NDA is where cadets of the three services ( Army, Navy and Air-Force ) train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training.
The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. After completing 3 years of Training at NDA cadets undergo almost a year training in
- Indian Military Academy IMA , if opted for Army
- Air Force Academy AFA, if opted for Air Force
- Indian Naval Academy INA, if opted for Navy
Therefore, it is also the first tri-service academy in the world.
How to join NDA
There are two steps of Joining NDA. First one is Passing NDA Written exams & the second one is clearing a subsequent interview
How Difficult is NDA Written Exam
NDA is an objective type paper (Multiple choice questions) . NDA written exam consists of 2 Papers. Both the papers are on the same day with 1 ½ hour break in between.
Every year around 1 million (10 lacs) students apply for NDA exam and only 6000 to 8000 manage to clear the exam. it is one of the difficult exam to clear. The difficulty arises with the negative marking.
Every wrong answer attracts 1/3rd marks penalty
NDA Exam Pattern
|Paper||Mathematics||General Ability Test|
|Time||10 AM – 12:30 PM||2 PM – 4:30 PM|
|Marks Per Question||2.5||4|
|Cut off||Varies from 20%-30%||Varies from 20%-30%|
After the exam, a cut off marks will be decided. If your total score after adding your marks in both the paper exceeds or is equal to the cut off, then you will be considered as Passed and your roll number will appear in the list released by UPSC.
You will not get to know the details of your paper after the result is declared. Once you have cleared your written exam, you will get a call for SSB INTERVIEW (Service Selection Board Interview).
When is NDA Exam?
NDA exam is conducted twice in a year in the month of April and September.
Applications are out on UPSC. Union public service commission conducts exam & manages the result on behalf of Defence.
How to Fill NDA form?
What is the Eligibility for NDA Entry?
|Age||Your age should be between 16 ½ to 18 ½ at the time of filing the form.|
Note: 19½ is the age at the time of “joining academy”
|Stream||Appearing or passed 10+2 with Science/commerce/Arts |
or Equivalent Diploma.
Note: No minimum percentage is required
Note: Female eligible from 2022
NDA Exam Interview
After clearing your exam, you will receive a call letter for SSB interview. Once you are recommended by the SSB Board, you will undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you will be sent back. As soon as you are declared medically fit, your name will be accommodated in the Merit List.
As per the vacancy, those topping merit list are called for joining NDA Course. Rest of the candidates will be considered merit out and have to undergo the same procedure again from scratch including written examination.
Training at NDA Khadakwasla
At NDA khadkwasla, you will undergo a 3 years training which will include both academics and physical training. You will be provided with degree certificate from JNU at the end of the term. Therefore, you will be a graduate at the time of finishing the training at NDA
All your expenses will be borne by the government. You will be provided with all basic necessities and leisure wherever required.
Over these benefits you are also liable to receive stipend per month at your respective service academies. The stipend keeps accumulating till your Passing out parade (POP) and total sum can be encashed at the end.
Once you are commissioned as an officer, your starting salary will range anywhere around 100k keeping aside all other benefits and perks