EXAMINATION NOTICE NO.03/2021-NDA-I DATED 30.12.2020
(Last Date for Submission of Applications: 19.01.2021)
NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY &
NAVAL ACADEMY EXAMINATION (I), 2021
(Commission’s Website http://upsc.gov.in)
CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION:
The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the
eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the
stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the
prescribed eligibility conditions.
Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his
candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.
Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up
only after the candidate has qualified for interview/Personality Test.
OTHER JOBS LINKS:
HOW TO APPLY
1 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
2 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.
3 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.
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS:
(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(ii) The online Applications can be withdrawn from 27.01.2021 to 02.02.2021 till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
The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the
commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available
on the UPSC website (upsconline.nic.in) for being downloaded by candidates.
No Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide
valid & active e-mail id while filling up online application form as the
Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.
PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS:
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong
answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates
must use black ball pen only Pens with any other colour are prohibited. Do not
use Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates should note that any
omission/mistake/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer
sheet especially with regard to Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code will
render the answer sheet liable for rejection. Candidates are further advised to
read carefully the “Special Instructions” contained in Appendix-III of the
FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES:
In case of any guidances/information/clarification regarding their application,
candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’
of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-
23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.
MOBILE PHONES BANNED:
(a)The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic
equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches
etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories
either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication
device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any infringement of these
instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future
(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned item
including mobile phones or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the
examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured. Commission will
not be responsible for any loss in this regard.
CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE AT http://upsconline.nic.in
ONLY. NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION.
(c) 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 :—
: 370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for
Navy and 120 for Air Force
(including 28 for ground Duties)
(10+2 Cadet Entry
Total : 400
Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the
availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy and
Indian Naval Academy.
CENTRES OF EXAMINATION:
The Examination will be held at the following Centres :
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Bengaluru,
Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi,
Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur,
Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai,
Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi,
Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram,
Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.
CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:
(a) Nationality : A candidate must be unmarried male and must
(i) a citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan,
Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda,
the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and
Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii),
above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility
has been issued by the Government of India.
Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the
case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status :
Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July,
2002 and not later than 1st July, 2005 are eligible.
(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
(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.
Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2
pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also
apply for this examination.
Such candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not
produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at
the time of SSB interview should forward duly self attested
Photocopies to ‘Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West
Block.III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066’ and for Naval Academy
candidates to ‘Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room
No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi-110011’ by 24th
December, 2021 failing which their candidature will be cancelled. All
other candidates who have produced their Matriculation and 10+2
pass or equivalent certificates in original at the time of attending
the SSB interview and have got the same verified by the SSB
authorities are not required to submit the same to Army HQ or
Naval HQ as the case may be. Certificates in original issued by the
Principals of the Institutions are also acceptable in cases where
Boards/Universities have not yet issued certificates. Certified true
copies/photostate copies of such certificates will not be accepted.
In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who
does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as
educationally qualified provided that he possesses qualifications,
the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies
his admission to the examination.
NOTE 1 : Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not
eligible for this examination.
NOTE 2 : Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th
class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the
UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special
concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of
passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed
date (i.e. 24th December, 2021) and no request for extending this date
will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of
Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or
any other ground whatsoever.
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.
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.
NOTE-1 : Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled
Tribes and those specified in Note 2 below are not required to pay
any fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates
and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee.
NOTE-2 : The sons of serving/ex-Junior Commissioned
Officers/Non-Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks of Army and
equivalent ranks in the Indian Navy/Indian Air Force are also not
required to pay the prescribed fee if they are studying in Military
School (formerly known as King George’s School)/Sainik School
run by Sainik Schools Society.
[N.B. : A certificate of eligibility for fee exemption is required
to be obtained by all such candidates from the Principals
concerned individually and produced for verification at the
time of SSB Test/Interview by the candidates who are
declared qualified for the SSB Test/Interview.]
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website
upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online
applications are available on the above-mentioned website.
NOTE-1 : The applicants are advised to submit only single
application; however if due to any unavoidable situation, if he
submits another/multiple applications, then he must ensure that
application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like
applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature,
photo identity card document, fee etc. The applicants who are
submitting multiple applications should note that only the
applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained
by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be
adjusted against any other RID.
NOTE-2: 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.
NOTE-3 : All candidates whether already in Government Service
including candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Sailors
(including boys and artificers apprentices) of the Indian Navy,
Cadets of Rashtriya Indian Military College (previously known as
Sainik School, Dehradun), Students of Rashtriya Military Schools
(formerly known as Military Schools) and Sainik Schools run by
Sainik Schools Society, Government owned industrial
undertakings or other similar organizations or in private
employment should apply online direct to the Commission.
N.B. (a) Persons already in Government Service, whether in
permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees
other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under
the Public Enterprises; (b) Candidates serving in the Armed
Forces, Sailors (including boys and artificers apprentices) of the
Indian Navy; and (c) Cadets of Rashtriya Indian Military College
(previously known as Sainik School, Dehra Dun), Students of
Military Schools formerly known as King George’s Schools and
Sainik Schools run by Sainik Schools Society are required to
inform their Head of Office/Department, Commanding Officer,
Principals of College/School concerned, as the case may be, in
writing that they have applied for this examination. Candidates
should note that in case a communication is received by the
Commission from their employer/authority concerned withholding
permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the
examination, their applications will be liable to be
rejected/candidatures will be liable to be cancelled.
NOTE-4: WHILE FILLING IN THE APPLICATION FORM, THE
CANDIDATE SHOULD CAREFULLY DECIDE ABOUT HIS CHOICE
FOR THE CENTRE FOR THE EXAMINATION.
IF ANY CANDIDATE APPEARS AT A CENTRE OTHER
THAN THE ONE INDICATED BY THE COMMISSION IN HIS EADMISSION CERTIFICATE, THE PAPERS OF SUCH A
CANDIDATE WILL NOT BE VALUED AND HIS CANDIDATURE
WILL BE LIABLE TO CANCELLATION.
NOTE-5 : APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THE PRESCRIBED FEE
(UNLESS REMISSION OF FEE IS CLAIMED AS IN PARA 4 ABOVE)
OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS SHALL BE SUMMARILY
REJECTED. NO REPRESENTATION OR CORRESPONDENCE
REGARDING SUCH REJECTION SHALL BE ENTERTAINED
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. CANDIDATES ARE NOT
REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ALONG WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS ANY
CERTIFICATE IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CLAIMS REGARDING AGE,
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, SCHEDULED
CASTES/SCHEDULED TRIBES/OTHER BACKWARD CLASSES
AND FEE REMISSION ETC EXCEPT THE PHOTO ID CARD. THEY
SHOULD THEREFORE, ENSURE THAT THEY FULFIL ALL THE
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE
EXAMINATION. THEIR ADMISSION TO THE EXAMINATION WILL
ALSO THEREFORE BE PURELY PROVISIONAL. IF ON
VERIFICATION AT ANY LATER DATE IT IS FOUND THAT THEY
DO NOT FULFIL ALL ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS, THEIR
CANDIDATURE WILL BE CANCELLED. THE RESULT OF THE
WRITTEN PART OF THE EXAMINATION IS LIKELY TO BE
DECLARED IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, 2021. All the candidates
who have successfully qualified in the written examination are
required to register themselves online on Directorate General of
Recruiting website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in, with the same Email ID as provided to UPSC while filling UPSC online application.
Candidates must ensure that their e-mail IDs given in their online
applications are valid and active. These candidates would then be
allotted Selection Centres through the aforesaid website. In case of
any problems/queries, candidates should contact Directorate
General of Recruiting on the telephone numbers given on their
website or through feedback / query module after logging on to
NOTE-6 : CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PASSED WRITTEN TEST ARE
NOT REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THEIR ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF
AGE AND EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION EITHER TO
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF RECRUITING, ARMY HQ, WEST
BLOCK-III, RK PURAM, NEW DELHI-110066 OR TO NAVAL
HEADQUARTERS, DMPR, OI&R SECTION, ‘C’ WING, SENA
BHAWAN, NEW DELHI-110011.
ALL CANDIDATES CALLED FOR SSB INTERVIEW MUST
CARRY THEIR ORIGINAL MATRICULATION CERTIFICATE OR
EQUIVALENT EXAMINATION CERTIFICATE TO THE SERVICES
SELECTION BOARD (SSB). ORIGINALS WILL HAVE TO BE
PRODUCED BY THE CANDIDATES WHO QUALIFY AT THE SSB
INTERVIEW SOON AFTER THE INTERVIEW. THE ORIGINALS
WILL BE RETURNED AFTER VERIFICATION. THOSE
CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ALREADY PASSED 10+2 EXAMINATION
MUST CARRY THEIR ORIGINAL 10+2 PASS CERTIFICATE OR
MARKS SHEET FOR THE SSB INTERVIEW. IF ANY OF THEIR
CLAIMS IS FOUND TO BE INCORRECT THEY MAY RENDER
THEMSELVES LIABLE TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY THE
COMMISSION IN TERMS OF THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS.
IMPORTANT : All Communications to the Commission should
invariably contain the following particulars.
1. Name and year of the examination.
2. Registration ID (RID).
3. Roll Number (if received).
4. Name of candidate (in full and in block letters).
5. Postal Address as given in the application.
(The Scheme and Syllabus of Examination)
A. SCHEME OF EXAMINATION
1. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and
the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:—
Subject Code Duration Maximum
Mathematics 01 2½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 02 2½ Hours 600
SSB Test/Interview: 900
2. THE PAPERS IN ALL THE SUBJECTS WILL CONSIST OF
OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTIONS ONLY. THE QUESTION PAPERS
B. SYLLABUS OF THE EXAMINATION
(Code No. 01)
Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams.
De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.
Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex
numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of
unity. Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in
decimal system to binary system and vice-versa. Arithmetic,
Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations with
real coefficients. Solution of linear inequations of two variables by
graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its
applications. Logarithms and their applications.
2. MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS :
Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a
matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a
square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear
equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by
3. TRIGONOMETRY :
Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians.
Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference
formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric
functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of
4. ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY OF TWO AND THREE DIMENSIONS:
Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula.
Equation of a line in various forms. Angle between two lines.
Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard
and in general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and
hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three
dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines
and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and
direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms.
Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation
of a sphere.
5. DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS :
Concept of a real valued function–domain, range and
graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and
inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples.
Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on
continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical
and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications.
Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of
a function with respect to another function, derivative of a
composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and
decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of
maxima and minima.
6. INTEGRAL CALCULUS AND DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS :
Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by
substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic
expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions.
Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane
regions bounded by curves—applications.
Definition of order and degree of a differential equation,
formation of a differential equation by examples. General and
particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order
and first degree differential equations of various types—examples.
Application in problems of growth and decay.
7. VECTOR ALGEBRA :
Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and
direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors,
scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of
two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors.
Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in
8. STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY :
Statistics : Classification of data, Frequency distribution,
cumulative frequency distribution—examples. Graphical
representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—
examples. Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and
mode. Variance and standard deviation—determination and
comparison. Correlation and regression.
Probability : Random experiment, outcomes and associated
sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events,
impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events.
Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of
probability—classical and statistical—examples. Elementary
theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability,
Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on
a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random
experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.
GENERAL ABILITY TEST
(Code No. 02)
Part ‘A’—ENGLISH (Maximum Marks—200)
The question paper in English will be designed to test the
candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of
words. The syllabus covers various aspects like : Grammar and
usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text
to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.
Part ‘B’—GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Maximum Marks—400)
The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly
cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social
Studies, Geography and Current Events.
– The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these
subjects included in this paper. The topics mentioned are not to be
regarded as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature
not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked.
Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and
intelligent understanding of the subject.
Section ‘A’ (Physics)
Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight,
Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes,
Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s
Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces,
Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas
of work, Power and Energy. Effects of Heat, Measurement of
Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of
transference of Heat. Sound waves and their properties, Simple
musical instruments. Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection
and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.
Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet,
Earth as a Magnet.
Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Nonconductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating,
Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of
Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.
General Principles in the working of the following:
Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers,
Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask,
Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope,
Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety
Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)
Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures
and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical
Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).
Properties of Air and Water.
Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen,
Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids,
bases and salts. Carbon—different forms. Fertilizers—Natural and
Artificial. Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap,
Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and GunPowder. Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic
Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.
Section ‘C’ (General Science)
Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells,
Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and
Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs.
Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.
Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced
Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.
Achievements of Eminent Scientists.
Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)
A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and
Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian
Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five
Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community
Development. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and
Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration
and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution,
Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. Impact of Science
and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations,
Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India
in the present world.
Section ‘E’ (Geography)
The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes,
Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and
their effects. Origin of Earth. Rocks and their
classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical,
Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Ocean Currents and Tides
Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric
Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity;
Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural
regions of the World. Regional Geography of India—Climate,
Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and
distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities. Important Sea
ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of
Imports and Exports of India.
Section ‘F’ (Current Events)
Knowledge of Important events that have happened in
India in the recent years. Current important world events.
Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including
those connected with cultural activities and sports.
NOTE : Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper,
questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry
approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages
Intelligence and Personality Test
The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process
– stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I
are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are :
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are
Picture Perception * Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates
will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR
Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks,
Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted
over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three
different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group
Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate
weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only
after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate
holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are
also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in
the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to
bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their
trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are
Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.