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NDA is a national level entrance exam conducted every year. Through this entrance examination, qualified candidates are selected for training of Indian Navy, Indian Military and Air Force.The NDA exam is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Services) every year.


The test has three phases to qualify i.e written exam, SSB interview and Medical Examination. After qualifying this entrance exam, the candidates have to qualify SSB Interview as well.


NDA represents National Defence Academy arranged in Khadakwasla, Pune (Maharashtra) The candidates who qualify NDA exam will go through 4 Year Course and prepare to turn into an Officer in these wings.

Examination Details

Vacancies
  • 370-420 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties)
  • Naval Academy : 48
  • Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the Availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy.
Exam Schedule
  • NDA 1 in April
  • NDA 2 in September
Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status
  • Applying Age – 15.5 – 18.5 years
  • Joining Age – 16.5 – 19.5 years
  • Unmarried male candidates only
Educational Qualification
  • For Army — 12th passed or appearing in any stream
  • For Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy — 12th passed or appearing with Physics and Mathematics.
Selection Procedure
  • Written Exam conducted by UPSC
  • SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Boards of Army/Navy and Air Force
  • Medical Examination
Training
  • For Army/Navy/Air Force - 3 Years at National Defence Academy & 1 Year at IMA/AFA/NA
  • For Naval Academy - 4 Years B.Tech Course at Naval Academy

Examination Calender 2021

Details NDA 1 NDA 2
Notification Release Date 30 December 2020 9 June 2021
Application Start 30 December 2020 9 June 2021
Application Last Date 19 January 2021 26 June 2021
Release of Admit Card 2 Weeks before Exam 2 Weeks before Exam
Exam Date 18 April 2021 05 September 2021
Declaration of Result May – June 2021 Oct- Nov 2021

Examination Pattern

Subject Questions / Duration Marking Pattern Maximum Marks
Mathematics 120 / 2½ Hours +(2.5) / -(0.83) Marks 300
General Ability 150 / 2½ Hours +(4.0) / -(1.33) Marks 600

NDA Courses @ Trishul

Duration Course Name Form Fee Course Fee Total Fee
1 Year HERCULES/ TDANDA005 ₹ 550 ₹ 55000/-(GST Included)
6 Months SHAURYA/ TDANDA004 ₹ 550 ₹ 40500/-(GST Included)
90 Days LAKSHYA/ TDATGC28 ₹ 550 ₹ 21500/-(GST Included)

The National Defense Academy is a joint service academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, Navy, and Air Force are trained together before going to pre-commission training of their respective service academies. It is

NDA is a national level examination, which is for taking admission in Army, Navy, and Air Force. This exam takes place twice a year in the months of April and September. It is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam is conducted in t

Age Limit
Applying Age   15.5-18.5 years
Joining Age 16.5-19.5 years
Unmarried male candidates only
Educational Qualification
For Army: 12th passed or appearing in any stream
For Air Force, Navy &

Mathematics Code: 01 Duration: 2 1/2 Hours (150 minutes) Maximum Marks: 300 marks General Ability Test Code: 02 Duration: 2 1/2 Hours Maximum Marks: 600 Marks SSB Test Interview Duration: 5-day selection procedure

Written Exam conducted by UPSC • SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Boards of Army/Navy and Air Force • Medical Examination

The SSB (Service Selection Board) is a 5-day selection  process divided into two stages - Stage 1 - Screening Stage-2 comprises of the following tests :- Fifth Day Is The Result Day which is known as Conference. On this day the fate of the candidate is

NDA examination is divided into two papers – Mathematics and General Ability.  For Detailed Syllabus Click On This Link:- NDA 1 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

NDA cut off is the minimum qualifying marks at the written stage and marks secured by the last candidate in the merit order at the final stage of the exam.

There is no minimum percentage requirement for NDA Exam. To give NDA examination you can have minimum 33 % percentage in class 12th that means a student with any percentage criteria can give the NDA examination.

After clearing NDA Exam the cadets go for 3-year training - For Army/Navy/Air Force -3 Years at National Defence Academy 1 Year at IMA/AFA/NA For Naval Academy- 4 Years B.Tech Course at Naval Academy

Yes, If you are eligible by age limit and educational qualification then you can apply for 2 NDA papers.

A person having foreign citizenship cannot apply for NDA but If He/She has Indian passport and documents supporting his/her claim of Indian citizenship then they can apply for NDA.

NDA Exam is difficult but it depends upon the preparation according to which the difficulty level varies from easy to very tough.

For Army Wing, a student with any stream and percentage can apply for NDA- Army Wing. However, For Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy:—12th passed or appearing with Physics and Mathematics with any percentage can apply.

No, there is no reservation in NDA examination.