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UPSC Rejects 99 NDA, NA Exam Applications Over Non-Payment of Fees: A Chance to Appeal

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the rejection of applications for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination (I), 2024. This is due to non-payment of examination fees by 99 candidates, as reported by the Hindustan Times.

UPSC asserts that the confirmation of the Rs 100 fee payment was not received from the corresponding bank authorities, leading to the disqualification of these candidates.

Candidates, however, have the right to contest this rejection. Within 10 days, applicants can submit an appeal along with supporting evidence. This can be done either via speed post or hand delivery.

The appeal should be addressed to ‘Smt. Kripa Anna Ekka, Under Secretary (NDA), Union Public Service Commission’ at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi. All appeals must reach the commission’s office by February 4, 2024, as stated in the UPSC notice.

Upon receiving valid evidence of fee payment, rejected applications will undergo reevaluation. If the fee was paid/deposited in cash mode through the State Bank of India or other designated banks, the original Bank -pay -in-slip should be submitted. Alternatively, if the payment was made through debit/credit card or internet banking, a copy of the debit/credit card statement or Bank Account Statement should be provided.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Access the List of Disqualified Candidates for NDA NA (I) Exam 2024

NDA NA (I) Exam 2024: How to Access the List of Disqualified Candidates

Follow these steps to download the list of disqualified candidates:

  1. Visit the official UPSC website at
  2. Under the “What’s New” section, click on the link titled “Fictitious fee: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2024”.
  3. Click on the adjacent link related to the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2024.
  4. A PDF document will open on your screen.
  5. Scroll through the document to see if your name is listed among the disqualified candidates.

The National Defence Academy examination is highly competitive and serves as a gateway for admission to the NDA and the Indian Naval Academy (INA). Conducted by the UPSC, the NDA exam takes place biannually in April and September.

About the NDA Exam

The NDA NA (National Defence Academy and Naval Academy) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year to recruit candidates into the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy.

The NDA exam is considered one of the toughest entrance examinations in India, with over 5 lakh applicants competing for approximately 400 vacancies every year.


The purpose of the NDA NA exam is to identify and select suitable candidates for training at the NDA and NA, which are the leading institutions for military officer training in India. Candidates who clear the NDA NA exam undergo a rigorous 3-year training regimen before getting commissioned as officers in the Indian Armed Forces.

Exam Structure

The NDA NA exam consists of two stages – a written exam and an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

The written exam comprises two papers:

  • Mathematics (300 marks)
  • General Ability Test (600 marks) covering English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, Current Events.

The exam is objective type, with a negative marking of 0.33 for every wrong answer.

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