UPSC NDA & NA Selection Process 2020

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 03 Jan, 2020 14:30 IST

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UPSC NDA & NA Exam 2020 Selection Procedure

The NDA Selection Process 2020 is mainly divided into two phases, the first is a written examination and the second is the SSB Interview. The candidates selected on the basis of their performance in the written test are invited for the further rounds of the NDA 2020 Selection Process.

The qualifying candidates are made to appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. The SSB organizes an interview for these candidates. The SSB Interview for the qualified candidates will be conducted in July to September 2020.

The candidates meeting the NDA Cut-off for their respective categories are required to appear for the interview before the selection boards of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Written Examination:

The written examination is the first phase of the selection of candidates under NDA & NA 2020. The successful candidates from the first phase are invited to participate in the next round.

  • The entrance examination is a 900 marks test, which is further divided into two sections such as Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  • The entrance examination is 150 minutes long.
  • The complete entrance examination comprises of objective type questions.
  • It is an online entrance examination. Candidates are required to obtain the minimum qualifying marks decided by the commission for participating in the selection process.
  • The candidates qualifying the written examination are required to sit for the interview consisting of Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence or Personality test.

SSB Interview :

The SSB Interview is the second and final round of NDA Selection Process. The SSB Interview involves two separate tests such as Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

Only those candidates who qualify in Phase 1 are called for the second stage/remaining tests. The candidates who will qualify phase II have to submit the following Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of:

  • Original 10th pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth,
  • Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:

  • Written examination of NDA 2020 as decided by the Commission.
  • Officer Potentiality Test as set by the Services Selection Board at their discretion.

Note: Apart from this, candidates with the first choice for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates with one choice as Air Force should separately qualify the PABT (Pilot Aptitude Test) and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

Documents Required:

The candidates shortlisted for the interview have to carry and later on, submit the following documents to the academy for verification of their eligibility. Candidates claiming admission under reserved categories should carry all the relevant documents.

  • Original 10+2 or Class 12th passing certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.
  • Class 10th Board Passing certificate or equivalent supported with the Birth Certificate which works as a proof of age.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for the certain category of students.
  • Category or Cast certificate applicable to SC, ST, OBC etc.
  • Identity and Address Proof.

UPSC NDA conducts a Two-Stage Selection Process

The Selection Centre or the Air Force Selection Board or Naval Selection Board has introduced a two-stage selection process. 

All the candidates will have to go through stage 1 on the first day when he reached the selection centre. Only the candidates who qualify stage 1 will be sent to stage 2. Candidates who qualify stage 2 will be required to submit Original Documents along with the photocopy of them. 

Candidates who appear for the Service Selection Board can go through the test on their own risk. They will not be entitled to any compensation from the Government for any such injury which may sustain during the course. Guardian or parents of the candidate must sign the certificate agreeing to this condition.  

In order to be acceptable in air Force or Navy, the candidates will have to secure the minimum qualifying marks in 1. The written examination prescribed by the Commission. 2. Officer potentiality Test conducted by the SSB at their own discretion. All SSB qualified candidates preferring Air Force branch must qualify CPSS. 

Satisfying these conditions, a list of qualified candidates will be made on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and Services Selection Test Board. The final allocation/selection for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be made up to the number of vacancies available subject to eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.  

Candidates who are eligible to get admission in several services will be given options as per their preferences are given during form filling. After choosing one of the services the candidate would have to close the other options. 

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