NDA National Defense Academy Admission


The Union Public Service Commision (UPSC) has released the official notification for NDA (i) 2019 Exam. As per the official notification released, NDA (i) 2019 Exam is scheduled to be held on April 21, 2019. The Exam will be held for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA for 143rd course in Army and Navy and 105th Naval Academy Course commencing from January 2, 2020.   

The National Defense Academy, formally known as NDA is the Joint Service Academy for the Indian Armed Forces. Cadets of three armed services including Army, Navy and Air Force are trained together in the academy, before moving forward with the pre-commissioning training. NDA is said to be the first tri-service academy in the world. Admissions in the academy are accepted via written Examination conducted by UPSC, followed by an extensive interview conducted by SSB. Finally, a medical test to keep a check on the candidate’s overall health and physical fitness.

Around 5, 00,000 Applicants sit for the Exam every year, among which only 6,300 are called for the interview round. 
Out of these, only 320 cadets are accepted to the academy, each semester. 

70 for Indian Air force,
42 for Indian Navy
208 Cadets for the Indian Army. 

Candidates can apply online for NDA 1 till February 4

The application fees was INR 100 for general and OBC category while SC, ST candidates are exempted from fee payment. The application fee can be paid both online and offline.

In Part I of NDA application form, candidates have to fill basic information. In Part II, candidates have to pay the application fees, select the Examination centre, upload photograph and signature and agree to the declaration.

As per Age Limit:

Minimum Age: 16.5 years

Maximum Age: 19.5 years

The date of birth will be calculated as mentioned on the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation.

Educational Qualification:

Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The Candidates willing to apply for Indian Army must possess a class 12/HSC in 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent Examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy: The Candidates willing to apply for Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy must possess a class 12/HSC in 10+2 pattern of School Education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University

NDA Criteria for Nationality

All the candidates need to qualify the eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality. To be eligible for NDA 2018, a candidate must be either one of the following:

A citizen of India
A subject of Nepal
A subject of 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 following countries would fall under this category.
Sri Lanka
East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia
NOTE: It must be noted that, all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of eligibility that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Event                                     NDA (1) NDA (2)                 Reference  

Notification published January 09, 2019 August 07, 2019  

Application form started from January 09, 2019 August 07, 2019

Last date for filling              February 04, 2019 September 03,  
the application form

Admit Card Announced March 27, 2019 1 or 2 weeks before the Exam  

Exam date                 April 21, 2019 November 17, 2019  

Result Announcement June 2019 October 2019  

Eligibility- Qualification
The academic qualifications varies slightly according to the post that the candidate has applied for. The details of educational qualification for different posts are specified below:

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Pass certificate in 10+2 Exams via recognized board or a University.
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: Candidate should have passed Class 12th Exam in the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

It must be noted that candidates studying in Class 11 are not eligible for appearing in NDA 2018 Exam. Additionally, those candidates who have failed INSB / PABT earlier will not be considered eligible for recruitment in Air Force.
Those candidates, who are currently studying in Class 12 at the time of application, must submit proof of passing the Exam by 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.
NDA 2018 Physical Eligibility
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 eligibility would vary slightly according to the post for which candidate is applying.

It must be understood that if a candidate has resigned or withdrawn, from any of the training academies of Armed Forces, on disciplinary grounds, he will not be considered eligible to apply for NDA 2018. 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 –

Wax (Ears)
Deviated Nasal Septum
Hydrocele / Phimosis
Condition of Overweight / Underweight
Under Sized Chest
Case of Body Tattoos

The candidate must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are present only on their inner side of forearm. Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm / back (dorsal) side of 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.

NDA  Admission Process

Step 1: Fill Application Form

At this stage, the candidates will have to fill the application forms to appear for the Examination. The forms are available online on the official website.
The interested candidates need to visit the official website and fill the application form online for NDA Exam.
To apply, the aspirants are required to login on the official website and click on "Apply online" and fill up the form online.
While filling up the form candidates has to select the preferred venue.
After submission of the form, the online generated Hall ticket is sent to the email ID of the candidate (the email ID provided by the candidate during filling up of the form).

Step 2: Download NDA Admit Cards

The NDA Exam 2019 admit cards will be made available on the official website for downloads. The candidates will need their guardian’s email address and the student’s full name in order to download the admit card.
NDA Exam admit card is an important document having variety of information. We advise to preserve the admit cards until the admission process is successfully conducted.

Step 3: Appear for NDA Exam 2019

Students need to appear for NDA Exam 2019 Exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section.
Aspirants are advised to reach the Exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the Exam.

Step 4: Check NDA 2019 Result

The conducting body would be declaring the results for NDA Exam 2019 on their official website. The candidates shall check their NDA Exam 2019 results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.

NDA Paper 1 Syllabus



Differential Calculus

Matrices and Determinants

Integral Calculus and Differential Equations


Vector Algebra

Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions

Statistics and Probability

NDA Paper II Syllabus


Physical Properties and States of Matter

Modes of transference of Heat


Sound waves and their properties


Simple musical instruments


Rectilinear propagation of Light

Density and Specific Gravity

Reflection and refraction

Principle of Archimedes

Spherical mirrors and Lenses

Pressure Barometer

Human Eye

Motion of objects

Natural and Artificial Magnets

Velocity and Acceleration

Properties of a Magnet

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Earth as a Magnet

Force and Momentum

Static and Current Electricity

Parallelogram of Forces

Conductors and Non-conductors

Stability and Equilibrium of bodies

Ohm’s Law


Simple Electrical Circuits

Elementary ideas of work

Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current

Power and Energy

Measurement of Electrical Power

Effects of Heat

Primary and Secondary Cells

Measurement of Temperature and Heat

Use of X-Rays

General Principles in the working of the following: Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightning Conductors, Safety Fuses.


Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon— different forms

Physical and Chemical Changes

Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial


Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gunpowder

Mixtures and Compounds

Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom

Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equation

Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights

Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems)


Properties of Air and Water

General Science

Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention

Difference between the living and non-living

Food—Source of Energy for man

Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues

Constituents of food

Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals

Balanced Diet

Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs

The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists


Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation

Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution

Freedom Movement in India

Impact of Science and Technology on Society

Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration

Concept of one World

Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India

United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism

Panchayati Raj

Role of India in the present world

Co-operatives and Community Development

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation

Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State

Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi


The Earth, its shape and size

Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition

Latitudes and Longitudes

Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anticyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation

Concept of time

Types of Climate

International Date Line

Major Natural regions of the World

Movements of Earth and their effects

Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities

Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification

Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India

Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Main items of Imports and Exports of India

Current Affairs

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years

Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports

Current important world events

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