Physical Criteria for NDA Exam-2020|Height|Eye Standard|Weight|Age limit|

By | January 13, 2020

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.

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Undesirable health issues

The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of medical examination –

1.Wax (Ears)

2. Deviated Nasal Septum

3. Hydrocele / Phimosis

4. Condition of Overweight / Underweight

5. Under Sized Chest

6. Piles

7. Tonsillitis

8. Gynaecomastia

9. Varicocele

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.

16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5


The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarised below:

16 years 18 years 20 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
167 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

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:

Visual Standards

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.

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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
Binocular Vision III Nil
Manifest Myopia N.A. Nil Re
Tinoscopic Myopia N.A. 0.5
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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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.

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.

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