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NDA 2017 Expected Cutoff

Last Updated - May 09, 2017

NDA (National Defence Academy) is a national level entrance conducted twice a year in April and September respectively. NDA Exam (1) 2017 will hold on April 23, 2017 and NDA (2) will hold on September 10, 2017. NDA Exam consists of 2 papers i.e. Mathematics and General Knowledge. Both exam will have duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Total Marks of written exam are 900 marks.

NDA exam is an offline examination. The total score for which a candidate is judged is 900 marks. NDA is a national level examination which is conducted for candidates who have recently passed out of school that is 10+2. The examination aims to judge the candidate on their logical ability and general knowledge.

Candidate is required to sit for both the parts of the NDA exam to ensure admission to the desired course. NDA Syllabus is varied in nature. NDA exam is also followed by an interview as a part of the NDA Selection Process. Thus, the following article will lead the candidates or readers through NDA 2017 Cutoff which they need to know about the National Defence Academy Entrance Examination 2017.

NDA 2017 cut-off will be declared by the May 2017. UPSC will publish the NDA cut-off soon after the declaration of NDA result. Candidates who clear the minimum qualifying marks in NDA 2017 written examination will be called for the SSB interview.

NDA 2017 cutoff is the minimum score that is required by the candidates clearing the written entrance examination as well as the total cutoff score required by all the candidates at the end of various selection rounds.

NDA 2017 Expected Cutoff

After the announcement of answer key for NDA 2017, candidates can check if they qualify for the next round or not. The NDA expected cutoff would help them getting an idea. Following is the list of expected Cut off marks for NDA I 2017 for all the academies. This is prepared on the basis of some features like- previous years’ cutoff, and difficulty level of the exam etc.

NDA II, 2017 Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage and marks secured by the last recommended Candidate at final stage of the examination-

Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage (out of 900 marks): 283 (with at least 30 % marks in each subject).

Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800 marks): 656

Expected Cutoff marks for UPSC NDA Examination, 2017
SubjectMaximum marksExpected Cutoff Marks
General Ability Test600360-400

All those candidates who will be declared qualified in the written examination they will call for personal interview test. This test will carry total 900 marks. So, overall final merit will be prepared on the basis of Marks obtained by the candidates in the written examination of 900 marks and personal interview test 900 marks.

NDA Cut off Trend for Last Three Years

NDA Cutoff for Mathematics

Candidates will have to score 30 % marks in mathematics to clear NDA exam. Therefore, 30 % of the total marks allotted to this section is 300 which stands to 90 marks. Candidates will have to secure 90 marks in this section out of 300.

NDA Cutoff for General Ability Test

Cutoff for General Ability Test is 180 marks. The calculation of this is 30 % of 600 marks stand to 180 marks. The candidates will have to score 180 marks in this section to qualify the test.

The final cutoffs for NDA 2017 will be decided based on the applicants’ performance in written exam, interview and the medical test. The applicants will get entry to prestigious NDA & NA, based on these final cutoffs. The interview & medical test together will count 900 marks & hence the final merit list will be prepared out of 1800 marks. Let’s have a look at the cut offs of previous years of 2015, 2014 & 2013.

In the following table, expected NDA 1 2017 cut off, previous year cut off and the minimum marks scored by the candidate who was recommended last is mentioned:

YearMin. marks to pass written exam (out of 900)Min. marks scored by last recommended applicant
2015306 (with min. 30% in each paper)674
2014360 with min. 35% in each paper)722
2013333 (with min. 30% in each paper))698

In the following table, NDA 2 cut off for the year 2014 and 2013 are mentioned:

YearMin. marks to pass written exam (out of 900)Min. marks scored by last recommended applicant
2014283 (with min. 30% in each paper)656
2013360 (with min. 30% in each paper)721

Candidates should note that there is a sectional cutoff of at least 35% marks for being able to be qualified for the final cutoff marks which means a Candidate needs to score a minimum of 105 marks in mathematics section and around 210 marks in the General ability section to be able to be qualified for the overall cutoff score.

Previous year cutoff Data separately for written examination and SSB Interview test.

Test nameCutoff for writtenCutoff for SSB Interview
NDA NA I 2013333698
NDA NA II 2012335699
NDA I 2012335699
NDA I 2012333695
NDA I 2011290Army 659, Navy 659, IAF 703

NDA 2017 Factors affecting Cutoff

There are various factors that affect the Cutoff. The qualifying marks of the last candidate may be depended on these factors. We have listed some of these factors that affect the cutoff marks-

  1. Total number of seats offered – More the seats available, lower would be the cut off for the particular institute.
  2. Number of students appearing for the exam. This is directly related to the cut off. Higher the number of candidates appearing for the exam, higher will be the cut off.
  3. Difficulty level of exam – This factor is inversely related. Whenever the exams are on the difficult side, the cut offs tend to fall.
  4. Previous years cut off trends- This is more for the predictive analysis. This can help candidates understand what to expect for cut off for their preferred institutes.
  5. Previous year admission trends – This is more or less like the previous one and is generally used for predictions.
  6. Average performance of the candidate in the exam
  7. Lowest and average marks scored in the exam
  8. Reservation rules/policy – Higher the reservation for a particular section, higher would be the cut off for other categories.
  9. Marking scheme including negative marking

NDA 2017 Result

NDA Result will be announced by UPSC after one month of the examination. Candidates can check the result from official website. Candidates must take the printout of the NDA Result and keep it carefully for the further use. NDA result for the Written exam and Selection process (SSB) will declare separately. The written exam result will be declared before the SSB. Selected candidate based on written exam result will be called for SSB.

The steps to view the Result for NDA is given below:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
  2. Find and click on the link ‘Written Result NDA Exam 2017’
  3. Check the result by finding your roll number amongst the qualified roll numbers given in the list.



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