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 

    Navy 

                             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.

    Note:

    • 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.

    Note:

    • 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, 2019) 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, 2000, and not later than January 1, 2003, are eligible.

    Note:

    • 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 Released NDA & NA (I) 2019 Notification

The Union Public Service Commission has released the notification for the National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (I) 2019. Candidates who are aiming for defence services can apply online up to February 4, 2019, till 6:00 PM. 

The Commission will be conducting an examination on April 21 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 approximate number of vacancies are given below:

  • National Defence Academy: 342 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 92 for Air Force). 
  • Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme): 50

Click here for the NDA & NA (I) 2019 notification

Candidates should pass class 12th in order to apply for the Army Wing of NDA. However, candidates need to pass class 12th with physics and mathematics or its equivalent for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the Indian Naval Academy. 

9 January 2019
UPSC Released NDA & NA (II) Written Exam Result 2018

The written exam result of National Defence Academy and Naval Academy (NDA & NA (II)) 2018 was declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates who have appeared for the written exam on September 9 can visit the official website of UPSC to check their result. 

Candidates who passed with flying colours in the examination have to appear for the interview, which will be conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 142th Course and for the 104th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd July, 2019. 

The official result notification reads that candidates are requested to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website joinindianarmy.nic.in within two weeks of the announcement of the written result. The successful candidates would then be allotted selection centres and dates, of the SSB interview which shall be communicated on registered e-mail ID. Any candidate who has already registered earlier on the site will not be required to do so. In case of any query/login problem, e-mail be forwarded to dir-recruiting6-mod@nic.in.

Click here to check the NDA & NA (II) written result 2018

The qualified candidates should submit the original certificates of age and educational qualification to the respective Service Selection Boards (SSBs) during the SSB interview. The marksheets of the candidates will be put on the UPSC's website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result.

3 December 2018
UPSC Released NDA & NA (I) Final Result

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the final results of NDA & NA (I). Candidates can check their final results on the official website of UPSC. The final merit list has been prepared based on the results of the written examination followed by an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

Candidates who have appeared for the interview can check their result on the PDF available on the official website – www.upsc.gov.in. One should check their result using the roll number. However, the marks of the candidates will be available after 15 days from the date of declaration of the final results.

According to the official notification, a total of 379 candidates have been shortlisted for admission to the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force wings. The admission process will commence from January 2, 2019. Candidates should note that the results of the medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

Click here to check the UPSC NDA & NA (I) Final Result

Annually, the UPSC conducts NDA & NA (I) and (II) examinations in the month of April and September for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings.

27 November 2018
Important Tips To Crack NDA and NA (II) Exam 2018

The NDA and NA (II) 2018 exam is likely to be conducted by the UPSC on September 9, 2018, for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 142nd Course, and for the 104th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from July 2, 2019.

The UPSC conducts National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (NDA & NA) twice a year. A candidate who qualifies in the objective-type written examination is only eligible for an interview. The written exam of the NDA & NA consists of two subjects namely, Mathematics and General Ability Test.

The selection process for NDA & NA consists of written examination and SSB interview. Click here to know more about the important tips to crack NDA and NA (II) 2018 exam within 2-3 days.

7 September 2018
NDA and NA (II) 2018 Examination

The UPSC has released the admit card for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) examination (II) 2018. Aspirants can download it from the official website. Then click here to know more about how to download the admit card.

21 August 2018

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