NDA

National Defence Academy (NDA) is a national level exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to select candidates for Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The full form of NDA is National Defence Academy.

NDA 2021 Exam Highlights

important points on NDA exam:


Particulars Details


Exam Name NDA & NA

Full form of NDA National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam

Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission

Official Website upsc.gov.in

Exam Type National Level

Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male candidates can apply

Mode of Application Online

Exam Mode Offline

Duration Mathematics: 2 hours 30 minutes

General Ability Test: 2 hours 30 minutes

Number of cities for exam centres 75

Exam helpdesk 011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543

Eligibility: Nationality

All the candidates need to meet the criteria with regard to nationality to be eligible for application. To be eligible, a candidate must be either one of the following:

  • A citizen of India

  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan

  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently

  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The nationals from the following countries would fall under this category such as Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam.


Eligibility: Age Limit and Marital Status

To know the detailed information about the age limit of the NDA exam, go through the following table:


Age Limit Age (years)

Minimum Age 15.7 years (not later than 1st January 2005)/ 16 years during the commencement of course

Maximum Age 18.7 years (not earlier than 2nd January 2002)/ 19 years during the commencement of course



  • It should be clearly noted that only candidates, who are not born earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005, are eligible to appear for NDA 1 Exam.

  • For NDA 2 2021, candidates must be born between January 2, 2003, and January 1, 2006.

  • Married candidates are ineligible to apply for the NDA exam.

  • The date of birth mentioned in the application must be the same as that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

  • In short, candidates should be between the age of 16.5 years and 19.5 years to be eligible for the exam.

Eligibility: Educational Qualification

It is different for different academies. Therefore, the aspirants should check the educational qualification

Navy, Air Force, and Naval Academy of NDA: The aspirants should qualify the Class 12 or HSC exam under the 10+2 exam pattern, which should be conducted by State Education Board or University.

Army Wing of NDA: The candidates should pass the exam of class 12 or HSC under a 10+2 pattern from any school education Board or an equivalent University

  • It must be noted that candidates studying in Class 11 are not eligible for appearing in NDA 1 or 2.

  • Those candidates who have failed INSB / PABT earlier will not be considered eligible for recruitment in the Air Force.

  • Those candidates, who are currently studying in Class 12 at the time of application, must submit proof of passing the exam by the deadline. Requests for extending the due date would not be entertained on any grounds.

  • It must also be noted that the candidates who have been debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services will be considered ineligible for admission to the exam

Eligibility: Physical Fitness

There are certain requirements pertaining to the physical fitness or features that must be fulfilled by the candidate at the time of submitting NDA Application forms.

  • The NDA eligibility criteria would vary slightly according to the post for which the candidate is applying.

  • It must be understood that if a candidate has resigned or withdrawn from any of the training academies of the Armed Forces, on disciplinary grounds, he will not be considered eligible to apply for NDA.

The required physical criteria are listed below.

Undesirable Health Issues

The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of medical examination. read it carefully

  • Wax (Ears)

  • Deviated Nasal Septum

  • Hydrocele / Phimosis

  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight

  • Under Sized Chest

  • Piles

  • Tonsillitis

  • Gynaecomastia

  • Varicocele

Body Tattoos
  • The candidate must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are present only on the inner side of the forearm.

  • Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand.

  • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.

  • In case the candidate happens to belong to a tribe where it is customary to have tattoo marks on the face or body, acceptance will be granted on a case-to-case basis, considering the traditions involved. The decision of authorities would be final in such instances.

Height and Weight Requirements for Army and Air Force
  • Candidates must note that the minimum height measurement specified is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force).

  • For Gorkhas and those belonging to hills of the North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum height will be 5 cms less than the usual figure.

  • On the other hand, for candidates belonging to the Lakshadweep islands, the minimum height standard may be reduced by 2 cms.

  • The waist-hip ratio of the male candidates must be below 0.9 and for the female candidates, it must be below 0.8.

The details in this regard are discussed below.

Height in cm

Weight in Kg



-






16-17 years

17-18 years

18-19 years

152

42.5

44.0

45.0

155

43.5

45.3

47.0

157

45.0

47.0

48.0

160

46.0

48.0

49.0

162

48.0

50.0

51.0

165

50.0

52.0

53.0

167

51.0

53.0

54.0

170

52.5

55.0

56.0

173

54.5

57.0

58.0

175

56.0

59.0

60.0

178

58.0

61.0

62.0

180

60.0

63.0

64.5

183

62.5

65

66

In case the candidate wishes to be a pilot in the Air Force, the following requirements will have to be kept in mind, due to constraints of the flying vehicle:

  • Leg Length: Minimum of 99 cms and Maximum of 120 cms

  • Thigh Length: Minimum is not applicable while Maximum of 64 cms

  • Sitting Height: Minimum of 81.50 cms and Maximum of 96 cms

Height and Weight Requirements for Navy

The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarized below:

Height in cm

Weight in Kg



-

16 years

18 years

20 years

152

44

45

46

155

45

46

47

157

46

47

49

160

47

48

50

162

48

50

52

165

50

52

53

167

52

53

55

170

53

55

57

173

55

57

59

175

57

59

61

178

59

61

62

180

61

63

64

183

63

65

67

Upcoming NDA 2021 Exam Dates

Spinal Conditions:

Presence of any of these conditions will disqualify the candidate immediately:

  • Granulomatous disease of the spine

  • Arthritis/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders / Ankylosing spondylitis / Osteoarthritis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease / Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago, etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.

  • Spondylolisthesis / spondylolysis.

  • Compression fracture of vertebrae.

  • SC Heuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)

  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.

  • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit.

  • Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s method.

  • Degenerative Disc. Disease.

  • Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.

  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.

  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.

  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.

Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

X-Ray Exam

There will be a separate presence of any of the following conditions will disqualify the applicant for posts of Armed Forces:

  • Granulomatous disease of the spine.

  • Arthritis / spondylosis

  • Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degrees for Army and Navy).

  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis

  • Spondylolisthesis / Spondylosis / Spondylolysis

  • Herniated nucleus pulposus.

  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.

  • Sacralisation Disease

  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.

  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.

  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.

  • Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral

  • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised

  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist


Visual Standards

The following Visual standards must be met to be eligible for NDA exam:

NDA – Vision Standard For ARMY

  • Distance Vision (Corrected) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9

  • Colour vision >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> CP-III (Defective Safe).

  • Myopia should not be more than -2.5D

  • Hypermetropia should not be more than +3.5D

NDA -Vision Standards for Air Force

Candidates who wear spectacle >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Not eligible for Air Force

Minimum distant vision >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia

Colour vision CPI Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia: Nil Retinoscopy Myopia

: 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)

NDA – Vision standard for Navy

  • 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 colour perception – I

NDA Eligibility: Miscellaneous Conditions

There are a few other physical conditions besides the above-mentioned criteria that candidates should fulfill. These criteria are specific to specific wings of defence forces.

  • No symptoms of a weak constitution or bodily defects.

  • A well-developed chest; fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.

  • No mal-development or impairment of the function of the bones or joints.

  • No past history of mental breakdown or fits.

  • Normal hearing capabilities - Candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room.

  • No impediment of speech.

  • Normal Blood Pressure with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.

  • No enlargement of liver or spleen.

  • No abnormality in urine examination

  • No presence of any kind of skin disease, likely to cause disability or disfigurement

  • No abnormalities in USG abdomen examination

  • A sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted.

  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must fall within normal limits.


NDA Latest Exam Centres


  1. Agartala

  2. Bilaspur

  3. Agra

  4. Chandigarh

  5. Ahmedabad

  6. Chennai

  7. Aizwal

  8. Coimbatore

  9. Aligarh

  10. Cuttack

  11. Almora

  12. Delhi

  13. Ananthapur

  14. Dharwad

  15. Aurangabad

  16. Dispur

  17. Bareilly

  18. Faridabad

  19. Bengaluru

  20. Gangtok

  21. Jorhat

  22. Garwhal (Srinagar)

  23. Bhopal

  24. Gautam Budh Nagar

  25. Ghaziabad

  26. Gurgaon

  27. Gorakhpur

  28. Gwalior

  29. Hyderabad

  30. Imphal

  31. Indore

  32. Itanagar

  33. Jabalpur

  34. Jaipur

  35. Jammu

  36. Jodhpur

  37. Kochi

  38. Kohima

  39. Kolkata

  40. Kozhikode

  41. Leh

  42. Lucknow

  43. Ludhiana

  44. Madhurai

  45. Mysuru

  46. Mumbai

  47. Nagpur

  48. Sambalpur

  49. Navi Mumbai

  50. Shillong

  51. Panaji (Goa)

  52. Shimla

  53. Patna

  54. Siliguri

  55. Port Blair

  56. Srinagar

  57. Prayagraj (Allahabad)

  58. Thane

  59. Puducherry

  60. Thiruvananthapuram

  61. Pune

  62. Tiruchirapalli

  63. Raipur

  64. Tirupati

  65. Rajkot

  66. Udaipur

  67. Ranchi

  68. Varanasi

  69. Vellore

  70. Vijayawada

  71. Vishakhapatnam

  72. Warangal