NDA Eligibility Criteria | Age Limit | Qualification | Height and Weight

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NDA Eligibility Criteria

To join National Defence Academy a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

What is the age limit for NDA ?

To appear for NDA, the age limit to the candidates must be 16.5 to 19.5 years of age. Apart from the age limit, candidates must also have completed or appearing in class 12. Know more about NDA Eligibility Criteria here.

Eligibility Criteria (As obtained from official recruitment website of the Indian Army)

Age betweenAs per  UPSC notification
Qualification12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF & Navy
Marital StatusUnmarried
Application to be Received byAs per  UPSC notification
Likely SSB DateSep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of TrainingJan and Jul
Training AcademyNDA, Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training3 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) 


National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (II) Examination, 2017 Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage and marks secured by the last recommended candidate at final stage of the examination Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage (Out of 900 marks): 280 expected (with at least 25-30% marks in each subject Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks): 650 EXPECTED


  • Marks for Each Correct Answer = 2.5 for Maths , 4 for English , 4 for G.K
  • Negative Marks for Incorrect Answer = -0.83 for Maths , -1.33 for English , -1.33 for G.K

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