NDA Exam

April 26, 2018
National Defence Academy

NDA 2018NDA 2018: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted NDA 1 2018 exam on April 22. NDA answer key 2018 will be released online by coaching institutes such as Baalnoi Academy, Cavalier, etc. The official answer key of NDA 1 2018 will be released by UPSC after the recruitment process is over. The admit card of NDA 2018 written exam was released on March 27. Candidates were able to download their NDA 1 2018 admit card by entering their registration/roll number and date of birth/password. The NDA application form 2018 was released on January 15. The official notification for NDA (I) 2018 was released online and the last date to fill NDA application form was February 5. UPSC will conduct NDA & NA 2018 exam for admitting eligible candidates into the National Defence Academy (NDA) that trains candidates to be a part of Indian Defence Forces like Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air Force. The NDA exam scores are also used for admission to 10+2 cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy. NDA/ NA exam is a national level examination that is held twice a year – NDA (I) 2018 in April and NDA (II) 2018 in September. NDA application form 2018 was available  online only. NDA 2018 written exam consists of two sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The candidates who score minimum qualifying marks in the written exam of NDA are shortlisted and called for SSB Test/ Interview. The maximum marks for both NDA written test 2018 and SSB Test are 900 marks each and the total maximum marks for NDA (I) 2018 exam are 1800 marks. The candidates who score the highest total marks in NDA written exam and SSB Test are selected for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy. Read below to know more about NDA application form 2018, eligibility criteria, NDA 2018 exam pattern, exam pattern, syllabus, result, answer key and cutoff of NDA (I) 2018 exam.

Highlights of NDA 2018

NDA notification 2018 had been released on January 15, 2018 and interested candidates were able fill NDA application form 2018 till February 5, 2018. Also, NDA 2018 important dates have been announced by UPSC. Check the important highlights of UPSC NDA 2018 exam as given below.

Exam dates
April 22, 2018
September 9, 2018
Exam notification
January 15, 2018
June 6, 2018
Mode of examination
Offline mode
Selection criteria
Written exam and SSB tests
Declaration of result
July 2018 (Tentative)
November 2018 (Tentative)
Commencement of Courses
January 2019
July 2019

NDA (I) 2018 Vacancy Details

The approximate number of vacancies for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for 140th Course and for 102nd Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd July, 2018 is given below.

NDA 1 vacancies
National Defence Academy
335 (208 for Army, 55 for Navy and 72 for Air Force)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)


NDA 2018 Important Dates

UPSC had released NDA (I) 2018 official notification on January 15, 2018. The candidates interested in appearing for NDA (I) 2018 exam were able to fill NDA 2018 application form till February 5, 2018. Candidates can check all the important dates of NDA 2018 exam from the table below.

NDA (I) 2018 dates

NDA (I) 2018 events
Important Dates
NDA & NA (I) 2018 notification
January 15, 2018
NDA application form 2018
January 15, 2018
NDA (I) application form last date
February 5, 2018 till 6.00 pm
NDA 1 application fee payment
January 10, 2018
NDA application fee last date
February 5, 2018
NDA 1 written exam date
April 22, 2018
UPSC NDA 1 admit card
March 27, 2018
NDA (I) result of written exam
July 2018 (tentative)
NDA (I) SSB tests call letter
To be notified later
UPSC NDA (I) final result
To be notified later


NDA Eligibility Criteria 2018

The eligibility criteria of NDA 2018 provides details about age limit, academic qualification and nationality. The NDA eligibility criteria is defined by UPSC. The candidates must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down by UPSC in the official notification before applying for NDA (I) 2018. The details of NDA 2018 eligibility criteria is given below.

Age Limit: Candidates applying for NDA 2018 must be in between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age. Candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1999 and not later than July 1, 2002 are eligible to apply for NDA 2018.

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 NDA 2018 exam.

NDA Application Form 2018

The application form of NDA 2018 was released on January 15, 2018 and the last date for aspirants to submit their applications was February 5, 2018. The mode to fill and submit the NDA 2018 application form was strictly online. The application fees for NDA 2018 could be paid through online or offline mode. General and OBC category candidates had to pay Rs.100/- as application fees, whereas female/SC/ST category are exempted from paying application fees. The online application form of NDA consist of two parts – part I and part II registration. Applicants had to complete and submit both the parts of the application form as incomplete applications are rejected by the commission. Candidates can check below mentioned steps to know how to fill NDA 2018 application form.

  • Step 1: Registration by entering personal details, academic qualification details, branch preferences, verification of details
  • Step 2: Upload scanned photograph and signature as per the specifications mentioned in the official notification for NDA
  • Step 3: Payment of application fee either online or offline
  • Step 4: Agree to the declaration
  • Step 5: Submit NDA 1 application form 2018

NDA Admit Card 2018

The admit card for NDA 2018 written exam has been released by UPSC on March 27. The admit card will be released online. The candidates who have applied for NDA (I) 2018 can download NDA admit card using roll number and date of birth or name, and father’s name & date of birth. Click on the above mentioned link to download NDA (I) admit card 2018. The admit card of NDA includes details about the date, time and venue of NDA 1 exam. Candidates are advised to check all the details mentioned on their hall tickets and in case of discrepancy, inform the exam conducting authority.

Candidates who qualify the written exam as per the standards of UPSC will be called for SSB Tests and seperate call letters will be issued to them. Qualified candidates will have to login to joinindianarmy.nic.in, joinindiannavy.gov.in and careerairforce.nic.in., to download their SSB test admit card that will list the test centre and date of interview. Candidates should carry their admit cards to examination centre on the day of exam along with photo-identity proof.

NDA Exam Pattern 2018

The NDA (I) 2018 will be 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 (GAT). Each session will be held for 2½ Hours. The total marks allotted for the written examination is 900 marks. The SSB tests/Interview also carries 900 marks.

NDA 1 exam pattern 2018

150 minutes
General Ability Test
150 Minutes
900 marks
SSB Test/Interview
900 marks


NDA Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of NDA (I) 2018 gives 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 Sample Papers 2018

The sample papers of NDA 1 are question papers similar to the actual question papers of NDA exam. The NDA sample papers will help candidates develop a command over solving the questions, thus mastering the art of effective time management skills. By practicing NDA 1 sample papers 2018, candidates can identify their weak and strong areas. After completing the syllabus, the candidates must solve at least 2 or 3 NDA sample papers on daily basis. Click Here to download sample papers of NDA 2018.

NDA Answer Key 2018

The answer key of NDA 1 will be made available by various coaching institutes such as Cavalier, Baalnoi, Major Kalsi, etc. Candidates can download NDA answer key 2018 for all papers and codes. Based on the correct and incorrect reponses, candidates can calculate their estimated scores of the exam. They can compare the probable score with the previous year cutoff score to get an idea of their selection in the next level of selection process i.e SSB tests. UPSC will release the official NDA answer key 2018 after the completion of the recruitment process.

NDA Result 2018

The result of NDA is declared in two stages – Written Examination and SSB Tests. Candidates securing the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination will be selected for next stage of selection process i.e SSB tests. Based on NDA 1 result, UPSC will prepare a merit list of candidates securing qualifying marks in written examination. Candidates whose names will feature in the merit list will be allowed to appear in the SSB tests. The NDA 1 result of written exam will be declared tentatively in July, 2018. Candidates are also required to secure minimum qualifying marks in SSB tests. The final result will be declared based on the performance of candidates in written exam and SSB tests. Based on final result, candidates will be given admission to Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force wings of NDA and Naval Academy (10+2 cadet entry scheme).

NDA Cutoff 2018

The cut off of NDA 1 is the minimum marks required to pass the written test and to be eligible for next round of selection procedure i.e. SSB interview. The NDA 2018 cut off will be released by examination authority Union Public Service Commission after the declaration of final result. The NDA 1 cutoff 2018 will be applied at each stage of recruitment process – written exam and interview to select deserving candidates for commissioned officers jobs in Indian Defence Services. The NDA 1 cutoff for written exam will be calculated out of 900 and candidates who will secure equal to more than the required cut off will be shortlisted for next round of selection process. SSB Interview which is second round of NDA 2018 selection process is done for 900 marks and candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks to pass this stage. Only those candidates who will score sufficiently higher than NDA 1 cut off 2018 at both stages will be considered for all India merit list as per the marks secured in both stages of exam – written and SSB. The final cut of NDA 2018 will based on 900 marks of written and 900 marks of SSB test.
The merit list will prepared for only those applicants who meet the required cutoff as decided by UPSC and SSB.

Last three year's cutoff for NDA (I):

Minimum marks required to clear the written examination ( out of 900 marks)
Minimum marks secured by the last recommended candidate ( out of 1800)
342 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) for NDA/ NA (I) exam
288 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) for NDA/ NA (I) exam
229 (with at least 20% marks in each subject) for NDA/ NA (II) exam
306 marks (with at least 30% marks in each paper)
360 marks (with minimum 35% marks in each subject)
333 marks (with minimum 30% marks in each paper)


NDA Selection Procedure 2018

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in written exam and SSB interview. Admission in various courses will done as per candidates rank in the merit list. 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.

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