NDA Examination is organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies. The NDA is located in Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

NDA alumni have led and fought in every major conflict in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action since the academy was established. The alumni include 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 9 Ashoka Chakra recipients.

NDA alumni have led and fought in every major conflict in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action since the academy was established. The alumni include 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 9 Ashoka Chakra recipients.

NDA or National Defence Academy is a national institute for training selected young men for officer level entry into the Armed forces of India. NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is a training facility for the leaders of tomorrow who will be respected and followed. It is not just an institution but a way of life. NDA transforms a hesitant young cadet into an honourable, physically and mentally competent and polished man who is prepared for any kind of adversity that might face him; an officer and a gentleman.

The training at NDA is rigorous. In addition to service training for the army, navy and air force, the cadets are also taught academics to cover the graduation level degree in Arts, Sciences or Computers. The training at NDA is broken into six terms and the total duration of training is three years. Once their training is concluded, the cadets are awarded their bachelor’s degree at the passing out parade of NDA. Thereafter the cadets go to their respective service institutes i.e. the Indian Military Academy or IMA for army cadets, Air Force Academy Hyderabad for Air force cadets and Naval Academy Cochin for Naval Cadets.

Eligibility criteria for NDA


A candidate must be a citizen of India.

Marital Status:

Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply.


Male candidates only. Women cannot apply for NDA.

Duration of Training:

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy( for Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & ½ Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)

Educational Qualifications

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. Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination. 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. .

Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy.

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination .Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments to speed up finalization of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB) A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

Visual standards

The distance vision (corrected) should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done using the ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.

Vision standard for naval candidates

  • Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6
  • Limits of Myopia –0.75
  • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
  • Binocular Vision III
  • Limits of colour perception I
  • Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9

Age Limits:

Age between 16-19.

How to Apply for NDA

Candidates should apply online only Candidates are required to apply online by using the website

  • Exam Pattern of NDA
  • The subjects of the written examination are
  • Mathematics of 300 marks
  • General Ability Test 600 marks
  • Interview (Personality test) of 900 marks
  • Note: Only Objective type question will be asked in NDA examination.

Syllabus of NDA

  • Part:-A ENGLISH
  • Part:-B
  • Section A (Physics)
  • Section B (Chemistry)
  • Section C (General Science)
  • Section D (History,Freedom,Movement,etc.)
  • Section F (Current Events)

Negative marking:

  • Mathematics: -0.83
  • general ability test: -1.33
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