National defence academy ( nda )

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Introduction to the NDA 2022

The full title of NDA is National Defence Academy. Over the years, the National Defence Academy has earned a reputation as a prestigious military school. UPSC holds an entrance exam for the National Defence Academy twice a year to recruit candidates for the Indian Navy, Army, and Air Force. This is widely regarded as one of the most difficult exams in the country. Candidates who scored at least a passing grade in the written exam are chosen. For the final selection, these candidates must go through an SSB interview and a medical exam.



Eligibility criteria for NDA exam 2022

UPSC specifies the NDA eligibility criteria in the official notification. Nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical and medical standards are among the male and female eligibility criteria. NDA exam candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 19. Candidates who have passed Class 12 and will be taking the exam can apply. Candidates must meet the following NDA eligibility requirements to be considered for final selection to the National Defence Academy:

  • Age, marital status, and gender are all factors to consider.
    Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply for NDA.

    The following is the age limit for candidates:
    • Candidates for the NDA 2 must have been born between January 2, 2002, and January 1, 2005.
    • Candidates for the NDA 1 should have been born between July 2, 2003 and July 1, 2006.
    • The date of birth entered on Class 10 or 12 certificates will be accepted by the commission.
  • Citizenship/Nationality
    1. An Indian national
    2. A Nepalese
    3. A Bhutanese subject or
    4. A Tibetan refugee who arrived in India prior to January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling permanently in India or
    5. An Indian national who has migrated to India permanently from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam.
  • Qualifications in Education
    Passed the Class 12 or equivalent exam in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Physical and medical requirements
    For admission to the National Defence Academy and the Naval Academy Examination, candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards. A candidate who has resigned or been dismissed from any of the armed forces’ coaching academies due to disciplinary reasons is ineligible to apply.

Online NDA 2022 Application Form

Interested candidates had to apply online using the NDA 1 2022 application form. Both online and offline payment options are available for the application fee. The link to withdraw NDA application forms has been activated by UPSC, allowing candidates who do not wish to take the exam to do so.

How do I apply for the NDA Exam online?

  • Search for UPSC’s official website.
  • Fill out Part I of the application online.
  • Fill out Part II of the application form by logging in with your registration number.
  • Part II of the application form should be filled out completely.
  • Fees must be paid and the application form must be printed.

NDA Syllabus

The UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2022 is provided below.

  • The exam will be conducted in a paper-and-pencil format.
  • Multiple-choice questions will be asked.
  • The exam will be given in English and Hindi.
  • Negative markings for Maths, GK, and English will be different, with 0.83 marks for Maths, 1.33 for English, and 1.33 for GK.

We’ve included the exam pattern below for everyone’s convenience.



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2.5 hours


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