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NDA Written Exam Details

During the last six decades of its glorious existence, the National Defence Academy has grown both in grace and grandeur and from its portals have emerged ‘Leaders of Men’, who have demonstrated the essence of inter-services camaraderie and jointmanship thereby vindicating the faith and vision of its founding fathers. Their achievements are all pervading and showcased in every echelon of our Armed Forces and also in the civil society. The ‘Cradle’ has indeed rocked the nascent youth and groomed them into ‘Leaders’ who have lived up to its ethos: ‘Seva Paramo Dharma’ (Service Before Self). NDA & NA (I & II) Written Exam conducted twice a year by Union Public Services Commission or UPSC to recruit candidates in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Forces.

NDA is a two-tier examination, wherein it includes:

Stage-1 Written examination and

Stage-2 SSB Interview. 

Glance at NDA Recruitment Drive:

Exam Name National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website
Exam Type National Level
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Selection Process Phase I- Written Test (Objective Type) Phase II- SSB Interview Phase III- Medical Test Phase IV- Merit List
Tentative Vacancies Per Course 300 (twice a year) or as notified from time to time: Army-195, AF-66, Navy-39
NDA(I & II) Exam Notification (in Employment News/ leading daily news Paper/ UPSC website) Dec/Jan and May/June
NDA(I & II) Exam Conducted April and September
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune
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)

NDA Written Exam Eligibility Criteria:

SexMale and Female
Marital StatusUnmarried
Age Limit16 ½ to 19 ½ year’s (as on the first day of the month in which is due to commence)
Educational Qualification-ArmyFor Army- 10+2 Passed/ Appearing (in any stream)
Educational Qualification-AF, NavyFor Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy- 10+2 Passed/ Appearing (With Physics & Mathematics)