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NDA is one of the most sought after defence entrance exams in the country. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages - written exam and SSB Interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview. NDA (II) 2019 exam was conducted on November 17, 2019. A total of 415 vacancies have announced.

Exam Notification


PROSPECTUS-CUM-NOTIFICATION FOR NDA (2024-25) Click here to view


Events NDA 1 NDA 2
Notification Release Date 11th December 2024 28th May 2025
Registration Starts from 11th December 2024 28th May 2025
Last Date to Submit Form 31st December 2024 17th June 2025
Correction in OTR Details 2nd week of January 2025 2nd week of June 2025
Application Withdraw 2nd week of January 2025 June/ July 2025
Releasing of Admit Card 4th week of March 2025 4th week of August 2025
NDA 2025 Exam Date 13th April 2025 14th September 2025
Declaration of Result 1st week of May 2025 September 2025
Interview Dates May/June 2025 September/ October 2025


NDA 2, 2024

Form date:- 15 May 2024 to 06 June 2024 till 6:00pm
Exam date:- 1st September 2024
Modification in online application:- 05th June – 11th June 2024
Withdraw of application:- June/ July 2024
Announcement of result:- September 2024
Interview:- September/ October 2024


Unmarried male and female candidates born not earlier than 02nd January, 2006 and not later than 1st January, 2009 are eligible. The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation.


  • Online registration will start from 15th May 2024.
  • Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications will be available on the above mentioned website.

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    NDA Physical Fitness- Undesirable Health Issues:

    • Wax in Ears
    • Deviated Nasal Septum
    • Hydrocele / Phimosis
    • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
    • Under Sized Chest
    • Piles
    • Tonsillitis
    • Gynaecomastia
    • Varicocele


    Exam results will be released around one month after the exam begins. Candidates can find the results on the official website. If an applicant receives qualifying marks, he or she will be invited to the SSB Interview.

    Answer Key:

    The UPSC will disclose the exam answer key after the exam has been completed and around the same time they will reveal the results.

    Selection Process:

    Step 1: Written Exam
    The first step involves the written exam. The exam involves two papers on mathematics and general ability.
    Step 2: SSB Interview
    The second step involves the SSB Interview. Candidates who clear the written exam are called for the SSB Interview which tests them on their personality, physical fitness, group discussions, and psychology.
    Step 3: Medical Exam
    Candidates who pass the entrance exam and the SSB Interview are next medically assessed to determine their fitness to join the armed forces. A medical professional will be assigned to examine the candidates for any flaws. If the candidates are found to be medically fit, they will be accepted into the academy.

    Case of Body Tattoos:

    Candidates must ensure that any permanent body tattoos, if present, are only on the inside side of the forearm. Tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist, as well as the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand, would not be accepted by UPSC. Permanent tattoos on any other region of the body are also prohibited. If the candidate belongs to a tribe where tattoo marks on the face or body are traditional, admission will be given on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the customs involved. In such cases, the decision of the authorities would be definitive.


    Nationality : A candidate must be unmarried male/female and must be :

    1. A citizen of India, or
    2. A subject of Nepal, or
    3. A subject of Bhutan, or
    4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
    5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Educational Qualifications:

    1. 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.
    2. 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 or a University.

    Note: Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

    e-Admit Card

    The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (upsconline.nic.in) for being downloaded by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.


    Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.


    In case of any guidances/information/clarification regarding their application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011- 23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.


    Candidates (excepting SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs specified in Note 2 below who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees one hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card.

    Exam Pattern


    The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:—
    Subject Code Duration Maximum Marks
    Mathematics 01 2½ Hours 300
    General Ability Test 02 2½ Hours 600
    Total 900


    NDA II 2024 Syllabus

    Mathematics (Paper 01) :

    Algebra, Matrices and determinants, Analytical geometry of two and three dimensions, Trigonometry, Differential calculus, Integral calculus and Differential equations, Statistics and Probability, Vector algebra.

    General Ability Test (Paper 02) :

    This Paper will consist of two parts i.e. Part A and Part B.

    Part A will include questions from English whereas Part B will include questions based on General Knowledge. General Knowledge comprises of Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Current Affairs, Geography, History, Freedom Movement etc.

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