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National Defence Academy (NDA)

NDA is a defence academy of the Indian Armed Forces located at Khadakwasla, Pune, where the cadets of three services, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force are trained together to join any of the respective services. NDA is a national level exam conducted twice a year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). Approx. 450,000 applicants apply every year, out of which only 6,300 candidates can make it for next round of interview. At the final stage, only 70 candidates are accepted in Air Force, 42 in Navy, and 208 candidates in Army. 

NDA Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal, a subject of Bhutan or any Indian origin person migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and East African Countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
  2. A Tibetan refugee who comes to India intending to permanently settle in the country before 1st January 1962
  3. Only male unmarried candidates can apply

NDA Age Limit

Minimum and maximum age limit for NDA is 16.5 years & 19.5 years respectively.

NDA Eligibility for Army Wing

For Army Wing, a candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam conducted by the State Education Board or a recognized university.

NDA Eligibility for Air Force, Navy, and Naval Academy

For Air Force and Naval of NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme, a candidate should have passed XII or equivalent exam with Physics and Mathematics as one of the subjects.

Selection Procedure

Candidates need to qualify NDA written examination to be eligible for the next round i.e. the SSB interview. Qualifying all the rounds will give you entry to NDA