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The National Defense Academy (NDA) is the joint defense training institute of the Indian Armed Forces.
The full form of NDA is “National Defence Acadamy”. Where cadets prepare for the Indian army, navy, and air force.
All the cadets train together for three services army, navy, and air force Before they go on to respective service academy for further pre-commission training.
This Exam conducted by UPSC for three services the Indian Army, the Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force.
The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra. It is the principal tri-administration institute on the planet.
NDA Exam Guide
In this article, we will discuss
- What is NDA Exam Process?
- About NDA Exam Pattern
- Why Previous year’s paper important?
- Are you Eligible for NDA Exam or not?
- Related Books
So, Let’s see it
1. Admission Process for NDA Exam
In this Section, We are going to cover the selection Process for NDA Exam
- Prelims Exam Process
- SSB Exam Process
So, Let’s get started
UPSC conducted this exam in two stages for selecting candidates: the first is prelims and the second is SSB Interview.
Every Year, Approx 4 lacs candidates apply for NDA Exam. In which only 6000 candidates selecting for interview.
The minimum age should be 16 and half years and the maximum age should be 19 and half years.
This exam is accepted twice every year, first in January month and the second in July month.
Stage 1- Prelims Exam Process
In this stage, you give two written paper, which is GAT and CSAT.
The time duration for each paper is 2:30hours. Objective questions are asked in the exam.
After qualifying prelims exam, we will be able to attempt an SSB interview.
Stage 2- SSB Interview
After the written exam, the service selection Board test these skill/test in the SSB interview which mentioned below
- General Aptitude test
- psychological testing
- Team skills
- Physical fitness test
- social skills,
- Medical tests.
Candidates who join the Air Force through the flying branch additionally go through a test called Computerized Pilot Selection System or CPSS for short.
In Each semester, 300 cadets are selected to the academy. For the air force 70cadets, navy 40 cadets, and 190 for the army.
Cadets who are complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before being commissioned:
- Army cadets go to Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun
- air force cadets to Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigal, Hyderabad
- naval cadets to Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala, Kerala.
3.NDA Exam Pattern
Exam pattern plays an important role for boost your preparation.
Exam Pattern helps you to understand exam duration, marking scheme, marks on each paper, exam mode, and negative marking.
If you are looking for
- NDA Written Exam pattern
- Marking scheme for NDA Exam Pattern
- NDA SSB Interview Exam Pattern
Here, we provide detailed information about NDA Exam Pattern.
According to the eligibility criteria of UPSC for NDA, Only 12th pass unmarried candidates eligible to apply for NDA Exam.
Females are not eligible for NDA Exam.
Here, I will discuss with your NDA exam eligibility topics like nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical standards.
Physical Eligibility criteria for NDA
Aspirants must be physically fit and healthy for the NDA Exam.
The minimum height for army and navy is 157cm, it is 162 cm for the air force,
Below the paragraph, I will show you “how much minimum height and weight is required for army, air and Navy force”.
Hight & weight required for army and Air force
|Height (in cms)||Weight (in kgs)|
|16-17 years||17-18 years||18-19 years|
For candidates belonging to the Gorkhas and the hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum height shall be 5 cm less than the figure indicated above.
For Lakshadweep candidates, the minimum height standard is reduced by 2 cm.
Height & Weight For Navy requirements
|Height (In cms)||Weight (in kgs)|
|16 years||18 years||20 years|
|Uncorrected without glass||6/6||6/6, 6/9|
|Corrected with glass||6/6||6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)|
|Limits of Myopia||-0.75||Nil|
|Limits of Hypermetropia||+1.5||+2.00 D Sph|
|Limits of Colour Perception||I||Nil|
|Manifest Myopia||N.A.||Nil Re|
|Colour Vision||N.A.||CP-I (MLT)|
|Astigmatism||N.A.||+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)|
|Near Vision||N.A.||N-5 each eye|
Guidelines For Tattoo
Candidates should ensure that any permanent tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable.
Under any circumstances, UPSC does not accept tattoos on the wrist inside the elbow and the back/back (dorsal) side of the palm of the hand.
If a candidate belongs to a tribe where tattooing is practiced, acceptance will be given keeping in mind the traditions involved.
Aspirants must not suffer from any of the following minor conditions.
- Wax (Ears)
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Hydrocele / Phimosis
- Condition of Overweight / Underweight
- Under Sized Chest
Candidates should not have the following diseases.
- Spine granulomatous disease
- Spondylolisthesis / Spondylolysis
- Vertebral compression fracture
- SC Hurman’s disease (juvenile kyphosis)
- Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine
- Unilateral/bilateral cervical ribs with demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit
- Scoliosis greater than 15 degrees measured by Cobb’s method
- Degenerative disc. Disease
- Presence of tumoral nodes at multiple levels
- Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies
- Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (connected) vertebrae at any level in the cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (attached) vertebrae at more than one level in the cervical or dorsal spine.
- Unilateral sanctification or summary (complete or incomplete) and bilateral incomplete sanctification or lumbar at all levels
- Any other abnormality if considered so by the specialist
- Arthritis/spondylosis (rheumatism and allied disorders / ankylosing spondylitis/osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease / non-articular arthritis (eg lesions of rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent longbow, etc.)) and miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis.
5.Best Books for NDA Exam
Books play an important role in your exam preparation.
Books give you the right direction to prepare your preparation strategy.
Choose the best books for your preparation which given below
NDA Mathematics Important Books
|NDA Mathematics Books||Author / Publisher|
|NCERT Mathematics Textbook of Class 11 and Class 12||NCERT|
|Mathematics for NDA and NA||S Chand publication|
|NDA Entrance Exam||E. S. Ramasamy|
NDA Exam English Books
|NDA English Books||Author/ Publisher|
|Objective General English||SP Bakshi|
|Wren & Martin High School English Grammar and Composition||S. Chand|
|Word Power Made Easy||Norman & Lew|
Physics and Chemistry related Books
The candidate can read and solve the question of the 11th and 12th classes NCERT Books. these books are enough for your preparation.
For General Science, History, Geography
The General Science, History, and Geography section consists of topics that are related to class 9 and 10 Biology. Candidates can refer to Objective GK by Sanjiv Kumar.
Current Affairs Books
For this section, candidates can refer to Pratoyogita Darpan, Manorama Yearbook, etc.
Also, read from newspaper, youtube, magazine, and Many others.
Frequently Asked Question:
Question: Who is Eligible for NDA Exam?
Answer: Any male Aspirants from any stream can apply for the NDA 2020 test. Be that as it may, to get chosen for the Air Force and Navy, the applicant probably considered classes 11-12 with a physical science and arithmetic mix.
Question: What is NDA Salary?
Answer: NDA salary is Rs 56,100/ per month (Starting pay in Level 10).
Question: Does 12th marks matter in NDA?
Answer: There is no prerequisite for the rate. assuming you need to give the NDA exam, you should need to pass the 12th exam. marks and stream do not matter. You can’t join NDA after tenth