NDA & NA (I) and (II) Exam

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (I) and (II) Exam

What is NDA & NA (I) and (II) Exam?

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam is a gateway for candidates looking forward to joining Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force.

This is a national level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services. NDA Exam 2019 schedules for NDA I and NDA II exam has already been released by UPSC.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 2018 will be a two-step process where candidates first need to take the exam and then qualify the SSB interview conducted by the Service Selection Board.

NDA I 2019 will be held on April 21, 2019, while NDA II will be conducted on November 17, 2019. So, candidates planning to take the exam should fill the application form before the last date and start preparation of NDA & NA 2019 exam.

The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

NDA & NA (I) 2019

The Commission has released the NDA & NA (I) 2019 notification on January 9. The online applications will be accepted until February 4, 2019. The notification was released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 143rd Course, and for the 105th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from January 2, 2020. The number of vacancies are given below for NDA & NA (I) 2019. 

NDA & NA (I) 2019 Vacancies
National Defence Academy 342 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 92 for Air Force)
Naval Academy 50
Total 392

NDA & NA (II) 2019

The Commission will release the NDA & NA (II) 2019 notification on August 7. The online applications will be accepted until September 3, 2019. The notification will be released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 144th Course, and for the 106th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing in 2020. The approximate number of vacancies are given below for NDA & NA (II) 2019. 

NDA & NA (I) 2019 Vacancies
National Defence Academy 308 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 58 for Air Force)
Naval Academy 55
Total 363

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical Criteria

    Candidates must be physically and mentally fit for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination (I) & (II), 2019. Every year, many candidates fail to qualify in the medical test. Hence, candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before applying for the examination. 

    Aspirants are also advised to rectify a few minor defects/ ailments such as Wax (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, Tonsillitis and Varicocele. 

    Height And Weight Standard

    The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force). The minimum height is relaxed by 5 cms for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon. However, the minimum height is reduced by 2 cms for candidates belonging to Lakshadweep. 

                             Height/ Weight Standards - Army/ Air Force
    Height in Centimetres (without shoes)                   Weight in Kgs
      16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
    152  42.5 44  45 
    155 43.5  45.3  47 
    157 45  47  48 
    160 46.5  48  49 
    162 48  50  51 
    165 50  52  53 
    167 51  53  54 
    170 52.5  55  56 
    173 54  57  58 
    175 56  59  60 
    178 58  61  62 
    180 60  63  64.5 
    183 62.5  65  66.5 


                             Height/ Weight Standards - Navy
    Height in Centimetres (without shoes)                   Weight in Kgs
      16 years 17 years 18 years
    152 44 45 46
    155 45 46 47
    157 46 47 49
    160 47 48 50
    162 48 50 52
    165 50 52 53
    168 52 53 55
    170 53 55 57
    173 55 57 59
    175 57 59 61
    178 59 61 62
    180 61 63 64
    183 63 65 67

    Candidates have to meet the special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height are given below 

      Minimum  Maximum 
    Leg Length 99.00 cms 120.00 cms
    Thigh Length - 64.00 cms
    Sitting Height 81.50 cms 96.00 cms

    Vision Standard 

    Naval Candidates

    • Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
    • Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6 
    • Limits of Myopia –0.75
    • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
    • Binocular vision III
    • Limits of colour perception I 

    Air Force Candidates

    Candidates who are wearing spectacles habitually are not eligible for Air Force. According to the official sources, the minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max) Maddox Rod Test. 

    at 6 meters Exo-6 prism D at 33 cms Exo-16 prism D
    Eso-6 prism D Eso-6 prism D
    Hyper-1 prism D Hyper-1 prism D
    Hypro-1 prism D Hypo-1 prism D

    Physical Conditioning 

    The aspiring candidates are advised to be in the good physical condition by following the routine mentioned below. 

    1. Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes

    2. Skipping

    3. Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)

    4. Chin ups (minimum 08)

    5. Rope climbing 3-4 metres. 

  2. Nationality:

    A candidate must be either:

    (i) a Citizen of India, or
    (ii) a subject of Nepal, or
    (iii) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


    • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India
    • Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal
  3. Educational Qualification:

    1. For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:

       The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

    2. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:
       The candidates must have the Class 12 pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.


    • Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination. Such candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of SSB interview should forward duly self-attested Photocopies
    • Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination
    • Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date of UPSC (i.e. for NDA (I) is December 24, 2019, and for NDA (II) is June 24, 2020) and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever
    • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled
    • Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force
  4. Age Limit :

    Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status:

    For NDA & NA (I):

    Age Limit: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2003, are eligible.

    For NDA & NA (II):

    Age Limit: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and not later than January 1, 2004, are eligible.


    • The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificates.
    •  Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted
    • Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any subsequent examination on any ground whatsoever
    • The candidates should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the respective column of the Online Application Form for the examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules
    • Candidates must undertake 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 Examination will not be selected for training. A candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • On reporting to the Academy, a cadet is allotted to one of the 18 Squadrons, which becomes his home-away-from-home for the next three years. The Squadrons are named as Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hunter, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Panther, Quebec, and Romeo. No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 Battalions have four squadrons each while No. 5 has 2 squadrons. Each squadron has approximately 100 to 120 cadets drawn from senior as well as junior courses under training in the Academy
  • They earn INR 21,000 as stiffened. After completing three years training in Pune, they will obtain a degree from JNTU in computer science/ B.A. after that trade training is given and their career starts in Indian army lieutenant. And navy candidates can start their career as a sub-lieutenant and those who selected air force start their career flying officer
UPSC NDA & NDA (I) Final Result 2019 Declared

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the final results of NDA and NA (I) 2019. A total of 447 candidates have qualified in the selection process held by the UPSC. Candidates who have appeared for the final leg of selection can check their result on the official website. 

Candidates should note that the results of the medical examination have not been considered to prepare the list. One can access the marks on the official website after 15 days from the date of declaration of the final result. 

Click here for NDA & NA (I) final result 2019

The Commission has conducted the written exam on April 21, 2019. The shortlisted candidates are called for the SSB selection process, which consists of two stages. 

5 November 2019
UPSC NDA (II) 2019 Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the NDA (II) 2019 admit card today, i.e., October 25. Candidates who have registered for the written examination can download the admit card from the Commission's website. 

The NDA & NA (II) 2019 examination will be held on November 17, 2019. After downloading NDA admit card, candidates are advised to check whether all the details are printed correctly or not. 

Aspirants should also carry the photo identity card issued by the state or central government along with admit card to the examination centre. In case of any error in admit card, one should contact the examination authority without any delay.  

25 October 2019
NDA & NA (II) 2019: Application Withdrawal Facility Begins

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has activated the link for candidates to withdraw their National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy Examination NA (II) application. The withdraw link will be available until September 17, 2019, 6 PM.

Candidates who have changed their mind to cancel their participation in NDA & NA (II) 2019 can find the withdrawal link on the official website. To withdraw the application, candidates should have their registered mobile number and email ID because for the OTP. Applicants should note the fee amount will not be refunded. 

NDA & NA (II) 2019 notification was released on August 7, 2019. The applications are accepted until September 3, 2019. The written test will be held on November 17, 2019. 

12 September 2019
NDA & NA (II) 2019: UPSC Releases List Of Rejected Applications Due To Non-payment Of Fee

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the list of NDA & NA (II) 2019 candidates whose applications have been rejected. The Commission has rejected the applications due to non-payment of examination fee, i.e., Rs 100. A total of 146 applications rejected. 

The official notice reads, “Confirmation has NOT been received from the Bank Authorities regarding receipt of Fee of Rs. 100/- in respect of the following applicants for NDA & NA Examination (II), 2019.”

It also reads, “Appeal against rejection, if any, may be made within 10 days along with the documentary evidence by Speed Post OR by hand to Smt. Kripa Anna Ekka, Under Secretary (NDA), Union Public Service Commission, Hall No. 1, Examination Building, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110 069.”

Click here for NDA & NA (II) 2019 rejected applications

Candidates who have paid the application fee and found their name in the rejected list should submit the documentary proof. 

11 September 2019
UPSC NDA (II) 2019 Application Window To Close On September 3

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will close the registration window for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy NDA & NA (II) 2019 on September 3. Interested candidates can apply for the examination through the official website of UPSC. 

Candidates should pay Rs 100 as application fee. The fee is exempted for reserved categories such as SC and ST. We advise candidates to keep the scanned photograph and signature ready before start registering. The Commission will conduct written test on November 17, 2019. 

The selection of the candidates will be based on the written examination which comprises of two papers. The total duration of each paper is two hours and thirty minutes. The total marks for the written test are 900 excluding 900 marks for SSB interview. Explore NDA & NA exam pattern here.

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