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If you're looking for UPSC NDA Previous Year Papers PDF for free, you have landed on the right page! National Defence Academy (NDA) Exam 2021 is a National level exam organized by Union Public Service Commission UPSC to recruit candidates in Army, Navy, and Air Force. It is conducted twice every year and the exams are NDA 1 and NDA 2. NDA conducts its exam in two stages i.e Written exam and an SSB interview.

UPSC NDA exam is conducted for admission to Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC), and more than 4 lakh aspirants appear for the NDA exam every year, out of which approximately 6000 qualified candidates are called for SSB Interview. A list of the candidates is prepared who have qualified for the written exam by UPSC Hence the candidates who are on the list are called for SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test.

NDA & NA-(I) exam was conducted on 18th April 2021. Notably, as per the latest update, the NDA & NA-(II) will be held on November 14 as against the previously scheduled date of September 5.

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UPSC NDA Previous Year Papers 

It is essential that candidates start their practice by solving the previous year question papers for UPSC NDA 2021 Exam. Solving previous years' question papers will help in time management and make them well versed with the type of questions framed. Below are the UPSC NDA & NA Exam Previous Question Papers along with their Answer Keys:

UPSC NDA & NA Previous Year Papers


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, 2019

General Ability Test




National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, 2018

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National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination, 2017

General Ability Test




To aid the students in their exam preparation for NDA 2021 Safalta has compiled all the study materials for the preparation of NDA 2021 which comprises: study material like Previous Year Papers, Mock Tests and Solved Practice Paper which help check out  the Exam pattern of UPSC NDA Exam 2021:

UPSC NDA Exam Pattern

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

UPSC NDA Written Exam




Maximum Marks     

Mathematics (120 Questions)


2hrs 30 Min


General Ability Test (150 Questions) 


2 hrs 30 Min




SSB Test/Interview



UPSC NDA Mock Tests

It is important that candidates practice mock tests daily for cracking the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam. Practicing mock tests regularly will help the candidates in clearing the cut-off marks of the UPSC NDA Written Exam. Therefore,  on the basis of the latest exam pattern & syllabus of the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam, we have created and compiled mock tests of both the sections, i.e., Mathematics & General Ability Test (GAT). 


To succeed in any competitive exam it is important that the aspirants Practice  Mock Tests, Previous year Papers and Solved Practice Paper which helps them in understanding the pattern asked and time management so that they can mold their preparation for the exam accordingly.  There is an added advantage: there are no sectional time limits and no sectional cut-offs in UPSC NDA 2021 Exam. Hence,  the candidates are advised to simply maximize the score however they can by noting and understanding their strengths and performing well.


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Targeted Exams

Course Duration

NDA/NA (I) - 14th November 2021

5 Months

Hours of Study

450+ hours of Live Study

Paper Covered

NDA/NA (I) - Paper 1 & Paper 2

Subjects Covered

Mathematics, English, GS (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Polity, Geography, Economics, Current Affairs)

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5 Days in a week (Monday to Friday)

Daily Class Timings

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UPSC NDA Previous Year Papers 2021 FAQs

Ques 1) Can Female candidates apply for UPSC NDA?

Ans) Yes, female candidates apply for NDA Exam.

Ques 2) When will be UPSC NDA/NDA 2 exam will be conducted in 2021?

Ans) The second cycle has been postponed and will now be conducted on November 14 instead of September 5.

Ques 3) Is there any stipend scheme for selected NDA cadets?

Ans) Yes! The selected NDA cadets are entitled to a fixed stipend of INR 56,100.

Ques 4) Is SSB Interview mandatory for everyone?

Ans) Yes, the SSB interviews are mandatory for all selected cadets.

Ques 5) Can 12th-grade students apply for UPSC NDA?

Ans) Yes, the candidates studying in class 12th are eligible to apply for the exam.

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