The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces. NDA is the first tri-service academy in the world and is rated amongst the best in the world.
Here the cadets of three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies after completing the programme.
Army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun
Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad
Naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi. NDA exam is also used for the selection of candidates into Indian Air Force.
NDA Exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.
NDA 2015 Online Applications are invited from the candidates for the examination which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the NDA for 135th course and for the 97th Indian Naval Academy Course which will begin on January 2, 2016.
The candidates who will join Indian Naval Academy would undergo 4 years B.tech Course and would be given an opportunity to join Executive and Technical Branches of the Navy.
Degree:Cadets are awarded a Baccalaureate degree (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science or a "Bachelor of Technology" ) after 3/4years of study.
Number of Seats through NDA 2015 Exam
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)
Admission to the above courses will be made on the basis of the results of the Written Examination which will further be followed by Intelligence and Personality Test by the Services Selection Board.
Practice Papers & Previous Year Solved Papers for NDA & NA
Candidates are required to fulfill the below given eligibility criteria to appear in NDA 2015
Nationality: The candidate should either be a
Citizen of India
Subject of Bhutan
Subject of Nepal
A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 with an intention of settling in India.
A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, & East African countries of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire & Ethiopia or Vietnam with an intention of settling in India.
Kindly Note: Candidates belonging to 2, 3, 4 and 5 category are required to submit a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility is not mandatory to be submitted in case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
Age Limits, sex and Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates born not before July 2, 1996 and not later than July 1, 1999 are eligible to appear in NDA 2015 Written Exam.
Candidates must make sure that they do not marry till the training tenure completes.
Date of Birth
Only the date of Birth as recorded in the Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or any other Equivalent Certificate will be accepted by the commission and no subsequent request for its change will be entertained.
Once the date of Birth has been entered by the candidates no changes will be allowed subsequently or at any subsequent examination or ground.
For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Candidates should have passed 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a state Education Board or University.
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: Candidates should have passed 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics as main subject by a state Education Board or University.
Candidates appearing in Class 11 are not eligible to take the examination.
Candidates appearing in Class 12 or equivalent under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent can also apply.
Candidates appearing in Class 12 Board Examination in March 2015 are being given a special concession to appear in the NDA 2015 exam conducted by UPSC. Hence they are required to submit the proof of passing Class 12 by December 22, 2015.
Height - Minimum height 157.5 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force)
For Individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern Regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height is 5cms less.
In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.
Height relaxation upto 2.5 cm can be allowed in the case where Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard.
As a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements are given below:
Chest: Chest should be well developed. Full expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
For Naval Candidates
For Air Force
Uncorrected without Glasses: 6/6 and 6/9
Corrected with Glass: 6/6 and 6/6
Limits of Myopia: -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia: +1.5
Binocular Vision: III
Limits of Color Perception: I
Candidates who wear spectacles usually are not eligible for Air Force
Minimum Distant Vision: 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other. Correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia
Color Vision CP-I Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph
Manifest Myopia: Nil
Retinoscopic Myopia: -0.5 in any Meridian Permitted
Astigmatism: +0.75 D Cyl
Maddox Rod Test
At 6 Meters
At 33 meters
Exo- 6 prism D
Eso- 6 prism D
Hyper- 1 prism D
Hypro- 1 prism D
Exo- 16 prism D
Eso- 6 prism D
Hyper- 1 prism D
Hypro- 1 prism D
Not Eligible for NDA 2015 Written Test
Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted their candidature may be cancelled.
Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.
Application process and mode of submission
NDA 2015 Application Process
Eligible candidates have to apply online for NDA 2015 on the UPSC Official Website. There is no offline application process for the same.
Registration for NDA & NA EXAM(1) 2015 begins from December 27, 2014
Payment of NDA 2015 Application Fees
Payment by Cash:The candidates can pay the fees directly by depositing money directly in SBI/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore / State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore.
Online Payment: Payment by Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card
NDA 2015 Exam Centres
Allahabad Bangalore Lucknow
Jammu & Kashmir
NDA 2015 Application Fees
General/OBC Category: Rs.100
SC/ST/Son of JCO/NCO/Other Rank Officers & Studying in Sainik/Military School: No Fee
NDA 2015 Selection process
Stage 1- Written test: The candidates selected on the basis of their NDA 2015 application will have to take the Written Examination.
Stage 2- SSB Interview
If the candidates qualify the Written Examination they are required to appear for the SSB Interview at the SSB Centre specified.
SSB Interviews are expected to be conducted in the month of September 2015 to October, 2015.
Those candidates who qualify the SSB Interview but could not produce the Matriculation /10+2/ equivalent certificate in original at the time of SSB Interview should forward duly attested copies to the below mentioned address latest by December 22, 2015
Naval academy candidates
Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ West Block III, R.K. Puram New Delhi-110066
Naval Headquarters DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204 C Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi- 110011
Stage 3- Intelligence and Personality Test
The UPSC will prepare the list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written test. These eligible candidates have to appear for Intelligence and Personality Test.
The candidates for the Army/Navy Wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officer’s Potentiality.
For those applying to Air Force, they will be tested for Pilot Aptitude Test and Officer’s Potentiality.
TWO STAGE SELECTION PROCEDURE of Stage 3
Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test to be held at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards.
Candidates qualifying in the first round will move on to the next round. Remaining will be disqualified.
Candidates qualifying to Stage 2 need to submit the following documents:
Original & photocopy of Class 10 certificates.
Original Class 12 certificate or of an equivalent qualifying examination.
The government will not be liable for any loss or injury to the candidates appearing at the Service Selection Board and the candidates will appear for the exam at their own risk. Parents must submit a written certificate to this effect.
Eligible candidates need to secure minimum qualifying marks in:
Written test fixed by the Commission at their discretion
Officer potentiality test fixed by the SSB at their discretion.
Candidates applying for Air Force, along with SSB selected candidates as per their willingness, eligibility and preference are required to separately clear the PABT test.
Candidates will then be placed in a single combined list on the basis of total marks secured in the written test and SSB tests.
The final selection will be made on a pro-rata basis, i.e. the number of vacancies with respect to the eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of candidates.
Candidates qualifying for multiple services, will be selected on the basis of their preference and after final selection, will automatically become ineligible for other services.
Kindly Note - Pilot Aptitude Test can be given only once. This score will considered good for all subsequent interviews with the Air Force Selection Board. Candidates failing to qualify once in the test will not be eligible to apply for Air Force Wing or General Duties (Pilot) or Naval Air Arm any longer.
Candidates who appeared for Pilot Aptitude Test for a previous NDA course will have to submit their application for this exam for the Air Force wing only if they have qualified in the test.
The results will be conveyed to the successful candidates at the Board’s own discretion.
Qualifying in the examination does not secure admission into the Academy. The candidate is required to convince the appointing authority that he is eligible in all aspects for admission into the Academy.
NDA 2015Question Paper Pattern
The NDA 2015 written exam will be of five hours duration.
The papers in all the subjects will consist of Objective Type Questions
Negative Marking: There will be Negative Marking for wrong answers.
Use of calculators and other electric gadgets is strictly prohibited.
Candidates are required to use only Black Ball pen. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen