National Defence Academy (NDA)

Recruitment of candidates to Army, Navy and Air force wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA), is through National Defence Academy Entrance Exam which is held twice a year, generally in the month of April and September. NDA exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A candidate must be an unmarried male. The course of training is for three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • XII Class / Equivalent passed certificate conducted by State Board / Universities. Candidate appearing for above examination can also apply.
  • Unmarried male candidates only
  • Age between 16 1/2 to 19 years
  • Nationality – A candidate must be either:
  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam, with the intention of permanently setting in India)

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) 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.

Admission Form

About a year before the commencement of a Course, a brief notice appears in the leading daily newspapers and a detailed notification in the Government of India Gazette, offering about the entrance examination to be held by the UPSC six months later at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Cochin, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Kohima, Lucknow, Madras, Madurai, Nagpur, Panji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.

How to Apply

A candidate seeking admission to the examination must apply to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur, House, New Delhi-110011, on the application form published in newspapers. The candidates may utilise the original form published in newspapers or in “Employment News” and fill up the columns in their own handwriting with ball-point pen. They may also use the application form and the Attendance Sheet neatly typewritten on white paper (foolscap size) in double space typed on only one side of th,e paper. There is no objection to candidates using printed/Application Form and Attendance Sheet, if available, from private agencies as long as the format is exactly the same as published in the advertisement. Candidates who have appeared for the previous examinations will not be considered. The envelope containing the application should be superscribed in bold letters as “APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL ACADEMY EXAMINATION” .

Selection Procedure

The process of selecting cadets for the National Defence Academy is split into three phases :

  • A written examination held by the Union Public Service Commission.
  • An interview by the Service Selection Board to assess a candidate’s officer potentialities ( Intelligence and personality test ).
  • A medical examination by a Service Medical Board.
Scheme of the Examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows :

Subject Code Duration Max Marks
2 1/2 hours
General Ability
2 1/2 hours

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. the question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.

Syllabus for Entrance Examination
  • Paper I – Mathematics : (Maximum Marks 300)
    Arithmetic, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics.
  • Paper II – General Ability
    Part A – English (Maximum Marks 200)
    Part B – General Knowledge (Maximum Marks 400)Section A (Physics)
    Section B (Chemistry)
    Section C (General Science)
    Section D (History, Freedom Movement etc)
    Section E (Geography)
    Section F (Current Event)

Note : Out of the maximum marks assigned to Part B of this paper, questions on Sections A, B, C, D, E and F carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightage respectively.

For more details please refer to Advertisement, along with APPLICATION FORM and detailed subject-wise Prospectus published by the UPSC every six months, i.e. April / May and October / November in all the local newspapers and Employment News.