Eligibility / Exam Pattern

What is NDA?

  • The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the, Indian Armed Forces
  • Cadets of the three services, The Army, The Navy  , The Air Force train together
  • Later they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies.

Eligibility & Age 

1.       For NDA (1) 2018: The candidates possessing age between 2nd July, 1999 to 1st July, 2002 are eligible for the examination.

2.       If born before 2nd July, 1999 and after 1st July, 2002 then not eligible for NDA (1) 2018 exam.

3.       For NDA (2) 2018: Those who have age between 2nd January 2000 to 1st July 2003 are permitted to write the exam.

4.       If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January, 2000 and after 1st July 2003, then he/she is not allowed to appear the exam.

5.       Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination. Girls are not allowed for the NDA entrance examination.

6.       Note-1: The DOB mentioned in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate will be considered by the commission.

7.       Note-2: Candidates are informed not to marry until they complete their full training. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent exam will not be selected for training.

8.       A candidate who marries during the training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Age Unmarried,  16 ½ to 19 years
Qualification For Army: 12th

For Air Force & Navy: 12th  with Physics and Mathematics

Marital Status Unmarried
Application to be Received by As per  UPSC notification
Likely SSB Date September to October and January to April 2018
Date Commencement of Training January and July 2018
Training Academy NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA (For Army cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy (For Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)


Exam Pattern

Subject Topics Marks Time
Maths 300 2 ½ Hours
General Ability Test Part ‘A’  – English 200 600 2 ½ Hours
Part ‘B’  – General Knowledge 400
Section ‘A’ Physics 100
Section ‘B’ Chemistry 60
Section ‘C’ General Science 40
Section ‘D’ History, Freedom

Movement etc.

Section ‘E’ Geography 80
Section ‘F’ Current Events 40