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Joining the Defence Services through the NDA Entrance Exam

The Defence Services offer exciting prospects to the youth of the country who aspire to serve their motherland, as part of the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. The posts for Officers for these three services and the Indian Naval Academy are filled through the NDA Entrance Exam.

The National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune trains cadets to join the three services. The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Entrance Exam for NDA twice a year, between September � October and January - April.


Candidates aged between 16 and � years and 19 years on the first day of the month in which the course is set to commence, are eligible. The courses generally begin in January and July every year. They should have passed the 12th class under the 10+2 system of education or its equivalent for the Army, and with Mathematics and Physics for the Navy and the Air Force, and should be unmarried. Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to the standards for admission to NDA and the Naval Academy.


320 posts exist in the NDA, with 208 for the Army, 42 posts for the Navy and 70 posts for the Air Force. 55 posts are for the Naval Academy bringing the total to 375.

Exam Centres

There are 41 centres all over the country and across its length and breadth, covering all regions, including Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar.


Candidates are to apply online only on the UPSC web-site � www.upsc.gov.in

Selection Procedure

The UPSC prepares a list of candidates obtaining the minimum marks in the written exam and these candidates have to appear before a Services Selection Boardfor an Intelligence and Personality Test for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA, and those for the Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officers Potentiality, while those for the Air Force are tested through the Pilot Aptitude Test and for Officers Potentiality. These are held in two stages, and those qualifying both the stages of the Psychological Aptitude Test and the Intelligence Test are then required to submit their original certificates along with photo copies of those.

Exam Details

There are two tests of 2 and � hours each, one in Mathematics for 300 marks, and the other a General Ability Test for 600 marks.

Facilitation Counter

A facilitation counter exists near one of the gates of the UPSC campus in New Delhi for any kind of guidance, information or clarification regarding applications, candidature etc. and candidates can visit the campus in person or make enquiries on telephone