Detailed Eligibility Criteria For Appearing In NDA

National Defence Academy entrance exam is conducted by UPSC, twice a year. Applicants who are desirous to apply for NDA Entrance exam, they will have to satisfy the below mentioned Eligibility Criteria. Candidates can get two attempts for NDA entrance exam in a single year if they plan meticulously. As of now, there is no limit on the number of attempts of National Defence Academy exam. And also, there is no provision for female candidates to join NDA. The candidates joining the Indian Naval Academy will undergo 4 years B.Tech course and will be given an opportunity to join Executive and Technical Branches.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria For Appearing In NDA 1

NDA Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: A candidate must be either be:

  • a citizen of India , or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came obvert on India before the 01 January , 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Only unmarried male candidates are eligible
  • Girls are not allowed to appear for NDA exam.

Educational Qualifications: Candidates applying for the posts must possess:

  • For Army wing of National Defence Academy:
    Candidates should have passed 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:
    A candidate must have passed 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Gender & Marital Status: The applicants are informed that only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination.

Age Limit: Male unmarried candidates those who wish to apply for National Defence Academy (NDA) should be in between 16-20 years.

  • For NDA (1) 2017: The candidates possessing age between 2nd July, 1998 to 1st July, 2001 are eligible for the examination. If born before 2nd July, 1998 and after 1st July, 2001 then not eligible for NDA (1) 2017 exam.
  • For NDA (2) 2017: Those who have age between 2nd January 1999 to 1st July 2002 are permitted to write the exam. If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January, 1999 and after 1st July 2002, then he/she is not allowed to appear the exam.
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UPSC NDA Physical Standards: Candidates applying for the exam must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination. A candidate recommended by Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers.

Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalization of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital. The following are considered common minor ailments:

  • Wax (Ears).
  • Deviated Nasal Septum.
  • Hydrocele /Phimosis.
  • Overweight/Underweight.
  • Under Sized Chest.
  • Piles.
  • Tonsillitis.
  • Gynaecomastia.
  • Varicocele.

Height /weight & Eyesight Standards for Army/Air Force/Navy

The height/weight and eyesight standards are different for the three branches of Armed Forces as per field and operational requirements. We have listed them below one by one:

Height /weight Standards for Army/Air Force

Height (cms)

(without shoe)

Weight in Kgs
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

Height /weight Standards for Navy & Naval Academy

Height (cms)

(without shoe)

Weight in Kgs
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

Eyesight Standards for Navy

Uncorrected without glass 6/6
Corrected with glass 6/6
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Limits of Colour Perception I
Binocular Vision III

Eyesight Standards for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +2.00 D Sph
Manifest Myopia Nil Re
Tinoscopic Myopia 0.5
Colour Vision CP-I (MLT)
Astigmatism +0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near Vision N-5 each eye

NDA Physical Conditioning:

  • Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Push-ups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
  • Chin ups (minimum 08)
  • Rope climbing 3-4 meters.

Brief Selection Procedure of NDA:

  1. Union Public Service Commission will prepare a list of candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in written examination as fixed by commission at their judgment.
  2. Such candidates shortlisted from Written Test will appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test.
  3. Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test is introduced at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards.
  4. All the candidates will be put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards.
  5. Only those contenders who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests.
  6. Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the original certificates along with one photocopy each of (I) original matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, (ii) original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.


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