All you need to know about NDA and NA (I) Examination

The NDA and NA Examination is a competitive examination conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for admissions to the Indian Naval Academy and to the Army, Navy and Air Force wing of the National Defence Academy. Let us look at some of the significant details of this important exam. 

Minimum Educational qualification required:

(a) For Army Wing of NDA: 12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a state education board or a University.

(b) For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: 12th class pass, with Physics and Mathematics, of the 10+2 pattern of  school education or equivalent conducted by a state education board or University.

Age Limit, Sex and Marital Status:

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1996 and not later than 01st of July 1999 are eligible. 


A candidate must either be: 

a citizen of India, or 

a subject of Bhutan, or 

a subject of Nepal, or 

a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

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 or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. 

Plan of Examination:

The Examination is held in two successive stages:

(i) Written Examination and 

(ii) SSB Interview 

The papers of the written (objective type) test are as follows:

1) Mathematics – 2 hr 30 mins, 300 marks

2) General Studies – 2 hr 30 mins, 600 marks

There will be negative marking for wrong answers in the objective type papers.

The SSB Interview is worth 900 marks. 

Tentative Schedule

NDA and NA Exams (I): Date of Examination – 19th April 2015 

NDA and NA Exams (II): Date of Notification – 20th June 2015

NDA and NA Exam (II): Date of Examination – 27th September 2015

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  1. @Skyhero
    I am currently studying in 11th standard and I am planning to give NDA exam . I wanted to know that if it is compulsory to give both the NDA exams to get selected ?
    February 2019
  2. @Samir Anand
    No, It is not compulsory to give both exams.
    February 2019

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