How To Join NDA – [NDA Age Limit, NDA Marking Scheme]

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The National Defence Academy (NDA) is a glorious and the most prestigious academy of the Indian Armed Forces.

The instituition  is very famous worldwide for its best and quality military education .

National Defence Academy is the only military academy of the world that trains the cadets of all the three forces i.e. Army , Air Force and Navy.

The National Defence Academy is located at Khadakwasla,12 miles from Pune, Maharashtra, India.

NDA Age Limit

Candidate having the age between 16.5 years to 19.5 years can apply for NDA exam but there are some conditions to be remembered before applying such as;

  • The candidate must be unmarried
  • The candidate must be Indian

Candidates appearing in class 11th are also eligible for this exam but the candidates of class 12th prefer to give this exam. Some candidates are also dropping one year after class 12th for this exam. 

History of National Defence Academyhow to join nda

The Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow in 1941 received a gift of £100,000 from a grateful Sudanese Government for building a war memorial in order to pay tribute and in the memory of the sacrifices of Indian troops during the second world war (World War II).

After the war, The Field Marshal of that time (Claude Auchinleck) the Chief of the Indian Army, ordered the committee to study in different types of military schools throughout the world and presented a report to the Indian Government in the month of December 1946.

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The Government Of India then recommended that there is a need to establish a military academy that can train all the three forces i.e. Army, Air Force and Navy.

 The committee members of that time are mentioned below :-

  •          The Chief of the General Staff.
  •          Khan Bahadur Mian Afzal Hussian, former Vice Chancellor of Punjab University.
  •         The Officers Commanding, Royal Indian Navy.
  •         The Air Officers Commanding, Royal Indian Air Force.
  •         The Educational Advisor of the Indian Government.
  •         Secretary to the Government of India, War Department.
  •         Rao Bahadur Rao Raja Narpat Singh, Jodhpur.
  •         Sir Mirza Mohammed Ismail, Prime Minister, Jaipur.
  •         Dr Amarnath Jha, Vice Chancellor, Allahabad University and many more……. 

How to Join NDA:

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The applicants who wants to join this prestigious institution the are selected through a written exam conducted by the UPSC. This entry is strictly based on 10+2 criteria.

After clearing the written exam the candidate has to face interviews and tasks by the Service Selection Board(SSB) which focuses on the general knowledge, team management skills , psychological test skills and physical fitness as well as mental ability along with some medical tests.

This examination occurs twice a year i.e.; NDA 1 in April month and NDA 2 in September month. According to a survey ,every year almost 4,50,000 candidates sit for the written exam every year but only 8000-9000 candidates qualify for the SSB round.

The minimum age of a candidate should be 16.5 year and the maximum age must be 19.5 years.

Another condition is that only unmarried male candidates are eligible for the NDA exam.

Candidates who applied for the Air Force stream can join the Air Force by giving a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.

On an average , almost 320 cadets are selected for the academy in each semester (however this number may increase or decrease).

After getting passed out from NDA, the cadets are then sent to their respective field institutions i.e. army cadets go to the IMA (Indian Military Academy)in Dehradun, Air Force Cadets go to the AFA ( Air Force Academy ) in Hyderabad and the Naval Cadets go to the INA(Indian Naval Academy in Kerala.

NDA Exam Marking System :

  • The Mathematics Exam consists of 300 marks and the General Ability test consists of 600 marks.
  • The whole exam contains a total of 900 marks.( including Mathematics and General Ability )
  • For answering every wrong answer , 0.33 marks will be deducted as negative marking.
  • After the written Exam is cleared the candidate goes for the SSB.
  • The SSB interview consists of 900 marks.
  • All these exam papers are available in English as well as Hindi languages.

Extra Information Regarding National Defence Academy:




Service Before Self


Defense Academy


Khadakwasla ,Pune,India

Official Website


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