National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam

Stream Defence
Course Type Degree
Duration 4 Years

NDA Examination is organised by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). NDA (National Defence Academy) is the best organisation that trains the trainees (applicants) to get selected for Indian Armed Forces (Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy) as officers. Aspirants may approach the academy by succeeding in a national level entrance examination (NDA 2017-2018). NDA examination is conducted two times in a year. NDA (I) 2017 will be organised on 23rd April 2017 and NDA (II) 2017 will be organised on 10th September 2017. Here is the detail information about NDA

A candidate must either be :
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Bhutan, or
  3. a subject of Nepal, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling 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.

Marital Status: Single

Educational Qualification

  • 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.
  • Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy

  • 12th Class passes of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

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

  • 12th Class passes of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Physical Standards
  1. Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2016 as per guidelines are given in Appendix-IV. (I.e. some Qualified Candidates Are Rejected Subsequently On Medical Grounds. Candidates Are Therefore Advised In Their Own Interest To Get Themselves Medically Examined Before Submitting Their Applications To Avoid Disappointment At The Final Stage. Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments to speed up finalisation of medical examination conducted at the Military  Hospital after being recommended at the SSB)
  2. 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
  1. 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.
  2. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be (CP-III)  for Army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours. Candidates will be required to give certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness.
  3. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having 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 defence services.
Vision standard for naval candidates
  1. Uncorrected without glass 6/6,  6/9
  2. Corrected with glass 6/6,  6/6
  3. Limits of Myopia –0.75
  4. Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
  5. Binocular Vision III
  6. Limits of colour perception I
How to Apply for NDA
  1. Candidates should apply online only www.upsc.gov.in
  2. Candidates are required to apply online by using the website www.upsc.gov.in
  3. Brief instruction for filling up the online application form have been given in the Appendix-II
  4. Detailed instructions are available on the above-mentioned website.


 Age :The candidate should be between 16-1/2 to 19 years of age.