NDA Exam Details – Eligibility, Fee Syllabus, Entrance Exam Pattern etc

NDA Exam Details: National Defence Academy (NDA) will be conducted for the All India candidates whose desire is to join Indian Defence forces. Through NDA Exam, the candidates are recruited in Air Force, Navy and Army. So interested candidates can apply through UPSC NDA Online Registration. Before applying, must ensure your eligibility as only those who have satisfying the NDA Eligibility Criteria are required to write the exam. So, first confirm your eligibility from here and then go for filling application form.

NDA Exam Details

About NDA Exam:

The full form of NDA is National Defence Academy. UPSC NDA Exam conducts twice in a year in the month of March and August for the need of eligible and qualified candidates in Indian Army Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. Candidates who want to make their shining career in Indian defense forces, and then this examination is the best option.

So, don’t miss this chance, prepare well for the NDA Examination. This exam is one of the toughest examinations in India. Every year NDA Notification uploaded by Union Public Service Commission at its official website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in. If you’re eager to know more details regarding this exam look on the official portal as well as our web page.

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NDA Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications:

  • For Army wing of National Defence Academy: 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 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board/University.

NDA Application fees

Candidate need to pay Rs. 100 whenever applying the application form for NDA Exam.

Payment of fee either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

National Defence Academy Exam Pattern

  • The exam will be divided into papers i.e. Paper I (Mathematics) Paper II (General Ability Test).
  • General Ability Test will be further divided into two parts that include English and General Knowledge.
PaperSubjectDurationMaximum Marks
IMathematics2.5 hours300
IIGeneral Ability Test2.5 hours600

  General Ability Test consists of following subjects:

Part Subject Maximum Marks
Part AEnglish          200
Part BGeneral knowledge          400
Total          600

Also see NDA Exam Syllabus


NDA Exam Papers

The NDA Exam Papers can play a key role in the exam preparation. Candidates can get Previous Year Question Papers and practice papers for National Defence Academy exam easily from its official website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in. Interested candidates can check and download the model papers from this page links provided below.

Examination Centers

Agartala, Delhi, Kohima, Sambalpur, Ahmedabad, Dharwar, Kolkata, Shillong, Aizwal, Dispur, Lucknow, Shimla, Allahabad, Gangtok, Madurai, Srinagar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Thiruvanathapuram, Bareilly, Imphal, Nagpur, Tirupati, Bhopal, Itanagar, Panaji (Goa), Udaipur, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Patna Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Jammu, Port Blair, Cuttack, Jorhat, Raipur, Dehradun, Kochi, Ranchi


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