NDA and NA I 2021 Notification, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Counselling

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National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination I 2021 or NDA and NA I 2021 is the entrance examination for admission to NDA and NA Examination. NDA and NA I 2021 is conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

NDA and NA I for the year 2021 has been announced by Union Public Service Commission and will be held on 18/04/2021. The application forms will be available from 30/12/2020 till 19/01/2021. The exam is in written mode. The duration of the exam will be 300 minutes. It is being conducted in English and Hindi languages. Admit card will be available from 26/03/2021. The result date will be announced later.

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NDA and NA I 2021 Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

NDA and NA I 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality A candidate must be unmarried male and must be:
    • a citizen of India, or 
    • a subject of Bhutan, or 
    • a subject of Nepal, or
    • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962  with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • 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.  Provided that a candidate belonging to above  categories shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal. 
  •  Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status : 
    • Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 2000 and not  later than 1st July, 2003 are eligible. 
  • Educational Qualifications: 
    • 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
    • Candidates 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 Standards: 
    • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for  admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination  (I), 2020 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV (in prospectus) . 
    •  A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from  any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply. 

NDA and NA I 2021 Important Dates

Events Start Date Last Date
Application Form 30/12/2020 19/01/2021
Admit Card Release Date 26/03/2021 18/04/2021
NDA and NA I 2021 Exam Date Offline Dates
  • 18/04/2021
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    NDA and NA I 2021 Prospectus

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    Note: Info based as per current year; will be updated on release of new prospectus.

    NDA and NA I 2021 Syllabus

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    NDA and NA I 2021 Admit Card

    Admit Card Download Start Date 26/03/2021
    Admit Card Download End Date 18/04/2021    8:00 am

    NDA and NA I 2021 Exam Day Instructions

    Offline Dates

    • 18/04/2021

    Examination Day Instructions


    • The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any  electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.  
    • Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned  item including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.  

    For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates must use black ball pen only Pens with any other colour are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection. Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” contained in Appendix-III of the Notice. 

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    NDA and NA I 2021 Results

    Result dates may be checked on the official webpage.

    How can I Join Indian Army after Graduation

    December 11, 2019

    How can I Join Indian Army after Graduation

    Indian Armed Forces jobs are the most prestigious and well sought in India. While one serves the nation, even at the risk of one's own life; armed forces jobs take care of you and your family for the rest of your lives. The salaries are very good and the lifestyle is of the top quality. Indian Army provides a lot of facilities to its officers. It also provides a handsome pension – the only pensionable jobs in India today.

    One can join Armed Forces after class 12 or after graduation. This article sums up the ways one can join Indian Army after graduation. There are five ways by which one can join Indian Army after Graduation and become officers. These ways are described below.

    Entry with Combined Defence Service (CDS) Examination

    The most frequently and easiest ways to join the Defence Forces after the bachelor’s degree is to take Combined defence Service Examination.

    •    Your age has to be between 19-24 years.
    •    Your graduation should be from UGC recognized university or institution.
    •    For the male candidate, you can join either Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun or  Officers Training Academy. Chennai (OTA).
    •    Female candidates can join OTA for the training.

    CDS is a written examination for joining the above two institutes and the exam is held twice a year, September/October and February/March. The notifications are provided in all the leading newspapers and journals as well as websites.

    Technical Entrance Method

    If you have a BE or BTech degree from any recognized institution or the university of India, you can enter the Armed Forces in two ways.

    First Route
    You can choose the Technical Graduate Course (TGC), if one has a BTech degree.

    •    It is only for male candidates.
    •    The age has to be between 20-27 years for the Permanent Commission.
    •    The training for the Technical Graduate Course is given at IMA.
    •    TGC admissions are notified twice a year, in April and October.

    Second Route
    The second route is by choosing the Short Service Commission (Tech); this is for male and female candidates.

    •    For a short service commission, the age limit for the male candidates is 20-27 years.
    •    For female candidates, it is 19-25 years.
    •    Training for the Short Service Commission is provided at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.
    •    Short Service Commission service if for ten years, but can be extended by another four years. One can also put in an application for permanent commission in the tenth year of service.
    •    Admissions for SSC are notified once a year in the months of June/July.

    NCC Special Entry Scheme

    This is a direct admission and one does not need to sit for any written entrance exam for the same. Requirements include

    •    If you’re a graduate with a minimum of 50% marks
    •    2 years’ service in the NCC Senior Division Army
    •    Have a B grade in the C Certificate Exam  After application, you’re entitled to be called in for the SSB interviews directly.
    •    Any person between 19-25 years’ age can apply for the same.
    •    Training is generally provided at the OTA, Chennai.
    •    The notification for the same comes around in the months of April and October.

    University Entry Scheme

    University Entry Scheme gives you access to a Permanent Commission job.

    •    Only male candidates are eligible to apply.
    •    There are two interview schedules for the entrance—the first one is held at the campus whereas the final one is the SSB interview held at the designated centres.
    •    The eligibility criteria for the same is a BTech degree (the final and pre-final year students can also apply)
    •    The age limit is between 19-25 years.
    •    The training for the same is imparted at the IMA Dehradun.
    •    The notification generally comes out in the month of May.

    Judge Advocate General Branch Entry Scheme

    This is also called JAG Entry Scheme. One has to be a law graduate with minimum 55% marks and registered with the Bar Council of India or of the State.

    •    One must be 21-27 years old.
    •    The training for the same is provided at Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai
    •    Entrance is based on SSB interview call.
    •    The notification for the same comes out in June/July.

    The entry through all the above schemes is subject to the candidate being medically fit. The above five methods give excellent opportunities to students to join Indian Army after graduation degree.


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