How many times NDA Exam is Conducted in a Year?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year in the month of May and September. As per the latest notification of UPSC, NDA 1 2023 will be conducted on 16 April 2023 and NDA 2 2023 will be conducted on 03 September 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 frequently asked question “How many times NDA Exam is Conducted in a Year?” including the number of vacancies and exam pattern.

NDA Exam Frequency in a Year

NDA is conducted twice a year by UPSC for armed forces including the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforce. Earlier, the notification for session 1 of the NDA exam was released on 21 December 2022. On May 17, the Union Public Service Commission released the notification for NDA 2 exam, which is set to happen on 03 September. In the following table, we are sharing a timeline of the NDA Exam.

NDA Important Events

NDA 1 Exam

NDA 2 Exam

Notification Release



Admit Card Release



NDA Exam Date



Written Result


October – December

NDA Vacancies

Apart from knowing how many times NDA exam is conducted in a year, it is important to have a fair idea about the vacancy. UPSC releases the notification of NDA for admission to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force for Grade A officers. Approx. 395 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 2023

370 (including 35 for Females)

25 (including 07 for female candidates)


NDA 1 2023

370 (including 19 for Females)

25 (for Male Candidates only)


NDA 2 2022

370 (including 19 for Females)

30 (Male Cadets Only)


NDA 1 2022

370 (including 19 for Females)

30 (Male Cadets Only)


NDA 1 2021




NDA 2 2021




NDA 1 2020




NDA Exam Pattern

As per the NDA Exam Pattern, the written exam 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 will get the call for an SSB interview. 

Exam Important Information


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


Total Marks



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

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