NDA Interview

NDA Interview

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: Mar 22, 2021
NDA 2022 Exam: Check UPSC NDA exam notification 2022 official details such as dates, result, interview round and selection process here.

NDA Interview 2022

NDA Interview(SSB Interview)  is conducted for 5 days to choose the appropriate candidates. The Service Selection Board holds this interview to select the candidates for the Navy, Army, and Air force in National Deference Academy.

Candidates who clear the NDA Exam will be qualified for the NDA Interview 2022, and the interview comprises two different stages. Stage one of the interview procedure will comprise the Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP and DT). 

The second stage will comprise of command task, conference, psychology test, and group testing officer tasks. Candidates qualifying in both these stages shall finally make it to the final selection list. Below you will find all details of the SSB Interview for your ready reference.

NDA Interview Process

The SSB Interview will be held for 5 days. Below are the interview procedures for all days.

NDA Interview Day 1 - Screening Test

  • On the first day of the interview, the candidates will be screened based on the non-verbal intelligence and verbal test, which will be followed by the PPDT (Picture Perception and Description Test).
  • The intelligence test will have a total of 50 questions from both non-verbal and verbal reasoning.
  • Here, in the PPDT test, the candidate will be shown a picture for 30 seconds, and then the candidate has to narrate the story in under a minute.

NDA Interview Day 2 - Psychology Test

  • Self Description Test - This test will have 5 questions related to your teachers, family, friends, and perception about yourself.
  • Word Association Test - For this test authorities will show you 15 words that would be used in our day-to-day life. The candidate has to write what comes to his mind when he sees those words.
  • Situation Reaction Test - Here, the candidate will be provided with a booklet that consists of 60 different situations. The aspirant has to respond to the questions in 30 minutes.
  • Thematic Apperception Test - This test is similar to the PPDT test. The candidate will be shown 12 pictures, and they’ll have to write a story based on the picture. Each picture will be displayed for 30 seconds, and the aspirant has to write the story in 4 minutes.

NDA Interview Day 3 and Day 4 - Group Test by GTO

  • Group Planning Exercise - Here, one candidate will be provided with a real-life problem for which he/ she has to give a solution. After giving the solution, the candidate has to explain the issue with the group and will have to provide a mutual solution.
  • Group Discussion - The whole group has to discuss the topic given by the group testing officer. The officer shall monitor every candidate of the group in this discussion.
  • Snake Race - Two groups have to contend with each other in this test.
  • Progressive Group Task - This test will have four stages you have to cross them with your group members with the help of materials like a wood log, rope, etc. The challenge of a barrier will keep on rising.
  • Individual Obstacles - This is an individual task that will have 10 stages, and it should be completed in 3 minutes.
  • Lecturette - Here, every candidate has to give a lecture on any specific topic for 3 minutes.
  • Command Task - The candidate shall be made as a commander, and he/ she will have to free the barrier using his/ her two juniors.
  • Half Group Task - This task is similar to the progressive group task, but here, your group will be divided into two halves.
  • Final Group - This is the final GTO test, in which the candidate has to clear a few barriers along with the group. The personal interview will be conducted along with the GTO test.

NDA Interview Day 5 - Final Assessment and Conference

  • The final test will be conducted individually by a group of officers. The main intention of this round is to test the attitude and confidence of the candidate towards general troubles in life.
  • After conducting an individual discussion with the candidates, the panel will announce the results within an hour.
  • The final shortlisted candidates will have to undergo a medical examination which will be conducted after 3 to 4 days.

Note: Candidates who have been chosen for the Air Force option, have to qualify the PABT (Pilot Aptitude Test) and CPSS (Computerised Pilot Selection System)

NDA Interview Preparation Tips 2022

Below you will find some useful NDA Interview Preparation Tips that will help you boost your preparation.

  • Firstly, know the entire process and procedure of the interview and understand it clearly. Gaining knowledge about something is practically winning half the battle.
  • Keep yourself highly fit and healthy as it is mandatory to go through physical tasks during the SSB Interview Process.
  • You have to improve your communication skills, to perform well in the personal interview rounds and group discussions. Practice public speaking every day.
  • You have to stay updated with all current affairs through magazines and newspapers.
  • You must focus on personality development. For this, you can attend personality development classes online or offline based on your convenience and preference.
  • Your posture matters a lot for the NDA Interview. Practice using professional and alert body language to leave an appropriate impression in the minds of the interviewers.

Some Common NDA Interview Questions

Following are a few Common Questions for NDA Interview are as follows.

  1. Why do you want to join the Defence Forces?
  2. If you are a repeater, then why have you not cleared SSB in the previous attempt?
  3. Whenever you go through any issue in your life, who do you do, or how do you work it out?
  4. How did you travel to reach the SSB centre? What were the notable stations you came across in between, and how did you pass your time in the train?
  5. Tell me something about CPEC. What are the names of the ports it joins?
  6. Can you guess the estimated volume of water in the glass on my table?
  7. As all of us have some ideal in our life, may I know yours and why you think he or she is your idol?
  8. What characteristics do you see in a person before making them your friends?
  9. What qualities make you fit for this role in the Indian armed forces?
  10. What is the South China Sea, and where is it located. Also, tell me its importance.
Important NDA Links:
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2022NDA Exam 2022Admit Card 
NDA Cut off
NDA Question Papers
NDA Syllabus PDF
NDA Exam Study Material 
NDA 2022 Best Books
NDA Cadet Salary 
NDA Selection Process 
NDA Exam Analysis 2021

NDA Interview FAQs

  • The candidates have to carry the following documents for the NDA Interview

    • Original 10th, 12th and degree certificate to support your educational qualification.
    • Identity proof along with address proof
    • NOC (Applicable only for candidates who are currently working for government organisations).
    • Original ticket copy ( if the candidate is eligible for travel allowance)
    • Cast or category certificate. (Applicable only to reservation candidates)
    • 20 Passport size photographs.
    • Risk certificate for minor candidates signed by guardian/ parent.
  • If you were a part of the NDA Academy earlier and due to the lack of inappropriateness, shall not be appointed again and will be disqualified in the interview.

  • Yes, both the NDA interview round cut off will be considered for the candidate to get shortlisted.


  • Yes, personal informative questionnaire form has to be filled before the interview begins.

  • There is no fixed time for the interview, it could last for more than an hour, or sometimes it’ll get over in 30 minutes. It varies from person to person.


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