. The written exam carries total 900 marks and comprised of two sections – General Ability Test (GAT) and Mathematics. The answer key and exam analysis of NDA 2017 has been released by various coaching institutes. The commission will declare the result of NDA & NA (I) 2017 of written exam in July 2017. Shortlisted candidates of written exam will be called for Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. Candidates based on their performance in written exam and interview will be selected as commissioned officers for 139th Course of National Defence Academy and 101st Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) starting from Jaunary 2, 2018. Read below NDA 2017 admit card, exam analysis, answer key, exam dates, result and cutoff.




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NDA Answer Key 2017

The answer key of NDA written exam has been provided by various coaching institutes such as Cavalier, Baalnoi, Resonance etc on April 23, 2017. The coaching institutes has released the answer key for all sets of test booklets provided to the candidates during the exam. Candidates can check the correct answers of all the questions asked from General Ability Test (GAT) and Mathematics. Matching the responses against the keys will give the candidates their probable score of the exam. The official NDA answer key 2017 will be published after the declaration of final result.

NDA Exam Analysis 2017

The exam analysis of NDA will provide candidates details about the overall & sectional difficulty level, good attempts, topic-wise number of questions and expected cutoff. Candidates can check here the Paper I and Paper II NDA exam analysis. The overall paper of NDA 1, 2017 was moderate to easy in terms of difficulty. 

NDA Result 2017

The Result of NDA will be declared in two stages – Written Examination and SSB Tests. The minimum qualifying marks in the written examination will be fixed by UPSC. Candidates securing the minimum qualifying marks will be declared qualified in the written examination. Qualified candidates will be called for SSB tests. The final NDA Result 2017 will be declared after the conduct of the SSB Tests. The candidates for admission to Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force will have to secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written examination and SSB tests.

NDA Cutoff 2017

Aspirants will have to secure the Cutoff to qualify the exam. The NDA Cutoff 2017 will be decided by Union Public Service Commission. The Cutoff of the written examination will be calculated out of the total mark of 900. Candidates to qualify the written examination will have to secure the desired cutoff score. The marks allotted for the Interview is 900. The Final NDA Cutoff will be decided out of 1800 (Written Exam and Interview).

NDA 1 Cutoff 2016

Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage (Out of 900 marks) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks)
288 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) 656

 NDA Admit Card 2017

The admit card of NDA 2017 written exam has been issued by UPSC for Non- Delhi Centres on March 28, 2017. The link to download the admit card has been provided on this page. Candidates will have to download their admit card, print a copy and carry it along to the exam on the day of exam. Candidates who do not have their admit card of NDA 2017 with them on the exam day will not be allowed to sit for the exam. Read the complete details of NDA 2017 admit card from the given link. 

Important note for NDA Admit Card 2017 release on 28 March 2017

NDA 2017

NDA Exam Cities 2017

The NDA (I), 2017 will be conducted across 41 cities spread across the country. Candidates will have to enter their preferences of NDA Exam Cities 2017 while filling up the Application Form. Allotment of Centres will be made on the first-apply-first-allot basis. It is advised that the candidates should apply early so that they could get a centre of their choice.

NDA 2017 Exam Dates

NDA 2017 Events Dates
Release of the notification of NDA & NA (I) 2017 January 18, 2017 
Commencement of the Application procedure January 18, 2017
Last date to fill the Online UPSC NDA (I) 2017 Application form February 10, 2017 (6 PM)
Last date to pay the Examination fee via any means through online gateway February 10, 2017 (6 PM)
Payment of Application Fees through Pay by Cash mode last date February 9, 2017
Date of examination April 23, 2017
Date of release of the UPSC NDA 2017 Admit card March 28, 2017
Date of declaration of the NDA (I) Result 2017 May 2017
Call letter for interview and allotment of SSB centers To be notified later
Declaration of the final Merit list To be notified later

NDA Application Form 2017

The NDA Application Form 2017 was available until February 10, 2017. Candidates were required to fill the application form online. The application fee was Rs 100 for general and OBC category candidates while SC and ST candidates were exempted from payment of application fee. The Commission will examine the application received from the candidates before processing the admit cards.

How to Fill NDA 1 Application form 2017 – Check Here

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2017

The parameters of NDA Eligibility Criteria 2017 as per the Age Limit, Nationality and Educational Qualification has been explained below.

Age Limit: Candidates applying for NDA 2017 must be in between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age. Candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1998 and not later than July 1, 2001 are eligible. 

Educational Qualification

For Army wing of NDA: Candidates should have passed class 12 with 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: Candidates must have passed class 12 of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by State Education Board or a University. Candidates who are appearing in the Class 12 under 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

Availability of Seats

Courses Vacancies
National Defence Academy
Army 208
Navy 55
Air Force 72
NDA Total Vacancies – 335
Naval Academy 55
Total 390

NDA Exam Pattern 2017

The Exam of NDA 2017 was held in Pen and Paper mode and in two sessions – morning and afternoon. The written examination will comprise of two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test. Each session will be held for 2½ Hours. The total marks allotted for the written examination is 900 marks. The Mathematics section will comprise of 120 multiple choice questions while General Ability Test will comprise of total 150 multiple choice questions. In the Mathematics section, each question will carry 2.5 marks. In the General Ability Test section, each question will carry 4 marks. The SSB tests/Interview will carry 900 marks.

NDA Syllabus 2017

The Syllabus of NDA 2017 will give an overview of all the topics to be covered under every section of the written examination. The topics of Mathematics paper of NDA exam are based on the syllabus as prescribed in 10+2/HSC. Students must have good command on the shortcut formulas to solve a problem in less time. This section tests the calculation speed and accuracy. General Ability Paper of NDA Exam tests the overall General Knowledge and English Skills of the candidates. This section includes questions on various subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies and latest Current Affairs etc. 

NDA Selection Procedure 2017

The Selection Procedure of NDA includes – Written Examination and SSB Test. The UPSC will prepare a list of candidates who will obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination. Such candidates will be called for Intelligence and Personality Test. Candidates will then be placed in a single combined list on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and the Services Selection Board Tests. The final allocation for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be made on the number of vacancies, medical fitness and merit rank of the candidates.

Hightlights  of  the  Exam

Name of the exam : National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (I) 2017 exam
Conducted by: Union Public Service Commission
Level of Examination: National Mode of Examination Offline

  • National Defence Academy, Khadagwasla and Naval Academy are the two pioneering academies which train the candidates for the direct officer rank entry into the prestigious defence sectors of the country viz Army, Air force and Navy.
  • Every year, UPSC, on the behalf of these two academies conducts the written examination two times in an academic year.
  • The examinations are conducted in the months of April and September.
  • The examination conducted in the month of April is called the NDA & NA (1) and the examination conducted in September is termed the NDA & NA (2).
  • The candidates who are shortlisted through the process of Written Examination and Interview will be given appointment to the above-mentioned courses as per the vacancies available.
  • The candidates joining the Indian Naval Academy will have to undergo 4 years B. Tech course. After that would be given an opportunity to join executive and technical branches of the Navy subjected to availability of vacancies.
  • The minimum age should be 16 and half years and maximum age should be 19 and half years.
  • About 320 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. About 70 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 42 for the Navy and 208 for the Army.
  • Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission: army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun, Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad, and naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala.
  • The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies.  

Contact Details
UPSC Facilitation Counter
Phone No: 011–23385271/011–23381125/011–23098543.  

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  1. Comment:sir im study in 12 I want given entrance exam of nda & sir my board exam final in last week of march so sir I m help of u

  2. I am in 2nd year computer diploma after 10th ,2 semester cleared ( ATKT’s cleared) , now 3rd semester Maths ATKT, 4th semester is in May/June 2016. Can go for NDA as it is equivalent to 10+2. Pls reply fast ,need to fill online NDA application before 29th Jan2016.

  3. I am in 2nd year computer diploma
    first 2 semester cleared ( ATKT’s cleared ),
    3rd Semester Maths ATKT
    4th Semester in May/June 2016.
    Can I go for NDA as Dploma 2nd years is equivalent to 10+ 2. Pls reply fast as need to fill online NDA application form before 28th Jan 2016, last date of form submission is29th jan

  4. Sir I have taken physics,chemistry,Biology only no maths. Am I allowed to join NDA? Without Mathematics. Sir Plz rply Fast, I Need to take decision quickly!!!

  5. Sir,I have passed class 12 exam with PCB…can I apply for NDA test for the upcoming year i.e., 2017… please I seek an instant reply.

  6. Sir,I have passed class 12 exam this year with PCB… and want to apply for next year’s exam i.e.,2017… am I applicable…??

  7. Sir I have applied for the entrance exam of NDA and Na exam 2016.if i qualified in NDA and Na exam.then there is a ssb interview if not pass in SSb interview we will be sent back or not sir….plz clear my doubt

  8. Sir iam siraj . Iam a post graduation student. Iam a commerce student . What can I do. Iam not study about the physics chemistry maths at secondary level class.