About NDA

NDA Exam Highlights
National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national-level exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year. This is a highly reputed and competitive exam. Candidates need to ensure that they have prepared thoroughly to clear this exam. 

Exam Name                                       NDA/NA (2) 2021
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website upsc.gov.in
Exam Type National Level
Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male & Female candidates can apply
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Duration Mathematics: 2 hours 30 minutes
General Ability Test: 2 hours 30 minutes 

Registration Date

09 Jun 2022 - 29 Jun 2022

Exam Date

14 Nov 2022 - 14 Nov 2022



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NDA Mock Test 1

  • 600 Marks
  • 150 Questions
  • 2.5 Hours

NDA Mock Test 2

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  • 120 Questions
  • 2.5 Hours

NDA Mock Test 3

  • 600 Marks
  • 150 Questions
  • 2.5 Hours

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About NDA

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam is a gateway for candidates looking forward to joining Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force. This is a national level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (NDA & NA) Examination will be a two-step process where candidates first need to take the exam and then qualify the personality test or interview conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

Exam Pattern - NDA

The UPSC NDA Examination holds two stages for the selection of candidates. The two stages of examinations - the written examination and the SSB Round. The total selection process is conducted for 1800 marks in total. Both the stages are conducted for 900 marks each and the final selection will be based on the performance in each of the stages

                                                          NDA Exam Pattern 2022 Highlights
Total duration of the test GAT: 2 ½ hours
Mathematics: 2 ½ hours
Total number of questions asked GAT: 150 Questions
Mathematics: 120 Questions
Time of the Exam GAT: 10 AM to 12.30 pm
Mathematics: 2 PM to 4.30 PM
Language used in the exam English and Hindi
Total number of papers GAT and Mathematics
Total marks for the exam Written Exam: 900 (600 for GAT and 300 for Mathematics)
SSB Interview: 900
Mode of the Exam Offline

Eligibility Criteria - NDA

         Particulars             Details
Name of the Exam NDA
NDA Full-Form National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam Level National
Gender and Marital Requirement Unmarried Female and Male
NDA Age Limit Upper Age - 19 years
Lower Age - 16 years
NDA Educational Qualifications Army Wing - Pass certificate in 10+2 exam
For Air Force and Naval Wings - Passing Certification of Class 12th exam with Physics and Mathematics
Selection Process Written Test 
SSB Interview

Educational Qualification
Posts Required Educational Criteria
Army Wing of NDA Exam Pass certificate in 10+2 exam from a recognized board or University.
Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy Candidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.
10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy Candidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.

Subject Covered

  1. Maths
  2. English
  3. GA
  4. Physics
  5. Chemistry
  6. Biology
  7. Polity
  8. History
  9. Geography
  10. Economics
  11. Current Affairs'
  12. Defence Knowledge
  13. Master Class 

NDA Exam Highlights

National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national-level exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year.  Candidates can apply for both sessions through online mode. The board will also provide the facility for withdrawing of application within a certain period of time.
                             NDA 2nd Exam Date 2022
Events    Dates (tentative)
Date of notification 9-Jun-22
Starting of application form 9-Jun-22
Last date to submit an application form 29-Jun-22
Availability of admit card 2 weeks before the examination
Exam dates 14-Nov-22
Declaration of result In the month of November 2022

About -SSB

SSB Interview 2021

SSB interview is considered to be the most exhaustive and toughest among all the interviews that are conducted for any government job examinations. It's really important to clear the SSB interview if you desire to become an officer in Indian Armed Forces. SSB interview has equal marks to that of the written exam. There is a cut-throat competition in SSB interview because just qualifying the written exam doesn't give you the ticket to NDA, there are lots of candidates, who have qualified NDA or CDS written exam several times but they failed in SSB interview. Many candidates have been sent back on the very first day of the interview. The rate of selection in the SSB interview accounts for nearly 6-10% of the candidates who have appeared. 

To clear the SSB interview the candidates require 80% mental efforts and 20% physical efforts. The interview conducting body always looks for officer-like qualities in a  candidate i.e suitable personality, approach towards solving a real-time problem and attitude towards your goals & life. SSB interview is not a one day process but a 5-days process, which is of very long duration. 

The day-wise SSB interview process is explained below.

Day 1

On the very first day, the screening test is conducted consisting of an OIR (Officers Intelligence Rating) test and PPDT (Picture Perception & Description Test).

In the OIR test, candidates are given a set of 50 questions based on Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal & Non-verbal Reasoning. The time given to solve these questions will be 30 minutes. After that in PPDT, candidates will be shown a static picture on the projector for 30 seconds and they have to come up with a thoughtful story based on your perception. The candidates who do not perform well are sent back on the very first day.

Day 2  

On this day, the candidate is called for psychological testing.

TAT (Thematic Appreciation Test) – In this test, the candidates are shown 11 hazy/blur pictures on the projector one by one and the candidates need to write a positive story on the shown pictures.  The 12th picture will be blank and the candidate needs to write a Self-Description on the same.

WAT (Word Association Test) - this test is to determine the candidate’s psychology. Candidates will be shown 60 words on a projector consecutively and they have to associate these words with some positive events.

SRT (Situation Reaction Test) - SRT is conducted after WAT and 10 minutes will be given to the candidate for answering these questions. The total number of questions will be 60 and the candidates have to write 2-3 sentences in each situation.

Day 3 & 4

On the third and fourth day of the interview, GTO tasks are done to determine the suitable candidate. The Group Testing Officer (GTO) is the most powerful person in the SSB interview because he will spend 2 days testing your abilities. GTO testing comprises the following tasks-

Group Discussion (GD) –  the group will be given two topics for discussion.

Group Planning Exercise (GPE) – this test will consist of 5 parts.

-      Model explanation

-      Reading of narratives by GTO

-      5 minutes for self-reading

-      10 minutes for writing your individual plan

-      Finally, 20 minutes to discuss the common plan

Progressive Group Task (PGT)- PGT is a set of obstacles in a specified area in which the team members need to cross each obstacle complying with certain rules and regulations. The difficulty level of this task increases after every obstacle.

Group Obstacle Race- This is also known as snake race. The group has to take part in a race of six obstacles. Here, the Group Testing Officer GTO wants to see the co-operation and team-leading quality in you.

Half Group Task (HGT) – HGT is almost similar to PGT, but the group is divided into two parts. Here, the Group Testing Officer wants to see the individual performance of the candidate. The rules for HGT will be the same as in PGT.

Lecturette- In this round, each candidate will be given 3 minutes to deliver a speech in front of the group. Scores depend upon your expressions, body language, fluency, confidence, and the knowledge you have.

Individual Obstacles- In this round, the candidate has to perform individually and needs to cross 10 obstacles. These obstacles are Single Ramp, Double Barrel, Screen Jump, Balancing Beam,  Tarzan Swing, Burma Bridge, Double Ditch, Double Platform Jump, Tiger Leap, and Commando Walk. 

Command Task- this round is to find the commanding ability in a candidate and is conducted before the FGT. The candidates are allowed to choose any two members out of the group that you have been allotted. This task is like PGT and HGT.

Final Group Task (FGT)- this is the final task in testing. All group members are required to finish this task and all rules remain the same as in PGT and HGT. This task is tougher and time taking 

Day 5: This is the D-day of the SSB interview. On this day, the candidate is called for the conference for verification by the panel and after this, results are announced.

Note: A personal interview round is also organized on any day between second to the fourth day. The interviewing officers are a top senior officer like Colonel or Brigadier. Personal Interview is an integral part of the SSB interview process in which the details in PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire) form are matched with your personality so they need to be correct. 

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