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National Defence Academy (NDA)

NDA 2024:

National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national-level exam conducted twice a year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The exam is conducted to recruit candidates in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. It is a two-tier entrance examination, after qualifying for the written test candidates will also have to clear the SSB interview round.

The applicants who get selected in the qualifying exam go through rigorous training for 3 years. The emphasis in NDA is on character building, mental and physical robustness, leadership, and a sense of keen observation for leading the troops on the Battlefield.

NDA Exam 2024: Overview

Exam Name

National Defence Academy

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission

Level of exam

National Level

Official Website

Exam Type

National Level

Eligibility Criteria

10+2 Passed - Male candidates can apply (Unmarried)

Mode of Application


Exam Mode

Offline (pen and paper-based)


2 hours 30 minutes

Exam category



 NDA has 335+ posts:

  • 208+ Army posts,
  • 55+ Navy posts,
  • 72+ Air Force posts

NDA exam 2024NDA Exam 2024: Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for NDA Exam 2024 should be fulfilled by aspiring candidates to apply for the exam. The eligibility criteria for the NDA 2024 are as follows:


A candidate must either be:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A Tibetan exile who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the purpose of permanent settlement.
  • A person of Indian origin who has immigrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, and East African Countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the plan of a lasting settlement.

Note: Candidates belonging to the above categories should hold a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit, Gender, and Marital Status:
  • Age: Only those candidates will be eligible for the exam who must be born not before 2nd July 1998 and not after 1st July 2001. Candidates should also note that once the date of birth has been asserted by them and entered in the records of the Commission, then no change will be allowed after or at any subsequent examinations on any grounds whatsoever.
  • Gender: Only male candidates are eligible to enroll for the NDA Exam 2024.
  • Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates are fitted for the exam. A candidate who partners subsequent to the date of his application will not be selected for training.
  • Proof: For proof of age the following can be shown:
  • Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent or,
  • An excerpt from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University certified by a proper authority of the University or,
  • A Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
  • Note: no subsequent request for certificate change will be considered or granted by the UPSC.
  • Documents: These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written examination. No other document regarding age like birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, horoscopes, affidavits, service records, and the like will be accepted.
Physical Standards:

Candidates must be fit as per the physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2024. A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training, academies are ineligible to apply.

Visual Standards:
  • The corrected distance vision should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye. Myopia must not exceed more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Eyes will also be examined Internally sing the ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.
  • A Candidate must have good binocular vision. The color vision standard will be (CP-III) for the army. A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors and candidates will be required to give a certificate that neither he nor any member of his family has congenital night blindness.
  • Candidates who have undergone radial keratotomy to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the services. Candidates who have undergone laser surgery for correction of the refractive error are also not acceptable to the defense service.
Visual Standard for Naval Candidates:
  • Uncorrected without glass 6/6,6/9
  • Corrected with glass 6/6,6/6
  • Limits of Myopia -0.75
  • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
  • Binocular Vision III
  • Limits of color perception I

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy :

  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

For Air Force, Naval Wings of National Defence Academy, and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:

  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 in School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics as subjects conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  • Candidates who are appearing for 10+2 in School Education or equivalent can also apply for this examination.

NDA 2024 Exam: Important Dates

NDA I 2024

Notification releases

1st week of January 2024

Availability of application form

1st week of January 2024

Last date to submit the application form

4th week of January 2024

NDA I exam

3rd week of April 2024

NDA II 2024

Notification releases

2nd week of June 2024

Availability of application form

2nd week of June 2024

Last date to submit the application form

4th week of June 2024

NDA I exam

1st week of September 20242

NDA Exam Registration Form:

One of the most important processes for the candidates to get selected in the NDA Exam is to fill the NDA Exam Registration Form. The NDA Exam Registration Form contains the general information about the candidates along with their choices and their preferences that will be recorded in their NDA Exam Result and based on that details further process will take place.

The NDA Exam Registration Form will starts in the month of January 2024 and end by the fourth week of January 2024. There is an NDA Exam 2024 Application Fee that the candidates have to submit in order to successfully complete the NDA Exam Registration Form.

NDA Exam Admit Card:

The NDA Exam Admit Card is released in the month of March once the application process is successfully completed and has ended. It is very crucial for the candidates to get their NDA Exam Admit Card on time. On a serious note, the candidates without their NDA Exam Admit Card will not be allowed to enter and appear for the exam.

The NDA Exam 2024 Admit Card has important guidelines as well as some of the basic information regarding the candidate. The candidates can get their NDA Exam Admit Card online from the official website of UPSC.

NDA Exam Syllabus

The NDA Exam Syllabus released on the official website of UPSC and candidates can download it from there. The syllabus of the NDA Exam 2024 incorporates various subjects that the candidates have studied in their classes 11th and 12th. The NDA Exam syllabus is available in Pdf format for the candidates on the official website of UPSC. To get the NDA Exam Syllabus, candidates can download it in an easy manner from the official web portal of UPSC. Aspirants can come across the NDA Exam syllabus before they prepare for the NDA Exam 2024 to ensure that they cover all the topics and subjects and also to plan their study according to the NDA Exam Pattern.

NDA Exam Result:

The NDA Result 2024 is released on the official website of UPSC in the month of May. All the candidates can get official notifications related to the results on the website of UPSC. To check the NDA Exam Result, candidates have to visit the UPSC official website and then, do the login by the application id which was provided to them at the time of filling the NDA Exam Application Form.

NDA Exam - Quick Links
NDA Exam Registration Form
NDA Exam Dates
NDA Exam Pattern
NDA Exam Syllabus
NDA Exam Admit Card
NDA Exam Answer Key
NDA Exam Result

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