Understanding NDA Entrance Exam Results

Instructor: Ellen Edmonds
After spending time preparing and getting ready for the NDA Entrance Exam, you're finally finished! Now it's time to relax a little and wait for the results to be made available.

Everything You Wanted to Know About NDA Entrance Exam Results

Timing

The NDA written entrance exam is typically offered two times time per year, once in the spring and again in the fall, with results being made available about four days after the test date. Those candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the written exam move on to the interview phase. It is not until after this portion that NDA results are finalized.

Written exam results are posted to the UPSC website in PDF form. But don't worry - names aren't posted for everyone to see. Each candidate is assigned a number - known as a roll number - and test results will be posted along with this number.

Accessing Scores

Once you've landed on the UPSC website, scroll down on the right-hand side and locate the box that says ''Written Results'' and click on it. You'll see a link that leads to a PDF with the exam results. Once you have the PDF open, do a search for your roll number. If you find it - great news - you've passed! Now you're ready to move on to the next steps of the process, including an in-person interview.

Format and Scoring

The NDA test consists of a mathematics section and a general knowledge section related to science, history, English, and geography. Each section lasts 2.5 hours, and the total possible score is 900. Candidates are required to fill in their answers for the exam's multiple-choice questions, and at the end of the exam their answer sheet is submitted for evaluation.

Each section is scored differently. The number of right answers on the general knowledge section is multiplied by four points, and the number of wrong answers is multiplied by .33 points. For the math test, the number of right answers is multiplied by 2.5 points, and the number of wrong answers is multiplied by .33 points. Scorers then take the total points earned for correct answers and subtract the total number of points for wrong answers. This yields the final score. Once the exam is scored, the results are made available through the UPSC website.

About two weeks after NDA scores are finalized (following the interview phase), answer sheets are posted to the UPSC website. These are available to download for 30 days and include more detailed information on a candidate's individual score.

Can I Retake the NDA Entrance Exam?

Say you opened the exam results PDF and didn't see your roll number. That can be disappointing, but you may have a chance to retake the test. In order to be eligible to register for the NDA entrance exam, you must be between 16.5 and 19 years of age. As long as you are still in this age range on the exam date and meet the other registration requirements, you can retake it. Since you have a limited number of times you'll be able to take the exam, you will definitely want to make sure you are prepared. Something as simple as a study guide and prep course can help give you the tools you need to be successful.

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