Started on 1st January 2018

National Defence Academy

You can take the NDA entrance exam while you are in class XII or after passing class XII and you have an option of joining Army, Navy, Airforce and Naval Academy subject to meeting educational parameters and clearing UPSC written exam for the given choices. Clear the UPSC exam and after 5-day Services Selection Board Interview pass your medicals, and you’re in NDA subject to meeting all eligibility conditions and availability of vacancies. Three years in NDA and you will be a much improved person.

The selected candidates for the three services, Army, Navy and Airforce are given preliminary training in both academic and physical for a period of 3 Years at the National Defence Academy which is an Inter-Service Institution. The training during the first two and half years is common to the cadets of three wings. The cadets on passing out will be awarded B.Sc./B.Sc.(Computer)/BA. Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Vacancies Per Course 320 (Twice a year)
Army – 208
Air Force – 70
Navy – 42
Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper Jun and Dec, Notified by UPSC
Eligibility Criteria
Age 16 ½ to 19½ yrs as on first day of the month in which course is due to commence
Qualification 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education of Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy
Marital Status Un Married
How to Apply Apply Online on UPSC Website as per dates given in the Notfication in the months of Jun and Dec.
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct for Jan Course and Jan to Apr for Jul Course
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA

On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army Cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Navel Cadets to Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala and Air force cadets to Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. Gentlemen Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service Academies i.e. during training period at IMA shall be entitled to stipend of Rs 21,000/- p.m.

Apart from providing graduation degrees, NDA has the finest infrastructure for professional training. You’ll find phenomenal opportunities to develop your personality and cultivate new interests.

There are 31 extra-curricular activities to choose from. You have aero-modeling, golf, gliding, sailing, wind surfing, astronomy, photography and many more. For more details about NDA,

visit NDA website

National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA), is a national level entrance exam, which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), twice a year. NDA & NA exam is conducted for the recruitment of young cadets in the different wings of the Indian Armed Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force. More than 4 lakh students apply online for the NDA & NA exam every year to be a part of the Defence forces of the country.

NDA Vacancy 2018

The written test of NDA and NA exam will be conducted to recruit total 415 cadets. Here are details of NDA & NA vacancies under the different wings:

S. No. Academy Wing No. of Vacancies
1. NDA Army 208
2. NDA Navy 39
3. NDA Air Force 92
4. Naval Academy 44
Total NDA & NA Vacancies 383

Application Form

The application form for the online registration of NDA & NA  is available now on the official website of UPSC ( Candidates can follow the under-mentioned steps to fill the online form of NDA Exam:

  • The candidates need to complete 2 parts of registration of the NDA & NA Exam.
  • In the 1st part, the candidates need to fill their personal details like their name, father & mother’s name, identity proof, educational qualification, marital status, address etc.
  • Candidates also need to mention their branch preference (Army/ Navy/ Air Force).
  • Registration ID will be generated after the submission of this part.
  • Next, the candidates are required to upload their photograph and signature in the dimensions specified by UPSC and pay the requisite fees for the NDA Exam.


Candidates undergo a full-time under graduation programme under NDA, where they are awarded a Baccalaureate degree (i.e. the degree of either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, depending on the stream of study). The duration of the course is 3 years. Students are awarded the degree if Jawaharlal Nehru University upon completion of the course.

Selection Procedure

The Selection Procedure of NDA & NA Exam involves the following stages-

  1. Offline Objective exam
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Medical Fitness

Exam Pattern

The exam of NDA & NA consists of 2 parts, namely,

  1. Part I: Mathematics
  2. Part II: General Ability Test

Each test is of 2.5 hours.

S. No. Name of Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks  Duration
1. Mathematics 120 300 2.5 hours
2. General Ability Test 150 600 2.5 hours
Total 270 900  5 hours

The test of General Ability consists of 2 subsections:

(a) English: It consists of 50 questions carrying 200 marks
(b) General Knowledge: It consists of 100 questions carrying 400 marks.

You can check the detailed exam pattern of NDA & NA exam to check the weightage of different sub-sections of the General Ability Tst


Students must be aware of the detailed syllabus of the NDA & NA exam for an effective overall preparation.

  • The topics asked in the Mathematics section include:
    Trigonometry, Algebra, Vector Algebra, Differential & Integral Calculus, Matrices & Determinants, Geometry, Statistics & Probability.
  • The topics of General Ability test comprise of Vocabulary, Comprehension, Grammar, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History and Current Affairs.

Click here to know more about the detailed syllabus of NDA & NA Exam and to check the subtopics of the above-mentioned topics.

Cut Off

Here are the details of the previous year cut off marks of NDA & NA exams (Both I & II):

Year Overall Cut off of NDA-I
(Out of 900)
Overall Cut off of NDA-II
(Out of 900)
2017 342
2016 288 229
2015 306 269
2014 348 368
2013 337 313
2012 333 322
2011 290 253
2010 263 193

Previous Year Papers

The practice of previous year question papers of NDA & NA exam is very important to identify the actual level of the exam and to understand the type of questions which are asked from the different topics.
We will share the NDA previous year papers of both the sections of this exam shortly.

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