The National Defense Academy (NDA) is one of the most coveted defense entry tests in the country. The exam is for admission to the NDA's Army, Navy, and Air Force wings, as well as the Indian Naval Academy's course (INAC). NDA is held twice a year and consists of two stages: a written exam and an SSB interview. Every year, roughly four lakh applicants apply for the NDA, with around 6,000 being selected for an SSB interview.
The UPSC compiles a list of candidates who achieve the required minimum score in the written test. Candidates who pass the SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test are called for an SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test.
The complete process of NDA is explained below.
Filling out the application
Interested applicants must fill out an NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs 100, and it can be paid online or in person. A few days after the application procedure ends, the commission discloses the list of candidates who were rejected. In addition, the examination authority activates the link to remove the NDA application form for a set amount of time. Candidates who do not intend to take the exam may withdraw their application.
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Release of admit card
Three weeks before the exam, the NDA admit card is released. The official website will provide a link to download the admission card. The admission card can be downloaded by logging in with either their roll number or their registration number. Candidates will not receive a hard copy of their admit card in the mail.
The written test is mandatory for all applicants who have successfully registered for the exam. There are two portions to the written exam: Mathematics and General Ability Test. The exam has a total of 900 points. Candidates who pass the written exam with the required minimum score are invited to the SSB interview.
Declaration of the result
The written and final NDA results are published online in two stages. The written exam results are announced first, followed by the final result announcement. The final product is available in PDF format. It lists the qualifying candidates' roll numbers. After the final result is announced, the candidates' mark sheets are released. Candidates must meet the NDA cut-off in both the written exam and the SSB interview.
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Interview with the SSB
The SSB Interview is used to assess intelligence and personality. The test is divided into two parts. On the first day of reporting to Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards, all qualifying applicants are put through a stage 1 examination. Candidates who pass the first stage exam are invited to take the second stage exam. Those who advance to the second level must produce a birth certificate as well as a pass certificate.
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Candidates are ultimately selected for admission to the NDA and INAC's Army, Navy, and Air Force wings based on their performance in the written exam and SSB interview. The ultimate distribution will be based on the number of openings available, as well as the candidates' qualifications, medical fitness, and merit-cum-preference.
Publication of the Answer Key
After the recruitment process is completed, the NDA Answer Key for both Mathematics and the General Ability Test (GAT) is released. For each set of test booklets, the answer keys are made available.
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