NDA/NA Exam– National Defence Academy
NDA/NAExam is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year ( 2 times in a year)to recruit candidates in Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a two-tier examination, wherein, candidates qualifying the written test will also have to clear the SSB interview round.
As per Age Limit:–
Minimum Age: 16.5 years
Maximum Age: 19.5 years
As per Educational Qualification:–
Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The Candidates willing to apply for the 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.
As per Physical standard:
Candidates willing to appear for NDA 2020 must be physically and mentally fit, according to the prescribed physical standards of the conducting authority i.e. SSB (Services Selection Board). A candidate recommended by the SSB will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
Undesirable health issues
The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of medical examination –
2. Deviated Nasal Septum
3. Hydrocele / Phimosis
4. Condition of Overweight / Underweight
5. Under Sized Chest
The candidate must possess good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of military duties. The candidates selected by the authority will be admitted to the academy for further training.
Height and Weight Requirements
The Minimum height required is 157 cm for Army, Navy and Naval Academy while 162.5 cm for Air Force. A leverage of 5 cm is provided to Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions. On the other hand, for candidates belonging to Lakshadweep islands, the minimum height standard may be reduced by 2 cms.
1. Army and Air Force
There are exceptions for certain candidates based on the region they hail from. The details in this regard are discussed below.
|HEIGHT (IN CMS)||WEIGHT (IN KGS)|
|16-17 years||17-18 years||18-19 years|
The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarised below:
|HEIGHT (IN CMS)||WEIGHT (IN KGS)|
|16 years||18 years||20 years|
In case the candidate wishes to be pilot in the Air Force, the following requirements will have to be kept in mind, due to constraints of the flying vehicle:
The distance vision (corrected) of the candidate should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism.
The details of eyesight levels for different posts are provided below:
|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|
Case of Body Tattoos
- The candidate must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are present only on their inner side of the 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 the 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.
Marital Sex: Candidates must be unmarried in order to appear for the NDA 2020 exam.
Gender: Only male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA 2020.
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What is the physical requirement for NDA?
Under NDA Physical Requirements, the minimum acceptable height is 157.5 cms for Army and 162.5 cms for Air Force. There are a few exceptions set according to the region of the candidate.
Is there any age relaxation in NDA?
no, there is not any age relaxation in NDA.
What percentage is required for NDA?
Only 12th pass required for NDA.
Can girls give nda exam?
no, girls can’t give nda exam.
Are mobile phones allowed in NDA?
NO you are not allow to use mobile during NDA training as Rules don’t allow mobile phones to be kept with a cadet. Regular checks are also there by officers to ensure that nobody is keeping mobile phones with them. And if found with a phone, the cadet would get 21 restrictions.
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Is Tattoo allowed in NDA?
Permanent body tattoos are permitted on inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of both hands.