The application link for the UPSC NDA exam will be activated on UPSC’s official website, upsconline.nic.in. From December, until January eligible individuals can apply online. Candidates must have vital documents on hand when applying, including a recent photograph, signature, photo ID card, and mark sheets.
- Application Begin : 21/12/2022
- Last Date for Apply Online : 12/01/2023 Upto 06:00 PM Only
- Pay Exam Fee Last Date : 12/01/2023
- NDA I Exam Date : 16/04/2023
- Admit Card Released : March 2023
What is NDA Exam?
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA Exam to select applicants for the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). National Defence Academy is the full name of the institution.
NDA & NA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy) are held twice a year: NDA 1 and NDA 2. The UPSC publishes the NDA and NA examination calendars. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the SSB Interview procedure after taking the written exam.
There are a total of 400 vacancies for NDA qualifiers in different departments and branches of the Indian Army.
|NDA Academy||Number of Vacancies|
|National Defence Academy (Indian Army)||208|
|National Defence Academy (Indian Navy)||42|
|National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force)||120|
|Indian Naval Academy Course||30|
NDA Eligibility Criteria
Aspirants for NDA must meet a set of multi-level qualifying criteria. The following are the requirements for taking the NDA exam.
The UPSC establishes the NDA eligibility requirements, which are published in the official NDA announcement. NDA Exams can now be taken by female candidates. Nationality, Age Limit, Educational Qualification, and Physical & Medical Requirements are among the male and female eligibility criteria. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 to be considered for the NDA exam. The NDA Exam Schedule has been released, with NDA planned for Coming Exam.
NDA I Exam Age Limit
- Age Between: 02/07/2004 to 01/07/2007
- Age Relaxation Extra as per NDA I Exam Rules.
NDA Exam: Latest Changes (Female Eligibility)
Kush Kalra filed a writ suit before the Supreme Court to allow women to run for the NDA in 2021. The petition expressed concerns about the infringement of Articles 14, 15, 16, and 19 of the Indian Constitution by denying female candidates access to the NDA Exam.
In response, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy issued an interim judgement enabling female candidates to run in the NDA in 2021. The Ministry of Defence was in charge of making choices about age criteria, nature of training, intake strength, training standards, and medical and physical standards. Separate physical infrastructure and residential quarters with rigorous physical separation, including separate bathroom cubicles, swimming, equitation, games, and sports facilities, were also included for female candidates.
NDA Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification
Various academies have different educational prerequisites for the NDA exam. As a result, candidates should double-check their educational credentials.
|Navy, Air Force, and Naval Academy||Must complete Class 12 or HSC exam under the 10+2 exam pattern, which should be conducted by State Education Board or University|
|Army Wing||Must pass Class 12 or HSC under a 10+2 pattern from any school education Board or an equivalent University|
UPSC NDA Form Fees
|General/ EWS/ OBC||INR 100/-|
|SC/ ST/ Women / Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs||Exempted|
UPSC NDA Exam Pattern
The NDA exam consists of multiple-choice questions and is administered using traditional pen and paper methods. The NDA test will consist of two papers: mathematics and the General Ability Test (GAT). The exam is set up in an objective format. Both English and Hindi versions of the questions are available.
The table below contains all of the required information about the NDA exam pattern.
|Particulars||Mathematics||General Ability Test (GAT)|
|Duration||2 hours and 30 minutes||2 hours and 30 minutes|
|No. of sections||1||2 (English and General Knowledge)|
|Total no. of questions||120||150|
|Total marks||300||600 (English (200) + GK (400))|
|Marking scheme||+ 2.5 for the correct answer||+4 for a correct answer|
|Negative marking||-0.83 for incorrect answer||-1.33 for incorrect answer|
|Medium||English and Hindi||English for the English section. English and Hindi for the GK section|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
UPSC NDA I 2022 Important Links
Apply Online Click Here (Part- I)
Part- II Registration Click Here
UPSC NDA Syllabus
The Union Public Service Commission has issued the NDA syllabus for the written test, along with the NDA official notification. The NDA Mathematics paper is worth 300 points, but the NDA General Ability test is worth 600 Marks. The written exam will be worth 900 marks.
A. UPSC NDA Mathematics Syllabus
|NDA Maths Chapters||Topics|
|Analytical Geometry of Two & Three Dimensions||Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system.|
Equation of a line in various forms.
The angle between the two lines.
The distance of a point from a line.
Equation of a circle in standard and a general form.
Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola.
Eccentricity and axis of a conic.
A point in a three-dimensional space, the distance between two points.
Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
Equation two points.
Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
Equation of a plane and a line in various forms.
The angle between two lines and the angle between two planes.
Equation of a sphere.
|Algebra||Concept of set, operations on sets.|
De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.
Representation of real numbers on a line.Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity.
Binary system of numbers.
Conversion of a number in the decimal system to binary system and vice-versa.
Arithmetic, 19 Geometric and Harmonic progressions.
Quadratic equations with real coefficients.
The solution of linear inequalities of two variables by graphs.
Permutation and Combination.
Binomial theorem and its applications.
Logarithms and their applications.
|Trigonometry||Angles and their measures in degrees and radians.|
Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae.
Multiple and Sub-multiple angles.
Inverse trigonometric functions.
Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.
|Matrices & Determinants||Types of matrices, operations on matrices.|
The determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants.
Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.
B. NDA GAT (General Ability Test) Syllabus 2021
|English||Grammar and usage, vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English|
|Physics (Section A)||Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density, and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.|
The motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.
Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat.
Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments.
Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection, and refraction.
Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.
Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet.
Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Nonconductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays. General Principles in the working of the following: Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightning Conductors, Safety Fuses.
|Chemistry (Section B)||Physical and Chemical changes. |
Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).
Properties of Air and Water.
Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction.
Acids, bases, and salts.Carbon—different forms.
Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial.
The material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and GunPowder.
Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency
|General Science (Section C)||Difference between the living and nonliving. |
Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues.
Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.
Elementary knowledge of the Human Body and its important organs.
Common Epidemics, their causes, and prevention.
Food—Source of Energy for man.
Constituents of food, Balanced Diet.
The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists
UPSC NDA Previous Year Cutoff: Written Exam Cutoffs
The NDA Cutoffs for the written exam from previous years are included below to provide candidates with an idea of the approximate minimum qualifying marks.
|Year||NDA 1 (Max Marks: 900)||NDA 2 (Max Marks: 900)|
|2015||306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800 marks) 674||269 (With at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 637|
|2016||288 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 656||229|
|2017||342 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 708||258|
|2018||338 (with at least 25% in each subject)||325 (with at least 25% in each subject)|
|2019||342 (with at least 25% marks in each subject)||346|
NDA Previous Year Cutoff: Final Cutoffs
The final cutoff marks for the previous six years are listed in the table below. These might be used by applicants to get a sense of what to expect this year.
|Year||NDA 1||NDA 2|
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