How many times NDA Exam is conducted in a year?

By Priya Gupta|Updated : August 3rd, 2022

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year in the month of May and September. As per the latest notification of UPSC, NDA 2 2022 will be conducted on 04th September 2022 and NDA 1 2023 will be conducted on 10th April 2023. UPSC releases the notification for NDA 2 in the month of May and for NDA 1 in the month of December. Important dates related to the National Defence Academy exam are discussed in this article. Candidates will also get to know several important information related to the exam including the number of vacancies and exam pattern.

How many times NDA Exam is conducted in a year?

NDA is conducted twice a year by UPSC for armed forces including the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforce. In the following table, we are sharing a timeline of the NDA exam.

NDA Important Events

NDA 1 Exam

NDA 2 Exam

Notification Release

December 

May

Admit Card Release

March

August

NDA Exam Date

April

September

Written Result

May

October- December

NDA Vacancies

UPSC releases the notification of NDA for admission to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force for Grade A officers. Approx. 400 vacancies are released by UPSC. In the following table, we have shared previous years’ vacancies in the NDA exam.

NDA Exam

National Defence Academy (NDA)

Indian Naval Academy (NA)

Total Vacancies

NDA 2 2022

370 (including 19 for Females)

30 (Male Cadets Only)

400

NDA 1 2022

370 (including 19 for Females)

30 (Male Cadets Only)

400

NDA 1 2021

370

30

400

NDA 2 2021

370

43

413

NDA 1 2020

370

48

418

NDA Exam Pattern

The written exam of NDA is conducted by UPSC in two shifts in a single day. There are two papers in NDA written exam Mathematics and GAT. Those candidates who clear the written exam of NDA will get the call for an SSB interview. 

NDA Exam Important Information

Details

Total Written Papers

2 (Mathematics & GAT)

Math Paper

2.5 Hours

120 Qns

Duration of GAT Paper

2.5 Hours

150 Qns

Total Marks for Written Exam

900 (300 for Math & 600 for GAT)

Total Marks in NDA SSB Interview

900

Total Marks

1800

Note:- 

  1. Objective-type questions (MCQs) are asked in the NDA examination.
  2. The NDA exam is conducted offline.
  3. The questions will be in Hindi and English in the NDA exam.
  4. There is a negative marking of 1/3 marks for every incorrect answer.

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FAQs on How many times NDA Exam is conducted in a year?

  • NDA is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice a year. The exam for NDA 1 is held in the month of May and for NDA 2 in the month of September.

  • The notification of the NDA exam is released twice a year in the month of December for NDA 1 and in the month of May for NDA 2 exam.

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts for the NDA exam. As long as you are falling within the age limit, and satisfy other eligibility criteria, you can apply for the exam.

  • NDA is conducted twice a year by UPSC. For each NDA approximately 400 vacancies are released by UPSC.

  • NDA written exam result is released by UPSC after one month of conducting the written examination. Candidates can download their results by visiting the official website of UPSC.

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