(Notification) UPSC : NDA & NA Exam (I) 2021

(Notification) UPSC : NDA & NA Exam (I) 2021

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F.No.7/2/2020.E.1(B): An Examination will be conducted by the Union  Public Service Commission on 18th April, 2021 for admission to the  Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 147th Course, and  for the 109th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from  2nd January, 2022.  

The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be  changed at the discretion of the Commission.  

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this  examination will be as under :—  

  • National Defence  Academy  : 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for  Navy and 120 for Air Force  (including 28 for ground Duties)  
  • Naval Academy  (10+2 Cadet Entry  Scheme)  : 30

Total : 400  

 Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the  availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy and  Indian Naval Academy.  

N.B. (i) A candidate is required to specify clearly in the Online  Application Form the Services for which he wishes to be considered  in the order of his preference [1 to 4]. He is also advised to indicate  as many preferences as he wishes to opt so that having regard to  his rank in the order of merit due consideration can be given to his  preferences when making appointments.  

 (ii) Candidates should note that they will be considered for  appointment to those services only for which they express their  preferences and for no other service(s). No request for  addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a  candidate in his application will be entertained by the  Commission.  

 (iii) Admission to the above courses will be made on the results  of the written examination to be conducted by the Commission  followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services  Selection Board of candidates who qualify in the written  examination.  

Education Qualification: 

(i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy :—12th Class  pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent  examination conducted by a State Education Board or a  University.  
(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence  Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian  Naval Academy :—12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry and  Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent  conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

Age :

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 2002 and not later than 1st July, 2005 are eligible. 

Physical Standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards  for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy  Examination (I), 2021 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.  
(e) A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary  grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not  eligible to apply.  

Fees  :

Candidates (excepting SC/ST candidates/Sons of  JCOs/NCOs/ORs specified in Note 2 below who are exempted from  payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees one  hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI  by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or  by using Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card.  

Pay Scale:


Pay Level (in Rs.)

Lt to Maj

Lt - Level 10 (56,100 – 1,77,500) Capt   -   Level   10   B   (61,300-1,93,900)

Maj    -    Level    11    (69,400    –2,07,200)

Lt   Col   to

Maj Gen

Lt  Col  -  Level  12A  (1,21,200  –2,12,400)

Col    -    Level    13    (1,30,600-2,15,900)

Brig   -   Level   13A   (1,39,600-2,17,600)

Maj  Gen  -  Level  14  (1,44,200-2,18,200)

Lt Gen HAG Scale

Level 15 (1, 82, 200-2,24,100)

HAG+Scal e

Level 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)

VCOAS/Ar my Cdr/LtGen(NFSG)

Level 17 (2,25,000/-) (fixed)


Level 18 (2,50,000/-) (fixed)

(ii)   MSP to the officer is as follows:- Military 

Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lt to Brig

 Rs 15,500 p.m. Fixed

(iii)     Flying Allowance: The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance at Rs 25,000/- p.m.

(iv)     Other allowance:-

Dearness Allowance

Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel from time to time.

Para Allce

Rs 10,500/- pm

Para Reserve Allce

Rs 2,625/- pm

Para Jump Instructor Allce

Rs 10,500/- pm

Project Allce

Rs 3,400/- pm

Special Forces Allce

Rs 25,000/- pm

Technical Allce (Tier-I)

Rs 3,000/- pm

Technical Allce (Tier-II)

Rs 4,500/- pm

(v)     Depending  upon  rank  and  area  of  posting,  officer posted to Field Areas will be eligible for the following Field Area allowances:-


Highly Active Field Area Allce

Field Area Allce

Modified Field Area Allce


Rs 16,900/- pm

Rs 10,500/- pm

Rs 6,300/- pm

High Altitude Allowance






Rs 3,400/- pm

Rs 5,300/- pm

Rs 25,000/- pm

How to Apply :

  • Candidates are required to apply online by using the website  upsconline.nic.in Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have  been given in the Appendix-II (A) Detailed instructions are available on the above  mentioned website.  
  • The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application  for those candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard,  Instructions are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice.  
  • Candidate should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/  Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other  photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID  will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application  form. The same photo ID card will also have to be uploaded with the Online  Application Form. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the  candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/SSB.  

Important Date :

(i) The Online Applications can be filled upto 19th January, 2021 till 6:00 PM.  
(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 27.01.2021 to  02.02.2021 till 6:00 PM. Detailed instructions regarding  withdrawal of Applications is available at Appendix-II (B).  

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